Wilmer Valderrama launches breakdancing competition on YouTube
Wilmer Valderrama is best known for playing everyone’s favorite foreign exchange student, Fez, on That ‘70s Show. But like former co-star Ashton Kutcher, he’s now on the other side of the camera for a new YouTube show.
“King of the Floor,” the reality dance competition show that Valderrama created (he’s also a judge and an executive producer), premiered on YouTube recently on NuevOn, a celebrity-based channel which focuses on Hispanic pop culture and lifestyle that launched in April.
The show is a result of 2 1/2 years of development, and Valderrama, who has been dancing since he was six, believes that the subculture of breakdancing is “something special.”
“These guys are out there by themselves, bring all of the arsenal that’s gotten them through hundreds of competitions,” Valderrama told the Huffington Post. “We have some of the best breakdancers in the game that are internationally known for doing what they do.”
“King of the Floor” starts off with 16 competitors, and unlike other performance-based reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice and American Idol, it doesn’t spend weeks upon weeks of airtime on audition rounds.
Rob Hoffman hosts each week as contestants battle it out one-on-one on the dance floor for a live audience at the 2nd Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles. Once the contestants are done, the decision is left to three expert judges: Joel “Teknyc” Martinez, Steve “ZuluGremlin” Roybal and Valderrama himself.
Valderrama believes that his show is a true dance competition that will give people a glimpse into underground breakdancing, a subculture that not many know about.
“It’s time to show people what this world is,” Valderrama said.
“King of the Floor” updates every Thursday.
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