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Oxygen renews 'Dance Your Ass Off' reality weight-loss series

By Christopher Rocchio, 11/02/2009 

Oxygen announced it has renewed Dance Your Ass Off for a second season.

A cross between Dancing with the Stars and The Biggest Loser, Dance Your Ass Off follows overweight contestants as they're paired with a professional dance partner who trains them for weekly routines that they then perform in front of a live studio audience and judging panel.

The judges score the dance routines before the contestants weigh-in to reveal their weekly weight loss total -- with both being combined for an overall score that determines who is eliminated at the end of each episode.

"Dance Your Ass Off is a vibrant and infectious show, but it also changes people's lives," said executive producer Dan Cutforth.  "The format is an amazing platform for compelling stories and great entertainment, and we're excited to become a part of it."

Dance Your Ass Off's first season premiered in June and it averaged more than one million total viewers -- making it the most-watched freshman series in the network's history.  Ruben Permel claimed the show's first season title after shedding 73 lbs.

"We loved watching as contestants danced off nearly five hundred pounds, and are proud to bring our audience another season of this exciting competition format," said Oxygen programming executive Amy Introcaso-Davis.

Oxygen is currently casting for Dance Your Ass Off's second season, which is slated to premiere next year. Additional casting information is available via the network's website.

Dance Your Ass Off is produced by Magical Elves, with co-founders Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as the show's executive producers.

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