Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and actress Liza Koshy join international superstar Shakira as creators on “Dancing with Myself,” NBC’s newest dance-challenge series.
A premiere date for the hourlong series will be announced in the near future.
Inspired by the millions tuning in to watch the latest dance crazes on social media, “Dancing with Myself” will see a group of everyday people compete each week in a series of high-energy dance challenges designed and demonstrated by the show’s celebrity creators Shakira, Liza, and Shaquille. Isolated in their own pods, contestants have a short time to learn the new routines, add their unique flair and then perform their hearts out in front of a live studio audience. As each round of the competition progresses, the creators on the judging panel provide instant feedback and choose their favorites to advance, along with the audience picks. But ultimately, it’s the studio audience that decides who’s the best dancer of the night and gets to take home the cash prize.
Shakira, Liza, and Shaquille will perform the new dance challenges created specifically for the show, which the contestants will have to tackle. They will also enlist the talents of guest celebrities who will submit their own challenges.
As an NBA Hall of Famer, longtime sports commentator, entrepreneur and spokesperson, Shaq’s larger-than-life personality has captured the hearts of millions for years. His dance moves have become a regular trending topic on social media.
Co-creator, executive producer, and star of her own YouTube Originals series “Liza on Demand,” and seen recently co-hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Special,” Koshy’s humor and relatability to her legion of followers brings a fresh perspective to the lighthearted competition.
Model, actress and on-air correspondent Camille Kostek will join the trio as host. She began her career as an NFL professional cheerleader, performing routines at international events and teaching youth clinics. Kostek originally gained international prominence after landing the cover for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine in her rookie year alongside Tyra Banks. Kostek is passionate about using her platform to continue spreading self-love and inner strength through her #nevernotdancing social initiatives, where she encourages fans to express body positivity & self-acceptance through dance. In her role as host, Camille will also demonstrate new dance challenges and perform with the other creators.
“Dancing with Myself” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio group, and Irwin Entertainment. John Irwin, Dave Kuba, and Eli Frankel executive produces for Irwin Entertainment. Tina Nicotera Bachman, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Jaime Levine and Shakira also executive produce. The series is licensed by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group.
ABOUT SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
Shaquille O’Neal is a basketball Hall of Famer, father of six children, rapper and DJ, restaurateur, actor, businessman, philanthropist, doctorate recipient and NBA analyst on TNT. At 7’1″ he’s widely perceived as one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA. Throughout his 19-year career, O’Neal has used his strength, skill and larger-than-life personality to make his mark on and off the court. In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal launched a successful worldwide “Summer League” tour as DJ Diesel last year and has released four rap albums, with his first, “Shaq Diesel,” going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and starred in his own reality shows, “Shaq’s Big Challenge”, “Shaq Vs.” and “Shaq Life”. O’Neal has further established himself as a successful restaurateur with the launch of his fried chicken eatery Big Chicken. With an EdD in leadership and education, O’Neal makes a point of giving back to the community through several philanthropic programs in conjunction with The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation.
ABOUT LIZA KOSHY
Liza Koshy is a multi-faceted talent – actor, producer, entertainer – who has trailblazed a path from digital creator to one of the Hollywood’s brightest young stars. In December 2020, she signed an overall deal with Westbrook Inc, the media company founded by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez, and Ko Yada. Under the new deal, she will develop film and television projects with Westbrook Studios. Koshy will next be seen in Susanna Fogel’s upcoming psychological thriller, Cat Person, in which she appears alongside Nicholas Braun and Emilia Jones. She also recently wrapped production on the Netflix original film Players, opposite Gina Rodriguez, and Damon Wayans Jr. Koshy was most recently seen in the Netflix film My Little Pony: A New Generation as the voice of “Pip,” also starring James Marsden, Vanessa Hudgens, and Sofia Carson. Koshy also starred opposite Sabrina Carpenter in the Netflix Original film Work It from executive producer Alicia Keys and Leslie Morgenstein (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). She is the co-creator, executive producer, and star of “Liza on Demand.” In its second season, the premiere episode was the most-watched YouTube Originals debut episode in its first week on the streaming network to date. She directed an episode in the series’ second season, which was nominated for two Streamy Awards: Show of the Year and Scripted Series.
ABOUT CAMILLE KOSTEK
Model, actress and TV star, Camille Kostek is currently the co-host of the top-rated reboot show WIPEOUT on TBS alongside John Cena and Nicole Byer. She can also be found starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in the Fox Feature, FREE GUY. Kostek is no stranger to movies as she also had a cameo in the Amy Schumer feature I FEEL PRETTY. Kostek is passionate about using her platform to continue spreading self-love and inner strength. She also expands her philanthropic endeavors to include Boston Children’s Hospital, Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, and is a huge advocate for 4Ocean, a public benefit corporation and Certified B Corp committed to ending the ocean plastic crisis.
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