Turn It Out is a South African dance reality competition television series produced by Fuel Media in which each week contestants compete through various rounds of differing dance styles in the quest to become the Turn It Out champion and go home with a weekly cash prize.
The series premiered on SABC1 on Thursday 15 September 2011, at 19h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 - entitled Turn It Out: Street Battle - premiered on SABC1 on Wednesday 17 October 2012, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 episodes in the second season.
Turn It Out is an original dance concept that sees five dancers face off in a weekly dance competition. Five rounds per show test contestants' range of capabilities as dancers in street dance, contemporary, classical and more.
Each week contestants compete through five grueling rounds in the quest to become the Turn It Out champion and go home with a weekly cash prize of R5,000. At the end of the season, the top 20 dancers from previous episodes battle it out for a grand prize of R50,000.
Professional and aspiring young dancers are given the opportunity to show off their capabilities as they work together, with choreographers and with themselves to come up with some of the slickest routines on local screens.
On the judging panel are entertainer Chomee, choreographer Eric "Versatyle" Prinsloo and dancers Sibu Radebe and Kitty Phetla. The show is hosted by Mac Leshomo.
In the increasingly competitive and popular realm of reality dance television, where the focus is often on Hip Hop dance culture, Turn It Out is the dance show with a difference, challenging the dance status quo, flipping the script and unearthing the freshest talent in the country, no matter what their style.
The show combines elements of reality with the competition aspect to create a modern and relevant dance property rich in the textures of South Africa's urban dance scene.
In Season 2 - now titled Turn It Out: Street Battle - the Turn It Out studio takes to the streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to create a series of 26 urban dance battles featuring some of South Africa's top dancers battling it out for the title of South Africa's top street dancer.
The programme is still a showcase for aspiring Dancers in all Urban Dance styles, as it was in the first season.
In each episode of the second season, four solo dancers compete for Street Cred. These are points that are awarded based upon a dancer's showing in each episode.
In the last four episodes of the season the 16 dancers with the most Street Cred compete for the Title of South Africa's Top Street Dancer.
Mac Leshomo was replaced for Season 2 by Noluthando Meje, while Chomee and Eric "Versatyle" Prinsloo return as permanent judges.
They are joined by celebrity guest judges and DJs at every Turn It Out city stop, in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Series exclusive to SABC1
Season 1 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 15 September 2011 | Finale: 8 March 2012 | Thursdays, 19h00
Season 2 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 17 October 2012 | Finale: 15 May 2013 | Wednesdays, 19h00