December 23, 2010 at 04:44 PM EST

Have you been wondering what Paula Abdul’s been up to? Eight days before American Idol kicks off, Abdul will premiere her new dance show on CBS, Live to Dance. As a man says in the promo below, “There is a lot at stake here,” but you realize that the moment you hear the clip’s pulsing heartbeat and see the ginormous sliced golf ball that serves as the show’s theater. Competitors of all shapes, sizes, and ages are competing for $500,000, and Abdul lays out her criteria this way: “I want different. I want new. I want amazing people to live in their unique ability.” Hence, the ballerinas, the popping-and-freaking — and are those dancing zombies? Check it out.

Will you be watching on Jan. 4?

Read more:

Paula Abdul’s ‘Live to Dance’ premiere set; will compete with ‘American Idol’

Paula Abdul discusses her new show, the ‘American Idol’ judges, and whether she’ll reunite with Simon on ‘The X-Factor’

Paula Abdul’s ‘Live to Dance’ reveals panel and host (the Aussie Ryan Seacrest!)

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