Howie Mandel (L) and choreographers Tabitha (C) and Napoleon (R) surprise unsuspecting participants in the new unscripted special MOBBED on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eric Vlasic/FOX

Howie Mandel (L) and choreographers Tabitha (C) and Napoleon (R) surprise unsuspecting participants in the new unscripted special MOBBED on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eric Vlasic/FOX

So, if you’re going to have gobs of people creating a spontaneous musical number, it just makes sense to have a couple of great choreographers to pull it off.

That’s where Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo come in. The pair has been wowing crowds with their street-smart numbers on So You Think You Can Dance, and on American Idol - and now they are working with the groups on Mobbed.

Napoleon says that Mobbed takes that Internet concept and puts a larger-than-life spin on it.

“It celebrates the spectacle that was such a hit on the Internet of the flash mob,” he points out. “It’s a different approach to it, taking intimate, secret or something they want to tell – that you would normally tell in a private way – and now exposing it in the most public way, utilizing a giant production in almost a musical style to tell this message.”

As the choreographers, the pair had huge challenges just pulling the surprise off.

“We’re taking 1,000 people and a lot of them are non-professional dancers and logistically, just getting 1,000 people in to learn the same routine is a really difficult task,” he says. “Getting them into a space where somebody is being punked and for them not being able to see them and notice that there is an extra 1,000 people around getting ready to do a giant performance was tough.”

It’s a good time to be a choreographer, the couple tells HollywoodOutbreak.com.

“It’s the best time of our lives, I have to say. We’re so blessed,” Tabitha gushes. “It really is because of all these dance television shows. I think America actually understands what a choreographer does. It’s so helpful because now my parents really understand what my job even is because before that they were like, ‘You’re going to what?’ ” she laughs.

Mobbed, the new reality series based on the Internet sensation of flash mobs breaking into live performance, debuts tonight on FOX (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).


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