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So now that Empire is off for the season, will you be watching this?

o now that Empire is off for the season, will you be watching this? [VIDEO]

Mobile's Prancing Elites dance team finally has a date with the nation: The Oxygen channel has scheduled the premiere of the polarizing troupe's new reality show.


Oxygen Media announced Wednesday morning that "The Prancing Elites Project" will premiere on April 22, a Wednesday, at 9 p.m. Central time. Oxygen bills the show as an "uplifiting, inspiring and humorous new docu-series" that "delves into the personal lives of these five best friends in Mobile, Alabama, as they fight to be accepted in the female-dominated dance culture of J-Setting."

The show promises to bring sustained national fame to a group that has been generating sporadic attention, and some controversy, since late 2013. Its members - Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Timothy Smith - are gay men from Mobile and Baldwin counties who practice a style of dance featuring distinctly feminine attire and moves. The group's local appearances have inspired divergent reactions, particularly in the case of an appearance in the 2013 Semmes Christmas parade, when some onlookers were shocked by the group's performance. They went on to get exposure on "America's Got Talent" and "Tosh.0," and their appearances at various venues during Mardi Gras season have generated considerable excitement on social media.

How the show will portray the Mobile area is an open question, but the brief preview made available by Oxygen suggests that it will show both positive and negative reaction to the group.

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