*MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” returns for Season 5 this month with Omarion taking the place of choreographer Shane Sparks at the judges table.

“I’m so excited to be a judge on MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,'” the artist said in a statement. “Dancing and performing is what I do and being a judge on this show will allow me to give creative feedback to the newest and hottest dancers on the rise.”

Sparks is currently awaiting trial after being charged in December with eight counts of felony child molestation.

In choosing Omarion as a replacement, MTV’s SVP of Series Development Liz Gateley explained: “He is an accomplished dancer, artist and actor who knows what makes a good dance crew performance. We are very excited for him to join Lil Mama and JC Chasez as our third judge.”

“Omarion is a great friend, and I am looking forward to him joining the ‘ABDC’ family,” adds show producer Randy Jackson. “Season five is going to be blazing hot.”

The fifth season of “America’s Best Dance Crew” premieres Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.