So Dance Show is starting up again on Thursday, and possibly for the first time ever, I’m not looking forward to it that much.
I think maybe I’m burned out on reality thanks to American Idol and its season of suck.
Or maybe it’s that Mary Murphy and her screams won’t be around to gripe about, because the griping is one of the best parts.
But mostly, I’m really bitter about the new format. Instead of 20 dancers making it to the top level, only 10 dancers will be selected. Each of these will be paired with a past SYTYCD competitor — popular past dancers like Twitch, Comfort, and Dominic. Then, each week, one of the 10 dancers from this season will be eliminated along with their semi-pro pair.
Does this sound familiar at all? Like, Dancing With The Stars, perhaps?
I am so tired of SYTYCD having a major self-confidence problem, believing it is living in the shadow of Dancing With The Stars. I admit, that other show gets better ratings and doens’t have the embarrassment of being relegated to “summer season.”
But any true dance fan must realize that SYTYCD is a better show. Stars is about personalities. Dance Show is actually about dancing. I’ve seen some amazing things on Dance Show, beautiful things, creative things. I’ve seen dancers bloom and grow and surprise themselves.
On Stars, I’ve seen a lot of shrieking and mocking of old ladies through sequins. It is NOT about the dancing. It’s all about the drama.
And maybe that sells to a mass audience, but Dance Show, I count on you to rise above. I count on you to be original and unique and special.
I do NOT count on you to cave in to your inferiority complex and change your own show to be a pale imitation of that other show.
You are better than that.
At least Mia Michaels is back. She’ll be doing some group choreography but she’ll mostly be on the show as a permanent judge, taking Mary’s spot. Adam Shankman will be back again too, meaning that two out of three judges are two of my favourite Dance Show people of all time.
Overall, though, the show’s on notice. I’m not happy with the proposed changes, Nigel. You’ve got a very small window of time to convince me that this was a good idea.