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DWTS originated out of England made it's way throughout Europe and down
under, assuming different titles. BBC, responsible for the American
version, entitled the British version 'Strictly Come Dancing' which
spawned sequels 'Strictly Come Dancing : It Takes Too' and 'Strictly
Ice Dancing'. Of course, there are the obligatory wannabe knock-offs
(Fox's Idol-ized 'So You Think You Can Dance') but make no mistake,
this show offers real entertainment value about an art form that's
often overlooked and seen as outdated.
Some people would like to write this off as another trashy reality show, but it's definitely not. It's a classy, professional, dance competition. It's refreshing to watch a cultured show and because it's in the summer, younger audiences are tuning in. It's started a craze and it's it's boosted careers for the show's celebrities. It's a hot item on the Yahoo Search and Buzz Log, for a good reason. Don't miss the international phenomenon of...Dancing With The Stars.
Out of all the programs we see on television,I think "Dancing" has
stood the test of time.Carrie Ann Inaba,Bruno Tunioli and Len Goodman
are the judges who critique the moves and faults of 12 famed
celebrities with their Professional dance partners.Each celebrity, goes
through an intense training and workout to polish a specific routine.It
is like "basic training" at dance school! I love this show,because the
viewer realizes that we are all human and not perfect.Every person must
work hard, at achieving a goal.Every week finds an elimination,where
one pair is taken out by popular vote of the judges and by viewer
This show is so wonderful, and Goodman,Tunioli and Inaba help the celebrities realize there is so much fun on the dance floor.
Bravo to the cast for every amazing "transformation".
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So it has come out that AT&T accepts a certain amount of votes before none count anymore. The question is what is limit? Regardless of the voting counting issue. People who get 10's can lose to someone who has no dancing ability like Season 17 where Elizabeth Berkley who won two all 10's throughout the show's progression and lost to Bill Engvall, who has no dancing ability at all. I get them wanting to bring on people who are older for a larger audience but they need to invite people who can dance or at least have a shot. Bill Nye did way better to me than Bill Engvall that season and was booted so fast. This show is about POPULARITY NOT ABILITY. When you find out that the judges scores basically mean nothing compared to the people's votes then you see how sad this show is. I will say there are some seasons where the winner made sense but it is roll of the dice.
Why is it that Derrick is never paired with a person that has no
dancing experience? Keto, who just started, is getting a "Bad" rap. He
was voted off the first week last year, and it's not looking good this
season. Is there any wonder why Maxx left? I hope someone speaks out on
this issue. It almost seems as though the paring is "FIXED", but say it
isn't so!!! I am hoping that Keto gets an opportunity to prove that all
he needs is the right partner. Maybe Maxx needs to come on a show and
speak up about the "Bad" rap that was given to him over and over. Is it
that no one wants to challenge Derrick with a partner such as a "Non-
Just one person's opinion!!!
If you can get past the fact that most of the contestants are not really "Stars," and just enjoy the dancing and wonderful costumes and choreography, it's a great show. But I get really bummed with the phoniness of Carrie Ann Inaba, (are those instant tears real?), and the never-ending array of people I've never heard of. There is the same format every season; the usual aging actor or actress who can barely move, much less dance, and is usually the comic relief. There's the usual teenager, the usual African-American football star, the usual rock singer, the usual Olympic finalist, the usual handicapped person, the usual ex-military, the usual comic. And there's always at least one romance blossoming between a star and a trainer, and there's the usual sad stories to gain sympathy, and the usual cheesy shirtless male dancing just to win points by sex appeal rather than talent. Otherwise, the dancing itself is fun, the show is upbeat and positive, something that is rare these days on prime time. No killing, spy thrillers, nastiness, crime and torture that permeates all shows each evening. It's just happy entertainment, so I enjoy it!
"Dancing with the Stars" is a reality competition show, but it is more
enjoyable if viewed as a performance show with behind-the-scenes
The voting is done by knowledgeable judges and by viewers of the show. Obviously, viewers will sometimes vote for their favorite celebrity or professional dancer regardless. To some extent, this is a popularity contest. We have seen viewers (appear) to vote based upon politics, religious preferences, the ages of celebrities, and for any other reason that someone might be a fan of a celebrity, e.g. sexiness.
But the show is very rewarding to watch, especially if you like dance in general. Even if you don't, this is similar to other self-improvement shows, like "The Biggest Loser", where the celebrities commit to a grueling schedule, rife with injuries, and try to master a wide range of dancing styles, most of which are precisely defined. You get to see bodies transformed, personalities bolstered, and obstacles overcome.
Almost all of the celebrities are nice people. The judges try to be encouraging, but honest. The professional dancers, who also choreograph the routines, are all successful ballroom dancers who never know what celebrity they might be matched with. It could be an Olympic athlete, a soap opera star, or a fashion designer.
Through the process, the celebrities and pros become very close. By the final show, there is a real feeling of family among the cast and the judges. Tom Bergeron adds just the right amount of cleverness in hosting the show, while often trying to defuse the most intense situations with his humor.
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I've only seen this show because my mother loves it and to appease her,
I sat through enough to form an honest opinion (before anyone starts
yelling, it's my opinion and may differ from yours).
To me, the only reason they have this low cost reality show on the air is because The Love Boat is no longer in production and C-list has-beens have nowhere else to get a rent check. It's also very formulaic, with the panel of judges ala American(s) Idle (I mean Idol) rating the performances. Of course they don't have the same acerbic retorts as Simon, but nonetheless it's just as much theatrical drudgery to get ratings.
Like someone else said "These are stars?" It's like watching reruns on Nick at Nite of your old t.v. favorites to recapture the images of faded celebrities, except now they're dancing in prime time.
Dancing with the Stars should do a season with old favorite movie couples like from Grease and Grease 2, Shields and Hamilton from The Blue Lagoon, Meg Ryan and Billy Crstal from When Harry met Sally etc. I have been watching the show since season 2 and I think it great. I miss some of the casts from when it started can you bring them back? I think instead of football can you bring some people from boxing, like Rhonda Rousey? I was also thinking maybe stars from the 70,'s 80's and 90's. It was also nice when you had picked 2 people that were not stars and paired them up with a professional and had them compete, I think a lot of people like myself who enjoy dancing would like to see that. I know the judges probably are getting tired and have other things to do but please don't change them if you can help it. I think it is one of the best shows on TV, the dancing is amazing and the hosts are great. Do you think you can do a tribute to Whitney Houston? Do you think Janet Jackson would come on?
This is just correcting a mistake that was made:
' Not Exactly Reality Television, 18 June 2005 Author: ericpop27 from United States
DWTS originated out of England made it's way throughout Europe and down under, assuming different titles. BBC, responsible for the American version, entitled the British version 'Strictly Come Dancing' which spawned sequels 'Strictly Come Dancing : It Takes Too' and 'Strictly Ice Dancing'. Of course, there are the obligatory wannabe knock-offs (Fox's Idol-ized 'So You Think You Can Dance') but make no mistake, this show offers real entertainment value about an art form that's often overlooked and seen as outdated. '
Im not sure about the DWTS but the title 'Stictly Ice Dancing' was/is not a BBC program. The correct title is 'Dancing On Ice' and this is shown and made by the British channel ITV who have nothing to do with the BBC. I just wanted to point this out.
The show is intriguing mainly because of the obvious increased
performance level of each star with each show. My confusion is why
"Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera was the music that Sara
Evans was forced to dance to when doing a Pasa Doble. And why Viveca A.
Fox had to display Latin passion to a Bon Jovi song, obviously from the
rock genre, also to dance a Pasa Doble.
I was curious then to see that Mario Lopez, also dancing a Pasa Doble had the surprising good fortune to be able to dance this number with the appropriate music.
Is there someone out there who can answer my questions?
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