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Well, this show's a nightmare. And not even a fun way. Lifetime is trying to extend Abby Lee Miller's 15 minutes of fame, first by putting her on Drop Dead Diva and now by giving her another show where she can torture small children. The problem here is not really that it's like So You Think You Can Dance for babies, but that it's actually mostly appalling.
When it was first announced that Travis Wall was getting his own reality show on Oxygen about his new dance company, I was giddy with excitement, and the giant bus ads around the city have been teasing me ever since. But unfortunately this show, which should be my favorite (it's got all of the beautiful contemporary choreography that he's known for and is chock-a-block full of So You Think You Can Dance alumni), is the victim of a massive case of bad timing. While normally I'd be thrilled to put up with whining and disgusting frat boy-like behavior in order to watch dancers put themselves through torture (I did watch all of Breaking Pointe, after all), I'm currently preoccupied by the gymnasts at the Olympics doing even more disturbing things to their bodies. Even Dance Moms and So You Think You Can Dance were wise enough to give the Olympics a wide berth.
I've long held the theory that reality shows cannot thrive in Miami -- look at the Real Housewives of Miami, Miami Social, 8th & Ocean (though the seasons of Top Chef and Bad Girls Club that were in South Beach were pretty awesome, though those shows travel every season and aren't dependent on the surroundings the way that the former series were, but I digress) -- so my hopes for the South Florida spin-off Lifetime's already surprisingly wonderful Pittsburgh-based Dance Moms were exceedingly low. And the show somehow still managed to disappoint me beyond that. Here's why it doesn't work:
On this season of So You Think You Can Dance, a famous face has graced the judging panel for every live show. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of these mostly articulate celebs who seemed to be genuine fans of the franchise and who were able to actually spout opinions instead of just clap like seals. So we've ranked the special guests (though not the choreographers who were plucked to be on the panel, because we'd never be able to decide between Lil 'C and Travis Wall) to determine who was the best this summer.
It's Emmy nomination morning, which means that instead of enjoying our relaxing mindless summer television, we instead are up in arms about who got nominated and, more importantly, who didn't. As always, the voters gave TV fans like us plenty to be happy about -- and plenty more that was just infuriating. Here's our gut reaction to who was honored and who was overlooked:
Some of us may still be recovering from the cultural moment that was American Idol, but it looks like there's no rest for the weary reality fan ahead. A plethora of talent competition shows, including The Voice, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and last night's Platinum Hit, all take center stage this summer. But no matter how fantastic, absurd, or otherwise unpredictable their respective contestants are, it's the judges that give them their -- pardon the pun -- voice, not to mention their mood, sense of humor and overall vibe. And yes, they also give the shows their legitimacy (or lack thereof). Here's how each judge rates:
The Dancing With the Stars rumor mill is churning and it's saying that vocal Tea Party member Christine O'Donnell will be one of the next season's celebs. Given the success they've had with Bristol Palin, another Tea Party-friendly competitor seems like a safe bet for the ratings. And we just can't wait to see what on-the-nose songs the lame band will be playing while O'Donnell's dancing. Given that she's reportedly anti-masturbation, was against gays serving openly in the military, believes in creationism and dabbled in Wicca back in the day, we've got a lot of ideas.
The problem with opening up a dance show to folks from all walks (and stages) of life is that it has no chance to develop into an edgy talent competition like So You Think You Can Dance or America's Best Dance Crew. Instead, it becomes a watered-down program with cute kids and old people who will likely get the lion's share of votes once the American public gets to be in charge -- just like America's Got Talent. In fact, Live to Dance is pretty much a dance-centric version of AGT with the only notable differences being the idiotic "dance dome" and the less famous judges (Paula Abdul aside). And who would've thought they could have found a more pseudo-enthusiastic and awkward host than Nick Cannon to stand with the family members? I wouldn't have dreamed that was possible.
This show tried to make me believe that it was the most dangerous competition on TV, but c'mon. I watch The Challenge on a regular basis and those people are 50 feet up in the air dangling on a string or something between buildings. Jonny Moseley used to host that program (back when it still had the Real World/Road Rules moniker), so I'm surprised he didn't call the Skating With the Stars producers out on that. Frankly, I think even Wipeout is more dangerous.
I'm not going to lie, I fear change... especially when it involves my favorite reality shows. When Nigel Lythgoe (a.k.a. @dizzyfeet) announced via Twitter last week that there were alterations afoot at So You Think You Can Dance, beginning with a smaller final group and only one person getting eliminated per week, I immediately started to panic. What would the non-eliminated partner do, dance solo? Well, now it's been revealed that they're bringing back all-stars who will be partnering with the Top 10. However, I'm still quite wary about what the show will look like when it returns in May. Here's why:
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