Everybody Dance Now – Gasping For Breathe
Everybody Dance Now rated 304,000 last night, which meant it had fewer viewers then last weeks The Shire episode and it makes NINE’s Excess Baggage look like a ratings success.
This is not good for the much hyped reality dance show and there will be some unhappy faces around Network TEN and Fremantle Media today. It would also appear the Network is talking to the sponsors. Can it be improved or saved? Unfortunately in TV land viewers will desert a show if there is a stench of failure to it.
It is a pity as Networks will shy away from a dance reality show, when in fact the market is ripe for one it just needs the right format and cast.
Last night’s episode followed the same format as the night before Jason and Kelly’s teams go head to head in four heats. The winner of those heats go head to head against one of the other acts and two teams win $10,000 each and they move forward to the quarter finals.
I have to be honest I watched the episode this morning and scrolled through it and the 90 minute episode took me less than 30 minutes to watch. I cut out the ads (obviously) and the pre and post dance hype of the judges. Kelly Rowland is working the room the same can’t be said for Jason Derulo. Maybe Kelly should have been balanced out by an Australian judge.
Again there were some great dance acts but it did make me wonder if they had put some of the best ones in the first episode, because Nobel Lakaev would have easily won if he had been in the second episode. Does this format allow the best acts to get through to the final? Probably not. This was a format issue for The Voice but no one really spoke about it (except me) because it was rating its kahunas off.
The highlights of the night were winner SAEA Banyana a female tribal group, the burlesque girl group who really smoked up the dance floor, and an indian dance troupe called Singh Sabha Bhangra. Also circus must be the new dance trend, as there was a girl with hoola hoops who was a little intense as well as one of the winners of the night Liam and Tamika who did an amazing circus acrobatic act.
Maybe it is time to bring back the tested format of So You Think You Can Dance, but the downside of that format is we would have missed seeing all these group performances and they have been the highlight thus far. However you do get to see peoples “journey” and emotionally connect with them.
Everybody Dance Now continues tonight on TEN at 8.00pm.