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Everybody Dance Now – Format Changed And Murdoch Admits It Was A Flop

Everybody Dance Now tanked in the ratings last week, but Network TEN have been quick to act to try and resuscitate it.

They have now cut it to one night a week, Sunday’s at 8.00pm, and it will only be a one hour show. The truncation means there will only be three heats and the winners of these heats will dance off for $10,000 and the other two will be eligible for the wild card vote into the quarter finals.

Inquiries late last week revealed the down side of this was some of the acts that were slated for the program have now been cut.

Also in the Sunday Telegraph today the host of the show Sarah Murdoch admitted the show was a horror flop and is wanting the viewer to give it another chance.

The article states:

Conceding the show’s original format had been a failure, a candid Murdoch said she had spent the past week in crisis talks with judges Jason Derulo and Kelly Rowland and the program’s creators, Fremantle Media, in a bid to salvage the series.

“It was a huge disappointment. The way the format was set didn’t work,” she toldΒ The Sunday Telegraph.

“We spent the entire week meeting and talking through every aspect of the show. We have taken on what the viewers have said and we can make it so Australia will fall in love with it.”

Imploring viewers to give the show another chance, Murdoch said the heavily promoted series had been completely revamped for tonight, with the number of acts performing cut to three and the program reduced from two weekly episodes to a solitary hour-long run on Sundays.

Network sources said the show was facing the axe and would likely be scrapped if the changes failed to impress.

The US judges were confident it could be saved, with 22-year-old singer Derulo saying the new format would give audiences a more action-packed experience. “We needed to move things around to give people the action-packed show they want,” he said. “Now we are giving them that. We have chopped down the excess.”

Singer Rowland, 31, said she would be most disappointed for the performers if the show was dropped.

“That’s why we went back to look at what we could do to make it better. I think the show is going to get better and better. We want viewers to love it.”

Well hopefully Jason will look a bit more excited about being there.

Everybody Dance Now will screen on Network TEN at 8.00pm Sunday nights.


1 Mrs Woog { 08.19.12 at 10:26 am }

my son LOVES this show….

2 Reality Raver { 08.19.12 at 10:37 am }

As does my daughter. The dancing has been fabulous. I am hoping the format changes will bring back the viewer.

3 Morgan { 08.19.12 at 12:09 pm }

I’m sure Sarah is now regretting it big time for leaving AusNTM.

4 A.P { 08.19.12 at 2:52 pm }

Sorry, I think its too late.

5 Ari { 08.19.12 at 7:24 pm }

They should have known that the format was NEVER going to work. It’s a shame. I want to give it another chance. But I think too much promotion over the two stars?

6 bella vita { 08.20.12 at 3:47 am }

A shocker of a show. Sarah is bland and knows nothing about the dance industry…two overseas judges is a mistake. Disappointing for the talent who are trying hard

7 Joseph Skyrim { 08.20.12 at 8:38 am }

Put me in the bucket of loving the show too. πŸ˜› The dancing is fantastic, and some of the acts that previously made it through should count themselves lucky for the 10 grand.

Most of the format is ok, but they really need to axe the spruiking – and if they really want to save money then ditch Kelly and Jason and just pull names from a hat (get the audience to do it) to determine who is performing against who. Can always use the assistant coaches as the main team captains too. Just because many people have never heard of them doesn’t mean it won’t work. I mean, who of us plebs knew about Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston prior to MC? *shrug*

I dislike their change of not showing the % scores on the board though.

You know what – perhaps next time they should *ASK* us for ideas? This is a pretty good hub for realityTV – maybe RR can toss them a hint so next time they can just go “Hi RTV fans, we’re making a dance show – what do you think the format should be?”. It’s free intel and could help with the brainstorming process. Just saying.