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 told 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.