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What to Expect From Upcoming 'Superstars of Dance' TV Show

December 27, 2008 07:33:53 GMT

'Superstars of Dance', new reality TV show from NBC, will be glittered by professional dancers, some of whom are The Shaolin Monks from China.


What to Expect From Upcoming 'Superstars of Dance' TV Show
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New dancing reality TV show "Superstars of Dance", produced by Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller, two masterminds behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance", promises to bring in something different. Unlike two other dancing competitions, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" which determine their winners through viewers' vote, this NBC's TV show will rely its evaluation on the selected world-class judges.

"These are professional dancers; it would be very difficult for someone at home in their living room to pass judgment on the prima ballerina from Russia," host Michael Flatley explains why audiences are not involved. "It's very difficult to see how she might have done her pirouette or how she may have stood en pointe properly. It takes a specialist."

Eight countries; Ireland, India, America, Argentina, China, Russia, South Africa and Australia, are currently scheduled to participate at the show. Each team, consisting of two soloists, one duo and one larger group, is expected to perform their dance styles based on their culture, such as tango from Argentina and classical ballet from Russia. One nation will be crowned as the world's best.

"The most exciting thing about 'Superstars of Dance' is how grand these performances are," co-host Susie Castillo says when spilling the beans on who will come to the competition. "All the dancers are professionals and most have taken time off from touring the world to compete on the show. The Shaolin Monks from China, for example, are on their 'Wheel of Life' tour, and our Irish team is on tour with 'Lord of the Dance.' It's pretty spectacular."

America, meanwhile, will be represented by duo ballet dancer experts Georgia Ambarian and Eric Luna, who have held three world and three U.S. cabaret championship titles. Commenting on their participation at the show, Georgia says, "We're just going to go and perform the best way we can. You can't think of it as a competition. You have to think of it as your personal best."

"Superstars of Dance" will be hosted by Michael Flatley from "The Lord of the Dance" and co-hosted by Susie Castillo from "House of Payne". The TV series will be premiered on NBC January 4, 2009 at 09 - 11 P.M. ET. The following day on January 5 through 19, 2009, it will be aired beginning at 08 - 10 P.M. ET.

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posted by soleil58 on Feb 20, 2009
I agree with Tension. I felt the dances could not and should not have been judged, was not fair and I tuned out. Dance means different expressions in different cultures, tell different stories. This should not have been a competition. It was not fun watching the South African judge make personal attack after personal attack on the virility (his own word) of several male dancers. There is a difference between judging dance technique/style and personally attacking the participants. I was turned off by the judges but I loved the entire cast and was sorry to miss the end but the judging was insufferable.
posted by case on Jan 06, 2009
i completely agree with shine. this is not a the kind of thing that should be judged. if nbc really wanted to bring these people together, they could have just aired a dance show just to expose the varieties and extent of dances in the world. i didn't have to be a competition. truthfully, i think "dance" is such an ambiguous term and such a cultural thing that any "international" competition like this is bound to be a failure. if it were more specified type of dance, like an international ballet competition or international tap dancing competition, judging would be reasonable. but these different forms of dances can not be judged against each other. dance is an expression, and different cultures express themselves in different ways. for example, in my opinion chinese acrobats is most definitely a form a dance because it represents the discipline of their society very well. and unless that judge from s. africa had a complete knowledge of the indian girl's dance, which he didn't, he definitely did not have a right to say she could improve. i know that was long, but i was just very frustrated with this show today. i thought all the performances were spectacular, and the judging ruined a lot of the magic of the dances.
posted by case on Jan 06, 2009
i completely agree with shine. this is not a the kind of thing that should be judged. if nbc really wanted to bring these people together, they could have just aired a dance show just to expose the varieties and extent of dances in the world. i didn't have to be a competition. truthfully, i think "dance" is such an ambiguous term and such a cultural thing that any "international" competition like this is bound to be a failure. if it were more specified type of dance, like an international ballet competition or international tap dancing competition, judging would be reasonable. but these different forms of dances can not be judged against each other. dance is an expression, and different cultures express themselves in different ways. for example, in my opinion chinese acrobats is most definitely a form a dance because it represents the discipline of their society very well. and unless that judge from s. africa had a complete knowledge of the indian girl's dance, which he didn't, he definitely did not have a right to say she could improve. i know that was long, but i was just very frustrated with this show today. i thought all the performances were spectacular, and the judging ruined a lot of the magic of the dances.
posted by skreed on Jan 06, 2009
This show is silly. The dance styles are too diverse and the judges seem to be only an excuse to have a bunch of dancers on tv. It is a wonderful idea stuck in an tired old format. I was terribly disappointed and will not watch again. Even with all the emotional b.s., So You Think You Can Dance is far superior.
posted by calvin on Jan 05, 2009
Personally I think the show sucks because the judges cant judge and also half of what they did wasn't even dance What the shaolin monks did wasn't even dancing
posted by Rizz on Jan 05, 2009
This show is terrible. The judges don't know how to judge each genre of dance. The too many judges are uninspiring, dull, and go nowhere. Michael Flat is also boring. Music is dull, 90% of dances are boring. Kill it!
posted by shine on Jan 05, 2009
I love the dances present and that is why i watch the show, however i am VERY dissapointed with the judging. I also felt disguisted that the judge from South Africa and from Argentina had the nerve to tell the chinese that it was not a real form of dance that they did. I thought that that was offensive to their culture and to their country. Also I felt that the judge from South Africa had no right to tell the girl from India that she had room to improve how would he know? These judges judge based on what the other judges gave them. If they get a bad score from someone they give the same score back when they judge their country. For example that is what the judge from Argentina does. I personally feel that Russia and China are very good scorers however because they give scores based on how the individals performed not on the style of dance. I also believe that this kind of dance should not be judged because it is their national dances by rating the dances they are offending the countries, and the people who work really hard to represent their country. Amazing show but I feel that most of the judges are incompetent and don't really think about how hard these dances really are. When I saw this I am refering to the Chinese, Russian, and Indian dances and how hard it is to do them yet they do not get enough credit for what they do.
posted by shine on Jan 05, 2009
I love the dances present and that is why i watch the show, however i am VERY dissapointed with the judging. I also felt disguisted that the judge from South Africa and from Argentina had the nerve to tell the chinese that it was not a real form of dance that they did. I thought that that was offensive to their culture and to their country. Also I felt that the judge from South Africa had no right to tell the girl from India that she had room to improve how would he know? These judges judge based on what the other judges gave them. If they get a bad score from someone they give the same score back when they judge their country. For example that is what the judge from Argentina does. I personally feel that Russia and China are very good scorers however because they give scores based on how the individals performed not on the style of dance. I also believe that this kind of dance should not be judged because it is their national dances by rating the dances they are offending the countries, and the people who work really hard to represent their country. Amazing show but I feel that most of the judges are incompetent and don't really think about how hard these dances really are. When I saw this I am refering to the Chinese, Russian, and Indian dances and how hard it is to do them yet they do not get enough credit for what they do.
posted by Phil on Jan 05, 2009
The judges are either condescending or arrogant and perhaps have no idea of the styles of dancing portrayed. I am a bit disgusted and would rather watch Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance. This show is a BUST and I rate it a 5. The dancers are much better than the judges give credit.
posted by just country on Jan 05, 2009
I think the judges are unfair. I also think that there are some political agendas going on. I will say, that I don't think the dances I have seen so far from the US represents the MAJORITY of the US. Only a minority. I think the judges are looking for traditional dances representing the countries.
posted by kate on Jan 05, 2009
i cannot believe they do not recognize the music (artist or song) in any way on this show...a real shame.
posted by dancer on Jan 05, 2009
the show is ok BUT the Camera men think that they are creative (BUT they are NOT)this is a dance program not an ad for tooth paste.ALL Dance programs should use tri pods not cameramen. A dancer is viewed from head to toe and judged the same way. This show would be better if the camera men understood what they were filming.
posted by lorgor on Jan 04, 2009
Nan, I agree..Michael Flatley is too "flat". He needs to be more enthusiastic & show some excitement in the show.
posted by Tension on Jan 04, 2009
This show suffers from the same flaw as many of the other dance shows of this type. A single panel of judges is not qualified to adequately judge so many diffrent styles with various techniques and standards. In the end the only standard is the personal likes/dislikes of the panel and these can often be out of sync with the viewing audience. If viewers think the show is not fair the will tune it out.
posted by Nan on Jan 04, 2009
I love Michael Flatley but he needs to talk louder and show a little more excitement for the whole thing.

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