Dance War: Audition Show (season premiere)
After the jump, I will go over some of the highlights from the auditions. I use the word "highlights" loosely here. Bruno, Carrie Ann and host Drew Lachey combed three cities in search of performers for the live shows: New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville. I'll also review the first performance from the lucky fourteen finalists.
Just a warning: my review is long but it was a two-hour premiere. I promise it will be shorter next week. Please leave your comments about the show or any of the contestants. I am interested to hear what you thought of Dance War.
In New York, we met Quandrell from Buffalo, NY whose mother was in the audience. He sang "My Girl" and did some interesting freestyle moves. However, Bruno and Carrie Ann thought he didn't have enough control (of both his voice and his body) or discipline to bring him to the final fourteen. Carrie Ann even cried when she broke the news to him. Watch it, Paula Abdul.
Another person who did well in the auditions but didn't make the finals was Anthony from North Carolina. He sang "Suddenly I See" (his own unusual stylized version that Bruno and Carrie Ann seemed to enjoy). Then he danced for them. Let's just clarify something right now. Throwing tricks is not dancing. Doing flips and back handsprings and aerials are all gymnastics. Sorry for the rant, I just hate when people try out for these dance shows and all they do is flip around. Anthony did dance a little but doing multiple fouette turns is not that impressive. (Note: Anyone who's watched an episode of So You Think You Can Dance has seen fouette turns. It's when a dancer turns multiple times on one leg and uses the other leg and his / her arms to propel himself / herself around.)
And then there was the hapless Ashley from Boston. Ashley sang very well. However she did combine two songs, "My Love" and "Baby Love." This would have been fine except I'm not convinced that Ashley knew that they were in fact two separate songs. Ashley's dancing was atrocious. I was dumbfounded as to how she even got called back for a solo when the first part of the audition was dancing.
In Los Angeles, we saw Shar from Washington, D.C. who sang okay and did some weird combination of breaking and lyrical dance. Then there was Kasey from California whose dancing was absolute crap. Bruno and Carrie Ann liked her voice but I thought she sounded like Minnie Mouse. Sorry, Kasey. But who cares about her anyway because she didn't even make the call-backs.
The pickings were so slim in L.A. that Dance War even had a short segment dedicated to the weather replete with "Singin' in the Rain" playing in the background. But all was not lost because in Los Angeles, Bruno and Carrie Ann found Zach, the student from Utah. His singing and dancing were both good and he wasn't too hard on the eyes either. I was not surprised at all when he made the show.
We also met Elizabeth from California and Angela from North Carolina at the Los Angeles auditions. The latter didn't make the final fourteen because she couldn't sing if her life depended on it. I didn't think her dancing was that hot either. She looked like a crazy cavewoman cavorting around the stage. She was, however, the most endearing and funny of all the contestants. And Carrie Ann was right--Angela's voice had really improved from the first audition. The former could sing quite well but didn't do much dancing (unless doing sexy walks around the stage counts). Elizabeth did make the final fourteen so I'll be interested to see how much her dancing improves.
In Nashville, three friends from Louisiana did solos for Bruno and Carrie Ann and all three were mediocre, especially that last one, Mary Alice, who sang "Knocking on Heaven's Door." She didn't make it to the thirty semifinalists but her other two friends did. Aww. Wait, no, why would I feel bad for a person who can't carry a tune but insists on singing such a difficult song?
Nashville did produce a few hopefuls though. There was Charity from Antioch, TN who could clearly sing and dance quite well. Lacey from Jackson, MS also performed great and had real stage presence. Like Zach, I was not surprised that Lacey made the final fourteen. For the boys, there was Maxx who reminded me of a Garbage Pail kid (remember those?) and who sang like Michael Jackson according to Carrie Ann and Bruno. His dancing was pretty good too. But, I am so over fouette turns and if you are going to them, point your working foot and straighten your standing knee. I might get arthritis just from watching that guy turn.
The performance of the thirty semifinalists to "Dance to the Music" was a total joke (except for Lacey and Zach). Do you think that Simon Cowell would stand for that crap? I hope someone interviews Simon about this show. I would love to hear his thoughts.
At the end of the show, the final fourteen performed "Let's Get Loud" which had its strong moments but wasn't amazing. One totally awesome thing did happen though. I think it was Kasey (not sure) who did a back handspring in high heels (well, ballroom shoes, but still). I know I said I didn't like the tricks but she did it in heels. I have to give kudos for that!
Final Thoughts about Dance War:
- Bruno Tonioli is a complete headcase. I loved how he talked during people's auditions. He's no Simon Cowell or Nigel Lithgoe but I think he will bring his own brand of crazy to Dance War.
- I wish that Bruno and Carrie Ann were real rivals and actually despised each other. That would be awesome. On Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, you could tell that Matt Hughes and Matt Serra really disliked each other. Maybe ABC will just replace Bruno and Carrie Ann with Matt Hughes and Matt Serra (no, that would be silly...or would it?).
- Did you think that Carrie Ann was too nice to the contestants in the initial auditions? I didn't like how she consoled that girl Sasha who sang Amazing Grace (and probably killed some small helpless animal doing it).
- What was with the laugh track throughout the auditions in the first half of the show?
- Lastly (I promise), I didn't like how when the contestants danced, Dance War just played some random song. I would have rather heard whatever song was really being played while they were dancing. I doubt that that many people picked "Burn Baby Burn" or "La Vida Loca" for their audition.
|I loved it.||112 (40.0%)|
|I don't know yet.||108 (38.6%)|
|I hated it.||60 (21.4%)|