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Between seasons of Dancing with the Stars, ABC says Let's Dance

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 11th 2009 2:04PM
Let's DanceBecause you can never get enough of celebrities dancing, ABC has picked up Let's Dance, which they're calling a comedic reality show. It's based on a format that found success as part of the UK's Comic Relief programming. Rather than having celebrities commit to a full season to learn a variety of ballroom styles, a la Dancing with the Stars, this new show only requires a one-week commitment with the possibility of a "finale" return. And all they have to master is an already well-known dance.

I guess this is where the "comedy" comes in?

The celebs will be asked to re-enact famous dance routines such as in Dirty Dancing, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, or even music video classics like Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Which is... funny, I guess? I love the picture that went with the story. No explanation but big red noses. So funny Maybe they dance with those? At any rate, funny or not the idea is to slot a short run, as in five episodes of Let's Dance between seasons of Dancing with the Stars. So what do you think? Is it too much dance, or are you on board?

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The red nose thing is what you do for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day; nothing to do with the actual program. This show was basically a silly, trivial way to get celebs acting silly for a few weeks with phone-vote proceeds going to charity. It wasn't to be taken seriously as a "great" show, but it was funny at times -- if you like the idea of a popular celeb dancing Grease, Dirty Dancing or Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time. If you don't, then you won't.

In the British version, Robert Webb (Peep Show) won by dressing up as a woman in tight lycra to re-enact the Flashdance dance. Search YouTube.

I have no idea if this will translate to the US, particularly if it's no longer a charity event. I guess if they book good celebs and make it clear you're not supposed to take it very seriously, it could work. The UK version only last 3 weeks, so it might be a mistake to drag the US version out for much longer if you ask me!

June 11 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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