Divas With Male Backup Dancers

Okay, everyone who said “Dance War” would get better was right. I think the show is generally more focused on the singing — both from the judges’ and camera operators’ perspectives — which disappoints me, but I’ll still watch it. This week I noticed that many times the camera would focus on the person singing — especially with the girls — excluding the people in the background who, in some cases were doing some of the more difficult dance moves. Just when someone (I think it was Kelsey) went to do a grand battement, the camera right then left her and homed in on the girl singing, so you missed the full extent of the kick. Movement definitely took a back seat. Anyway, that’s probably why I thought everyone was such crap at dance last week.

I thought the guys were overall the better dancers — although I’m still seeing a lot of floor gymnastics; but the choreography they were given was generally faster, more varied, and slightly more challenging than that of the girls, who basically just did sexy stylized walks and a few stationary pelvic rolls (and, happily, at one point, a set of double pirouettes) while belting out lyrics. The three-woman “Lady Marmalade” completely blew me away, and I have to say, that was the first time in the whole show that I think I actually understood what Bruno was saying. I definitely get when he’s excited or let down, but on this show I can’t always make out the English, which is weird since I don’t think I’ve had that problem on DWTS. I think Mariel, the girl Carrie Ann first picked, is going to be the main diva of the show, followed by Allysa, whom I was really surprised to see be one of the last two chosen. I can’t tell with the guys yet who’s going to stand out, but I foresee basically a battle of female voices backed by sexy male dancing peppered with acrobatic theatrics. We shall see…

3 Comments

  1. I can’t stand the show… Carrie Ann has always annoyed me since the beginning of DWTS. I like Bruno but I’m just not a big fan.. I”m a Len camp person. Plus the show… to me is really lame.. to much like American Idol :)

    I can’t wait till Season 6 starts

  2. Well, I’m tolerating it to cover it for the site, but I’m not loving it like I do DWTS or SYTYCD. If its going to be a song war, why not call it that instead of Dance War? I don’t tune in to hear these kids sing…lol! Oh well, its amusing filler until March when DWTS is back, year? Hey, anyone know when Ballroom Challenge starts up again?

  3. I know you guys — I agree; I STRONGLY prefer SYTYCD and DWTS and am just tolerating this too since neither show is on right now. I agree, Sharon; it’s not really a ‘dance war’ is it! Did you mean America’s Ballroom Challenge on PBS? I am just getting ready to post on it — January 30th!!!

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