Wednesday, February 20, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance Australia Sizzles

AUSTRALIAN dancers have waited a long time for their own reality TV show. Singers and models have lined up year after year for a shot at instant fame, celebrities and sportspeople have tried to dance, restaurateurs, home renovators, even complete and utter nobodies with no particular skills or talent have been embraced by the reality phenomenon. But dancers, as usual, have been relegated to the background of the light entertainment landscape.

Dancers are used to taking a back seat to other performers — in video clips, at the Australian Idol final, at the Logies. Wherever colour and movement is needed to offset the main action, dancers fill the space. But not any more. Dancers are front and centre of Ten's breakout hit, So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

Since Ten bought the format two years ago it has been grooming its audience by screening the US version over two summers. The strategy worked. By the time SYTYCDA premiered on Sunday, February 3, viewers were hungry to see the local version in action.

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