As a programme it's very much manipulated.
The problem for the BBC is to find enough people who are immediately recognisable by the public, "who have naff-all to do between now and the New-Year." A fairly difficult task as it's the peak season for many such people in theatre and of course pantomime.
Unless you watch a particular TV programme, (amongst hundreds) you could be forgiven for not knowing most of them.
Every year there's a good sprinkling of BBC employees selected, (why not it's their show). The BBC like them to do well, it really doesn't matter if they don't win, as in the next three months they'll be lots of opportunities for some "cross pollination," with contestants plugging the show on the ones in which they appear. The BBC will get good mileage out of it, as they will with Alex Jones' pregnancy, that's been bigged up already. It's all good for the ratings.
The dancers do what they're told. Joanne Clifton as a new dancer, had to change her hair colour as they "had too many blondes." Now Kristina, Aliona and Ola have left, she's been able to go back to her normal colour.
The judges amuse me, how they can come up with so many ad-lib comments containing elements of onomatopoeia and alliteration is amazing.
No it isn't, as the comedian Jerry Lewis once said; "You can't beat some carefully rehearsed spontaneity." Some of Len's and Bruno's have been used in DWTS.
But as a show I like it, I've watched every programme of every series. Though it's got decidedly better since the departure of the doddery and irascible octogenarian who thought the show was all about him. I hope he continues to enjoy his retirement and gives up any thought of returning for the Christmas show.He isn't a well man and it'd be like Marley's Ghost turning up a family Christmas celebration.
I like Tess and Claudia, they are nowhere near "as in your face" as was he.
These days I only record it and skip through a lot of the trivia.
I enjoy best the pros routines and some of the individual performances.
This was the highlight of the individual ones last year. No wonder they went on to win.
This from week 3.
Of the group dances.
Some of the female pros really put a lot of effort into it.
Look for Janette Manrara's high kick at 1.00 in. Well above her head. (extreme left).
Karen & Kevin, good synchronisation of the video background, not easy.
The most important point is not to take it too seriously. It's just the best Saturday night show on TV.
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