Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:12
As ever, our informed dance pundit (aka palaisglide) hits the nail on the head. Me? I'm enjoying being entertained. Yes, the show has morphed into a light entertainment show, and I so wish that the dance was first and foremost. But - what comes close in the entertainment stakes on a Saturday night?
I find myself swept up in the glitz and the glamour. I know full well that there are many who will rapidly fall by the wayside. I also know that we, the great viewing public, are asked to vote for our "favourite" - not who we think is the best dancer.
Thus the Widdie effect from days of yore. Thus the Russell as a cannonball seasons ago.
By the time we have got beyond the natural winnowing of the obvious also-rans, we will have those who can show at least a passing ability to dance. And, no, it isn't always fair. And it isn't going to allow those of certain years/weight etc to shine. But the final will have some smashing routines (hopefully not of the slip'n;flip gymnastic sort) and we will remain entertained to the end.
A beacon shines through the Autumn schedules. I take it as it comes. I would love it to be about the dance - but have to accept that dancing is subsumed by costume design/sequins/music/fame. It is what it is.