Four hours of DWTS is a little too much for me, so in the interest of full disclosure, I only watched last night’s “20/20″ special and the results show. By the way, ABC, way to confuse your brand by using what was formerly a news program as a vehicle to present the hard-hitting “Dance Floor Confidential. ”
Anyway, here were the highlights (for me):
- The Orchestra Director looks and talks like a robot. “I am nervous for the show.” Danger, Will Robinson. Danger. Abort! Abort!
- There is a person in the control room who counts out the beats – she’s a “human metronome.” I can count to 8. I can totally rock that job.
- There are more than 40 variations of the DWTS theme around the world, ranging from India (ballroom meets Bollywood, but without the touching) to Argentina (where an unauthorized version touts dancers whose clothing falls off. On purpose).
- The people who’ve lost the most weight on DWTS are Marie Osmond, Kirstie Alley and Mark Cuban (30 pounds). Nancy Grace lost 25 pounds.
- Ballroom dancing burns 250 calories an hour.
- Celebrity dancers practice up to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- Women’s costumes get between 5,000 and 10,000 hand-glued rhinestones each.
- Sunday is “Spray Tan Sunday”, when each dancer receives 5 layers of tan, with 2 layers of bronzer.
In the results episode, we learned that William Levy got an education of what the word “raunchy” means (“too sexy”). I love the language barrier! Oh, and Jerkel is friends with “The Temptations” now. Apparently, someone can’t pay you a compliment without becoming your BFF.
The ABC Pimp Machine is alive and well – starting with the “AT&T Spotlight Performance.” Ca-ching, ca-ching! That’s the sound of endorsement deals! And two of the Dorks, I mean, Sharks from ABC’s very own “Shark Tank” were there, plugging their show – Friday nights on ABC! Check your local listings. Not to be outdone, there was the Macy’s “Stars of Dance” classical dance number to Usher’s “Without You,” because nothing says “Man, I love Macy’s shoe department” better than gauzy dresses, dancers rigged to cranes and plucked string instruments. Boyz II Men plugged their new single “One More Dance” (get it? On a dance show? Soooo perfect!) so, of course, they were there to sell some CDs and promote their latest tour (tickets on sale now!) I personally am a fan of “Motown Philly.” It would’ve kept with the theme and been harder to dance to. P.S. Has it really been 20 years, Boyz II Men?! And have you made the transition (from boyz to men?)