Welcome everybody! Hard to believe, but new year, new reality TV. And Sky One’s Got To Dance is the first show we’ll be covering in 2011! Davina McCall’s back with the big white audition dome. Adam Garcia, Kimberley Wyatt and Ashley Banjo are back in the judges’ chairs and the first double bill of audition shows has aired.
In this post, we’ll be covering the first episode of the show – leave us your comments as usual! And we’ll cover the second episode in a separate post. First up:
Bridget aka Happiness
First up is the slightly hippy-ish Bridget, who describes dancing as her ‘zen’. That may not be the correct use of the word ‘zen’, but who cares? It’s clear we’re in for a treat, and Happiness delivers the most bonkers dance routine I’ve seen outside my own bedroom. She describes is as freestyle disco, but it was a series of jerky movements reminiscent of someone having an epileptic seizure.
What’s remarkable is that, as bad as it is, you can help but smile at the crazy Irish lady. And neither can the judges, even though her leggings are clearly falling down due to the graceless thumping she’s doing. She gets two gold stars, which technically puts her through, but Adam Garcia changes his red to gold when he learns that she took 34 years to choreograph that routine. So even if she does go through, she won’t be able to come up with another dance.
We get a wonderful lesson about how the Northern Irish *ahem* situation affects dancing children. This dance troupe from North and West Belfast have to negotiate routine violence every July. Except it’s not really that bad anymore. You should have seen it back in the day, kids. Good story though…
I’m going to be nice about the local posse, because while they’re a bit of an eyesore all dressed in purple and green. However, their energy on stage is fantastic and great fun. The judges recognise this and give them three stars. Ashley notes that they’re only between 7 and 12 years old. Well done, wee Belfast kids!
Tom drags his parents along to his audition. He describes it as contemporary dance, but it looks like a lot of limp flailing from this sofa. There’s no real technique to what he’s doing and he does the whole thing with a pained expression on his face. His father watches from the sidelines with an aghast expression.
Fair play to Adam Garcia, he judges this with a straight face and commends Tom on his bravery. Then we discover that Tom…has never had a dance lesson! Aha! That explains everything!
10 year old Tamara gives a simply amazing gymnastic display to Freddie Mercury’s Who Wants To Live Forever. She’s dressed in Lady GaGa’s rejects, but she dances brilliantly, then flatters Kimberley Wyatt by describing her as an inspiration! She is rewarded with three gold stars from the judges. Adam Garcia describes her as explosive.
Cue a series of amazing auditions that flies past much too fast. Then we get…
Like BGT’s Twist & Pulse, except this double act aren’t remotely entertaining. It’s frankly embarrassing how much this routine lacked excitement. Kimberley asks them if they’re serious about dancing, and they waffle on about street-hop, their new dance craze that literally NO-ONE will be doing this time next year.
Kimberley’s ready to leap over the judge’s table and snap their necks as they talk about street-hop’s power to unite the world. Crazy sods.
If you’re reading this and haven’t seen the episode yet, Trilogy are phenomenal. Visually stunning routine with some brilliant music selections – they mix up Black Eyed Peas and Wham in the same number, raising a few smiles from everybody watching. Seriously, with a bit more gymnastic action, Trilogy could rival Ashley Banjo’s Diversity. Go and watch them.