So You Think You Can Dance?
Monday, February 04, 2008
We watched the debut of the Australian version of 'So You Think You Can Dance' last night. Yes, it's just a dance version of 'Australian Idol', but because we've had to create proposals for similar shows based around magic for various TV Production Companies over the last five years, it was interesting watching it and imagining magicians instead of dancers.
First, if you didn't see it, you can see a clip here
The first thing you'll notice is the passion the dancers have for what they do.
Next you'll see the energy they put into everything, even the smallest and slowest movements.
Then you'll notice that most of them have only five to ten seconds to prove themselves on TV, as opposed to ninety seconds on 'Australia's Got Talent'... and they do it.
Finally, you'll see that the really, really good ones get you were it counts, and move you emotionally.
Now take a look at the performers on the magic talent contest 'Phenomenon'.
I'm not singling them out, but they are ostensibly the best in the USA. How would Australian magicians fare on such a contest? Could they cut it in similar conditions to 'So You Think You Can Dance?' Or is it that magic doesn't belong on TV?