I hope I never hear the name “Carrie Ann Inaba” spoken in a fake British accent, or any other accent for that matter, again for as long as I live. I was going to post my outrage over the sham show, Dancing with the Stars, last week when Joey McIntyre was wrongly thrown off the television program, but I held my fingers until the final decision came down last night.
Are we surprised that Kelly Monaco, an ABC Soap Star on General Hospital, beat the wonderful John O’Hurley in last night’s final on the ABC Television network? Kelly did not dance well in her final performance and she knew it.
When all the judges kowtowed to her by giving an obviously imperfect performance three perfect “10” scores you felt the fix was in and, by the look in her astonished eyes, Kelly felt the fix was in as well. You can win well or you can win cheap and Kelly Monaco won on the cheap. The problem with the show was that the best dancer, Joey McIntyre, was repeatedly bashed by the judges to falsely lower his score so the voters at home could not rightly rescue him with our vote.
Joey was the only “star” who knew how to move his feet, keep rhythm, and make the dance a performance. Joey was the star of that show in every way and I’m glad he, and his professional dance partner Ashly DelGrosso, knew there was the stink of something rotten amongst them and they never took the ridiculous judges’ comments to heart. There was a major problem with the technical direction of the show over its brief run that I would also like to address. When you watch dancing you need to see the dancer’s feet at all times. The face and upper torso are important, but seeing how the feet move in space is vital to enjoying and evaluating the performance.
Too often during the competition we were exposed to torsos and the back of audience members’ heads instead of being able to see the pattern of the performers’ feet on the floor. That directorial miscalculation is common in television. Television is about faces, not feet. The Wade Robson Project on MTV last year had the same problem — we saw a lot of “jazz hands” but we never saw the feet in performance! When *NSYNC were hot they would often dance live on television and they were spectacular. However, 99% of the time, you never saw them move in unison and you could not see their feet because the television director would only show their faces.
All their coordinated dance effort was wasted for the television audience. There was one notable *NSYNC performance, however, on Saturday Night Live, when the director bravely took a wide shot of the stage, locked down the camera, and let the boy band do their stuff on their silly hit song at the time, Bye, Bye, Bye. It was electrifying to finally see, in a single established shot, how *NSYNC moved together with precise feet and body control. While I’m on this jaunt, I also want to mention that a singer is not always a dancer.
How can you tell?
When a singer moves their arms and not their feet, they are not dancing! The worst offender of the singer/dancer combo is Britney Spears. Here’s how you can judge for yourself if she is a dancer or not. Watch her in a concert performance. She might move her feet a little bit but those AROUND her do the dancing to trick you into thinking she is dancing, too.
Britney just moves her arms around. A few singer/dancers who earned that title the hard way are Prince, Janet Jackson, *NSYNC, Madonna and Sammy Davis, Jr. I won’t watch Dancing with the Stars again even if it returns next time starring Jerry Cooney, Tina Louise and Demond Wilson because Joey McIntyre was ripped off last week and John O’Hurley was ripped off last night and tearing down true talent is a betrayal I cannot abide.