Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we were able to download the first episode of the first season of So You Think You Can Dance, UK! The show has been on the air in the US for 6 seasons, but has never been tried in the UK… which is odd, since the executive producer is English (not to mention, the host).
The UK version doesn’t look much different from the US one. Same host (Cat, *thumbs up!*), same executive producer/judge, same intro, format, etc… The most noticeable change is that it is a MUCH shorter season than runs in the US or Canada. They only had a single show for the auditions, and announced the Top 14 (another departure… 14 as opposed to 20) at the end of the first show. Typically we don’t see the Top 20 announced until after a week or two of audition shows.
And because there are only 14 dancers going to the live show, I don’t see it running for more than 5 or 6 weeks. It’s going to be a quick season (or series, as I believe they called it there). I imagine that it’s a bit of a trial thing for them. I don’t know why it would have taken so long to have made the leap across the pond, but obviously not everything that works here, will work over there.. and vice versa.
It was interesting to watch. There were times when I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about… the different accents and terms for things that made no sense to me whatsoever. But the performances were still top-notch! One thing about those who made it through to the Top 14… they seem much more mature than the many of the people on the US or Canadian shows. There didn’t seem to be the bubbly 18-19 year olds among the mix.
The last two points of interest from the first show… Hugo, the Brazilian god… The women will go on and on about his physique… I’ll just say that he would have been an easy frontrunner had he been allowed to compete. I don’t understand why they even showcased him at all, knowing that his work visa was not transferable. Even for me, it was a bit of a disappointment when they told him that he could not continue. Send him home, and do a So You Think You Can Dance, Brazil!
And lastly… the rather large woman who plunged off the front of the stage during her audition… I’m sorry… but I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes, and had to watch it again… I know that’s not nice, and I’m sorry. Thankfully she wasn’t hurt, and had a great sense of humour as she was carted off in the ambulance (precautionary, I assume).
Now that’s entertainment!