Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing; Dancing on Ice, Dancing With The Stars

An article about one of Strictly Come Dancing's unsung heroes - Lance Ellington. Craig Revel Horwood will once again be playing a pantomime villain.

And I find this rather strange - Harry Potter has nabbed the Elstree Studio where Dancing on Ice is filmed? So Elstree just completely leave in the lurch a company that have been filming there the last five years? Did someone not check the diary or did Hermione manage to charm a receptionist? Or could it be someone is exaggerating? Hm, unheard of, I know.

And Trav is already excited - the line up of celebrities for the new series of Dancing With The Stars has been released - check these out: David Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Grey, Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, R&B singer Brandy and more!

Monday, 30 August 2010

Strictly Come Dancing Controller Says No More Ratings War With X-Factor!

Jay Hunt basically says that ratings aren't the be-all and end-all for the BBC, quite rightly too.

Hopefully, Auntie Beeb have realised that the only things Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor have in common are a public phone vote and Saturday night. My mum doesn't watch X-Facor but has been a Strictly fan since its beginnings; my kids only watch the X-Factor auditions to laugh at the idiot ones; I watch Strictly because I love dancing, and X-Factor in the hope that we will find a Luther Vandross or that at least one performance will actually blow me away.

I still believe they'll overlap at some point though, because they're both aimed at the family and therefore have to occupy the tea time slot. But in this day and age, we can see both (@media peeps) really, its not a problem!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

X-Factor Rundown

Temple Fire rehearsed five hours a day; it really didn't do them any good. Is this where Cheryl became ill? Total set up number one, I'd say. Michael McCarthy - um, no; Noah Keegan is walking ... he's walking; Laura O'Keefe nooooooo; Stephen Concannon - nice pecs; Sugar Bullet boring; Sadbh - potential; Rebecca Creighton making it hard work by not bothering to breathe; Michael Lewis, set up number two; Anastacia different, not particularly musical; Man-band The Reason, purrrrrr ... lead vocal a little weak but nice harmonies; Mary the lovely Tescos lady, singing Check Out The Groove ...lol - check out the groove, get it ...no? Strong voice, knows how to use it. Great song choice. Presence. Passion and timing too. Almost star of the show except for Matt Cardle, lovely voice, shame Simon stopped him. Quirky not uncomfortable to watch.

Dancing in the UK

The September edition is out now!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Edinburgh Festival TV Special - Got To Dance!

The traditional opener this year featured Sky's Got To Dance - and in the best tradition, there was (almost) controversy over voting, lol! A nice review courtesy of The Guardian, with an even nicer photo of dance legends Ashley Banjo and Adam Garcia accompanying *coughs* What? They are legends ... both being pretty fit is purely coincidental.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Barclays Live searches for Manchester's hottest dance acts!

Barclays is celebrating the ongoing investment in its branch network with a competition to find the country’s hottest dance acts, and it's coming to Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester on Saturday 4 September.

The competition is open to anyone who thinks they've got what it takes to become Britain's next dancing superstar, be it as an individual, duo, group or troupe.

The top ten entries will be put through to live auditions, which will take place on Saturday 4 September on a stage at Piccadilly Gardens. These contestants will perform in front of a celebrity panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole, as well as an audience made up of the great people of Manchester!

The top five acts will then be subject to a public vote to decide the winner via the Barclays Live website http://www.barclayslive.co.uk/.

The winning act will be waltzing away with a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cool £1,000!

To enter visit http://www.barclayslive.co.uk/ or send us a link to a YouTube video showing us your moves or email http://uk.mc871.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=info@barclayslive.co.uk along with your dance clip, name, phone number and postcode, before Sunday 29 August.

The Barclays Live auditions will form part of a day-long programme of events, including a dance master class by Brendan Cole and performances by a variety of fantastic dance acts.

The Barclays branch at 86/88 Market Street is packed full of ideas developed to make banking faster, easier and more enjoyable – including a dedicated self-service area, open counters and a spacious new Premier lounge.

Brendan Cole says "The Barclays Live competition is a great opportunity for talented dancers in Manchester and I am really looking forward to experiencing some fabulous performances. If you haven't entered the competition already, make it the very next thing you do, and I'd like to invite anyone in the area on Saturday 4 September to pop down to Piccadilly Gardens to join me for a whole host of dancing fun."

Children under the age or 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Strictly Come Dancing Unveils New Pro Dancers

Strictly Come Dancing have announced the four new pro dancers, who will complete the line up of the Professional Troupe.

They are: Tanya Perera, who was a featured dancer in the West End production of Dirty Dancing; Shem Jacobs and Aneta Piotrowska, who have both performed in the Polish Dancing with the Stars; and Crystal Main, who has performed on Strictly Come Dancing in South Africa.

Darren Bennett will dance with Crystal Main
Ian Waite will dance with Aneta Piotrowska
Shem Jacobs will dance with Tanya Perera

The website has had a bit of a re-vamp too - head on over and check it out.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Snippets: Flawless, Strictly Come Dancing

Another report from the Edinburgh Fringe, featuring Flawless.

Ex Strictly Come Dancing pro, Brian Fortuna, has been the victim of theft - targeted by the look of it, as they took all his dance costumes too. If you're a regular visitor to Ebay, please keep an eye out!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Barclays Live in Bristol

Five dance performances at Broadmead in Bristol had the judges tapping their toes on Saturday 14 August as part of the Barclays Live dance competition to launch the new branch at 53/55 Broadmead– and these performers are now shimmying through to the next round.

CHUCK

COBERA

THE FREESTYLERS

CRUSADERS

HYPE JUNIORS

All are finalists in the Barclays Live competition – and vying for the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cheque for £1,000!

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, Key 103 Breakfast Show presenter Trevor Jordan and Brett Sutor from Barclays.

Videos of the five finalists have been uploaded onto the Barclays Live website http://www.barclayslive.co.uk/ and they now face a public vote to decide on the winner. Cast your votes now! And check out Your Name in Dance, the new interactive dance tool which allows you to produce a bespoke dance for your name.

Barclays Live teamed up with award winning street dancer BROOKE to develop the online tool which you can share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, or can copy the link and send it by email.

Barclays Live marks the launch of the brand new Bristol branch which is packed full of ideas developed to make banking faster, easier and more enjoyable – including a spacious new premier lounge.

Brendan Cole, 33, is a champion ballroom dancer, specialising in Latin American dancing. He is one of only a handful of professional dancers to compete in all seven series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as well as judging four series of Dancing With The Stars in his native New Zealand. Earlier this year, Brendan enjoyed great success and critical acclaim during his first nationwide solo tour, Live and Unjudged.

Brendan Cole says “Bristol has talent! We saw some really fantastic performances in Bristol from streetdance troupes to jivers- the high standard of the performances made it difficult to select our final five. After deliberations we have chosen, Hype Juniors, The Freestylers, Crusaders, Cobera and Charlie Chuck. These dancers are now counting on you to vote for them on the Barclays Live website– so make sure you log on and do your bit!”

Jo Hawkins, Broadmead Manager, says: “We’re thrilled that Barclays has chosen to invest in Broadmead, offering shoppers premier banking facilities at its brand new branch. Saturday’s event was a great opportunity to celebrate local talent and Broadmead was proud to welcome dancing star Brendan Cole to enjoy such fabulous performances in the heart of Bristol.”

Monday, 23 August 2010

Snippets: Don't Stop Believing; Britain's Got Talent

True Dynamix impressed the organisers of the World Streetdance Championships enough to be invited to perform at the championships next week! Well done!

Twist and Pulse, Paul Burling and Stavros Flatley are headlining the For One Night Only show in Torbay.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Don't Stop Believing: The Final!

A lively yet musical start with Crazy in Love and Just Dance, they kept to the musical arrangements of both and all looked and sounded good!

First out, last week's wild card choices, Swish, with the stunningly voiced Anthony and Bieberesque Jake. Here we go ... wow - fantastic start to the show, proving the judges made a great decision last week, even if I disagreed! A jazzy, charleston flavoured version of Locomotion and a full of energy Shout - and, proving that Anthony is not alone - well supported by other, excellent, vocalists. Duncan said all the girls did their bit - I agree, they were all fab; Anastacia said they were awesome; Tamsin said they showed substance and depth as a group; Chucky said they'll be hard to get out of his head when he returns to the States.

Songtimers next and they've gone for a slowie, Empire State of Mind. I like what they've tried to do to bring more emotion into it - but it was the jazz hands that got you through before, guys; Vocally it just wasn't strong enough, even if the performance overall was pleasing. Chucky said they proved they can pull of depth and feeling, could've been cleaner; Tamsin said it wasn't the most dynamic but vast improvement; Anastacia wasn't crazy about the pitchy and sharp vocals; Duncan said they captured the essence of Chicago.

Have I said how much I like Emma's dress?

Singer Station will be interesting, because I'm a hard hearted biatch and I want to hear people in tune - individually not good on Starmaker, collectively better. Sweet. Although the balloons out of the suitcase might just tip me over the edge. The judges have made the rudimentary error of telling them they won't win (Tamsin) it didn't move Chucky like before; Duncan advices that whilst not the strongest act, they have confidence and personality; Anastacia tells them not to take the criticism the wrong way.

True Dynamix are once again, very dynamic, beginning with Please Don't Stop The Music and a very slick move into Everybody Dance Now - hi energy in a good way, vocally at the start it could have been stronger but a strong finish. Anastacia called them a bundle of energy; Chucky was proved wrong in thinking they wouldn't do that well; Tamsin called them slick, professional and said they know how to work it; Duncan said they're the strongest dancers in the competition.

Three Spires hit by troubles but lead vocalist Sammy makes it for One Night Only. I'm not that keen, nothing spectacular in the choreography, the arrangement not that special. I'm a bit disappointed, I was expecting more. Anastacia was surprised at the song choice; Tamsin said they relied on Sammy too much, - with her off form, they should have shared out the vocals; Chucky said Sammy was rock star ready but no-one else; Duncan agreed.

Dale Diva to finish off and they're doing the Streisand/Summer No More Tears. There are so many of them it sounds impressive, although I fancy I hear some a bit weaker. There's a STOP! and a line from Hot Stuff. Fun, but not for me. Duncan called them Divalicious; Anastacia said they put the capital D in Diva; they made Tamsin smile; Chucky was pleased they had the same energy as before.

Personally, it's Swish all the way for me.

Probably my favourite performance by the supergroup, with September and Sway, more harmonious and some terrific dancing from most of them. The lines are frozen, top two will sing again after another break. Yes, another one. Happily, it gives me a chance to check on the roast.

The two top acts to sing again are: Swish. Yay! Dale Diva also through. Open those phone lines again, why don't you? Thanks!

So it's back to the original performances ... and who's it gonna be? I've a feeling the Divas will take it but maybe the public will prove me wrong? Who would the judges go for? Chucky and Tamsin - Swish; Duncan happy with either, so is Anastacia. Oh, we're going for some highlights of the series. Dice, Power Play, Original Talent, MT4uth - hope they carry on.

And here we go: Iiiiiiiiiiit's ... Dale Diva! Congratulations!

Which, ok, their leading lady was big on personality and made them a lot of friends, and they were entertaining in a nice way. But for a show based on Glee and the whole show choir thing, it would have been nice for an all singing, all dancing show choir to have won, as opposed to just a choir. I'm just sayin' cos I feel a little cheated ... but hey, the prize is a recording contract so - maybe they'll re-think it a bit for next year?

Snippet: Strictly Come Dancing

They're saying that DJ and actor Goldie has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing - hoping he'll "spice it up" because it was "too boring" last year (clearly not to fans; it was a fun series with some terrific dancing) and tell the judges to "foxtrot oscar" (they're nothing if not original, these people) but from what I can gather, he was as good as Goldie on Maestro. What are these people who dribble this stuff out on!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

It's Started! The X-Factor Cometh.

No running commentary for this - how can I, when we only hear 1% of what the judges see? So, briefly:

Stephen - No; Diva Features - Bye; George - Cheerio; Emedy - Oh. God. Please. Stop; Gamu - potential (she says, cautiously) Has the look. Healthy ambition. Walking on Sunshine?! Oh, Yes! Original. Cool. Nice one! Thank the Lord!

Three we don't hear because we have a 'Geri Won't Stop Talking' sketch. G&S. Oh, get off. Him. Not her, she doesn't sound too bad ... in comparison with him. Maybe with an injection of confidence. Lynn - Yes, nice quality; Mark - Yes.

Jahm. Good grief. Note the many audience members with heads in hands covering ears. No, you cannot do another *warning: deludeds about*; Dice/Electralytes/Ladybird mostly harmonious on the three notes we heard;

Katie aka Madonna, circa 1984, she's getting on my nerves already. At Last? No - We Are the Champions? Yuck. At Last is better, marginally, but only cos she's practised it. A Lot. Will struggle. Shermina - Mercy. Yes, please, give us mercy. Mercifully, 3 years olds aren't sentient enough to be embarrassed.

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing On Ice!

Ex - Destiny's Child singer Michele Williams is rumoured for Strictly Come Dancing; Peter Andre and Kerry Katona are rumoured for Dancing on Ice.

Poor Claudia needs some zzzzzzzzzzs.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Snippets: Streetdance, Edinburgh Fringe, Strictly Come Dancing,

Streetdance 2 is lining up George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless again, to work with the same creative team who brought us Streetdance 1.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival news.

A very quick chat with Brendan!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, Glee, X-Factor,

Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel Horwood is choreographing 'Chess' in Bradford. Alesha speaks out in support of Bruce.

Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has apparently been offered Dancing on Ice, prompting him to #letTwitterdecide!

The Help for Heroes fundraising concert has added Katherine Jenkins to the line up, alongside Alesha Dixon, Jason Manford, Julio Iglesias, James Blunt, Robbie Williams and The Wanted.

Ray Quinn is at home in the West End.

Dermot O'Leary reckons Glee is having a positive effect on X-Factor groups. I hope so, Dermot, I truly hope so!

Not long now for Glee Season Two! In the meantime, here's an interview with fab Brittany, aka Heather Morris.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Ubisoft® Unveils Just Dance® 2

Today Ubisoft announced the full tracklist of its anticipated game Just Dance 2. After the success of the first installment, which has sold more than 4 million units to date, Just Dance returns with a brand new track-list of more than 40 popular songs, each track featuring its own choreography.

Just Dance 2’s track list offers a wide range of songs drawn from classic hits and legendary songs to today’s chart-toppers, including Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff, I Got You by James Brown but also Rihanna’s SOS, When I Grow Up by the Pussycat Dolls and many other famous songs for perfect dancing parties! It also explores new music styles such as Bollywood music or reggaeton. And for those who still want more, they will be able to download tracks from an expanding catalogue of new hits.

Tracks available in Just Dance 2 are:
1. Avril Lavigne – "Girlfriend"
2. Baby Girl – “Reggaeton”
3. Bangles – "Walk Like An Egyptian"
4. Beastie Boys – "Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim Remix)"
5. Benny Benassi presents “The Biz” – "Satisfaction"
6. Blondie – "Call Me"
7. Boney M. – "Rasputin"
8. Cher – "The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)"
9. Dagomba – “Sorcerer”
10. Digitalism – "Idealistic"
11. Donna Summer – "Hot Stuff"
12. Elvis Presley – "Viva Las Vegas"
13. Fatboy Slim – "Rockafeller Skank"
14. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
15. Harry Belafonte – "Jump In The Line"
16. Ike & Tina Turner – "Proud Mary"
17. James Brown – "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
18. Jamiroquai – "Cosmic Girl"
19. Junior Senior – "Move Your Feet"
20. Justice – "D.A.N.C.E."
21. Katti Kalandal – “Bollywood "
22. Ke$ha – "TiK ToK"
23. Mardi Gras – "Iko Iko"
24. Marine Band – "Sway (Quien Sera)"
25. MIKA – "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)"
26. Mugsy Baloney – “Charleston”
27. Outkast – "Hey Ya!"
28. Quincy Jones & His Orchestra – "Soul Bossa Nova"
29. Rihanna – "S.O.S."
30. Snap! – "The Power"
31. Studio Allstars – "Jump"
32. Studio Musicians – "Crazy In Love"
33. Studio Musicians – "Jungle Boogie"
34. Supergrass – "Alright"
35. The Frighteners – "Monster Mash"
36. The Hit Crew – "Holiday"
37. The Hit Crew – "Toxic"
38. The Jackson 5 – "I Want You Back"
39. The Pussycat Dolls – "When I Grow Up"
40. The Rolling Stones – "Sympathy For The Devil (Fatboy Slim Remix)"
41. The Ting Tings – "That’s Not My Name"
42. The Weather Girls – "It’s Raining Men"
43. Vampire Weekend – "A-Punk"
44. Wham! – "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"

Added to the “Classic” mode in which you can just dance on the tracks and hit the score, Just Dance 2 also boasts new modes. Thus, players will now be able to create their own team and engage in dance-off contests with up to 8 players. In the Duet Mode, each player will follow a different choreography mixing dance steps and poses that will respond to the choreography of the other. An added benefit is the new Just Sweat mode where players will lose calories shaking their bodies to their favorite songs.

Just Dance 2 will be released exclusively on WiiTM on October 14th, 2010 in EMEA territories and October 15th, 2010 in North America.

For more information about Just Dance 2, please visit http://www.justdancegame.com/.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Charlie Bruce's career has taken off!

Our inaugural So You Think You Can Dance winner, Charlie Bruce performed in front of millions at the American finale, and has landed herself the role of lead dancer in the West End production of Dirty Dancing, where she'll step up to the lead role of Baby in December! Well done Charlie!

Just for fun: Check out the funky stormtrooper!

A Glee tribute show is touring!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, Glee

Strictly Come Dancing will launch with a one hour special, during which we will see the pro dancers paired with their celebrity. It'll be pre-recorded on 8th September and air on the 11th, before the live shows kick off on October 2nd. I saw one report that mentioned fireworks and high wires ... and it wasn't on The Scatter either! I suspect it will be shortly ...

Check out Ellen DeGeneres' tribute to Alex Wong on So You Think You Can Dance and here's an interview with winner Lauren Froderman, and another with Cat Deeley.

The Glee cast are going to be comic book stars! And Mark Salling, aka Puck, is releasing a solo album.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Don't Stop Believing: Week Five and The Wild Cards

Six new groups compete for the final place and will be joined by one of the five wild cards - big decision for the judges later!

I liked the mash-up of the tracks to open - but I've learned not to judge the acts by it!

Elements first - and it's a fairly predictable accountants Nine to Five routine, tempered by Walk This Way. Collectively quite nice, but the lead vocal not special. Tamsin says it had humour, choreography could be sharper; Anastacia is part of the office, harmonies nice but lead shaky; Duncan I missed because I was interrupted by a child - think he liked overall; Chucky says it was fun to watch.

Cherish have never prformed in public before ... but you wouldn't know it, lots of energy, they had a blast, vocals not the strongest, attitude, great acting skills, they went for it, well done! Not as polished as others understandably. Tamsin says they did well but not the strongest vocally, fun, expressive, faces told a story; Anastacia didn't want to be negative, tells them to enjoy what they do; Duncan told them to use the experience and learn from it; Chucky said the choreography told a story.

Toneacity are the opposite of Cherish, all trained performers. Vocally much stronger, seasoned pros but ... lacking the fun! Too slick for me, with a song that didn't grab me. They hit the tone for Anastacia, she said it was an amazing blend, wonderful; Duncan respects them keeping going; Chucky said it was well executed, very precise but it didn't grab him either; Tamsin agrees some of the best vocals but found it a bit cruise ship - in a good way!

TCC next, making the most of their Welshness with some pretty harmonizing in Every Breath You Take but the boys have an 80s Miami Vice thing going on with costume, there isn't much in the way of choreography - safe is the word I was looking for, thanks Duncan, who said it was well done but safe; Anastacia was confused but said it was a great performance; Chucky was doing a Bruno, up in his seat telling them to make him clap! They didn't get to Tamsin.

Funky Little Choir worked hard, bless, with Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, bit disjointed, not vocally strong (they're not used to dancing) flat in places, a good try but sorry guys. Anastacia agreed it's hard to sing George Michael; Chucky says a good job, don't be afraid to up the crazy factor; Tamsin tells them to be proud, they had fun; Duncan gave respect to Sam with Cerebral Palsy.

TrueDynamix were. Dynamic, I mean - loved the vocals, all strong, choreography was sassily performed and full of attitude and energy - what is it with Vogue that brings out the best in boys dancing? Had to write when they finished because I didn't want to miss anything! Anastacia cared for IT - insane vocals; Chucky loved the hairography, by fair the best tonight; Tamsin and Duncan agree and urge us to vote for them.

I'd like to see TrueDynamix through - not so fussed about the others. And who knows how the public vote will go, judging by it so far! Sarah Harding appears to be joining the supergroup, what's all that about? They're doing a tango! Very stylised but for me this supergroup has never really hit top speed, vocally it's just not that exciting and I found that as steamy as a closed up sauna.

Here we go: Singing again to impress the judges are ... Cherish - I thought that might happen! And Funky Little Choir! Straight through then - TrueDynamix! Crikey, they're loud ...

Cherish rocked it out, better than the first time, vocally stronger there! Unlike Funky Little Choir - I did actually cringe - but who knows where the judges are at? Chucky - Cherish; Anastacia - Cherish; Tamsin - Cherish *Phew* Well done girls! Duncan also would have gone for Cherish.

The wild cards are back now: Dice do it again - stunning delivery in every area - vocals, dancing, energy; Swish with the angel voiced lead singer Anthony, can they keep the choreography tight? Lots of energy but collectively not as strong in both areas; MT4Uth and their strong, vocally and visually, dramatic Feelin' Good - different could nick it - how is this the wild card section - this feels like be the final! Singlive do what they do very well, but for me it's a straight fight. Cherish have been already of course - who will the judges put through? It's ...... they're split between two or three ...oooh er, there's dissent in the judges .... it's ... Swish? Ok, but apart from Anthony, really, Dice and MT4Uth must be pretty gutted. So much for the all singing, all dancing group - Dice really had the lot out of every one I've seen. Some decidedly not strong enough acts in the final. Roll on the final week!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Snippets: So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing, Popstar to Operastar

Claudia speaks out about her extremely bad eyesight - the report says that she is NOT doing the Sunday show now, I've not seen that confirmed anywhere else.

Trav's Thoughts on the So You Think You Can Dance finale are in - results yet to follow! Interview with Cat Deeley on the final dancers. And an interview with Stephen 'tWitch' Boss.

Lilia cried for forty minutes after being told she wouldn't be partnering a celebrity in Strictly Come Dancing this year - she say her and Darren have won more Strictly trophies (seven) than any other couple, which makes me think, well, maybe that's why they were asked to take on the Pro Troupe role?

The second series of Popstar to Operastar is apparently moving to Sundays! I hope it lives up to the first, very enjoyable series - and I hope the fantastic Rolando is back!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing, Arlene, Derek&Julianne Hough, Adam Shankman, Glee,

Strictly Come Dancing is still the numero uno of reality shows, when it comes to exporting success to the world.

Arlene Phillips' Alana Dancing Star books are set to be released in October, with a further two titles in January and then another two in May. I wish I had a junior school age daughter; I got away with buying Harry Potter, but I think books with cut-out-and-dress dolls in them might be pushing it a bit!

Now, I'm not one for gossipy stuff - but go beyond the headline in this piece and have a jolly good read about Derek and Julianne Hough!

Rumour is that So You Think You Can Dance's Adam Shankman may be directing a Michael Jackson themed Glee episode or maybe not! Either way, it may be the event of Season Two. And some of the Glee cast are signed to do The Simpsons!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Don't Stop Believing, Week Four

Shine, the best group opening to the show so far - all strong vocally and quality of movement, musical and smooth.

Out first, The Songtimers sing Michael Jackson and vocally it's excellent, it's a well put together tight and entertaining routine. Well done. Tamsin calls it passionate, energetic, fantastic; Chucky felt the electricity and energy but not the soul; Duncan says the vocals were brilliant and precise; Anastacia thought the pairing beautiful.

Fusion Theatre show how to do uptempo and still keep to the tune, with Walking on Sunshine. It's bright and fun, energetic and cheerful but some of the vocals aren't as strong as you'd have hoped. Duncan liked that so many had individual spots; Anastacia says they're not vocally mature yet but will get there; Chucky liked the hi-energy, says they have a likeability factor, need to interact more; Tamsin enjoyed it, told them to embrace their moment.

Power Play totally lived up to their name, performing Bat Out of Hell with drama and passion - loved the choreography and lead vocal Simon is superb. Stunning - and I'm not a rock music fan. Anastacia cared for it, Simon's voice, energy and command of the divas; Tamsin said he's made for the West End, dramatic, best so far; Chucky: So Rock Star Ready! I've been waiting for that; Duncan felt the power, definitely strongest so far.

Sorority re-produce Kylie's showgirl vibe and it's feisty and sassy with lots of attitude, loved the harmonizing. Anastacia loved the Kylie mash up, thought the harmonies really nice; Duncan called them poor man's Las Vegas showgirls! *Oooh, handbags* Tamsin doesn't know what he was watching or hearing, she loved the whole concept; Chucky not so keen.

Musicality do justice energy wise to Plan B's Begging, it's the opposite of cheesy, cool but not too cool! Overall, very good, not so sure about a couple of the vocalists, liked the whole feel of it. This is another tough night - week two was ridiculously weak compared to weeks 3 and 4. Chucky like the well rehearsed choreography and sharp energy; Tamsin said the level of acting drew her in, slick, classy; Anastacia thought Laura's voice very nice, strong unity; Duncan called it believable, passionate and committed.

MT4Uth with an extremely original interpretation of Feelin' Good - they're in straightjackets, almost! Brave, tidy, theatrical - I loved it. Chucky felt the personality, story and theatrics, more than just a song; Tamsin called it performance art; Anastacia said it was full, fabulous, creepy and great; Duncan liked that they took a chance on weird and wonderful.

Well now, the last two weeks have really picked up - this show was much more what I was expecting - not a bad performance out there tonight, a real toughie. I think overall I'd like to see Power Play and MT4Uth make it through. But again, I won't be be hugely disappointed with any of the others.

Another five in the supergroup, with a power ballad mash up this week. There's a lot of individuals though, obviously, so the harmonies aren't always that good. Some of the dancing is a bit dire too.

Here we go, who's singing again? It's ...MT4Uth and Fusion Theatre. Straight through is - Songtimers!

Chucky admits to being perplexed by the results! MT4Uth out first and again so visual, so musical. Fusion Theatre try to pinch it but it's not going too happen, the individual vocals are weak.

Anastacia chooses MT4Uth; Duncan goes with Fusion?? Tamsin sticks with brave, creative MT4Uth - Chucky makes the decision - it's MT4Uth.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Snippets: So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel, Ashley,

Trav's Thoughts are in with the encore and the vids - if you didn't like Stephen King's 'It' you may prefer not to watch the musical version with Robert and Dominic! (But it's fab if you're not easily scared!)

Nigel Lythgoe is rejoining American Idol - and he doesn't want much, just Paul Abdul and maybe some J-LO!

Interview with the lovely Ashley Banjo.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Snippets: So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing, Glee,

Trav's Thoughts are in - and such was the impression made by Kent, we already have a video!

tv.com listed their all time Top 10 on screen dance scenes - see if you agree with their choices.

Artem Chigvintsev apparently has to re-apply for a work visa, as he will be working too many hours if he stars in Burn The Floor and Strictly Come Dancing. I think it highly unlikely he's about to be deported, seeing as how Strictly hasn't even begun yet! Does the "strictly insider" not know this? And how could he expect to do both anyway? And I'd love to know what junior doctors think about these "too many hours ..."

An Independant Q&A with Mark Ramprakash ... Strictly Gershwin will be at the Royal Albert Hall next summer ...Glee creator Ryan Murphy is creating a show specifically for Kirstin Chenoweth to star in.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Snippets: Strictly Come Dancing, Glee, Don't Stop Believing, Step Up 3D,

New Strictly Come Dancing Pro, Robin Windsor fancies Alesha - more importantly, he has some words of support for her.

According to William Hill, Jessica Ennis and Rebecca Adlington have expressed an interest in Strictly - but after seeing what happened to Jade, I doubt we'll see them before they've retired.

Zandra Rhodes will do Strictly - but not just yet! Wardrobe must be rubbing their hands with glee!

Talking of Glee, Matthew Morrison is apparently going to shave his lovely curly locks (if you're a fan) or "Your hair looks so much like a briar patch that I’m expecting racist, animated Disney characters to pop out and start singing songs about the bayou"(if you're Sue Sylvester!) although a casting call has gone out for a double to do it on camera - having said that, it's been shorn in that accompanying picture.

Step Up 3D has premiered - these are some of the cast having fun on the red carpet, and here's a review.

Don't Stop Believing has lost viewers since it began - the age old issue I'm afraid - billing something as the search for the 'best' and then allowing sentimentality into it, plus introducing the judges as the stars instead of the competitors. Dale Diva are making the most of it though. Behind the scenes with Anastacia.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Snippets: Flawless, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, Glee,

A California Chronicle feature on Flawless and their Chase the Dream show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The worlds of Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice collide, with the bombshell that now-former professional Matthew Cutler has been signed for the ITV extravaganza ... did I really just say all that? Please bear in mind - last year there were 47 rumoured celebrities on Dancing on Ice before the final 12 were unveiled. I'm just sayin'. Robbie Williams' friend, TV presenter/singer Jonathan Wilkes is also rumoured.

Glee were the big winners at the TCA awards ... and the rumoured celebrity list of who will feature next season (Susan Boyle, Paul McCartney and more) reads longer than Dancing on Ice and Strictly combined!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Don't Stop Believing, Week Three

Proud Mary is the song of choice for the intro, mashing into Ain't No Mountain High Enough and it all began with some lovely harmonies before descending into the high energy shouting job again. *rolls eyes*

First out, Swish and what a beautiful voice Anthony has, singing Angels in musical theatre style, please don't let them - oh, here we go, up a notch for Let Me Entertain You, and though I'm annoyed to not be listening to Anthony still - the rest of the vocalists nowhere near his standard - it is actually entertaining! Well done. Duncan was entertained and loved the contrast; Anastacia cared for it; Tamsin said it was the best opening to a show; Chucky says Jake took over, nailed the pirouettes.

Jacobs Street includes mum and dad, and it's a slower beat thankfully and although probably the cheesiest act I've seen so far, it's quite sweet! Nice set, loved the drummer boys and the whole audience clapping along! Chucky and Anastacia loved what they stood for, but not the performance; Duncan says they did well with what they had; Tamsin also loved the family aspect. But they didn't really like it, too Brady Bunch!

The Bridgwater Show Choir started very brightly, singing Fascination - but the vocals went when they split into boys and girls, pretty disappointing as it seemed they were going to really hit it. Tamsin was unaffected; Duncan said it was slick, professional and too well rehearsed; Chucky repeated 'too well rehearsed' in a 'too well rehearsed???' kind of way and praised their partnering; Anastacia too, felt some of the vocals were off.

Love Soul Choir - oh, listen to them - please let them sing, please let them sing ... please ... Shackles and there's energy without going ballistic - at last, a whole song actually sung, collectively very strong. Anastacia gives a standation and says they've saved her, vocal beauty; Tamsin says a beautiful mix of voices, rich; the dancing didn't blow Chucky away but he thought they gave it 100%; Duncan says vocally the best, absolutely brilliant.

Original Talent with a terrific mash up of Crazy (Gnarls Barclay) and Billie Jean, I loved the opening, strong vocal, very visual, brilliant mixing in with a beat box and breakdancer - just thought the vocal dipped a bit at one time, but other than that, excellent. I actually agreed with the judges on this one! Chucky says they brought everything to the table; Anastacia thought it well balanced; Duncan says it was a great mix; Tamsin loved it and wants to see it again!

Dale Diva sing my most hated song of all time, badly - she's nervous - The Power of Love - it's not their fault - thank God, they've gone into Single Ladies ... and everyone's whooping along, great effort, good movement, terrific vocal and energy. Duncan says it was brilliant, an entertaining performance; Chucky says Beyonce should hire them; Anastacia says they should be proud, sounded like one instrument; Tamsin called them all the funky ladies and says that that is a show choir!

A one hundred percent improvement on last week's show - this is a toughie - none of them perfect but all entertaining and able to actually sing it out. Could be anyone from four -don't think Jacobs Creek, sorry, Street - *puts the glass down* or Bridgwater will take it.

The Supergroup mash up Don't Rain On My Parade and Umbrella, some good vocals, some not so hot ... yes, Duncan would like to hear the vocals too, so wants a power ballad next week and Anastacia wants more men up there. Sounds like a good plan to me.

The phone lines are closed! Second and third are: Swish; Original Talent - ooh, now that is a toughie, similar acts both enjoyed by the judges. Straight through go: Dale Diva!

Swish could nick it because of their individual vocalists, but I felt for overall performance it should be Original Talent - it's two each (Duncan and Anastacia for Swish; Chucky and Tamsin for Original Talent) - back to the public vote - it's Swish! Well done to them but a real shame for the Essex group - I hope Original Talent don't give up - tighten up the vocals a bit and go for Britain's Got Talent guys!