Dancing with the Stars does not, I’m sheepishly admitting, start for another couple of months- though my reports of possible contestants was right on. I can even add absolutely positively unverified rumors of Clint Eastwood and Kim Kardashian to the mix. But don’t quote me on that…
Dancing with Drama
What I’m not so glad to hear about on the celebrity blogs is the search criteria by which the show’s producers are picking potential candidates. Apparently they are looking for divorcees or at least former couples to have them competing on the same show. Or even better, someone with some kind of illness or injury.
What About the Dancing?
See, the big breakthru of these shows is that it proved that audiences would care about the dancing, not just drama. Sure, they got involved in the dancers struggles, but that was enough to make them care.
Do we really need to manufacture a drama out of their lives? Jerry dancing at his daughter’s wedding was enough to jerk a tear; Marie’s illness was sympathy inducing. But I fear. That if the producers have their way, this will be more about behind-the-scenes antics than people celebrating dance.
And that would be sad.