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    Posted: 14 Apr 2007 at 08:09

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Taking the floor Eurovision Dance Contest


 

Fifty years after the launch of the Eurovision Song Contest, a brand new Euro-show is set to sashay onto BBC One this autumn take your partners for the sequinned splendour of the very first Eurovision Dance Contest.

 

The BBC will be the host for the event at BBC Television Centre, London and the viewing public will be the judges for the spectacular competition, featuring dancing couples from 13 countries across Europe Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Ukraine and of course the UK.

 

The two-hour special, to be shown later in the year, will be a major BBC One Saturday night event, presented by Graham Norton.

 

Eurovision Dance Contest will see professional and amateur dancers compete for the international crown. They will perform two dances one a choice of traditional Latin or Ballroom, the other one a freestyle dance reflecting their National culture.

 

Like the Eurovision Song Contest, the show will be live, unpredictable, with a scoreboard, foreign hosts and who knows, perhaps an infamous, "nul points".

 

Viewers will be asked to vote on the overall performance: dancing, choreography, costume and choice of music. There will be an expert commentator who will describe performance and artistic content.

 

Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One, said: "The Eurovision Song Contest has been a remarkable, long standing success on BBC One. Eurovision Dance Contest is its natural partner. I'm looking forward to an evening full of stars and sequins, and glitz and glamour a great night of family entertainment on BBC One."

 

Eurovision Dance Contest is a co-production between Splash Media and Sunset + Vine with assistance from the International DanceSport Federation and in association with the European Broadcasting Union.

 

Jane Lush and Fenia Vardanis of Splash Media were the two main creators of the BBC's highly-successful format Strictly Come Dancing.

 

Sunset + Vine is the UK's leading independent sports production company specialising in live events.

 

Eurovision Dance Contest is commissioned by Elaine Bedell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, and Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One.

 

Jane Lush said: "We are in the midst of a dancing obsession in the UK and the Eurovision Dance Contest takes this to an international level. Surely we can hope to get more than nul points!"

 

Fenia Vardanis said: "The competition will be intense ... but and perhaps, just maybe, this is one competition we actually stand a chance of winning!"

 

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Sadly, long gone have the days when British dance couples dominated the world of dance.  The attitude still held by many regarding dance puts boys off learning and thus our position in the World rankings has greatly suffered in recent years.
 
In Europe it is considered good for boys to learn to dance - schools over there are packed out with boys learning, the recent UK Junior championships did not have one UK couple in the final.
 
Whilst we will undoubtedly do better in this than the song contest it is by no means assured we would win, in Ballroom (waltz quickstep etc) we still dominate the world rankings - but latin No, to put it in perspective Darren and Lilia (uk's top couple in latin) only made the semi's of the International last year
 
I also greatly mistrust the BBC and its presentation of dancing at times, one great example is strictly dance fever which in places was completely wrong - coupled with the addition of a freestyle section I wonder what this will entail.
 
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There are a number of international couples are regarded with much respect, and I do wonder, how many of them would risk being involved in something like this, yet while being drawn to the potential noterity.
 
I am not confident that the BBC has 'dancing' at the heart of its plans.  It will probably something loosely based on dancing, but with a focus on Saturday night 'telly'.
 
I will watch it, at least episode one, because I love dancing, but if I feel it is more like a pantomime, then I am afraid I will switch off.
 
There are SO many dancing competitions around, that they could show elements of on tv, whilst still giving it the 'Saturday night edge' and there are so many qualified people that the BBC could call upon to judge, rather than the panto dames they churn out for all dancing related programmes at the moment.


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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2007 at 08:43
so true BC, didn't mean to give the impression we don't have good couples in the UK but not like we did in past years.
 
I can't see the truly best UK couples taking part apart from Darren and Lilia and frankly that would be a turn off for me.  The amateur part doesnt put me off if those 'amateurs' are chosen from the ranks of top British competing amateurs but if it's the 'amateurs' chosen for SDF then again would be a no no for me.  Don't think it's meant as a series but one two hour show.
 
Giving my age away but years ago the UK, European and World dance championships were always televised by the beeb such a great shame they dropped it.  I remember as a child watching many of the great of the dance world (Bill & Bobbie Irvine, the O'hara's etc) a shame they cannot figure out a way to show these championships anymore
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  Quote BCfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2007 at 09:11
Oh I did not read your post like that.  I agree that there few British couples who can be regarded as 'top of their game' internationally now, compared to years ago.  I also agree that good amateurs as opposed to people who do gymastics around the floor and call it dancing, would be most welcome.  I suspect that the BBC is only planning a one off programme to test the water, and will then decide if there is any money/milieage in doing any moreSmiledependant upon audience reaction.
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I too can't see truly the best UK couples having any desire to take part whatsoever, apart from Darren and Lilia who seem to love their celebrity / television status at the moment, and that would be a turn off for me, also.

As they plan to do a national heat to select the country's representatives, I am in no doubt whatsoever that Darren and Lilia would win through - should they even be put up against greatness on the level of Timmy and Jo, their pre-teenage fanbase would secure them a place in the main competition for certain.



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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2007 at 16:48
agree Karina, if Darren and Lilia did decide to enter it then it would kill the programme for many many true followers of dance, sorry if there are any Anton fans around but if he entered and got through I would have no words !!Ermm
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  Quote BCfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2007 at 17:22
Anton likes to think he can fool the SCD audience, and to some extent he has got by on personality alone, but I do not think even he is brave enough to enter into this domain.  His fan base is good, but not that good, compared to some other 'popular' couples, and he has found out many times to his and Erin's cost, that they just cannot beat them in this tv arena.  He and Erin certainly could not beat them outside of it.
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  Quote Thess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2007 at 16:54
Gahhh! A national heat to decide our representative? then I hope it is done behind closed doors with a proper panel of top judges and not televised with a public vote.

If this goes to public vote then you can be sure that someone like Anton will get through as the majority will vote on personality rather than on ability.

I'm interested but wary myself. bren and BC you both make very good points ...
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It's definitely going to be a public voting spree for the national heats.
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  Quote Thess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2007 at 15:21
Well that's it then, I'm not going to bother.

There I was thinking that this would be an attempt to show dancing as it really is - absolutely bloody awsome at International level - and they've cheapened it to a tacky phone vote.

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  Quote karina_kylkova Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2007 at 19:49
I don't think any television programme could have any amount of respect for dancing, all they care about is ratings, and whatever ridiculous ideas they can come up with to get people watching, they'll do it - at the expense of respecting the dancing, of course.
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Originally posted by karina_kylkova

As they plan to do a national heat to select the country's representatives, I am in no doubt whatsoever that Darren and Lilia would win through - should they even be put up against greatness on the level of Timmy and Jo, their pre-teenage fanbase would secure them a place in the main competition for certain.


Can someone please explain/speculate what D&L's huge appeal is to the pre-teens. I don't get it.

Is it becuase they are little and cute? Is it becuase they are married, and the tweenies like the romance of a couple that dance together? Anyone else like to hazard a guess?

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  Quote katie_p Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2007 at 20:11

I would imagine the main reason is they're more high profile with people who are fans of Strictly but don't know anything about dancesport, because they've both won before. I don't think being married automatically makes them popular- James/Ola and Vincent/Flavia don't seem to have built up much of a fanbase yet- but because D&L are both successful in SCD terms, the fact that they're married probably catches people's attention.

I'm not certain their fanbase is notably preteen though. A large proportion of Strictly fans on the internet seem to be teenagers- I'm not sure that D&L fans are any different.



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Perhaps pre-educated, then.
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