Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dancing with the Stars

Yet another "reality" show imported from overseas and reincarnated as an American show (and something of a hit as well with more-than-respectable summertime ratings.)

The premise is simple enough...take some lower-rung celebrities (in this case, actor John O'Hurley [above with Charlotte Jorgensen], model Rachel Hunter, actress Kelly Monaco, former New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield [below with Edyta Sliwinska], and former Bachelorette Trista Sutter), pair them with professional dancers and then give them a week to learn a ballroom dance with the votes of a panel of judges and the viewers eliminating one couple a week.

It's (mildly) interesting when all is said and done. The celebrities seem to throw themselves into the proceedings earnestly (Holyfield...bless his heart...was study in intense concentration when he was dancing...but earnestness didn't translate into lightstepping in his case) and I give them props for that (the judges, on the other hand, seem to take things more seriously than necessary savaging non-dancers who've had a week to learn a completely new routine as if they should be seasoned professional hoofers.)

I'm not going to miss Dancing with the Stars when it's gone but, that said, it's a harmless way to kill an hour on Wednesday nights in the meantime.

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