Originally Posted by nlk10010
Inferring that you have access to the BBC's version, plus the fact that competitive dancing is huge in the UK, can you offer any insight as to whether that version contains more actual dancing than ours does?
Not sure - as I haven't seen a full episode of the ABC version - I am a viewer of the BBC production.
Our new series hasn't started yet - it starts next month.
I guess how much dancing we see depends on the number of contestants, the amount of "reality" rehearsal coverage, and the length of the show. (We don't have commercials on the BBC in the UK - so our hour long shows are often 58 to 59 minutes of programme)
I understand everyone enjoys something different but it's clear that the strict dancing aspect of this show has gone steadily downhill since the first season (and it wasn't too far up the hill at the start, either). Do the judges in the UK actually demand something of the contestants or are they as much a part of the actual entertainment as the crew here is?
I think we share - or shared (as our new series will be on-air at the same time as the US series for the first time this season - though they don't air on the same days so they could be whizzing across the Atlantic twice a week?) - at least some of our judges - Len and Bruno?
Our panel has historically been 4 judges : Len Goodman (ballroom expert - and often picks up on unapproved steps - though is quite a kind judge), Craig Revel Horwood (choreographer - he recently choreographed "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" which finished recently in the same timeslot as SCD on BBC One - and he is usually the most critical of the men), Arlene Philips (famous British choreographer who worked on Starlight Express etc. - and doesn't pull her punches) and Bruno Tonioli (ex-dancer now choreographer I believe who seems to be less technical and more "emotional" with his comments)
Not all judges are always able to comment on all performances - especially in the early rounds of the show.
This season we have 14 contestants I believe - up from the previous 12 of series 3, 10 of series 2 and 8 of series 1!
Changing standard dances to smooth is one thing, but if cartwheels and tap are OK then they might as well take the dance descriptions off the show's website and put up cabaret and showdancing.
I think the UK version may be a bit "stricter" (the title comes from a play on "Strictly Ballroom" - the Baz Luhrmann film - and the longrunning BBC ballroom dancing show "Come Dancing" - which was real competitive dance championship) - but we also have "Strictly Dance Fever" - which is an amateur contest (with no professionals and no celebrities) with a much wider genre - in the same Saturday night timeslot when SCD is off-air.
Our dances are as follows I believe :
Waltz, Quickstep, Ballroom Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble
American Smooth, Cuban Salsa, Argentine Tango (The last 3 introduced in season 3 - I guess because it was a longer season and needed some more variety)
Certainly no tap...