Originally Posted by TVOD
This year we had Tucker Carlson - MSNBC talk show host - and he was first to be eliminated. He sat on a chair for the first 30 seconds of the performance while his partner danced around him. Bruno said he looked like he was sitting on a toilet. Last season we had Kenny Mayne - ESPN sports anchorman - who was also first to be eliminated. Also last season we had Giselle Fernández - LA news anchor - 45 yrs old at the time of the competition and eliminated third. Many thought Fernández was unfairly eliminated too early, especially with Master P (easily the worst contestant in of 3 seasons here so far) still in the contest. He was next to go. To be fair he was a last minute replacement as the original contestant, his son Lil' Romeo, was injured before the season began.
Ah - interesting differences again.
I was trying to think of a US equivalent for our newscasters who featured in the show - two BBC Breakfast anchors (one female - who now anchors the Six, and one male who still anchors Breakfast, but stands in on the Six) and an ITV News anchor (who most recently hosted their lunchtime newscast).
I guess Diane Sawyer on GMA, and Katie Couric when she was on Today, along with Matt Lauer at Today would be equivalent in programme time-slot terms - but our anchors aren't as big "stars" as Diane, Katie and Matt are in the US - and Diane and Katie are both a bit older.
I guess the clever bit of the ABC and BBC Worldwide production of Dancing with the Stars has been to tailor it properly for the market it broadcasts in - retaining the core charm of the show, and the main elements of the format, but realising that "casting" the show might need to be different in different territories.
The current BBC Strictly Come Dancing season was scheduled head to head against "The X Factor" on ITV - which is Simon Cowell's main reality show in the UK (produced by his own production company) and has replaced "Pop Idol" (aka American Idol) over here.
Head-to-head the BBC show was beating ITV - so much so that ITV have now re-scheduled their evening to avoid direct competition. Audiences for both shows have benefited - though I think Strictly is still winning.
If ABC DO schedule DWTS agains American Idol - it will be interesting to see if the same thing happens. However AIUI American Idol is even more popular, relatively, than Pop Idol and X Factor are here.