CBS and Paula Abdul premiered their new feel-good reality competition “Live to Dance” on Tuesday, and while some may have written this show off the minute they heard Paula was in charge, “Live to Dance” is actually 100 percent worth watching. It is an inspirational show the whole family can enjoy, and it, thankfully, focuses more on the most talented of the bunch, rather than embarrassing those who don’t quite make the cut.
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I wasn’t sure I’d find “Live to Dance” that worth watching, even though I am a huge fan of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” but the truth is that the audition portion of the show was sort of incredible. Granted, Paula is a little off most of the time, but no more than she was on “American Idol,” and we all loved here there, right?
The thing that makes “Live to Dance” worth watching truly is the performances, which, for the most part, are unbelievable. All ages, all sizes, all styles, all worth watching! The show began with the bang of an eight-year-old break dancer who was extremely talented and too adorable to say no to; and things just got better as the two-hour premiere progressed: an elderly couple with serious hip action and foot work; a dance troupe that was a little creepy but extraordinary and far past expectations for just the first audition; a hearing-impaired woman who had no problem finding the beat to a solid performance; and a few groups of more than a dozen dancers that left my jaw on the floor.
A reality competition’s audition process wouldn’t be complete without some not-so great auditions, though. Lucky for viewers and the judges, these poor performances were less painful than on other shows. It wasn’t that they were embarrassing or totally out of their mind to think they belonged in the competition, though those performances did exist (the male Paula Abdul-wannabe comes to mind first), it was more that they just were up to par with some of the other acts.
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The “Live to Dance” judges panel consists of Kimberly Wyatt, founder of the Pussycat Dolls; Travis Payne, choreographer to the stars; and, of course, Paula Abdul. The goal during the audition process was to earn two out of three stars from the judges, which sent the auditionee to the next round. Tomorrow 17 out of the Top 18 performers will be named, and as the competition proceeds, the judges will narrow that list to one performer or group who will be awarded $500,000.
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