America's Ballroom Challenge - Coming to TV

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by reb, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. reb

    reb Active Member

    The Ohio Star Ball hosted one of the best competitions - and the part that will be shared by all is that it will be televised from January 31st through February in 5 one-hour shows on PBS.

    The competition is real, the quality of dance is real, and the drama is real.

    I think these broadcasts fit into the void between DWTS and SYTYCD. How will real reality fare?
  2. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Good question. I often wonder if real ballroom dancing reality is palatable by the mainstream TV audience as there are no celebrities on "America's Ballroom Challenge," and the costuming and dancing is more "dancesporty" than on "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance?". I guess we'll see!

    I'm so very much looking forward to seeing the shows, though! And don't you have to sleep, it's like nearly 2am in Ohio!!!
  3. reb

    reb Active Member

    You're right - you know how comps are first there's un-jet-lagging, then competing, eating, resting, cheering-for-friends, working remotely, competing eating, resting, talking, competing, eating, resting, working-remotely-some-more, meeting someone new, competing, eating, resting, touring, competing, eating, resting, typing-into-DF, competing, eating, resting, clapping-for-tv, sleeping, flying home . . .!!
  4. DancerForLife

    DancerForLife Member

    It will be interesting to see how many viewers will the show attract, since it will be aired over five weeks, with the grand finale taking place during week 5.

    Great achievement for Sam though - 5 hours of primetime TV on ballroom dancing!
  5. bjp22tango

    bjp22tango Active Member

    When Championship Ballroom Dance was on PBS they always put it on during the pledge drive because they knew it drew viewers.

    Let's hope it does the same for the general populace as it did for Public Broadcast audiences.
  6. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Yay! 5 episodes!!!
  7. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    What I don't understand is why it has to be so...fake.
  8. redhead

    redhead New Member

    yeah!
  9. LucyDiamond

    LucyDiamond Active Member

    I think it should do very well. Didn't they increase the number of hours from 2 to 5 because last year it did so well?

    Paula
  10. LucyDiamond

    LucyDiamond Active Member

    I'm hoping they broadcast all of the show dances and not just the top 4.

    Paula
  11. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    Me too !
  12. DancerForLife

    DancerForLife Member

    Based on how it was taped and how much time is allotted to each category, I'm venturing a guess that for each style at least the final, the finalists' show dances, and some exhibition dances will be shown. Maybe we'll even see some of the semis also...
  13. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmm....last year they showed for each style the final, the top 3 couples showdances, exihibition dances and of course the "final" showdances of the four couples from each style.

    They did all of that in two hours. Wonder what they'll add given that they are doing five hours instead of two.

    As DFL mentioned, perhaps some of the semis...and didn't I hear somewhere that they were going to try to do detail on the couples themselves? Also, fascination mentioned she was interviewed, so perhaps they are doing some spots from the spectator view too?
  14. reb

    reb Active Member

    Just received my local PBS (KCET) guide for December and they are showing last year's America's Ballroom Challenge on Christmas Day 12/25 at 9 & 10 PM and repeating New Year's Eve Day 12/31 at 3 & 4 PM.

    This run-up will also serve as a recent reminder and year-to-year comparison.
  15. reb

    reb Active Member

    Almost forgot - going to family Christmas get-together and was reminded that America's Ballroom Challenge from last year will be on PBS tonight.
  16. alemana

    alemana New Member

    will check here locally (PA.) thanks for the reminder!
  17. alemana

    alemana New Member

    YAYAY! it's on here. my family: NOT AMUSED! hah.
  18. hamstersphere

    hamstersphere New Member

    Too true, everyone else was playing games and watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and I was in the back room by myself cringing at Tony Meredith's teleprompter skills ...
  19. LucyDiamond

    LucyDiamond Active Member

    I watched the reruns last night and really enjoyed them. Much better quality than YouTube. :lol:

    I'm very much looking forward to watching this years.

    Paula
  20. dancesportgirl21

    dancesportgirl21 New Member

    My mom and I got to watch after everyone went to sleep :D I'm so glad they're doing 5 episodes this year! Can not wait. . .

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