Randy Jackson’s t.v. show America’s Best Dance Crew is beginning to live up to that standard of reality television. I’ve never really noticed in previous seasons how staged the show is but this year it’s annoyingly obvious. That may be because I follow all of the members of MosWantedCrew on twitter and facebook and I’m watching the show more closely, looking for staging.
In the opening week of the show MosWantedCrew (MWC) clearly killed all of the competition and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that they were going to take the win on ABDC 7. After that though, they seemed to go downhill. The judges got harsher, they started messing up on stage, and to the audience it looked like they were starting to give up. I call blasphemy! I have watched these guys on youtube for YEARS, taken class from a few of them, and I’m always blown away by their talent. I think the only true representation they’ve had on ABDC was during the first week. The guys admit that the shows producers or editors picked bad footage and as an audience who are we to know where the footage is coming from. For all I know, the footage of Brian falling could have been footage from a rehearsal and not the actual performance. I’ve never questioned the integrity of a t.v. show before but after last nights ‘shocking’ save I feel like I have no choice but to question it. I don’t know how many other viewers noticed that there was a totally random double elimination in the first few weeks, and how now there was a miraculous save! Really…?
All I wish is that there could be a t.v. show that was just about the dancing. Stop with all the theatrics and the challenges and the drama of eliminations or saves and just let the competitors do what they do best. If the producers of the show can’t find an audience to watch based sole talent of crews alone, then they have the wrong talent. If dancers are watching the show, they understand how a competition works and I’m sure most of the audience have even been in competitions ourselves. Stop trying to make it look so overdone, I think the show could improve immensely if you left it to the basics. Crews battling crews. End of discussion.
As for MWC, I am so proud of these guys. I personally think that ABDC is putting them down and only showing certain footage to weaken them because they are (choreography wise) so ridiculously better than the other crews on the show. If a simple 2 minute youtube video can melt my brain, it doesn’t make any sense that they should look this bad. If you go frame by frame, their formations are tight, transitions are smooth, and their choreography is mind numbing. The only thing that has changed is who is recording the performance and editing it.
A personal message to MosWantedCrew: You see what real challenges lie before you now. You have no control over staging, or what footage is shown. Do what you know you can do and freakin kill it, take no prisoners. If you do that, there is no way that the show can make you look bad.
Some readers may think this is harsh or biased, and in a way it is. I love all the crews of this season, but I’ve been a MWC fan from day one. If I were as big of a fan for any other crew I would’ve written the same thing because it holds true for all of them. ABDC is in control, all the crews can do now is dance and hope they get presented in the light they want, not the way someone else chose.
My thoughts are strictly my own. I am not trying to cause any trouble for MosWantedCrew or ABDC. I love the show and I love the crew. I watch and support every week and this is just my opinion and advice.