I’ll admit it: I don’t particularly like to watch celebrities humiliate themselves on the dance floor. Instead, I prefer to watch real dancers who are 100 percent deserving of their screen time show audiences how it’s done. (Can I get a “what what,” fellow SYTYCD fans?)
That being said, I might just have to suck it up and tune into ABC’s Let’s Dance, a weekly dance-off featuring celebs performing classic dance routines from movies, musicals and music videos. Because, really, how is this not appealing? For one thing, who doesn’t like homages? And another bonus? The series is hosted by Kathy freaking Griffin. You know she’s not going to tread as carefully as Tom Bergeron when it comes to the contestants. (And that’s definitely a good thing.)
There is something that gives this dance lover pause, though. ABC claims the dances will be “comedic homage.” Okay, I’ll accept that if the celebrity contestants tackle, say, Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did It Again” or Duckie’s “Try a Little Tenderness” from Pretty in Pink, but if a Speidi-like celeb messes with my Gene Kelly, I’m officially placing this show on my F list.
Tell me, PopWatchers, how do you feel about this new series? And what dances would you like to see celebrities re-create? (Hello, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ barn-raising scene!)