First their was the Wade Robson Project and then their was So You Think You Can Dance on Fox, now MTV is back at it again with the new reality showDancelife . The brain child of celebrity Jennifer Lopez, the cameras follow six dancers as they struggle to book jobs as professional dancers in Los Angeles.
MTV gave viewers a sneak peek of the new show last night, unfortunately I was in front of my television to watch this unauthentic display of a dancers life in L.A. . I know what this is like first hand because I lived it for four years.
The trailer for this show is exciting and misleading at best. We see what is supposed to be reality coming through as an obviously scripted show with bad acting. The basic story line is that it's tough in LA and if you want fame you've got to earn it! Sound familiar? It's the same old recycled crap that we've seen before.
Celestina, a dancer that's featured on the show whom I've had the pleasure of working with during my days in LA. From the clothing store Express(yep, that was our survival job) to our 13 hour day on the set of Prince's Musicology video, she proves that hard work, talent, and a humble spirit does get you noticed in a sea of people who choose to act "Hollywood".
But the show wouldn't be exciting to watch if you didn't have the shady villain. Enter Blake McGrath , the epitome of every Hollywood stereotype imagineable. You might recognize Blake from the first season of So You Think You Can Dance, Britney Spear's Onyx Hotel Tour, and promo performances for Janet Jackson's new cd 20 Y.O. . He's talented and he makes sure that everyone knows it.
In the first episode he tells another dancer that "he's nothing and has no resume". I've had the unwanted pleasure of being in Blake's company a few times and the character he portrays on TV doesn't even come close to his horrible attitude in person. But there's no denying his talent. I'm just waiting for him to learn that he doesn't have to be a bitch to be successful.
The show premieres on January 15th on MTV. Maybe it will get better as the season progresses, or better yet maybe Blake, Nolan, and all the other guys featured will stop pretending that they interested in their female dance partners. It's hilarious! Now that alone is almost enough to make me want to continue watching.