I don’t think it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
AOL is asking — and letting people vote, ’cause that’s what we like to do — what is the best live reality show competition: “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars”?
As of this writing, “Dancing with the Stars” was winning 60/40.
AI may have been first on the scene, but DWTS is doing it better. Here’s why:
1. Judges — There are three unique personalities who each know dance, have distinct opinions on dance, and give actionable critiques after each performance about the dance. They are entertaining, yes — and Bruno just might be insane — but the celebrities and their pros know what they are doing right and what needs work.
2. Host — Tom Bergeron is simply the best host working in television today. He runs the show with perfect pacing and energy, never baubles a scripted intro and — most importantly — can ad lib on the fly no matter what is thrown his way…and this show really throws it.
They have added a new co-host this year, former model and DWTS champion Brooke Burke — gorgeous, but you could prop up a mannequin and not notice any difference.
3. Casting — This is where “American Idol” has the big disadvantage. The judges and producers can pre-cast to their hearts content, but they are still dealing with raw, undeveloped talent. And the viewers decide who stays or goes.
“Dancing with the Stars” can choose from actors, singers, athletes and celebrities whose fame (infamy?) is an immediate audience draw. Add their existing stable of pro dancers and you’ve guaranteed tears, injury, illness, scandal, laughs — oh, and dancing.
How can you not love it?
I’ve told friends to only watch an episode of DWTS if they are committed to following the rest of the season…’cause you can’t watch just one.