The new Strictly ‘Special K’
I’m not bitter. Just pointing out some BBC issues.
Now before you turn away, this isn’t a blog post on why Karen Hauer is the wrong choice for the new female professional dancer for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2012 series. I know nothing about her, do not wish to know much about her at this present moment (okay maybe I am a bit bitter) and am sure that she will bring something to the show come fall (unless she is another Jared in which case she should leave. Now)
I am, however, disappointed at the way in which this whole saga has been handled. Whereas you would probably expect me to now point out Karen’s flaws, I’m instead going to look at some BBC flaws – because it just seems more fun.
Firstly, this is Karen Hauer of Burn The Floor ‘fame’. A show I never saw so a female dancer unbeknown to me.
But now, my BBC critique.
On Wednesday when we awoke to the news my first qualm lies with the fact that it was broken via Tabloid. Okay, so most entertainment news starts with the rags because that is what they do. However, as the day went on, still no BBC word. The papers were quoting ‘official BBC source’ but still this source seemed to have gone shtum. I feel that the BBC should have broken this news with a press release like every other year and then a separate press release to introduce the new professional.
Today, Saturday, I’ve been shopping (because nobody seems to get up that early) and returned too a barrage of messages about Karen Hauer and a very sweet BBC Strictly tweet. Aw, now they wake up. Instead of addressing the fact that they have ditched Katya, they leave it to you to spot the missing name from the line-up scrawled at the bottom. Again, fair enough, it seems rude but we don’t know the circumstances in which Katya departed the show. Still, acknowledgement of how fantastic she was to the show might be nice. Thank her maybe? Or did the remaining manners leave with Moira Ross when she skipped to run The Voice into the ground?
Now, a quote:
“Karen is trained as a dancer and choreographer and has worked with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Jennifer Lopez”
And another quote from earlier on in the week:
“She is not as high profile as some of the other female dancers”
Katya has worked with Jennifer Lopez too. And Richard Gere. And been in Take The Lead. And helped with Bollywood. I’m not saying this makes her ‘high profile’ but if ditching Katya because she isn’t ‘high profile’ then it implies that they feel Karen is high enough because she has worked with ‘some of the biggest stars in the world’ – which is this case turns out to be the same one as her predecessor. If you are going to look for reasons to justify a choice, at least do your homework first.
And anyway, Katya had been on STRICTLY Live! Tour, STRICTLY cruises and of course her own tour – how do they think these dancers build up their names if it isn’t for doing all this? If you are a fan of the show you know of the dancers. Simple as. But I’m not going to argue about that – its personal taste and though which, although this blog is, doesn’t belong in this post.
In summation, really all I am saying is that I felt the BBC could have and should have handled this a little better. To somebody who isn’t necessarily exposed to Tabloid reads and doesn’t Tweet, they may not have even known it was Katya who had be kicked and that looks even worse on the BBC’s behalf. They needed to announce it. In the articles they thanks Katya for her role on the show – so how hard would it have been for the controller to come out and say that officially?
That is all. Such chutzpah they have.
Posted on June 23, 2012, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged BBC, bbc 1, Bollywood, Dance, Jennifer Lopez, karen hauer, Katya, katya virshilas, Richard Gere, Strictly Come Dancing, Take The Lead. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.