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Friday, June 06, 2008

Step It Up and Zzzzz...

You guys know I have nothing but love for Bravo.

But even they knew that they had a snoozer on their hands with “Step It Up and Dance”…

After all, they gave it hardly any encore presentations—a Bravo hallmark. And there was hardly any promotion—even when major guest stars appeared.

But somehow I got sucked in anyway. And I was rewarded for that last week when the show FINALLY got some personality. It came during the judges’ discussion when Nancy O’Meara called Cody a “snob.” Host Elizabeth Berkley immediately took issue with Nancy’s word choice. When Nancy cut her off, Elizabeth responded, “I’m allowed to speak.”

It was a great dramatic moment in an otherwise drab show. Unfortunately, that spunk didn’t continue into the finale…

Bravo reality shows are known for last-minute finale twists like adding an extra outfit or dish to the final challenge. So it was no surprise when the final four dancers had to learn a group number in addition to their solo performance.

It’s just a shame that the group number had to be a giant commercial. The two and a half minute routine managed to sell “Sex and the City,” Fergie’s “Labels or Love,” Akon, and his new protégé, Colby O’Donis. It was just completely pointless.

Much more interesting was Jerry Mitchell working with each dancer on their solo performances. In fact, he improved each one of them. It was the first time we got to actually see Mitchell be the Tim Gunn-like mentor the show obviously meant him to be. But it was just too little too late.

And as for the winner, it really wasn’t a surprise to see the early favorite, Cody, come out on top once again—which makes you wonder if all that “snob” business wasn’t for show.

Too bad they couldn’t have come up with something to spice up the finale…