The real talents emerge on 'Live to Dance'
January 13th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

The real talents emerge on 'Live to Dance'

On Wednesday night's first live episode of "Live to Dance," Paula Abdul told the oh-so-adorable couple Bev and Hap that they made her think that "talent is overrated."

Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing those two shake their moneymakers (in a Paula-mentored/choreographed routine, no less), but, you see, it's a talent show. So at the end of the day, as Paula's fellow judges pointed out, they don't deserve to be in the final six.

There were a few other cute acts (Chi-Town's Finest Breakers, for example), but that's pretty much as far as it goes. The real stand-outs were the approximately 572-member dance crew The Vibe, the sensational Jittin' Genius, and the tween couple Amanda and D'Angelo.

The Vibe – with their conductor-inspired perfectly-synchronized routine – ended up getting the judges' vote, but I was a little surprised that they didn't go for Amanda and D'Angelo, who were, quite simply, phenomenal.

These two could try out for that other dancing show, the one with the 18-to-30-year-old age limit, right now... you know, if there wasn't that age limit. They took to the stage, as Travis Payne said, like old pros.

As for Jittin' Genius, the first part of his routine was to the song "I Can Transform Ya," but as good as he was, he didn't transform the fact that I still connect that song to Russell Ferguson and Kathryn McCormick (on the other hand, Amanda and D'Angelo almost made me forget Lacey Schwimmer and Danny Tidwell).

What did you think of last night's show? Do you agree with the judges' picks and mine? And couldn't the first live show have used a few more lighting effects (kidding!)? Share your iReport recap or comment below.


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  1. Liz

    I loved the show......great stage and lighting effects. And Paula is in her element. I hope D'Angelo and Amanda make it thru. They dance better than a lot of grown-ups. I think the judges picked Vibe because they know America will vote the two kids thru. Vibe was great, but they might not have gotten everyone's vote. And I think the judges were smart enought to know that. Kudos to Paula and CBS. I will be watching this instead of the nonsense on American Idol.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alicia

    I really liked the show and I think Paula made a great choice leaving the Idol. This show suits her much better. My favorites were Amanda and D'Angelo, and Austen Acevedo. He actually did a very complex dance that consisted of more than one type of dance. Everyone else performed only one kind of dance. I did not like the Vibe at all as it felt too crowded and it was confusing to watch. I am not sure why they even won the judges vote. I think the two best should have been Amanda and D'Angelo, and Austen Acevedo.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I think the judges were spot on giving VIBE, Amanda and D'Angelo and Jittin' 3 gold stars. Note: Austin was not the only one to do more than one style of dance. The VIBE had ballroom, jazz, hip-hop and ballet in it.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    I agree with you 100% the judges should have voted Amanda and D'Angelo to the the finals hopefully they gained America's support and still go on through. I would love to see them dance again.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Balin

      I agree with you 100% Mike. I voted for them on all my 3 phones and hope they make it to the finals. They were phenomenal in their routine.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Henry Hanks

    It was delayed on the east coast about 80 minutes, live.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sheila

    Just wondering were the program aired last night...It was preempt by Oboma..

    January 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

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