TEN dumps Dance in favour of Glee-inspired talent series

EXCLUSIVE: TV Tonight understands Channel TEN has officially dumped So You Think You Can Dance Australia from its 2011 line-up in favour of a new entertainment format inspired by the success of Glee.

Don’t Stop Believing is an all-singing, all-dancing format from the UK, to be produced locally by Shine Australia.

The UK series assembles group performers in live performance shows with groups competing against each other, and viewers voting on the winner. Both established and newly-formed groups are included, with soloists also showcased. Both vocal and dance skills are required of participants.

To air mid year on Five, the UK edition will be hosted by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, and judged by former EastEnders actress Tamsin Outhwaite, Blue member Duncan James, singer Anastacia and High School Musical choreographer Charles “Chucky” Klapow. So far 3000 groups have applied. UK auditions will also be held while the series airs, with new members of varying ages, joining each week.

Word of Don’t Stop Believing follows Chief Programming Officer David Mott recently telling TV Tonight the network would have a new “shiny floor” format to reveal soon.

TEN is understood to have advised FremantleMedia Australia on Friday that So You Think You Can Dance Australia isn’t recommissioned for 2011, but hasn’t ruled out a future return. It follows earlier media speculation that the show may not return next year.

With the future for Australian Idol also unclear, FremantleMedia Australia is seeing its dominance of reality television being challenged, with some of the genre being carved up by its former joint CEOs Mark and Karl Fennessy -now at Shine Australia. But it’s still early days on the hope of new hits, with only Minute to Win It from Shine on air.

Seven recently had the family-friendly Battle of the Choirs but it aired before the slick phenomenon of Glee, which has proven an unabashed winner for TEN.


  1. Lame. We dont need another singing talent show…popstars, idol, X factor…etc…
    Bring back SYTYCD!!!! Unless you think australia has run out of dancing talent…? :S

  2. We are soooo overly entertained these days that what made us excited and enthralled before is now boring. They have to continually think of ways to keeps us glued to the T.V and I don’t think this is the way to go. Singing and dancing things is getting old. Think of other ways of turning everyday average Australians into Reality Superstars.

  3. franz chong

    This should be interesting.It is wishful thinking to see Neighbours dumped for something like this and that won’t happen….Without That as a lead in for the 7pm Project Ten would have to resort to importing in an OC kind of program as filler.

  4. MasterChef was an untested format….not so stupid to go with an untested format in my book.
    And yes, if Mott and his crew make two hour regular eps of any reality show, it will die quickly. It has happened with all their series. I understand trying to hold the audience, but it becomes boring real quick. Psychologists will state that people can only concentrate for around 1 hour. That’s why schools generally have periods that only last an hour.

  5. Have to agree with others.
    TEN killed the other shows.
    Making 2 hr shows, stupid timeslots.

    The fact that AGT got good ratings from Dance acts would give you some indication of dance popularity in the country.

  6. It will work quite well for Ten imagine because they also air Glee.

    In the UK it’s airing on a completely different network and just comes across as a desperate attempt to jump on the Glee bandwagon – and frankly most Five shows are shit, and from the preview they aired yesterday this one won’t be any different. In one groups VT they had more sob stories than the entire six series of The X Factor put together!

  7. Why not try?

    I don’t get some people. Firstly, the complaint is “No one takes risks anymore” and now it’s “Why are you trying an untested format?” Weird.

  8. to be honest i will give it a try but if another reality show fails on TEN then im not going to blame the show, contests, creators, etc but TEN themself! All those shows failed all because of TEN’s mistakes – timeslot for SYTYCD, and making two shows (singing and elimination) into one for Idol.
    I pray to god (and im not religous) that SYTYCD gets a second life on TEN with a better time slot, as well as Idol with two seperate shows on the same time slot as SYTYCD (in seperate seasons ofcourse) or they buy the rights to SYTYCD U.S. or U.K. (not too worried about Idol seems though i watch it on FOX8)

  9. Was thinking that Seven should re-visit Battle of the Choirs while watching the Glee finale. Even checked out clips of BBC 2’s The Choir on YouTube to see if there was a different format they could use. They’re sure to resurrect it now that Ten has announced this.

  10. Good on ya Ten, destroy sytycd with crap timeslots then wonder why it fails!! You better bring it back for 2012!! with sunday/monday shows, and with nat!

  11. Unless they get paid a lot more, the current cast of Glee will only last for the 5 seasons they signed on for, as they’ve complained the show is far too much work. If it goes on longer than 5 seasons, it’ll be with a new cast, with only the actors who play the teachers being retained.

  12. This will be big. The UK ad isn’t very inspiring but Ten and Shine will do it much better. I don’t watch Glee or SYTYCD, but I would watch this.

  13. looks like we’re in for a camp ol’ time when this starts, meanwhile, “big shiny floor show” seems to be the phrase de jour for tv execs

  14. Looks good to me! I love So You Think You Can Dance, but I do think maybe rest it for this year and I think Australian Idol has had its day. Especially with X-Factor starting soon.

  15. Let’s face it FremantleMedia have made a complete mess of Masterchef this year by re-introducing eliminated contestants who have gone on to eliminate the two clear audience favourites – Marion and Jonathan. I doubt if this would have happened on the Fennessey Bros watch. It looks like Shine is a force to be reckoned with while Fremantle is in trouble.

  16. As soon as that cringingly-named show was announced in the UK, there was little doubt it would show up as a production for TEN. But it’s a risk when the format is untested.

  17. Not a surprise, but I’m disappointed by the news, season 3 was lacking with boring choreography to terrible judging. Season 2 was good though.

  18. Lets hope it’s sharp,fast paced witha bit of class.Not drawn out like the very boring Masterchef….when will it end?
    P.s George,get off the trampoline!

  19. Don’t be too quick to discount Fremantle, they may have lost So You Think You Can Dance but they still have the Australia Versus franchise.

  20. i guess they have to do something, the sheen is coming off their merchandise – Idol, Loser, Dance all dropped their share of audience. Glee may be so hot right now, but it seems so derivative to jump on its bandwagon. Desperate Houswives, Ugly Betty were instant hits but fell away once the novelty wore off, Glee to my mind is even more specific in its appeal. Overkill to emulate its ingredients with another talent/dance/competition series. Yawn! I think we have turned or are turning another corner in terms of what is popular – not sure what is around the next corner – problem is, neither do the tv execs who run the biz!

  21. I think that they would be ebtter off doing a Glee style comedy-drama than yet another talent contest. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Neighbours dumped in favour of a large scale five night a week musical-drama with quality scripting and choreography?

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