TEN dumps Dance in favour of Glee-inspired talent series

By David Knox on July 13, 2010 / Filed Under News 36

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. Fiona July 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm -

    Well – that decision has lost my viewing time. Maybe another channel will have something for all the dance admirers out there…..

  2. soph March 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm -

    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

  3. LittleMsDancer January 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm -

    TEN should’ve kept SYTYCD, we have enough Glee on TV as it is! now we need More! i think i can say that we all want an All Dance Show!

  4. Elle July 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm -

    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.

  5. franz chong July 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm -

    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.

  6. slydoggie July 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm -

    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.

  7. Gronk July 14, 2010 at 12:11 am -

    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.

  8. Denbigh July 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm -

    How is this any different from Idol?

  9. Brekkie July 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm -

    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!

  10. Coutney Act July 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm -

    I love the Emma Bunton wanders in at the end of shot in the lower right hand corner!

  11. Dodge July 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm -

    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.

  12. Harry July 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm -

    Looks interesting – TENs reality usually rocks so Im sure this will be no exception.

  13. Paull July 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm -

    Inspired by, or trying to make money off the success of glee?

  14. Josh July 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm -

    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)

  15. Mr. Do-Bee July 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm -

    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.

  16. Ryan July 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm -

    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!

  17. Shelley July 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm -

    You’ve lost me…. completely. Do we have to do everything the Poms do?

  18. Karen July 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm -

    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.

  19. Nick July 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm -

    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.

  20. Craig H July 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm -

    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

  21. bob July 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm -

    Bring Back battle of the choirs! but without Kochie!

  22. Bella July 13, 2010 at 11:57 am -

    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.

  23. Bass July 13, 2010 at 11:56 am -

    Bring back YTT 6pm 5 nights a week…. why waste millions on an untested format??? crazy!

  24. Benji July 13, 2010 at 10:59 am -

    I really hope there is a better name for it…

  25. Ronnie July 13, 2010 at 10:53 am -

    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.

  26. davis July 13, 2010 at 10:25 am -

    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.

  27. den July 13, 2010 at 9:59 am -

    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.

  28. Ja'mie July 13, 2010 at 9:57 am -

    Oh dear. What are they thinking? This sounds absolutely horrible.

  29. Brett July 13, 2010 at 9:37 am -

    Love it, really looking forward to it. Any news if we will get the UK version anywhere?

  30. Brent July 13, 2010 at 9:33 am -

    sounds good to me… i hope TEN don’t kill this like they did dance & idol…

  31. Danness July 13, 2010 at 9:16 am -

    This would never have happened if Ten didn’t mess around with SYTYCD and move it to its Wednesday/Thursday night death.

  32. Tony H. July 13, 2010 at 8:53 am -

    It looks so naff, it could be quite good!

  33. john July 13, 2010 at 8:15 am -

    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!

  34. Beth July 13, 2010 at 8:04 am -

    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.

  35. dave July 13, 2010 at 7:45 am -

    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!

  36. Scott July 13, 2010 at 6:43 am -

    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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