Much as I love Ian and he clearly knows his stuff but it would be a bit of a step back if they give the slot previously occupied by a woman to a man no? A nice evenly split judging panel of 2:2 is just right methinks.
I love me some Adam Garcia and he’s good at panel stuff but I agree with Ryan it’ll be difficult to justify a man being appointed. And actually in terms of dance critique and experience a gender balance is fairer on the pros and the contestants.
I'm well aware I'm in the minority in being perfectly happy to see contestants who can all actually dance and make it a proper competition.
I'm in that club too. As a slight tangent to this theme, James Jordan was the most wonderful, amazing revelation on Dancing on Ice. His routines gave my goosebumps goosebumps. Yes, it's fine if some people already have a head start in various different ways in my book.
Me too. I think we’re due an AllStars season or a professionals spin off. I’d watch the hell out of either of those.
There is a difference between a head start - so a limited amount of dance (including some training) and having made your career as a professional dancer
So I think there is a big difference between someone like Debbie who did have ballet training in her youth but whose career was not based around it and Ashley who was a professional dancer until the point (far more recently) that she transitioned to TV work.
I know the line gets blurrier when you get recent West End performers - but the main reason there was a backlash against Ashley was the fact that she had been a professional dancer in her own right. Not a singer who did a bit of dancing, not an actor who could learn choreo for a stage role - but a dancer who was trained and hired for her dancing.
There will always been different levels of starting ability/experience. But just as anyone who has made money out of baking/cooking is not allowed to be a contestant on Bake Off/Masterchef, anyone who has made dance their profession (within the last 20 years) should not be part of Strictly.
They are never gonna solve the 'who has been a dancer in previous life' thing because most celebs these days, the ones with a tiny bit of any training have had dance training of some kind. So there will always be a gap between these people and say, politicians who don’t dance. That is why they like presenters cos they are media friendly but haven’t danced. So three groups and always same people in the finals, the dance trained and the media person. The 'have not danced' get shoved off as we go along. Happy to be contradicted. ( o and the pro athlete with balance and a bit of personality does well sometimes unless they get over choreographed )
Natalie Lowe would be a great addition to the panel, last year she was great on It Takes Two when reviewing the previous live show performances. Other than that, give it back to Arlene Phillips who appeared to be dropped for no apparent reason before the 2009 season