Entertainment behind the scenes
American television audiences can be trusted to vote on things — especially when it comes to TV talent shows. Who is the best singer on “American Idol“? Which ballroom couple did the best Cha-cha-cha on “Dancing with the Stars? Which group has the street cred to be called “America’s Best Dance Crew“?
But the question of “trust” got a little more complicated when it came to deciding how to choose a winner among professional dancers from eight different countries competing on upcoming “Superstars of Dance” on U.S. network NBC.
“American Idol” producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller, both Brits and both behind “Superstars of Dance,” have decided to leave the voting entirely to the judges and exclude TV viewers.
“It isn’t a show that you would really want the public to participate in, because it would be unfair,” Lythgoe told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday. ”I would have thought the American public may vote for America,” he joked.