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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In general, the singer-dancers who make it through are hardworking people who prove themselves to be worthy role models.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female contestants' occasionally skimpy outfits are as cheeky as it gets. But during auditions, one woman does use her dance time as an opportunity to strip, revealing a lacy lingerie top and boy-short panties (don't worry: It's an isolated incident).
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With a title that refers by name to two Dancing With the Stars judges and a host who previously won that competition, this spin-off is essentially a commercial for its parent program.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, aside from a few skimpy outfits -- and a brief flash of lingerie seen in the show's first episode -- they can watch this series confidently with their kids. Rather than focusing heavily on backstage squabbles or rehearsal-room drama, the show emphasizes the high level of talent, determination, and athleticism the contestants need to stay in the competition. The one caveat: This spin-off is a blatant attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Dancing With the Stars. Another national tour, anyone?
Is It Any Good?
Hosted by Drew Lachey (singer Nick Lachey's somewhat less-famous brother, who won the second Stars contest in 2006), DANCE WAR: BRUNO VS. CARRIE ANN is an unbridled attempt to keep Stars fans sated in between seasons. But based on the contestants' relative youth (most appear to be in their teens and 20s), it also serves as a clever way for the franchise to attract younger viewers and sell more tickets come tour time.
Dance War kicks off with an American Idol-style national search with all the expected hi-jinks, including some seriously horrible voices -- and, of course, the requisite guy in a chicken suit. (Ahem.) Thankfully, a few truly talented contenders emerge who make watching this Dance War worthwhile. Talent levels aside, the competition's singing aspect seems odd (after all, hasn't the show's title has already declared a dance war?). But that doesn't protect these wannabe pop stars from having to perform the cheesy songs and somewhat simplified dance routines that can make these kinds of shows so tiresome.
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