First ever Eurovision Dance Contest set to capitalize on popularity of Eurovision Song Contest and TV dance programs.
London . 1 Sep 2007. The first Eurovision Dance Contest, a spinoff of the phenominally popular annual Eurovision Song Contest, is being launched in association with the European Broadcasting Union by the BBC. The organizers want to capitalize on the success of the song contest and of TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing in the United Kingdom and Dancing With the Stars in the United States. The competitors will be qualified professionals and amateurs from 13 countries, and the 2-hour show will be presented live.
Each couple will perform two dances, the first a ballroom or Latin dance and the second a freestyle dance incorporating a national flavour. Viewers will be asked to vote on the overall performance - dancing, choreography, costume and choice of music. An expert commentator will describe performance and artistic content.