So for those of you who didn't catch it, tonight in America we saw the world premiere of "Celebrity Circus", a new show on NBC with ringmaster Joey Fatone and a host of B and C list celebrities doing circus stunts with help from professionals.
First of all, let me remind all jugglers that none of the celebrities learned to be an amazing juggler in 8 weeks. 's just not possible, haha, and we proved it again, albeit in abcence only.
That being said, there was really no juggling on the show besides a short little three torch cascade and these aquarmarine twins doing ring ultimates with each other while leaning towards each other. Is non-dangerous juggling only interesting if it's fast? Man, I guess that's a topic for another time...
Anyway, I definitely have some reservations about the show and will be curious to see if it ever gets to a second season. Honestly, I could live a happy life without tuning in to see who gets kicked off next week. I'm rooting for Peter Brady, Wee Man, and/or the Clueless actress because they seemed to be the most genuine of everyone. But at the end of the day, it's just another American Idol, but less exciting because these semi-celebrities have nothing to lose. So what if they get "kicked off"? They're still richer than all of us combined.
Anyway, the last thing I want to point out is a music issue. As dull as the show was at points, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that three of the music choices for circus acts were off the top 40 pop list. Maybe not the current one, but definitely within the last year - most notable were Britney Spears (Gimme More), Rihanna (Shut up and Drive), and Timbaland with One Republic (Apologize.) This excited me because I've always wanted to see circus acts set to modern hip-hop music. I've done it but honestly, most jugglers stay away from what's current on the charts. This made me excited for what someday may catch on - the hip-hop circus generation if you will. What better way to get young people excited in circus arts than by using the music they already know and love?
Well, it's always been a pipe dream of mine to have or see a circus which choreographs kick-ass acts to pop music. I'm sure most circus afficionados would frown upon this but I think it's an experiment worth trying, and I'm glad NBC gave it a whirl instead of trying to stick to what they think people might expect to hear in a "circus" setting.
Any thoughts about the show?