Dancing With the Stars is hugely popular with American audiences. It pairs celebrities with professional dancers. There are award winning entertainers, such as Joss Stone, to raise the entertainment quotient even further. The show connotes wholesome values with a hint of sexuality, which attract an audience that appeals to advertisers.
In Israel, the presentation of that country's version of the show will have more variety. It will include same-sex couples:
"Israel's version of Dancing With The Stars is to include the show's first same-sex couple in the new series.
TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who has a female partner in real life, said dancing with another woman felt "natural" to her."
Many women will remember dancing with their female friends at parties and school dances. At certain developmental stages, boys do not appreciate the subtleties of dancing. It would be difficult for most men to recall dancing at those school functions with their guy-friends.
In the midst of the national discussion of 'don't ask; don't tell; don't enforce
', is America ready for entertainment that features same sex couples dancing? Adding such a presentation would be timely for Dancing With the Stars. It would be a poignant reflection of the Zeitgeist. The amount of free publicity that would generate for the show would be astronomical.
The question is: 'Would America watch?'. And which advertisers would support the show, instead of making a tactical financial retreat?
"Free Me" by Joss Stone - from her Colour Me Free album