Dance War: Winner's Families React
Dance War: Winner's Families React
It might be hard for the average viewer to get very excited about the results of Dance War. The show premiered to mixed reviews, with the general response that the show felt lackluster indicating that it might seem more like a hastily-prepared writers' strike product than a genuinely engaging talent contest like American Idol.

Competitions like Dance War, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious certainly build anticipation throughout the season by hyping how “life-changing” a win could be for the selected contestant. And certainly, some American Idol contestants have moved on to legitimate recording careers, and the cash and validation that come from a win would likely be welcome to almost any performer's life. But as some viewers have wondered, does a win on a show like Dance War really mean anything in the long run?

Well, it might not be a guaranteed fast track to fame, but for the families of the four Team Bruno members, the win is reason enough to celebrate.

The four contestants, Phillip Bernier, 24-years old and from Sterling, VA; Kelsey Bourg, 20-years-old from West Monroe, LA; Lacey Mason, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN; and Zack Wilson, 25-years-old and from Saratoga Springs, UT will no doubt soon be making the circuit of ABC-affiliated programs and stations to discuss their win, but in the interim, some of their families have shared their joy.

Phillip's dad, Roger Bernier, said the whole family was thrilled by the win. “We sure yelled and screamed," he said. "I feel real joyful for him and the members of his team. Those kids work hard, and they're talented."
Because Phillip and the other contestants are secluded during their time on the show, at the time Roger spoke to the press, he actually still hadn't talked to his son. "At this point we don't know anything," he said. "We're excited for him to get back his cell phone so we can talk to him."

Lacey Mason's aunt, Muriel Weeden, expressed the excitement she and Lacey's extended family were feeling. “I was just so happy for them,” Weeden said of Mason and her family. “It was great.”

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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