'Live to Dance' Winners: Do Kids Deserve $500,000?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Live to Dance, Paula Abdul's complete failure of a follow-up to American Idol,
came to an end last night, though you may not have known it. The finale
was watched by 4.8 million people, about one-fifth the audience of Idol.
The Live to Dance winners were also a lot smaller than you'd
think. D'Angelo and Amanda, a pair of kid ballroom dancers, were named
the winners and took home the grand prize of $500,000. They are 9 and
10 years old.
Do kids that young really deserve half a million dollars? Sure, they're cute as buttons and they aren't terrible dancers, but still, giving the grand prize to a bunch of kids has to be a huge slap in the face to anyone who's actually spent a lifetime dancing.
As far as I'm concerned, no children deserve that much money. I don't care if they're ballroom dancers or Will Smith's offspring, giving kids that much money is definitely a bad idea. It gives the kids false expectations for the rest of their lives, makes them think that they're better than other kids.
Also, imagine anyone who has dedicated their life to the art of dance. Older, professional dancers truly live to dance, but at 9 years old, the only thing you live for is a juice box and a new episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Naming D'Angelo and Amanda the winners of Live to Dance is an insult to all of the people who actually dedicate their lives to dance.
It also makes me think back to what I was doing when I was 9. I was eating fluffernutter sandwiches and dreaming of becoming a cab driver. Now I'm 29, I haven't had a fluffernutter in years and I've never even learned how to drive a car. Kids don't know that they want, they don't know what they live for, so to validate D'Angelo and Amanda's dancing "career" with $500,000 is just embarrassing.
I believe that real talent takes lots and lots of practice. I believe that a lifetime devoted to your craft is the only way to reach the pinnacle of success. I believe in hard work and perspiration to achieve your dreams. Unfortunately Live to Dance doesn't. Live to Dance thinks that two ballroom-dancing kids are the best of the best and that, at 9 and 10 years old, D'Angelo and Amanda deserve half a million dollars solely because their parents happened to throw them into a dance class when they were too young to make up their own minds about what they wanted to do.
Call me a cynic, call me a kid-hater, but there's no way that these kids are truly the best and there's certainly no way they deserve that much money. Cuteness fades, but the blood, sweat and tears of true dancers who've spent decades honing their craft will live forever. Those are the people who live to dance.
(Image courtesy of CBS)