Contestants on Dancing With The Stars are called and invited to join the show.
There are all different types of people that end up on this show, but in the end, they are who they are. On this dance show we get to see another side of these celebrities. They all have the same opportunity to apply themselves, to challenge their entire beings in learning difficult routines, practice for hours on end, rehearse in heels and costumes, plus ... hope that the costume designers, make up artists and hairstylists, haven't made any unfortunate choices. They then face their fears by performing on a dance floor in front of millions of viewers. They are tense, excited, nervous. Simply put, they do the best they can. After all, it's a live show.
Unlike most drama reality shows, this is a true competition. Ordinary people possessing unique personae, take the intense challenge by accepting the show's coveted invitation, just for a chance to compete. It's an opportunity to prove something to themselves, and perhaps to us as well.
Please consider the last time you were on a dance floor. Could be a few folks saw you there as you blended in with the other people who were enjoying the party. Now ... visualize being there in the spotlight with millions of viewers from around the globe, who are watching your every move. Pretty overwhelming, wouldn't you agree?
Every week these contestants try against huge odds to please the judges, gain our votes and stay in the running. To win. Win what? A disco mirrorball. They have a lot to lose but still they try. Exposed by those pesky cameras, their unguarded emotions and personal anguish are right there for us to see. These brave dancers remove the unreal barriers that separate us and show their vulnerabilities. Yes, there is a good likelihood we will see real drama.
One of the DWTS contestants is Mya. Her parents are friends of ours. Her dad used to perform with my husband in the 90's. Every time I watch her get out on that dance floor, in front of millions of people, I do not see the recording artist, I see a young girl of thirteen. Even back then she was taller than I and had a happy smile and bright eyes. We heard she was a very elated teenager when she found out she had been chosen to study tap with Gregory Hines, at his dance studio in New York City. I remember her gangly, girlish figure and her innocence in dreaming about performing. Her parents did all they could to help their daughter pursue her goals.
I recall seeing her on the covers of magazines when she started out singing, and years later, watching her in the 2003 movie, "Chicago." I saw a young girl who had grown into her talent, and much more. I feel pride when I watch her dance, at the way she carries herself, her ladylike composure, polite responses and respect for what the judges say. I see a wonderful young woman going for her dream. And, as much as I like a few of the other contestants, I certainly hope she is the winner of that shiny disco ball.