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    Okay, you're all right. He was way too serious about it! It was cringe worthy. Poor guy.

    Made me crack up.

    "I identify myself with Shakira because I have lived a lot of things that she has probably lived and I probably connect with her. I love her a lot because she's real. She's original. She's authentic."

    Lmao!
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    All I can say is WOW, lol. I don't mean that in a good way. Here I am a MALE trying to start belly dancing, and this guy shows up...GREAT!

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    With something is excess of three hundred million people, America is bound to have talent. Unfortunately, so little of it shows up on television...

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    Hahahaha, having just had "Britain's got Talent" inflicted on me by my reality-tv hungry flatmate, I'm starting to see the humour in these acts. It's like when X factor show the BAD auditionees, which is usually far more entertaining than the good ones!

    That clip was hysterical! Possibly more so because I really think Boy Shakira means everything he says, and truly thinks he dances like Shakira! I don't think this is a slur on belly dancing, I think it's hardly related - boy Shakira is copying Shakira moves, not 'belly dance' per se. We're just particularly tuned in to anything in a hipscarf.

    And The Hoff's face was priceless!

    I might have to start watching the US version now the UK one is over!!

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    Default Oh Boy... Boy Shakira!

    Sadiyya posted this on the NBC website:

    strange belly dance acts??? - NBC

    So, what's the deal with choosing belly dancers so you can make fun of them. The producer probably doesn't know much about the art of Middle Eastern dance and the huge subculture of belly dancers in America and all around the world. Why choose side-show like acts or a male belly dancer (who was chosen to be made fun of even though there are tons of talented male belly dancers in our community).

    This is degrading to my art form. Why wasn't a serious act of belly dancing chosen (the guy is probably a serious student/performer of this dance - but he was CHOSEN as a joke - to be made fun of)? I don't think the producer has any inkling of the unfortunate impact this kind of image of belly dancers perpetuates. We are a community of hard working, talented artists who are constantly fighting an uphill battle against negative stereotypes (stereotypes that Hollywood first created and is still pushing to the masses). Ever heard of the Bellydance Superstars? Ever gone to a top-notch Middle Eastern supper club in LA or New York or Cairo and seen the wonderful talent that is little known to the rest of the world.

    You had a chance to present belly dance as something novel and cool and sensual and an artistic, cultural connection to the world events. Why degrade it? For money? Thanks. Open your eyes! Take a deeper look into something outside of your own little world.

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    I completely agree with what she said and she worded it so well! I don't know if she's the dancer from Texas I met once but whomever she is she's hit the nail on the head!

    I thought the performance was silly and entertaining by the fact he took that stage over... above and beyond that it was bad like a car accident. You couldn't help but watch it and wince.

    The male 'stripper' bellydancer Galadeen (I think that is his name) was just as bad too.

    But really since I have watched this how I wonder why are they showing so many sub-par bellydance performers/performances? Are there any talented pro-bellydancers auditioning who they are not showing or CHOOSING not to show? It could be the fact that the producers are choosing to show us the sub par performers in order to get ratings.

    Yes it insults the dance as an art form and cultural dance. I don't think they realize that. Hopefully though there will be a Bellydance performer male or female who will turn it around on that show in the future. I would love to see Jim Boz on there he would blow them away!

    Who caught the cute Bollywood dancer... what he did was fun and a great dance number!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eshta View Post
    Hahahaha, having just had "Britain's got Talent" inflicted on me by my reality-tv hungry flatmate, I'm starting to see the humour in these acts. It's like when X factor show the BAD auditionees, which is usually far more entertaining than the good ones!

    That clip was hysterical! Possibly more so because I really think Boy Shakira means everything he says, and truly thinks he dances like Shakira! I don't think this is a slur on belly dancing, I think it's hardly related - boy Shakira is copying Shakira moves, not 'belly dance' per se. We're just particularly tuned in to anything in a hipscarf.

    And The Hoff's face was priceless!

    I might have to start watching the US version now the UK one is over!!
    You hit it right on...He really thinks he is the best thing next to Shakira...lol AND, David H was hysterical to watch. I can hardly wait to see next week's show. Unfortunately, I might have to videotape it because I will have company.

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    I must say my mouth just hung open as I watched. And after the initial shock I thought well lets look at his technique. That did not help... not one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretchenkellett View Post
    Sadiyya posted this on the NBC website:

    strange belly dance acts??? - NBC

    So, what's the deal with choosing belly dancers so you can make fun of them. The producer probably doesn't know much about the art of Middle Eastern dance and the huge subculture of belly dancers in America and all around the world. Why choose side-show like acts or a male belly dancer (who was chosen to be made fun of even though there are tons of talented male belly dancers in our community).

    This is degrading to my art form. Why wasn't a serious act of belly dancing chosen (the guy is probably a serious student/performer of this dance - but he was CHOSEN as a joke - to be made fun of)? I don't think the producer has any inkling of the unfortunate impact this kind of image of belly dancers perpetuates. We are a community of hard working, talented artists who are constantly fighting an uphill battle against negative stereotypes (stereotypes that Hollywood first created and is still pushing to the masses). Ever heard of the Bellydance Superstars? Ever gone to a top-notch Middle Eastern supper club in LA or New York or Cairo and seen the wonderful talent that is little known to the rest of the world.

    You had a chance to present belly dance as something novel and cool and sensual and an artistic, cultural connection to the world events. Why degrade it? For money? Thanks. Open your eyes! Take a deeper look into something outside of your own little world.

    My thoughts:
    I completely agree with what she said and she worded it so well! I don't know if she's the dancer from Texas I met once but whomever she is she's hit the nail on the head!

    I thought the performance was silly and entertaining by the fact he took that stage over... above and beyond that it was bad like a car accident. You couldn't help but watch it and wince.

    The male 'stripper' bellydancer Galadeen (I think that is his name) was just as bad too.

    But really since I have watched this how I wonder why are they showing so many sub-par bellydance performers/performances? Are there any talented pro-bellydancers auditioning who they are not showing or CHOOSING not to show? It could be the fact that the producers are choosing to show us the sub par performers in order to get ratings.

    Yes it insults the dance as an art form and cultural dance. I don't think they realize that. Hopefully though there will be a Bellydance performer male or female who will turn it around on that show in the future. I would love to see Jim Boz on there he would blow them away!

    Who caught the cute Bollywood dancer... what he did was fun and a great dance number!

    I don't think they are meaning to make fun of belly dancing in general. I think the subject at hand is what is entertaining those who watch the show. What is amusing is a man dressing as a woman trying to dance in woman's clothing. Plus, he probably knows nothing of belly dancing. I believe he is just immitating Shakira and not belly dancing.

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    "I'm trying to immitate Shakira, I do the Shakira performance." Shouldn't he try to sing than? Or at least playback? Because Shakira is a singer, right?
    Plus I've never seen Shakira wearing a costume that looked like his (but maybe I just missed that)
    Very bad immitation imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuteNurse View Post
    I don't think they are meaning to make fun of belly dancing in general. I think the subject at hand is what is entertaining those who watch the show. What is amusing is a man dressing as a woman trying to dance in woman's clothing. Plus, he probably knows nothing of belly dancing. I believe he is just immitating Shakira and not belly dancing.
    I think you're right....it was awful to watch. One glimmer of hope is that if you watch the glimpses of the other acts, it looks like some actual good bellydancers have made it to the next round. Let's hope they show them on TV!

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