When you ask anyone what the best reality show on television in America is, they’ll most likely tell you it’s ‘American Idol’. But just because it’s lasted so many seasons and has such a large fan following doesn’t necessarily make it the best or most entertaining reality show. One of the few reality shows I like to watch is ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’, so I’ve decided to pit it against ‘American Idol’ to see which one comes out on top:
Abbreviation – ABDC has a cool askew alphabet abbreviation, whereas if you abbreviate ‘American Idol’, you end up with AI, which can either stand for “artificial insemination” or “artificial intelligence” (this is the ‘A.I.’ used for the title of the film that Stanley Kubrick was working on before he died that Steven Spielberg took over and destroyed). Here I definitely prefer the dyslexic beginning of the alphabet.
Use of Randy Jackson – Randy Jackson is much better put to use producing ‘America’s Next Best Dance Crew’ than he is at judging on ‘American Idol’. His straight man character just has nothing on the never-ending menstrual cycle of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul’s under-medication or over-medication, and the enigma that is Kara DioGuardi.
The Fourth Judge – Speaking of having a fourth judge, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ hasn’t had to go down that road yet, because it doesn’t need to focus on clashing personalities and gimmicky over-the-top banter about how great or horrible someone is to draw in viewers; it’s all about the talent (really). Plus the judges on ABDC have great catch phrases like Shane’s “y’all killed it,” Lil Mama’s “y’all so hot right now,” and JC’s “overall I liked it,” as he smugly leans back in his chair. You’ll find no slurred speech and sassy talk here, but plenty of agreeing with one other.
Host – ABDC actually managed to get a former child star to be its host in Mario Lopez, whereas ‘American Idol’ just got someone that Merv Griffin was fond of. Slater might not know much about dancing, but he doesn’t have the snarky attitude and “I’m so tired of doing this” look on his face that Ryan Seacrest does.
Slo-Mo – ABDC has something Lil Mama loves, the slo-mo replay. I might watch ‘American Idol’ more if they employed the use of this amazing technology.
Originality – If I want to see people butcher classic songs, I’ll go to a karaoke bar. Because I like seeing original, well-choreographed dances unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, I watch ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’.
Gimmicks – ‘American Idol’ contestants use gimmicks like wearing a bikini and silly props like guitars sometimes, but it usually doesn’t help them win. On ABDC, however, gimmicks and props are encouraged, from masks, roller skates, baseball bats, skimpy outfits, and even a grand piano (as long as you do a head spin on top of it, of course).
Difficulty – Being able to sing in the cookie-cutter way that Americans find delightful is nice, but dancers have to be athletic, creative, able to manage props, and do choreography. On top of that, they don’t have the potential to make the money that ‘American Idol’ alumni do, but they work hard at what they’re passionate about anyway.
So, in short, ABDC definitely comes out on top, and even though I think it’s obvious Quest Crew will beat out the Beat Freaks this time around, I look forward to seeing them perform one more time. I know you can probably tell which show I prefer, so ‘American Idol’ fanboys and fangirls, sound off.