Monday 22 October 2018

'We're not trying to win an Oscar with DWTS script' - producer Larry Bass

Presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne
Presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The poor punchlines and groan-inducing puns on Dancing With The Stars have been blasted by viewers and critics since the start of the series.

However, Larry Bass, the producer of the big-budget entertainment show, has defended the ropey scripts.

"We are not trying to write film scripts here," he said.

"You don't get an Oscar for the script on this show, it's entertainment. It links you from A to B."

Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram during the third show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram during the third show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

He said the programme was "for all the family. It is cheesy entertainment. That's what it is", adding: "I'd rather have people commenting on the scripts than not noticing it."

The producer also explained why there may be a lack of TV3 personalities competing on the show.

Broadcaster Maia Dunphy and Robert Rowiński Credit: kobpix
Broadcaster Maia Dunphy and Robert Rowiński Credit: kobpix

"I have no problem with TV3 people but we have to get our cast signed off by RTE, and similar with TV3 - they wouldn't have a lot of RTE people on screen," he said.

"That's natural station rivalry."

Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington dancing a Tango to ‘Rebel Rebel ‘by David Bowie during the second show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
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Former Cork Camogie Player and Broadcaster Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington dancing a Tango to ‘Rebel Rebel ‘by David Bowie during the second show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Credit: kobpix

That rivalry increased this week when TV3 launched its new show, Ireland's Got Talent.

The programme, which aired on Saturday, pulled in impressive average ratings of 469,000. Dancing With The Stars, meanwhile, has seen its ratings fall slightly since the start of series two.

The series began with 590,200 viewers tuning in for episode one.

Sunday night's episode saw the figures slip to 526,100 - a fall of around 64,000.

However, Dancing With The Stars was the highest-rated entertainment show on television last week.

Asked if he was concerned about competition from TV3, Bass said he believed competition is healthy.

On Sunday night, broadcaster Maia Dunphy became the third contestant to leave the show.

Speaking after, she said she was "disproportionately disappointed" that she would be leaving.

Model Alannah Beirne battled through a painful rib injury to score an impressive 23 points for her cha-cha-cha.

Next week, no contestants will face elimination, as it is switchover week and all dancers will swap partners.

The bookies' favourite to win the show is a three-way tie, with singer Jake Carter, camogie player Anna Geary and Erin McGregor all in the running.

GAA pundit Marty Morrissey and comedian Bernard O'Shea remain the underdogs in the show.

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Conor McGregor sits ringside at DWTS to support sister Erin as Maia eliminated 

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