Family Friendly? Blah, blah, blah.

Shame Channel 10 and shame Fremantle Media.

Possibly the only TV show I make time to watch with my children is So You Think You Can Dance. We all love music, and watching these incredible dancers perform is often breathtaking. This year the dancers have included a group of particularly interesting young women: my current favourites are Ivy (who said she left the world of ballet and became a jazz dancer as she loved food too much to ever starve herself), Renee (who was honest about the prejudice she has faced as a dancer as she is not considered a conventional beauty) and spunky young schoolgirl Izzy.

But last night the PG-rated show turned its back on its strong family following by featuring guest artist Ke$ha singing “Blah, Blah, Blah”. The lyrics included:

Don’t be a bitch with your chit chat

Just show me where you dick’s at….

I wanna dance with no pants on…

I wanna be naked and you’re wasted.

The choreography featured her rolling about on the floor in a mock-orgy scene she described later in an interview they heavily promoted on the SYTYCD website as “raw”.


In the “controversial” interview with the star she appears drugged (her eyes roll, she is often only semi-coherent and she needs to wipe her nose at points). She raves in a deluded fashion about how she is possibly the reincarnation of John F Kennedy (or Franz Ferdinand, or perhaps John Lennon) and on how she wears her own placenta around her neck to help her gain “second sight”.


Yes, I could — and did — turn the show off when she performed. (I have since watched it online without my children present in order to critique it here.) But surely it is reasonable to expect shows that pitch for the family vote (in the same episode, judge Jason Coleman asked viewers to join together as a “family” and vote for their favourite dancer) to do better?

Big Fat Boo to you Channel 10 and Fremantle.

Let’s all tell them (as I have) that this is not responsible broadcasting by contacting them via these addresses (click on the hyperlinks below):

Channel 10

Fremantle Media

I note too that on the SYTYCD fan page on Facebook every comment suggested Ke$ha was a bad choice. I hope they listen to their fan base, clean up their act, and get on with the inspiring performers.

5 thoughts on “Family Friendly? Blah, blah, blah.

  1. Sonia says:

    This too is my favourite show but here in Victoria Channel 10 thought they would televise the football over SYTYCD. Yes I was mortified :-D. So we didn’t get to see it.

    In suppport of a show that I feel has so many positive elements I will jump online to view her performance and send through relevant comments. Thanks for highlighting this.

  2. mark bruhwiller says:

    Saw you the other day on morning television while I was with my partner Lisa, and said how I had written to you after qanda about you having grit. She and I both agree with you on the appalling segment on ‘so you think you can dance’. Media producers and their cronies can be bloody imbeciles. Seems like we bash our heads against a brick wall at times though. and markalban @ twitter
    Cheers from us all.

  3. Michelle says:

    Yes – bad!
    I was glad my children were all tucked away in their bedrooms. I’m also glad that they have moved the show half an hour later – it’s not suitable for child viewing most weeks.
    At the end of the song my husband and I looked at each other and said ‘What was that?’
    Obviously I’m getting older and don’t know all the artists emerging.
    I love good music – the clubbing kind of music – but a big thumbs down to Ke$ha.

  4. WomenCan says:

    I’m with you totally.

    Sometimes I think producers think that sex sells. Well it does, but not to young vulnerable kids and not even to middle-aged women like me who are over seeing our young women cavorting in the next to nothing with their sewer mouths singing rubbish.

    What has happened to our music industry that it confuses pouting, prancing and sexual poses with entertaining.

    There are way better singers in our country that can smash it. Try Vanessa Amorossi for one who I recently saw at a Day on the Green. Her vocals are superb and you don’t have to wash your ears out afterwards!

    Why waist money on American trash imports when we have a HUGE number of fabulous gifted and talented female singers right here in Perth!

    Channel 10 – clean your act up and act Australian!

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