Throughout the fall, eager TV viewers sat in front of the TV screen on Saturday evenings to watch the dance and magic party of TV 2’s “Skal vi danse.”
On Saturday, the stage was set for the grand final, where in the end it was Alexandra Gunner (33) who could cheer the loudest, while Aslacak Morstad (31) had to settle for second place.
– change my life
The media industry is currently under severe financial pressure, and TV 2 has announced, among other things, cost cuts of NOK 400 million.
Cuts may involve downsizing and impact television productions, such as a dance competition.
So there was speculation as to whether “Shall We Dance” would be allowed to go through or not.
Former participant Iselin Guttormsen (36) told Dagbladet that it would be very sad if the competition was closed.
– It’s no secret that the song “Shall We Dance” has completely changed my life. I think more people should enjoy it, says Guttormsen.
Norway needs more sparkles, sequins and dancing fun!
– Crazy important
This year’s third place finisher, Ulrike Brandstorp (29), also has no doubt that the program is still important.
– People are like, “Shall we dance.” People need it, people need entertainment. There’s a crazy amount going on in the world right now, and sometimes you just need to be able to laugh a little and enjoy yourself. Simply to deal with whatever is happening. Brandstorp adds that the phrase “Should We Dance” is very important on many levels TV 2.
Brandstorp does not wish to clarify the quote given to Dagbladet.
Changes should be made
Skal vi danse Frank Luke (43) surprised, to put it mildly, shocking both judges, dancers and TV viewers with Borat’s move – which later led to his expulsion from the competition.
He still believes the competition should continue.
-This was the nineteenth season after all. It has to be 20, and they end with 20, he told Dagbladet.
Locke still believes that competition can benefit from change to live longer.
– There were probably a lot of good dancers. People like to see improvement. “Because I think it’s disappearing a little bit, but they have the opportunity to revive it again,” says the 43-year-old.
– Bring in interesting candidates, there were interesting candidates, but they are very good – because it is boring to look at good people. You knew right away who was going away, as it were. It’s fun when you see the “desperate” start to understand.
Fearing the end
Speculation about the ending of “Shall We Dance” is nothing new. Also last year, after the All-Star season, there was talk that there would be no more TV dancing.
Presenters Helen Olafsen (33) and Anders Hof (47) are a little unsure of what the future holds.
– Of course we are afraid of that, the duo answer when asked if they fear that the song “Shall We Dance” will become history.
– Every “Shall We Dance” fan does this. But they can only speculate and move on, Hof continues.
According to Kampanji, the dance competition is one of the channel’s most expensive productions, and its value can quickly reach NOK 30 to 40 million.
Trygve Ronningen, program editor and director of content strategy at TV 2, tells the site that there have been meetings with TV producers, but denies that the channel is looking for a cheap version of the dance programme.
-We’re not asking for cheaper ideas for “Shall We Dance”. He stressed that the “Shall We Dance” program achieved great success this fall, and we are very happy with this program.
Speaking to Dagbladet, Röningen stressed that there is no connection between the bad economic times at TV 2 and the fact that production is expensive.
– This is not how we work with programs. We have many major TV shows on TV 2, the vast majority of which will continue for many years.
Moreover, he says they are discussing whether to continue.
– When we finish the season, we sit down and spend a lot of time evaluating and discussing the way forward, which is what we do after every season in all programs. We are discussing continuing.
– What I can say now is that we are very satisfied with this year’s season, if we want to communicate something, it would be the opposite of considering the song “Shall We Dance” removed from the screen.
-You must do things differently
Erlend Rogen, managing director of Nordisk Film – which is behind the dance competition – confirms to Kampanje that they were not asked to replace the song “Shall We Dance”.
– We have not received a concrete synopsis to show something that could replace “Shall We Dance”, but it is also not new that channels are looking for alternatives in their castles at all times. That’s the game, Rogen says.
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