Tonight, it's a quiet night at home for us. With 3 kids, we haven't gone out anywhere for New Year's since the year before I got pregnant with Gillian, so what, 2000? Must have been, Gilly was born just before New Year's 2001.
Normally, we're alone, but occasionally, we had friends over for the evening. This year, we're alone again (though, to be honest, it's SO much more relaxing). It's usually an evening of playing games or cards, drinking a bit, listening to music loudly, then turning on the TV around 11:30 to watch the live performances and watch the ball drop.
Tonight, I tuned in at 10:30 to Dick Clark's New Year's Eve, and watched that for 30 minutes. At 11, the local news broke in, so I switched to watch Fox's New Year's Eve bash.
Now, maybe they just have no budget this year, or maybe it's always that bad. I suffered through about 25 minutes, then when the horrifically bad dance routine came on the stage that looks like it was done by a public TV station with a $20 decorating budget, I couldn't stand it any more.
So, where do I start with my review of the crap Fox threw together?
First off, the hosts. Cat Deely.. who is she? I certainly have no idea. I gathered from some comments that she must have been involved with "So You Think You Can Dance?"
She's not that humourous, so listening to her is just awkward. Next- who the heck is the guy with the glasses? He's socially horrific! Talk about a geek with NO interaction skills what so ever!
He targets 2 children, a 10 year old, and one slightly younger- maybe 8? Anyway, in a VERY obviously staged moment, he asks these two children what they plan to make for resolutions for 2008.
Their answers? The 10 year old girl apparently smokes 2 packs a day and wants to cut back, while the younger boy is addicted to scratch off lotto tickets.
I'm sure in his mind, he thought it would be funny to poke fun at what a lot of people see as real resolutions, but seeing as it's illegal activity for children, is it really the best joke to make? If I were those kids parents, I would have told the guy to buzz off, only I don't think I would have been so polite in saying it.
Next- performers. Blake Lewis. Hmm... He has a niche that's great for him, but his music isn't that popular, nor is that great (I feel he's very talented, but not a mainstream performer) for crowd performances. It was boring, and frankly, I didn't even listen to most of it, because I just didn't have my interest pervoked.
After him, there was more inane chatter with the hosts, who really should never have been targetted as hosts to begin with. Then, a live performance by Fall Out Boy. Ok, I do love that song, and I'll admit it, I did get up and sing and dance with the kids to it.
Then, more inane chatter. There may have been another performance, but if there was, it wasn't memorable in the least. The inane chatter just kept going.
I'm a former dancer. I've danced at Walt Disney World. I've competed in the state. I've been in LOOOVE with dance since I was little. So, when the "So You Think You Can Dance" perfomance came on, I was excited.
The choice of music... I honestly can't say I even know what song it was, nor was it great, or dance worthy. The set- I honestly think it looked like they took someone's basement, covered one wall in dollar store clearanced tinsel with a hand written "Happy New Year's" sign on the wall, then set up two spare folding chairs for these dancers to use.
Afterwards, the socially awkward girl host came sliding in, and made awkward innuendos about the dancers, then chatted them up a bit, while they talked about how amazing everything was.
The point finally came when I glanced at the clock and realized I'd had enough. This was when they went to the Tortilla Bowl in Arizona and some older woman started laughing and giggling on screen.
If I had to sit through that 25 minutes again, I would claw my eyes out. It was just that horrifically bad.
I realize that Dick Clark kind of has a corner on the "New Year's Eve" market, but does that really mean that others shouldn't put -some- effort into it? Or a budget?
I'm now watching Carrie Underwood, and the good videography, and the fun hosts, and the not so socially awkward or inane chatter.
I doubt I'll EVER be in the mood to watch a Fox New Year's Eve celebration again. It felt more like a funeral for thier station.
My first resolution for 2008: Do NOT watch Fox on December 31st