His shows DanceX and Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann failed to impress when they were launched in 2007 and 2008 respectively. But Glee, which came only a year later in 2009, became an instant pop phenomenon on the tube. It’s the success of the latter that gives dancer and host, Bruno Tonioli hope for shows of the song-and-dance variety.
“I loved those two shows. Dance War was really ahead of its time. I feel it was like a Glee before Glee – singing, dancing in groups and pitting teams against each other,” muses Bruno, who’d love to have a second shot at his two cancelled shows after the success of Glee. He adds, “I’m very proud of the show. We’re trying to resuscitate it; we still have the rights, so we’ll see if we can get a commission.”
Bruno currently hosts the show, Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), the eighth season of which is currently being aired on BBC Entertainment. And the affable host believes that Indian viewers will particularly love this season. “For the ladies, there’s French actor, Gilles Marini,” he grins, “He’s a great dancer and has black hair, dark eyes and looks just like a Bollywood star!”
Although he is yet to watch the Indian take on DWTS, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Bruno is sure it’s great.
“People in India love singing, dancing and colour, so I’m sure it looks fantastic. I’d love to come and take a look, but I do the American and British versions of the show, and they keep me busy. I had to stop making appearances on the Australian version because it’s so far away,” he explains.
But Bruno claims he loves Bollywood and Indian food, and will try his best to come here to experience it soon. “I’ve been planning it for years now, but I’ve never had the time because to do justice to India, it takes at least two to three weeks to see everything, and I haven’t had that kind of time,” he says, quickly adding, “But I’m definitely going to come soon. In fact, it might fit into one of my projects that is still being planned. I can’t reveal what it is, but I hope it works out.”