Judges Dismiss Dancer In T-Shirt and Sweats Until the Music Changes
Joshua Patton 11/5/2018
From very early ages, we learn not to judge people by their appearances alone, but for the judges on these reality talent shows, it's a lesson they keep missing over and over.
The latest example of this sort of mistaken assumption about an act's talent comes courtesy of Das Supertalent, the version of America's Got Talent that runs in Germany.
A man takes the stage. His hairline slinks back from his forehead. He wears baggy, bland gray sweatpants. He also has a plain white T-Shirt tucked in into them. And the glasses? Well that tells us we're dealing with a "real nerd" here.
Andreas, the dancer, had a plan. His costume meant to play on people's assumptions that he was unserious or unprepared. Still, he really wanted the judges to doubt him. So, he set a plan into motion.
Taking position very stiffly, he stood in the center of the stage. Suddenly, the theme song to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" starts to play. While possibly the finest hip-hop theme song to a situation comedy every made, he further sells his deception.
He starts to dance, awkwardly and with no real rhythm. The judges all make suspicious expressions, one turning away from him completely.
It was likely more than rudeness that caused the judges to dismiss poor Andreas, at first. In the 12 years that this show's aired on television in Germany, almost all of the winners have been musicians.
A harmonica player, a panpipe player, and three dog acts have all taken home the big prize. Otherwise, the rest of the years, some singer or another ends up winning. No dancer has taken the top spot on this show, and it doesn't appear like Andreas is going to change that.
Finally, the music cuts out all of a sudden. And when it started playing again, the judges were left delighted and stunned.
The music switches from the old-school hip-hop to more modern electronic dance music. Andreas uses this moment to remove his glasses, and like Superman, take flight. Or, in this case, start dancing for real.
So impressive were the moves Andreas laid out on stage it left American choreographer Bruce Darnell slackjawed. Dieter Bohlen, a German musician, broke out in a grin after turning away from the performer, writing him off as a lost cause. But Dutch singer Sylvie van der Vaart got into the spirit, waving her arms, clapping, and offering a periodic "wooo!" of encouragement.
The judges were amazed because of the way Andreas was able to pull off moves more "fit" dancers struggle with.