INSIDE: Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

IT COULD have been all over for Ja­son Derulo in a frac­tion of a sec­ond.

Six months ago, Derulo, 22, was re­hears­ing a chal­leng­ing ac­ro­batic move for his planned world tour when things went hor­ri­bly awry.

Derulo, who has a key role along­side singer Kelly Row­land and Sarah Mur­doch in Chan­nel 10’ s new re­al­ity show Ev­ery­body Dance Now, was at­tempt­ing a back tuck – a back flip with no hands. He slipped and landed on his head, writhing in agony. He could have died. The in­ter­na­tional pop star with 13 mil­lion sales be­hind him, in­clud­ing hits Whatcha Say, Ridin’ Solo and It Girl, suf­fered a ‘‘ hang­man’s break’’ – the bone he broke in his neck is the one that breaks when some­one is hanged.

But Derulo is well on the way to re­cov­ery.

‘‘ Six months [ of re­hab] has seemed a very long time and it has changed my life in so many ways,’’ he says.

‘‘ It was a near- death ex­pe­ri­ence. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence that had me re­strained. I couldn’t do much, couldn’t per­form, couldn’t dance.

‘‘ I could barely even pat my head. It was re­ally dif­fi­cult be­cause I’m such a mover. It was re­ally tough.

‘‘ I was help­less. Peo­ple had to tie up my shoes.

‘‘ The ex­pe­ri­ence taught me to love the things I’m blessed with. I wake up now know­ing I’m go­ing to be go­ing into the stu­dio, know­ing there is go­ing to be an en­gi­neer there to record the mu­sic I write.

‘‘ That is in­cred­i­ble in it­self, some­thing I dreamed of my whole life. When you are locked in a rou­tine ev­ery day it’s easy to for­get how blessed you are.’’

Derulo, who was once ro­man­ti­cally con­nected to Lara Bin­gle, be­gan dat­ing fel­low pop star Jordin Sparks last Septem­ber and says the ac­ci­dent brought them closer to­gether.

‘‘ Jordin played a huge part. That’s when we got the clos­est,’’ he says.

Derulo first made an im­pact on the charts in 2009 with the sin­gle Whatcha Say.

His self- ti­tled de­but al­bum peaked at No. 11 on the Amer­i­can Bill­board Chart and No. 4 in Aus­tralia. Fol­low- up Fu­ture His­tory was re­leased last Septem­ber, leav­ing no doubt Derulo had ar­rived as one of the world’s top male pop acts.

He had been plan­ning to bring his Fu­ture His­tory world tour to Aus­tralia be­fore in­jury struck.

He con­sid­ers Aus­tralia his favourite coun­try and needed lit­tle con­vinc­ing to take part in Ev­ery­body Dance Now.

Derulo and Row­land will be ‘‘ dance masters’’, guid­ing con­tes­tants through colos­seum- style du­els. Mur­doch hosts the show. ‘‘ I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to [ buy a house in Aus­tralia] at some point,’’ Derulo says.

‘‘ It’s re­ally a place I see my­self liv­ing for a part of the year.’’

Row­land has made it known she has a strong com­pet­i­tive streak. Derulo has one too and prom­ises some fire­works.

‘‘ I want my team to be the best. If I had my way I would have my team go un­de­feated and not lose any­one from my side,’’ he says.

‘‘ There has been fric­tion with Kelly al­ready. It’s nat­u­ral when you have two com­pet­i­tive peo­ple go­ing for the win.’’

More than 80 acts will com­pete in front of a stu­dio au­di­ence. There is no age limit on con­tes­tants, who can per­form solo, in a duet, or as a group.

Each night, one act will win $ 10,000 and a place in the fi­nals where they will com­pete for a prize of $ 250,000.

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