There’s more to Jason Derulo than just cool moves, writes
HE wrote his first song at the age of eight. He has 10 million sales worldwide to his name and he can probably move a whole lot better than you can. If anyone deserves the title of ‘‘Dance Master’’, it’s chart-topper Jason Derulo.
Along with the equally multi-talented Kelly Rowland, Derulo mentors a team of performers taking part in Channel 10’s new high-energy dance competition Everybody Dance Now.
Hosted by Sarah Murdoch, the show pits two teams of dancers against each other in a series of ‘‘battles’’ before a live audience. Each episode sees members of Team Jason or Team Kelly eliminated until only the best are left standing.
Derulo has relocated to Australia from the US for the next few months to be part of Everybody Dance Now.
He says the competition is unlike any other on television right now.
‘‘What makes this show different is it’s not just solo acts but groups as well, and it’s all different styles of dancing,’’ he says.
‘‘Not only do you have everything from flamenco to tap, you also have these different types of entertainment – acrobatics, fire-breathing, everything.’’
Anyone who has seen Derulo perform knows he has some cool moves. He admits he’s learning as much as he’s teaching taking part in the show.
‘‘I’m as much a student as any dancer taking part in this competition, and even over the past couple of days I’ve been so enlightened by being around dancers performing styles I’ve never seen or heard of,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve never experienced indigenous dance before; one of the dancers on my team does that.’’
It’s clear from watching the first episode of Everybody Dance Now and speaking with Derulo that neither he nor Rowland are going to give an inch. ‘‘It’s a healthy rivalry,’’ Derulo laughs. ‘‘She’s really talented and, like me, she’s really passionate about what she does. We’re both competitive as well, so when you put two people like that in the same room there’s going to be some friction.
‘‘We both want to win, so you expect things to blow up between us every once in a while. I’ve got my ammo, Kelly’s got her ammo and we’re going to be firing away at each other.’’
Dance fans have plenty of performers to check out over the course of Everybody Dance Now’s premiere season, with both teams made up of 44 members.
‘‘It’s a lot to deal with, so we had our
mentors, US stars Jason Derulo and Kelly Rowland. work cut out for us but it’s jaw-dropping for me to see what these people can do,’’ Derulo says.
‘‘One of my main things is making sure the performances have that wow factor – that’s what the audience wants. We’re going to maximise every second we have onstage because the other team is amazingly talented and they’ll dominate the stage if we don’t.’’
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