Happy feat

There’s more to Ja­son Derulo than just cool moves, writes

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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.’’

Sun­day , 8pm; Mon­day, 7pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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