Published on December 19th, 2009 | by bngr6
Michael Flatley’s Nemises has arrived at last
After saying goodbye to X-factor post Jedward, I moved my panel-judged reality competition needs to TG4’s An Jig Gig; the finale of which is on this Sunday at 8.30pm.
If you’re thinking Irish or Irish dancing is not your scene, you’re mistaken. Not only is this quality competition telly, some of the dancing in it is amazing, in particular (my favourite) Irish Beats.
Irish Beats are fascinatingly good. I know feck all about Irish dancing but I know these three young lads are brilliant to watch. They’re modern and novel, they dance with serious power and precision and they have the look. The week before last they danced to Daft Punk and last Sunday they danced to Snow Patrol – check this out:
With the pop song routine in the bag, they followed-up with a routine to Mozart:
The show has lots of acts trying something new with anything from cowboy music to the A-team and Thriller, but none of the acts were as talented at dancing as Irish Beats. For me it’s the sound, strength and beats of their tapping, I can’t get enough.
This is why I think they can take on the mantel of Mr. Flatley. Flatley may be all that with the Irish dancing, one of the people most responsbile for its resurgence and a global sell-out sensation etc, but all that body oil and pop-philosophy, it’s way too much cheese for any civil society to bear. With Irish Beats it’s a win win, they’re talented and entertaining dancers that I think could go all the way, without the shame of egomania.
So tune in this Sunday at 8.30 to find out who wins.