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Global Television Formats by Sharon Shahaf, Tasha Oren

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“CALLING OUT AROUNDTHE WORLD”

The Global Appeal of Reality DanceFormats

Dana Heller

In this chapter, I would like to consider how interactive reality television contributes to the negotiation between national particulars and transnational media flows. Specifically, I want to look at the successful franchise So You Think You Can Dance, a dynamic global media flashpoint and a remarkably adaptable format that serves as a site of pleasurable and contradictory engagement with the sense of national culture and community that television manufactures. But what makes the show of particular interest to me is that it allows audiences, in an increasing number of television markets around the world, to collectively determine their ideal national performers ...

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