“It’s amazing,” Napoleon acknowledges. “As choreographers and even as dancers we were always in the background. There is so much that a choreographer does – we’re on American Idol every week as well, but you would never know because it’s always behind the scenes. There are so many jobs like that that choreographers do that are behind the scenes that nobody realizes – you know, that there is somebody there making people do what they do.”
“Or move the way that they do,” Tabitha interjects. “Even basic staging for actors in films, it doesn’t always have to break out into a big production number.”
“It’s the choreographer that does the staging,” Napoleon concludes. “For us to be able to show the art in a dance form has been tremendous and it’s been amazing for our dance community.”
Of course it was Nigel Lythgoe who brought the D’Umos into Idol when he returned as Executive Producer. Now Lythgoe wears the EP hat for both reality competition shows.
“There have been choreographers on there every season,” Napoleon points out about American Idol. “But, when Nigel did come back he was the one who had us come in. Another choreographer from the So You Think You Can Dance family, (choreographer) Mandy Moore was hired for that too.”
“We just came on board this season to do some of the episodes and it’s so much fun,” Tabitha insists. “Their main skill set is singing. Dancing to them is not comfortable…it’s not natural at all, so to help them feel coordinated and to give them easy blocking…it’s simple movements, but to see when they feel confident and they pull it off is really rewarding.”
The top eight contenders on American Idol face off again tonight and Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.