Monday, June 11, 2012

Swag for who??: The ABDC Gifting Suite prior to the ABDC Guetta Challenge

The Huffington Post reports that before they taped the ABDC semifinals episode, "Trueheart Events set up a backstage gifting experience on the Warner Bros. lot where the show is taped. ABDC executive producer Randy Jackson, host Mario Lopez, backstage correspondent Lil Mama (HuffPo's reporting, not mine!), along with the show's judges, choreographers and other celebrity guests were treated to various fashion, beauty and lifestyle products." Among the freebies: studded combat boots and sequined high tops, semi-precious jewelry from various vendors,  Tshirts, kids clothing, sunglasses, touch-screen watches, gift certificates for gourmet meals, flatirons, gift certificates for hotel stays in Greece, silk scarves, board games and "Chocolate Skulls by Cannibal Confections, hand cast from an actual human skull that come with their own Certificate of Authenticity."   Click here to see the 'handpicked' invitation (shown in Hollywood Life), along with a list of the swag providers.

Now, I've got no problem with giving gifts to the producers, choreographers, backstage people (especially Layla Kayleigh) and judges. And maybe there's a reason for the inclusion of  lots of 'celebrities' who have no obvious tie to the show (e.g., actress Marissa Winokur, Shaun Taub (Ironman movie) and his family, Boris Kodjoe and family, Edwin Hodge of upcoming Red Dawn movie, Rachel Lee Cook ).  But -- there's no pictures of stuff being given to the DANCERS. And, I know that none of the regular press (Pacific Rim, Chris Trondsen) were invited. Why not? Why not reward some of the people -- ESPECIALLY the dancers!-- who are the heart and soul of ABDC week in and week out? (Thanks for the tip, Hobbit!)