Dance Competitions Rev Up Reality TV

But can any of these dance shows dethrone the ultimate reality TV king, "American Idol"?

If anyone's qualified to answer that question, it's Nigel Lythgoe, creator of "So You Think You Can Dance" and a producer of "Idol." To him, dancing makes for better TV.

"People realize that dance is a far tougher world to be involved in. The rewards are nowhere near as good and the work is twice as hard," he said. "Everyone thinks they can sing in the shower. You can't really dance in the shower."

But when it comes to surpassing "Idol," arguably the most successful show of all time, a triple-pirouette can't hold a candle to a Kelly Clarkson/Justin Guarini duet.

Which show stole the No. 1 and 2 spots from "DWS" last week? "American Idol."

"With 'American Idol' it's very easy to spot when someone is singing badly or is tone deaf," Lythgoe said. "But it isn't as funny when people dance badly."

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