Make Your Mark: Cast Your Vote Now!
The five week audition period for Disney Channel’s Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off ‘Shake It Up’ Edition came to an end on August 3rd. More than 28,000 videos were submitted online showcasing talented young dancers from all over the United States. And now the real contest begins.
It’s time for Make Your Mark fans to make their voices heard by voting online for their favorite videos as the most liked auditions of the day. Videos with a STAR under them have been chosen as featured videos by a Disney.com editor, while videos with THUMBS UP have been chosen by fans as the most liked videos of the day. Videos with the STAR and THUMBS UP are the best of the best, as voted by Disney and Make Your Mark fans!
On August 19th, the first two of six semi-finalists will be chosen, followed by two more semi-finalists on August 26th, and the final two on September 2nd. The six finalists will fly to Los Angeles to compete in an epic television event on the Disney Channel, with the grand prize winner appearing as a featured spotlight dancer on an episode of Shake It Up!
The audition videos that were recorded at one of the five city events (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit) are easy to spot as the dancers are performing on a professional Shake It Up stage, complete with flashing lights and a shiny dance floor. The dancers are having such a great time that it made me think, wouldn’t Shake It Up be an excellent addition to the Hollywood Studios Theme Park at the Disney World Resort?
If Make Your Mark were to become a new attraction at Hollywood Studios, it could be a dance competition similar to the American Idol Experience with dancers performing in a series of elimination rounds leading up to a grand finale. Or it could be an interactive, Disney Quest-style attraction utilizing green screen technology so that a dancer’s performance on the stage could be digitally integrated into an episode of Shake It Up. Then Disney could offer the dancer a customized video of their simulated Shake It Up appearance – for a price, of course!
As an aside, I was annoyed by the Make Your Mark website tonight when I was browsing the audition videos and ended up having to sit through a video ad for Best Western. I’ve never seen non-Disney video ads on Disney sites before, and the ad intrusion wasn’t only out of place, it was illogical. The bulk of the Make Your Mark visitors are kids (8-16 years old) who are there to check out their own videos and vote for their favorites. I’d like to think they’re not the ones choosing the hotel chain for their next family vacation.