Nobody puts Baby in the corner.
Dancer, choreographer, and TV personality Stephen “tWitch” Boss hosts the new Fox dance competition series “The Real Dirty Dancing,” which puts eight celeb competitors through iconic dance numbers from the 1987 movie.
“It’s basically a celebration of ‘Dirty Dancing.’ It’s the 35-year anniversary, and this movie has become such an incredible classic,” Boss, 39, told The Post.
“We get to relive all of the moments, and the way we get to do that is our incredible cast of eight different celebrities from various walks of life revisit where they actually shot ‘Dirty Dancing.’”
Premiering Tuesday (Feb. 1) at 9 p.m. “The Real Dirty Dancing,” was filmed at Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge, which was the site of Kellerman’s Catskills resort in the movie. The competing celebrities are WWE wrestler Brie Bella, “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu; Tyler Cameron (“The Bachelorette”); Cat Cora the first female “Iron Chef”; “The Backstreet Boys” member Howie Dorough; ex-NFL player Antonio Gates; “MADtv” comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (“MADtv”); and “The Real” host Loni Love.
“The Real Dirty Dancing” case members Brie Bella, Antonio Gates, Tyler Cameron, Loni Love and Corbin Bleu re-create the watermelon scene from “Dirty Dancing.” ANTONY PLATT
Host Stephen “tWitch” Boss (left) with cast members Corbin Bleu, Antonio Gates, Cat Cora, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Howie Dorough, Loni Love, Tyler Cameron and Brie Bella. ANTONY PLATT
Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in “Dirty Dancing.” dpa /Landov
They team up in pairs and try to re-create dances from the movie in front of judges until one pair is ultimately crowned as the winning “Baby” and “Johnny” (for Grey’s nickname in the movie and Swayze’s character, Johnny Castle).
“When I was pairing everybody up, I was really thinking not only about their skill level and personalities, but also how they would work together as partners, and what they would be able to pull out from each other,” said Boss. “I can’t say too much, but … it is exciting all the way through. Lonnie Love said that she did this to show that this movie was for everybody. They might not look exactly like Patrick Swayze or Jennifer Grey, but what they do bring to the table is different aspects, whether it’s a flirtatious nature or confidence or an all-out competitive streak.”
Onscreen, the dancers re-create scenes from the movie such as carrying a watermelon, practicing jumping in the water, and the iconic final dance number, including the legendary lift.
“Not only are we paying tribute, but [we are] paying respect,” said Boss.
Boss, who is best known for “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” said that he has his own personal history with “Dirty Dancing.”
Tyler Cameron and Cat Cora practice the famous lift in the water scene from “Dirty Dancing” in new competition show “The Real Dirty Dancing.” ANTONY PLATT
Cat Cora, Brie Bella Tyler Cameron, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Antonio Gates, Loni Love, Corbin Bleu and Howie Dorough with host Stephen “tWitch” Boss in “The Real Dirty Dancing.” ANTONY PLATT
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny and Baby in “Dirty Dancing.”
“I started dancing somewhat late. I didn’t grow up dancing in the studio and taking dance lessons like that,” he said. “So, when I found ‘Dirty Dancing,’ which was well into my college career, seeing the machismo and the masculine energy that Swayze brought, I just found it incredibly inspiring. I feel like I carry a little bit of that around with me; the confidence he used.
“I was a dance student, so wearing super- tight pants and open shirts was not foreign to me,” he said. “Patrick Swayze gave me a lot of confidence in how you can strut while doing that. There’s something about being in a place where they [filmed the movie] – it felt like being in a place where somebody did something incredibly important.
“Especially if you are a fan of the movie, the journey is just spectacular,” he said. “We have some nostalgic moments [and] a couple of surprise guests that people will be thrilled about. It’s a beautiful show to watch.”
Host Stephen “tWitch” boss wears 1960s inspired threads to get in the spirit of “Dirty Dancing” in “The Real Dirty Dancing.” ANTONY PLATT