November 7, 2010 – The Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up Premieres
“Make a scene, make a scene nobody can ignore, don’t knock it ’til you rock it, we can’t take it no more!”
On November 7, 2010, the Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up premiered on the Disney Channel. The show is a buddy comedy about two girls, CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, who are background dancers on a local show called Shake It Up, Chicago, and land in a series of misadventures on and off the set. It is Disney’s third original series to use the “show-within-a-show” format, the other two being The Famous Jett Jackson and Sonny with a Chance. The series has earned mixed reviews. The show was created by Chris Thompson, and stars Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones, Zendaya as Rocky Blue, Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones, Roshon Fegan as Ty Blue, and Adam Irigoyen as Deuce Martinez. The theme song “Shake It Up” is performed by Selena Gomez and the Scene.
The first episode, entitled “Start It Up!” begins with CeCe and Rocky dancing on a subway platform and passing around a hat for tips. Unfortunately, they don’t receive any tips for their performance. At home, CeCe gets ready for school, while her police officer mother heads to work. Joined by Rocky, the two rush to school, where their friend Deuce lets them know that their favorite show “Shake It Up, Chicago” is having auditions that weekend. As CeCe plans for the audition, Rocky begins to have second thoughts, fearing the competition.
The two arrive at the audition, and Rocky’s nerves get the best of her. But the two do audition, and make it to the spotlight dance round. Rocky gets up on the stage, and finally breaks through her nerves, and it’s announced that she’s on the show. CeCe gets up on the stage, but is suddenly overcome by nerves and is frozen on stage. Rocky attempts to help her friend, but is unsuccessful. CeCe is disappointed that she blew it, and runs off stage. Rocky finds her later at the subway and tries to cheer her up.
The next day, Rocky decides that she doesn’t want to be on the show if CeCe isn’t on the show, but CeCe refuses to let her back out. The two arrive at the show just in time, and Rocky handcuffs herself to CeCe, claiming that she won’t dance without her friend (unfortunately for CeCe’s mom, Rocky stole her handcuffs, and she is unable to arrest a criminal). The two perform a standout dance on the stage while handcuffed. They impress the network enough to get CeCe on the show, although Rocky misplaced the key to the handcuffs (which was in fact stolen by CeCe’s brother Flynn).