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«I have tears that come easily”: Mel Charlot, the new master of “Revolution”
Mel Charlot during the launch of TVA programming at the end of August. Mario Beauregard/Agence QMI SHARING Samuel Pradier
MISE À DAY
Sit in the master chair of Revolutionwas not a path mapped out in advance for Mel Charlot. The dancer and choreographer had to fight hard and often to get there. She now wants to give back and support the dancers who appear before her.
Even though she has been dancing since the age of 13, Mel Charlot has suffered a lot of rejection and encountered many closed doors over the years. “It wasn’t my time yet. It went more easily in the United States, but I also had rejections, I participated in difficult auditions… I wasn't ready yet, but when my time came, it happened. is finally done.”
After working on productions like The Masked Singer, Lip Sync Battle, So You Think You Can Dance, and with artists such as Lizzo, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey or P. Diddy, the Montrealer is proud to return to the country.
“It’s an honor, and I feel totally in my place. I've been doing the same thing behind the scenes for years, but now I'm going to do it on television.”
An unexpected proposal
As soon as the first season of Revolution, Mel Charlot was seduced by the concept. “I thought it was cool that there was a dance show on Quebec television, and I told myself that it would be fun to participate in it one day, but I didn't expect them to 'call as quickly.'
If she agreed to occupy a master's chair for this fifth season which begins this Sunday, it is above all to be able to give back to others. “It’s in my nature to want to do that. I am not here to judge, but rather to help those who pass in front of me to rise and improve even more, whether in competition or in their career. It scares me a little because I never thought it would happen to me. But I have already received lots of messages from little girls telling me that I was an inspiration to them, it is in this sense that this role is bigger than me.”
And, without revealing names, she warns that the next season of Revolution should be on par with the previous ones, if not more. “There are new faces, styles that we haven't seen yet… A lot of people from the street dance community came to see us, and there are also some old ones who return. We will be able to see their immense progress.”
Judge, refuse, eliminate…
With Lydia Bouchard and Jean-Marc Généreux, Mel Charlot will nevertheless have the difficult task of judging the dancers, refusing them and eliminating some of them from the competition. A role that she approaches with great caution. “It’s important to never break down the artist in front of us. It’s always risky, because they are not necessarily ready to receive what we give them. But we sow a seed and we'll see later. I think it's super important that they leave with their heads held high, and with a constructive message that won't make them doubt their passion.”
And she is already showing her colors, because we risk seeing her cry often. “Let’s just say that I have tears that come quite easily. When I was young, I often cried because I felt all the emotions, even those of others, whether positive or negative. I often hid, but as I grew up, and even more so since becoming a mother, I let myself go. It's part of who I am, it's now one of my strengths.”
Produced by the Fair-Play Group, the dance competitionRévolution is back on TVA this Sunday, September 17, at 8 p.m., immediately after the first episode of the third season of Masked Singers.