In this clip from Israel’s “So U Think U Can Dance”, two Israeli Hip-Hoppers, Shocko and Gitit get to choreograph their own routine. The duo use this gesture to settle a score with judge David Dvir, a representative of the Israeli “Ballet old-guard”. In part, this routine was the production’s way of recognizing the pair’s large fan-base, who had protested the program’s privileging of classically trained dancers over Hip-Hoppers -- not only for their particular technical skills, but also for the shape of their bodies. Indeed, Dvir had constantly censured the couple -- while celebrating several horrific Hip-Hop performances by classically trained contestants -- making particularly offensive remarks about Gitit’s weight, Shocko’s posture, and the pair’s proudly cultivated Afros. The routine begins in “mute” representing the loss of voice experienced by the duo on the show. It culminates in the incorporation of Dvir’s recorded voice, commenting: “I don’t like it… its always “flex” and never “point” and its nothing”. The dancers then take off their sneakers and jump around, flexing and pointing their feet alternately. The camera cuts to a close up on Dvir’s infuriated expression, and the couple laugh their way off stage. This clip is a good example of the way a locally produced version of a global franchise can serve as a site where “local” culture is produced through friction between conflicting cultural influences. Interestingly, the hegemonic position is not staked on reifying “national” genres like Israeli folk dance (itself a hybrid of European and Arab styles), but rather, on traditional Eurocentric notions of “cultural refinement” being challenged by a new, globally-influential African-American cultural form. This helps counter the simplistic essentialist argument that in “local” format adaptations a “pure” or homogeneous national culture is negotiated through foreign forms. Instead the hybrid dynamics of national culture itself are highlighted, as well as the fundamental role played by global television formats in societies undergoing cultural and economic processes of globalization.