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So You Think You Can Dance September 1, 2005

Posted by MM in Dance.

I am so addicted to Fox’s new reality TV show “So you think you can dance.” I watched it from when they had the final 16 dancers. And good lord, I love watching those dancers dancing so much! I feel so happy watching the dances on the show.

However, the show does have some serious flawas. At first I wondered when they had the final 16 competitors, what are the rules they use to eliminate the dancers. It turns out that they let the dancers randomly pair up and randomly draw a dance form to perform and four judges will pick the bottom 2 or 3 pairs. Then those bottom dancers have to do a solo. Then the american get to the phone and vote for their favarites. It is by far fair for them to judge like that.

Many web blogs reveal the concerns and frustrations. For example, http://www.realitytvcalendar.com/recaps/thinkdance/jk-sytycd-8-29-05-p2.html?submit=Continued+On+Page+2

metions that

1) Contestants should have new partners every week
2) Contestants should have to dance a new style every week
3) Contestants should be judged on an individual level and not on a partner level. Why not choose the 6 weakest dancers of the night, not the 3 weakest pairs?
4) Contestants who are dancing styles completely new to them should be judged less harshly than those who are dancing in their comfort zone.
5) Performance shows should be aired LIVE on Wednesday nights and results shows should be aired LIVE on Thursday nights.

I was extremely unhappy to know from some blogs that some producers or judges try to manipulate the voting results. Come on, although it is an entertaining reality TV show, since there is competition envolved, it should be fair and square. Every dancer should be given a fair shake. Some phenomenal dancers were dragged to the bottom 4 or 6 only because their partners suck at it. Come on, is that fair? Should the dancers really take the shame for picking up a partner out of a hat? I think the above suggestions make extremely sense.

The producers need to draw the hard line that this show is about dance. But suddenly it is all about “entertaining.”

The following will be some recaps:

16 to 14

Sandra and Jonnis were cut. Well, not very hard feelings since I just started watching the show.

14 to 12

Snow (ballroom dancer) and Jamile (hip hop dancer) danced quick step. Of course Jamile didn’t look as elegantly and framed as he was supposed to do in the ballroom dancing. Snow did great. I think the web blog I mentioned above is a little too harsh on Snow, which I will explain later.
Destini (mordern dancer) and Blake (mordern dancer) danced lyrical, which they partnered and danced in the previous week. That really blows off some justidy. You will think that to make the competition fair, they should not be allowed to partner with the same person twice in a row and pick their strongest dancing form in a row. Don’t misunderstand. Personally I don’t feel against these two, although a lot of blogs say they are too cocky. I just think the game should be fair. Blake did extremely well – he is in my top two list. However, although the judges gave good comments to Destini, I think she was weak in the performance. She should still be thankful that Blake was her partner.
Melody and Craig (both lyrical or jazz dancers) danced Hip Hop – it is not their speciality and I think they did a very good job, especially Melody, she is a hotty. However, Nigel bombed them saying that it is not hip hop. BTW, their choreographer Shane Sparks is in the “Let’s learn to hip hop vol. ,” and he is a good hip hop choreographer.
Michelle and Nick (jazz dancer) danced quick step. Wow, I think for the first timers, they look fabulous. Although it is not Nick’s speciality, he did a great job. He is in my top two male dancers. And I like his personality a lot. If he had a more masculine voice, he would have been the perfect idol.
Ashley (jazz dancer) and Artem (ballroom dancer) danced lyrical. They were good.
Melissa (jazz dancer)



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