Keeping The Integrity in SYTYCD

May 26, 2009


Well, It is about that time again, So You Think You Can Dance will soon be gracing our TV’s and thoughts. All season long during American Idol, I can’t wait for SYTYCD to come back on, however I do worry for the show I love so dearly when it comes to the integrity. I clearly remember last season at the end of Hollywood week, Nigel telling one of the contestants she is amazing but doesn’t have the personality and to come back next year when she has developed more of one. Once he said that I immediately became discouraged by the judges and the “want” to watch the show.

I do realize having a personality is a bonus, but last time I checked my reasons for watching the show, it was to watch the amazing art and talent of the dancers. Not to listen to them tell jokes or be a ham. In all reality, professional dancers aren’t up on stage talking and telling jokes, they dance and then disappear. For example, Celine Dion’s show. Do you think Benji would be on stage talking to the audience after Celine sang “My Heart Will Go On”? Um, no, he would be a back up dancer and just dance, not needing his personality one bit. So if this is the case, why do the dancers/auditioners need to have bubbly, in-your-face, attention grasping personalities? Isn’t their amazing dancing enough for SYTYCD?

I do see the proof is in the pudding when it comes to the dancers who have won the show, they have all been amazing personalities. However, that doesn’t give any right to the judges or producers to use that as a measuring stick. Their job is dance expertise, and should keep it to that and let us make the decision with the incredible dancers they accept. Reality shows already get heat for “fixing” or scripting shows and so forth, so why bring even more scepticism to a show. Viewers want to feel good about watching a show, not feel guilty because the judging has been fixed or is implementing new guidelines out of nowhere and their own personal opinions. Depending on the future judging of the show, I think more and more of the audience is going to be discouraged to watch. As far as I am concerned, the judges and producers only responsibility is putting through the most incredible, talented dancers and then let the audience decide out of them who deserves to go on. If the judging is going to regularly be looking at their personalities, they may want to consider changing the name of the show to “So You Think You Can Schmooze and Dance.

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