June 16, 2006

So you think you can watch this show?

Kim Cosmopolitan explains the new rules on "So You Think You Can Dance." I didn't watch last season, so I'm not puzzled by the changes, just trying to figure it out for the first time. And I'm trying to decide if I want to watch that much dancing and that many dancers smiling ecstatically after they've danced and couples acting like they love each other much more than they possibly could. The highlight of Wednesday's show was when they made one guy -- Benji -- do some extremely sexual sort of dancing with the sexy partner they assigned to him and then, in the judging session, had him reveal that he'd just come back from his missionary work and was, apparently, dancing in a way that conflicted with his religion in a heroic demonstration of how desperately he wanted to win.

9 comments:

tiggeril said...

I watched last season, but it was one of those shows that could only hold my attention for half the season or so. It was yet another show where I wanted to throttle the idiotic live audience who booed anything except effusive praise from the judgees.

Internet Ronin said...

No.

(But thanks for asking ;-)

Moanique said...

It's ok. It's mindless and sort of entertaining. Like Idol, it gets better as they thin out and you get to know them a little.

Most people can hear singing and say, "That's good, I like that" or "That's terrible, what are they thinking?" Dance is a little harder to judge and some of the categories are frankly made up. You look at it and half the time you have no idea if it's dancing or rolling around on the floor.

I'll give it a chance. Didn't see it at all last year.

Ann Althouse said...

Moanique: Yeah, there's way too much throwing yourself all over the floor. And a creepy amount of standing with the legs apart and shaking.

Harkonnendog said...

Wow I couldn't disagree more. These are incredibly beautiful people- physical specimens- well trained artists- who get to showcase themselves. The dancing is beautiful!

Different strokes I guess.

Dawn said...

And a creepy amount of standing with the legs apart and shaking.

Sorta like a Shakira video...

Bill Millan said...

This show is a "must" for ballroom dancers like me. My crowd is glued to the set every week. "Benji's" father is a well-known teacher to the West Coast dancers, and many of them know Benji. This gives him a built-in following that gives him votes. The use of the "Dear John" he got at the end of his mission is a bit much, but he volunteered it.

The final decision made by the judges is very controlled, and is not really affected by audience vote very much. Ivan Koumaev did an awful job of leading a Salsa but was kept on the show over Stanislav Savich, who led a superb Paso Doble. The Judges picked the girl they liked the least long term without much regard to how well she did her dance. But getting rid of Erin meant that they eliminated that couple, and the other dancers didn't have to change a partner.

I think this approach is necessary for the show to work.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Bill. Can you explain why they got rid of Stanislav? If it was only that his partner was cut, why did they pretend it was two separate decisions? I especially liked Stanislav and it really affected my appreciation for the show to see him cut. I also find it hard to accept having the different styles of dancing. It makes it awfully hard to compare people. And what of the pairing of couples who have little in common? Why not pair two trained dancers so they could have some rapport?

Medopine said...

I liked last season's rules better, where each week a partner was "randomly" selected. Partnering with a new person each week added to the challenge and allowed for some magic chemistry to happen.

Can't believe they cut Stanislav. :( I liked him a lot. Paso Doble (which I wouldn't know about aside from learning it on this show) looks so awesome when it's done right, and I thought he did a great job with it. Oh well.