What is going on this season of So You Think You Can Dance? It’s like the judges have lost their minds – or at least, they’re having trouble figuring out who the great dancers this season really are.
To see how this came about the second time (in a row!), let’s start with a recap of the bottom three dancers this week: Cristina, Melinda, and Robert. How did they get there?
Salsa dancer Cristina and all-star Pasha danced a dynamite Pasa Doble from Jean-Marc Genereux and France Mousseau, but they were the first dancers of the competition show, and that puts a dancer in the weakest possible spot (a bad move by the producers since Cristina was in the bottom three dancers last week). You dance last, and you’re the most remembered dancer. You dance first, and you’re the least remembered dancer.
The judges and everyone else agreed that Cristina was tremendous in her routine. Yet, for the second week in a row, she landed in the bottom three dancers. I happen to believe it’s because of her dance’s position in the competition show.
Melinda. Oh, Melinda. How I wish you’d left the show last week. But they kept you, and there you were, with your disingenuous smile and scheming eyes – but America agrees with me and put you in the bottom three dancers.
Melinda (a tap dancer) and Ade danced a Stacey Tookey contemporary routine in which Melinda played Mother Earth and dubious all-star Ade played mankind. Poor costumes, a poor storyline, passionless dancing from both Melinda and Ade, a lack-luster routine – and I normally love Stacy Tookey’s work – and zero chemistry made this routine a disaster for me.
Yet, somehow, the judges loved it, and gave it great reviews. America wasn’t fooled, however, and Melinda found herself right where she should be; in the bottom three dancers.
Rounding out the bottom three was contemporary dancer Robert, our first gentleman in the bottom three dancers this season. His Argentinian Tango (also choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux and France Mousseau) with all-star Anya was phenomenal, and though judge Nigel Lythgoe agreed, Mia Michaels lambasted poor Robert – to the point that Anya stuck up for him (which seemed to really irritate Michaels, by the way).
Robert is one of my favorite male dancers on the show, and I think everyone was stunned when he was in the bottom three dancers. Even Michaels admitted that she’d been too harsh and that she was shocked at the results. Thankfully, the judges momentarily came to their senses and kept Robert as a dancer on the show.
Despite the fact that I agreed with almost nothing Lythgoe said about the dancers during the competition show this week, he seemed to be the only judge with his head on straight during the results show. Lythgoe wanted to cut tap dancer Melinda from the show last night, and he was absolutely right – she should have gone home. Her performances all have a bogus quality, and her technique is lacking in comparison to the other dancers – including fellow bottom three dancer Cristina.
However, Michaels and Adam Shankman were out of their dancing minds, and overruled Lythgoe – which resulted in keeping tap dancer Melinda on the show for another week and sending the supremely talented salsa dancer Cristina home. I think that Lythgoe and I were equally disappointed, and as I’ve said before, Melinda is on borrowed time.
So, the judges have – for the second week in a row – cut the wrong dancer from the show. There are deeper problems than the judges’ decisions this season, and I’ll go into that at another time. Suffice it to say that I am highly concerned about the next few results shows and the fate of the dancers.
And I am beginning to have a sneaking suspicion that things are not going to improve once America takes over.