So I had originally decided not to start writing about the American version of So You Think You Can Dance (to be referred to as SYTYCD moving forward) until the show reached the top 20 performances, but after last nights show I just had to rant my mind.
I have seen some American-reality-show-judges make some colossal mistakes in the past, but a decision made last night rocked my world, and left me truly angry for the rest of the night. The decision I’m referring to is the abrupt removal of Natalie Reid (Katie’s roommate from SYTYCD 2008, who nearly made it into top 20, but was unfortunately beat out by Katie in a misguided judging voting structure in Vegas).
Shortly after she was pulled forward to demonstrate Sonya’s choreography with her apparent Vegas-best-friend-Brandon, exemplifying exactly what Sonya wanted all of the other dancers to embody when showcasing her piece, Natalie was partnered with a different male dancer to perform for the judges. I felt her partner let her down, and the judges proceeded to inform her that they were tired of “pulling for her”, and simply wouldn’t do it anymore. This is where I hang my head.
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In the next ten minutes of the show, and I credit the producers to this poor television display, they focus on another female dancer (who’s name I can’t remember out of residual bitter rage) performing the exact same piece. Her performance was severely lacking. I then proceeded to watch the two performances back-to-back twice (thank you PVR), and the replay clearly showed which of the two was the blatantly better dancer. Was female #2 also ousted from the show? Of course not; she was given the opportunity to dance for her life, unlike Natalie. Did the judges choose to keep her, due to her unique solo? Of course they did.
By the end of the episode I found myself yelling out loud at the TV to project my fury. I just can’t believe how the judges could possibly let such a talented dancer walk away. I just don’t know what else to say about this. The end.