Welcome, So You Think You Can Dance fans! I will be your guide/fellow Cat Deeley obsessive as we journey through last night’s devastating results episode. But beware! This is the mating season of the Lythgoe. Actually, it’s always mating season for the Lythgoe. And I strongly advise that you don the protective earmuffs when traveling through Mary Murphy’s hunting territory. I can’t hope to match the skill and expertise of the great Adam B. Vary or last night‘s guide, Lisa Raphael, but hopefully we can get through this together. I guess I’m just worried that if you SYTYCD fans out there hate my TV Watch, you’ll all march here with torches and pitchforks, strap me down, and force me to listen to Mary’s screech until the point of madness.
I will confess: I am more a fan of Dancing With the Stars than I am of So You Think You Can Dance. ”Heresy!” many of you will cry! But for me a dancing show isn’t complete without Tom Bergeron incessantly cawing ”Liiiiiiiiiiiive!” Or without paso dobles set to the Superman theme. That said, few hosts on television today can hold their own against the ease and elegance of Cat Deeley, who contrasted Wednesday’s killer black frock with an off-white Grecian ensemble that made me want to call her Terpsichore, the muse of dance.
After the cheesy title music, which seems like it could be featured in an afternoon parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we got down to yet another group dance. Of course, it would be impossible to top last week’s hyperkinetic Bollywood fantasia, but this week’s hip-hop number, set to Common’s ”Universal Mind Control (UMC)” felt like a letdown. It didn’t help that the techno-rave lighting scheme almost made it impossible to identify the dancers, let alone make sense of their dancing. This isn’t So You Think You Can Light a Reality Competition! The number felt less like a hoppin’ Studio 54 than it did Captain Eo. Actually, Captain Eo is a memory I visit more and more these days, especially when watching this show. I did, however, love Courtney Galiano’s Bride of Frankenstein rag-doll bow welcoming Cat/Terpsichore as the number came to a close.
How refreshing it is to have Toni Basil on the jidges’ panel this week! Not only is she a dance legend, with an affinity for more genres than most of these contestants have probably ever even heard of, but — what a revelation! — she actually thinks before she speaks! SYTYCD really needs a judge of her caliber just to balance out Mary ”I’m One of Marie Osmond’s New Line of Screaming Dolls Come to Life” Murphy and Nigel ”If She’s a Woman, I Will Objectify” Lythgoe. Basil might actually have usurped Lil’ C as my favorite guest judge, although just by saying that I feel like I’ve betrayed Lil’ C and myself.
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