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If I Ruled The SYTYCD Universe…

…I would watch only the contemporary couples.

For a blog I do elsewhere, I put myself in the place of one of the judges this year determining which performances would be reprised in the finale. I definitely agreed with including Will & Katee’s Pas de Deux, Mark & Courtney’s Jazz by Sonya Tayeh, and Katee & Josh’s Bollywood routines. Find out what I might’ve replaced the rest with, after the jump.



August 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Ramble Through The Looking Glass

Jessie Willcox Smith, Collage from Boys and Girls of Bookland, 1923

I’ve watched Homage To The Rabbits at least 10 times now, and it continues to delight me with its weirdness and the Alice-In-Wonderland feeling of being transported to an absurd dreamscape where things all of a sudden stop making sense. The piece was choreographed by Wade Robson, with music composed by Eric Serra, and danced by Cirque du Soleil for the Criss AngelĀ® Believe show. Yes, the “lie” is boldfaced (!) in the middle of “believe”, which is quite clever but insufferably contrived coming from someone who has registered his name as a trademark. (Despite that, click on the link and you will be taken to a very nice homepage with some awesome flash animation on it.)

I am predisposed to dislike magicians and magic, both of which are simply deceptive as opposed to deliberately surreal. I distrust anyone who creates a fantasy they want to dupe me in to believing is real, while smugly refusing to reveal the artifice behind their craft. It’s the height of arrogance, and the opposite of artful. Whereas, offer me a fantasy that bends the laws of logic, physics and reality as we know it–create an intentional falsehood to amuse and delight me, and acknowledge it as such–and I am putty in your hands.

In other words, I look for honesty in the attempt to deceive, bringing to mind the Dylan quote from Absolutely Sweet Marie, “to live outside the law you must be honest.”

More about fantasy versus reality, and why Alice trumps Dorothy every time, after the jump.


August 16, 2008 at 1:14 pm 5 comments

Good TV is NOT an Oxymoron

Finally, my SYTYCD Finale Recap!

The SYTYCD Finale was damn good TV, and that says a lot coming from a person who considers “good TV” to be an oxymoron.

Like the great talent and entertainment shows of the 60s and 70s–Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson to name just two–SYTYCD is bringing new talent, and a whole new artform, to the TV-viewing audience. An audience that has been dumbed down to the point of catatonia by writers’ strikes; the short-term expediency of inexpensively-made reality TV; and the spineless ass-kissing of Hollywood TV execs who capitulate to advertisers and sponsors and lack the patience and vision to invest in a show as it builds momentum.

The SYTYCD Finale was remarkably entertaining: a spectacle for the eyes, the mind and the heart. And, it was highly respectful of its audience, offering up the best moments of the season as picked by judges so committed to the quality of dance-as-entertainment and to the nurturing of dance talent, that two of them actually got up to perform. Rather than this coming across as shameless self-aggrandizement or an opportunistic tactic to prove or revive their fading credibility (hear that, Randy Jackson? Or you, Paula Abdul?), it was instead a demonstration of their love for dance and their support of this under-rated and under-supported art form.

Some of the most successful elements of the Finale show, plus a continuation of my rant against AI, and my five favourite SYTYCD moments of the Season Four Finale, after the jump.


August 9, 2008 at 7:45 pm 1 comment

Why So Sad, Josh?

Congratulations to Joshua Allen for his well-deserved win of SYTYCD 4!!

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And congratulations to Twitch, Katee Shean and Courtney Galiano for a fun, fantastic-to-watch Finale and to the SYTYCD producers, judges, choreographers and entire Top 20 for a truly terrific Finale Results show and a great season. Awesome TV!! Last night’s show was definitely Emmy-nominatable (is that a word? No? Well, it should be.).

August 8, 2008 at 11:23 am 1 comment

SYTYCD: And The Winner Is…

Dial Idol predictions are in for SYTYCD … and slightly surprising (at least to me). Note that the reliability of DI is even more questionable for SYTYCD than it is for American Idol, because of a much smaller sample size. But this looks like the first time this season that they actually have a clear prediction for a results night (for every other week, SYTYCD’s results were too close to call).

Find out more … after the jump.


August 7, 2008 at 7:41 am 2 comments

SYTYCD Finale Performance (08-06-08)

I missed it!! Boo hiss. Work got in the way. Just reviewed the vids up online at Kudos to him for getting those up that fast. Have seen just about all with the exception of Mia’s group performance–will come back to that and have more of a performance and artistic merit review by the weekend.

In the meantime, if you want a transcript of judges’ commentary intermingled with some savvy viewers’ responses, check out the SYTYCD Play-By-Play by my friends, the PBP Players, on the American Idol message boards HERE.

My stream-of-consciousness responses to tonight’s key performances, after the jump.


August 6, 2008 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

A Wacky Wednesday SYTYCD Finale Spoiler

Site updates! Gotta put a different pic up, ‘coz ole Johnny down there is slightly musty looking.

SYTYCD Finale Performances! Tonight!

I expect you all heard the story that Joshua and Twitch suffered dehydration and were hospitalized on the weekend. All four lost a day of practice as a result. Wonder how that will affect the performances? I’m looking forward to a great show.

Spoilers … after the jump.

UPDATE: Check out SYTYCD: And The Winner Is and SYTYCD Finale Performance 08-06-08 for more info!


August 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

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