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Agreed 100%

It is the first reality show I’ve ever seen a contestant openly (and genuinely) allude someone else was better and should go through over them. Twice!

They’ve refined the voting process so you don’t get a lot of mistakes. Usually the progression of who gets voted off when is more or less appropriate.

I liken my love of dance to my love of martial arts. It’s just amazing to watch what people can do with their bodies (… that I totally can’t).

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My favorite moment was the guy who took the fact that his trick dancing wasn’t enough to succeed last year, so he went and study other forms of dance so that he could nail it next year.

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on the second clip, I think it’s around 1:30, the move where she kinda rolls up his body- BADASS.

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I agree absolutely. I’m not all that interested in dancing, but my wife is, and she loves the show. I’ve caught “Idol” a few times and it always makes me want to punch people. I actually enjoy “So You Think…” quite a bit.

My wife would also like to make sure you’re aware that it was Debbie Allen, not Diana Ross.

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I am a HUGE fan of SYTYCD. Though I did get caught up in American Idol this year because of David Cook, I was mostly excited for it to be over so I could have my dancing back.

For me, the main reasons that it’s a much better show (and much better than most “reality” TV) has to do with several things. First, the judges KNOW WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT. I don’t care if the judges on American Idol are all in the music biz, I’m convinced they are all tone deaf. The judges on SYTYCD constantly say things that show they are truly knowledgeable. Second, the material used to showcase the performers on American Idol is almost entirely cheesy pop music, whereas the material on SYTYCD is cool, interesting choreography done by amazing choreographers. This makes a HUGE difference.

But the biggest difference, to me, is the voting process. The judges decide who is on the bottom, and THEN the public gets to vote. I think a lot of stupid things (and the power of a group like Vote for the Worst) get prevented this way.

And, yes, I was going to mention the Debbie Allen, not Diana Ross, thing, too. Debbie Allen = amazing dancer and choreographer. Diana Ross, while she is very cool, is primarily a singer and doesn’t really dance. (I also met Debbie Allen when I was studying at the Alvin Ailey school, and let me tell you she is TOUGH as nails. I hope Cedric went to study with her, because she’d be a GREAT teacher for him.)

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Amy: I have no comment, except to say it is awesome that an Aliey girl reads my blog.

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Oh, I’m not “an Ailey girl”. I went to an MFA program in theater that included study at Ailey as part of our movement work. But we were in our own, separate class away from the “real” dancers. But it was still amazing because we got to BE there, and we got to watch some of the “real” dancers in their classes. I met Debbie Allen when our Horton instructor had us go observer an advanced Horton class to see what the “real” version of what we were amateurishly doing looked like, and Ms. Allen’s daughter happened to be in the class.

So, yes, I got to study there. But I was 33 years old at the time. It did wake up muscles I hadn’t used since back when I really DID dance, so that was cool. And sometimes REALLY painful. :)

(I hope you are not now disappointed that I commented on your blog. 😉 )

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My only complaint about the show is the title. It sounds like a threat, really. I expect them every week to take the worst contestant and work their kneecaps over with a crowbar until they’re bloody, mangled wrecks of human flesh, and then shout the catchphrase of the show, “So you think you can dance? Dance NOW, muthafucka!”

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“Interestingly, it’s a lot more multiculti and diverse than the American version, for some reason, despite Australia being a lot whiter on the whole than America is”

Speaking as an Australian – are we a lot whiter on the whole, actually? I had to think about it for a minute, and then I realised I didn’t really know. So I looked up some statistics – and apparently there’s hardly any Australians who could trace themselves back to Africa (notwithstanding the, uh, ultimate African origin of all humanity), so I guess we’re certainly more “white” on those terms. But on the other hand we’re significantly more Asian than the US, especially in our cities (& having travelled to America myself, that’s certainly the personal impression that I came away with). Compared to the US we also seem to have a significantly higher proportion of people originally from Greece, Turkey, Lebanon & other Middle-Eastern countries, and from the Indian subcontinent. So there you go. Hooray for the surprisingly multicultural us!

PS: Yes, I also agree that SYTYCD is quite entertaining & far superior to Idol. Good call, MGK

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Thoapsi: Australia is 85 percent honky, compared to 74 percent cracker in the United States. Granted, it’s “browning” very quickly as a result of its shifting immigration policies and general recognition that, hey, you’re in the South Pacific. But you’re still pretty damn white. Of course, as a Canadian (eighty percent palefaces), I am one to talk.

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While I agree with you on most points, I have to take issue with your comment that Mary Murphy is “starting” to grind.

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Bah: That was me being all diplomatic. I’ve been well off Mary Murphy since early in the second season of the show, when she stopped being a novelty and became a weekly ordeal. When she showed up on the Australian show one week I was all “OH FUCK OFF” because one great appeal of Australia’s version is the lack of Mary Murphy.

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I’m not normally a fan of reality shows, but damn, I might have to start watching this.

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Alexandra said on May 28th, 2008 at 10:12 am

Yeah, we are palefaces – what an english friend of mine called “the great Australian anglo-celtic genetic salad”.

But apparently, we think we can dance. :)

I absolutely love SYTYCDA because (a) they can all dance to a greater or lesser extent (I’m a classically-trained singer, and Idol is beyond painful not to mention a falsetto-mad Irishman won it last time!) and (b) you get to become an instant expert like you do watching the gymnastics or diving in the Olympics.

Watching lots of talented people work their arses off to entertain me – there is no downside.

What funny accents? All you people in the other countries – you’re the ones that talk all weird.

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