– Wow, that is one shitload of contemporary and jazz dancers. By my count there’s one hip-hop dancer (Tony), one pop-and-locker (Philip), two ballroom girls (Asuka and Janette), and one ballroom boy (Maksim – oh, I’m sorry, “Max”). I suppose the ballerina could maybe count as not-a-contemporary dancer if you really want to push it. Be prepared for a season of weak hip-hop, everybody! (Yes. Again.)
– This kind of irks me because it’s an especial flaw of So You Think You Can Dance that hip-hop and other urban styles get a tragic lack of respect. I have lost count of the number of times a contemporary dancer has come out, danced some whiteboy hip-hop and been told they “hit it” when in fact they did no such thing. Hip-hop dancers are routinely judged (or at least handicapped) on their lack of contemporary technique; contemporary dancers are almost never judged on their inability to hit beats as hard as good hip-hop requires.
The bias towards contemporary, especially on the American version of the show, is pretty damn blatant. It’s why Vegas week featured three routines suited primarily to contemporary dancers (Sonya’s jazz routine, Mia’s contemporary and Tasty Oreo’s Broadway). It’s why Napoleon and Tabitha’s lyrical hip-hop gets such a push on this show: it’s hip-hop that contemporary dancers can actually perform without looking lame. (And I like lyrical hip-hop just fine, but compare the hip-hop on this show to anything on, say, America’s Best Dance Crew and you start to see the difference, you know?)
– Mia Michaels spent Vegas week in total bitch mode, apparently. My god, but her comments to Brandon were unwarranted. Lil’ C was a lot more polite about expressing his issues with Brandon’s style – it was basically a repeat of how Mia treated Danny Tidwell in season three except that time Shane Sparks was the one expressing polite unenthusiasm. My mild dislike for Mia Michaels remains entirely justified, I think.
– Should have been Ryan, rather than Evan. Ryan’s just better at pretty much everything.
– Nathalie’s cut was incredibly obvious bullshit. She does the routine with everybody watching twice in a row, nails it the first time and the second time doesn’t do so well so she gets cut? I’m calling that a “casting for the fall season” cut. (Much like Brandon last year was a “casting for season 5” cut.)
– Complaints aside? Even with the flood of contemporary dancers, the season looks strong. But then again, the season almost always ends up being strong.