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MarvinAndroid said on July 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 am

I have never watched an episode of SYTYCD, but I’ve been following your commentary on it because you have a damn entertaining writing style. But after reading all the commentary I can honestly say this: Nigel is the most consistently irritating, and simply wrong, judge on any reality or game show ever.

Go away, Nigel. I have never seen you and I hate you. Think about what the people who actually have to watch you must think.

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But after reading all the commentary I can honestly say this: Nigel is the most consistently irritating, and simply wrong, judge on any reality or game show ever.

Two words: Paula Abdul. Two more: Randy Jackson.

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I’ll be bummed to see Evan (not “Shorty”, grrrr, that’s a cheap shot at an apparently nice guy) go, but it’s time. He’s definitely more limited than the others, but I just wish he hadn’t had such bad luck from choreographers. Hardly any of them made use of his strengths; it’s like they deliberately kept trying to make him into something he wasn’t. (Exception – the Mia Michael’s “Butt” routine worked very well for his comic timing and style.)

I can’t figure out whether he just has no inner anger or darkness to draw on in a dance, or if he just suppresses it so hard he can’t express it. I have better hopes for his brother, who obviously does have some darkness to draw upon.

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Am I the only person on Earth who thought the LaurieAnn Gibson bit was the dullest choreo I’ve ever seen on this show (not counting solos, of course)? I’m beginning to feel like the Omega Man.

Also, Mary is WAY worse than Nigel. They’re both irritating, but she would ruin the show if there wasn’t such a great host to balance her out.

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Evan going home: Almost certainly (though one can never tell, when charisma and tween girls with itchy texting fingers are involved). Kayla over Melissa, or–better yet, since “America” still often seems to off-vote in pairs even when they’ve explicitly been told they don’t have to–Janette, though? I dunno. I’m not sure her obvious innate focus-pull ability has run out, just yet.
(This is not to say I want Janette to go home, as I’m sure you understand–she’s pretty universally brilliant. I’d love love love if she and Jeanine ended up last girls standing, and I genuinely didn’t think I’d be saying that, at this point.

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JQ_NW_American said on July 23rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I totally thought that the pop-jazz was boring as fuck. I’m also pretty sure that Jeanine was way ahead or Brandon was way behind for a lot of it. I suppose they could have been choreographed that way, but why would they want just like a 1/4 second delay. It just makes them look they they’re failing at synchronicity.

Petit trésor was OK in both of his routines… but he still got a lot of airtime. I guess they really want him around. I would not be surprised to see him stay around for another week and Ade leave. Or even Jason. Evan’s done a pretty shoddy job a number of times and the fans have stuck by him.

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The bad thing about PVR’s is you’re often well behind everyone else with the snark.

MarvinAndroid – Nigel’s actually OK in my book. He’s got a very good knowledge of dance, he’s not afraid to take contrarian opinions (with explanation instead of bombast for bombast sake), and he’s increasingly willing to call out the show (not too many exec producers would be willing to claim on-camera that 75% of their show was the “dullest ever”). Yes, I sometimes wonder if his libido is talking instead of his brain; And his claims that SYTYCD has done everything for dance shy of curing cancer (but at least they’ve DANCED about it) are ludicrous. However you get the sense it comes from a place of at least knowing what he’s talking about – and legitimately wanting to share a love of dance.

Speaking of contrarian opinion I thought the Pop Jazz was great. A complete 180 from some of the “high-concept tunnel vision” that’s been going on this season. Solid dance, hit hard, and executed well. Maybe it came off a touch music-video-backup-ish because so much of it was mirrored synchronized movement – but it was great to see someone just hit something.

Didn’t love the Very-Special-Episode-Contemporary – which I guess makes me a women-hating, cancer-loving bastard. I just found it stiff, although some of the jumps and catches were nice, there wasn’t a lot of “there” there.

Also can we get a round of applause for Nigel finally saying what we’ve been thinking all season: That the hip-hop this year has been sub-par? Not that I expect him to make the further leap to the fact that it might have something to do with the *COMPLETE LACK OF HIP HOP DANCERS IN THE TOP 20* but it’s already more acknowledgement than I thought we’d get… very interested to see if we see any difference in the makeup of Season 6.

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@JQ — I agree with you; they were off during the pop-jazz. I’m pretty sure it was Jeanine who was off the beat, but not 100% sure.

As of tonight Evan’s the only dancer who hasn’t been in the bottom. I will not be surprised if he wins this.

Re: the Very Special Piece — I thought it was really good, but I think… it’s cheesy doing that. Tyce, you fucked up the voting. How can the judges critique that? And so we wind up with Melissa and Ade getting a pass this week. I wish he’d saved that concept for a group dance.

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