I said it in a tweet last night, and I'll say it now: Las Vegas week is the best/worst part of the season.
As usual, for every dancer who made it into the final group before the top 20 was chosen, there were many who were cut. And when Broadway choreographer Tyce Diorio is involved, that usually means it's not a terribly pleasant experience.
Oh, what a breath of fresh air it was to see some ballroom routines on the final night of "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions.
Salt Lake City, the final stop on the audition tour, certainly seems to pride itself on ballroom and it did not disappoint. There has been a shortage of good ballroom on "SYTYCD" lately, and we've barely seen any this season - until now.
Seeing that last year's winner, Melanie Moore, came from Atlanta, it makes sense that "So You Think You Can Dance" would return to the city for auditions.
That's just what they did on Wednesday's show, and the Peach State was an embarrassment of riches for judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Debbie Allen. Tickets to the Las Vegas callbacks were practically handed out like candy.
Here are the five most memorable routines of the night:
On Wednesday night's "Modern Family," Mitchell judged a dance competition... oh, wait, I'm getting my recaps mixed up here!
Wednesday night's second week of auditions on "So You Think You Can Dance" took place close to home in La-La-land with a guest judge: "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson. All that really needs to be said about his third stint on the judge's panel is that he slipped a dollar bill in one of the auditioner's pants. We should see more of Jesse, yes?
The opening moments of Thursday night's ninth season premiere for "So You Think You Can Dance" cleverly took a shot at the glut of reality singing shows this past season – including executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe's own "American Idol," and Fox's own "X Factor"... and undoubtedly, ABC's "Duets" which premiered at the same time.
As you've undoubtedly figured out from my many blog posts on the subject, I find "SYTYCD" to be such an uplifting, exciting, surprising show, that it puts all other reality talent series to shame. So it was with open arms that I welcomed it back onto television (minus the results show this year, which may be for the best).
We saw a lot of great potential top 20 contenders in Brooklyn, New York and Dallas, Texas, but here are my five favorite:
With "The Voice," "The X Factor" and the upcoming "Duets," the original "American Idol" is understandably suffering from something of a ratings decline this season.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe addressed this concern honestly with reporters on Friday.
"It would be very nice to remain at the top for the next 20 years," he said. "We’ve been at the top for 11 years. We’ve got to go somewhere, and the only place we can go is either stay there or go down. I still can’t believe that we’re still No. 1 after 11 years. The public does get bored with singing shows, and unless you produce the talent, like I believe we’ve done this year, we’ll go down again next year."
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