July 2nd, 2010
02:12 PM ET

All tapped out on 'SYTYCD'

We all saw the outcome of Thursday night's "So You Think You Can Dance" results show coming a mile away. After all, both Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman said the night before that they had made a mistake in keeping tap dancer Melinda on the show another week.

Nigel Lythgoe didn't pretend to make it suspenseful either when he made the announcement. It's true that she "danced to the beat of her own drummer," as he said, and she's certainly very talented in her own style of dance. Her a capella solo was actually one of the best ones she had done on the show.

One thing I didn't understand was Adam's comment that she needed to show some vulnerability to stay on the show. How exactly does one do that as a tap dancer?

As for the other two in the bottom three, I predicted Robert would be there again, and he will probably be the next to go. However, I didn't see Billy being one of the three. This really shows that Alex is surging ahead in the eyes of the voters.

Two welcome changes came on Thursday night as well: the announcement that the competitors will dance with each other, as well as the all-stars, and the all-stars performing some of their "greatest hits." After all the criticism of this season, it seems that they're giving the fans what they want, though it should be interesting to see how that works with only two girls left in the competition. As for the other change, I'd watch Mark and Courtney perform "The Garden" on every results show, thankyaverymuch. I'm definitely looking forward to next Thursday.

Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Cirque du Soleil's Mandy Moore/Nappytabs-choreographed tribute to Elvis (so much so that I felt bad for Ne-Yo that he had to follow that), as well as the fact that "SYTYCD" alums Chris and Marquese were part of the group.

Your turn: Do you agree that it was Melinda's time to go? Do you like the idea of seeing more of the all-stars on the results shows (and less of them on the perforance shows)? Share your thoughts on video, or in the comments below.

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  1. Arte di Sole, illustration, puppets, puppets, illustration,

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    May 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tammy

    Mia needs to go back to choreography where she belongs. Bring back Mary. Annoying as she was with her hot tamale train, she was a good judge.

    I love the all-star thing but am really not liking this judging panel configuration to the point of not enjoying the show as much. I dvr the show and fastforward through the judges comments. I'm just here for the dancing.

    July 13, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nicolas

    Frankly I am getting tired of Mia's gushy critiques. How many 'best dancer the show has ever seen' times can this sentiment be expressed without devaluing the comment. And Mia is not the only one who is guilty of this crass kind of judgment. To a lesser or greater extent they all fall prey to their own emotion 'du jour'. A case in point when I believe it totally backfired on them was the mean spirited critique that Mia bestowed on Adechike. Without even arguing his considerable talent, Mia's off hand comments really upset many viewers – to the extent that I believe they voted him out of danger simply because of her bias. I think that Mia is a brilliant choreographer but honestly I have seen quite enough of her in the judges chair.
    Judges PLEASE – give us the benefit of a less impassioned critique – I am not particularly interested in how it 'moved ' you to 'tears' or whatever. If you observe the technique of brilliant stagecraft you will see that 'less' is often 'more' when you give us the 'benefit' of your own feelings.

    July 9, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Hey Mia – you're a judge – not a prima donna. Do we really have to know just how turned on you get to your favorite dancers? It would be real superlishus if you could control your groupie like outbursts and confine yourself to constructive and positive feedback. Let us choose the favorite dancer – stop trying to tell us who we should pick!!!!

      July 9, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. qbananita

    Cristina should never have been cut before Meliinda. And, though I enjoy seeing the "all-stars," I'd have preferred a slate of all new contestants and then have an extra season for "SYTYCD All-Stars." I actually agree that Adechike's take on Bollywood had some afro-jazz flavor (his movement, not his skin color), but I thought it was extremeley rude of Mia to say she missed Alex so much as part of her commentary on Adechike's peformance. Of course Alex's injury is a darn shame, but give Adechike some useful feedback, please.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Disappointed Fan

    Mia Michaels was downright rude and racist in her comments to Adechike. America need to step up and vote for Adechike because he is a brilliant dancer and deserves to be where he is. She did the same thing to Brandon in Season 5.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. a former fan

    I've been a huge fan of this show for years, but tonight may be the last time I watch it. Mia Michaels is a disgrace as a judge. I have a lot of respect for her choreography, but she is biased, unfair and plays favorites. SInce when is it ok for a judge to tell someone "you're my favorite"? Worse, I think she needs to do a bit of soul searching and face her own biases...she has never talked to anyone the way she talks to Adechike...oh, yes, she did..Brandon Bryant two seasons ago. I wonder if she's jealous of the dancers, or what her problem is. In any case, it's clearly about her, not about the dancer.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debbie

    I do like the format. I think that the all-stars help the dancers excel and it is easier for me to concentrate on just the contestant rather than trying to watch and "judge" two dancers. (except for Pasha – all I can watch is Pasha when he is on!!). The hardest part is that they don't have several weeks of dance before the top ten so they are going through their growth phase during the top ten. Therefore I don't think the quality of dance (minus Alex Freakin Wong) by the contestants in the top 10 is as good as previous years. More than anything, I love this show as an amazing forum for dance and choreography and am glad that they are able to actually employee previous outstanding contestants (as both choreographers and dancers!)! I am pleased with how the art of dance is treated with such respect on this show and how the contestants are provided with such wonderful opportunities to succeed and grow – making this by far the best reality contest show out there!

    July 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jax

      Personally, I wish they'd do away with the weeks of tryouts and simply extend the show back to the top 20, but using the current format where they dance with allstars and someone goes home each week, regardless of gender. Before a dancer does their first dance, they could do a quick "this is how he/she came to be on the show" 60 second clip. Throughout the season, they could show some clips of the rediculous tryouts like last seasons "pants on the ground", which I loved!

      July 8, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wendy

    I wasn't too sure about the new format, but I didn't like how the previous seasons elimated one male and one female. Sometimes the seasons had better male dancers where others had better female. I do like how one is eliminated no matter the gender. I do think that of the All Stars that Anya should go, she is just too good and dominant that the male dancers dont have a chance to show their improvements.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dancefan

    Yes, indeed Melinda was the obvious choice for departure; However, Robert next? No way! Even though we love the charm of Jose, his dancing is lacking. I was shocked he was not in the bottom 3. He should be the next to go!

    July 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      THANK YOU! I'm not a fan of Melinda, but if the judges were going to judge her ballroom so harshly (which was deserved), they should have done the same with Jose'. He is just not a very good dancer. We've seen so much better from other b-boys (Legacy, Dominic), and personality only goes so far. He should be the next to go.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linney

      Agreed. Jose is charming, for sure, but he can't really step up his game and I hate that when he's done doing a pretty terrible job outside of his comfort zone, we hear about how the judges don't care because they like him. Really? Because I thought you had a legitimate job to do-judging contestants on their ability to adapt and grow as dancers. Why didn't they like Christina and her charm? She was modest and skilled but they were happy to let her go over Melinda? Tripe.

      July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lv2dnce

    It was definitely time for Melinda to go. Yes, excellent tap dancer, BUT as a fellow tapper, she brought nothing to show off her skills to the general audience. Use the stage, Melinda!! What about a flashy song (there are so many cool songs to tap to!) or cute costume (what the hell are those pants she was wearing? It's 2010, not the 80's!) or some tap tricks instead of the quick steps most people don't understand?? After all, the show boasts itself on not only talent, but don't forget that performance is a HUGE part of the judging and appeal to the home audience. All stars need to go.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Judy

    After being a fan for all previous seasons, then trying to get into this season with the change in format, I will not watch the rest of this season. I do not care for the all stars dancing with the contestants. I feel the all stars overpower the contestants and there isn't any growth period. I thought Christina's elimination last week was unjustified and the Melinda comment "we made a mistake" this week felt scripted. I think it was much more entertaining to watch the contestants dance and learn with each other. I am very disappointed.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jax

      Understand your point Judy, but I disagree. It's a proven fact that when you work or are partnered with someone much stronger than you in any area of expertise, you pick up your game to try to be at their level. I think we've seen better performances because the dancers are working so much harder to try and prevent being "outshined" by the allstars. Plus, the dancers have the advantage of knowing their partners are going to be good, so they can focus on their dancing instead of worrying is the partner going to be there for them when they're supposed to be.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    I sincerely hope they go back to the original format next season. While I appreciate the all-stars and how incredibly talented they are, they have had their shot on this stage. What about the 9 very, very talented dancers that are home this season watching? If they are going to do an all-star format make it a show about the best of the best competing against each other. Short of that, go back to the orig format. And yes – Melinda's time was due. 🙂

    July 4, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kim

    Yeah, it was time for Melinda to leave. I think Alex would be the one to beat eventually. Robert doesn't have the viewers vote although he is very good.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Melissa

    @rubenley: did you not watch Melinda dance this week, or see who she was in the bottom three with? She was horrid. I think your trying to see things that aren't there because you have a problem with Nigel. If there was no Nigel there would be no SYTYCD. IF you did any research you would know that Nigel was known as "Nasty Nigel" as a judge on a UK show called Popstars a year before Simon was a judge on a show called Pop Idol. Plus, Nigel is serving as as judge of something he can do. He is a dancer! Besides, he is co-creator of the show. Simon Cowell is also an Executive Producer, and I bet he has nothing to do with the show!

    July 3, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • rubenley

      Dear Mellisa, I appreciate your comments on my post. I was fully aware of both Nigel's and Simon's previous involvements with both the English and American entertainment businesses. I acknowledge your efforts in bringing this information to people. However, I do not understand what this information has to do with me thinking that Nigel has acted in a pompous manner and provoked mean-spirited comments. In spite of this, I recognize Nigel's tremendous contribution to elevating the public's awareness of, and appreciation for, dance. He is owed a great deal for this and I wish him well in the future. I simply wish that he restrain his egotistical inclinations, which do little to promote the virtues of dance.

      July 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    I'm in love with Kathryn!

    July 3, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Amy

    I think Adam was referring to vulnerability not only when she danced, but in how she presented herself. As a previous commenter said, she spent every possible moment trying to sell herself. There was no sense that she was appreciative of being in the Top 11, or that she wanted to learn and grow. She was there to film a commercial about Melinda the Great, student of life, generously sharing her gifts with the world. Sorry, it's hard to like a person like that with so many better dancers around her.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. rubenley

    I understand the negative comments regarding Melinda. I too was surprised she made the top 10 (11), and lasted as long as she did. I was surprised because she was not like most of the other contestants and she certainly was not the type to fake humility, or suck up to the judges. Don't get me wrong, I love the show and most of the dancers. I like most of the judges they have had on over the years. However, one thing is really starting to bother me. That is, Nigel Lythgoe. I used to appreciate his caustic wit, sort of like a poor man's Simon Cowell. However, Nigel's insistance that Cat Deeley refer to him as "executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe" is inflated pompousness of the highest order. And, I could not believe that Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman – who I both respected – said that they had made a mistake in voting to keep Melinda on the show. First of all, they are there to critic the dancers and that is only mean-spirited and self serving. They appered to be simply agreeing with their boss, Nigel, quite likely at his insistance. And, the suggestion that they watched back the tape and then agreed that Melinda should have been let go is false. They had twenty-four hours between the performance and the elimination shows to review the tapes, which they, of course, did. They simply were doing Nigel's bidding in a shameless display of cowardice.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • PssttCmere

      rubenley.....I have to agree with you. There is no need for the judges to turn vicious and that is exactly what they have done. I don't need a Simon Cowell clone working SYTYCD. Cowell is precisely the reason I don't watch American Idol; and while he has left the show, Ellen is enough to keep me from watching. To me the judging seems to be all over the place this year and I fear they are becoming like the judges on Dancing With The Stars, a show I stopped watching after it became very evident that no matter what Donny Osmond was going to be the winner of that season. I am sick to death of all these shows becoming popularity contests....would really like to see someone win based strictly on merit. Alex has the goods and will be hard to beat; at least I think so.

      July 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Gwendolyn

    Melinda should have left much sooner. Will be an interesting couple of night this coming week. Looking forward to the shows and of course the dancers.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. SYTYCD Fanatic

    I totally agree that Melinda should never have gone as far as she did – I don't even think she was that great of a tap dancer. Ever heard of Savion Glover? She could have (or not, I guess) put so much more funk and soul into her tap routine – she was like Shirley Temple for god sakes! Anyway, I LOVE that they brought back the all-stars! Some of the very best dancing happened in the earlier seasons – Remember Allison and Ivan (swoon) they were so great together and Allison is so incredibly beautiful and beautiful to watch...and Neil and Lacey dancing to Time choregraphed by Mia?!! Or Sabra (remember her?!) and Neil w/ the Table Dance (do you see a theme here?). Yes, I'm in love with Neil. I would love to see more of them. To come current though, Alex is amazing, Jose' is beautiful – the brunette girl (can't remember her name right now) is definitely better than the blonde and the other guys are fantastic too. We'll see what happens.

    July 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. SITICD

    Melinda spent the entire time plugging herself as a "Singer and and Actress!!!!" No amount of talent and beauty can overcome that kind of shameless self-promotion, especially when held up against Alex Freakin' Wong. He is perhaps the most exciting, talented dancer in the history of the show (Alex/Danny danceoff, anyone?) and yet manages to come across as humble and earnest. With 1/4 the talent and 10X the ego, Melinda never stood a chance. Even at the end, she was just happy to be able to "share her gifts"....um, what?

    July 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kay

    It was Melinda's time to go after the first show. She shouldn't have made top ten.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linney

      Word. There were 10 other people who deserved her spot a hell of a lot more.

      July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |

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