In case you don’t know, So You Think You Can Dance isn’t airing this week because of Independence Day falling on Wednesday. Apparently, they think Americans are more interested in watching B-list pop stars sing poor renditions of patriotic songs and “inspiring” fireworks displays that are anything but when viewed via television rather than live. Well, they don’t know me very well. I’d much rather be watching some awesome dancing. Since I can’t do that, I will take this moment to reflect on how the season has progressed thus far, and what I foresee happening in the weeks to come.
But first, here are the things I will miss most during this “Dance”-free week:
- Mary’s crazy talk about hot tamale trains, as well as her hair-raising cackle
- Nigel’s astute comments to the contestants (and his perfect teeth)
- More on-stage evidence of Lacey and Kameron’s off-stage romance (By the way, according to Watch with Kristin, they are now an official couple. To hear it straight from Kristin, watch the July 2 episode of The Vine on her website.)
- Continued on-stage chemistry between Sabra and Dominic
- Another mind-blowing, Wade Robson-choreographed routine
The Remaining Couples (I’ve listed them in order from my favorite to least favorite couple)
- Sabra and Dominic – I wasn’t very impressed by them in Week 1, when they went all Saturday Night Fever on us, but the following two weeks they wowed me with their contemporary routine and rumba.
- Anya and Danny – It seems that Anya and Danny can do no wrong when it comes to technique and chemistry. However, they seem to lack the likeability factor (based on them being in the bottom 3 last week) that some of the other couples benefit from. I will keep voting for them as long as I can.
- Sara and Pasha – Pasha is one of my favorite guy dancers, and although I think he and Jessi made a good pair, she was not one of my favorite female dancers. So, it will be interesting to see him paired with Sara, who I have liked pretty well. (I would rather have seen Jesus stay and her go home last week, though).
- Lacey and Kameron – I know they are many people’s favorite couple, but I guess I am still hung up on the possibility of the judges showing favoritism by letting Lacey into the competition in the first place. In most contests, having a family member previously connected to it makes you ineligible to compete. However, having connections actually seems to work in your favor on this show. It seems most obvious with Lacey since her brother won last season. As for Kameron, I honestly haven’t seen too much to be impressed by yet. Most of the time he is just a prop for Lacey in their performances. It will be interesting to see what becomes of him when the couples are re-paired.
- Jaimie and Hok – I love Hok’s personality and his unique dance style. However, I am completely annoyed by Jaimie. Even their intriguing hummingbird/flower routine last week wasn’t enough to change my mind about her. Other than the Wade Robson routine, their performances have been lackluster. They will have to step it up if they want to stick around much longer.
- Shauna and Cedric – Two weeks ago when Shauna danced so impressively for her life, I became a believer and understood what the judges saw in her to begin with. She has had the unfortunate situation of being stuck in two chemistry-less couples. If she can keep dancing such great solos, maybe eventually she will be paired with someone who better complements her. If Cedric doesn’t go home next week, I will be furious – unless it’s Neil that goes instead.
- Lauren and Neil – The first week these two danced together, I already had that built-in bias against Lauren because of the whole favoritism thing. She worked on the show last season, so how was it fair that she be chosen to compete? As for Neil, I had hardly even seen him in the audition rounds. For the past few weeks, my attitude toward them hasn’t changed, and it may have grown more negative. Watching their performances is like watching a cheerleading routine: overly enthusiastic, artificial, and canned. I think I would like Lauren better with a different partner, but I’m ready for Neil to be gone.
The Contestants (I’ve listed the individual contestants from my favorite to least favorite. This is not necessarily in terms of their dance skills – more of my general reaction to them based on a combination of factors.)
Those No Longer With Us
- Ricky – I wish we could have seen more of his dancing
- Ashley – Haven’t missed her at all
- Jimmy – The judges apparently miss his leaping abilities, but I found all the jumping distracting
- Faina – There were too many ballroom dancers in the mix, I suppose
- Jesus – I miss him most of all out of these who have been sent home
- Jessi – From what I’ve read, it sounds like the judges decided to send her home because she didn’t disclose her medical condition during the audition process.
Falling Like Dominoes (The contestants in order of who should be next to go, based on their performances so far)
Final Six Contests (Who I Think Should Be Left Standing By Then)
Out of the above final six that I am hoping for, I would love to see Dominic win. But in terms of overall appeal and skill level, I would have to choose Anya.
Okay. So I know I’m not the only one going through SYTYCD withdrawal this week. Go ahead and post your comments, predictions, complaints, favorites, etc., here. “Only” seven more days until the next episode. 😦