So You Think You Can Dance Australia – The Top 20 However Their Was Some Hi-Jinks First
The top 20 dancers have been picked but last night the over the top manufacturing of drama detracted from the talent and showed lack of respect for the contestant and the viewer.
It was half way through the episode and the judges selected dance captains. Then the captains had to select the dancers they wanted in their groups. When there were six dancers left sitting on the seats. It was then announced that the other dancers had selected who were next to go home and the six were sent off and as expected they were hysterical as were the other dancers on stage.
It was clearly an unfair decision to ensure there tears all around and also it just seemed weird. But hang on judge Paula Abdul decides she needs to and comfort and then what is in a clearly scripted moment she gives a little speech saying to them this sort of stuff happens as a dancer all the time and sometime there won’t be a reason. She then says that they deserve a second chance and they will be a secret group themselves. Do they really think the viewer is that stupid and just made me very annoyed?
Was this “scene” a way of giving Paula Abdul some screen time because at the moment she is just bring her superstar status to the judging table and not much else. In fact the other judges Shannon, Aaron and Jason seem to be getting more airtime. Hopefully this will all change next week when the live shows start.
Of course when the secret group came out there was again some manufactured drama to go with it. The last group of four dancers were told there were only three places left but now there were six “eliminated” contestants had formed a group and would be competing.
In the end they put through 33 to the top 30.
There are other bits of over the top manipulation designed to get emotional responses out of the dancers. Phillip was told his girlfriend Holly was cut before he danced so he was teary and Jason Gilkison gave him an emotional motivational speech. He did not get through either.
What was good about the episode is we finally got to see how talented these dancers are and that his what will shine and hopefully next week when the live shows start particularly with a live performance by Robbie Williams people will tune in.
Other highlights of the episode:
- Daria who is not my favourite being treated pretty shabbily. First told she did not have a partner for the ballroom as a male dancer had quit the competition. It was unclear who. She was told a male dancer would have to dance twice once with his original partner and once with her as she rehearsed by herself in the wings. Then half way through rehearsal they brought back Jay a tap hip hop person who had been eliminated. Thankfully after the judges put in another manufactured twist of swapping partners around 15 minutes before performance she was told she did not have to swap. However after all that she was told she did not shine and was culled.
- Jason Gilkison showed why he is such a great choreographer as his cha cha danced by Robbie season three winner was fantastic;
- The Lauren/Hannah sister subplot continued about who would get in and in the end unsurprisingly Lauren got into the top 20. However it was only last night that it was revealed Hannah’s boyfriend was also competing but they did not focus on that.
- When the staged partner swap in the ballroom section occurred Thabang managed to get his former ballroom partner, needless to say they shined, whereas contemporary dancer Kenny was paired with a girl a foot taller then him. Needless to say they were eliminated.
- The top 33 showed there were some amazing dancers in there. More tears when Yukino told she was dancing with a teddy bear as it signified hope as she thought she had lost her sister in the Japanese earthquake. There were many shots of her teared up sister in the audience.
- In a coming up section Jordan was shown to be having difficulties with his diabetes and told he cannot dance, however that plot line was not elaborated on and he was in the top 20. Did I miss something?
- It is interesting to see only two ballroom dancers in the top twenty and also 16 of the 20 dancers are from NSW.
Meet the Top 20 dancers are:
Ashleigh Tavares (Jazz, 20, NSW)
Blond (Urban, 31, NSW)
Eden Petrovski (Contemporary, 20, NSW)
Chris Tsattalios (Jazz, 21, NSW)
Kathaleen Fisher (Ballroom, 19, NSW)
Jay Johns (Urban, 21, NSW)
Lauren Seymour (Urban, 22, NSW)
Joel Rasmussen (Urban, 27, QLD)
Maddie Peat (Contemporary, 19, NSW)
Jordan Turner (Contemporary, 20, NSW)
Nadiah Idris (Urban, 26, VIC)
Michael Dameski (Contemporary, 18, NSW)
Renelle Jones (Jazz, 23, QLD)
Patric Kuo (Urban, 20, NSW)
Sally Hare (Urban, 28, NSW)
Sam Malseed (Contemporary, 18, SA)
Yukino McHugh (Urban, 20, NSW)
Stephen Perez (Jazz, 21, NSW)
Zoey Black (Jazz, 23, NSW)
Thabang Baloyi (Ballroom, 21, NSW)
The live shows start Sunday on TEN at 6.30pm the first one will have Robbie Williams as a special guest.