Sunday, May 18, 2008
So I Think I Can Watch This
So I'd made the decision to give up the ghost and start watching So You Think You Can Dance even before last season had ended. Everybody who was watching it seemed to be having so much fun! And not even in that guilty, partisan, kamikaze way that people have enjoyed American Idol.
So thanks to MTV, then, for a weekend-long marathon of Season 3, which I used as a primer for acquainting myself with this show I'll be hooked on all summer. Because you guys? AWESOME. As many people before me have correctly noted, the reason SYTYCD so outclasses Idol is the relative talent level. Maybe it's because I have so little familiarity with dance and what constitutes high level performance, but these kids are good, right? Maybe the highest talent level of any reality show I've seen. Granted, I jumped in after the audition rounds, and from what I've heard there are plenty of Idol-esque freakshows there, but once they get down to the nitty-gritty, every single one is phenomenal. Which means I don't have to just pick one pony and ride them through to the finale. Just talking about Season 3, I was actively rooting for Pasha, Lacey, Lauren, Neil, Kameron, and Sabra. That's a hell of a lot if you're talking about a reality competition.
So I'm also surprised as to how much I don't hate the judges. I always thought Uncle Nigel was kind of a creepy old man, but he seems to know what he's talking about and he does come equipped with the compassion gene and can use it when called for. Mary Murphy's screaming is of course obnoxious, but I've come to accept it for what it is: delicious fodder for The Soup.
So then there's the eight-foot-tall collection of weirdness that is Cat Deeley...what is up with her? She seems kind of stupid and she dresses like an insane person, but I kind of love the way she reacts to things as they happen. Nothing at all like the programmed-out-to-here Ryan Seacrest. She really lets herself get caught up in the moment.
So I know you guys are watching this. Half of my American Idol email has been about convincing me to pull the trigger on this show. So talk to me in the comments about Season 3, about the first two seasons that I missed, and about what else I've got to look forward to. I'm all a-twitter!