Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I somehow missed the big So You Think You Can Dance news from yesterday, but here it is (and thanks to Tapeworthy for the heads-up):
Read-headed weak link Jessica is out of the SYTYCD top ten due to injury. She'll be replaced by the most recently eliminated woman, Comfort.
And as surprising a bit of news as that is, it likely won't mean much in the final analysis. Jessica was clearly the weakest dancer in the Top 10, now Comfort is clearly the weakest dancer in the Top 10. In either case, it would take an outrageous case of audience dunderheadedness to keep either one around past this week. I just hope whoever Comfort has to dance with this week doesn't suffer the consequences.
A real shocker would have been if they'd have plugged in Thayne instead, given that each and every judge seemed to think he was better than either of the aforementioned girls. There's no real practical reason they couldn't sustain a (slight) imbalance between guys and girls -- this show has had male-male routines before. It wouldn't necessarily mean a boy-on-boy rumba (...unfortunately), because lord knows how much that'd freak out Uncle Nigel. The randomly-chosen all-guy pairing could just do hip-hop or contemporary or Broadway that week. What's so allfire homo about two guys and their jazz hands anyway?
Speaking of latent homophobia, check out this interview AfterElton did with Nigel Lythgoe. I've bagged on AE before for their hypersensitivity, but I'm glad they put the questions to Nigel about his anti-nancy-boy stance. I actually don't think Nigel is homophobic -- I'm more mystified by what is clearly a systemic gay panic in an industry so gay-dominated as FOR CHRISSAKES DANCE. I understand the illusion that partner dancing requires, I just think that "butch it up" attitude bleeds out into areas where it's not really necessary. How het do you have to be to flail about in a Mia Michaels routine anyway?