(photo of Cody Green taken from Bravo TV website)
I’m shocked. I really didn’t think he would win. I’m thrilled though. He was by far the best; the only one who seemed to have significant dance training and technique. I thought Miguel simply made sex poses and can’t understand how he even made it to the finals, Michelle was fine but nowhere near as advanced as Cody, and Nick was cute but I didn’t see any Gene Kelly in him like one of the judges said. Gene Kelly was fun in a masculine way but he had form; Nick was just kind of jumping about. I didn’t care for the group dance at all. Again, I couldn’t really see the dancers since the camera was panning around so much and they were hidden by props like those huge clotheslines. What’s the point of having them dance? The ending solos were what the show should have been about all along: we finally got to see who the dancers really were. We finally got to see them actually dance.
Hopefully, in the future, more dancers of Cody’s caliber will audition so they can have an overall better show.
As far as SYTYCD, eh. Boring. So far at least. I don’t recognize any of the ballroom dancers. Does anyone else? No one stood out to me in contemporary either. I actually liked best the poppers and tappers who were all eliminated before the top 20 were chosen. The one popper, Robert I think, was like a rubber band. I can see how those types of dancers might have problems with the other kinds of choreography but then why allow them to try out in those categories? I wish the show was more a celebration of the diversity of dance rather than a competition to see who can prevail at the most different styles. I guess no one can think outside of the competition format for a dance show. Anyway, the one who most caught my eye of the top 20 is Mark. He’s seems to be the only true original. We’ll see…