If you are a SYTYCD fan, you are probably wondering what is up with the new format they adopted for their 7th season this summer. Changes included having new judges and a completely new format for the dancers. Instead of of starting with 20 contestants, they began with only 5 female and 6 male contestants. Then they added past season contestants, dubbed "All-Stars". Those from the two groups then engage in non-gender specific dances for America to vote on.
Though it was kind of cool to see some of my favorite dancers like Twitch (hip hop) and Ade (hip hop/contemporary), and Mark (contemporary) having the All-Stars really detracted from the competition and has not added to the quality of the dancing. There are no memorable choreographed pieces thus far. Frankly, with dancers like the phenomenal Alex Wong (ballet) it was unclear who were the contestant and who were the so-called "All-Stars." I could have not been prouder of my yellow brothah. But, alas, early favorite, Alex, left the show due to injuries and two more followed in similar vain.
Even with all this madness, the craziest thing remain the judges. My favorite, the very animated and loud Mary Murphy with her signature comments like hopping on her "tamale train" when contestants do well, was replace by the angry, no-talent bitch, Mia Michaels, who offers not constructive comments but snarky remarks at every turn. Oh, and judges were extremely biased holding onto their picks like correct officials.
The most egregious favoritism is showcased with the overpraising of farmboy, Kent. This smiley face clown is not special yet every week he's described as the next great thing since white bread (pun intended). He was clearly choking during the final four competition but miraculously gets the best choreographer in his style of contemporary, Travis Wall. From the flagrant biased judging of Nigel, it is clear he loves Kent, so, interesting that just when Kebt needed it most, he got Travis? Fishy indeed.
On the other spectrum of love, you have the weekly attacks on poor AdéChiké. Judges basically label him a loser, clearly out of his league. Then why pick him for the show in the first place if his only purpose if to be everyone's whipping boy? His best revenge is never being voted by America to be the bottom four. Maybe America is trying to say something, huh?
I believe the new format is in reaction to failing ratings. The producers must have come up with the bright idea to bring back familiar faces in the form of "All-stars," which may work when they tour as well. My feeling is, I'd really rather watch up and coming dancers than past contestants that didn't make it. Also, I don't mind constructive comments from judges but I could care less about who they love and hate.
So, in conclusion, I don't like the new format of SYTYCD, which seems intentionally staged to pick a winners and losers from the start. I have no respect for the judges, and I cannot seem to connect with the dancers. I am guessing Kent will win because the show is rigged, but my vote is with dark horse Robert. He has danced extremely well and has a lovely attitude, nailing everything from cha cha to hip hop. So, even though he's been essentially ignored or dissed by the judges, he is the best dancer remaining and deserves to win. Go Robert!