Cue Music! ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Returns
"So You Think You Can Dance" returned for a ninth season this Thursday--although, sadly, this will be the last time we'll be seeing "SYTYCD" on Thursday for a while. You see, next week, the show will settle into its regular Wednesday night timeslot...and it'll only be on ONE night a week, instead of its usual two. So remember all those awesome "SYTYCD" Thursday night results shows, the ones featuring amazing wheelchair dancers and amazing Wade Robson group numbers and amazing career-launching performances by Lady Gaga and Christina Perri? Yeah, well, those days are over. Apparently the Fox network would rather have "SYTYCD's" Emmy-nominated Cat Deeley host some cockamamie spinning-chair dating show called "The Choice," instead of having, say, prestigious Alvin Ailey company dancers perform on Thursday nights. Really??? Boo, Fox, boo!
However, "SYTYCD" made the most of its sole two-hour spot this week, premiering with a slew of typically brilliant auditions in New York and Dallas. And with both a female winner and a male winner planned for the Season 9 finale in September, even more talent has the potential to be rewarded this year. Yay, Fox, yay!
Below are my favorite auditions from this week's "SYTYCD" premiere. Please, Fox, do NOT cancel this show!
A modern-day flapper girl with a Louise Brooks bob and Betty Grable legs, this "proper little character" (Nigel Lythgoe's words) thoroughly charmed with her episode-opening contemporary piece. I think this 18-year-old may be a bit too similar to the most recent "SYTYCD" winner, the equally adorable Melanie Moore (whose Atlanta audition kicked off last year's Season 8), but other than that, this gamine girl seems to have "everything" going for her, as judge Mary Murphy said.
This 26-year-old Japanese import with the Raggedy-Andy red hair and ragdoll limbs gave such an awesome audition (the way he moved, I sometimes actually thought the tape was playing in reverse), Nigel even compared him to the almighty Twitch Boss. "There's been very few people who have entertained me with that style," said Nigel. Toshihiko was a total star, but for some reason, the judges only put him through to the choreography round, instead of handing him a golden ticket to Vegas. Toshihiko then floundered and, sadly, decided to quit. What a shame--I wish he'd stuck it out, because he had true potential. Maybe he can try out next season (if, gawd willing, there is a next season), or maybe he can get some awesome friends together and audition for "America's Best Dance Crew." I want more Toshihiko on my TV!