Saturday, May 24, 2008

News Roundup

Our Idol blogging buddy Dave Chung got to hang with some SYTYCDers at the finale after-party Wednesday night. Check it out at his blog.

Cat Deeley, who has bravely prevailed despite SYTYCD's pervasive "racism" against tall people, says that Dancing With The Stars-type shows are:

...kind of different to our show. It's not about the celebrities, it's about the kids and seeing how far they can go on this journey. Normally, dancers aren't normally the people in the spotlight, they're normally the back-up guys.

"We're taking dancers, putting them in the spotlight, and challenging them - they have to learn different styles and that sort of thing. And that is exciting for me."

Dave Scott receives his Fred & Adele Astaire Award for film choreography on June 2nd.

Diane Macedo of Fox News especially appreciated Victor Kim's audition:
Still, none of these three managed to come anywhere near Victor Kim’s skill. This kid is funny, likeable, can walk downstairs with his hands and basically defies the laws of physics with everything else he can do with his body.

What he can’t do, however, is learn a contemporary routine, as he got the boot after the choreography round. I’m officially in mourning and think the judges are insane. If Cedric deserved a shot at the finals last year, Victor definitely should have at least made it to the Vegas round this year.

We've recruited another one. The Palm Beach Post's Leslie Gray Streeter:
Curse you and your perfect dancers, Nigel!

I have avoided watching "So You Think You Can Dance" for the past three seasons because it was just too much. I had given so much of my brain to the whole "Idol" machine, from the goofy auditions and the ratcheted-up drama, to the inane judges and the presumed producer trickery. I needed to give my summer energies to something more pure, like that hairdressing show on Bravo, or to training for a half-marathon in the middle of the South Florida heat, because "Idol" done took my brain and I make really stupid decisions.

Needless to say, she's hooked.

The LA Times blogs Monday's dance-off and recaps the first episode.

The New York Daily News' Cristina Kinon says "when it comes to some of that interpretive cr*p, I just don't get it."

Even the guys at betting site Bodog Beat were blown away by Robert Muraine's audition.

A dancer named Jennifer blogs her experience auditioning in Milwaukee at TVGrapevine.

Step It Up & Dance (new Wikipedia entry) eliminated poor Oscar for the 2nd time in 3 weeks. Is that a reality TV first? Congratulations to good guy Nick "Get back on stage!" Drago for winning his first challenge. Recaps at It Happened Last Night and While Not Making Other Plans.