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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Why it would be the worst thing ever if Evan wins 'SYTYCD'

I feel as though I've been a faithful fan of "So You Think You Can Dance" over the years. I've never missed an episode and I've even used my powers of persuasion to bring others to the show's magnificence. Which is probably why I feel so betrayed by the show today.

There is one reason and one reason alone that I feel this betrayal. His name is Evan. And sure, he THINKS he can dance. But he cannot. What he can do is bobble his head around like a midget version of Nathan Lane and be so pathetic that he reins in sympathy votes. Which brings me to my next point -- that it would be the worst thing ever if Evan wins "So You Think You Can Dance."

For starters, I should clarify that I've never seen a dancer not worthy of a Top Four placement in the history of this show. That is, until Evan's broadway, suspenders and pitstains graced the Kodak Theatre finale stage. I don't care that Evan's a nice guy. I don't care that some people adore Evan's droopy face. This is not a "So You Think You're a Nice Guy" contest, nor is it a "So You Think Your Face Doesn't Suck" contest. It's a dance contest. That's it. The most talented dancer, with the most personality, HAS to win. Otherwise, it's just a waste of a season and a waste of everyone's time.

The fact that all three judges said last night -- during part one of the finale -- that they were downright shocked that Evan was in the Top Four should say something. Sugarcoat it all you want, but that reason is because Evan's not a strong dancer. He pales in comparison to any of the other top three contestants ... miserably. So the fact that people feel bad for Evan, so bad in fact that they waste their votes on him, is just ridiculous to me.

Sure, there have been plenty of times where the best (and most talented) dancer did not win the title of "America's Favorite Dancer." But in those cases -- Benji over Travis, or Joshua over Will -- the winner was still talented. You have to have both components, period. Evan may have the personality but let's face it, he just doesn't have the talent. At least not the caliber of talent that Jeanine or Kayla, and certainly not Brandon, possesses.

And honestly, I'm so sick of people feeling bad for this kid. I don't think the judges are being harsh enough on him, really. To tell him things like "Brandon was a tiny bit better than you" is only making things worse. The truth is, Brandon could dance circles around him and that's not only the truth but it's the obvious truth. If viewers start voting for Evan just because they feel bad for him, it would be the equivalent of Sanjaya winning "American Idol" and getting his own record deal. No good can come from this. Oh, poor Evan. Poor Evan nothing! Based on skill, he should've been one of the first contestants voted off.

The point of this show, and all reality shows like this, is to find hidden talent in the depths of America, show it off and then reward it. If Evan ends up crowned as "America's Favorite Dancer," not only will it be a travesty to the show but it could very well set a bad precedent for future shows to come.

Watch the finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.

-- Sara Boyd, sboyd2@greenbaypressgazette.com

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1 Comments:

Totally with you on this. I miss Kupono and Jason and Ade and each week I thought voting those guys off was just delaying the inevitable, which was that Evan would be voted off. And somehow it hasn't happened. I actually got off my never-voted apathetic butt and voted for Jeanine last night, mostly because of Evan. He's a nice guy and a cute dancer... but he should've been gone weeks ago.

By Blogger Eileen, At August 6, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

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