American Idol? – It’s all about bad auditions of people embarrassing themselves for several weeks. Even with this year’s attempt to become culturally relevant, you can have it.
America’s Next Top Model? – Sorry Tyra, I can only look at models posing for so long. After however many seasons, I don’t see anything new.
Project Runway? – Close, but no cigar. The dynamic combination of Heidi and Tim Gunn, creative designing challenges and catty designer quibbles make for great TV and a great competition but not the best.
I think you know where I’m going 🙂
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is the best reality competition show out right now! I’m not even mentioning the other dance shows. Seriously, they pale in comparison to this one. It’s everything pure and wonderful about American Idol but they’ve managed to make it actually critical and emotional!
You have the dancers: paired or individual, these “students” are insane and pushed through everything from Jazz -> Contemporary ->Hip Hop -> Samba -> Bollywood (do you even know what that is?!?!) and everything and anything in between.
You have the judges: seasoned choreographers that actually have worthwhile opinions on the subject of dance and who’s goal is to make the dancers better! It’s so refreshing to have a panel that knows what they’re talking about and can do it! Seeing Mary Murphy with Demetri last night was awesome! Seeing Simon with that troup of tap dancers was HILARIOUS!
You have the choreographers: Emmy Award-winning and nominated choreographers that understand cultural relevance and continue to push the boundaries of dance! THANK YOU!
You have the host: There is NO OTHER host as refreshing as Cat Deeley! She’s comical, she’s candid, she delivers bad news about eliminations without making the contestants squirm for 9 minutes while she tries to figure out how to open the flippin’ envelope! She can naturally read a cue card without sounding like a moron! She’s NOT ANNOYING!
So in case you missed it, set your TiVo for next season! The incredible 2 hour season finale was last night, can you tell from my enthusiasm? And “America” chose the correct winner: GO JOSHUA!!!
Now, you will NOT find people balancing knives on their forehead, or singing underwater, or jumping onto huge dodgeballs, or getting slimed, or making a mockery of a particular art form, however you WILL find a quality program trying to do it’s best at enhancing their subject manner!