For our newest edition in our semi-regular summer TV preview feature, we are focusing on a summer series that should feel more than familiar to just about every at this point — especially if you love dance. “So You Think You Can Dance” is the creme de la creme of all dance competitions, as you will not see better performances anywhere else on TV that also cross over so many genres of the art form.
With this in mind, it’s certainly worth of taking another look at what could make season 9 of the series shine.
The pros – It’s great dancing, and you are pretty much assured of seeing that the moment you tune in. The show is dynamic, and it is one of the you few summer shows that is actually event television in the sense that you want to watch it live and talk about it with your friends.
Also, there really are few shows that actually get better as they go along — but this one truly does that as the dances get more and more powerful and moving. Nigel Lythgoe may also be the best judge on TV — he’s harsh when he needs to be, but also kind and passionate about the subject matter. We know singing is not Nigel’s forte, but he’d do a better job on his other show in “American Idol” than either Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler.
Speaking of judging, does any show out there have better guest judges?
The cons – There’s always an issue of expectations after a good winner, and the Sasha Mallory / Melanie Moore showdown last season was one of the series’ best. Is there anyone this year who can top this?
While we know that Nigel has found a way to retool the show for its new once-a-week airing, we are also going to miss how the results show allowed us an opportunity to actually get to know the dancers better. We’re hoping that the ratings will increase this season, and allow the show an opportunity to come back.
The verdict – Any show that allows so much good dancing on TV is a show worth watching. Some of the changes last season made the show even better — from giving us both pairs and all-stars to get to the live shows quickly, we liked how Nigel got us to the meat of the competition fast rather than forcing us to sit through weeks of mediocre second rounds.
We admit to being biased as a major “Dance” fan, but even without an extra hour we are thrilled to simply see the show coming back.