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Friday, June 08, 2007

So You Think You Can Engage In Nepotism

Although I seem to get media calls for my expertise on American Idol, I don't actually watch the show unless I have to (for research purposes!).  Its much better offspring, however, So You Think You Can Dance, is real entertainment.  The competitors actually have some skill -- most are trained dancers -- so the show rarely makes you cringe.  (Well, the judges do, but that's another story.)

I was very much looking forward to this season -- until I learned who made it through the auditions to the "top 20" competitors: three dancers who were selected have brothers or sisters who were in the competition last year -- and one was on the show last year in another capacity.  I fear the audition process has been compromised and I hope I'm able to see past the nepotism to enjoy the show.

Go, Hok!

Posted by Ethan Leib on June 8, 2007 at 02:18 PM in Culture | Permalink


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I too was suspicious the other night when I overheard the judges talking about how one of the contestants was the sister of one of the stars of the previous season. It could reasonably be that there is a very small amount of true all-star talent in the dance world and most of those people already have gigs. That would explain the presence of relatives, in the same way that we see alot of relatives, cousins and siblings, playing professional football, basketball, and baseball. It is a bit lame though.

As for the judging, I have previously been under the impression that the entire point of the show is to see just how drunk the main female judge gets. Does anyone else enjoy this subplot?

Posted by: Colin | Jun 8, 2007 2:55:54 PM

I am under the impression that the professional ballroom-dancing world is fairly small and that it tends to be a familial pursuit. Which makes sense, given that you need a whip and a chair to get most boys into dance class. At my daughter's dance studio, pretty much to a person, all of the boys are siblings of female dancers.

My complaint is all of the lyrical/contemporary/whatever-it-is-the-choreography-is-really-literal dancers. I can't tell them apart, and while I don't mind watching them perform other styles, I am not looking forward to their inevitable Dances of Death pre-elimination.

Posted by: Deb Ahrens | Jun 14, 2007 10:43:10 AM

Wade Robson is a genius.

And I'm over the nepotism now: Benji's sister won me over (or was it just Mia's amazing choreography?).

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jun 14, 2007 11:07:21 AM

I just want to know the sentencing guidelines range for whatever Mia is using.

Posted by: Deb Ahrens | Jun 14, 2007 7:59:58 PM

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