So You Think You Can Dance S7: Final Thoughts

Hello dozens of fans. Apologies for the late post - sometimes real work gets in the

way...



In a surprise ending to the 7th season of So You Think You Can Dance, 18 year old

contemporary dancer and the most talented (in my opinion) Lauren Froderman escaped

the curse of female tween voting to beat out the gorgeous Robert Roldan and fan

favorite Kent Boyd. Lauren has proved throughout the season that she is the most

versatile dancer, capable of doing the cha cha, Tahitian, Broadway or popping and

locking with the best of them and transforming from a girl to a woman over night.


The finale results show featured a packed judges table including the usual suspects plus

ex-judge Mary Murphy, choreographers Stacy Tookey and Tyce Diorio, and producer/

director Kenny Ortega, as well as a surprise performance and ode to fallen contestant

Alex Wong by funny girl Ellen DeGeneres. Some other things happened, but you

probably all saw it. So let's recap some of my favorites of the season.



And now onto bigger and better things - we still have some outstanding season-long

questions to wrap up.


Does SYTYCD favor boys over girls?


This is a common complaint I have heard from fellow fans. There's no denying the

viewer demographics are skewed toward young females interested in young males. And

it's not a secret that judge Mia Michaels loves the boys - she says it at least once per

episode. But in the season that's been all about the boys, a girl took home the prize...

I think this probably had more to do with a split vote between Kent and Robert than

intentional endorsement of Lauren. In other words, don't let the winner of this season

distract you from the data. In 7 seasons of the show, 15 boys have made it into the top

four vs. only 13 girls. Ok, so that's not overwhelming proof. But take a look at the

graph below. Of the boys who made it into the top 4, 2/3 came in 1st or 2nd place, whereas of the girls, less than 1/3 were in 1st or 2nd place. So Kudos to Lauren for beating the odds!



Has the all star format been successful?


I have heard arguments for and against this season's format. On the one hand, the

more talented all stars certainly make their contestant partners better, especially in the

difficult styles like Ballroom. But they can also draw the viewer's eyes away from the

real contestant and prevent the dancers from forming partnerships that foster chemistry.


While I have enjoyed watching some of the best from seasons past rejoin the stage - chief

among them Pasha, Twitch and Allison - it's not clear that most fans feel the same way.

The show has been losing viewers since it premiered 5 years ago to a TV audience of 10

million. Nigel has tried a couple of feeble attempts to stem the slow bleed, all of which

have backfired - remember season 5 1/2 when the show moved to the

fall, or this season's M&M swap-out at the judges table? I think the all stars were probably seen as a way to increase viewer loyalty. But the viewership ratings below suggest, to no avail.

Season 7 has brought in all-time low numbers, averaging just 5.5 million per night.



Given the lack of a turnaround in ratings, I expect to see some more changes next

season. My guess is Mia Michaels is no longer behind the judges' table. They could

bring back Mary Murphy, but I think they'll go for some star power. Perhaps Usher or

Britney Spears, though it'll probably take the ghost of Michael Jackson to make any real

difference. Too soon?


Additionally, the format will likely return to the original one before the all stars, but perhaps they will find some more meaningful use of the time currently devoted to solos (not the dance

for the your life ones, the other ones). Maybe more group performances? There's

always the chance, with Nigel in the driver's seat on both shows, that they'll do a SYTYCD/

American Idol cross-over. But I think my head just might burst from too much talent all

at once. Only time will tell.


Well, it's been a thin slice of heaven blogging for you folks. Enjoy the 3 hours a week of

your life back.


Goodbye forever.


Rebecca Greene

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Aug 17, 2010 3:25PM EDT

Even though ratings has declined, I assume the show is still a money maker because of the tour.
At the end of the day I didn't see a real reason for the All-stars. It wasn't a competition to them, and they changed partners so they didn't develop any loyalty to a single contestant. I imagine if you are a real all star you can handle yourself in a variety of different dances (like Lauren has shown she can), they should have permanently paired an all-star with a contestant. That way a bond is formed, everyone is competing, and you still have a competent partner. Then again probably everyone would have voted for twitch...

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Aug 17, 2010 6:05PM EDT

Perhaps Usher or Britney Spears, though it'll probably take the ghost of Michael Jackson to make any real difference. Too soon?
hahahahahahahahaha
Loved your short-lived column while it lasted! I agree that the right woman won, and that Robert is gorgeous, though something tells me things wouldn't quite work between us...

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RachelLEditor
Aug 17, 2010 8:31PM EDT

In the end, I too had decided that Lauren was the most talented and deserving of the win, but I felt like she won the choreography lottery just a little for the final night's routines and I am curious as to if this influenced the voting outcome as well (mainly, that final Kent/Robert "Malevos" dance was kinda boring...but also Lauren's all-star hip-hop with Twitch was definitely more of a scene stealer than say - Kent's Bollywood - and seriously...too much Bollywood this season, but I digress...)
Good choice of favorites and way to be consistent with your hatred of Cat's dresses! Perhaps they turn out like pooh so often because...I was watching a video of her selecting her finale dress and her selection criteria was - and I quote - "Think ice creams, think fountains, think handsome Italian men". WTF?

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Aug 17, 2010 8:54PM EDT

thanks for the comments. i think you're right about the Malevos dance - terrible. What was with the gangsta suits? But I did like Robert's broadway number. Also, way too much Bollywood. To be honest, I haven't enjoyed a bollywood dance since Katie and Joshua's
As for Cat's dress in the results show, it literally looked like someone had vomitted strawberry shortcake on her body

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