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26 July 2009 @ 06:18 pm
So You Think You Can Dance, Season One  
I randomly decided to download season one of SYTYCD, even though I was pretty sure I knew the winner (I did) and the runner-up (I was so wrong). There were a LOT of differences, four of which I so very much wish had been kept, and four I'm glad they changed.

The 4 changes I wish they hadn't made ...

1. When they cut it to top 50 they had 5 days of intensive dance classes in five areas of dance - lyrical/contemporary with Mia Michaels, ballroom with Mary, latin with Alex Da Silva, jazz with Brian Friedman and hip-hop with Dan Carety. After that week, they cut it to 24, then all the choreographers reviewed the tapes of all the 24 dancers remaining and then cut it to 16. What a brilliant idea to weed out those one-note dancers who can't do anything *but* their speciality, and I so very much wish they hadn't stopped doing that.

2. The finale had all four dancers on the stage, an unknown piece of music started and they all freestyled, randomly chosen order, and then ended with the music hitting climax while all four danced together, but differently. It was brilliant.

3. The winner got to dance a solo and THEN the confetti, hugs came out. Gave him the chance to shine.

4. Mary was just an occasional judge; sigh.

The 4 changes I'm glad they did make ...

1. Different host. Ugh, Lauren Sanchez looked and sounded so fake, but aside from that, Cat Deeley is the BESTEST!!!

2. They had them pick different dancers every routine. I can see the upside and downside of this, but I think I prefer the first half dancing same couples because it does allow the dancers to spend more focus on the different styles because they don't have to adjust to a new partner every week.

3. The finale was just kinda rambling.

4. The judges picked the bottom dancers/couples and then American voted on them, as opposed to the other way around. I'm glad they changed that mainly because with their favoritism so obvious now, dancers America doesn't like would never go home and the finale would rarely be America's top four favorite dancers, but rather the judges' top four favorite dancers.

All in all, a good season. It's only 12 episodes long (as they put the recorded results at the beginning of live shows, so no group numbers also) and worth a watch if you enjoy the show. I'm working on a post listing my favorite 10 dancers from all seasons and my favorite routines.
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yours truly: sytycd: catonebrightmoment on July 27th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Very interesting. I started watching in S3, so I'm really intrigued by all this. Can't imagine anyone but Cat hosting! Even though I haven't seen it, I agree with you about those things you wish they hadn't changed- they sound really great. Especially would love to see some freestyling!

Mind if I ask where you got the season? I'd really like to see it.
Arabian: Chelsie & Markarabian on July 27th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
It got it off of miniova.org. Oh, and I'd totally suggest watching season 2 also. It was my first season and had some fabulous dancers.
yours truly: sytycd: catonebrightmoment on July 27th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I will try to check out S2. As soon as I can figure out how to make miniova.org work for me. LOL. I did find a site that streams all the seasons, or so I thought. When I started watching S1- it's SYTYCD Canada. And S2 is SYTYCD Australia. But of course, I'm going to watch them anyway....
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on July 27th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
You have to download a torrent client. I highly suggest azureus (vuze), it's what I use and it's the best, imo.
theyellow_daisy: iDance(DO NOT TAKE)theyellow_daisy on July 27th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Once I have some time, I may have to do this same thing. Besides just getting to watch some fab dancing again, it'll be intresting to see how the show has grown.
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on July 27th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
It really was fascinating and fun, and there were some GREAT routines, and I really agreed with the winner, hands down. Wasn't my favorite, but absolutely deserved to win.