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So You Think You Can Dance

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A contestant from So You Think You Can DanceSeason four of So You Think You Can Dance just started.  This is the first season that I started watching the show from the beginning.  I completely missed the first two seasons, but then my sister-in-law got me hooked last summer after about a third of the episodes had already aired.

For the most part I shy away from reality TV shows.  I find most of them to be overly contrived.  It seems like reality TV show producers beat the bushes to find “ratings grabbing” contestants with quirky personalities and no talent instead of normal folks with decent ability.  Most importantly, reality TV can be mind numbing to the point where drool trickles out of the corner of your mouth if you watch any given episode of any given show beyond the opening credits.

Last season of So You Think You Can Dance was fun to watch because it didn’t have any of the problems of most reality TV shows. There was no celebrity gimmick like some shows use. Instead of being an I.Q. siphon, I actually learned about different dance styles because of the variety of dances the contestants performed and because of judges’ generally insightful performance critiques. I don’t know anything about dancing, but I still found the show to be very entertaining.

When I started watching the show, the pool of contestants were genuinely talented dancers and for the most part the weakest remaining dancer was booted off the show leaving an increasingly talented group of contestants every week.  Finally, the contestants are selected by audition which means the producers can’t pick applicants because of some stereotypical personality trait highlighted in a homemade video.

I have high hopes for season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance based on season 3.

Genre: Reality TV

Premise: From the official website:

The summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, hosted by Cat Deeley, keeps viewers moving to a different beat as dancers skilled in everything from the ‘street’ styles of Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Ballroom’s Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named the nation’s favorite.

Airing: Mondays at 8:00PM?? Thursdays at 8:00PM??

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Written by Steve

May 24th, 2008 at 10:00 am

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