Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance came to an end Tuesday night and it was a good ending. As I mentioned in the top 4 post, I was going to be good with whoever was declared the winner. I don’t usually feel that way. In this case, however, the four dancers–Aaron, Fik-Shun, Amy and Jasmine had been in my top three numerous times over the weeks. Sure, on the guy side, Aaron and much more technique than Fik-Shun. They were both likable and watchable. Technique-wise I think Jasmine is better than Amy too, but again, they were both easy to declare favorites. So I’m satisfied it was Amy and Fik-Shun that ultimately won the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.
Season 10 definitely had one of the best overall casts of any season. There was no one that I was eager to get rid of, and that was refreshing. There were also dozens of great dances that I’ll enjoy for years to come (I’m a total SYTYCD geek and I do record my favorite segments for future watching).
With season 11 getting a green light for summer 2014, I will throw out some of my desires for next season:
- Find a way to get pro companies on the show again. Sure, the program is only one, two hour show, but there’s got to be a way to get companies on the show for a three minute segment. I don’t miss the music segment, but I missed the companies this year.
- Please stop discussing anything to do with eliminations at the top of the show. The first week was really clunky and did get a little better, but just put all of it at the end of the show.
- Review the group numbers. After starting out with the amazing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” number, the majority of the group numbers felt flat instead of starting the show with something incredible. I saved only three across the entire season, and that’s a very low number.
- Encourage the choreographers to break new ground. One of the highlights of the season was the all stars choreographing and brining something new. All the choreographers should be encouraged to take risks and at least one slot per show should go to someone new so that the dancers and the viewers get to experience something different.
I wish I could catch the tour, but sadly it’s not coming close enough to NYC this year. I’ll just look forward to Memorial Day week 2014, which I expect should be the start of season 11.