Every week, Nigel Lythgoe and company are presented with an exceedingly difficult task: having to eliminate two aspiring dancers in front of millions of people on live television and given only ten or so minutes to do so. On So You Think You Can Dance
, no matter who is sent packing, the decision is going to anger a lot of people. There are certain pros and cons to giving the judges this final power (the So You Think You Can Dance
method) versus giving all the power to the voting public. The American Idol
judges (who are relatively powerless) can hold a “tsk-tsk” moral authority over the voters, chastising America when they've made the wrong decision. On the other hand, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and company have to constantly rationalize their decisions to America. They must to explain themselves to the significant portion of viewers who no doubt disagree with their decisions. It's a thankless job. But, that doesn't mean we can't criticize their decisions.
The elimination of Jessi Peralta
last week, coupled with the inability to eliminate Cedric Gardner the two previous weeks, were iffy decisions at best. Jessi, if you take away the medical problems she had, was one of the best female dancers on the show and, based on performance alone, should not have even sniffed elimination.
has advanced this far solely based on that magic word “potential”. Because his solo dancing ability is so unique and incredible, the judges fooled themselves into believing that Cedric could succeed in other styles of dance, despite countless first-hand evidence to the contrary.
So, going into next week, who do the judges stand to send home? Contrary to some haters out there, I actually think that Nigel Lythgoe is a reasonable and intelligent man who generally does a fine job. He will have pondered his judging mistakes and will look to right the wrongs of the previous weeks.
That is why I believe that Cedric and Anya Garnis
will be the ones sent home next Thursday. Cedric has deserved elimination for the last three weeks and, if and when he's voted into the bottom three, I have complete faith that the judges will not hesitate to eliminate him. Anya, who should have gone home last week, is the default female. Frankly, I don't think she's as good of a dancer as the other ladies in the competition (although I don't want to completely discount her) and her abysmal hip/hop routine last week can't be overlooked.
But, you never know. The judges are human and, when put in that pressure-packed position and given only a few minutes to decide who goes home, anything can happen.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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