Tonight's So You Think You Can Dance results show was an especially bittersweet one. It marked the separation of the existing couples, who after weeks of on- and offstage bonding will no longer be dancing together; it was the last time the judges were allowed to save any dancer, no matter how worthy, since the top 10 will be voted solely by America from now on; and, most troublingly, Nigel Lythgoe dejectedly announced that Sony is refusing to let SYTYCD license the Michael Jackson catalog for a planned Jackson SYTYCD tribute special.
The last bummer bit of news made NO sense to me at all. First of all, both American Idol and season 1 of America's Best Dance Crew put on all-Michael episodes in the past, and while those shows obviously aired before Michael's untimely passing, that shouldn't affect Sony's decision now. Second, on the actual day of Michael's death, Nigel delivered a live on-air speech about Michael's impact on dance--pretty much flat-out saying SYTYCD wouldn't even exist if not for Michael Jackson--and he spoke so eloquently and from the heart, I was literally brought to tears. Such an outpouring of genuine sentiment alone should be enough to sway Sony execs.
It's damn shame. I know that this show would treat Michael's music with respect and reverence, and that all the participating choreographers would create unforgettable routines that would honor and celebrate MJ's legacy. Can you imagine a rough 'n' ready Mia Michaels contemporary routine to "Dirty Diana"? A Nappytabs hip-hop number set to "Wanna Be Startin' Something"? Doriana Sanchez disco to "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough," a lovely Tony Meredith waltz to "You Are Not Alone," or even something with a Broadway vibe to "The Way You Make Me Feel"? It would be such a thriller...and compared to some crass cash-in MJ tributes I've witnessed lately, it would be so much more special and well-intentioned.
This may sound blasphemous, but I honestly believe Michael Jackson himself would be proud to lend his music to such an elaborate SYTYCD production. So I'm taking advantage of my blog space here to beg the Sony powers-that-be to reconsider! I hope they're reading this.
OK. Moving on. The bottom three couples tonight were, in my opinion, pretty much the right ones; this gives me hope that viewers will continue to make smart decisions in the coming weeks, when the eliminations rest squarely in their hands without any judges' input.
Ade & Melissa weren't huge shockers either, since their downtempo waltz last night was not as memorable as some of the evening's flashier routines, and Melissa noticeably stumbled during their disco number.
The unexpected but welcome news that all was not lost for Phillip and Caitlin was an upbeat ending to an otherwise sad evening.
Now, please excuse me while I go start a petition to send to Sony...though you're free to post your opinions regarding Sony's controversial decision below, in the meantime. Let it rip! I wanna be startin' something!
- Michael Jackson