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So You Think You Can Dance– Talent or What?

Are you a big fan of competitive shows that are on television? We have a love hate relationship.

See, there’s this little intrinsic flaw in shows like these….

some people are amazing (simply amazing!) but their personalities really just do not shine through. Whereas, some people are so incredibly not talented (when compared to the others) but their personalities? Truly win people over.

And to me, that’s where these types of competitions tend to go wrong.

I’m definitely not the only one who has noticed this trend among competitions either. If you watch any similar shows (like American Idol, for instance), we have slowly started to learn more about the competitors before we even find out they’ve landed their spot. And the more you know about someone? It’s a likely clue that they’ve made it on the show. weighs in on the personality vs. talent comparisons:

“Take last night’s results show for example. The Top 18 Performance show was to a degree, all about the underdogs and unknowns. While pre-season favorites like Phillip Chbeeb and Randi & Evan struggled, little seen dancers like Karla and Jonathan and Melissa and Ade soared. Even though America got it right by putting Caitlin & Jason and Ashley & Kupono in the bottom three for their lack-luster Shane Sparks hip-hop routines; the fact that Max & Kayla ended up in the bottom three instead of poor performances by popular contestants (Chbeeb!) and a dull-waltz that focused on a heart-wrenching back-story rather than the dancing, had me worried. Surely if we are basing our votes on performance, Phillip & Jeanine earned a spot in the bottom three for their awkward, semi-soft tango. Or if not them, in my heartless opinion, Asuka and Vitolio for their waltzzzz.

Most worrisome was, at least with Ashley & Kupono, and Caitlin & Jason, America did seem to be voting based on performance. Both Kupono and Caitlin got a decent amount of pre-show screen time and the audience have been able to make a connection to them, but their Wednesday night performances were decidedly so-so. So if America was voting on performance and not popularity with those two, what the heck were they doing about Kayla and Max? Did America just not bother dialing in for these two? I can see people thinking that with the judges adoration of all things Kayla and back-to-back beautiful performances there would be no way they’d end up in the bottom two. Did you vote for a poorly performing personal favorite instead or were you not as impressed with Kayla and Max as the judges (and I) were?”

What do you think?

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