Originally Posted by zalusky
I have watched this show through every season. This is the first year I find my self just not caring about anybody. Maybe it will change next week with the all stars.
Last night I just fell asleep multiple times. Maybe I am just getting old. Maybe I am just not getting emotionally connected to the stories anymore. Maybe the pompous judging without real constructive criticism is turning me off. I don't know but the love is going fast.
It's not just you. There have multiple issues this season.
First, the judges shouted from the mountaintops that this was "The greatest top 20 ever." This has proved to be a flat-out lie. There have been so good moments here and there, but aside from Melanie and Marko, not one team has shown greatness on a consistent basis
Secondly, the choreography has been incredibly dumbed-down (Sasha and Alexander's "Patty Cake" hip-hop
) and uninspired; the former is no doubt due to the lack of skill that the top 20 is bringing to the table, the latter is because we've seen so many new choreograhers this year.
Third, the judges are overly full of praise, but it's keenly selective. Perhaps it's due to the first issue, and they don't want to admit the "GREATEST EVER!" lie outright, or they are in complete denial. More likely, it's due to the fact that they refuse to EVER
give a bad critique of poor choreography. Last night was full of performances that were overtly lacking (Ryan and Ricki's Brodaway, Jordan and Tadd's 80's fairy tale, etc.) and yet only the dancers get panned. Hard to net praise when you're asked to simply walk around on stage and nothing more.
Last, there have been some poor decisions made this year; refusing to break up couples being the biggest. In fairness, every dancer should have the opportunity to shine and not be weighed down by anyone else. That said, the show is never fair. The judges pimp their favorites incessantly, even when they're nowhere near as good as they claim (Sasha) yet continually beat down those they're not fond of for whatever reason (Alexander).
Dont get me wrong. I still love the show (it's 1,000,000 times better than that American Idol or Dancing with the Has-Been garbage) but this is BY FAR my least favorite season to date. Maybe things will change once the All-Stars enter the picture. Here's to hope!