Originally Posted by skyehill
Problem is their filler is poorly produced crap at the moment. But that's Nigel for ya. Rather than have more of these 2 hour audition disaster episodes, why not put together an in-depth episode where they actually show what went into the decision-making regarding everyone who made it, and those who were close but didn't. Content that actually is compelling and offers insight into how specific dancers were chosen. Essentially the opposite of how Nigel does things (here and on the god-awful Idol).
Skyehill, I fear
they don't want to get TOO MUCH into the real reasons of how, why and WHAT went into the decisions of who to send to Vegas and who not to for some possibly EMBARASSING
If you recall, in Dallas when one male dancer said he's doing this "for his mom," who's losing her vision, and then Nigel asked if she could see from where she's sitting and she said "no," so he let her have HIS seat, then QUICKLY moved his cup out of her reach, admonishing her to NOT drink from it, because it was VODKA... Well, I've refrained from mentioning anything in that link I posted about Mary earlier, but it makes similar (and some much stronger) assertions about her various states of intoxication (not necessarily just alcohol) while on the show -- and I'm guessing if it's even partly true for the relatively short broadcast performance shows, for the day-long auditions, she (and possibly Nigel, as well -- if that really IS Vodka in his cup) may get "pretty snockered" by the end of the day.
I wouldn't even mention this EXCEPT that after the circus guy did his truly mesmerizing performance with his ring (which nonetheless didn't include any TRUE dancing, as we know it), Nigel said he should go to choreography, and Mary sort half-shouted/half-SLURRED he should "GO TO VEGAS," reined back in ONLY by Jesse, who said he agreed with Nigel about choreography. And I also know Mary went through some serious health issues a couple years back (I don't recall if it was cancer, or what), but things like that can change you, and sometimes folks can get addicted to painkillers they use to assuage the intense pain of either the disease or the surgery/treatment to get rid of it.
Don't get me wrong... Unlike some here I LOVE Mary Murphy. And reading that link I just discovered we're the same age, which gives me a certain "kinship" with her. BUT, if some of her and Nigel's (and who knows which other guest judges') decisions on who goes to Vegas, and then who in Vegas gets on the final show, are made while "under the influence," perhaps they really DON'T want us to see too much of THAT part of the process... so they show us other stuff, instead, like follow-up footage of surfers, circus performers and Chaplin-esque gay twins -- all of whom they knew BEFORE the program aired didn't make it past that round -- and ALL of whom they had to film that footage AFTER that round had finished...
And again, I REALLY DO think much of that is to "draw in" and/or keep audience members who aren't just interested in dance, for better or worse.
As for Iveta and her ilk. I was JUST SICK when she got cut in the second round last year, even though I saw it coming (was surprised she didn't get the axe on the FIRST round). It was, more than ANYTHING, her AGE! This show SAYS it has an age range of 18-30, but they're PRIMARILY looking to promote young dancers in the 18-22 range. You RARELY see anyone beyond 22 or 23 make it to the top 4 or 5... I'd been seeing Iveta audition -- and make it to Vegas -- for the previous SEVERAL years, ALWAYS wondering why she never made it to the show. And then when she finally did -- CRAP. Yet Nigel, with his own PERSONAL PREFERENCE for tap dancers, since he used to be one, will be easily persuaded to let one or more tap dancers into the Top 20. And NONE of them has really worked out.
Thus far, the ONLY ballroom dancer I can recall who even got into the Top 5 was, and still is, one of my all-time favorites: Chelsie Hightower. And I continue to contend she should have been there in that Final 4, rather than Courtney Galiano. Courtney, however, must be a hard worker, since they're still keeping her around -- along with Robert Roland -- as one half of their choreography teaching team. And when they did the tour that fall, Courtney got almost ALL of the mike time. She was A NATURAL comedian -- playing off Gev. I just didn't think she was half the DANCER Chelsie was... Katee, on the other hand, well, I was always too busy watching Chelsie to pay attention, so I'll defer to the rest of you who say she's one of the best of all seasons.
One other thing I find interesting/curious... I started watching in Season 3, and from that point on, they'd show clips of the current, or most recent season, as opening and commercial break-away montages. UNTIL Season 5 ended. Ever since then they've STUCK with the montage they made of Jeanine, Kayla, Brandon, Evan and whoever was 5th. While I agree that was a good season and that's a good montage, I still wonder why they just decided to STICK with that one... Maybe "just as good as any?"