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I agree. Where were the real "dancers"? I hope this doesn't mean we'll be focused on hip-hop.
I didn't care for the filmed-look and shiny gleaming look of the whole thing with high-tech "glam cam" 360-degree nonsense, again with the screaming audience of young people. Reminded me very much of J-Lo and Derek's "World of Dance" or E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet". Even Cat didn't seem to be having a good time.
Very much no longer "personal", which is what I felt when the auditorium was rented for the day and the dancers-to-come plus family would be in the seats, and there was "cue music" and then some "quiet" stage dancing to music, and then Nigel's raised hand to stop the music, and then sensible quiet commentary.
Now it's super-enthusiastic WOW! THAT WAS AMAZING! and nothing seemingly genuine or constructive. Dominic is not a great personality, and he's put on weight. He also may have been part of a "dance crew", but I don't find that appealing. Laurieann Gibson is also not my kind of choreographer, say like Wade Robson used to be. And also has some weight on her. Not that I'm trying to body-shame here and tie that to negative dance skill (think Mia Michaels and Mandy Moore who are both fabulous choreographers), but it's just the constant-smile constant-enthusiasm personalities of these two judges that doesn't appeal to me. How about Tyce Diorio, who obviously didn't want to be involved at this level.
Anyway, it was all over in a flash. One hour in a fish bowl like this went by very quickly, with nothing memorable, and nothing to "edit/clip for posterity". I actually enjoyed the "road trip" audition method of all seasons past much more. Let's hope it improves. At the very least let's hope we really end up with some genuinely terrific dancers after the "Academy".
They're obviously trying to appeal to young-uns, for ratings. I tried J-Lo's show twice, and then couldn't stand the format. So maybe I'm also not the target demo for this new SYTYCD aproach. I'm not wowed with the upside-down dancer freeze photo that's possible with 360-degree camera technology, which is better used analyzing a golf swing!