So true. I also found the judges deliberation in Season 1 funny. The tables were set up into a U shape without skirting and they crammed 2.5 to 3 people per table. I would’ve been so uncomfortable sitting there. The evolution of deliberations would be interesting to see.
Brooke Sorensen comes up a lot in this thread. I found it interesting that Judy called her a great technical dancer. Then, cut to Brooke doing a truncated leap in her solo while being very tight. So, the bar was lower then (or the editing worse). Just as it was even lower in the 70s and 80s. Although she is a bit more reserved than KaShara, I think of Brooke as the life of a party. The sort of girl you want to have a beer with. Sexier than beautiful and approachable. I can see how she became the star in her later seasons.
Judy talks. Some of the most insightful and raw moments were hers in the early years. Now, we barely get any Judy comments. I miss the old Judy.
Cassie. She has strange features, and bangs didn’t help matters. In her fifth season, they were able to optimize her— body, hair, makeup, etc. She looks downright sexy in the fifth year team photo. But still, she’s a strange looking girl. No way she’d make it without nepotism, but she did well with what she has. As a mother now, she’s just not trying as hard and god bless her—it’s her right.
DCC you didn’t see. There is so much unused footage over 14 years, I’d love to see CMT put together clips of stuff that didn’t make the show for one reason or another. They did some of this in recent years, but it is limited. For example, run the full Vivian poem in split screen with Kelli and Judy’s reactions. Extended cuts of the cuts. Every girl’s fitting and their conversations with Kelli. Erica existing in Season 12.