Gardencrown July 11, 2014 Share July 11, 2014 Bring back Dee just for the rehearsal footage and I'll be happy. I live for Dee and his deadpan delivery to the camera when explaining his piece to the viewers. Then to see his reaction after the dance in the audience as if he were at a funeral. I swear he's in a competition with himself to see what they'll let him get away with as far as bringing in props on stage. He's had a piano that served as a casket; a bathtub, ladder, lightbulbs, pillows, apples...etc. I do love him for being different and not making his pieces about angst and loss all of the time. Oh dog, yes! YES! You're right, thirteenthjuror -- these are precisely the reasons I enjoy Dee. Plus, his choreo actually is a little more fresh. I agree with all that Travis is becoming unbearably repetitive. And I think the following is true, waving feather, though I am loath to admit it: The best contemporary choreographer we had on the show is still Mia. Like her or not, she has produced the most memorable routines over the course of a few seasons (Let the Drummer Kick, anyone?). Mia had gotten so noxious, so toxic imo in her critiques (I will never forget Season 7 when she and Shankman were so cruel to one of the dancers, AdeChike. They were pretty rude during the show, but then they really really talked shit about him in some coverage afterwards, basically saying that they couldn't see why everyone was giving him a standing ovation as he was leaving.) that I lost sight of some of her truly great choreo. Not all of it, of course, but some of it was super-cool -- "Ethna," "Let the Drummer Kick," "Gravity," Alice in Wonderland...all those come to mind. And not everything had to be angsty love story. She is, at least, a choreographer who seems interested in all the different shapes the human body can make, and when she's good, she's really good. Gawd, Nigel is turning into even more of a windbag with every episode. First he had to bring up the Germany-Brazil game and then use that as an excuse to quote Winston Churchill. Please STFU! If he absolutely must blather on, I wish he would at least be more succinct. It's so easy: "You're all great and we don't want to see any of you come home. No matter who is eliminated, this isn't the end for any of you. Good luck!" And finally, ElectricBoogaloo, THIS. 1000X this. I have complained that the dancers' intro packages are shorter. It's because Nigel's blathering gets longer and longer. It's amazing to go back and compare an episode of say, Season 4, to now. Nigel seems to think that this is his personal platform for...well, everything. 'Cause god knows, Nigel has an opinion, be it World Cup soccer, what constitutes masculinity, or Mary's hair, and if you're watching the show, then you're goddamned well going to hear his opinion. It's not just judging the dancers anymore -- it's all a giant circle-jerk where Nigel seems to be searching for validation for his many opinions and his self-perceived stature in "bringing dance to the masses." And I will say this, as I've said before: when this show gets cancelled, I lay it at the feet of this man's enormous ego and his inability (ironically) to receive critique and improve from it. Many people have said in many different forums/venues that Nigel's the biggest part of what doesn't work on the show. Toning his attitude down and letting the dancing speak for itself...yeah... It's sad. Because I believe he does love dance. But he can't get himself out of the way for the greater good. Oh, and one thing I feel must be whispered because saying it aloud could maybe trap him like a leprechaun, and please no, I don't want to do that: We haven't seen Tyce yet. 3 Link to comment
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