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No Cat on the grill, no ‘Bleeding Love’ — just Joshua getting it done on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

August 8, 2008

“And in the end the love you make is equal to the love you take.”

Beatles, anyone? Or how about the delicious karmic justice of So You Think You Can Dance, whose voters rightly rewarded Joshua as this season’s hoofing hero given his clearly superior talents, rather than going the easy route of persona, back-story, sex appeal, charm or sheer popularity.

Such elements alone would have made voters switch to Twitch, a lovable guy who truly grew throughout this competition. But just as male dancers have an unfair advantage in strength and power, making it tough for women to prevail, Joshua was the dominant male in those categories, even if Twitch mastered some amazing lifts. And Joshua’s fierce spins and barrel rolls still made me audibly gasp.

But Twitch did finish second, and Katee, by nudging Courtney for top female dancer, won an unexpected $50,000 prize, as bestowed by Cat. Joshua’s take was a quarter mil and a spot in Adam Shankman’s dance movie, which got so much free publicity via this telecast that Shankman owed the show more than that mere morsel.

Wherever he winds up, Joshua is great and deserved to win — and how often can we say that about reality TV talent competitions? So bravo, America, for getting it right — and yes, my household put our money where our big mouth was, thanks to my wife’s diligent dialing to give Joshua his voting props.

As for Thursday’s two-hour results show, it fared much better than Wednesday’s two-hour performance finale, thanks to multiple reprises of the season’s best dances, including my personal favorite, Chelsie and Mark’s Bleeding Love, and my wife’s, Will and Katee’s Imagine pas de deux and Twitch and Katee’s Mercy, a rocky romance played out through a masterfully handled door.

That’s not to mention Joshua and Katee’s No Air, an emotional lyrical hip hop routine much in the vein of the same choreographers’ (Napoleon and Tabitha’s) Bleeding Love.

From Mary and Nigel dancing on stage (you’re right, Debbie Allen — all judges on this show should dance) to Cirque du Soleil’s wonderfully eerie number to the Jonas Brothers banal pop posing, the rest was needless extra icing on a cake which already was ready to eat. For me, it was enough seeing this show’s top dancers return to revisit their best routines, all remininding us what a dance-tastic season it’s been. Now it’s over and there’s a long wait till next year, but for Joshua, Twitch, Katee, Courtney, Will, Mark, Chelsie and others, their careers from here are just beginning. My thanks to you all. You did dance — and even TV itself — proud.

Was Cat Deeley’s ‘Dance’ stunt the real grill?

July 31, 2008

Sometimes I feel lonely. I feel I’m the only observor of show biz who really gets it and doesn’t buy the bull — who questions with eyes open, instead of slurping up each hype-heavy morsel with a goofy gulp. And such a time is now — now that bloggers have reacted to the stunt last night by So You Think You Can Dance hostess Cat Deeley.

Now, I love this show, and I love Cat as a hostess. She’s lively and fun and has a great British accent, by way of Birmingham (also home of Duran Duran). Like a den mother or doting big sister for the dancers in the cast, she’s always seemed a game gamine, ever ready to laugh and frolic while still keeping a smooth show-must-go-on professionalism, even with her fashion-victim frocks and absurdly overdone saloon-girl hair.

Well, on last night’s show, Cat was game, all right — more game than ever.

After Twitch performed his solo with a crunktastic fake gold “grill” popped into his mouth, Cat put her arm around him as he basked in applause and playfully donned his prop glasses. Then judge Nigel Lythgoe half-seriously nudged Cat to keep going by also wearing his “grill,” which was still in Twitch’s mouth.

Amazingly, Cat obliged, telling Twitch to fork it over and then, as the audience howled in disbelief, placing his spit-covered prop in her own mouth, where she wore it with the aplomb of a 17-year-old who’d been down with grills for most of his teen life. No biggie, just chillin’ and grillin’.

The crowd, of course, went wild — at least, they went wild over Cat’s pose with an absurd metal mouth. And now bloggers crow and go wild about what an audacious stunt it was, giving Cat major props for her zany (if icky) boldness.

But these bloggers fail to notice or mention a simple fact: Between the time Twitch took the grill from his mouth and Cat popped it in, the show’s editor cut to a different camera, and then back again. This is a misdirection trick as old as time when it comes to magic acts, and it clearly gave Cat a chance to don a different grill.

Keep in mind Dance’s Wednesday performance show is taped, not live, which allows all sorts of magic to occur of which you’re unaware. Like, how do the editors know to cue up the precise seconds of dance to which judges refer in their comments, only moments after the dance was performed? Because the show is on tape and they have time to do so, that’s how.

Similarly, a taped show would allow Cat to plan the stunt all along, have an alternate”grill” in her possession, and then, by the camera cutting, and perhaps by shaving off a few seconds, have a chance to slip that into her mouth while she or Twitch hid his grill, thus sparing herself the spit.

Now, I don’t know for a fact that this happened, but I know that’s how it easily could have happened, and I know that’s how I’d have handled it — no insult to Twitch, just basic sanitation concerns, ya know. Yet no one seems to have noticed the camera cut and the way out that it gave Cat. No one except me.

Hello? Is anyone watching with their brain switched on? Come on — it was just too fishy to swallow. I mean, why cut away from a “money” shot in progress? So show me a shot of Cat taking the grill straight from Twitch’s mouth and popping it in and I’ll believe you. Until then, this largely no-bull show may have fooled everyone else, but it hasn’t fooled me — lonely as that makes me feel.