It’s a very brutal show this year. They’re cursed with talent, no clear dancer jumping ahead of the pack, and some bad luck with viewer voting. It was particularly disappointing to lose the female dancer we did this week, just because we never heard why. I agreed with Nigel — none of them danced very convincingly for their life this week. The one I thought was interesting, at least, was the one they tossed. And Nigel just dismissed her without saying anything else. I know they were running a little short on time, but perhaps they should have accounted for that earlier in the show. I can’t blame her for being upset and unable to say anything.
Cedric making it through another week was almost predictable. Given that the judges had already given him a hanging sentence the previous night, anyone who cared one bit for the kid was going to vote for him ten times over. No dance scholarship at Debbie Allen’s school will soothe the pitchforks as they storm the castle.
Speaking of whom, Debbie Allen was mostly useless. She fulfilled the usual Guest Judge role of loving everyone. I think there was only one exception on the night. Too bad.
And Pasha did well with the partner he was given at the last moment. Obviously, some of the moves had to be changed at the last minute, but he was a real trooper and danced with the doughiest dancer ever seen on TV.
Due to a foul up, I watched the performances on standard def TV, zoomed in and stretched out to fit the screen. It was like watching video over the Real player in 2000. Just painful. Not quite as jerky, but definitely just as much washed out and pixellated.
The results show I got to watch on FOXHD, and the difference couldn’t be clearer. The images were clear, the colors were solid and bright, everything jumped right off the screen. I can’t wait to see performances next week in the higher definition format.