Mary Murphy Talks So You Think You Can Dance Changes

Mary Murphy is coming back to So You Think You Can Dance 8 next summer, it’s been reported. She just finished up a season as judge of Canadian SYTYCD.

After Denys Drozdyuk, was crowned the winner at last night’s SYTYCD Canada finale, the queen of scream talked to reporters about some of the changes we can expect for SYTYCD 8:

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“We’re probably going back to the way that we used to do it and they’re going to keep the all-stars as well, so they’re going to do half of the show the way it used to be done and the later half of the show with the all-stars. How that’s going to work out, exactly, I’m not sure yet because does that mean we increase the season if we start off with 20 dancers? Or we may be kicking more dancers off than one couple at a time. So it’ll be very interesting to see how that plays.”

“Everybody knew they had somebody that was a pro in that division, someone that they can go home and practice with and know that they know what they’re talking about, ” she says.

“When you get two different styles together and then they draw another style that they know nothing of, we’re all sitting at home and we’re sitting there as judges going, ‘Oh my gosh, this might be a train wreck!’ … But when they do it halfway good you’re like, all fired up over it. We didn’t have that this season.”

Murphy says she suspects audiences missed seeing dancers “really challenged” from the beginning, adding that “it makes for a bigger journey” when dancers pull off a new dance style without an expert’s help.

Last spring, series creator Nigel Lythgoe announced changes that included the introduction of SYTYCD all-stars to serve as partners for the contestants.  The Top 20 was cut down to a Top 10 to accommodate the new pairings.  Unfortunately, ratings took a hit this summer, sending Nigel back to retool.

I missed seeing the newbies dance together and either create magic…or not. Yet, I thought the all-stars helped the contestants up their game.  Bringing back the Top 20 and introducing the all-stars at the Top10 would be the best of both worlds.  What do you think?

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14 Comments

  1. I totally agree. I like both formats, and I think there’s a way to fusion the two together.

  2. I think I’ll like them mixing it up this way. I’m not looking forward to Mary Murphy being back though. She’s a sweet person, but her voice gets on my last nerve. Oh, and the hot tamale train is right up there with ‘dawg, it’s just aight with me’

  3. I missed seeing the newbies dance together and either create magic…or not. Yet, I thought the all-stars helped the contestants up their game. Bringing back the Top 20 and introducing the all-stars at the Top10 would be the best of both worlds. What do you think?

    I think that I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts. And I’m looking forward to how it will be done on the show. Good for Nigel for being willing to re-tool and seeing that the possible magic of good contestant couples, is something that needed to be brought back. The AS dacing with the dancers later, is a good way to introduce them.

    And scream and all, I’m glad Mary is back. I think the panel needed a voice for ballroom on it. And I’ll take her screams and hot tamale trains over Mia’s dourness, any day. Plus hopefully this means we’ll get more of Mia doing what she’s actually good at, which is doing choreo.

  4. Bringing back the Top 20 and introducing the all-stars at the Top10 would be the best of both worlds. What do you think?

    This would be awesome

    Did you see this picture that truthiness posted in headlines…possible All Stars for next season

    Benji Schwimmer (S2), Sabra Johnson (S3), Caitlin Kinney (S5), Mollee Gray (S6), Evan Kasprzak (S5), Randi Evans (S5), Ellenore Scott (S6), Legacy Perez (S6), Brandon Bryant (S5) and Kupono Aweau (S5)

    http://www.sytycdism.com/2010/10/25/spoilers-sytycd-season-8-all-stars-leaked/

  5. And scream and all, I’m glad Mary is back. I think the panel needed a voice for ballroom on it. And I’ll take her screams and hot tamale trains over Mia’s dourness, any day. Plus hopefully this means we’ll get more of Mia doing what she’s actually good at, which is doing choreo.

    haha Truthiness ITA let Mia choreograph and let Mary scream haha

  6. Bringing back the Top 20 and introducing the all-stars at the Top10 would be the best of both worlds. What do you think?

    I’m a fan of this idea as well.

    Count me in the “glad to see Mary back” column. Even with her excessive decibels, I still enjoy her as a judge. She’s the best one at educating the audience (i.e. telling us why what we just watched was proper ballroom technique or not), and I appreciate that. Plus, I really just don’t like Mia as a person.

  7. Hooray on Mary coming back. She was missed. I love how she can be supportive and critique the dancers without being mean about it. Can’t stand that awful Mia and I really don’t like her dances either. Benji? Ugh. Most of my favorite all stars were on last season – wish the same ones would come back. And Nigel – when are you going to start pushing for Cat to get an emmy for best host – I mean really, she is the best.

  8. Dear goodness — please anyone but Mia Michaels. Plus, at least now we get someone who actually WILL critique ballroom beyond “Kent, stop making the mopey faces!”

  9. I love Mary Murphy! I love Mia but she is better at teaching the routines! I also love the concept of returning to the orginial way things were done with the top 20 and also keeping the pro’s at top 10. Does anyone know if Alex will be able to be in next summer’s SYTYCD? If he is well enough and he wants to do it I don’t think he should even have to audition, just push him in the top 20!

  10. From what I recall, should Alex want to return, he will skip auditions. He really is a great dancer, and might have made a difference in the Finale.

    She’s the best one at educating the audience (i.e. telling us why what we just watched was proper ballroom technique or not), and I appreciate that.

    This is such a great point. Educating the viewer. I did miss Mary. My daughter and I attended the SYTYCD Tour last week, and it was exciting with some great new performances. Some may remember I love Disco… the Group Disco number was awe-inspiring, and my favorite of the night. The Bollywood numbers were terrific too.

    I wish we could see some of the dancers from SEASON 1. It’s like that season never happened. They were fabulous dancers.

  11. Oops, I meant to say that I wish they had more ballroom dancers in the show. I believe there were one or two dances in this style. With Mary returning, we might see more of these styles. Nigel did mention something along this line.

  12. I’m glad she’ll be back. I like her joyful craziness better than Mia’s melodrama.

  13. I’ll tell Nigel how to fix his show.

    1) Scrap the all-stars. Yes, it was nice to see the old familiar faces. But, the new talent should be able to progress and develop on their own without the crutch of the all-star talent and all-star personality. To me, having the all-stars there eclipsed the new talent and often, I focused more on the all-star during the dance than the new dancer. I felt I knew the new dancers less and formed less of a connection with each one (which is what you want your viewer to do in these voting reality shows). Go back to the original format. It worked.

    2) Stop judging with a personal agenda. Nothing bothers a viewer more than feeling that the judges are being dishonest. It is obvious when the judges are trying to help a favorite contestant move forward by giving them a favorable (yet undeserved) critique or when talented contestants who are not the favorite-children of the judges are overlooked or even undeservedly criticized. SYTYCD judges have gotten very dishonest.

    3) Stop casting for cliched types. Cast great dancers. We don’t need more of the Legacy-type B-Boy dancer (find a different kind). We are all familiar with that type. Stop casting the cutie-pie teen heartthrob (unless they are a GREAT dancer). Stop casting tappers just because they are tappers. One more time- cast great dancers, not people who you think will become a popular “type” that has been successful in the past.

    4) Cut the judging commentary WAY down in length. Keep it short and sweet. The SYTYCD judges drone on and on and on. It’s boring.

    5) Cut down on the awkward interactions between the dancers and Cat and the dancers and the judges. I like some of it, as that’s how we get to know the dancers. But, these segments seem to be drag on into infinity. The dancers mug for the camera endlessly, doing cutsy faces and hand gestures and it’s tiring after awhile.

    6) Choreograph GREAT dances for the contestants. People love seeing the dances on this show. They love being moved by the dances. The choreographing has slipped over the past few seasons and the show seems to have come to rely on just a few choreographers which makes the dances seem a bit stale.

    7) Get rid of the enormous stage.

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