Ugh. Now I feel even worse. Tonight, on So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe and his fellow judges eliminated a really popular contestant–the charismatic tap dancer, Nick Young.
Backstage, Nigel told reporters, “When I saw who was in the bottom (Ricky and Ryan, Missy and Wadi, and Iveta and Nick) I was intending in my heart of hearts that we keep Nick and we keep Iveta.”
But, said Nigel, “I couldn’t keep Nick having watched Ricky’s performance tonight. We asked them to dance for their lives and the passion that he danced with this evening was just fantastic. It was hard, but we had to let Nick go.”
So, Nigel changed his vote at the last minute. I still don’t get it. I don’t care how well Ricky danced, it’s what he’s got the potential to bring to the rest of the competition that matters. Nick brought a unique style to the cast. Ricky is a fine dancer, but he’s not that interesting.
Nigel turns around and contradicted himself when he explains why he saved Ryan instead of Iveta or Missy, “With the girls it was more of a question of how well are they going to proceed in the competition. It’s a waste of time keeping them this week if they’re going to be cut next week. So who will grow the most? We had a little discussion and we felt Ryan would grow more.”
When Nick was asked whether he wished the judges had sent someone home last week, he said, “Yeah. I think a lot of us had that feeling…maybe they saw something, people they didn’t want to cut last week, and they were just waiting for this decision to be made. Maybe they had an easier decision today.”
Bingo. If Nigel had sent dancers home last week, Nick and Iveta would probably have survived this week, although that Bollywood did neither of them any favors.