Simon Lythgoe

From ballet to belly: "Dance" adds variety

We're getting to the good part of "So You Think You Can Dance." The 20 finalists have had their first chances to impress viewers; next Wednesday (July 18), two will be sent home. Here's the story I sent to papers.



In some years, “So You Think You Can
Dance” has moved along like a disciplined chorus line.

"Idol" finale: Quiet kids seek loud success

OK, by now I'm reasonably excited about the "American Idol" finale, Tuesday and Wednesday. My original bitterness -- Joshua Ledet, maybe the best "Idol" singer ever, is gone -- is subsiding; this will still be fun.

I've sent papers two versions of an "Idol"-finale story, the second one adding comments from Jimmy Iovine, the show's mentor. Here's that version:


"Dance": Must we be happy, happy, happy?

OK, this whole happy-happy-happy thing has gone too far.

It was pleasant at first, to see the "American Idol" judges being so cheerful. I sort of believed them, because it was an exceptionally good year for contestants.

But now that has spilled over to "So You Think You Can Dance," the best of the network summer shows. Judges keep praising everyone, all the time. That peaked tonight, when the judges couldn't get themselves to eject anyone.