So You Think You Can Dance

Paula Abdul's back to dance, after some detours


"So You Think You Can Dance" is clearly the best reality show on TV, sparked by skilled contestants, clever choreography and judges who care about what they're doing. Now Paula Abdul has joined the judging panel; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Let's forget any
talk about aptitude tests and vocational guidance. Paula Abdul made
her decision early.

One more time: Here are the "Dance" champs


In a late -- and wise -- move, Fox has decided to rerun its "So You Think You Can Dance" finale tonight (8-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13).

The finale offers a terrific, two-hour stretch of dancing, then picks instantly likable champions. Alas, I'm about to spoil the surprise on that; here's the story I sent to papers, interviewing the winners:

"Dance" talent comes in all sizes and shapes


For years, I've felt "So You Think You Can Dance" is TV's best summer show. Now it's heading toward its finale; here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


The right dance moves soar on TV


There's some superb dance on TV these days, much of it coming from an interlocking set of friends. Now comes "All the Right Moves," a dance show that focuses on a new group that includes the brilliant choreography of Travis Wall. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

LOS ANGELES – For some people,
choreographing is Phase Two. It's something old dancers try.

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.

 

By MIKE HUGHES

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

The many sides of a "Dance" champion


OK, I've been obsessing lately on "So You Think You Can Dance."

You can tell that by reading the recent blogs. (Hey, I promise to move on now.) You can also tell that I'm happy Melanie Moore won. Here's the interview I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

As the “So You Think You Can Dance”
season began, viewers figured they knew Melanie Moore.

"Dance": A non-surprise can be nice


Sure, surprises are nice. Sometimes, however, the lack of one is fine.

I had predicted (see previous blog) the finish -- Melanie Moore first, Sasha Mallory second, Mark Germar third, Tadd Gadduang fourth. Chances are, many people did.

From the beginning, Moore stood out. She had:

-- The talent. As Mary Murphy mentions (see two blogs ago), judges were impressed from her first audition.

-- The look. Her roundish face is distinctive and retro, suitable for any 1923 calendar. People notice her instantly.

Dance finale: An impressive front-runner and room for surprises


A strong "So You Think You Can Dance" season wraps up Wednesday and Thursday, with four sensational young dancers.

My previous blog looks at the two who just missed the finale. I'll also blog after the Wednesday and Thursday shows; here's the story I sent to papers, previewing those shows:

By MIKE HUGHES 

Even in a room stuffed with TV stars,
Melanie Moore gets noticed.

"Dance": Yes, reality TV changes lives


To some viewers, reality shows seem
bright and brash and maybe silly. To others, they're life-changing.

Caitlynn Lawson and Ricky Jaime can
attest to the latter. Both were ousted Thursday from “So You Think
You Can Dance,” just missing next week's four-dancer finale.

“We don't even have to go home,”
said Lawson, who will rehearse for the finale and then the tour. “If
you're going to be cut, this is the best time.”

"Dance": Steamy, sexy and Pillow Pets


TV's best summer show -- yes, that's still "So You Think You Can Dance" -- is nearing to its finale. On Wednesday and Thursday, it trims to its final four. Here's the story I sent to papers, interviewing the dancers just ousted:

By MIKE HUGHES

Let's agree that Jordan Casanova gave
out mixed signals on “So You Think You Can Dance.”