Do I think I can dance? No, unless “dance” is interpreted so loosely as to include an even more spastic rendition of Steve Martin’s Happy Feet. But I love to watch great dancing, so Fox’s “So you think you can dance” is a Wednesday night joy for Laurel and me.
If you haven’t been watching the show, give it a try tonight. We’ve been following the remaining sixteen dancers (eight guys and eight girls) from the beginning, so have our favorites and unfavorites. They’re all talented, for sure, but some are more deserving of winning the competition than others.
My bet is on Blake and Melody. Allan is an evident crowd favorite because of his rotund undancerlike body and his likable personality. And when he performs hip-hop, his specialty, he rocks.
We’re just waiting for him to draw “Quickstep” from the hat (each week the dancers pick out a slip that determines the style they have to perform on the next program), which will reveal whether Allan has more moves than hip-hop in his repertoire.
If you’re opposed to reality shows because they’re so mean-spirited, know that “So you think you can dance” is a warm and fuzzy competition.
Whereas Survivor makes you leave the island immediately after you’ve been voted off, this program engages in a seemingly endless series of “good luck, you’re really a great dancer” praise from the judges, hugs and kisses from the other competitors, and a farewell performance where the booted dancer gets to show off his or her stuff one more time.