I am a recent convert to SYTYCD. It helped to get me through my summer of unemployment and gave me something to look forward to every week. I was rooting for Joshua and Katee since the first routine they did to “No Air.” We were all thrilled here when he eventually won.
Now, I am watching SYTYCD Canada and I have to say the talent is easily as good as or better than the American version. I have not learned all of the contestants’ names but Lisa and Tamina are early stand outs for me. The one thing I am annoyed about with this version of SYTYCD is one of the judges Jean-Marc Generaux. He seems incapable of commenting on performances of dancers without saying something horribly sexist. I just want to skip through him every single time he is on the screen. I am not sure why the network thinks this is ok. At one point, last week, he was actually encouraging a male dancer to grope his partner saying something along the lines of “if I had three hands I would have them all over her.” It was disgusting and demeaning and completely unnecessary. Given that he is a ballroom expert you would think he would have something new to add when he is judging those routines but he doesn’t. His style seems to be to reiterate what other judges have said and throw in a sexist comment. I certainly hope he is not going to be on every single episode.
Nigel Lythgoe has his own quirks from the American version. He seems to target male dancers who do not seem ‘masculine’ enough for him. To me, these comments appear rooted in homophobia and are just as bad as Jean-Marc Generaux’s sexist comments. I say bring Mary on – she is loud and she screams but at least she is not sexist or homophobic adn she always has something new to add to the comments.