Saturday, June 30, 2007

So You Think You Can Dance: No Sympathy From FOX

Over the last 48 hours, there has been quite an uproar over the elimination of hip hop dancer Jessi Peralta. Peralta had been hospitalized twice in the last two weeks for dehydration, causing her to miss Wednesday night's dance show. Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe announced that if she were healthy enough to dance Thursday, she would have to dance for her life, regardless of her partner Pasha Kovalev's reults. Jessi did return, able to perform her cha cha with her partner, and dance for her life. Yet, without any explanation, Lythgoe abruptly dismissed her on Thursday's live results show despite disappointing performances from other female dancers. Outraged by the results, viewers took to the message boards such as Television Without Pity & FOX's official site. A petition was started, receiving thousands of signatures. FOX had only the following response: on their main page, they simply state: "You knew two more would get cut. Keep it together." Ouch.

CLICK HERE to read RealityCheckByGina's interview with Jessi Peralta & Jesus Solorio below.


Ben said...

I'm new to your blog but the coverage you provide is fantastic. All this background news really helps flesh out TV series more than just watching them alone would do.

Fox's comment about "keeping it together" was rather rude. Rather no comment than something that could potentially drive fans away. Aw well, drama is good for TV too.

Anonymous said...

If that's their response to the fans of the show then we can fight back. They're giving us the finger so let's give it right back at them. Turn off the show.

Anonymous said...

I cannot stand the judging system in this show. I have stopped watching and I just check the internet as to who got booted. I will only watch again after Cedric gets kicked out. His dancing is very limited and should not have been allowed to stay.