'So You Think You Can Dance' could waltz off with Emmy
Jeanine Mason was named the winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" last night. She proved to be the people's choice because of her own charms and her ability to execute the difficult dance routines week after week. Jeanine Martin sealed her victory by wowing this week with her solo number to "Por una Cabeza."
Though the dancers are front and center, the choreographers are equally important to the success of "So You Think You Can Dance." This year, they once again lead the Emmy race for choreography, earning four of the six slots. These nominated numbers were recreated on last week's show.
While Wade Robson – who won this race last year and in 2007 – is not among the "SYTYCD" crew nominated this year, his 2007 co-winner – Mia Michaels – did land a nod. She choreographed last night's number "One" from "A Chorus Line." Also contending from "SYTYCD" are Tyce Diorio who devised the dance for "Brand New Day" last night and Dmitry Chaplin, Tabitha D'umo and Napoleon D'umo who handled "I Know You Want Me."
"Dancing With the Stars" managed just one nomination this year with Derek Hough and Julianne Hough in the race for teaching celebrities how to kick up their heels. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") rounds out the roster, landing his first Emmy nod for choreographing the Oscars.
This summer, "So You Think You Can Dance" is one of the hottest TV series on the air, drawing nearly 8 million viewers an episode. Such intense interest in this sizzling show can only help to give it an extra kick in Emmy voting. The Fox summer smash about everyday folk vying for a chance to dance has won the choreography Emmy for the last two years in a row, while the ABC hit that pairs celebrities with professional dancers has been an Emmy also-ran for three years running.
Last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" contended in three of the five slots, with "Dancing with the Stars" earning a single nod for Julianne Hough and "High School Musical 2" competing as well. Two years ago, "Dancing With the Stars" was the lone loser, while the high-energy "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys for choreography and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" won a third. And three years ago, despite three nominations, "Dancing With the Stars" was left on the sidelines as "High School Musical" won the only Emmy awarded for choreography.
Overall, the boffo ratings of "Dancing With the Stars" have not translated into much Emmy gold. Three years ago, the show went two for six, with wins for technical direction and costumes. Two years ago, it was blanked at the Emmys despite eight nods, while last year it took two of its eight bids, with wins for technical direction and makeup.