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Mary Murphy on 'SYTYCD': Sometimes it pays to be daring; sometimes not.


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The finale is here !!!! Wooohooooooooo!!!!

Talk about a season going FAST! I feel like the auditions were just yesterday. We have had so much fun watching all the talent. And fun at the judges’ table as well.

Speaking of judges, guest judge Christina Applegate was funny and so easy to get along with. I asked her what her favorite number of the night was, and she answered, hands down, it was Tyce Diorio’s contemporary starring Sasha with all-star Kent Boyd. This number had to hit home for so many of us, myself included. Most of us have a story from a time in our life where we have been put down or have had tremendous struggles. I can’t tell you how many times I have been knocked down and told I would not go anywhere in my life and that I’d be homeless if I ever left.

When Kent threw Sasha to the ground, I almost lost it. It’s as if it came from an emotional imprint from a past memory. Their emotion was so raw and organic that it just seemed to ooze out of them. Like Nigel said, dancing allows us to express things that sometimes we are unable to talk about. This was definitely one of the most memorable numbers of the season.


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A lot of controversy surrounded Sonya Tayeh’s jazz piece starring Eleanor and Tadd. I know the other judges did not agree with me, but this piece will be one we all remember. I felt Sonya went way out on a limb choreographically, and I think it paid off. As a choreographer on this show, it’s much easier to play it safe. We know what has worked in the past and when spending time on TV, it’s easy to get complacent. I felt Sonya was very daring. I do not posses the same courage she demonstrated. Whether you liked it or didn’t like it – and I’m not saying it was my favorite number of the night – it certainly had an impact.

Now lets get to the Waacking, starring Sasha and Ricky… This was a risky move for the show to pull a new dance style right before the finale. Sometimes the show has to take chances, but this time, it didn’t work for me. It’s always great to see a new style on the show, but we have to make sure that we show off the dancers’ strengths.

Last but not least, as far as the tour goes, I know the all-stars are not going to be on the tour this year. As far as alternates go, I still have no idea. Sorry.

Can’t wait to crown our new winner next week. Keep on dancing everybody!

Stepping off for now

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