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SYTYCD Australia – Officially No Longer & Congrats to Host Natalie on her Engagement

SO YOU Think You Can Dance was officially axed by Channel 10 last night – as news leaked that Aussie heartthrob Adam Garcia has been tipped to become a judge on a rival show.

Got To Dance will begin filming in Oz later this year, with plans for it to air on Fox 8. The latest TV dance comp will fill the void left by SYTYCD, which has been officially killed off after three series – just as we reported last month.

A Ten spokeswoman told us: “We have officially decided not to go ahead with So You Think You Can Dance Australia for 2011 but continue discussions with FremantleMedia Australia regarding the show’s future beyond this point.”

Currently a judge on the popular British version of Got To Dance, Garcia is tipped to headline the local version while he’s in Oz to star in the upcoming stage version of Tap Dogs.

Got To Dance will follow a competition format but unlike SYTYCD, which was open to solo dancers up to 35 years of age, groups or individuals of any age can enter.

The English version has been a solid performer here in Australia for Fox 8 and a big hit for digital channel Sky1 in the UK, attracting an average of one million viewers.

An American version of the show has also been scheduled in the US.

Foxtel picked up the new dance format at the MIPTV media market conference in France earlier this year.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who hosted SYTYCD, is believed to be off contract with Ten but the network is poised to announce a similar performance project soon.

Also Congrats to Natalie who became recently engaged to her boyfriend Cameron. No news on the baby yet another month to go. Here’s the official News!

NATALIE Bassingthwaighte is sporting an eye-catching diamond sparkler after her long-time partner Cameron McGlinchey popped the question.

The engagement came last week, with the couple expecting their first child next month.

“They are delighted,” Bassingthwaighte’s spokeswoman Anna McAllan told Confidential yesterday.

“It is very recent and they arevery happy.” Bassingthwaighte and McGlinchey started dating in 2006 after meeting when Bassingthwaighte joined the electro-pop group The Rogue Traders.

“For us, it was always about the time being right,” McGlinchey said in May of parenthood. “Now the time is right. It’s an opportunity to bring something good into the world.”

Share your thoughts on the Axe of SYTYCD it’s a bit disappointing, but I don’t understand why they still have The Biggest Loser on.

July 12, 2010 I Written By

Alex Wong on Good Day LA

Here is an interview from this morning on Good Day LA. Alex tweeted the link earlier. Enjoy and to stay updated on Alex if you are on twitter follow him @alexdwong. Send him some love since he is having surgery tomorrow.

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Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

SYTYCD: New Season Wish

So after all this talk of what we could like to see in next season’s So You Think You Can Dance… Nigel pulls a comment that Alex would be invited back to the show next season… which begs the question HOW?

Alex has already competed, he’s been part of the show for a few weeks, undoubtedly he’s one of the more popular dancers that actually has been stepping up to the plate. Had it not been for his injury he would most likely move further into the competition… But the problem is that technically in accordance to rules of the past seasons, once a dancer has competed they would not be eligible to try out for the show again.

But that brought about the possibility of bringing Alex back as an All Star (as suggested by ahs). Which would make sense, considering that he is a favorite, but the problem is that we haven’t seen him really stretch to his full potential. And if he comes back as an All Star he would be pigeon-holed, in a way, into ballet and other types of styles that he’s best at rather than spreading his wings and growing.

So why not take that a step further? To let Alex compete as an All Star by having a season where all the dancers are “All Stars” and they compete against one another to prove their growth to the judges and America. After all Nigel mentioned that Comfort has grown. Mia has mentioned that Allison has grown leaps and bounds as a dancer since her time on SYTYCD. Obviously Travis has also grown as a dancer (to become a well received choreographer).

So how about it? Next Season have all twenty dancers be past competitors from the first six seasons. Have them prove that they have grown as dancers in a similar or variation of the current format. This way Alex Wong can come back as an All Star AND be able to compete as he goes against the best of the best.

While we are at it, some of the our favorite dancers that didn’t get their chance to be part of the top twenty/ten could participate too (I’m looking at you Ryan Kasprzak). But instead of making this your traditional summer show, it could be a shortened fall season. So instead of twenty dancers squeeze it down to ten and use the new format of eliminating one per week…

I believe this solution would work out best while keeping in with rules of the competition without making a point of bending/breaking them. They already bent them for Billy Bell when he was on the Showcase episode but got sick before he had a chance to compete, and again for Brandon Dumlao who competed for one show but was immediately let go.

Because I don’t know about you guys, but for me, the more they don’t adhere to their own set rules and continue to bend and break them based on favoritism the less respect I feel for them as a whole… and if I’m losing respect for them, then so is a good portion of the viewing audience, which would turn into a ratings drop and then the show that we all once loved would be dropped from the lineup.

But that’s just me.

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)