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Will’s “So You Think You Can Dance” exit. Travesty or justice?
Were you stunned by Will Wingfield’s departure on “So You Think You Can Dance”, or did you predict a well-deserved upset?
Whether Will’s demise was a travesty or poetic justice depends on who you ask. Purists are no doubt appalled that arguably the best male dancer this season even ended up in the bottom four. Yet for fans who’ve bristled all season at the judges’ effusive gushing over renowned choreographer Debbie Allen’s protege, it may have simply turned them off Will altogether.
But viewers now have the upper hand, and the votes, and Will may have been hindered by his relative lack of stage charisma compared to Twitch, Mark Kanemura and Joshua Allen.
The voter backlash may also explain why Mark is inexplicably still safe (much to his own shock — his incredulous expression was perhaps the best moment of the night).
We all love Mark (who could forget “Bleeding Love”?), but even he must have known what he was up against: “I will not be in the bottom…” was written on his paper prop for the detention-themed hip hop routine with Comfort. Sensing the danger he was in, fans clearly heard the call and rallied.
The ever popular Twitch also seemed to have pulled off stronger performances with partner Katee Shean this week than Joshua, who fell out of his spin during the disco routine with Chelsie Hightower.
But it was Joshua who escaped unscathed by viewers and the judges. The panel ignored the mistake along with stiff transitions and mediocre dancing and raved about the performance.
Was Will’s departure a wake-up call or a hint of things to come? And with only two weeks left, who will stay on the hot-tamale train?