August 09, 2011 06:47 AM by Lisa Princ
As the season draws to a close on So You Think You Can Dance this week, our favorite “hot tamale” took some to chat with the press about the talent this season. What did Mary Murphy have to say?
Question: Can you tell us what struck you about Melanie and Sasha?
Mary Murphy: With Melanie, you know it’s just such a weird thing because the very second that we saw her, she took our breathe away. We immediately thought we hadn’t quite seen that quality at an audition before. Every week she is so interesting to watch – she has this amazing power and technique that makes her look effortless.
With Sasha, she is that fighter, she is the underdog. When we put her through to the top 20 in Vegas she got our attention. Did we think she would go this far? I am not so sure. What we saw emerge was this magnificent dancer. I mean, her stage presence, fearlessness…she didn’t have the technique Melanie had, but she overcame that during her journey. We can’t underestimate her.
I thought Sasha was coming along, like Janine, she went a little under the radar, but in the last couple weeks Sasha has had memorable performances with standing ovations. She brought us to tears
in her raw emotion. Something has magically happened that we are drawn to her, and when she did that Tyce Diorio piece, she was unbelievable. I don’t think anyone could have done that like she did.
Question: Is is too hard for ballroom dancers on the show?
Mary Murphy: No, we have plenty of ballroom dancers on the show, and one that has won the show. We just didn’t get a lot try out this season, and we were really tough on the ones they did. Sometimes we didn’t give them the pass so to speak, and we will will be pushing harder next year, but
we definitely need more on the show. There are a lot of ballroom dancers out there, but most will not take a beat off their tour or goal to do this show.
Question: Can you tell us about Tadd’s growth as compared to Ricky’s?
Mary Murphy: Someone like Ricky comes in at a high level technique with good performances, and I am not sure why America didn’t vote him in. Tadd, when you have a B Boy that can
transform that quickly, mid-season, I started to think I am not surprised anymore. Tadd’s techniques are getting better, he is just unbelievable and there is something very special about him. Marko and Tadd both have this spiritual quality about them, and you feel that live in the audience. They are both very special, you don’t always get that. They are very genuine and sincere young men.
Question: Are you surprised by anyone in the finale?
Mary Murphy: I don’t think I am surprised. I thought Ricky might go in, but when you think about Tadd’s journey, I am not surprised. Every week that kid is outside of his style, he is never in his style. Considering what Tadd had to do out of all contestants, he has been tremendous. He was down
in bottom several times, but he is a fighter.
Question: Who was the hardest to send home?
Mary Murphy: I didn’t really want to see Iveta go home. For sure I thought she could have stayed a few more weeks and she had just grown so much. She had given up so much in the ballroom roll, while she keeps her current world champion title. I certainly admired her for wanting this and taking time away for us. I am thrilled that she made the top 20, that is what she wanted and she was very happy. I was hoping she’d make a few more shows though.
Question: How do you respond to viewers who say that Melanie and Sasha have had somewhat of an easy road to the finale?
Mary Murphy: That’s part of the competition, maybe that’s true, but that is luck of the draw, there is no conspiracy going on. In the finale, it will be the luck of what type of music, what choreography – it is kind of a destiny and out of anyone’s control.
Question: Why did you feel so strongly about the “whacking” routine last week not being strong enough?
Mary Murphy: Part of show is taking people out of their comfort zone, but whacking is miniscule. To me, I just didn’t think it was the right time to introduce something like that when you have others doing seriously strong dancing. I didn’t feel it was strong enough and was not the time for “cotton candy,” it was time to show someone at their strengths.
Question: Is anything that has struck you about this season?
Mary Murphy: Just that it has been hard to send anyone home. The week no one went home gave all of us gave great relief. This has been amazing season in that respect.
Question: Can you tell us anything about the finale?
Mary Murphy: They keep us in the dark more than anyone. The only one who knows anything is Nigel Lythgoe.
Question: How has your criteria changed this season?
Mary Murphy: I think it has, I think every season the talent seems to improve, just when you think you have seen anything, you haven’t. These kids push themselves to new limits each year. There is a lot more meaning after this many seasons. I mean, I have four and five-year-old’s walking up to me saying I am going to see you some day on So You Think You Can Dance.
Question: Did you get star struck with any of the celebrity judges this season?
Mary Murphy: The one I had the most fun with was Jesse, he was cracking me up. But, the absolute dearest person was Rob Marshall. He was the most supportive guy and a tremendous
guest judge. I hope we have him back again, the kids really respected him and he was so caring.
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