Earlier tonight, Fox’s hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance” aired it’s Atlanta tryouts. After last year’s fiasco of Damon Bellmon and Deon Lewis aka D-Day, arguably stealing the original moves from Les Twins’ 2010 World of Dance San Diego performance, no one thought that we’d be seeing these two again anytime soon. Boooooy were we surprised!
I must admit, I admire their persistence and their ability to bounce back even through all of the hate mail, death threats, etc that they say that they have received in the last year. This time around, they seemingly performed their own moves (too early to tell, no one’s come forward yet), and explained a bit of the “confusion” on how it could be said that they stole Les Twins’ moves.
According to Deon, last year’s performance was “a tribute to ‘this group’ and it was taken the wrong way”. Hmmm, “tribute” you say? How is it a tribute when the premise of the show is to perform your own moves, yet more than 90 percent of your performance was identical to that of Les Twins’ performance? That’s not a “tribute” that full on thievery!
Later on in their explanation, the hostess asks the guys to swear on two SYTYCD DVDs to tell the truth. In his explanation, Damon states, “our thinking was, it was like killing two birds with one stone; not only are we showing that we’re great dancers, but that we can pick up choreography and make it our own,”. The hostess then proceeds to play a clip where Damon says that their routine was inspired by “these French dancers, Les Twins.”
It’s clear that these two underestimated Les Twins’ fanbase or anyone in the dance world. It was evident that Lil C knew that the moves were not theirs– it was written all over his face during their performance. You can’t just take finely tuned and and intensified dance moves from two dancers who have not just been around for a few months, but years and not think that they won’t be recognized! You just can’t do it! But if you’re going to do it, bring it! Don’t give some half assed performance that doesn’t even do the original justice.
Now, I give credit where credit is due, Fox, known for shadiness, should have played that part to give a clearer perspective on what their thinking was in terms of incorporating the routine. Needless to say, they didn’t, thus disqualifying D-Day from last year’s competition, and subsequently, bringing them back this year to perform their own choreography.
Was their performance good? Some may say it was, I, for one, would not be one of those people. Of course, I will always give props to anyone who can get out there and leave it all out on the floor for the sake of their craft, whatever it may be, but I’m also all for doing the decent and in order, and what these gentlemen attempted to get away with just was not cool.
YES! YES! YES!!! Without a doubt, I think we can all agree that this cloud, definitely has a silver lining.
Check out tonight’s episode of SYTYCD below.