May 27th, 2014 by Terry
You can help help save one of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin’s favorite pleasures this summer. I’ll bet you didn’t realize you had that much power.
As a long-time fan of FOX’s dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” I have to admit that I got a bit of a thrill upon hearing that the Aussie actor not only loves the show, but gets cranky if he misses an episode.
When CBS released a video of the man behind Steve McGarrett answering fan’s questions, one of the inquiries was, “What is your guilty pleasure?” I think most of us were surprised at Alex’s response.
“So You Think You Can Dance. I love it so much. I dream about it. Listen, I don’t care. I don’t care if the world knows. This is the thing – I DVR it. If I don’t get to watch it within 72 hours of the DVRing, I get extremely grumpy. I get short with the kids, I get short with the people at work. I have to watch it. I get very emotional when it’s on. When people get cut, or sometimes they get a little, they get a little upset…I have been known to get a little misty.”
Alex, I know exactly what you mean, because I have shed more than a few tears while watching the inspiring performances, gorgeous choreography, and heartbroken fellow contestants as their friends are sent home. One of the aspects that sets this competition apart from others on television, is that most of those who make it into the top 20 have devoted their lives to studying their passion, they haven’t just moonwalked in their bedroom and thought they were ready for prime time. Not all of the contestants have studied their art formally, some have learned their style on the streets. so there are opportunities for all. SYTYCD celebrates all genres of the art and I love watching as these performers learn styles that push them outside their comfort zone.
Now, you may ask why I said you can help save this show. Television is a cut-throat business and in recent years FOX has already dropped the separate elimination episode and SYTYCD has had to incorporate results into the competition episodes. It’s resulted in an awkward format, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has done the best he could with the time he’s been allotted. Like most shows on TV today, this one is on the edge, and last month Mr. Lythgoe tweeted his pleas to fans to watch the show, and to implore their friends to do so.
From SYTYCD EP Nigel Lythgoe
Alumni of the show have gone on to Broadway (Newsies, Wicked) movies (the Step Up series) and Hawaii native Mark Kanemura from the fourth season, became one of Lady Gaga’s primary dancers.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want a cranky Alex O’Loughlin taking his bad mood out on his kids and co-workers, so it you want to keep the man in a good mood, here’s your chance! We were fortunate enough to get a Season 11, but let’s see if we can get the gorgeous Aussie (and ourselves) a Season 12. You can see the entire interview below, or you can skip to the 7:54 mark to hear him talk about So You Think You Can Dance. But why wouldn’t you want to deprive yourself of more of that Australian accent?
If you’d like to check out the show, tune into to your local FOX station Wednesday, May 28th at 8/7c.