So You Think You Can Dance Canada: Cancelled
I had word today that So You Think You Can Dance Canada is being cancelled.
Apparently, the powers that be at CTV have decided that the show is too expensive to produce and so they have pulled the plug after the best season ever.
This makes me sad and angry all at the same time. I'm sad for all the dancers out there all across the country who will no longer have this platform to expose their talents. As I sat in the audience week after week, I'd watch some of the young kids that Josh Hellyer would bring up onstage to dance during commercial breaks and wonder if I'd see them audition in future seasons.
But nope, sorry, guess you'd better all haul your butts to L.A. and see if you can get on the American show.
I have no doubt that CTV will continue to carry the U.S. So You Think You Can Dance, along with American Idol, X Factor and so on.
And I have nothing against these show, obviously; I blog about them, too. But is it not part of a Canadian network's mandate to support made-in-Canada shows?
SYTYCD Canada has always had a special place in my heart. I love dance. I'm a bit of a frustrated dancer at heart, having started ballet lessons as a kid and dropped them months later because my parents could no longer afford the cost.
I can hardly even put into words how much I have enjoyed watching this show every season, seeing the dancers blossom, getting to talk to them and get a sneak peek at their incredible passion for their art.
Truth be told, I was afraid this might happen. The thinking when Bell Canada parent company BCE bought CTV late last year was that there'd be a house cleaning of staff and that TV shows connected to the CTV old guard would be on the chopping block. I fervently hoped this would not be the case with Dance, but looks like I was wrong.
So long So You Think You Can Dance Canada. It's been a wonderful four seasons. Thanks for the memories.