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TWoP 10: So You Think You Can Dance Guest Judges

by Angel Cohn August 12, 2011 6:00 am
TWoP 10: <I>So You Think You Can Dance</I> Guest Judges

On this season of So You Think You Can Dance, a famous face has graced the judging panel for every live show. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of these mostly articulate celebs who seemed to be genuine fans of the franchise and who were able to actually spout opinions instead of just clap like seals. So we've ranked the special guests (though not the choreographers who were plucked to be on the panel, because we'd never be able to decide between Lil 'C and Travis Wall) to determine who was the best this summer.

10. Megan Mullally
She started out strong with talk of leg extensions and then devolved into a puddle of "wows" after a Travis Wall routine. And we personally blame her indecision during the elimination round as a contributing factor to four people going home in one brutal sweep. Nigel, too, but mostly Megan.

9. Robin Antin
Technically, she was a choreographer and shouldn't be on this list, but she didn't really do much in the way of choreography (we're not counting her Dance Day routine) but instead was a "famous" face who used the show as a casting call. Listen up, Robin: this is not The Pussycat Dolls Present, It's So You Think You Can Dance, where dancers do more than just gyrate in their underwear (most of the time at least).

8. Carmen Electra
She didn't have as much experience as some of the other panelists with the dancing (her performances with the Pussycat Dolls form the bulk of it), and said things like "Dag, girl, you were poppin' so hard!" Still, she was largely inoffensive.

7. Katie Holmes
She knows a thing or two about dance and is highly familiar with the show and the dancers -- as well as Saturday Night Fever. She was excited to be there (or perhaps just to be allowed out of the house on her own), but she could have been a bit more critical instead of spending time admiring the fashions.

6. Debbie Reynolds
The classically trained dancer spent the entire night hitting on some of the attractive young male dancers, basically trying to convince them to come home with her. Not that we blame her at all.

5. Christina Applegate
Her major dance credit seems to be Sweet Charity on Broadway, but she tapped into the emotional dimension when she talked about how Sasha destroyed her with a quiet movement of her fingers. She also made us laugh with her talk of whacking and dropped crotches -- we're always suckers for saucy innuendos.

4. Neil Patrick Harris
He was almost a perfect judge, and had he been on before Jesse Tyler Ferguson, he probably would have been a notch or two higher on this list. He did a great job and was both eloquent and critical, but he just lacked the humor that the Modern Family star brought. We like our judges to appear to really enjoying themselves.

3. Lady Gaga
We were expecting the worst when we saw the sunglasses and the Sgt. Peppers get-up, but she was hypercritical and actually put together some amazing critiques. And she threw a shoe! That's something we've never seen before on this show. But we loved her even more when she dissed Tabitha and Napoleon's hip hop choreography. Way to know your stuff, Gaga.

2. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
He took time out from the show to express how badly Miss Deeley deserved an Emmy nomination (which she received the next day, finally), proposed to Clarice (even though they both have boyfriends) and was utterly adorable and witty with his critiques. And he was such a super fan that we just wanted to squeeze him.

1. Kristin Chenoweth
It was a close race between Cheno and JTF for this top spot, but given that Kristin can often come off -- how shall we say this nicely -- annoying, she was pretty great here. She was self-deprecating, conscious of not sounding "like a Paula" and her "shut the front door" monologue gave Cat fodder for the rest of the season. And she made out with Lil' C, which is something we never saw coming.

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