My reasoning for Derek this year though is that there have been rumors this is his last season so why not go out on top? It's not that I don't think he nor Kellie are bad dancers (I feel they're better than Mark and Aly) but sometimes when they overplay things such as the scoring one cannot help but feel that way.
Totally agree. People wonder why Kellie has not had an encore? I think it has more to do with Derek's "special" pro-dances instead of Kellie. This push to get an Emmy is off putting.
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The worst that can be said about him is that occasionally, he tries to be clever about including just enough elements in the ballroom routines with Kellie (or insert any past partner here) so that he can choreograph a freer, wilder routine. And honestly, he only gets called on it half the time, not because he's a judges' pet, but because he's really good at balancing the seesaw and giving the judges what they need. Mark tries to do the same thing, but he isn't half as clever as Derek about balancing all the elements. (Plus, Derek takes more care to make his partner look good, where Mark tends to shine the spotlight on himself a little more).
You're very kind in your assessment. I'm sure Derek has had many opportunities to be the generous professional. But, I think the show and Derek Hough are much more calculating about the Emmy Nominations. To bring in that contraption for the Fred Astaire dance was more than a bit of money, they promoted the tar out of it, moreover the Emmy noms are not just something bestowed on people, they put their names up themselves for consideration. And definitely this show is pushing for an Emmy. They didn't get anything last year and they had the Celebrities make Promos for the show to get a nod. They hate the fact that SYTYCD has a room full of them.
Sure the show pushes for Emmy nominations -- they do it like crazy, it's part of the business of TV. I just don't think Derek personally gives it as much thought as you might think when he's deciding what to choreograph next. Of course it crosses his mind, since he's been nominated 3 times. I just don't think he gets up in them morning and says, "Another day that I try to win an Emmy!"
Dancing is Derek's passion, as soon as I saw him, I knew he didn't just love dance like the other pros, I saw it as his passion . Even if I don't like his partner, and there have been a couple, he is often able to make me like them. I don't know what it must be like to be his partner, Brooke still speaks of it . I love Derek, his passion and his choreography
SYTYCD would be lucky to have him.