Okay. This season the best dancers are obvious. So what is there that makes Cyrus shine? That keeps him in the competition? All the finale dancers are gifted and obviously Chehon and Eliana are the most technically proficient. I think what has captured the hearts of America with Cyrus is that, against all odds, he not only hangs in there with the best, he is able to channel a deep draught of emotion into every dance routine. His smile, his moves, draw our eyes inexorably in his direction. He touches us. I’m not saying that the others have not. Most assuredly they have. But there’s something about Cyrus . . .
Okay. So where have I been this past week. The most important show of the season was on and I’ve been silent. Simple. I missed it. I forgot it came on Tuesday night and I was away from home. Then the week got crazy. Even sister Katie missed a quarter of the show because she had missed the announcement. I sat down Wednesday night all excited with my little note pad in hand. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but that goofy X-Factor. What? Wha. . .? Wha hawpened? Then both my brain cells started firing and I think I pulled every hair left in my head out. Know the feeling? I sincerely hope not. It’s not a good one.
So, in between life’s demands this week I’ve caught a few online videos and checked out some comments. One commenter (is that even a word?) remarked that, though Cyrus has stand-out talent, he is not the best dancer this season. He also had a good point in that it might not even be good for Cyrus to win, though he thinks he will. His logic there goes to the point that Cyrus, with a little more experience under his belt, a little more “eye of the tiger” if you will, should be a performer to be reckoned with by this time next year. I think he has a good point.
But, we Americans have always loved an underdog. I still love the Rocky movies. The come-from-behind, want-it-bad-enough, put-it-all-on-the-line unlikely hero who rises from the bottom to capture the do-or-die spirit of the nation. Have I got enough cliche’s in here, yet? The simple fact is . . . Cyrus won’t stop trying. He takes the judges’ critiques with a smile. He obviously must listen to the choreographers. He absolutely must work like crazy to get the technicalities down as well as the life and heart of the dance. He’s not going down without a fight. And he doesn’t whine. My gosh! I love this guy.
Should he win So You Think You Can Dance? You know . . . I don’t know. Did Rocky win because he was the best fighter? Well, he didn’t win the fight in the first movie, but he won the hearts of his audience. No. He won eventually because he kept on trying. Because he had heart and was willing to do whatever it took to rise to the top of his profession. I do know I’ve been holding on for a hero – which to me is someone with guts who lays it on the line. He’s someone with something real who believes he’s got what it takes to go against the odds. Someone who rises to compete with the best and smile while he’s doing it. Cyrus’ smile says that he not only has a strong heart, but a good one. I sincerely hope that smile is real.