I don’t watch Modern Family (I’ve always meant to!) so I’m only familiar with Jesse Tyler Ferguson via his judging stints on So You Think You Can Dance, but I find him enjoyable and really sweet. Even sweeter? He got married to his longtime partner Justin Mikita in New York on Saturday, according to People.
Plenty of famous faces were in attendance, including the SYTYCD crew of Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley and his Modern Family co-stars.
Earlier this week Nigel Lythgoe, a judge on the reality show So You Think You Can Dance stirred up controversy when he commented that the samba danced by male contestants Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel was too effeminate. He later tweeted “The same-sex ballroom guys did remind me of Blades of Glory. However, I’m not a fan of Brokeback ballroom.”
Today he issued an apology and GLAAD seems to have accepted it.
“I sincerely regret the fact that I have upset people with the poor word choices and comments I made both during the taping of the So You Think You Can Dance audition and on my personal status update,” said Lythgoe. “I am not homophobic and it was extremely upsetting for me to be classed as such.”
In Saturday’s apology, Lythgoe both explained his actions and took responsibility for the repercussions. The executive producer stated, “I believe the sexual orientation of an auditioner or contestant is irrelevant. The fact that I have unintentionally upset people is distressing to me and it is obvious I have made mistakes that I must learn from. I trust that my humor will be more sensitive and mindful moving forward.”
A happy ending seems imminent for all, as seen in GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano‘s reaction to the apology.
“We certainly appreciate the dialogue and the opportunity for Nigel to help further educate people about how words and images matter,” said Giuliano. “His sincere words are appreciated.”
Honestly, I hope that show continues to have controversies from time to time. I really love writing the titles for these articles.
So even though the T has been a bit MIA on her SUTUCD recaps (due to the fact that she has been moving, hanging out with the lovely Beet and traveling the world), she is giving you a liveblogging of the finale show!
We are starting out seeing all of our amazing Top 20 and the judges from the whole season. They are gushing about the kids this year, which is true because this season was…in the words of Crazy Mary Murphy “riding in first class.”
Paula Abdul…our resident crazy from American Idol…is in the audience as well as an 18 year old that was supposed to join us this past season but oops…she had a baby.
We get a good highlight reel of all of the auditions and crazy bad/good dancer highlights. I am a bit weepy weepy seeing the montage of all of these talented young kids from the season. There were some amazing dances this year and seeing them all together is kind of beautiful.
As my mother says, “what in the world is she wearing tonight…what is the hell” and this is referring to Cat’s outfit tonight I realize that Cat is also wearing dead butterflies in her hair. I’m usually a fan of her outfits but this one tonight is about as ill-chosen as Paula Abdul’s Idol outfits.
So the T has been in a country where she actually met somebody who didn’t know that Paris Hilton had been in jail. I guess news of Paris’s brief jail stay hasn’t hit Madagascar yet.
I’ve been a bit out of the loop with TV in general which makes me a bit sad. Note to travelers, Croatia is the most beautiful country in the world but they are about six years behind in TV. I actually watched an episode of “Family Matters.”
Before the dancing Nigel addresses the controversy from Jessi leaving last week. I was a bit bummed about that being that she was one of my favorite girls on the show.
Lacey and Kameron- They are tackling the Hustle which sounds a bit odd as a choice of dance and their rehearsal looks like they were having some problems. They start the dance with Kameron doing some fancy acro moves. They have really made Lacey look super hot this week. I thought I would hate this as I really usually think the 70s is a decade that one should just forget but the dance was super fun and sassy. Their lifts are just awesome and the judges just love it. Nigel is worried that Lacey is keeping Kameron through in the show.
Shauna and Cedric- This is the most awkward mambo that I have ever seen. In rehearsals Alex shows us that he not so much knows how to dance but knows how to do that weird shakey thing. He gives it a chance but just looks weird and hunched over. The judges give him props for really getting a handle on this dance. In the end they do pretty well and it is the first week that Cedric seems to actually step it up. He really needs to go home.
Anya and Danny- These two get a lyrical routine which is just amazing. Danny is just a beautiful lyrical dancer and honestly I would love to just watch him spin all day. These two really can just turn up the sex even though Danny lets us know his fun fact is that he is obsessed with designer sunglasses. Hmmmmmm. The judges enjoy it fully but let Danny know that he needs to get America excited about him.
Sara and Pasha- They are going to be doing West Coast Swing and Benji the champ from last year is going to choreograph it with Heidi. Benji hams it up for the camera and really I remember why won last year…he is too funny. The dance starts off a bit shakey but really they hit their stride when they just start to be cute. Sara really doesn’t do it for me but I feel as though they will get votes because of their choreographer. Nigel thinks they had the magic and the other judges follow suit.
Week 2 in â€œSo You Think You Can Dance.â€ Iâ€™m breaking it down this week. Iâ€™ll recap a bit of last week since I was cheering on the Beet in Lala land. This year this show really rocks the house and the dancers are the best yet. If you arenâ€™t watching this show then I have no idea what you are watching. â€œOn The Lotâ€ blows and other than my fascination with â€œArmy Wivesâ€ we are in the doldrums of summer television.
Lauren and Neil- Neil and Laura are a fun youthful little couple. Last week their Samba was adorable but just a little too cutesy for the judges. This week they do Hip-Hop and they are quite awesome at getting down with their bad â€˜selves. Lauren seems a bit inhibited by her weird 80s prom outfit that they have put her in and Neil kind of rocks her in the performance. Heâ€™s got an electric smile and really hits all of the moves. They throw in a few acro tricks for him and are shockingly good and I find myself really enjoying the performance. Iâ€™m kind of nostalgic however for Benji and Donyelleâ€™s Hip-Hop last year because it was so fun to see them flirt and interact. This Hip-Hop routine seems kind of like they are both in their own little worlds. Mia lost a lot of Lauren in the performance and Mary really thinks they are getting a good chemistry. Nigel is impressed at how the night has started. Iâ€™m a bit sad because usually Mary is a bit Paula drunken crazy and tonight she seems a bit tame.
Jessi and Pasha- These two dancers are so freaking sexy. Pasha is a Russian Ballroom Champion and Jessi has a cool funky earth mother style. They are so well matched and have enough chemistry that last week their waltz was heavenly. This week they are given Jazz and Tyce choreographs one of the cooler routines Iâ€™ve seen in the history of this show. It combines Pashaâ€™s sex appeal with Jessiâ€™s earth mother sexy and once again they mesh beautifully. They are totally committed to this weird tribal bird dance and are perfectly in sync the whole time. Pasha now officially is the â€œdancer that all the girls want to have sex withâ€ in the competition. Those Russian Ballroom boys really do it for me. Mia thinks they are just amazing and is quite impressed at Pashaâ€™s growth. Mary also thinks it is terrific and is just taken by Jessiâ€™s unique style. Nigel loves them as well. I think he has a bit of an old man crush on Jessi.