Dick Bonneville
by on July 25, 2011
Office Pools are ridiculously fun, and the newest trend is reality television-based pools. So You Think You Can Dance pools fall into two categories; SYTYCD Top 20 Pools and SYTYCD Top 10 Pools. In relative terms, I'm new to So You Think You Can Dance Pools, but I've been running, hosting and participating in American Idol pools for 5 years, and I've won 3 times...it's not just luck. Most of the basic Reality TV game tenets apply to So You Think You Can Dance, but having been a devotee of the show for all 7 seasons, there are some idiosyncrasies that make the show a little different. I'm hosting my first SYTYCD Pool on <font size=4><font color=#000376>The</font><font color=#820000>OfficePool</font><font color=#000376>.com</font></font>, and here's how I plan to win.... So, without further ado, here are six tips that will all but guarantee victory in your So You Think You Can Dance pool: If you're in a Top 20 pool, picking the overall winner is MUCH tougher. You've had minimal exposure to the Top 20 and very little time to formulate an opinion on who's got the goods to win it all. Go for personality!!! This is not a show about finding the best dancer, it's about finding America's "favorite" dancer. The same applies to the Top 10 Pools, but make sure you're taking into account who America will like best. Most voters are under 25 and overwhelmingly female. When picking the weekly elimination, detach yourself emotionally. I tend to like the contemporary dancers and routines best, but never underestimate the power of a hip-hop routine to make a dancer popular (at least for that week). Notice trends! This is likely the most important factor. if someone is in the bottom three for consecutive weeks, it's a good bet they'll be there again even if they have a great week. The reverse is also true. If you can't understand why a person seems never to be in the bottom three, think about what demographic might be keeping them alive. The "Victim" factor. This is huge. Anyone who ends up in tears after being beaten up by the judges, NEVER goes home the following night. Growth. Much more than any of the performance-base reality shows, SYTYCD is about people improving week to week. Someone who is a street performer one day and manages to do well in other styles that he or she has never studied has a good shot to become popular with the judges and subsequently with the fan base. Don't be afraid to vote for your overall winner to go home one week. Hey, we all want to have our favorite be the last man or woman standing, but hoping for it does not make it so. If it comes down to a late week, you're behind and looks like your fave is getting the axe, pull the trigger and take the point. There it is. If you don't get emotionally invested, you'll be taking home the big prize (even if it's just bragging rights)! More to come at <font size=4><font color=#000376>The</font><font color=#820000>OfficePool</font><font color=#000376>.com</font></font>
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