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For the 10th season of So You Think You Can Dance, judge Mary Murphy is sharing the inside scoop with In Touch readers— everything from show highlights to personal predictions. In Week 7, Mary defends herself against Twitter charges that she has a pro-ballroom bias - and reveals why she was crying in her dressing room. Check back every week for more scoop from Mary!
Behind the scenes, everybody that voted either way felt really bad about the female elimination. In the end, most of the choreographers were like, "I love Makenzie, but I have to save Jenna, because working with her was such an amazing experience."
And yet the judges are still getting blamed on Twitter. But what people still don't get is that there are more choreographers, so the judges are outvoted. Of course Nigel Lythgoe's also the executive producer-he could overrule all of us—but that has not happened yet. We have always stuck by what the choreographers feel. A long time ago with three judges I could really plead a case and win over another judge-those days are over- but some people on Twitter still don't get it.
Somebody said to me, "Mary, get off your ballroom high-horse and stop voting for Jenna!" Like I have the power to tell everyone to change their mind and vote for Jenna! And to be honest with you, I was on the fence-I wasn't 100% for Jenna. I was really perplexed about which person should go home. I think over the years I've been extremely fair. I'm not saving a ballroom kid just because I'm ballroom! I think I'm even harder on the ballroom kids because I know it so well. I've even had people say, "Why are you hard on the ballroom kids!" You can't make everyone happy.
Other highlights: If I'm picking out by favorie performance, it would have to be Aaron and All-Star Kathyrn McCormick's performance [set to Des'ree's "Kissing You"]. I thought it was amazingly good.
And nobody can deny that Tucker and All-Star Robert Roldan's dance (set to "Medicine" by Daughter) had a back story that could make a rock cry. It blew me away the day I got to the set and found out Robert was going to be an All-Star—knowing that he's lucky to be alive after all of the surgeries he's had. One of them was just like four weeks ago! I was literally crying in my dressing room why I saw his name down-I was just so happy! It was a really huge moment for him. And of course there's Tucker's story: the fact that was paralyzed for a while and was told he would never walk again! It was definitely a night to remember!
Until your next trip on the hot tamale train,Mary