It Won’t Be the Same Without Gev

Gev1.jpg I know Gev wasn’t the best dancer, and I didn’t expect him to win, but I did expect and hope that he would last longer. I enjoy watching Gev more than many of the dancers left, which isn’t meant as a slight against them. He’s just got something. I enjoy watching him more than the others even when he was messing up. There’s a passage in Pride and Prejudice that captures this seeming contradiction. Jane Austen is describing two characters who have just played the pianoforte. Gev is the Elizabeth:

“Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached. Elizabeth, easy and unaffected, had been listened to with much more pleasure, though not playing half so well …”

Although I think Gev was better than “half so well.” There were times when his dancing was technically breathtaking and inventive. But there were other things that were new to him, and he didn’t have the training that most of the other top 10 have, so the point remains. For the perfect lament about Gev no longer being on the show, go here.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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  1. You may or may not remember a comment I wrote about something my 79-year old mother said about SYTYCD (“That’s not dancing!”…”That’s not music!”) Anyway, here’s what she said a while ago: “I hate when that Mary Murphy screams. Even that other judge blocks her ears… You know, the OLDER woman who was wearing the hat.” I replied: “Lucky that Mia Michaels doesn’t have your address because she’d probably track you down and shoot you.”

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