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20 Most Common "So You Think You Can Dance" Judge Phrases

With Season 10 ending next week, let's take a look at some of the most commonly used phrases that the SYTYCD judges use, and what they really mean.

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1. "That's bucc!"


Meaning: A phrase used by judge/krump choreographer Lil C, used to describe something that was done well. Ex: "That contemporary routine was bucc!" or "This buffalo chicken salad is bucc!" etc.


4. "You're on the HOT TAMALE TRAIN!"

Meaning: Mary Murphy's catchphrase. Like "That's bucc," it's used as an extreme compliment. Ex: "That samba puts you on the hot tamale train!" or "Paris at night is on the hot tamale train!" etc.

5. "Your dancing is a little feminine."

Meaning: Used when referring to a male dancer that is most often times obviously gay, because the judges are apparently contractually obligated to never under any circumstances utter the "g" word.


10. "Was it technically great? No. Did you give it your all? You betcha."

Meaning: We really like you, but have fun watching the show from home next week, because you're getting the boot tonight.

11. "What I'd give to have that body."

Meaning: Another way of saying, "I'm getting older, and as death creeps toward me the thought of selling my soul to steal your youth becomes more tempting everyday."


17. "That arabesque into the pas de bourreé followed by the cou-de-pied was simply remarkable."

Meaning: This, or any variation thereof, means the judges know what the fuck they are talking about.

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