One thing about ABDC that's always made me uncomfortable was how the show isn't shy about throwing some squad under the bus on air. In the very first episode, we saw the supposed leader of Enigma Dance Kru beefing with the rest of his team and acting like an insufferable know-it-all. Seeing unmitigated bad behavior predisposes people to disliking him, and the judges certainly weren't immune, giving him a stern talking to before ultimately booting Enigma. The leader's behavior almost definitely wasn't the sole factor in their elimination, but I'm sure he made the decision easier for the judges.
In "Bollywood Challenge," we saw such uncomfortable candor again when backstage footage showed Leiomy acting out and contemplating quitting. And again, the judges didn't like it, but Vogue Evolution weren't on the chopping block. But again, I never like to see behind-the-scenes transgressions aired onstage and then addressed directly by the figures of authority, where the perpetrators don't have the same platform to defend themselves. The setup, in other words, is unfair and explicitly imposes a moral framework that I'd just as soon ignore.
(As a contrast, the only time that SYTYCD has ever gone out of its way to undermine the moral standing of a contestant was when we saw Joy being chastised by Dmitry for her listless work ethic. Ever since, the most controversial act we've seen in these tightly controlled interviews is probably Gev wearing an Abu Ghraib t-shirt -- everything else is rehearsed into benign harmlessness.)
Similarly, seeing the post-elimination reactions of the just-booted crew (like Artistry In Motion's impetuous disbelief) can also be jarring. I don't want my mental image of chivalric competition to be punctured by dancers who are incredulous or angry that they've been eliminated! Maybe I overvalue the fiction of reality tv's surface smoothness.
Indie rating: The Knife – "From Off to On"