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Flashback: SYTYCD Canada (and U.S.) Season 2 – Tara-Jean & Everett

Typically, I don’t have time to watch So You Think You Can Dance Canada where the primary judges were: Jean-Marc Généreux and Tré Armstrong. So once in a while a friend of mine would send me a video of another routine from another part of the world that would pique my interest some and then that was all.

So when a friend (and fellow PureSYTYCD blogger) of mine posted a video on my Facebook Timeline I wasn’t entirely too anxious to want to go and see it right away, instead I waited til I had a little bit of time before I decided to look at it.

She sent the video with the following comment:

It’s been so long since we had a really good memorable Broadway number (maybe neil & kent baseball from season 7 or robert & kathryn west side story, but I don’t have any memorable ones from last year!), I’d love to see more numbers with this kind of energy!!

Another friend commented:

I miss the old stage. And as long as Tyce is not directing, I tend to like the broadway, but not love.

So, upon reading the comments I decided to watch the video, and boy… my friend was right… it has been a long time since I have seen a Broadway routine with this much energy.

The theatre routine in question was choreographed by Sean Cheesman who just in the first two weeks of competition for SYTYCD Season 9 choreographed two routines that for some reasons the audience may not have connected well to from the get go. Now that’s interesting… Anyway when I say a “long time” I definitely mean a long time… like Season 2’s Benji Schwimmer and Donyelle Jones:

Ironically both were the second seasons of their respective series and both involve “power couples”. So that got me thinking, I already created a Dance Style Breakdown for SYTYCD U.S. edition, so how did the dancers breakdown of dance style fare in Canada? So I decided to take a look… Below is a quick dance style breakdown over the course of the four seasons that the show was on the air:

DANCE STYLE MALE FEMALE
Contemporary 20 24
Hip Hop 9 5
Ballroom / Latin / Salsa 8 8
Ballet 2 2
Tap 1 0
Jazz 1 2
Break Dancing 1 0
Krump 0 1

Granted, this is still a bit lopsided with Contemporary dancers building the bulk of the group… however, when looking at the individual seasons, two of them (Season 2 and 4) were rather decently balanced. While the other two seasons had an insane number of Contemporary dancers in comparison to everyone else.

The two dancers from SYTYCD Canada Season 2 were tap and contemporary and they did a rather good job of it. At the same time I found it kind of odd that Sean Cheesman would create such a technically challenging and high octane theatre / broadway routine. Yes, for SYTYCD U.S. Sean has only created Jazz related routines… what gives? Sure, Tyce is a decent choreographer and Spencer Liff just got an Emmy nomination for his Broadway routines… but if the above routine is any indication I would love to see him try his hand on Broadway as well. If only because it forces the high octane / technically challenging routines to also depends on characterizations for the dancers.

What do you think?

July 21, 2012 I Written By

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SYTYCD Canada Cancelled

After one of the most fantastic seasons yet, the Canadian version of SYTYCD has been cancelled by CTV.

Hours after crowning Jordan Clark the Season 4 winner, the announcement was made official, this would be the last season of SYTYCD Canada.

“I can confirm that we are not ordering a fifth season of the series,” Scott Henderson, vice-president of communications for Bell Media told CityNews.ca.

“After four seasons and 92 episodes, CTV has decided to pursue other program strategies. This decision was made after careful consideration, including viewership and economic factors. We remain extremely proud of the legacy of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, including raising the profile of dance in this country,”

Fans are outraged, and they are not alone. Judges, choreographers and dancers alike are all in shocked and disappointed at this news.

Jean-Marc Genereux tweeted:

Dear Fans @SYTYCDCanada.no regrets! you were the best fans in the WORLD..SHOW is gone! But NOT your passion for DANCE,it’s a CTV decision!
You will hear all kinds of reasons!!! But you know what!!! Canada loved his DANCE SHOW and I’m sure the fans will react!!!

@TreArmstrong tweeted:

“Wow…honestly can’t believe #SYTYCDCanada has been cancelled,” Armstrong said Tuesday. “So disappointing for Canada & our amazing talent. Best season EVER! Love You.”
“Hope that #SYTYCDCanada comes back to live once more…thank you for 4 great seasons,” Armstrong wrote Tuesday. “The network, production, crew & talent, love u all.”

Luther Brown tweeted:

Its sad that the show has ended but God is good and we were all blessed to be apart of Canada’s best show! We went out with a bang!!!

Stacey Tookey tweeted:

I’m so sad to hear about the cancellation of SYTYCDC but I am so proud to know a group of people with that much talent & heart!! Love u all!

For me this is sad news. Granted I still watch SYTYCD USA, but there was something special about our Canadian SYTYCD and I am sad to see that go.

A part of me hopes that it will somehow survive, but only time will tell. There are a number of petitions and complaints going on to try and save the show. In the past, I know when a company cancels something, it is usually a done deal, but you never know!

How do you feel about this news?

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September 13, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Finale…. Discussion Post

Just watched.

Thrilled!

Will do a recap after it airs PST, for now here is a discussion post for anyone watching or has seen it – – – Check back later for my recap.

September 11, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

Top 8 Perform on SYTYCD Canada

I apologize for this post being delayed, and I further apologize as I have not seen the episode yet because I got caught up tonight after a long day and went to the movies with a friend.

I probably won’t get to watch before tomorrow results so PLEASE use the comments below to rank the performances and predict the results.

Tonight the TOP 8 Performed:

 

Here is the break down of the show:

Jordan and Adam
Hip_Hop – choreographed by Luther Brown
Say It With Me – Say It With Me - F.A.M.E. Chris Brown

Solo: Melissa
Crime for a Crime – Crime for Crime - Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco

Solo: Matt
Hold On (feat. Amber Coffman) [Sub Focus Remix] – Hold On (Sub Focus Remix) - Hold On (feat. Amber Coffman) - EP Rusko

Lindsay and Shane
Contempoaray – choreographed by Stacey Tookey
Uninvited – Uninvited - Alanis Morissette: The Collection Alanis Morissette

Solo: Christian
Miami 2 Ibiza – Miami 2 Ibiza - Until One (Deluxe Edition) Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah

Solo: Denitsa
Airmail Special (Club Des Belugas Remix) – Airmail Special (Club Des Belugas Remix) - Zoo Zizaro Ella Fitzgerald & Club Des Belugas

Denitsa and Christian
Samba – choreographed by Gustavo Vargas
Tambourine – Tambourine (Radio Edit) - Serena Williams' Interval Run Eve

Solo: Lindsay
Half Life – Half Life - Ellipse (Bonus Track Version) Imogen Heap

Solo: Shane
Hit the Lights (feat. Lil Wayne) – Hit the Lights (feat. Lil Wayne) - Hit the Lights (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single Jay Sean

Melissa and Matt
Jazz – choreographed by Melissa Williams
Nobody’s Perfect – Nobody's Perfect - Who You Are Jessie J

Solo: Jordan
What Turns You On (Live) – What Turns You On - KT LIVE Katie Thompson

Solo: Adam
Fire – Fire - Fire (single) - Single Raghav

Jive: Top 8 (choreographed by Danny Arbour)
Land of a 1,000 Dances – Land Of A 1,000 Dances - Music From Forrest Gump Union of Sound

Tomorrow Night is Results as well as a group performance choreographed by Sean Cheesman – Can’t wait!

PLEASE post your thoughts on tonight’s performance below…
I will do a post tomorrow on the results as well as my thoughts / ranking (I plan to watch BOTH episodes tomorrow after work)

August 29, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Top 12 Performance Show

Tonight’s Top 12 was amazing! I was a bit disappointed last week, but this week did not let me down!


Judges: Jean-Marc, Tre, Blake, Luther, Mary

Christian & Lindsey
Salsa – Claudia Primeau & Francis LeFreniere
“Aguanile” – Aguanile - Héctor Lavoe: Greatest Hits Hector Lavoe

The idea of this routine was that Lindsey was an exotic bird. They had awesome outfits and a cage. I love both dancers, but I think because this dance was first, a little different and not overly memorable, it may put them in risk this week.

Adam & Melissa
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“Set Fire to the Rain’ – Set Fire to the Rain - 21 Adele

The theme to this was a couple who ruin each other being together. It was supposed to be a controlled chaos with wild movements and I think they did absolutely wonderfully. I had goosebumps the entire routine and could NOT take my eyes off Melissa. Her legs were so strong, her movements so fierce! Blake even went so far as to say he loved Melanie, who just won USA, but that Melissa would tear her apart! It was Melissa’s 5th consecutive standing ovation from the judges and the audience!

Matt & Denitsa
Hip Hip – Steve Bolton
“C’mon Catch ‘em by Surprise” – C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) [feat. Busta Rhymes] - C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) [feat. Busta Rhymes] - EP Diplo & Tiesto (ft Busta Rhymes)

I have to say I was impressed with this routine despite judges criticism. I do feel it is probably too little, too late, but we will see what the voters decide. Looking at the overall season I feel these two may be at risk of going home, but tonight’s number was pretty great! They were HARD hitting and really in it!

Yulia & Shane
Jive – Danny Arbour
“Thunder on the Mountain” – Thunder On the Mountain - The Party Ain't Over Wanda Jackson (Ft Jack White)

It was a good effort, strong choreography and solid performance, though I am not sure it will be memorable or strong enough to keep them out of the bottom three, especially given the past results with voters and these dancers. It is odd that they did not mention Carlena’s name. They showed Yulia danced with JP last week and then showed Shane danced his solo last week but no mention or Carlena… then, Danny said Shane had to carry “his partner” last week, but this week Yulia will have to carry him. It was very odd to me, but maybe I am over thinking it? Anyhow, the dance was just meh for me overall.

Geisha & Joey
Afro-Jazz – Sean Cheesman
“Jungle” – Highlight Tribe

I love Sean Cheesman’s routines, so forgive me if I rave about it a bit. This dance was so physical and hard-hitting and amazing! I thought they looked like warriors in the jungle! Sean’s style is so unique and entertaining, I always love when a couple pulls “Afro-Jazz.” I have been a huge fan of Joey’s from the start (He and Jordan) but Geisha did well this week. I think the reason Joey found himself in the bottom last week was because Geisha is a weaker dancer. But I think they will be safe this week, unless Canada is crazy!

Jordan & Francois
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“Let Go” – Let Go - Details Frou Frou

This piece was dedicated to Sabrina Matthews newlywed husband and was about taking a leap of faith in love and life. It was beautifully choreographed and even more beautifully danced by Jordan and Francois. I am not a Francois fan, but Jordan has been my favourite since the start.

Top 12 Group RoutineHip Hop – ShoTyme
“I can Transform Ya” – I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) - I Can Transform Ya (feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) - Single Chris Brown (ft Lil Wayne)

I really loved this routine. It was impressive to see a group of 12 NON-HIP HOP DANCERS perform such a hard hitting, fast, fun routine.

Power Rankings

Top 3
1 – Adam & Melissa
2 – Jordan & Francois
3 – Geisha & Joey

Bottom 3
4 – Christian & Lindsey
5 – Matt & Denitsa
6 – Yulia & Shane

I have to say I had 2 & 3 switched originally. Also, I had 4 & 6 switched originally, but changed them up because of overall performances.

I really think it is time for Yulia or Denitsa to go but based on tonight only I’d send Yulia and probably Shane would go also.

It is getting harder to say good-bye.
Tomorrow we find out our TOP 10 as well as see a group “mobster” routine choreographed by Jean Marc Genereux and France Mousseau.

What did you think of tonight’s show? Do you agree or disagree with my Power Rankings? Leave comments below!

August 15, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Top 14 Performance Show

Tonight was another great night of dancing on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The Top 14 danced for Canada’s votes and tomorrow we will send two more home.

Tonight’s judges were Jean-Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Rex Harrington, Melissa Williams and Dan Karaty.

Once again the couples were swapped up, which seems to be a weekly thing now, however, it seemed more couples had at least one dancer in their genre. I like the switch up because it moves the votes around a bit more, but it is also scary because it puts certain dancers in danger undeservingly perhaps. Tonight’s dances left me a little disappointed overall… but I will talk about that more at the end of this post…

Anyhow, here is a summary of the night:

Francois & Jordan
Samba – Gustavo Vargas
“Chillando Goma” Chillando Goma - Fulanito: Greatest Hits – Fulanito

Francois was in his genre, Jordan was way out, but you wouldn’t know it (unless you watched her feet carefully ha!) There were a lot of cool twists, spins and lifts. Gustavo warned it was about hips, hair and legs – and he was right! It was sexy and fun!

Joey & Geisha
Contemporary – Stacey Tookey
“Gasoline Rainbows” Gasoline Rainbows - Gasoline Rainbows – Amy Kuney

The idea was that Geisha comes from the polluted future to warn Joey and encourage him to protect the environment. To me, the story was not really told, but the dance itself was beautiful as was the song. This was good for Geisha, who I feel is not as strong as the other female dancers. She was paired with the most amazing Joey and pulled it off, though he was still the star of the routine.

Yulia & JP
Hip Hop – ShoTyme
“Give ‘Em What They Asking For” Give Em What They Askin' For - Back On My B.S. (Bonus Track Version) – Busta Rhymes

This was so-so for me. JP was starting to grow on me, and this being his genre I expected a lot more. Yulia, as I have always said, is a ballroom girl and generally excels in her genre and never really peaks in anything else.

Lindsey & Christian
Jazz Funk – Blake McGrath
“Blow” Blow - Cannibal – Ke$ha

This was a couple reuniting again this season not only with each other but with Blake as choreographer who worked with them week two. Given that, I think I expect a bit more since they have that history together. The story was a couple who has to choose love or career. For me it was weird. It didn’t feel Jazz-Funk (though who am I to judge what that even is exactly, I expect it from Sonya or Sean Cheesman usually) and was just a bit strange. I don’t know if it was the choreo or the execution. I typically love Blake and I really love Lindsey, but this was just so-so for me.

Denitsa & Matt
Cha Cha – Francis LaFreniere & Claudia Primeau
“Give Me Everything” Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) - Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) - Single – Pitbull ft Ne-Yo

It was nice to see alumni Claudia and Francis back to do choreography again. This routine had a lot of potential but fell flat in some areas. First, Denitsa was in her element and did well and Matt did his best but there were some technical errors that even my husband noticed. The most obvious was near the end when Matt went to grab for al ift too soon then stopped, then when they did the lift he slipped and they kind of fell forward. We have seen this before, it is part of life, but coming off an average performance, it puts a damper on the whole thing. Also there was far too much time spent in a slow embrace when there could have been dancing, and right in the middle of the routine.

Carlena & Shane
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“Wise Up” Wise Up - Jerry Maguire (Music from the Motion Picture) – Aimee Mann

This was about being unable to take back words once you say them, as if that can be portrayed clearly in a routine? It was pretty slow moving and as far as Sabrina Matthews goes, it wasn’t my favourite.

Adam & Melissa
Hip Hop – Luther Brown
“Buyou” Buyou - No Boys Allowed (Deluxe) – Keri Hilson

Well, Melissa has had four consecutive standing ovations from all the judges, whoever they may be that week, with whoever she may be dancing with that evening. Amazing! It was a fun, sexy, hard-hitting routine that was my favourite of the night and being last of the night will be memorable and likely get them plenty of votes to stay safe.

Power Rankings:

Top 3:

-Adam & Melissa
-Joey & Geisha
-Francois & Jordan

Middle:

-Carlena & Shane

Bottom 3:

-Lindsey & Christian
-Denitsa & Matt
-Yulia & JP

I was really off last week, so we will see how it goes this week. To be honest, I was a tad disappointed overall this week with the routines. They weren’t as impressive as past weeks. I feel like based on JUST tonight’s dances, many would risk going home. Though, some of it may have been choreography, and maybe my own mood, but I just didn’t feel it tonight as much as I usually do.

Anyhow, please comment below if you agree or disagree or have something to add….

Results Show is Tomorrow Night, I will be away camping so unless wordpress agrees with my blackberry and service is clear at the lake, I won’t post until I return Friday evening.

Also tomorrow on the results show Melissa Williams’ group routine is about relationships and rumours. Host Leah Miller reminded us a trillion times to tune in….

August 8, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Top 16 Performance Show

I am sorry I did not post this last night, but it was a Canadian long-weekend and although I watched the show, I was exhausted from a busy long weekend and didn’t hop on the computer.

But, here is the information from last night’s show. Tonight will be the results show.

Judges: Jean-Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Sergio Trujillo, Dan Karaty.

Francois & Lindsey
Hip Hop – Luther Brown
“Massive Attack” – Nicki Minaj

She was definately harder hitting than him. They were alien robots and they moved very quickly. It was entertaining and fun and should keep them safe, I hope.

Jordan & Shane
Contemporary – Nico Archambault & Wynn Holmes
“Wake Up Alone” – Amy Winehouse


This was a moving piece, not only because of the artist, Amy Winehouse’s recent death, but also because of the choreography. It is no secret how much I adore Jordan, and I am also a huge fan of Nico and Wynn. This piece was really amazing and the way the two moved together was really effortless. Judge Dan Karaty commented on how in past seasons it was aspiring dancers, but how we are spoiled this season with such talented, established dancers. This was one of my favourites of the night.

Yulia & Matt
Quick Step – Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
“Can’t Touch It” – Ricky-Lee


They had good speed, it was good choreography, but overall just an average performance for me. I expected more from Yulia since it was her genre. Great effort, but just sort of fell short unfortunately.

Christian & Melissa
Tango – Tony Meredith and Melanie LePatin
“La Bohemia” – Electro Dub

This has some really nice lifts and flips. It was extremely sexy. I really enjoyed it, and I generally don’t care for the ballroom as much as Contemporary or hip hop.

Geish & JP
House – ShoTyme
“What I Need” – Crystal Waters

This was kind of a hot mess in my opinion. I tlooked chaotic, and not the “controlled chaos” that some routines require. JP looked very feminine in the white wavy pants, which took away form his foot work because they were flapping around his legs. It was a really good effort, you could see them really trying, but it fell short for me as it looked all over the place.

Kevin & Shelaine
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“Rolling Deep” – Adele


The story for this routine, as Sabrina Matthews always has a story, was a man who left his wife for another woman and is now trying to get her back. She is supposed to be angry and Shelaina played the part well. It was very angry and spastic, on the edge of losing control, but still in control (unlike the House piece with JP and Geisha) it was emotional, it told the story well and was really engaging to watch. Probably my favourite of the night, which is saying something because usally Jordan steals that spot!

Denitsa & Joey
Salsa – Gustavo Vargas
“Mirame” – Chivirico Davila


The judges really loved this piece, but I didn’t see it. Of course I am not a salsa expert but to me they wereout of synch, lacked chemistry and their arms were tangled and not fluid. I love Joey and I know Jean-Marc loves Denitsa, so maybe the judges comments were to try and convince viewers they were good and to vote? Besides a nice ending lift I just found the routine to be pretty unimpressive.

Carlena & Adam
Theatre – Sean Cheesman
“Kiss of the Spiderwoman” – Chita Rivera

I always love Sean Cheesman’s choreography. He takes a very unique approach to the music and this routine was no different. I loved Carlena in this, she was fierce! Adam did well also, catching and throwing and supporting Carlena, but she was definately the star! There seemed to be a hiccup with a lift, but no one mentioned it so maybe I am wrong… they really beat up each other in this routine flying and jumping all over. It was supposed to be the battle between the King and Queen in chess – really awesome!!

SO based on that here are my POwer Rankings, feel free to argue. I am going against the judges on a few here so will be interesting if Canada votes with judges or how I think they might.

Top 3:
Kevin & Shelaina
Jordan & Shane
Christian & Melissa

Middle 2:
Carlena & Adam
Francois & Lindsey

Bottom 3:
Denitsa & Joey
JP & Geisha
Yulia & Matt

I know my Bottom 3 were not the judges Bottom 3, so I could be way off, but that is how I felt about the routines – so I am going with my gut. I think JP and Geisha will go home…. even though I thought LAST NIGHT Yulia and Matt were not as good.

We will see later tonight – – – Comments? Leave them below!

August 2, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canda Season 3 Alumni performing in Vancouver Flash Mob for OUTgames Closing Ceremonies

Tomorrow is the Vancouver OUTgames Closing Ceremonies. It is an action – packed day of activites that will conclude with a concert from Dragonette and Ace of Base.

I won tickets to go!

I was looking at the schedule of events and this caught my eye….

Vancouver 2011 OUTgames closing ceremonies listed this:

The Diver sity Project Association is dedicated to promoting Love and Compassion through Diversity, Edu cation, and Understanding for all walks of life. They are excited to work with the OutGames by bringing them a not to be missed flash mob dance during the closing ceremonies on July 30th with guest dancers Mackenzie Green and Nathalie Heath from So You Think You Can Dance Canada, season 3

Here they are from last year’s SYTYCD Canada Show:

Totally Psyched! If I can get pictures I will share them :)

July 29, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Top 18 Perform tonight – Guest Judge Nico

Tonight the Top 18 dancers will perform. We said good-bye to Rodrigo & Lauren last week after an amazing Top 20 performance show.

Tonight we can expet some more fantastic routines as well as an extra specil guest judge…. Season 1’s winner, Nico Archambault !!!

If you aren’t familiar with him, I encourage you to search him on youtube – he is so great as a dancer, choreographer and just to look at ;) Here is a clip from him season 1 Top 4 (montage and solo dance) But check him out on youtube, he dances for pinup Saints also!

Ok and here is one more of him and Allie from season 2, choreographed by Stacey Tookey:

Also, if you are interested, CTV has an interesting article on the Top 18 Dancers Schedules which gives details on hours in studio, practice, choreo, group routines, interviews etc. etc. Sounds quite intense!

Check back later tonight for the full post on tonight’s Top 18 performance show and again tomorrow night for the results – will your favourite make it into the Top 16?

July 25, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 Performances

Tonight was the Top performance show and I have compiled a list of the dancers, choreographers, music and a few thoughts.

I will power rank them at the end of this post – feel free to comment with your own thoughts.

Judges Tonight: Jean-Marc, Tre Armstrong, Rex Harrington, Mary Murphy.

Rodrigo & Lauren
Hip Hip – Luther Brown
“Look at me Now” Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Single – Chris Brown (ft. Lil’ Wayne & Busta Rhymes)

I really enjoyed this routine. We learned Rodrigo had an injury last week, as he walked on stage to do his solo/dance for his life he actually fell and hurt his neck. He had a minor concussion. He is better now and they two danced really well. It is kind of an awkward song for dance, but Luther choreographed it well and I thought they did a fantastic job.


Christian & Lindsay
Contemporary – Blake McGrath
“1+1″ 1+1 - 4 – Beyonce

This was one of my favourites of the night. It was emotional and deep. It was about the importance of touch in relationships and was very sensual. I usually love Blake’s routines and this was no different.

JP & Denitsa
Jive – Danny Arbour (Past contenstent)
“Blue Suede Shoes” Blue Suede Shoes - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered) – Elvis Presley

This was a fast moving edurance dance. I thought they both did very well and was impressed to see Danny back choreographing for the show. It was in the middle for me tonight.

Carlena & Boneless
Dancehall – Jaeblaze
“Star Bwoy” Star Bwoy - Star Bwoy Riddim – Mavado

This was fun and had a good vibe. I am not sur ehow I feel about Carlena yet, some days I love her, others I just remember her crap-attitude and unfortunately it really puts that dark cloud over everything she does. Amazing dancer, yes, and hopefully that will continue to shine and cast away the bad attitude I remember. Overall this dance had the swagga’ it needed.


Kevin & Teya
Viennese Waltz – Pierre Allaire
“Good to You” Good To You (Featuring Kate Voegele) - Masterpiece Theatre – Marianas Trench

This was my least favourite dance of the night. It was slow, dull, boring and they really did not have a strong grasp of the steps. Granted, it is supposed to be a calm dance, but they didn’t glide across the dance floor – they kind of stumbled. It wasn’t horrific, and I couldn’t do any better, but it just didn’t entertain me. I predict this will be inthe bottom 3.

Geisha & Francois
Hip Hop – Tucker Barkley
“Roman’s Revenge” Roman's Revenge (feat. Lil Wayne) - Roman's Revenge (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single – Nicki Minaj (ft. Lil’ Wayne)

I enjoyed this routine. The costumes were a bit strange, but the choreo was good and they delivered it well. Compared to the rest of the night, it was about middle rating, but entertaining and fun!

Adam & Yulia
Samba – Gustavo Vargas
“Samba” Samba - Beats Around The Bush – Ganga Giri

This was really really fast. I think Yulia did better than Adam, but together it seemed a little chaotic, frantic and just off. Granted, it was fast, but it went from “fast – wow!” to “fast – what?” and I predict they may end up in the bottom three.

Melissa & Shane
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“This Year’s Love” This Years Love - White Ladder – David Gray

This was amazing! Sabrina Matthews always choreographs such amazing pieces and this one was about a friend helping another friend through HIV AIDS. The topic was emotional, but these two dancers nailed it. THey brought raw emotion and amazing lifts, I was in tears! The judges agreed and got quite emotional connecting the dance to experiences of loved ones lost from AIDS. One of my favourites of the night!

Shelaina & Matt
Hustle – Maria Torres
“Melody of Love” (Wanna Be Loved) Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved) - Endless Summer – Donna Summer

I usually like Maria Torres’ work and was excited to see a Hustle, but was disappointed. I do not know enough about the genre to say if it was the choreo or the dancing or just the song, but it was really slow and felt almost like it had to be choreographed at half time or something. I was bored besides a few nice lifts and spins. I think it may put them in the bottom three.

Jordan & Joey
Jazz – Sean Cheesman
“That’s Life” That's Life - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) – Frank Sinatra

By far my favourite of the night! This dance was athletic, comedic, completely in sync and absolutely fantastic! Judges called these two a power couple and I couldn’t agree more. Jordan was an early favourite for me in auditions and tonight I think she quickly became Canada’s favourite! The two of them nailed the facial expressions, comedic moments, dance moves and chemistry! The story was a first date at the movies and the boy wants a kiss and tries to get one… it was so funny – once I find it I will post it for those of you who don’t get CTV to watch… really fantastic!

With that said here are my rankings for the night – please comment if you agree or disagree.

Top 3:

-Jordan & Joey
-Melissa & Shane
-Christian & Lindsay

Middle 4:

-Rodrigo & Lauren (almost top 3)
-JP & Denitsa
-Geisha & Francois
-Carlena & Boneless

Bottom 3:
-Adam & Yulia
-Shelaina & Matt
-Kevin & Teya

We will see if I am right, it is sad because the bottom 3 couples are not necessarily my least favourite dancers, they just didn’t pull through tonight for some reason.

What do you think?
Stay Tuned for Results tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 8pm Local time on CTV. I will post the results here tomorrow night.

Random Comment: Am I the only one who dislikes Leah Miller? I know I always say it, but she is way too young to have that much botox! Her outfit tonight was so strange! An orange skirt that went up her back and a purple long sleeved shirt that was tied up to show her upper torso? I wish Cat Deely could do our show here too ;)

[Photo Source: CTV]

July 18, 2011 I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com