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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?

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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

Mia Michaels Choreographs Canada’s Top 3 Girls

For those of us who have missed Mia’s choreography from the American show, here is a great video of the Canadian Top 3 Girls routine she choreographed. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

September 7, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD Canada – Finale Performance Show

Tonight was the final performance show of the season.

Lindsey & Matt
Hip-Hop – ShoTyme
“Like That” – Like That - 534 Memphis Bleek

This was energetic, hard hitting and fun. I really enjoyed watching it and thought it was a great start to the show.

Jordan & Christian
Contemporary – Stacey Tookey
“All in Love is Fair” – All in Love Is Fair - Innervisions (Reissue) Stevie Wonder

This was a powerful piece about a chance encounter between past lovers who relive a moment. I thought it was moving and pretty. There was a near-miss on a lift that scared me but they recovered well.

Melissa & Shane
Salsa – Gustavo Vargas
“Salsa y Sabor” – Salsa y Sabor - Para Los Rumberos Tito Puente

This had some serious lifts, twists, spins and tricks. BOTH of them did some crazy flips and it ended with an amazing one-legged lift by Shane pulling Melissa over him, amazing!

Girls Routine

Mia Michaels
“What About Us” – What About Us - Future Memories ATB

This was, hands down, my most favourite routine of the season, and maybe ever. It was absolutely crazy-good. I will post it for everyone to see because it truly was THAT awesome!

Guys Routine
Melissa Williams
“We Will Rock You” – We Will Rock You - Queen: Greatest Hits Queen

After the girl’s routine this simply wasn’t up to par. It was fun, the guys did lifts and tricks and moved well, but the girl’s was just that much better! Christian really stood out fo rme in this routine.

SOLOS

Shane“Fancy Footwork” – Fancy Footwork - Fancy Footwork Choremo

Another amazing solo from Shane. I really find him the strongest of the male dancers.

Melissa“Commander” – Commander (feat. David Guetta) - Here I Am (Deluxe Version) Kelly Rowland

She was amazing, so much power and energy, when she dances she commands attention. She has been consistently great this whole season and I will not be surprised if she wins.

Lindsey“Beautiful” – Beautiful - Bitter Me’Shell Ndegeocello

Easily the most growth this season. Her solo showed such maturity and commitment, I had goosebumps watching her dance.

Matt“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers' Greatest Hits Bill Withers

For me the most improved male dancer. I am surprised he is still around over some of the other dancers, but he is holding his own and his solo was very good.

Christian“Beautiful People” – Beautiful People (feat. Benny Benassi) [Main Version] - F.A.M.E. Chris Brown

I often forget he is ballroom because he really does so well in every genre thrown at him. I appreciated his upbeat solo that was ballroom but very fluid and fun.

Jordan“This Woman’s Work” – This Woman's Work - Covers - EP Greg Laswell

Jordan was my pick to win since auditions. I adore her and I will stick to my decision for her to win, her solo was amazing, her dancing all season has been consistently great.

POWER RANKINGS

This is tough. I am ultimately voicing my predictions for the win….

Since day ONE I have been a Jordan fan, and even though Melissa has quickly crept up on (and at times even surpassed) Jordan, I am going to stick with Jordan to win. Melissa a close second (or if I am wrong, Melissa will win and Jordan a close second) I guess there are two ways to do this – MY OPINION and what I THINK CANADA’S OPINION WILL BE….

Mandy’s Thoughts:
1 – Jordan
2 – Melissa
3 – Lindsey
4 – Shane
5 – Christian
6 – Matt

Prediction based on Canada’s Votes:
1 – Melissa
2 – Jordan
3 – Christian
4 – Matt
5 – Lindsey
6 – Shane

WHY ARE THEY SO DIFFERENT?
Because, I think Canada, like USA SYTYCD, sometimes gets it wrong, or some dancers simply have more fan support for whatever reason. This is why the “winner” is called “favourite dancer” not “best dancer” at the end.

We often see the same fantastic dancers keep getting bottom 3, while some less talented dancers stick around week after week. Every season of every SYTYCD it happens. Of course, we all have different opinions on what we like, but that is how it goes.

For example, I think Joey should be in the finale, within Top 3 to be honest, but he is gone. I also thought Denitsa stuck around way too long. I could go on, but I won’t.

For the Comments….
Give me your Power Rankings, Also comment on any past results, who should have gone sooner or stayed longer?

FINALE – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 on CTV

September 5, 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 Group Routines

This was choreogrpahed by ShoTyme and features the Top 12 last week on SYTYCD Canada’s Performance Show.

I really liked the routine overall, especially since there is not a single Hip Hop Dancer left in the group…

They also did a Top 12 group routine choreographed by Jean-Marc & his wife on the Results Show:

Which do you like better? Isn’t it typical for Jean-Marc to have such a sexy routine?

I am excited to see what the Top 10 will bring Monday Night!!

August 21, 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 12 Tonight

Tonight we see Canada’s Season 4 Top 12 dancers perform.

With such an amazing week of SYTYCD USA finale’s I am still giddy about Melanie’s win! Some amazing routines from her and others, as you can see by scrolling down at some of the posts this week including bloggers favourite routines of the season.

While Season 8 USA has ended, Season 4 Canada is only half way through…

I apologize for not posting results from last week, but I was camping and away all week.

In a nutshell the Top 14 danced to “Rumour Has It” by Adele in a Melissa Williams choreographed Jazz number. Not only were there amazing dancers, but also lights and visuals. One camera angle looked down at dancers as they rolled and moved on the stage and the floor lit up with the word “Love” and hearts and so on. I will post a youtube video for you if I can find it.

Solo’s from the bottom three dancers included: Yulia, Carlena and Geisha for the ladies and JP, Shane and Joey for the guys.

In the end it was Carlena & JP that went home.

Tonight we are ready for the Top 12 and I am hoping for a little more fire. Last week was probably my least favourite episode this season. The dancers and routines were not up to the level we usually see and I was quite disappointed.

Tune in tonight if you have CTV or check back this evening for my summary and Power Rankings.

Top 14 Performance Show Post Here

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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

Stacey Tookey’s “Gasoline Rainbows” Routine SYTYCD Canada Top 14 Joey & Geisha (VIDEO)

This was a really awesomepiece by Stacey Tookey. I really like the concept and the song “Gasoline Rainbows” Gasoline Rainbows - Gasoline Rainbows by Amy Kuney.

August 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