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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

Poll: Who will win SYTYCD Canada Season 4?

September 7, 2011 I Written By

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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!

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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

SYTYCD Canada Results Night – Who makes the finale?

Tonight was emotional…. I have to go through the results as they happened so you can fully understand the rollercoaster my brain went through…..

The night opened with a Sean Cheesman choreographed routine to Madonna’s “Vogue” Vogue - The Immaculate Collection

It was fun and sexy, I liked the voguing/tutting portion and the end with the chairs the best.

What was frustrating about tonight was that all the dancers did their solo’s, even though Leah was clear that it wouldn’t change the results as in the Top 10 it was all votes. I felt with only a half hour show it was really lame. They all came out, were sent back, did solo’s, came back out for results…. Can you say time wasting?

Anyways, the results were as follows:
Denitsa
Sent home. No surprise here to be honest, I am shocked she lasted this long

Christian
Jean-Marc said he was “joining Denitsa, but not right now” lame. Needless to say he stays and was on the floor ecstatic.

Jordan
Tre asked her to “leave the stage…. to dance next week” Another lame psych-out, they really annoy me to be honest, especially poorly executed ones. Jordan was in tears!

Adam
Sent home. I wasn’t too shocked, I feel he comes across too cocky – him and his abs ha ha

Matt
Jean-Marc pointed out that he had never been in the bottom 3 but there was a first time for everything…. but not tonight – utter shock…. He stays over Shane? wait… HUH?

Lindsay
Is going to finale… over Melissa? wait… WHAT?

So I am raging… literally angry at Canada that Shane and Melissa aren’t in the finale when Jean-Marc announces the finale will not be Top 4….. but Top 6……

HAPPY DANCE!
I swear if Melissa and Shane had actually been sent home I would rage, boycott, freak! Besides Jordan those are my favourite two dancers!

Anyways, to make it clear….

Denitsa and Adam went home.

The rest go on to the Top 6 Finale, which is fine because to be honest, I didn’t know they planned to narrow it to a top 4 tonight… I don’t think they even know what they are doing half the time to be honest ha ha!

So… for the comments:
- Thoughts on who went home?
- Thoughts on the finale 6 vs finale 4 decisions?
- Thoughts on the Vogue routine?
- Thoughts on the “psych-out” judges do on SYTYCD repeatedly?

August 30, 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 10 Results – Down to 8

I apologize for not listing the bottom 3 or who I thought would go home in last night’s performance show post.

I wasn’t entirely sure how it would look because of the individual voting, also, I was pretty tired from driving 5 hours in the rain on scary highways from Kamloops to Vancouver.

Moving on….

Here is tonight’s results.

Top 10 Group Routine – Sabrina Matthews
“Heavy in Your Arms” Heavy In Your Arms - Lungs (Deluxe Edition) – Florence + The Machine

This was awesome. They all looked nude, wrapped in tape. It was really well choreographed and danced. I will post it once I find it on YouTube.

Female Results:

Lindsey – Safe
Denitsa – Not Safe
Yulia – Not Safe
Melissa – Not Safe *gasp*
Jordan – Safe

Male Results:
Christian – Not Safe
Shane – Safe
Francois – Not Safe
Adam – Not Safe
Matt – Safe

Solo’s
Denitsa – “Born This Way” Born This Way - Born This Way (Bonus Track Version) – Lady Gaga
She did very well, but she always does in her genre and her solo’s, trust me as we have seen her “dance for her life” numerous times.

Yulia – Not sure the song
She had feathers all over her outfit, danced like a bird and looked kind of strange to me. ANother we have seen too often “dance for her life”

Melissa – “Swans” – Uncle Bob
Shocked to see her in the bottom, but Jordan was there once also. I thought it would be Lindsey or Jordan only because we needed a bottom three. Was nice to see her solo, such talent!

Christian – Not sure the song
Danced amazingly well as I imagined he would.

Francois – Not sure the song.
He danced well. I didn’t expect him in the bottom based on last night but based on the whole season so far it didn’t surprise me.

Matt – “Fix the World Up for You” Fix the World Up for You - Songs for You, Truths for Me – James Morrison
So great to watch, really talented and powerful dancer!

In the end it was Yulia & Francois who went home.
It is going to be tough next week as we get down to the best of the best, or Canada’s most favourite!

Lindsey, Jordan, Melissa are so talented! Denitsa is also, but I think she is a one-trick show for the most part. I would LOVE Jordan to take it but I think Melissa may.

For the men, at this point, I feel bad saying that they all blur together still. I mean Shane is the clear front-runner for me, but Christian, Adam and Matt are all very talented, I would have a tough time putting one miles ahead of the others. I just feel Shane is amazing!

Who are your bets to take it all the way?

Side Note: It drives me NUTS when Leah Miller says “Why are you so…” last night she said it so many times.. “Why are you so good?” or “Why are you so in shape?” and “Why do you have to stop?” I can’t stand her! She comes across so condescending! Between her and Jean-Marc I almost can’t stand watching the show! I usually just watch the dances and maybe a guest judge or two, thank goodness for PVR (fast-forward the annoying parts)

Last Night Leah Miller:

August 23, 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 10 Power Rankings

 

Tonight’s judges were Jean-Marc, Tre Armstrong, Stacey Tookey and Mary Murphy.

Tonight the dancer’s had new partner’s as well as solo’s to perform as we start voting for individual’s not couples this week.I think this will really show us who Canada likes and not mask poor dancers with partner’s who are favourites.

First of all I will do the Ranking of the Coupled Dances:
1. Jordan & Christian
Jazz – Sean Cheesman
“Skin” – Skin - Loud Rihanna

*CTV Has more photos that are amazing*
I know not everyone will agree with me but this routine was sexy and amazing. The start with one on each side of the wall yet still in sync, the spins and back flips and all that skin. It was sexy and my favourite of the night, but I think Canada may place them lower than I do.

2. Shane & Melissa
Hip Hop – Luther Brown
“The Time” The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Beginning (Deluxe Version) – Black Eyed Peas

I really loved this routine also, but hip hop sometimes scores lower with Canada’s votes. Melissa got her 6th standing ovation from the judges and she really worked this routine hard.

3. Lindsey & Adam
Contemporary – Blake McGrath
“Remember When it Rained” Remember When It Rained - Closer – Josh Groban

This was an amazing routine. It was my favourite when it came on but after the whole episode I felt stronger about the Hip Hop and Jazz routines, though I could be wrong. Honestly, all three of these routines were just absolutely fantastic!

4. Yulia & Matt
Contemporary – Sabrina Matthews
“My Love” My Love - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version] – Sia

I love this song and was impressed with Yulia despite her uncomfortableness with the routine. The fact is, to go further she needs to be able to step outside her genre, and she really doesn’t do that well. Tonight was good, but I think others were better.

5. Denitsa & Francois
Mambo – Gustavo Vergas
“Bemba Colora” – Ceilia Cruz

There were some nice moments and they are both ballroom so it was well done, but it was the first dance of the night, and not that memorable. Denitsa’s scarf didn’t come out and she almost dropped the one Francois threw to her to use. There was great partnering but overall it was just not as memorable or entertaining as the others.

Now for Solo’s, I don’t actually like the dancers in this order at all, but based JUST on what I saw tonight here are my thoughts…

Men:

1. Shane: David Guetta ft. Chris Willis’s “Love is Gone” – Love Is Gone (Original Mix) - Pop Life

2. Francois: Jackie Wilson’s “Reet Petite” – Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson: 20 Greatest Hits

3. Adam: The Bee Gees’s “You Should Be Dancing” – You Should Be Dancing - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered]

4. Christian: Max Sedgley’s “Happy (Spiritual South Go Happy in Rio Remix)” – Happy (Spiritual South Go Happy In Rio) - Happy - EP

5. Matt: Hedley’s “For the Nights I Can’t Remember” – For the Nights I Can't Remember - Never Too Late (Bonus Track Version)

 

Women:

1. Melissa: The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build a Home” – To Build a Home - Ma Fleur

2. Lindsey: Katie Thompson’s “It Doesn’t Hurt” – It Doesn't Hurt - KT LIVE

3. Jordan: Adele’s “Hometown Glory” – Hometown Glory - 19

4. Denitsa: Guem et Zaka Percussion Ensemble’s “Le Serpent”

5. Yulia: Peggy Lee’s “Fever” – Fever - The Best of Peggy Lee

 

PLEASE comment with your thoughts, I could be way off, but based on tonight’s show this is how I feel. I do not know how the eliminations will go tomorrow, but I will post results tomorrow

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August 22, 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