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Top 20 (Part 2) Performance Music

Here we go again, round 2 of the Top 20 performances. I’m excited to see everybody dance again, but so nervous about losing 4 of them tomorrow night. Crossing my fingers for my favorites…now…which makes it hard to type….

And a spoiler space, just in case…

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June 22, 2011 I Written By

Week 2 Twitter Roundup

happy performance day! thought I’d take a look around Twitter and see what everyone’s saying on what promises to be a great performance show.

if you’re looking to follow any of the SYTYCD Season 8 dancers, just search “D8(their first name)” ie. D8Tadd or D8Ryan. it’s pretty simple!

Ryan Ramirez

Tadd Gadduang

Alexander Fost

Chris Koehl

Jess LeProtto

Marko Germar

Mitchell Kelly

Nick Young

Ricky Jaime

Robert Taylor, Jr.

Wadi Jones

Ashley Rich

Caitlynn Lawson

Clarice Ordaz

Iveta Lukosiute

Jordan Casanova

Melanie Moore

Missy Morelli

Sasha Mallory

these are the Twitters for the S8 contestants. Most of them today are just thanking people for their support. I’ll update this as the weeks go on and the All-Stars begin to get announced.

One other thing, according to S6 Jakob’s Twitter, his 21st birthday was 2 days ago! If you have a Twitter or a FB, go on over and wish him a happy belated birthday!!

have a great time watching the show tonight everyone!

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SYTYCD Canada Season 4 Premiere

Tonight was the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 4 on CTV.

For those of you who are not able to watch SYTYCD Canada, I will try to bring you updates each week.

First of all the basics:

Our judges are Jean-Marc Genereux, Tre Armstrong and Luther Brown.
We often have guest judges. Tonight it was Mary Murphy and Rex Harrington.

The procedure during auditions are the same, they dance then get a ticket to the finals or go to choreo or get sent home.

Our host is Leah Miller. She is not nearly as amazing as Cat Deely and to be honest, gets on my nerves almost as much as Jean-Marc.

Choreo is run by Blake McGrath, called “Blake Boot Camp”

Any questions?

Tonight were the Toronto Auditions

I have listed the dancer, the music if I could figure it out and then any details I could. Feel free to comment if I missed anything important or let me know what you think.

Daniel Keith Morrison
Hip hopping in his thatched hat appeared to be a joke but busted out some serious (and goofy) moves.
Sent to finals.

Jordan Clarke
“Firework” Firework - Teenage Dream (Deluxe Edition) – Katy Perry  (montage)
“Fall at Your Feet” Fall At Your Feet (Acoustic) - Back to Bedlam – James Blunt (audition)
Sent to finals.

Cassandra Flammini
“Fever” Fever - The Best of Peggy Lee – Peggy Lee
Jazz Dance
Tre said she had“delicious toes” while others called her “Cassexy”
Sent for choreo – made it through

Joey Arrigo – 18
“A Drop in the Ocean” A Drop In the Ocean - Daylight – Ron Pope
Stunning contemporary
Sent to Finals

Rodrigo Basurto
“Pressure” Pressure (feat. Ginuwine) - Pressure (feat. Ginuwine) - Single – Belly
B-boy
Sent to Finals

Sarah Vance
“Bleeding Love” Bleeding Love - Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 2 – (acoustic)
Sent to Choreo – made it through

Marivic De Vera
Tahitian Dancer
Sent Home

Adam Lopapa  – 18
“Feeling Good” Feeling Good - It's Time – Michael Buble
Sent to finals

Jennifer Abbey
“Perfect” F**kin' Perfect - F**kin' Perfect (Perfect) - Single – Pink  (montage)
“Only Girl” Only Girl (In the World) - Loud – Rihanna (audition)
Very heartbreaking story, quite emotional

“Can’t Touch This” U Can't Touch This - Greatest Hits – MC Hammer – warm up routine / mid-day montage

Lisa Frias
“The Way I Am” The Way I Am - Girls and Boys – Ingrid Michaelson
Sent to Choreo – made it through

Jordan Davis
Very fun hip hop
Sent to finals

Jena Singh – 19
Salsa dancer
She had been a partner for someone auditioning during season 2 but was too young until now to audition herself. Her shoe came undone during her routine but she still rocked it.
Sent to choreo – made it through

Melissa Mitro
“S&M” S&M - Loud – Rihanna – (montage)
“Say You Don’t Want It” Say You Don't Want It - One Night Only – One Night Only (audition)
She is so muscular and athletic, she joked about her “guns”

She actually made it to the finals in season 1 but did not show up, because she was committed to competition dance with a team and did not want to let them down.
Sent to finals – hope she makes it this time, I like her!

Jean-Marc returned, he had been at a ballroom competition. I honestly, prefer when he is NOT there, his voice and the way he hits on all the hot ladies gets on my nerves.

Yara Casconcelos
Sent to finals

Shandal Lee Williams
Crump – Hard-hitting, spasms and throwing himself on the floor doing Contortions. The judges were more fearful he was going to hurt himself than anything. Was told to calm his aggression.
Sent to Choreo – did not complete choreo

Matthew Cuff
“Sexy Chick” Sexy Chick (feat. Akon) - One More Love – David Guetta
Voguer – He auditions every year, but his ‘flamboyant’ style is not well recieved typically. Tonight he had fun and had improved a lot.
Sent to Choreo – made it through

Andrew Chung
“We No Speak Americano” We No Speak Americano - We No Speak Americano (Remixes, Vol. 1) – Yolando Be Cool
B-Boy who auditions every year. Decided to focus on locking this year to take it to the next level. He almost made Top 20 last year and I predict he will make it this year after judges compliments on how much cleaner and confident he is.
Sent to finals.

Katie Arnold
“Marry Me” Marry Me - Save Me, San Francisco (Bonus Track Version) – Train (montage)
“Bleeding Love” The Bleeding - The Way of the Fist – Five Finger Death Punch (Acoustic)
Unsupportive father, emotional intro, but she is nervous and weak and stopped mid-dance
Sent Home

Suzana Garcia
“Errtime” Errtime - The Longest Yard (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture) – Nelly (montage)
“Commander” Commander (feat. David Guetta) - Commander (feat. David Guetta) - Single – Kelly Rowland (audition)
Lot’s of compliments on her looks, but that she was needing to bring more precision to her dancing, she was too wild.
Sent to choreo – made it through

Brenner Smith – 18
Everett Smith (tapper from Season 2) is his brother. I LOVED Everett! Brenner is Contemporary though. I really liked him.
Sent to finals

AJ Lopresti
“Shambala” Shambala - Three Dog Night: The Complete Hit Singles – Three Dog Night
Tapper who auditioned as contemporary in the past and did not make it.
Sent to Finals

Kirstie Keenan – 19
“Best for Last” Best for Last - 19 – Adele
Some mixed responses from the judges. I really think she is cute and quirky and fun.
Sent to choreo – did not make it through this year

Esie Mensah – 25
Martial Arts Black Belt in 3 Disciplines. She was unique and hard-hitting and I could just see Sean Cheesman having a hay-day with her.

Captain Canada
After another year of all No’s he announces he is “retiring” This guy has a hat and a Canada Flag Cape… all in fun.

Jordon Barley – 18
“Like a G6” Like a G6 - Free Wired – Far East Movement
He was really awesome. He learned off the internet!!
Sent to finals

Vicky Luo – 23
Chinese Dancer, amazing, made it to finals season 2 and has studied other forms of dancing to prepare for this year.
Sent to Choreo – made it through

Aleksandra Jurevich
“Where I Stood” Where I Stood - On a Clear Night – Missy Higgins
A returning auditioner, she did very well.
Sent to finals.

“I Like to Dance” I Like to Dance - Lovesick Electric – Hot Chelle Rae (montage of dancers sent to finals)

Blake Boot Camp

“Mine” Mine - Ruthless (Exclusive Edition) – Ace Hood (montage of dancers sent to choreo)

*New those who got sent to finals get to go to choreo to see what is to come in finals if they wish*

Montage of sweating dancers making mistakes, saying it is hard and hurts, while Blake says it is not good enough.

“DJ Got Us Falling in Love” DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single – Usher (Blake’s Routine for dancers)

I included choreo results above next to each dancer sent to choreo.

And that was SYTYCD Season 4 Premiere.

What did you think?

Next Episode:
Vancouver, Edmonton, Saint John Auditions next Monday, June 27, 2011.



Photos from Toronto Auditions Here

June 20, 2011 I Written By

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Some Dance Lagniappe

This is NOT SYTYCD-related, except in the sense that it IS dancing. Here in Louisiana, we have a concept of lagniappe, which means “something extra.” Here is your “something extra” for the week, just to whet your appetite for dance.

Photographer David Eustace filmed the Scottish Ballet’s principal dancer, Tomomi Sato as a “study in movement.” It’s cool, just a touch creepy and really beautiful. Hope you enjoy!

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SYTYCD Week 1, Interviews w/ Judges After No Elimination – Poll for Your Favorite Couples

Nigel, Mary and guest judge Megan Mullally agreed not to eliminate 2 dancers after the first week of live performances on season 8 of SYTYCD. Next week 4 dancers will be eliminated, so be sure to tune in and vote. Until then here’s your chance to vote on the couples.

Then, a video interview with the judges after no elimination of the SYTYCD 2011 top 20.

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Top 20 Results Thoughts and Discussion

Sorry this is late, y’all. I was trying to watch last night’s results show while at work. Which was successful until about halfway through the solos and I had to actually go work. I’ve since caught up and am ready to talk. Seems some of you are, too, so here’s a space for your discussion, too. Sound off in the comments.

My thoughts:

-I loved the Sonya group routine. It seemed like the girlie “beasts” were a bit favored over the guys, but I do have to agree that I think the girls are stronger this season. The guys are growing on me but all my favorites are girls right now. Also, I thought the “Where were you in ’92” line was ironic, considering most of the dancers are younger than 19 and ’92 was almost 20 years ago now…

-I’ve loved having Megan Mullaly as a guest judge. She knows what she’s talking about, but she’s kind and supportive and clearly a fan. Best of all possible worlds for a guest judge.

-The photo of a scared Nigel congo-ing (?!?!) with Lady Gaga was hysterical. And scary. 🙂

-I’m glad they didn’t try to act like Melanie/Marko are in danger because I really love this couple and they had one of the best routines of the night.

-In the Missy/Wadi and Iveta/Nick couples, I do like the guys a lot and I really liked their partnerships, which is helping Missy and Iveta grow on me. Glad they’re safe.

-Between Ashley/Chris and Jordan/Tadd, I think Jordan/Tadd actually had the stronger routine. It was just at the beginning of the night, so maybe people forgot about them. I really like their partnership. I like Ashley/Chris, too, don’t get me wrong and they had a cute hip hop, but I liked the African jazz better.

-I’m SO GLAD Caitlynn is safe. She’s quickly become one of my favorites. Doesn’t she kinda look like a brunette LoFro? However, I loved watching her danced with Robert. They had such a great routine and incredible chemistry. Who knows if she and Mitchell will have good chemistry together next week? I want her to continue to be safe.

-I’m not surprised Clarice/Jess were in the bottom, but I thought she did a really good job in the Broadway. She had so much charisma and I think she and Jess might actually be a good pair.

-Keri Hilson’s performance was great and all, but I would’ve liked more focus on the dancer. I may be in the minority about generally being kinda blah about the musical performances (unless they have SYTYCD alum as dancers).

-SO GLAD Ryan and Rickey are safe! They are such a great partnership. You could tell they were a bit nervous, despite the crowd reaction.

-It was clear who the bottom couple was gonna be between Miranda/Robert and Sasha/Alexander. It’s funny that they paired the girl with the least exposure with the guy with arguably the most. Maybe it’ll help draw Miranda out. Their routine was athletic and I feel like the choreography was great, but it just didn’t come together. Whereas Sasha/Alexander’s routine was fantastic.

-GOPAK! That was funny. Both Amanda and I giggled at the flashback to Jeanine and Philip’s Gopak because it was a running joke on the tour, which we both attended in Atlanta. So funny. And the guest dancer Gennadi Saveliev was amazing. The height on his jumps was incredible.

-Mitchell’s solo was very good, controlled and powerful. So far, his personality is my least favorite (and Robert an annoying second least favorite) of the guys because he comes off very arrogant. But he can dance, for sure. I think it was Sasha who was jumping up and down in near the end (her hair gave her away, plus it’s her style).

-Jordan’s solo was a bit…gymnastic stripper-ish. I love her to death, but I don’t know that it was the strongest solo she could have presented. I like the music, though, and it fits her.

-Tadd’s solo was probably my favorite. It had so much character to it and really showed off his skills. He reminded me so much of Dominic in his 8 second intro during the performance night and a little bit here too, in his solo. Love him.

-Clarice’s solo had a few nice elements, but I was distracted by the weird handkerchief thing hanging from her hip. The first move was pretty awesome, though.

-Jess’s solo, too, had a ton of character. Like Tadd, he really took his time to display himself and his dancing, which is something I don’t think either of the girls did very well.

-Miranda did, however. Hers was probably the best of the girl’s solos. She had some amazingly high jumps and leaps, especially at the beginning, but it didn’t feel frantic.

-Robert’s solo was good, but Tadd’s and Jess’s were definitely better. He had such a wave of audience support though, all woo-ing for him. You could tell it took Cat by surprise a bit.

-I’ve been pretty Lady Gaga-‘d out lately. Her last few singles have not impressed me very much. But “Edge of Glory” reminds me of the songs of hers I’ve liked and the video was pretty good. It’s kinda cool that she had her tv premiere on SYTYCD during Season 4 AND that she’s gonna guest judge later in the season.

-WOW! I was pretty surprised and pleased that they’re not sending anybody home. Cat was DE-LIGHT-FUL during the whole bruhaha. It’s gonna be tough to see 2 couples go home next week, but it’s nice that we get to see them all dance one more week, right?

What do y’all think? some of you are, too“>Our reader Emily called me out on not having a place for her and other readers to share their thoughts. Here it is, go for it.

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Top 20 Results Music

Sonya Top 20 group routine: M.I.A’s “XR2” – XR2 - Kala (Bonus Track Version)

Keri Hilson performed “Lose Control” – Lose Control / Let Me Down - No Boys Allowed (Deluxe)

Guest dancer Gennadi Saveliev danced to: Yuri Simonov’s “Gopak” – Gayaneh: Gopak - Khachaturian: Famous Ballet Suites: Spartacus – Gayaneh - Maskarade

Premiere of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” – The Edge of Glory - Born This Way (Bonus Track Version) video

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SYTYCD Week 1, Season 8 Interviews with Top 20

So You Think You Can Dance kicks off with week 1 of season 8. Check out our interviews with Top 20!

Couples:
Jordan and Tadd
Sasha and Alexander
Clarice and Jess
Ryan and Ricky
Caitlynn and Robert from Season 7 (Mitchell was injured)
Miranda and Robert
Wadi and Missy
Melanie and Marko
Ashely and Chris
Iveta and Nick

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Top 20: Power Rankings

Sorry for the delay but due to the bad storms that came through last night took out our internet connection and was still out this morning before I went to work.

The beginning of the show is always one of my favorite parts, every one of the contestants probably dreams of that moment. We also learn that Mitchell is injured and was advised not to dance. I do wish they explained his injury a little bit more, and he was visibly upset that he was unable to perform. With that said I’m only going to judge his partners performance. We also had our first guest judge, Megan Mullaly from Will and Grace. Personally I love her and I thought she did a great job.

Top 4 Couples

Melanie and Marco
Contemporary-Travis Wall
Love the simplicity and concept of this dance. It may not be my favorite of the night but magic did just happen. Both are equally great dancers and I look forward to seeing them grow together this season. Like Cat said beautiful pieces of art.

Missy and Wadi
Jazz-Sean Cheesman
I like it, the dark characters that Sean gave them was great. A great partnership and could be one to watch. I really don’t have much to say which is a good thing in my book.

Sasha and Alexander
Contemporary-Travis Wall
Travis is just amazing. This looks like it will be a great partnership. I’m glad Alexander has insurance…lol…he took a beating. I can understand the disconnect, but I think it was the character that took away from some of the emotion.

Clarice and Jess
Broadway-Tyce Diorio
What luck that they got Broadway. I agree with Nigel, Jess is a performer and any partner will have to step of their performance. With that said I loved the dance and I don’t see them going anywhere yet.

Middle 4 Couples

Miranda and Robert
Jive-Jason Gilkenson
Was that an Urkel impression? Reason number one you should wear dangle ear rings win you dance they fly off. I think Megan got their personalities right. Great job by the two of them, sure the technique might not have been perfect but for the first week and to keep the energy up the entire way through is impressive. I sense a woo off between Robert and Mary.

Iveta and Nick
Quickstep-Jason Gilkenson
Storm warning so no sound for half of it but it looks like Nick survived the ballroom boot camp. Judging from the judges reaction this quickstep was not the dance of death. Iveta is the pro here and Nick just proved a tap dancer can do other things.

Caitlynn and Mitchell/Robert
Jazz-Sonya
Okay lost power thanks to the storms but from what I saw I loved it. I wish Mitchell was able to dance I think he would have danced it as well as Caitlynn. Even though he is in danger I think she should be safe. Also it was good to see Robert dance again.

Ryan and Rickey
Lyrical Hip Hop-Chris Scott
I like these two together. Loved the dance and thought they both danced it well. Interesting the interpretations of the story of the dance, glad they let Ryan explain her interpretation.

Bottom 2 Couples

Jordan and Tadd
Afro Jazz-Sean Cheesman
The first dance out of the gate and it didn’t really disappoint. I agree with the judges Tadd did and great job for being out of his element. I love Jordan but there were times it looked like she was thinking too much.

Ashley and Chris
Hip Hop-Chris Scott
That was a fun dance with a great concept and a great song. I agree with Nigel will be interesting if the viewers will go with fun or technique. Since it’s the first week I’m going to go with fun, but that just my opinion. These two have room to grow if we let them.

The first week is always the hardest to judge for me at least. I want to give the dancers a fair shot in the beginning. Mitchell we know is automatically in the bottom so I really hope he brings it if he is cleared to dance. The only other guy that I think might be in the bottom is Chris. As for the girls I have no clue glad the judges will be making the call on who goes home.

Hope everyone enjoyed the show and share your thoughts on who should stay and who should go.

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SYTYCD Season 8 Kicks Off It’s Live Telecasts

Fox kicked off the live tapings of So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 with a live action billboard high above the famous Sunset Strip. Professional dancers performed full out in front of a gigantic billboard on Sunset Boulevard, and Just Dance was there to cover the action. Plus interviews with SYTYCD judge’s Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy who reveal a few of this season’s guest judges!

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