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SYTYCD Live Billboard at Sunset Blvd.

SYTYCD has come up with some innovative (odd?) advertising for Season 8.

All day today, at 8929 Sunset Blvd (at Hilldale Ave.) in West Hollywood, a troupe of professional dancers will perform high in the air in front of a billboard, accompanied by a DJ and hosted by Cat Deely. Nigel and Mary will be there, as well.

This is going on 8 A.M. to 7 P.M. today, so it basically just started  If you live in L.A., go and check it out. If you nab photos or video, we’ll post them here on the site. Enjoy!

6.15.11 UPDATE:

John found a video of Nigel and Mary being interviewed at the Live Billboard yesterday and here are some photos that FOX sent us:

Mary and Nigel, the Odd Couple

The Live Billboard troupe, I presume?

June 14, 2011 I Written By

Predicted Season 8 Top 20 Couples

After taking a look at Amanda’s Meet the Top 20 posts and the contestant photos on Fox’s official site, and after watching the Meet the Top 20 episode last week, of course, I thought I’d try my hand at predicting the Top 20 couples.

I based my predictions on several factors. I tried to switch up dance styles as much as possible, played the “personality” game a bit and tried to guestimate heights and body types as much as possible. Let’s see how many I get right when Wednesday comes around.

1. Melanie (contemporary) and Tadd (“urban”)

2. Ryan (contemporary) and Alexander (ballet)

3. Caitlyn ( jazz) and Marko (hip hop)

4. Sasha (contemporary) and Nick (tap)

5. Jordan (jazz) and Wadi (b boy)

6. Ashley (contemporary) and Jess (Broadway)

7. Missy (jazz) and Rickey (contemporary)

8. Miranda (contemporary) and Mitchell (contemporary)

9. Clarice (jazz) and Chris (hip hop)

10. Iveta (ballroom) and Robert (hip hop)

What do you think? Do you think I got it right or horribly wrong? Who do you think should dance together? What kind of pairings would you like to see?

June 13, 2011 I Written By

Venus Goddess Video with Lauren Gottlieb, Kathryn McCormick, Lauren Froderman, Amber Williams and Some Hot Blonde

Thanks to @megansantos on Twitter for pointing out this great video with Lauren Gottlieb, Kathryn McCormick, Lauren Froderman, Amber Williams and Some Hot Blonde. At least I think it’s Amber Williams from SYTYCD season 8. I can’t tell who the hot blonde girl is in the commercial, but I’d like to know her;-)

Tyce Diorio did the choreography for the video. It’s an ad for Venus Goddess, but it’s not much of an ad. Although, I admit I do want to buy Venu Goddess now. I’ll take all 5 Venus Goddesses *creepy Nigel look*

Ok, enough about that, time for you to enjoy the video:

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Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

Meet The Top 20: Part Two

Again thanks to Dance Plug’s YouTube Channel for these videos.

Jordan Casanova

Jordan was a stand out from the beginning for me and she does remind me of LoFro.

Christopher Koehl

I’m not sure why but Chris reminds me of Legacy a little.

Iveta Lukosiute

Glad a ballroom dancer made it through and I like the fact we got to see her dance with Pasha already.

Alexander Fost

I like what he says about technique and I agree the cleaner the better.

Caitlyn Lawson

Looking forward to seeing her dance and what she brings to the table.

Jess LeProtto

Not surprised at all that Evan and Tyce would be his choices to work with. Nigel says he comes across as arrogant which I think it’s more of how his character comes across when he dances. Love that he can tap and his style is slightly different than Nick’s.

Marco Germar

His mom is a ballroom instructor, interesting.

Miranda Maleski

I’m thinking she might be the dark horse this season.

Melanie Moore

She was the first one everyone saw and I think she will do well. I would like to see her paired with Billy Bell only because he has said many good things about her.

Mitchell Kelly

Not to sure what to think about him but we’ll see what he brings to the table.

June 11, 2011 I Written By

Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

Meet The Top 20: Part One

Get to know the top 20 by watch these videos that I found on Dance Plug’s YouTube channel. I’ll add my thoughts along with the videos, so enjoy getting to know the top 20 for season 8.

Missy Morelli

I like that she seems to true be enjoying every asppect of her journey so far and to hear hear say Vegas week was fun.

Nick Young and Rickey Jamie

I’ll admit I’m already a fan of Nick and yes partly because he is a tap dancer but I think he will surprise us. He spent $3oo on tap shoes…which sounds about right for a good pair. Rickey seems to have a lot of personality so he should be fun to watch.

Robert Taylor Jr. aka The Woo Man

He will be one of those loveable characters on the show. Learned a few things about him to that was a bit surprising, he has auditioned before and started in musical theatre before hip hop.

Sasha Mallory

Out of her and her sister, I had a feeling Sasha was going to make it.

Ryan Ramirez and Ashley Rich

I like these girls. Also after Arielle Coker got cut if Ryan didn’t make I’m sure something would have been thrown at my television.

Wadi Jones and Clarice Ordaz

Wadi was another I just had the feeling he was in the top 20, but I love that Legacy was his choice of b-boy to work with.

Tadd Gadduang

Actually I would like to see him dance with Gev.

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Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

SYTYCD Season 8 – Top 20 Reveal – Music

Interesting difference for the Top 20 Reveal. Live performances! I’m actually kind of liking this.

Music for the Reveal the Top 20:

Dancers into the Holding Area:

[Marianya started the post, above and now I’m taking over. This post will contain spoilers, so here’s a spoiler break…]

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June 9, 2011 I Written By

New SYTYCD Online Voting!

SYTYCD is instituting online voting this season. It sounds like the same process Dancing with the Stars online voting, which connects through Facebook.

So, we’ve finally got episodes online and now we’ve got online voting. What do you think? Will you take advantage of this new way to vote?

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Vegas Week Thoughts

I loved the openning of the show with dancing mantages on the building of Vegas was really cool. With that said Vegas week is by far the toughest part of the SYTYCD audition process. There is a reason it is called hell week. Joining Nigel and Mary at the Judging table were Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Robin Antin, and Jason Gilkinson (who filled in for Adam during a round). Also I was tweeting along with the show and sometimes miss some details…lol I’m the type that has to take notes so I don’t forget.

Round One Solos: The judges wasted no time getting to the point starting the first of two solo rounds. They cut 46 dancers from that round alone.

Round Two a NappyTabs hip hop: They challenged the dancers with an intricate and fast routine. Hiro, Patty Ann Miller, Kristin Dobson, Princess Lockeroo and the irish dancer Mary Kate Sheean…were among the dancers that got cut during the Hip Hop round. The first of many shocking eliminations.

Round Three Broadway with Tyce: Loved the routine and the song. I would love to see it on the live show. Tyce was great describing the character for the girls but I think he left the guys a little bit confused as for what there character was.

Round Four Ballroom with Jason: Jason chose to challege the dancers with the Jive. I was amused by all the girls getting really excited to take off their shoes. The Jive is no joke and I bet their feet and legs felt like they were gonna fall off.

Round Five Groups: I was quite impressed with the group round. There wasn’t much drama at all just one little break down with Arielle’s group. The Judges were impress too because they only cut 7.

Round Six Contemporary with Travis Wall: Joining Travis was Robert and Jamie. Looks like Mia has passed this round to Travis. Love seeing his work on the show. During this round the two favorites were lost Arielle Coker (who looked just as confused as I did) and Alexis Mason (who had to dance for her life).

Final Round: The final solo round for the dancers to prove that they are worthy of being in the top 20.

Looking forward to the Green Mile tomorrow night and we will finally know this seasons top 20

June 8, 2011 I Written By

Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

Season 8 Vegas Week Music

SOOOO EXCITED FOR VEGAS WEEK! Bring it on! The FOX SYTYCD site shows Nappytabs for tonight’s episode and I really hope we see them, in Vegas and all through the season.

Ready to help me out with the music? Ready…set….go!

Vegas Week opener song: Queen’s “Keep Yourself Alive” – Keep Yourself Alive - Classic Queen

Day 1 opener: ?

Yvetta Lukasiouta (ballroom, dressed as a cop to arrest Nigel): Queen Latifah (and Taye Diggs)’s “When You’re Good to Mama” – When You're Good to Mama - Chicago (Music from the Miramax Motion Picture) from Chicago

Marlon Pelayo (crazy leotard): Nicki Minaj ft Rihanna’s “Fly” – Fly - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)

Montage of auditions: ?

No to group: something from Swan Lake, but remixed?

More nos: AWOLNATION’s “Sail” – Sail - Megalithic Symphony

Wadi Jones: Crazy Rush ft. Dylan Berry’s “I Got You Good” –I Got You Good Feat. Dylan Berry - Single - Crazy Rush Check out this playlist to listen.

Good montage: AWOLNATION’s “Sail” – Sail - Megalithic Symphony again (LOVE this song, by the way!)

Sasha & Natalia Mallory (sisters): Adele’s “Rumour Has It” – Rumour Has It - 21

Nappytabs hip hop round: Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes’s “Look At Me Now” – Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Single

Surprising cuts montage (no spoilers, don’t do it, Emilie, but there are 5 surprising cuts here…): Darnel Alexander and Joseph Glenn Alley’s “I Can Be Your Shoulder” – I Can Be Your Shoulder - Single - Darnel Alexander & Joseph Glenn Alley

Good montage: Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails (Rusko remix)” – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix) - Scion Sampler, Vol. 22: Fool's Gold Remixed

Intro to Broadway round: Mel Torme’s “Broadway” – Broadway - Songs of New York

Tyce’s Broadway round: “I Gotcha” – I Gotcha - Fosse (Original Broadway Cast Recording) from Fosse

No montage (14 cuts): Oh Land’s “Son of a Gun” – Sun of a Gun - Oh Land (Thanks to reader Erica. Also, I really love this song! I hope they use it in a routine.)

Jason Gilkison’s jive round: Elvis’s “Blue Suede Shoes” – Blue Suede Shoes - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered)

Alexis Mason’s dance for her life solo: David Lanz’s “Variations on a theme from Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major” – Variations On a Theme from Pachelbel's Canon In D Major - Best of David Lanz

Day 3 opener: ?

First group (4 contemporary dancers not shown before, Wadi Jones): Amanda says this is “Rich Man’s Frug” – Rich Man's Frug - Sweet Charity (Soundtrack from the Musical) from Sweet Charity.

Good ground round montage: Young the Giant’s “My Body” – My Body - Young the Giant

Group routine (Natalia, DC, Arielle, Dashi and Jordan): Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” – Grenade - Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)

Intro to the “bloodbath” contemporary round: Plan B’s “Welcome to Hell” – Welcome to Hell - The Defamation of Strickland Banks (Thanks to our reader Jenn for letting us know!

Travis Wall’s contemporary round: Vitamin String Quartet’s cover of “Yellow” – Yellow - The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay

People cut left and right on day 4: Gary Jules “Mad World” – Mad World - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets

Natalia’s solo: The Temptations’s “I Wish It Would Rain” – I Wish It Would Rain - Wish It Would Rain

Bryce goes through after contemporary: Eliza Doolittle’s “Pack Up” Pack Up - Eliza Doolittle

Going through montage: AWOLNation’s “People” – People - Megalithic Symphony

Clarice Ordaz’s solo: Danica Rozelle’s “Mi Diablo” – Mi Diablo Feat. Danica Rozelle - Mi Diablo Feat. Danica Rozelle - Single (another LMG song!)

Alexis Mason’s solo: Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna” – Lux Aeterna - Requiem for a Dream (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Thanks to our reader Allie for letting us know!)

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More of Your Favorite Season 8 Episodes 2 and 3 Dancers

After Episode 1 (Atlanta/Oakland auditions), I put up some videos of our favorite dancers. Here are some more from dancers from Episode 2 (Salt Lake City/NYC) and Episode 3 (Los Angeles).

Which dancers are you most excited to see more of in the Vegas Week episodes?

Chyna Smith:

Tadd Gadduang:

Jordan Casanova

Arielle Coker:

Hiroka “Hero” McRae

Alexis Mason

Sasha and Natalia Mallory (and their brother Yannis)

There are a lot of people I’m excited about who I couldn’t find videos for – like Annie Gratton, Chase Thomas, Derion “DC” Chapman and Patty Anne Miller.

It’s feeling like a girl’s year so far. What do y’all think?

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