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Funny Jeanine Mason Video – Boyfriend Spray

Comediva, a comedy site and content studio that makes funny videos for women, created a new original video, Boyfriend Spray, starring Jeanine Mason from So You Think You Can Dance. It is a parody ad about a perfume that makes you smell “unavailable.”

I know that Jeanine has been studying film in school. It’s cool to see her doing a bit of acting. Sadly no dancing in this video, but she’s still fun to see. Enjoy!

February 13, 2012 I Written By

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

Open Letter to SYTYCD Producers: How to Fix SYTYCD

Dear SYTYCD Producers,

Here at PureSYTYCD, we’ve had several conversations lately about why ratings, Internet traffic and overall enthusiasm and discussion have been sinking season by season. Margaret says it can be traced to the infamous Fall season, Season 6, when our favorite show started changing swiftly and drastically. While some of the changes have been really amazing (All-Stars), some of them have been just dreadful (yes, I’m going to say it once again – the stage).

So Fox, Nigel, here are OUR pointers for how to fix the show (and readers, please, please add your own in the comments or tell us how you feel about ours and add your voice to the open letter).

1. Keep rotating judges and guest judges – just rotate Nigel right off the panel. We loved the guest judges this season (with the notable exceptions of Carmen Electra and Katie Holmes), especially the fact that we got a rotation of our favorite choreographers on the panel. We’ve learned that static judges are annoying, no matter who they are. Whether it was Nigel, Mary, Mia or Adam, we got tired of hearing the same voices when we already knew what they were going to say. Jean-Marc is a good (pervy) example of this on the Canadian show. However, Nigel almost never rotates out,Β  so we’re extra tired of him. If you need guest judges to replace him, we’ll make ourselves available. Hey, why not? Fans of the show are good judges, considering the best of the celebrity guest judges were the ones who were clearly fans.

2. Speaking of Nigel, let’s talk about his producing style. While we can’t say we’ve ever produced a show and we can only imagine the numerous concerns involved, we get a little annoyed by Nigel’s heavy-handed pulling-the-puppet-strings style. While we admire that he’s always willing to try new things and some of those new things have really been excellent, the best producing is the kind that doesn’t draw attention to itself. Nigel keeps insisting on shoving the dancers and the show into this perfectly produced package. (Can we talk about how the judges kept the elimination after Top 10 and it was never acknowledged on the show? And how the girls were “beasts” slaying the boys THE WHOLE SEASON, probably to compensate for the Girl Slaughter of Season 7?) Melanie got dubbed America’s Favorite Dancer (by the judges) in the auditions and was never truly challenged or critiqued (by the judges) during the whole season. It could’ve cost Melanie the win she totally deserved if she hadn’t been so adorable and talented. We’re getting tired of Nigel deciding who’s going to win and then trying to make it so. Is it America’s Favorite Dancer or is it Nigel’s Favorite Dancer? Guess which show we’re not going to watch next season?

So how do we fix this, you might ask? John suggests that we need more charismatic dancers who are really good in one style and have to fight to conquer other styles (like Ivan and Russell, who won his season). Marianya says she misses seeing the dancers really challenged at the beginning of the show. Fans of SYTYCD love watching the unexpected partnership and the unexpected dancer struggle and then achieve, making themselves our favorites in the process.

Margaret: Part of what makes those first few weeks so interesting, besides watching partnerships that we really hook into (Melanie & Marko) is wondering how other dancers would work together. If Kayla & Max/Ashley & Kupono hadn’t been in the bottom during week 2 of season 5, Max & Ashley may not have been eliminated at the same time and we wouldn’t have gotten to see the surprisingly great partnership of Kayla & Kupono—which means we wouldn’t have gotten “Addiction” and it’s rated as one of the best numbers the show has ever had, rightly so.

So one way to fix this would be to go back to SYTYCD’s roots. We’ve had some of the most technically gifted dancers the last three seasons and sometimes we could hardly bring ourselves to care because while there was nothing “wrong” with a dancer or a routine, we just couldn’t get excited. This might mean more bad routines and bad dancing but will make us so grateful again for the truly transcendent moments. Which brings us to…

3. We need diversity in dance styles and choreographers. Doreana Sanchez is not the only person choreographing disco routines and Nakul dev Mahajan is not the only Bollywood choreographer. Go to Canada if you don’t believe me. What would happen if there were only one contemporary routine on any given show or maybe only one contemporary routine every few weeks? What if we HAD to depend on Afro Jazz, House, all of the Ballroom styles, Bollywood, Pas de Deux , etc. to fill in the episode?

And for diversity, we don’t even have to look any further than the other SYTYCD franchises. Canada and UK have phenomenal choreographers (and dancers!), as did Australia. Those are just the English-speaking franchises. What wonderful choreographers could we find if the producers imported from the Ukraine SYTYCD or the Turkish or Polish versions?

4. And speaking of one big happy family, why not create another Fall show, but make it different, perhaps a shorter super competition? What if we had SYTYCD SuperStars and all of the previous contestants from ALL of the franchises were eligible to come back and compete for the “World’s Favorite Dancer” title? Maybe this show is 2 episodes a week for only 4 weeks, just to make it special and so that it might not overlap with the World Series again? Dancers featured on SYTYCD don’t have a potential “product” like American Idol singers do when they release a cd, so anytime the producers can create a vehicle for these dancers that doesn’t overshadow the current cast, they’re helping create more of a career and presence for the dancers. The great thing about this idea is that it totally supports this next point…

5. Ditch the musical guests. Or ditch about 90% of them. Keep the 10% that are willing to use SYTYCD dancers for backup dancers (including the current cast! didn’t that happen one season?). Maybe the musical performances bring in money, or maybe you producers only think they do. The reality is, they usually suck and I’m only watching the dancers anyway. It’s like, on Dancing with the Stars, the ONLY reason I watch the musical performances is to catch the dancing that happens at the same time. I would MUCH RATHER see dance performances. It’d be a good time to show us alumni dancers re-dancing their iconic numbers as much more evolved dancers (think Kent and LoFro doing the prom number – it was only 8 months later and they’d already become such different dancers). Bring in performers from all the other SYTYCD franchises, like you did with UK’s recent winner Matt Flint. Pairing him with the all-too-soon-eliminated Nick and Jess in a tap routine that THEY choreographed? BRILLIANT. Easily one of the highlights of not just the finale, but of the season. Do it more. That’s the key to re-building your audience: when you do something we like, do it more. When you do something we don’t like, stop doing it.

6. Which means, bring back the smaller and more intimate stage. Season 8’s stage (or the camera work and lack of distracting backlights) was better than the Seasons 6 and 7 monstrosity, but only by a bit. Watching SYTYCD Canada reminds me of how amazing the original stage is and you really need to listen to us and bring it back. It was a big part of why we fell in love with the show and the Seasons 1-5 dancers. Do you know why? We were closer to them. There were more physical possibilities for the choreographers when it came to moving the dancers around the stage because it wasn’t a giant, uniform thing. When it comes down to it, the stage represents the entire SYTYCD producers vs SYTYCD audience disagreement. With this big uber stage (since S6), you are focusing on the package, the spectacle. The more intimate circle stage that we love and still mourn focuses on the dancers.

Margaret: I miss my stairs! There was something about the old stage and how it was round that made the dances feel like stories, not performances for an audience. We were able to get more closeups, feel the emotions, and the set was about enhancing the dancing, not enhancing the spectacle. My best example came from, oddly, the guy I think used the stage the best during his time with SYTYCD, Wade. With “Ruby Blue,” Brandon and Janette entered the story by popping up from behind a wall and coming down the stairs, and their ability to use the stage in that entrance played a major role in the believability of the movements. But, in Season 6, with the “inside Van Goh’s head” piece Wade did for Peter and Pauline, the ridiculous fractured painting that rotated and flipped on the projecting screen was super distracting and took away from what was actually a really well-danced piece, especially from Peter. It was a very cool routine and they danced it really well, but their technical success was overshadowed by the “overdoneness” of the set.

7. Instead of spending the money on the bigger stage and a lot of flash, we would rather that you spend the money to figure out how to release SYTYCD DVDs so we can re-watch our favorite seasons without resorting to YouTube and other means. There is a market for it, so figure it out. Whenever you focus on the dancers–current, alumni, International franchise dancers, whatever–you can’t go wrong with us. That’s the simple fact at the heart of the matter.

And now that we’ve critiqued you quite a lot, here’s a list of what we like and want you to keep.

1. The All-Stars – having them arrive at the Top 10 is the perfect marriage. Keep it up. Only, we want to see them re-dance their iconic routines and you missed a lot of opportunities to do this during Season 8. Fix that.

Margaret: Not only does this give us the chance to see dancers we love again, but use this as a way to plug their success. Allison & Ivan were All-Stars in the same week, how were they not asked to dance together?! Same with Chelsie & Mark! Those are two of the most successful partnerships, and some of the best personalities, the show has ever had, be proud of that, they are SYTYCD success to the highest degree.

2. The Meet the Top 20 performance – sheer genius. It’s been a highlight of each season you’ve done it. Especially since we get to see the dancers twice on the live show before anyone’s eliminated. Keep that.

3. We like the dancers you pick! We just want you to cut back on the contemporary/jazz and pick some dancers with different backgrounds. We want them to be challenged more and truly judged, all of them and fairly. And clearly they’re talented, because they’re going on to dance in movies, commercials, music videos, music tours, Broadway shows, Glee and DWTS.

Margaret: We also love underdogs, they’re fun to root for. Give us more Tads, Russells, Dominics, Jeanines, Evans, Nicks, even Lauren Froderman floundered her 1st week and was in danger of going home!

4. Cat is the one thing most of us can agree on. She smooths over the awkward moments and she uses her great sense of humor to keep things rolling. I love it when she gets to pick dances for the finale show.

Remember, no matter what, we love the show. We only want to like it again.

Sincerely (and xoxo),

SYTYCD Fans/PureSYTYCD writers

P.S. Sorry this is a little long – clearly we had a lot to say.

September 6, 2011 I Written By

Top 16 Performance Thoughts

Here are my thoughts on tonight’s episode, live as they happen (after the jump). I hope you’ll add your 2+ cents as well, in the comments below. Let’s get this discussion started!

SOOOO excited that Kristin Chenoweth is the guest judge!!

Looooove Cat’s look tonight, the finger waves in her hair and the flapper dress. But Cat, being Cat, has an adorable personality to match her appearance. She nailed it when she referenced last week’s “brutal, quadruple elimination.” When chaos erupts on SYTYCD, we always have Cat Deely to keep things sane.

It’s good to see Lil C back, too. He made me laugh when he said he’d been a “busy little buckster, maintaining my buccness.” He’s great. AND, did you catch him double dog dare Mr. Producer Lythgoe into booking him for the finale? Would you like to see Lil C as the musical guest?

Here’s a spoiler line for the rest, just in case…

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June 29, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD rumblings

What a great show last night!! I sprinkled my thoughts here and there on other posts but overall I was really impressed. I thought I’d bring you all a smattering of SYTYCD news that I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks. Much of it comes from our friends at Entertainment Weekly

*added 6/24
I haven’t had the chance to read some of your comments about the results last night, but Kate Ward, a writer at EW.com has written an article aptly titled, “SYTYCD results make fans angry. you won’t like them when they’re angry”

I have to admit, I was pretty annoyed to see them keep Ryan after her abysmal “dance for your life”. I was watching the live feed online and it shorted out so I missed Missy’s and Iveta’s but from what I’ve heard Iveta’s was better. I saw all the guys and I thought Ricky really made his case to stay, his solo was great. Frankly, it’s not his fault Ryan seems to rather look at the camera and mug than connect with him. One of the posters recommended that they should have let all three girls and one of the boys go and kept Nick and Ricky or Nick and Wadi. I agree that Nick had a great personality and I would have loved to have seen him do contemporary with his long limbs to really see what he can do.

thoughts on this? I think it’s pretty interesting…

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They’ve recently released their list of the 25 greatest SYTYCD performances of the past 7 seasons.

25. Kathryn and Ryan’s cha-cha (Season 6)
24. Pasha and Sara’s “Rockafella Skank” (Season 3)
23. Lauren and Twitch’s “My Chick Bad” (Season 7)
22. Lacey and Kameron Week 1 (Season 3)
21. Jakob and Ashleigh’s “Hit Me With a Hot Note” (Season 6)
20. Tranji’s “Gyrate” (Season 2)
19. Melody and Nick’s “All That Jazz”
18. Ellenore and Jakob’s “Tore My Heart”
17. Jeanine and Jason “If It Kills Me”
16. Brandon and Jeanette’s Disco
15. Katee and Joshua’s Bollywood
14. Jaimie and Hok’s “Hummingbird and the Flower”
13. Robert and Allison’s “Fix You”
12. Brandon and Jeanette’s “Ruby Blue”
11. Chelsie and Mark’s “Bleeding Love”
10. Ade and Billy’s “Mad World”
9. Danny and Lacey’s “Hip Hip Chin Chin”
8. Allison and Ivan’s “Why”
7. Kayla and Kupono’s “Addiction (Gravity)”
6. Heidi and Benji’s “Black Mambo”
5. Allison and Alex’s “Hallelujah”
4. Neil and Sabra’s “80’s Power Lunch (the table dance)”
3. Travis and Heidi’s “The Bench”
2. Katee and Joshua’s “No Air”
1. Alex and Twitch’s “Outta Your Mind”

This is a pretty stellar list, I must say, but there are a few glaring omissions. Where is Will and Katee’s spectacular pas de deux from season 4? Or Kayla and Max’s incredible WEEK 1 samba from season 5? I know this doesn’t include solos, but I don’t think anyone has topped Blake’s amazing solo from top 6 week in season 1, I’ve rewound it 100 times at least and still can’t figure out how he switches directions in his back handspring!

any other routines that didn’t make the cut?
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June 23, 2011 I Written By

Los Angeles Audition Music – SYTYCD Season 8

So far, the music of Season 8 has been stellar, so I’m excited to see what music tonight’s Los Angeles audition show brings us. I hope you’ll help me hunt down all of tonight’s music because I always rely on our awesome readers for the assist.

Los Angeles Auditions

Opening Music: Two Steps from Hell’s “Am I Not Human?” – Am I Not Human? - Invincible

Welcome to L.A.: Taio Cruz ft. Travie McCoy’s “Higher” – Higher (Bonus Track) - Rokstarr (thanks to our reader, Michelle)

Jordan Casanova (is innocent, despite her fierce alter ego, made Nigel a dirty old man): Beyonce’s “Naughty Girl” – Naughty Girl - Dangerously In Love

Derion “DC” Chapman (pregnant girlfriend, taught Nigel a dance move) intro: Bruno Mars’s “Count On Me” – Count On Me - Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)

DC’s audition: Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” – That's Life - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered)

Arielle Coker (returning from the last two seasons, stronger) audition: Our reader Stephanie says it is Frisson’s “Groundhog Day” – Groundhog Day - Groundhog Day - Single

Yes to Vegas montage: Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull’s “I Like It” – I Like It (feat. Pitbull) - Euphoria (Deluxe Edition)

Audition line: The Briggs’s “This is L.A.” – This Is L.A. - Come All You Madmen

Hero McRae (Japanese dubstepper/locker) audition: Dinglesalad’s “So You Think You Can Dance Dubstep” – So You Think You Can Dubstep - So You Think You Can Dubstep - Single

Back from commercial: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s “The Golden Age” – The Golden Age - Fruit

Joe “Big C” Doyle (Santa krumper with the “6 pack”) intro: Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” – Christmas In Hollis - Run-DMC: Greatest Hits

Big C’s audition: Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails (Rusko remix)” – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix) - Scion Sampler, Vol. 22: Fool's Gold Remixed (thanks, Johnny B for correcting me. I keep blocking this song for some reason)

No to Big C: Mud’s “Lonely This Christmas” – Lonely This Christmas - A's, B's and Rarities

Bad dancing montage: Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” – Cold As Ice - No End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner (Remastered)

Alexis Mason (Jeanine’s little sister): Our reader Ryan says it is 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

Patty Anne Miller (adorable tomboy hip hopper/stylist/Berkley drummer): Ke$ha’s “Blow (Dubstep remix)” – Blow (Ke$ha Dubstep Tribute Re-Mix) - Single - Dubstep Remixers

Yes to Vegas montage: Panic! at the Disco’s “Ready to Go” – Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) - Vices & Virtues (Deluxe Version)

Sasha & Natalia Mallory (African/contemporary sister dancers) intro: Edvard Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” – In the Hall of the Mountain King from β€œPeer Gynt” - Bedtime Classical - Music for the Smart Mind

Sasha & Natalia Mallory audition: Our reader Brenna pointed out that it’s Darnel Alexander’s “We Ride on the Wind” – We Ride On The Wind - Single - Darnel Alexander

Choreography round: Usher ft Pitbull’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” – DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single

Yes montage/Vegas Week teaser: Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3X” – Yeah 3X - Yeah 3X - Single

I was so bad about the music tonight, y’all, cause I was distracted by tweeting my reactions. Help me out? πŸ™‚

June 2, 2011 I Written By

Jeanine Mason In “Understudy” Film

SYTYCDism posted the news that Jeanine Mason will be working on a film the next couple weeks called, “Understudy.” Here’s a short description and picture from the Understudy website:

UNDERSTUDY is a University of Southern California graduate thesis film about an understudy dancer fighting to be number one in a hit Los Angeles dance show.

Jeanine also offered this really fun tweet:
“I’m very excited to be acting anddd dancing in the film. Back in heels and trying to keep up w the insane ballroom & salsa dancers!!”

Jeanine’s tweets are just like she was in person. Totally real. We’ll be looking forward to the video when it comes out Jeanine. Enjoy your summer vacation!

June 8, 2010 I Written By

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

SYTYCD’s Jeanine Mason and Kupono Aweau Dance Together

Thank you to our reader, Harold R, for this scoop! Jeanine and Kupono danced together during the Peace Love World Fashion Show. Check it out:

April 14, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Winner Jeanine Mason Videos

Jeanine was on The Doctors on March 22nd. Check out the cute video below:

And here’s a video of Jeanine dancing with Season 6 (ish) and Season 7’s (?) Billy Bell:

I would love to see Jeanine be one of Season 7’s All-Stars. She’s one of the most dynamic dancers that have been on the show, in my opinion.

March 29, 2010 I Written By

An Abbreviated Twitter Round Up

Our dancers are busy! Here’s a quick one for y’all:

MollsGrayy

Yaaay can finally say I will be 1 of 4 dancers dancing with Paula Abdul on the hit tv show “Drop Dead Diva” sooo stoked! March 3-10!! 3 minutes ago

itsjeaninemason

Just got done with The Doctors filming!! Had so much fun with Jim! He was such a good sport and nailed the disco shuffle like a champ about 2 hours ago

channingcooke

Oscar fitting=success. Now spending some time with RoberTo before i take him to the airport :/ ..hes always leaving me about 3 hours ago

NAPPYTABS

Working on packages with the ABDC crews today & then Tab has rehearsal tonight with @JohnGillette about 5 hours ago

jakobakarr

Uh oh! Late start. Gotta take a speed shower and grab breakfast with @Jaimie_Goodwin before rehearsal! Going to Denver tomorrow! Woohoo! about 6 hours ago

MelissaSandvig

Wow. Just had a 10min conversation with someone only to find out he thought I said I was a “belly” dancer. I thought he was asking odd ?s! about 6 hours ago

PhillipChbeeb

On my way to Houston to Perform at fuse hip hop festival at the wortham theatre Feb 27 WWW.dancehouston.org for ticket info…come checkit! about 7 hours ago

February 25, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Twitter Roundup

Yippee. Some fun Tweets lately. Here are a selection:

HOTtamaleTRAIN
LOLOL nice shirt Nick. RT @NickLazzarini: http://yfrog.com/4i2epqdj /via @SYTYCDISM – OMG, I wish I could pack that for Australia! 4 minutes ago

JManrara
Woke up, had coffee w/ Tyce, going over my lines for class now, then lunch w/ Katie Shean & Courtney Galiano, & then 5Alive reunion! Yay! πŸ™‚ about 1 hours ago

Bearkaz
http://twitpic.com/14y5wn – I decided Evan would look sweet with a mustache and…BOOSH! about 1 hours ago

You know this made my day, being a devoted Kasprzak fan. There’s another great pic on Ryan’s page of the three brothers round Christmas time. Here’s the pic Ryan posted:

itsjeaninemason
Hold the phone: 5 ALIVE reunion dinner tonight!! Get pumped! I lahv family! about 2 hours ago

Hopefully, there will be pics to follow tonight’s reunion dinner!

xxsurfjonsurfxx
Still in bed….. Need to go shopping for tonight tho!!!! Yaaay family reunion…. Season 5 family that is!!! =D about 4 hours ago

dmitry_ch
Doing a photoshoot with @Chelsiekayh πŸ™‚ http://yfrog.com/37zfmuj about 2 hours ago

Here’s the pic:

NAPPYTABS
Monsters of Hip Hop tryin’ to get to 4,000 followers on their facebook! Help us get them there! We know what you can do followers! about 4 hours ago

jakobakarr
So sleepy today! This rehearsal is going to be a tough one to get through. At least I have @Jaimie_Goodwin to provide the giggles. about 4 hours ago

Billy_Bell
Clear talent meeting! @shaynalb about 6 hours ago

But this one may be waaaay better: @Jglove988 so when are you going to tell @jmanrara that we are together and you don tlike her anymore? about 24 hours ago in reply to Jglove988

adammshankman
First thing I saw when I woke up πŸ™‚ http://yfrog.com/338pdwj about 7 hours ago

Cute pic from Adam – he also Tweets about the Oscars choreography – go check it out.

MollsGrayy
Well just barely going to sleep… Its 5:38 am and I have to be at Millenium by 10am to teach a private lesson!! Then rehearsal all day! Ahh about 8 hours ago

alohakupono
MiA!!!!!!!!!!!! I seriously NeED you in my LiiiiiiiiiiiiiiFE!!!!!!!! I hope you’re doing good and I better see you on THURSDaY for you … about 12 hours ago

A sentiment I’m sure we all second. More Mia is necessary.

PeterSabasino
Getting ready to perform at a Haiti bennefit. I’m excited.. 3:59 PM Feb 19th

Just cause I love Peter…

Exciting news about the Five Alive “reunion” tonight. And the Dmitry/Chelsea photo session. Hope you enjoy.

February 23, 2010 I Written By