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Introducing Your Season 8 All-Stars

Tonight’s Top 10 episode is going to rock, not least of which because it’s the first time we’ll see the Top 10 dance with the All-Stars.

First, we have Melody Lacayanga, the Season 1 runner-up. I chose her disco with SYTYCD Canada judge/choreographer Blake McGrath because I don’t normally go for disco and this Doriana Sanchez disco was fun. I didn’t watch Season 1, but looking back over the season, it seems like Melody’s partners tended to get eliminated a lot. I hope this doesn’t happen to her Season 8 partners!

Allison Holker from Season 2 was an All-Star last season and had some phenomenal routines. I’m going to resist my urge to find videos from last season and instead give you something from her original season. Here is her Alex da Silva Argentine tango with her original partner Ivan Koumaev.

Pasha Kovalev was also an All-Star from last season and I am NOT going to show you the phenomenal tango he did with winner Lauren Froderman. No, I am NOT. I’m going to stick with first seasons and show you him “out of his element,” dancing Mandy Moore jazz with Sara von Gillem.

Yet another All-Star from last season, Twitch Boss was originally the runner-up from Season 4. Chelsie Hightower, who was also from Season 4, was scooped up by DWTS along with Lacey Schwimmer, danced this fun Nappytabs hip hop with Twitch during their season.

Comfort Fedoke, also from Season 4 and also an All-Star last season, also danced with Twitch. Instead of showing you that video, I’m going to show you dancing with Mark Kanemura, Chelsie’s partner for most of the season, in another awesome Nappytabs hip hop.

Brandon Bryant was the runner-up of Season 5. I so want to show you his Wade Robson jazz with Janette, but Margaret showed that video in her All-Star post (same reason I didn’t show Pasha & Sara’s West Coast Swing). So instead, I’ll show you their Dave Scott hip hop, where they were both “out of their comfort zones.”

As an All-Star last season, Kathryn McCormick danced so much with Robert that I could just give you one video for both of them. However, let me show you Kathryn in her Season 6 glory (she came in 3rd), especially since her season didn’t get their own tour. So here she is, with runner-up Jakob Carr in a contemporary routine choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden.

Season 7’s Robert Roldan (3rd in his season) has already danced once in Season 8, with Caitlynn Lawson, so he was already an All-Star as far as I was concerned. Because the All-Stars started at Top 20 last season, most of his dances are with Kathryn or another All-Star. I wanted to show you his Dee Caspary contemporary with winner Lauren Froderman, but it wouldn’t embed. Instead, I’ll show you their Dmitri Chaplin (Season 2 and DWTS) samba because it’s fun and they were both out of their element.

Chelsie’s only going to be an All-Star for tonight’s episode and it sounds like they may switch up the All-Stars from week to week. It’ll be interesting to see who else they bring on board and all of the great routines that result. Also, I haven’t ever seen it confirmed, but Allison and Twitch may be dating and it’ll be interesting to see them together as All-Stars again. Also, I’m dying to see our Georgia peaches, Kathryn and Season 8’s Melanie Moore dance together. You know what else I’d love to see? I’d love to see a current contestant dancing with an All-Star and choreographed by another SYTYCD alumni. That would be awesome. 🙂

Are they any Season 8 contestant/All-Star pairings you’re dying to see?

July 20, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD Canada Season 4 Starts June 20 on CTV

This is amazing… right?

I can not wait for SYTYCD Canada Season 4, but what a busy summer it will be with SYTYCD USA and SYTYCD Canada…. My PVR (Canadian version of a DVR) will be my life-saver recording all the episodes for me 🙂

Recognize past dancers?  Amanda, Natalie, Jeff and Jonathan from Season 3!

June 14, 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

Gustavo Vargas Comes to SYTYCD

Gustavo Vargas is an amazing dancer, choreographer and actor, who played a salsa dancer in the movie “Along came Polly”. He choreographed a number of routines on SYTYCD Canada and recently debuted as a choreographer on SYTYCD USA Season 6.

In So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2 Gustavo choreographed:

  • Mambo for Cody & Melanie in the Top 16 show
  • Cha Cha for Vincent & Amy in the Top 14 Show
  • Sexy Mambo for Jayme Rae & Everett in the Top 8 Show
  • Salsa for Vincent & Tara-Jean (who won the season) in the Top 6 Show
  • His Salsa Dance for Mollee and Nathan in Top 16 didn’t fair well as Mollee and Nathan received a lot of critiques from the judges and though the dancers chemistry and technique were off, Gustavo’s choreography was fantastic.

    Nigel identified the good things in Guastavo’s routine and Mary pointed out how Gustavo is known as “suavo” for being suave and that Nathan lacked that emotion in the routine.

    Nonetheless Nathan felt “HOT” and I personally enjoyed the routine.

    I look forward to see more Gustavo on SYTYCD.

    November 22, 2009 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 Leaving SYTYCD

    Some surprising news coming out of the SYTYCD world today. If you all haven’t heard, Mia Michaels took to her Twitter yesterday to announce that she’s leaving our beloved show after 5 years. The reaction has been intense. Many people feel that the show won’t be the same without Mia, which is definitely true. Over the seasons, her pieces have been among the most memorable ones ever performed. Just think about these…

    -Ashlé and Melody’s Message in a Bottle dance

    -Travis and Heidi’s Bench dance

    -season 2 group routine to “Hide and Seek”

    -Lacey and Kameron’s week 1 contemporary

    -her tribute to her father danced by Lacey and Neil

    -Danny and Neil’s Dance of the Princes

    -Chelsie and Mark’s “what would Tim Burton’s wedding look like?”

    -Kherington and Twitch’s dance on the bed

    -Katee and Joshua’s Hometown Glory dance

    -Twitch and Katee’s Door dance

    -Evan and Randi’s Butt dance

    -Kupono and Kayla’s Addiction dance

    these are a selection of Mia’s best dances, but there are obviously more. It’s pretty obvious this show has meant a lot to Mia, she’s an Emmy winner because of SYTYCD.

    For an opposing opinion, check out this article from Entertainment Weekly online, the writer makes some good points about there being plenty of great choreographers that can fill the void left by Mia.

    what do you guys think?! is the hole Mia leaves too big to be filled by people like Travis, Benji, and Sonya? And what have been your favorite Mia Michaels pieces over the 5 seasons of SYTYCD?

    October 15, 2009 I Written By

    A Remix of Travis Wall’s First Choreography on So You Think You Can Dance

    Fans of Jason will adore this video and miss Jason even more. Fans of Jeanine will be ready to proclaim her the winner. Fans of Travis Wall will laude his name even more. Fans of So You Think You Can Dance will be reminded why we love SYTYCD so much. Enjoy this amazing remix of what is definitely one of the most memorable and best routines of the season:

    Of course, it would be wrong of me to show the remix without the original video of Jason and Jeanine doing Travis Wall’s choreography too:

    Thanks to SYTYCDism for pointing this video out.

    July 28, 2009 I Written By

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    So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Los Angeles

    This is a really great video from the So You Think You Can Dance 2009 LA auditions. You get to see a bunch of the crazy personalities of the dancers and they even have a bunch of clips of people busting some moves on the sidewalk. The line in LA seemed pretty long too. This is not quite a So You Think You Can Dance season 5 spoiler video, but pretty close. Things are looking good for So You Think You Can Dance 5. Can’t wait to see the SYTYCD 5 premiere tonight. Check out the video:

    May 21, 2009 I Written By

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    So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Memphis Video

    This is a pretty nice video outside the So You Think You Can Dance 2009 auditions in Memphis. You get to meet some of the dancers. You get to hear a little bit about their journey and you get to see them doing some of their warm up routines. This is not quite a So You Think You Can Dance season 5 spoiler video, but pretty close. I’m getting excited for the start of So You Think You Can Dance 5. Enjoy the video:

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    So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Preview Video

    The season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance is just around the corner on Thursday 5/21, at 8/7c, on FOX! I absolutely can not wait for the return of So You Think You Can Dance. Not to mention that we’ll get to see 2 seasons of So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. Check out this video preview and get excited for season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance:

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    Funny Moments Video from So You Think You Can Dance Tour

    I honestly can’t believe that I never posted this before now. Check out this video of some of the funny behind the scene moments from So You Think You Can Dance. Absolutely hilarious stuff.

    March 12, 2009 I Written By

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    SYTYCD Finalists Twitch, Courtney, Katee and the vocal Mary Murphy

    A little bit of So You Think You Can Dance season 4 wrap up. Enjoy the video.

    Who’s going to the So You Think You Can Dance Tour?

    August 11, 2008 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?