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So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Renewal!!

We posted previously about Nigel’s somewhat cryptic tweet about whether So You Think You can Dance would be renewed and return for SYTYCD Season 12. The good news today is that Fox announced the renewal and return of So You Think You Can Dance for Season 12.

As part of the renewal, the show is going through some major changes. Here’s the details of those changes:

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team’s All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remain. When the competition goes “live,” the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win…a dancer from the stage or the street?

This sounds like it could be a very good change. I (and I think Nigel) was always upset when an amazing street dancer was sent home from the show because they didn’t have skills in the other styles of dance. This sounds like it will give them an opportunity to stick around much longer. Plus, we should see a new level of choreography on the show as the choreographers can go nuts with their skills. My only caution would be that the choreographers think more about the art of creating something amazing versus just trying to showcase the dancers skills.

I do hope they’ll have some cross over dancing where we can see some b-boys doing contemporary and some ballroom dancers doing Krump. Oh wait. The announcement doesn’t list ballroom anywhere. Does that mean that ballroom will not be part of the new season or are they just grouped with the trained styles? That will be interesting to see. It would be a shame if Nigel included his beloved Tap and shutout ballroom.

What do you think of this new season?

November 17, 2014 I Written By

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

Will There Be A So You Think You Can Dance Season 12?

This is the looming question. Will Fox choose to renew So You Think You Can Dance for another season or not. The ratings have certainly fallen off lately, but SYTYCD still has an amazingly passionate fan base. Here’s to hoping that Fox will at least give SYTYCD one more season to send the show off properly.

Nigel offered this tweet about the SYTYCD Renewal or SYTYCD Cancellation:

There’s also a petition on Change.org for So You Think You Can Dance as well. It could use a few more thousand people signing the petition to really make a difference. If you love the show, go and add your name to the list.

November 6, 2014 I Written By

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

America’s Favorite Dancer is…Season 11 Finale

** SPOILER ALERT** Just in case I finish this post before the west coast is done watching the show.

Season 11 has gone by way too fast, and no word just yet on if there will be a Season 12. Joining Mary and Nigel on the judges panel are Tara Lapinski, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Debbie Allen, and Adam Shankman. Sort of hate that we had to wait till the end of season to see Debbie and Adam. Tonight was filled with favorite routines, new dances and a few surprises.

It’s always intersting to see what Judges, dancers and Cat choose as their favorite, usually I agree but there is usually one or two that surprise me.

Mary: Chose Jessica and Casey’s Travis Wall dance. This was something they both needed at the time, and they shined.

Debbie: She actually surprised me with her pick. I did love the Witch Doctor hip hop but was unable to enjoy it again thanks to the little brother distracting me…oh well there’s always youtube.

Zack: He chose his dance with Amy. This dance truely showed how good his is and how much he has grown over the season.

Nigel: While Dirty Diana wasn’t a personal favorite but this time the camera guys did a better job with less close ups. The fact that Nigel had to fight to get Allison back for the finale is ridiculous to me. I could go on about this subject but I’m just happy things worked out turn into GMA to find out who her DWTS partner is or just go on over to our sister site puredwts.

Paula Abdul: Well this was a surprise. Paula is a judge for the Austrailian version of the show. She also brought the most recent winner Michael Dameski with her. He is absolutely amazing, I remember seeing his solo video that went viral.

Valerie: Chose her tap with Zack which is one of my favorites. I still amazes me that they can do some of those steps on the stairs.

Ricky: Chose his first dance with Jessica. This quicky made him an early favorite.

America’s Pick: Um Carly and Surge? Wasn’t sure why this was chosen but I got my answer later in the show.

Jenna: Wasn’t a fan of her pick but I did like Rudy and Tanisha as partners.

Adam: I’ve missed him on the show…but thanks to twitter I did enjoy his commentary. Love that he chose Zack and Ricky’s hip hop.

Time for some Results: 4th place goes to Zack. I was honestly bummed about this but someone had to be there.

Tara: She actually picked the dance that I thought would have been America’s favorite. Loved everything about this NappyTabs hip hop. Emilio and Jasimine killed it.

I love Jesse Tyler Ferguson. I would give him a ticket to Vegas for sure.

Chris Scott and Sonya paired up to create a new dance for tonight featuring the top 10 and the All Stars. Loved seeing some all stars that we haven’t seen in a while on the stage. I loved seeing Dominic (D-Trix) and Emilio dance together. I also spotted Courtney and Marko.

The Crew winner was the Bollywood Crew…anyone else forget about the crews during the season.

Jessica: Not surprise she chose her dance with Robert, still a great routine but I like her hair down better this time around.

More Results: 3rd place goes to Jessica.

Before we get to the big annoucement Cat asked Ricky and Valerie to perform her favorite dance, their first dance as partners.

2nd Place goes to Valerie…if they kept the 2 winner outcome a tap dancer would have won dang it.

Which makes RICKY the winner of Season 11. Truthfully this was no surprise for me, he had the most consistant season and I thought he had in the bag long before we got to the top 10.

So now what, since we don’t know if there will be a season 12 yet…I guess we might as well go see the tour. I’m going to try to come up with fun post during the off season. I’ll be sure to post if there will be a new season but what would you like for me to post.

Congrats Again to Ricky!!!

September 3, 2014 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.

Top 4: Performance Finale Thoughts and Power Rankings

What a great performance finale filled so many dances, it was hard to keep track of them all. Honestly I don’t know how the Top 4 are able to get though that night without showing any exhaustion. The alway fabulous Jesse Tyler Ferguson is finally back at the judges table. His “hey Ricky” chant was hysterical, not to mention all the judges goofing off behind Cat was entertaining as well. Also, three of my favorite all-stars were apart of tonight’s busy show. Like I thought Aaron was the one that got to dance twice.

With a total of fifteen dances, it would take me all night to attempt to rank them all. So I’m going to pick out a few of my favorites and give my thoughts about them. Then I’ll do my final ranking of the dances and who I think might win.

Zack and Valerie: This was a great piece of choreography from Tyce. It was the acting that was the challenge in this dance. They both sold the story, Valerie almost had me believing she was blind.

Valerie and Jessica: I thought this style suited them both very well. They both looked like they were having fun. Just something about Bollywood that I just enjoy.

Zack and Ricky: I love Pharside and Pheonix. The theme was very familiar though…anyone else reminded of the two princes from season 3. These boys knocked it out of the park. My second favorite dance of the night. I think that the winner will come down to the two of them.

Ricky and Kathryn: I’m not surprised that this dance was beautiful. Everything came together and Ricky is just a beautiful dancer.

Jessica and Robert: This had to be her best performance of the night. I think contemporary his her strong point and was nice to see her finally get back to the girl we saw in the very first live show.

Zack and Aaron: A tap to “Piano Man”, I would have never thought of that but Anthony is a tap genius. Yes it was my favorite dance of the night. I love how their taps went with the music, just so smooth and entertaining.

I honestly think that winner will either be Ricky or Zack. I can’t make up my mind. Ricky has been consistently fantastic and there is no reason he shouldn’t win. Zack is kind of the dark horse for me, he has been able to do anything that has been given to him. It will be interesting to see how the votes will turn out. Valerie will probably place 3rd with Jessica in 4th.

So what were you favorite dances of the night and who do you think/want to win.

August 27, 2014 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.

Top 6 to Top 4: Thoughts

Hard to believe this season is coming to an end, I’m not quite ready for it to be over. Since there will be another performance show to determine this seasons winner, I figured I’ll wait till then to do a final power ranking.

Lots of dancing in this episode, two partner dances and a solo performances. Christina Applegate is back on the judging panel and I’m glad she is. The first round of dancing they were paired back up with there orignal parners. Casey and Jessica may not have been oringinally paired together, I really think they should have been. Jessican had a better connection with Casey and that disco was fun. I loved the rehearsal footage of Valerie’s dress getting caught on the swing.

All Star Dances.

Ricky and Anya: I don’t think that there is anything that Ricky can’t do. Keeping up with Anya can be a tough task but Ricky was able to “tame” her…well according to the Judges.

Valerie and Twitch: Loved that Valerie really got into the groove and character of the dance. Granted the costume wasn’t all that great but I really did enjoy the dance.

Zack and FikShun: So happy to see Philip choreographing for the show and boy did he put together an intricate dance. Zack pulled it off great and was able to match FikShun. Zack has pleasantly surprised me all season.

Jessica and Ade:  I agreed with Nigel on this one, just wasn’t feeling it. It happens sometimes but I think I was trying to figure out what club they were going to.

Casey and Makensie: Hands down this was his best dance of the season. To tap into that type of emotion can be difficult but Casey was able to do it.

Jacque and Will: I really loved this dance. Glad that they didn’t have any issues with the ball. I’m still not quite sure how they did what they did with the ball.

Overall I am happy with the top 4. I’m not sure but Cat only announce 3 all stars for next week, Kathryn, Robert, and Aaron. Call it a gut feeling but there will either be a tap trio or Aaron will dance with both of the tappers. So what are your thoughts on tonight and who is your pick to win just based on tonights show?

August 20, 2014 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.

Top 8 to Top 6: Power Rankings and Thoughts

It’s hard to believe that this season is almost over, the stage seems so empty with just eight dancers on the stage. This week was a Michael Jackson theme…well, just all MJ music. Jenna Dewan Tatum joined the judges this week. I really emjoyed this week and the All Stars were great as usual. Still don’t like that the All Stars have to leave the stage right after they dance.  So on to the rankings.

Top 3

Ricky and Jamie: This was a great pairing and I agree with Travis, Ricky is the one to beat. I really don’t think that there is anything he can’t do. Plus it was just another simplistic dance that was just beautiful.

Zack and Makensie: Spencer said it the best Zack is just a sponge, soaking up everything he is learning and growing every week. I did enjoy the dance but in the back of my mind I was think about on of the dances in Center Stage that was danced to the same song.

Valerie and Ryan: I wasn’t too sure if she would be able to pull this off. Thankfully she did and she looked like she was having fun out there.

Middle 3

Jacque and Twitch: I loved the smoothness of this dance. I thought the style of the dance suited her and she had the attitude right as well.

Jessica and Will: While I loved the dance, I’m just not liking Jessica anymore. While she is a fantastic dancer I just feel she started off great, had a few so-so weeks and then suddenly bloosomed again. So good to see Will.

Casey and Comfort: I was quite surprised that he did as well as he did. However, it was hard not to want to watch Comfort and even the cameras seemed to do the same thing. He did connect well with her but I think he could of gotten into it just a little bit more.

Elimnated Dancers

Tanisha and Nick: I honestly had Tanisha in my top 4. I’m not sure how she how she ended up in the bottom 2. Regardless she had another great dance. I love Nick as a dancer ever since the first season.

Rudy and Allison: I had a hard time trying to watch Rudy because Allison kept draw my attention away from him. Her facial expressions we a bit too over the top for me. I did think he left on a high note.

Next weeks pairings.

Ricky and Anya

Valerie and Twitch

Casey and Makensie

Zack and FikShun: this should be fun

Jacque and Will

Jessica and Ade

 

August 13, 2014 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.

Top 10 to Top 8: Thoughts and Rankings

I really don’t know where to begin, other than just start from the beginning. A very colorful hip hop routine opened up the show and I really did enjoy. Jamal Sims choreographed this number, he is also a choreographer for the Step Up movies. Speaking of Step Up the fifth installment hits this Friday with many familiar faces, including Emilio.

Back to the show, Tara Lapinski was the guest judge this week. We also welcomed back Tabitha and Napoleon, who just finished working with Derek and Julianne Hough on their tour. Oh and I can’t forget about the All Stars. Overall the show was probably one of the best this season. I almost don’t even want to rank them but I will try, with my thoughts on the eliminated dances at the end.

Top 3

Zack and Amy: The second time in the night the audience was completely silent while they danced. What can I say other than Sonya is amazing. There’s not much else to say other than I think Zack showed a lot of growth this week.

Jacque and Chehon: I have to say I was expecting a classical pas de duex not a contemporary ballet by Travis. It was a simple and beautiful routine.

Tanisha and Ryan: So good to see Ryan back and he was the perfect partner for this dance. Miriam and Leonardo choreographed another great argentine tango with amazing lifts.

Top 2

Ricky and Lauren: This dance suited their personalities. Ricky is just great at everything and I’m pretty sure he is at least one oth the top two boys.

Casey and Kathryn: Another great pairing and it is really nice to see Casey do well. Hope he can keep it up next week.

Bottom 3

Jessica and Twitch: I was worried about this but thankfully she proved me wrong. It’s like she finally realized that she needed to step up to stay in the competition. Oh and I so loved the concept too, old man Twitch is cute.

Rudy and Jenna: Well they definitely had the chemistry down and the dancing was great too. It just falls behind others that were slightly better.

Valerie and Ade: I could see where the judges were coming from, she didn’t quite get into the character but I still loved the dance though.

Eliminated

Emilio and Jasmine: Emilio went out with a bang and I wish the results show was still around. Love everything about this dance. Oh and Jasmine almost stole the spotlight.

Bridget and Brandon: A Bollywood disco, turned out to be a fun and fast fusion of two dance styles.

Next week All Stars are: Twitch, Allison, Ryan, Mackenzie, Comfort, Jamie (season 3), Nick Lazzerini, and Will (season 4).

August 6, 2014 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.

Top 10: Power Rankings

So since they revealed which dancer is paired with each All Star, I figur ed I would do the power rankings a little different this week. I’m choosing to rank the guys and the girls separately and predict how I think they will do next week.

Guys

Casey: After a great performance this week, he gets to be paired with Kathryn. I’ve got a feeling this will be a good partnership and most likely a good dance.

Ricky: He is the best techincal dancer on the show and hard not put him at the top of the list. I think Lauren Froderman is a good match for him and I’m curious what style they will be dancing.

Zack: He should be ok being paired with Amy.

Rudy: It will be interesting to see him do ballroom. I think he will do an ok job but Jenna could over shadow him after all she is a judges favorite.

Emilio: The height difference will be interesting. I honestly have no clue how they may do. It could be really good or bad. I  also think it depends on what style they pick.

Girls

Tanisha & Jacque: They are kind of tied for me. The are both paired with an All Star that is also in their strongest style of dance. I’m excited to see Ryan dance again. Also I’m expecting a great pas de duex from Chehon and Jacque.

Valerie: I don’t think she will have a problem keeping up with Ade.

Bridget: Why do I get the feeling she could be dancing disco, Brandon is a great partner for it. Disco is tough to pull off so it’s another wait and see how it goes.

Jessica: While I think she will be safe next week she is pair with Twitch. She has a lot of work to do to keep up with the star that is Twitch.

What are your thoughts on the pairings?

July 31, 2014 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.

Top 14 to Top 10: Thoughts

Another great show with a double elimination. Christina Applegate is back on the judges panel this week. She is my favorite guest judge, not only can she critique the dancers, she is also funny. The “I saw a lift, oh wait wrong show” line after the quickstep was fantastic. If you watch Dancing With the Stars, you know that she was kinda mocking Carrie Ann. Also her line about the guys costumes for the group number was quite funny too.

Anyways back to the show. I actually pretty much agreed with the bottom 6 with the exception of Carly. Thankfully they were able to do solos tonight. Teddy was my favorite solo of the night. Overall after all of the performances, I knew who the judges would most likely save and I was right.

At the end of the show we found out the All Star pairings. I’m just going to list the All Stars just in case of spoilers. Jenna, Chehon, Jasmine, Kathryn, Twitch, Lauren Froderman, Ade, Brandon, Amy, and Ryan.

I might do a little something different for power rankings since they annouced the All Star partners. So what are your thoughts?

July 30, 2014 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.

Top 16: Power Rankings

This week’s show was thankfully better than last week’s. Plenty of great dances and some dancers proving why they deserve to stay on the show. Unfortunately we said goodbye to Jourdan and Stanley.

Top 6: Hard to choose where each of these rank but that’s what happens when it’s a good show.

Rudy and Tanisha: They were the closers of the show and quite possible had the best routine of the night. They even seem to get the short shoe steps right. My favorite broadway dance in a while. I’ll admit I was a little worried with the canes as props because they can easily be dropped.

Teddy and Emily: These two used the fact that they were in the bottom six to push to dance basically for their lives. Emily is always great when in her element and even Teddy did well.

Casey and Brooklyn: I’m really liking Bonnie Story this season, technique face loved that term. Casey was they star of the routine. Brooklyn did well but now she just has to step up her game to match Casey.

Zack and Jacque: Cat took the words right out of my mouth in comparing this to a NappyTabs routine, but I was thinking more of  “Mad” by Philip and Jeanine. I honestly like these types of hip hops just very smooth. I really like this partnership and thought they both did well.

Ricky and Valerie: I love the Viennese Waltz and Lacey choreographed a beautiful one. It’s great to see what they can do when the don’t have to follow DWTS rules. Add they fact she had great dancers to work with and you have memorable ballroom dance.

Emilio and Bridget: Both did surprisingly well with the jive for non ballroom dancers.

Bottom 3

Marcquet and Jourdan: I enjoyed the choreography but Marcquet needs to step it up a bit. Agree that there was just something missing with these two.

Surge and Carly: I like these two but this dance did help them much. I like the concept though. Just didn’t seem to fit them.

Stanley and Jessica:  I love Jessica but she needs to step in up if she wants to stay in the competition. I love Tyce’s concept and choreography though probably would have been better if another couple did the dance

Who’s my pick for the bottom six next week. I think we may see Surge, Carly, Marcquett,  and Jessica. The other two I’m not sure about.

July 18, 2014 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.