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So You Think You Can Dance Australia Winner – Talia Fowler

Talia Fowler was announced the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. The top 4 were incredible, but someone had to win and Talia Fowler definitely deserved it. I’m sad that the season of SYTYCDA is over, but luckily the US version is about to kick into gear. Make sure to check out all the previous SYTYCDA music.

Check out the full writeup of the So You Think You Can Dance Australia Finale:
Six months after auditions began, 18 year-old Talia Fowler has been crowned the worthy winner of the 2nd season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

A former dancer with Queensland Ballet, Talia pipped Dubbo Hip Hopper Charlie Bartley, 19, for the $200,000 winner’s cheque.

Third place went to Gosford Lyrical dancer Amy Campbell and fourth place to Gold Coast Jazz dancer Ben Veitch.

After a national tour with our Top 10, Talia will head to the States to perform on So You Think You Can Dance America. And not just any show. Nigel Lythgoe revealed tonight that Talia will dance on the Season 5 Finale before an audience of more than 20 million!

A brilliant technician with extraordinary dramatic range, she will be a fantastic ambassador for Australia and Australian dance. Congratulations, Talia!

Spectacular Kelley Abbey Opening Routine
Kelley Abbey has produced some brilliant group routines this season but her spectactular opening number for our Grand Final put everything else in the shade.

To the Global Deejay’s anthemic “Everybody’s Free” Global Deejays - Everybody's Free (feat. Rozalla) - EP - Everybody's Free, a cast of Top 100 dancers provided a drop zone as our Top 4 descended on red silk banners, drawing shrieks of delight from the audience.

Nigel Lythgoe & Mary Murphy spring a surprise
Creator Nigel Lythgoe and special guest judge Mary Murphy dropped in from Las Vegas to give their congratulations to our Top 4. But they had an amazing surprise too. Tonight’s winner won’t perform on just any SYTYCD America show – they will dance on this season’s Finale!!!

Top 4 Sarah Boulter Contemporary
For the last time, Amy, Ben, Charlie and Talia danced together in a Sarah Boulter routine about the trials and tribulations of friendship. The track was “Broken Strings” James Morrison & Nelly Furtado - Songs for You, Truths for Me - Broken Strings from James Morrison (featuring Nelly Furtado).

Selected Top 20 and Choreographers – “Kill Bill”
Selected members of the Top 100 and the show’s choreographers performed a Nacho Pop and Juliette Verne routine to a number from the “Kill Bill” soundtrack.

Leading ladies Lamb and Chanelle were supported among others by Don, Emmanuel, Sisqo, Pania, Danny, Max and Jesse, and by mentors Adam Williams, Travers Ross, Tiana Joubert, Nacho Pop, Marko, and Simon from Project Moda.

NY Dance Company Pilobolus
NY Dance Company Pilobolus might have appeared on Oprah and the Oscars but this will surely top that – a guest slot on the Grand Final of So You Think You Can Dance.

Forever returns
Jason’s favourite dancer from this season’s auditions, Forever, returned for the Finale, supported by soprano Joseph Bourke and an extraordinary orchestra.

Optus Dance Crew Winners
Winners of the Optus Dance Crew competition received their $5,000 prizes in person from Kelley Abbey – and got a free dance lesson that one young girl said made it “the best day of my life”.

The 3 lucky winners were the Newcastle Dance Academy, which lost its studios in the 2007 floods; Ipswich High, which desperately needs a demountable dance hall; and the Graham Academy of Dance in Innisfail for much needed air conditioning.

We can’t wait to see one of these young dancers appear on the show in the coming years. Thanks Optus!

Talia’s Old Company appears on Dance
Talia left Queensland Ballet to pursue her Dance dream. On this most important night of her life, her old company was here to support her – backed by two percussionists from Taikoz.

Last chance – Supple Top 10 Routine
That crazy guy, Supple, choreographed our amazing Top 10 in a Hip Hop routine to “Bounce/Boom Boom Pow” Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow - Single - Boom Boom Pow by MSTRKRFT feat. N.O.R.E. /Black Eyed Peas. This was the Top 4’s last chance to impress the voters before the lines were closed for 2009.

Australian Ballet “Nutcracker – The Story of Clara”
They wowed us last time. They’ve done it again. This time dance legend Graham Murphy was the choreographer with his retelling of Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker. The Australian Ballet Dancers were Danielle Rowe and Andrew Killian.

Loredo & Talia’s “Love Story” wins Macca’s moment of the year
We’ve had some amazing routines on this year’s show but few would argue with this result. Talia & Loredo’s “Love Story” Taylor Swift - Fearless - Love Story, choreographed by Amè Delves is the winner of the McDonald’s “i’m lovin’ it” moment for the season. Congrats to Talia, Loredo, Amè – and Taylor Swift for the track.

Amy & Damien – “Stepping Stone” Suitcase Rumba
In Top 16 week, this was Amy’s “defining moment” – the routine that turned her from being a Bottom 3 dancer at Top 20 into a Top 4 contender for the title. Here she danced it again with partner, Damien. Did you notice the different ending? This time she left him. The choreographer was Jason Gilkison and the track was Duffy’s “Stepping Stone” Duffy - Rockferry - Stepping Stone.

Ben & Pania – “Talk like that”
Ben & Pania went back to the very beginning – to the very first routine from the Top 20 by Marko Panzic to The Presets’ “Talk like that” The Presets - Apocalypso - Talk Like That. You’ve come a long way, Ben.

Talia & Loredo – “Love Story” Lyrical Jazz
It was as good as we remembered. Talia & Loredo played Romeo & Juliet again in a Lyrical Jazz piece by Amè Delves to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” Taylor Swift - Fearless - Love Story. Can we see it again please?

Penny & Charlie – “Single Ladies”
The season ended as it began with Penny & Charlie bringing the house down with Tiana Joubert’s routine to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). How hard did they pop? How good was it to see Penny dancing again?

Bonnie joins Jason G in choreography
Judge Bonnie Lythgoe joined Jason Gilkison to choreograph Damien, Ash-Leigh and other exquisite dancers in a ballroom extravaganza to Bond’s “Explosion” Karaoke Star Explosion - James Bond Karaoke - Main Title from James Bond: Live and Let Die (Karaoke Version)

Verdict time – Top 4 becomes Top 3
Our Top 4 were invited onto the stage to hear Australia’s verdict. Amy and Talia were singled out and found that they were safe. That left Charlie and a very nervous Ben. Unfortunately it was Ben who missed out and tears welled in the eyes of this beautiful man.

Ben’s tearful farewell
After viewing his incredible journey, Ben thanked everyone including the production crew – “Jenny and Carlos, you rock” – but reserved special mention for his Mum, and his beautiful girlfriend, Zoe.

Chicago – “All that jazz”
As Amy, Charlie & Talia were left to ponder how much further they were going in the competition, Caroline O’Connor and the cast of the Chicago came on to perform “All the jazz” Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger & Taye Diggs - Chicago - Overture / And All That Jazz

Top 3 Becomes Top 2
The first dancer through to the final round was Charlie, leaving Amy and Talia with a 50/50 chance of making Final 2. Alas, for Amy, she would go no further. But she did emulate exactly her role model, Kate from last year – making Top 3.

Amy’s Farewell
Her farewell package reminded us of all her fabulous work and then she thanked her Mum, Dad, her sisters and the collective Central Coast population.

Top 2 Dance Jason Gilkison routine
To take into account all possible outcomes, Jason Gilkison created and worked up three fabulous Top 2 routines and Talia & Charlie were the lucky ones who got to perform it. Nice work, Jason G.

The ultimate verdict
With just two wonderful dancers left, Natalie announced that the winner of Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance was Talia.

Talia said that this had been “the most amazing personal growth journey” for her and she was now going to do “anything” because she was over her “insecurities” and was so much more confident because of her Dance experiences.

Matt said Talia had been “the dark horse” of the competition, Bonnie said that she would “wow” the States, and Jason said that he wanted the winner to be the person who would best represent Australia. He believed we had got that.

Commiserations, Charlie. Congratulations, Talia! Well done, Australia.

April 27, 2009 I Written By

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

So You Think You Can Dance Australia Top 4 Music

Last night was the top 4 performances of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. The top 4 of So You Think You Can Dance has to be one of the best nights of the entire show. Everyone gets to dance with everyone and the very best dancers are on the stage to work their wonders. This night was no exception. Check out the music Charlie Bartley, Amy Campbell, Talia Fowler, and Ben Veitch’s used in their final dances to impress Australia.

Charlie Bartley, Amy Campbell, Talia Fowler, and Ben Veitch (SYTYCDA Top 4) danced Hip Hop to the music of Janet Jackson – “All For You (Video Mix)” Janet Jackson - All for You - All for You choreographed by Supple

Talia Fowler and Charlie Bartley danced Contemporary to the music of Duffy – “Warwick Avenue” Duffy - Rockferry - Warwick Avenue choreographed by Debbie Ellis Linnert

Talia Fowler and Ben Veitch danced Tango to the music of Sarah Vaughan – “Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project Remix)” Sarah Vaughan & Gotan Project - Verve Remixed 2 - Whatever Lola Wants choreographed by Fabio Robles

Amy Campbell and Ben Veitch danced Lyrical Hip Hop to the music of Kanye West – “Coldest Winter” choreographed by Travers Ross

Amy Campbell and Charlie Bartley danced Samba to the music of Sergio Mendes feat. Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas – “Mas Que Nada” Sergio Mendes - Timeless - Mas Que Nada (feat. The Black Eyed Peas) choreographed by Leeanne Bampton

Charlie Bartley and Ben Veitch danced Jazz to the music of Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself” Billy Idol - Billy Idol: Greatest Hits - Dancing With Myself choreographed by Cameron Mitchell

Amy Campbell and Talia Fowler danced Contemporary to the music of Adam Freeland & Sarah Vaughan – “Fever (Adam Freeland Remix)” Adam Freeland & Sarah Vaughan - Verve Remixed 3 - Fever choreographed by Sarah Boulter

The following is the music from the So You Think You Can Dance Australia top 4 solos:
Charlie Bartley: Kings of Leon – “Revelry” Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version) - Revelry

Amy Campbell: Miley Cyrus – “The Climb” Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - The Climb

Ben Veitch: Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” Coldplay - Viva la Vida - Viva la Vida

Talia Fowler: Rihanna – “Take A Bow” Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Take a Bow

April 20, 2009 I Written By

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

Chelsie Hightower and Lacey Schwimmer In Trouble on Dancing with the Stars

UPDATE: Lacey and Steve-O were sent home on Dancing with the Stars.

I’m certain that a lot of fans of So You Think You Can Dance have been following the past So You Think You Can Dance cast to see how they’re doing on Dancing with the Stars. I meant to give more regular updates, but just didn’t find the time.

As you probably already know, Dmitry and Holly were voted off the show a couple weeks ago. I know I was a little bit surprised, although looking back it kind of makes sense that Holly doesn’t have the most passionate following. Men who like Playboy aren’t exactly the target market for Dancing with the Stars and are definitely not the kind of people that pick up the phone and vote. Regardless I’d still really like to see Dmitry back for another season on the show.

This week Chelsie and Lacey are both in the bottom 2. That really doesn’t bode well for either of them. I personally think that it might just be time for Steve-O to go home. Although, he probably does have a few more fans than Ty so it could be a close one. Either way, it’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that both Chelsie and Lacey have lame duck partners and they’re lucky to still be on the show at all.

I’m sure that Chelsie and Lacey are fighting as hard as they can to stay on the show since the farther they make it on the show, the more they get paid. At least if they get paid similar to Shawn Johnson on Dancing with the Stars. Plus, maybe there’s just a little bit of pride for being the last So You Can Dance alumnus still on Dancing with the Stars.

Since I’ve always focused on the music from So You Think You Can Dance, I should also link you to a list of all the Dancing with the Stars 2009 music. They’re still not on par with So You Think You Can Dance, but they have done 100 times better this year than in past years.

April 13, 2009 I Written By

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

So You Think You Can Dance Australia Top 20 Easter Special Music

So You Think You Can Dance Australia brought back the SYTYCDA top 20 for an Easter Special including the return of Penny. I didn’t get all the music, but here’s what I’ve been able to compile so far. I’m looking forward to the SYTYCDA top 4 next week. Also, don’t forget to check out the music from previous weeks of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

Damien and Ash-Leigh danced a Jason Gilkison Rumba to Christine Aguilera’s “Hurt” Christina Aguilera - Hurt & Ain't No Other Man Dance Vault Remixes: The Radio Edits - Hurt

Timomatic and Gianne danced a Hip Hop routine to Jean Michel Jarre’s “Zoolookologie” Jean Michel Jarre - Images - The Best of Jean Michel Jarre - Zoolookologie

Adam Williams choreographed Stephen and Max in a routine from “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” to Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” Donna Summer - Bad Girls - Hot Stuff

Pania and Emmanuel danced a routine by Nacho Pop to Justin Timberlake’s “I’m lovin it” Justin Timberlake - I'm Lovin' It - EP - I'm Lovin' It

Jesse and Lamb danced a routine by Supple to a remix of Frank Sinatra’s “This town” Frank Sinatra - The World We Knew - This Town

Kat and BJ worked with Leeanne Bampton on a Jive to “Rubberneckin’” by Elvis Elvis Presley - Elvis At the Movies (Remastered) - Rubberneckin'

Penny & Charlie “You found me”
The crowd was thrilled when our favourite cheerleader came on stage and Nat literally got to embrace the Penny. Still recuperating from her broken rib, Penny wasn’t up to dancing a new routine but we did get to swoon again at her amazing “You found me” contemporary with Charlie – another candidate surely for “Routine of the season”.

Matt Lee choreographed the SYTYCDA Top 4 in a Commercial Jazz piece to Britney Spears’ “Womaniser” Britney Spears - Circus (Deluxe Version) - Womanizer

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

Kourtni Lind in Independent Film “Dirty Step Upstage”

I just got information that Season 4 contestant of SYTYCD, Kourtni Lind, is in an ALM Talkies independent film, a reality thriller called “DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE.” You never know what you’ll get out of an independent film, but this one looks like it could be pretty interesting to see a little behind the curtains of the entertainment industry.

The following is a trailer for “Dirty Step Upstage” with a couple quick shots of Kourtni.

Always fun to catch up with some of the past contestants and see where their career has taken them.

April 8, 2009 I Written By

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

SYTYCDA Top 6 Results Music

A lot of people have been looking for the So You Think You Can Dance Australia top 6 results show music. I think people are definitely looking for the SYTYCDA solo music. Check it out:

Group Dance: Justice – “Genesis” Justice - Cross - Genesis (Hip Hop; Choreographer: Tabitha & Napoleon)
Guest Performers: Stomp
Musical Guests: Duffy – “Rain On Your Parade” Duffy - Rockferry (Deluxe Edition) - Rain On Your Parade
McDonalds I’m lovin’ it performance of the night: Talia Fowler & BJ Rorke (Hip Hop)

Kat Risteska: Lil’ Wayne – “Got Money” Lil Wayne - Grammy Nominees 2009 - Got Money
Talia Fowler: Des’ree – “Kissing You” Des'Re - Romeo + Juliet (10th Anniversary Edition) [Music from the Motion Picture] - Kissing You (Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet)
Amy Campbell: Yael Naim – “Toxic” Yael Naïm - Yael Naïm - Toxic
Charlie Bartley: The Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl - Iris
BJ Rorke: The Ian Carey Project – “Get Shaky” The Ian Carey Project - Euro Club Hits, Vol. 7 - Get Shaky (Vocal Mix)
Ben Veitch: Beyoncé Knowles – “Broken-Hearted Girl” Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - Broken-Hearted Girl

Kat Risteska
BJ Rorke

April 6, 2009 I Written By

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

Top 6 So You Think You Can Dance Australia Music

The following is the music from the top 6 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. If you’re looking for past SYTYCDA music, you can find it here.

Charlie Bartley, BJ Rorke, and Ben Veitch danced Hip Hop to the music of Mantronix – “King of the Beats” Scott Brown - 50 Happy Hardcore Tunes, Vol. 1 - King of the Beats choreographed by Supple

Talia Fowler and BJ Rorke danced Jazz to the music of Yello – “How How” choreographed by Project Moda

Talia Fowler and BJ Rorke danced Hip Hop to the music of T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake – “Dead and Gone” T.I. - Paper Trail (Deluxe Version) - Dead and Gone (feat. Justin Timberlake) choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon

Kat Risteska and Charlie Bartley danced Hip Hop to the music of Busta Rhymes feat. Ron Browz – “Arab Money” Busta Rhymes - Arab Money (Edited) - Single - Arab Money choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon

Kat Risteska and Charlie Bartley danced Tango to the music of Daniel Bedingfield – “Gotta Get Thru This (Acoustic)” Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This - Gotta Get Thru This choreographed by Jason Gilkison

Amy Campbell and Ben Veitch danced Paso Doble to the music from Australian Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar – “Overture” Andrew Lloyd Webber - Jesus Christ Superstar - Overture (From "Jesus Christ Superstar") choreographed by Jason Gilkison

Amy Campbell and Ben Veitch danced Contemporary to the music Secondhand Serenade – “Fall for You” Secondhand Serenade - A Twist In My Story (Bonus Track Version) - Fall for You choreographed by Amè Delves

Amy Campbell, Talia Fowler, and Kat Risteska danced Broadway to the Original Broadway Cast of Cabaret singing – “Wilkommen” Various Artists - Soundtrack Masters: Wilkommen - Wilkommen (From "Cabaret") choreographed by Kelly Aykers

April 5, 2009 I Written By

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