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So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Top 20 Chosen

I must admit that I’m very excited that Nigel Lythgoe has chosen to get on Twitter. I’m not sure how happy Fox and So You Think You Can Dance is about him being on Twitter, but I love getting little tidbits of information like the one Nigel just posted 3 hours ago saying the following:

“We have just chosen our Top 20 and informed them. Excellent dancers, exciting prospects and a few risks!!?”

Time to start discussing who we think will be part of the now chosen So You Think You Can Dance 2009 top 20.

I’ve already predicted Natalie Reid, Brandon Bryant, and Kayla Radomski to make it into the So You Think You Can Dance season 5 top 20. My prediction is a combination of how great they danced and also how much attention SYTYCD has given to them on the show. SYTYCD likes to build the story lines early I think.

Yes, that means I’ve left Gabi Rojas out of my SYTYCD season 5 top 20. If I’m wrong, that’s good with me. She is a great dancer, but I’m predicting her having trouble with other styles like ballroom.

Is there anyone from the SYTYCD 5 premiere that I should also add into the SYTYCD 5 top 20?

I’ll also drop a name that I heard might have made it to the top 20. My source wasn’t certain if she made it to the SYTYCD 5 top 20 or not, but we should at least see her on an upcoming show. Her name is Diana Vaden. I’ll be watching for Diana Vaden in an upcoming season and make a final judgment, but it’s fun to get little SYTYCD 5 spoilers like this. We’ll see how it all pans out.

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Kayla Radomski So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Audition

Kayla Radomski is a really great dancer. As soon as I saw her dance, I sent a tweet saying that Kayla Radomski was going to make the So You Think You Can Dance 2009 top 20. Watching her performance again, I don’t see any reason to change my opinion. Kayla has the look. Kayla has the story. Kayla has the technique. Kayla has the personality. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Kayla Radomski in the future.

Kayla Radomski danced to “Blackbird” by Unknown

The best part of the video is when Kayla Radomski’s grandma screamed at the end and Nigel told her to stop. That was funny.

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Saalim “Storyboard” Muslim and his partner Habby “Hobgoblin” Jacques (“Mutation”) So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Audition

There’s no doubt that “Mutation” was unlike anything that had ever been on the So You Think You Can Dance stage. I was glad that Saalim “Storyboard” Muslim and his partner Habby “Hobgoblin” Jacques got to go through to the choreography. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nigel were to bring them and possibly their crew back for one of the SYTYCD 2009 results shows as special guest performers. That would be fun to see.

Enjoy the video of Saalim “Storyboard” Muslim and his partner Habby “Hobgoblin” Jacques (“Mutation”)

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Brandon Bryant SYTYCD 2009 Audition

Ok, so the crying by Mary was so over the top. No doubt Brandon Bryant is a great dancer. His choreography was great as well. His dancing matched the song. He has a strong chance at the SYTYCD 2009 top 20. Brandon Bryant will be one that’s fun to watch in Las Vegas.

Enjoy the video of Brandon Bryant dancing to “O Fortuna” Carl Orff - Cinema Choral Classics - O Fortuna (From "Carmina Burana") by Carl Orff (from “Carmina Burana)

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Gabi Rojas SYTYCD Season 5 Audition

Gabi Rojas really does have some interesting lines and interesting moves. I really liked this dance since she offered something that we hadn’t seen before. Too much of the contemporary dancing is the same moves over and over. She took the moves and made them her own. It was beautiful. Plus, her background story of the circus is great too. I’ll be interested to see her do other styles. I think she might have some troubles with some of the other styles of dance on SYTYCD. If Gabi Rojas can get the other styles, she has a great chance at the SYTYCD 2009 top 20. If she can’t, then she’s still been great to watch.

Check out this video of Gabi Rojas dancing to “Moonray” Zap Mama - Supermoon - Moonray by Zap Mama

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Natalie Reid SYTYCD Season 5 Audition

It’s really nice to see Natalie Reid return to the So You Think You Can Dance stage after she almost made it to last year’s top 20. I still don’t personally think that she’ll be as good and entertaining as Katee Shean was last year. However, she has definitely improved. I think that Natalie Reid has a great shot at making it to the SYTYCD 2009 Top 20.

Check out the video of Natalie Reid’s SYTYCD 5 denver audition to the song “Breakdown More” by Eric Hutchinson

I should also say that they showed quite possibly the worst picture of Katee Shean that exists. She’s so much better looking than that picture offered.

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Nigel Tweets About Same Sex Ballroom Comments

Nigel just sent out the following tweet: “I hear I’m taking a beating on the web due to my comments regarding same sex ballroom I thought I was the most accepting of it on the panel?”

I talked about this in my SYTYCD 2009 Premiere thoughts post, but I have a feeling that we’re going to hear a lot more about this. I expect that Nigel and Fox will probably come out with some sort of formal apology as well.

It will be interesting to see the fallout from this. I’ve already seen references to Miss California and asking for Perez Hilton to comment on it.

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So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Premiere Thoughts and Music

UPDATE: If you want the music from other SYTYCD season 5 episode’s here’s where I’ll be posting the music from the most recent episodes of SYTYCD Season 5.

I must admit that I always find it a little bit difficult to write about the audition episodes of So You Think You Can Dance. They go through people so quickly that it’s really hard for me to keep up with everyone. So many new people and so many new names. It gets much easier once we make it to the top 20.

Until then, I’ll still provide random thoughts and other tidbits that hopefully you’ll find interesting.

I guess we now know why Nigel was interested in our response to Tiffany Geigle, Gabi Rojas and “Mutations” on SYTYCD 5. Tiffany Geigle was indeed interesting and inspiring. The thing that disappointed me most was that Nigel didn’t allow Tiffany Geigle to go on to the choreography round. Why not let her have a cool experience that she could get no where else? Maybe there were other reasons I didn’t know about.

The same gender ballroom guys I actually feel the opposite. They should have never been sent to choreography. I know that Nigel Lythgoe is getting flamed on the boards for his comments about these guys. However, I think they’re missing the point. These two guys weren’t very good dancers. I don’t care if it was a guy and a girl. They would have never been put through to choreography if they were a guy and girl. Did Nigel forget that these 2 guys fell on their backsides? Seriously, in dancing that’s the equivalent of a juggler dropping something. They didn’t deserve choreography after the fall.

I made a prediction on Twitter that Kayla would make the SYTYCD season 5 top 20. She just was an awesome dancer with an awesome look and an awesome story. The picture of her grandfather sleeping at her dance studio is just awesome.

The story of Natalie (Katee Shean’s friend) coming back this season was good too. I don’t personally think that Natalie has that special star quality that Katee had, but I do expect Natalie to make the top 20 this year, but bow out in the early stages of the show.

I know there are some more people I missed that should be mentioned. I’ll save that for tomorrow when I have a chance to review some of the videos. What I did miss on this episode was dancers that were kind of in that middle ground. I like the raw talents that are hard to select. It seemed like almost all of the dancers on the show tonight were clear cut either Las Vegas, choreography or out. Not too much actual deliberation.

Before I go, I did want to list a couple of the songs that I’m sure people will be looking for from the So You Think You Can Dance season 5 premiere:

Song at the beginning of the episode was “Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix)” DJ Mehdi - Pocket Piano - EP - Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix) by DJ Mehdi

Montage of girl dancers (when Sonia was freaking out) was to the song “Jungle Drum” Emilíana Torrini - Me and Armini - Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini

Natalie Reid from Seattle danced to “Breakdown More” by Eric Hutchinson

Gabi Rojas danced to “Moonray” Zap Mama - Supermoon - Moonray by Zap Mama

Brandon Bryant danced to “O Fortuna” Carl Orff - Cinema Choral Classics - O Fortuna (From "Carmina Burana") by Carl Orff (from “Carmina Burana)

Kayla Radomski danced to “Blackbird” by Dionne Farris Buy CD on Amazon

Saalim “Storyboard” Muslim and his partner Habby “Hobgoblin” Jacques (“Mutation”) danced to the song

Chimezie Nwosu danced to the song “I Question Mark” Wade Robson - Wade Robson's Project - Dance Beats, Vol. 1 - I Question Mark by Wade Robson

Arielle Taylor danced to the song “Walking On” Army of Me - Citizen - Walking On by Blaire Reinhard

Peter Sabasino (italian tapper) danced to the song

Kellen Stancil (umbrella) danced to the song “Like I am” Rascal Flatts - Melt - Like I Am by Rascal Flatts

Elias Holloway and Enoch Holloway danced to the song “Techno Rock” Heiko & Maiko - Mut zum Ton - Techno Rock by Heiko And Maiko

Background song at beginning of SYTYCD season 5 Denver auditions is “Dancing On The PerimeterThe Actual - Bewitched - Dancing On the Perimeter by The Actual

Lauren’s choreography was done to Neyo – “Nobody” Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Bonus Track Version) - Nobody

After New York choreography round: “Lights and Music” Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours - Lights & Music (Boys Noize remix) by Cut Copy

Mitch & Misha Intro – The Weather Girls – “It’s Raining Men” The Weather Girls - The Weather Girls - Super Hits - It's Raining Men

Mitch and Mishka danced to Mas Que Nada Sergio Mendes - Timeless - Mas Que Nada (feat. The Black Eyed Peas) by Sergio Mendes with the Black Eyed Peas

Mitch & Misha Exit – James Brown – “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” James Brown - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of James Brown - It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World

Nobuya Nagahama talked with the background music “Tokyo Drift” Teriyaki Boyz - The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - Tokyo Drift (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) by Teriyaki Boyz and then danced to the song “Peace Pipe” B.T. Express - Non-Stop - Peace Pipe by BT Express

Intro to New York – KISS – “New York Groove” KISS & Ace Frehley - The Very Best of Kiss - New York Groove

Brooklyn Bounce – The Hives – “Well All Right!” The Hives - The Black and White Album - Well All Right!

Mutation intro – Paul Wall – “My Life” Paul Wall - The Original vs. The Screwed & Chopped - My Life (feat. Mark G. & Kyle Lee)

Tiffany Geigel – Enya – “The First Of Autumn” Download MP3 on Amazon

Maksim Kapitannikov – Blackout All-Stars – “I Like It (Like That)” The Miracles - The Ultimate Collection: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - I Like It Like That

Day 2 New York Intro – Andrew WK – “I Love NYC” Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet - I Love NYC

Thomas Martin – Destiny’s Child – “Emotions” Destiny's Child - Survivor - Emotion

Day 2 New York Bad Dancer Montage – Daft Punk – “Robot Rock” Daft Punk - Musique, Vol. 1 (1993 - 2005) - Robot Rock

Day 2 Vegas Tickets Montage – Ben Lee – “Just Say Yes” Ben Lee - Ripe - Just Say Yes

Katherine Lynch – Janet Jackson – “Feedback” Janet - Discipline - Feedback

Alison Moist – John Williams – “Theme From Star Wars” John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra - Encore!: Best of the Boston Pops - Main Title Theme from Star Wars

Denver Day 2 Bad Dancer Montage – Leo Sayer – “Long Tall Glasses” Leo Sayer - The Very Best of Leo Sayer - Long Tall Glasses

Arielle Taylor danced to the song “Walking On” Blaire Reinhard - Somewhere In Between - Walking On by Blaire Reinhard

Montage sending people through in Denver (starting with Max) is to the song “Don’t Stop” by Lauren Elle (seems like the song is only currently available on Lauren’s myspace page) (This is the Don’t stop dancing, dancing song)

I’ll keep adding songs to this list of SYTYCD 5 music as I find it.

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