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Mia Michaels Rushed To Hospital

While poking around, I saw a piece (again on BuddyTV.com) about Mia Michaels being rushed to the hospital while choreographing a routine for SYTYCD Canada that directly relates to her decision to leave the American version of the show. She’s hurt her back pretty seriously – the problem is likely a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. She’s been released since then (Saturday) and is recovering.

The winner, Tara-Jean Popowich, was also injured – displacing two ribs.

Well, Mia doesn’t have a scary reputation as a choreographer for nothing. She’s just as brutal on herself as she is on the dancers she works with, expecting nothing but the best.

And here’s that injurious – and gorgeous – routine.

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Top 20 Power Ranking (HA!)

How am I gonna rank the Top 20 without seeing a regular performance show?!? Do you think I’m as crazy as I’m starting to think I am for even offering to try? Lol. I’ll have to update this tomorrow as the show goes, but I don’t think I’ll have enough time to get a power ranking up tomorrow before they cut two dancers unless I put something up now.

Top 6:

3 Girls – Ariana, Channing and Karen

3 Guys – Nathan, Billy (except…) and Jakob

Middle 8:

4 Girls -Mollee, Noelle, Elleanor and Pauline

4 Guys – Ryan, Peter, Russell and Kevin

Bottom 6:

3 Girls – Ashleigh, Bianca (ducks all the flying objects), and Kathryn (ducking again – sorry Amanda)

3 Guys – Legacy, Phillip and Victor

I think Ashleigh and Legacy will be the ones cut. They’re my least favorite, but I think they’re the least versatile and interesting and the least liked.

My criteria? What else can I go on except for gut instinct? Well, I am also thinking of some of what I’ve read on the Internet and in the comments of this site as we’ve gotten to this point. And their performances in their own style, the judges’ reactions to them.

I predict that there are going to be a lot of re-pairings due to cuts (one dancer in a couple goes home, the other is safe). I don’t think this is going to be a season where most of the couples stay together all the way to Top 10…though the best two or three couples probably will.

I’d love to know how the couples were picked. Check out this BuddyTV.com slideshow I found that puts together the “best” and “worst” potential couples. **SPOILER ALERT** Four of their “worst” couples are dancing together tomorrow night (according to Margaret’s spoilers, which I think are probably accurate): Bianca & Victor, Ariana & Peter, Channing & Phillip and Kathryn & Legacy (Season 6’s “criers,” as they call them. But FIVE of their “best” couples are dancing together tomorrow night: Karen & Kevin, Mollee & Nathan (YES!), Noelle & Russell, Channing & Phillip and Elleanor & Ryan.

What do y’all think?

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Meet the Top 20 Thoughts

Wow, what a great show! Adam Shankman said it best, I think when he talked about growing on the show and if this is where these Top 20 start, “what do you become?” Brilliant show.

First, Wade Robson’s routines are pretty much always my favorites. I don’t think there’s ever been a routine of his I haven’t liked. I love the collaborations with his wife Amanda. But the dancers just made this routine something truly special. Right away, we have a highly memorable (Emmy-worthy?) routine on the very first episode. Sheesh. Nathan really stood out to me in this one, but I thought they were all phenomenal. And was that Lady GaGa in the audience as they gave the routine a standing ovation?

I liked the Nappytabs hip hop with Russell, Kevin and Legacy, but it was probably one of my least favorite of the night and I still haven’t warmed up to Legacy. Don’t know that I will, though if he surprises me, I’ll be the first to say it.

Tyce’s routine with Nathan, Ariana, Channing and Jakob was amazing. Looooved it. Especially Ariana’s jump into Nathan’s arms. It was a great song and a great routine.

Really loved it when Cat said, “How are we going to send anyone home this season?” Really. I’m glad the first few decisions are the judges’ to make. But I hope they make the right decisions. πŸ™‚

The tappers. I love Bianca, Peter and Phillip and I can appreciate that tap is tough. But…I thought this routine was kinda boring. The parts where they were encouraged to show their personality were awesome, but I didn’t think “Take the A Train” was a great song for tap. I liked how Derick K. Grant said, that “good tap is like a good kung fu movie.” Maybe I’m underestimating tap dancing…but why couldn’t they expect dancers to pick up *some* tap in order to do a routine, especially with a tap partner? Caitlin and Jason did Bollywood their first week and Ade did a classical ballet routine with Melissa, all last season. And these are good dancers. Would tap be tougher for these dancers than for example, a hip hop dancer having to learn ballroom?

While I liked Sonya Tayeh’s jazz with Mollee, Elleanore and Pauline, it felt very reminiscent (sometimes in a bad way) of last season’s “Superheroine” routine with the top 3 girls. Watch it again and tell me I’m wrong. I liked all three of them and I agreed with Adam that Mollee had “graduated from High School Musical” and danced like a woman. And I do agree with Sonya that confidence is sexy. I love Sonya and I love these three girls, so I hate to pick on the routine.

Mandy Moore’s contemporary with Billy, Noelle, Kathryn and Victor was fun, had a 5o’s vibe and was very fast and clearly difficult. But kinda boring. Victor and Noelle had an awkward lift at one point, I thought.

I’m not the biggest fan of the DiLellos, but I really liked their Jason Gilkison samba with Karen. The fact that she held her own with a couple who’s been dancing together for years really impressed me. It was really sexy and fun.

Is it just me, or did they NOT announce the couples! I think we’ll have to depend on Margaret’s spoilers.

It’s kinda a shot in the dark, but I’m going to take a stab at a Power Ranking since a boy and girl will be kicked off by the judges after they perform tomorrow. Maybe I’ll even make live annotations during tomorrow’s show. If you’re good.

I hope all of you will chime in, too. John? Amanda? Margaret?

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Meet the Top 20 Music

So excited about this episode! What a great idea – how come they never thought of it before??? Not only will we know more about whoever we’re losing tomorrow night than we’ve ever known about the first couple to go, BUT we’ll have LOTS more group routines this season.

Wade & Amanda Robson opening group routine (Top 20): “Comanche” The Revels - Pulp Fiction (Music from the Motion Picture) - Comanche-The Revels

Nappytabs hip hop routine (Kevin, Legacy and Russell): “Beggin'” Madcon - Beggin' - Single - Beggin'-Macdon

Tyce Diorio contemporary routine (Nathan, Ariana, Channing and Jakob): “Crying” k.d. lang - Live by Request - Crying -kd lang

Derick K. Grant tap routine (Bianca, Peter and Phillip): “Take the A Train” Ella Fitzgerald - Pure Ella - Take the "A" Train-Ella Fitzgerald

Sonya jazz routine (Mollee, Elleanore and Pauline): “On a Cloud” PPP - Abundance - On a Cloud-PPP

Mandy Moore contemporary (Billy, Noelle, Kathryn, Victor): “Viva la Vida” Coldplay - Viva la Vida - Viva la Vida-Coldplay

Jason Gilkison [thanks Julia!] samba (Karen, Ryan and Ashleigh): “Everything I Can’t Have” Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke (Deluxe Edition) - Everything I Can't Have-Robin Thicke

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Mary Murphy Talks About Abusive Husband on Ellen and Larry King Live

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know that I really don’t like Mary Murphy as a judge on SYTYCD. I just think she adds little value to the show. Despite my desire for her to no longer judge on SYTYCD, I’ll be the first to admit that I was sad to hear Mary Murphy talk about being abused by her husband. I hope that Mary’s words will help others who are also being abused to start talking and get help. You can hear the rest of Mary’s story in the videos below.

This is Mary Murphy on Ellen:

This is part of Mary Murphy on Larry King Live:

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

Top 20 “Meet the Dancers” show and Couples Spoilers!

On the eve of the “meet the top 20” show (an awesome idea I must say), I have uncovered some spoilers about the show and about the top 20 couples!

p.s. thanks to Emilie for putting up the schedule for the first few weeks of the show. additionally, and I cringe as I write this as an anti-Yankees baseball fan, thank the Yankees for wrapping up their series last night. If they had lost, game 7 would have been tonight instead of SYTYCD!

**warning, these are spoilers!!**

Read more..

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So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 Couples

It’s time for the predictions of the So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 couples. Yes, this is really serious business. You partner on So You Think You Can Dance can completely change how well you do on the show (for good and bad). Will we see an amazing couple like Benji and Donyelle? Will we see interesting couples like Allison and Ivan? Oh the combinations we could talk about.

Also, I can’t help, but say that this website has the best readers/commenters. They’re amazing. On that note, I asked one of the readers of this site, Christine, if she’d predict the SYTYCD season 6 couples. Here’s her predictions:
Billy Bell – Pauline Mata
Legacy – Kathryn
Jacob Karr – Karen Hauer
Russell Ferguson- Ellenore Scott
Ryan DiLello – Channing Cooke
Kevin Hunt – Noelle
Peter Sabasino – Mollee
Victor Smalley – Bianca
Nathan Trasoras – Ariana Debose
Philip Attmore – Ashleigh DiLello

Here’s Christine’s explanation of how she came up with these couples:
This is based on heights (from what I could see), personality dynamic, and a combination of power couples and underdog couples. Also genre diversity would help, but there’s a whole lot of contemporary girls. I could be a little biased for some of them, and I understand that some of them appeared to have great chemistry together on camera, but it doesn’t mean they get paired together sadly.

Which couples would you like to see happen on So You Think You Can Dance season 6?

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