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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!!**

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

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 4 Music

I apologize that I’m a little late in posting this, but better late than never I guess.

Jayme Rae Dailey, Vincent Desjardins, Tara-Jean Popowich and Everett Smith danced a Cabaret to the song “Theme for Gypsy (Shivas Regal)” Sonny Lester Orchestra - How to Strip - Shivas Regal—Sonny Lester & His Orchestra choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
Vincent Desjardins and Everett Smith danced a Hip-hop to the song “B.O.B.” OutKast - Stankonia - B.O.B.—Outkast choreographed by Sho-Tyme
Tara-Jean Popowich and Everett Smith danced a Jazz to the song “Say (All I Need)” OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud - Say (All I Need)—OneRepublic choreographed by Sean Cheesman
Jayme Rae Dailey and Tara-Jean Popowich danced a Mambo to the song “Ran Kan Kan” Tito Puente - Exitos Eternos - Ran Kan Kan—Tito Puente choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
Jayme Rae Dailey and Vincent Desjardins danced a Contemporary to the song “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” Martin Sexton - Live At the Iron Horse Vol. 1 - Can't Stop Thinking About You—Martin Sexton choreographed by Stacey Tookey
Tara-Jean Popowich and Vincent Desjardins danced a Hustle to the song “Last Dance” Donna Summer - Greatest Hits - Last Dance—Donna Summer choreographed by Maria Torres
Jayme Rae Dailey and Everett Smith danced a Samba to the song “Run the Show” Kat DeLuna - Run the Show - EP - Run the Show—Kat DeLuna choreographed by Eric Caty and Kelly Lannan

Everett Smith: “Style” Cameo - Cameo: Anthology - Style—Cameo
Jayme Rae Dailey: “Radiaciones Arrabaleras” Bailongo! - Nuevos Aires: Tango Y Milonga Para Bailarines - Radiaciones Arrabaleras—Bailongo!
Vincent Desjardins: “Land of 1000 Dances” Wilson Pickett - Black Magic (Soundtrack) [Remastered] - Land of 1000 Dances—Wilson Pickett
Tara-Jean Popowich: “Bleeding Love” Boyce Avenue - Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 2 - Bleeding Love—Boyce Avenue

October 25, 2009 I Written By

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

Top 20 Perform This Week

You probably already know, but I thought I’d put up an fyi post with this week’s schedule, since it’s a bit different (as this whole season’s schedule has been.)

Monday, tomorrow, the Top 20 will perform in a no-fear-of-elimination “meet the Top 20” special. It sounds like they’ll be dancing individually or in groups and/or couples that will not be their regular Top 20 couples. I can’t wait to see these new couples, so it’d be nice if they’d reveal them tomorrow. Tomorrow’s show is at 8 p.m. (7 central).

Tuesday, there will be a 2-hour performance and elimination show on Tuesday (also starting at 8/7 central) and the judges will do the dirty work of eliminating the first couple.

We won’t get a chance to vote for our favorites till the Top 16 on Tuesday, November 10th.

Care to speculate who the couples will be? Complain or cheer about not having to (getting to) make the first two cuts ourselves? What do y’all think?

In the meantime, I put up a music speculation post a while back and our reader Kelly added a significant and amazing list of music herself. Check it out and join in the conversation!

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Part 2 the SYTYCD Tour Meet and Greet

If you are going to the tour hang out after the show because the dancers come out to meet the fans. I recommend a spot next to a young fan…they stop longer for the little ones. I was actually able to ask some questions…I’m guessing not too many people in Atlanta wanted to wait out in the cold. I was standing next to a first grader who had four favorites and she told each one of them too. Her favorites were Phillip, Kayla, Brandon and Jeanine. Each one of them gave her a hug and took a picture with her but it was Brandon who surprised me. I couldn’t hear what she said to him but he decided that he wanted to have a picture of the two of them so he pulled out his phone and got one, such a cute moment.

While Brandon was around me someone asked him if he thought Mia’s comments to him during Vegas week were real or were they just said for the show. He said he really didn’t know because it is in their contracts that they cannot talk to the judges about any critiques that are given. He said they have to wait a few months after the show is over before they can talk about it. Also the ladies next to me asked everyone what it was like to be on Ellen…for the most part they all enjoyed it.

I did get to talk to a few of them myself. I asked Kupono if he thought he might go into maybe starting his on clothing/costume line. He said that he might somewhere down the line, it something that he is interested in. In the program he said that he is designing everyone’s Halloween costumes. Caitlin was next I asked about her sister, if she auditioned for season 6. She said yeah but she was cut during Vegas week. I asked mainly because I didn’t see her or I just missed her or something. When Melissa and Ade came by I had to tell them what the breast cancer piece meant to me. Ade really is a sweet guy; I wish I could have had a longer conversation with him. I commented on the difference of seeing that particular dance live. He agreed by saying he had been hearing that a lot. He seemed somewhat surprised by this but then he said that they (producers) will show what they want to show.

While waiting for some of the dancers to make it down to where I was…some of us were talking to a guy that travels with them on tour. That is how I found out Janette was sick and if fact most of them were getting over being sick. He has worked on the American Idol tours and the SYTYCD tour since season 3. He said that all the dancers that he has met have been great with the fans will try to sign everything that they can. This is where he said there was only one dancer that had a diva type attitude. Of course he couldn’t tell us, but he did give us a hint and we took a guess. All of us guess correctly on the first try…hmm I would like to see who you guys think he was talking about. So leave a guess on the comments below and I post the answer later in the week. (John I already told you who it was so you can’t say anything)

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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.

The Five Alive Tour…

…AKA the season five tour of SYTYCD. This made the fourth tour I’ve attended and naturally I already had an idea of what to expect. This season didn’t disappoint. Due to circumstances beyond my control I barely made it in time to see the opening of the show…thank goodness they started fifteen minutes late. Then it was the start to a night full of dance starting with disco. What I didn’t know is that Janette was sick, but I wouldn’t have known until someone mentioned it later that night. That was followed by Phillip and Jeanine’s hip hop to “Mad”. I almost wish the first two numbers were switched. Then came the butt dance…I love this dance. It’s cute and quirky and a sure to be another Mia classic.

When it came time for the Bollywood dance, this is where the on going joke about Jeanine and Phillip’s Russian routine. I have to admit whoever came up with this idea was brilliant. I know Emilie mentioned that at one point that Phillip and Jeanine were in disguise. Earlier in the night the prop guys brought out a chair for Evan and Melissa Broadway routine wearing top hats and tux jackets. I myself have done a Russian folk dance before so I felt their pain when the judges didn’t care for it on the show…I found myself wanting to see them dance that number. So they are so determine to do this dance and the audience is with them Jeanine actually shushed us so they wouldn’t get caught. Then the twist came, everyone joined them on stage to dance with them and well if you read Emilie’s post you know what happens next. I love the new parts to the dance. This wasn’t the only skit that had me laughing. Like Melissa telling a scary story to intro the Zombie hip hop and getting interrupted a lot by the guys being “scared”. Plus there is Kupono’s DVD advertisement and him picking on Randi about the one time she wore a wig on the show.

This time around they didn’t do as many group numbers compared to the past seasons. Calle Ocho took the show to intermission. They have the whole set up water and all. Though I thought the whole water thing looked better on television. One kicked of the second half of the show. This one brings back memories for me…yes I have been in “A Chorus Line” not a major role but Mia’s version was so much better. They closed the show with one of my favorite group numbers, Tyce’s Brand New Day. I had a feeling they would either open or close the show with this number. Also this was the first year that the tour didn’t end with and number to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. Though up until now the past three seasons have had a connection to Hairspray, for season two it was Benji and Donyelle. Season 3 was when the movie hit theatres and Adam Shankman choreographed a routine for the dancers. Well as for season 4 Twitch was in the movie…you can spot him and the end of the movie.

Now on to the solos…Cat does intro the dancers plus they show footage of their journey on the show. When Phillip hit the stage I had to get that one on video. He also received the first standing ovation of the night and quite possibly the biggest one too. This really isn’t all that surprising to me, since he has been around since season two. Jeanine’s solo was great too she had the rose and all but it fell apart on stage while she was dancing. Brandon also got a standing ovation for his solo too…spoiler alert it the same as his original audition…okay there are quite a few repeats of solos.

I was happy to know that many of my favorites had made it into the show. I’ll post a link to my pictures that I took…I tried to get a few from each routine but when you cant use a flash some didn’t work out. I also have video of the Zombie hip hop…I actually like many of Kayla’s numbers. It was Brandon and Kayla that had the most dances in the show. It’s hard to pick an absolute favorite but there is one or two that were better live. Evan and Melissa’s Broadway was one of those…it’s fun and light hearted, not to mention Janette started rambling on in Spanish while introducing the number. Also the breast cancer piece is better live…it still didn’t make me want to cry but to see Melissa and Ade dance with so much heart was definitely a great thing to see. Okay I really could go on and on but then this post would be really long. So check out all my pictures and video and get and see what other dances made the tour. I recommend buying a program it has a Q&A with the top ten. So those who haven’t been to the tour yet, you are in for a great night of dancing. For those of you that haven’t been to one yet, you are missing out. Enjoy the links below for video and pictures from the show.

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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.

Mollee Gray & Victor Smalley Top 20 SYTYCD Interview

These two were really goofy and funny. He had a Laurie Ann Gibson humiliating moment and she was more excited to meet Cat Deely than anything else. They’re both  nervous about ballroom and have a lot of confidence, but they don’t seem arrogant to me. More exuberant.

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Bianca Revels & Jakob Karr Top 20 SYTYCD Interview

This was a cool one, too. They both have great personalities and there was great chemistry between them. It seemed like a strange pairing to me at first, but really worked. She’s also Michael Jackson – influenced, and as we know one of three tappers in the Top 20 this season. He grew up playing sports and was in his first dance class at 11. They’re both nervous about Bollywood and getting the hand gestures wrong, thereby potentially offending a lot of people. And both of their best friends are SYTYCD alum (more 6 Degrees of SYTYCD). His is last year’s winner, Jeanine Mason, and you can see them dancing together in a video I put up earlier. Her best friend is Comfort Fedoke, the first female hip-hopper in the Top 20.

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