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SYTYCD Season 8 Premiere – Your Thoughts

It was a phenomenal first episode of SYTYCD Season 8, with the Atlanta and Oakland auditions. There weren’t many of those too unbearably bad and uncomfortable additions (though, there were a handful, of course), which makes me happy. I like to see good dancing!

Some preliminary thoughts for you, but mostly I want to hear YOUR THOUGHTS:

-One of my favorite dancers of the night, Melanie Moore, is from my hometown, Marietta, GA. Amanda and I are both from Georgia and one of our favorite dancers is too, Kathryn McCormick.

-I am so glad that Ryan Ramirez is back!

-Which makes me wonder…WILL Alex be back this season? And will he be back as a contestant or as an All-Star later in the season?

I know there was so much else going on, but that’s what’s coming to me now. Your turn! What are you excited about or wondering after the premiere episode of Season 8?

And don’t forget to help us fill in the music from the Atlanta/Oakland auditions. There were some really great songs tonight, but I didn’t catch them all and maybe you can help!

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Thanks everyone for stopping by Pure SYTYCD. I’m sure we have a bunch of new people and I’ve already seen some old regulars to the Pure SYTYCD family that have come by and commented about tonight’s premiere.

Be sure to check back regularly as we update you on what’s happening with the 2011 season of SYTYCD. Our most popular topic is of course the SYTYCD 2011 music list. We’ve been the best place to find the SYTYCD music on the web since season 2 of SYTYCD. With your help and the magic of Emilie, Amanda, Marianya, and of course you readers, we’ll do it again this year.

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Time for another season of SYTYCD!!

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So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Premiere – Atlanta/Oakland Auditions

I’m so excited that SYTYCD Season 8 is finally starting! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

Feel free to help us out with the music by writing songs in the comments as you catch them. Keep checking back during and after the show as I list all of the music seen in this week’s episode.

Episode opening music: District 78’s “100% Pure Adrenaline” (no link as of yet)

Atlanta Auditions

Audition line: Captain Phoenix’s “Pistols and Hearts (Bloody Beetroots Remix)” –Pistols & Hearts (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) - Best of...Remixes

Audition line: District 78’s “Human Spirit is Still Alive” (no link as of yet)

Bianka Hinkerine and her non-competing partner Giovanni (Columbian salsa) audition: Charlie Palmieri’s “No Puedo Mas” – No Puedo Mas - The Heavyweight

Melanie Moore (contemporary, short hair, from my hometown) audition: Our reader Erica helped out and said it’s Alexandre Desplat’s “The Meadow” – New Moon (The Meadow) - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Deluxe Version) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] from the New Moon soundtrack
Melanie goes on to Vegas to:

Going into the commercial: Carolina Liar’s “Show Me What I’m Looking For” – Show Me What I'm Looking For - Coming to Terms

Going into the commercial: Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” – Mind Heist - Mind Heist

Back from commercial, audition line: *Levels Music Group’s “Ladies Got the Look”

Intro to Deon Lewsa and Damon Bellmon: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” – It Takes Two - Profilin' - the Hits
Deon Lewsa and Damon Bellmon (pairs hip hop?): Darnel Alexander’s “Brother Brother” – Brother Brother - Brother Brother - Single LMG

Yes montage (10 dancers in a row): B.O.B. ft Rivers Cuomo’s “Magic” – Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Deluxe)

Going into commercial: Position Music’s “Magestica” – Magestica - Gothic Impact (I think this is the one, but not 100% as the artist name is different)

Marko Germar (shot in the arm, contemporary): James Morrison’s “If You Don’t Wanna Love Me” – If You Don't Wanna Love Me - Songs for You, Truths for Me

Katee & Jakob’s choreography: Usher ft Pitbull’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” – DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single

Going on to Vegas: I’m From Barcelona’s “Game Is On” – Game Is On - Forever Today

Audition line: Lil Jon feat 3OH!3 “Hey” – Hey - Crunk Rock.

Kimalee Piedad & partner (contemporary with great lifts): Sara Bareilles’s “Gravity” – Gravity - Little Voice

John “White Chocolate” Palermo (the “Southern Gentleman” who demanded hugs) audition: Chris Brown’s “Forever” – Forever - Exclusive (The Forever Edition)

Audition line: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s “Heads Will Roll” – Heads Will Roll - It's Blitz!

Kyre Batiste Lofton (Grandma Mandy “guest judged”) audition: The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection (Remastered)

Grandma Mandy giving Lil C a whupping: Devo’s “Whip It” – Whip It - Greatest Hits

Montage of dancers going to Vegas at the end of Day 2: Our reader Michelle tells me it’s Lifehouse’s “All In” – All In - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe Version)

Oakland Auditions

Welcome to the Oakland audition line: Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul” – California Soul - The Spice of Life

Intro to Amber Williams: The Troggs’s “Wild Thing” – Wild Thing - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Troggs
Amber Williams (crazy personality, green dance costume) audition: Ke$ha’s “Boots and Boys” – Boots & Boys - Animal

Timothy Joseph (B Boy with all the great tricks): Kenny Wesley’s “The Window” – The Window - The Window - Single (one of the Levels Music Group songs)

Ieshia Moss’s audition: *Levels Music Group’s “Shake It Low” – CHECK BACK SOON FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS! (6.5.11)

Marcos Prieto’s (florescent white shirt, not so good dancing) audition: Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” – Rude Boy - Rated R

One bad dancer: piano music

Danielle Ihle (lost her home and dad) audition: Florence & the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” – Cosmic Love - Lungs (Deluxe Edition)

Ashley Nichole Rich (modern/contemporary “Ashley style”): Marvin Sapp’s “The Best in Me” – The Best In Me - Here I Am (Deluxe Version)
Ashley gets a yes and into the yes montage: Judges singing and then, Whitney Houston’s “You Light Up My Life” – You Light Up My Life - Just Whitney

D’on-que Addison (I think this is the crying performance art guy): LeToya Luckett “Lazy” – Lazy - Lady Love

Jeffery “Machine” McCann (B boy) – James Brown’s “Get On the Good Foot Pt. 1” – Get On the Good Foot, Pts. 1 & 2 - Get On the Good Foot

Ryan Ramirez (Top 24 last season, back again): Angus & Julia Stone’s “Walk It Off” – Walk It Off - Down the Way (Bonus Track Version)

Yes montage: Brooke Fraser’s “Something in the Water” – Something In the Water - Flags (Deluxe Version)

2nd day audition line: Nero’s “This Way” – This Way - Getdarker Presents This Is Dubstep, Vol. 3

Levi “I Dummy” Allen (he “turfs,” so he’s a turfer): *Levels Music Group’s “You’re Not Alone”

7 on to Vegas at the end of day 2: Elsinore’s “Yes Yes Yes” – Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes

Episode wrap up: PP Music’s “Sherlus Victorius” – Sherlus Victorius - Burn This City

I hope y’all continue to help with the music cause I’m still missing quite a lot. Next week is St. Lake City and NYC!!

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SYTYCD Season 8 Music Predictions/Suggestions

I still like my lists from Seasons 6 and 7 a lot. Reading back through them, I kept thinking, “Oooohh, that would make a good routine.” Anybody else constantly thinking, “Oh, that’d make a good SYTYCD song” whenever you hear music? What songs do that to you?

My Season 8 song list is part music that probably will feature on the show this season and songs I think should be on the show. Check it out:

1. Beyonce’s new single, “1+1” – 1+1 - 1+1 - Single
2. Martin Solveig ft Dragonette’s “Hello” – Hello - Hello - Single
3. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” – Rolling In the Deep - 21, though it’d be interesting if it was another version, like the Glee Cast Rolling In the Deep (Glee Cast Version) [feat. Jonathan Groff] - Rolling In the Deep (Glee Cast Version) [feat. Jonathan Groff] - Single or Haley Reinhart Rolling In The Deep (American Idol Performance) - Rolling In the Deep (American Idol Performance) - Single versions.
4. Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” – Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Man On the Moon - The End of Day (Expanded Version) is probably my favorite, but “Day ‘n’ Night” – Day 'n' Nite - Man On the Moon: The End of Daywould make a great routine as well.
5. The Like’s “He’s Not a Boy” – He's Not a Boy - Release Me
6. The Script’s “For the First Time” – For the First Time - Science & Faith (Bonus Track Version)
7. Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” – Moment 4 Life - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)
8. Dan Mangan’s “The Indie Queens Are Waiting” – The Indie Queens Are Waiting - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
9. Lizz Wright’s “Leave Me Standing Alone” – Leave Me Standing Alone - The Orchard
10. Tinie Timpah’s “Written in the Stars” – Written In the Stars (feat. Eric Turner) - Written In the Stars (feat. Eric Turner) - Single
11. Ellie Golding’s “Guns and Horses” – Guns and Horses - Lights
12. Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” – All of the Lights - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
13. The Generationals’ “Ten-Twenty-Ten” – Ten-Twenty-Ten - Actor-Caster (Bonus Version) (These guys are local and awesome, sound a little bit like Black Gold).
14. Alex Winston’s “Sister Wife” – Sister Wife - Sister Wife - EP
15. David Guetta ft Fergie’s “Gettin’ Over You” – Gettin' Over You - Gettin' Over You (feat. Fergie & LMFAO) - EP

I could literally do this all day, but I have to go get ready for the big premiere. If you’re looking for more music, remember that we’ve given you tons of great music lists here over the years. At the end of the last season, I posted the Monster Music Post, a list of your favorite songs from the season, as well as other song suggestions from many of the writers here on Pure SYTYCD.

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SYTYCD 2011 Interviews – Lauren Gottlieb, Kent Boyd, Will Wingfield, Kupono, and Comfort Fedoke

As promised, here are some interviews that I did a few weeks ago of Lauren Gottlieb, Kent Boyd, Will Wingfield, Kupono, and Comfort Fedoke where I talk about what they’re up to and a few questions about SYTYCD 2011. The environment wasn’t the best for an interview with all the ambient noise, but luckily it got better as we went along. Either way, it’s fun to hear updates from some of our our SYTYCD favorites. I also didn’t add an intro or anything. So, we just hop into each SYTYCD interview. I hope you enjoy!

I should have probably cut off the beginning of this video with Lauren Gottlieb where her and I are just chatting. Although, the first part is too good when I talk about why I didn’t participate in the dance Lauren Gottlieb taught at the expo (scroll through the first minute if you don’t want to hear us chatting). I also don’t explain well why I hadn’t interviewed her before even though I’ve been doing this blog since season 2. Trust me. After meeting Lauren G in person, I’ll never pass up the opportunity to meet her again. I’m now definitely one of her biggest fans. She was so fantastic, warm and kind. Of all the people I met at the reality TV conference, she definitely had the most star quality. She was incredible. You’ll see when you watch the video.

P.S. I definitely would like some dance lessons from Lauren.
P.S.S. I had to kind of cut the interview off too, because the NY Times was waiting to interview her. That’s why you see the guy in the back sometimes. Good stuff!

This interview with Will and Kupono was rough from all the noise. Will had just gone and said hi to Sinbad and taken some pictures. Yes, that Sinbad. Turns out that Sinbad knew Will by name. Not sure how they know each other, but it’s cool to see that Sinbad knows the SYTYCD dancers. Now for the interviews. Wait for the end for the SYTYCD 2011 contestant spoiler (the SYTYCD 2011 Las Vegas week was the same weekend as I filmed this). Plus, check out Kupono working 2 different shoes and why he had on 2 different shoes.

I start off quick with Kent asking about the previous video I posted where I asked Kent about any romance with LoFro. He also talks about his future in dancing, what it was like to come in second place and possibly acting.

The following is the interview with SYTYCD All Star Comfort Fedoke. Hear more about Comfort’s plans for the future and possible work with Disney (cause she still looks like a child).

It was a lot of fun doing these interviews. I’ll have to do them again soon. Sorry I didn’t get Lauren Froderman’s interview. She was over signing autographs at the table before I could get her on camera. Next time!

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