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8 rounds of Vegas Call-Backs

It’s been a while since I posted, I used to cover the SYTYCD Canada show, until it was sadly cancelled.

I have been watching the SYTYCD USA auditions, but I have to say, Vegas week is my most favourite and it inspired me to write a little something about the eight rounds we watched tonight.

8 rounds:
Solos
Hip hop
Broadway
Jazz
Groups
Ballroom
Contemporary
Final solos

I appreciated seeing the various choreographers testing the dancers in a variety of genres, much like the live shows will go. I wanted to talk about each round a bit.

1. Solos
This is usually boring for me because it is mostly a refresher of what each dancer can do and a catch-up for judges who perhaps didn’t see them dance in their hometown auditions. There were a few stand outs and a few cuts, but as a viewer this part doesn’t interest me too much. Sometimes there is a new dancer who wasn’t highlighted at a previous audition, so it’s nice to get to know more about the contestents style.

2. Hip Hop
I love Twitch and Comfort, who choreographed this round. I hope we get to see more past contestents as choreographers this season. The routine was funky and as Comfort said, very “ATL” It had that Atlanta, southern swag and was fun to watch.

3. Broadway
Tyce DiOrio is intense. This routine had a great story. I loved the idea of the drink of “water” making everyone go a bit crazy. It was fun, but youc ould see who took on the character and who was just dancing the moves. Broadway certainly needs more character and the dancers who got that component were far more enjoyable to watch.

4. Jazz
Sonya Teyeh choreographed. She is so awesome! One of my favourites, I love her strangeness. What I adore about her choreography is the way it lets the unique, quirky stylistic dancers shine.

5. Groups
This is by far my most favourite part of Vegas. I really hope one day to go to the taping of this part of the show. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see a lot of the overnight drama and practicing and brainstorming and idea sharing. It is entertaining to see all the drama that kicks in with lack of sleep and bubbling personalities. I am really upset we didn’t get to see more drama from the night, but I was impressed with the routines that aired.

They formed their own groups of 5-6 people then picked a piece of music at random and had all night to practice and perform in the morning.

6. Ballroom
Jason Gilkison takes the remaning dancers through choreography for the Cha Cha. It is challenging but the dancers do pretty well. I love seeing non-ballroom dancers take on this challenge. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be.

7. Contemporary
Travis Wall leads the rest of the dancers through a beautiful routine. I love Travis and this was stunning. Some dancers couldn’t handle it, but what I like about this round is that dancers who are so exhausted really push to make it through this final round… or they do not. It seems to show the most passionate dancers. Nigel announced that judges would not share who was going through and who was not until they had seen all dancers. It was intense.

8. Final Solos
Unlike the opening solos which I don’t care much for most of the time, these final solos are awesome to watch. You see some true superstars and of course they highlight the best of the best on air. There are, however, still some cuts to be made and it is sad to see some favourites head home… some of them, again.

Which round is your favourite to watch? Any stand out dancers? Favourite Choreographers?

What do you like best about Vegas week?

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I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog www.mandysmind.com

SPOILERS!!! SYTYCD Season 9 Las Vegas Callbacks

OMGDance, who are known for their consistent spoilers particularly via Vegas Callbacks have posted a list of dancers that have made it to Vegas Callbacks but have been cut prior to the Green Mile as well as a list of dancers that have possibly made it to the Green Mile. No Top 20 here, as dancers were probably still waiting for the call from producers for that particular piece of info. Keep in mind that this post was originally created back on June 6th.

IdolForums has also been known to be fairly consistent with their spoilers and someone even posted a list of the Top 15 guys and Top 15 girls from the end of Vegas Callbacks.

After the break when you compare the two lists you can see that there are some plausible discrepancies since these are indeed spoilers and rumors of the kind we won’t actually know who is in the Top 30 before the Green Mile / Meet the Top 20 episode coming next week. So please take the following lists with a grain of salt… I’ll post my thoughts about the show tomorrow.

Spoilers after the break:
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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

Some Interesting Notes from My SYTYCD 2012 Las Vegas Week Taping Experience

As many of you know, I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the SYTYCD 2012 Las Vegas week tapings. It was an amazing experience for someone who writes about SYTYCD and also loves SYTYCD. Since I have a number of reality TV blogs, I’ve been to quite a few tapings. In case you missed it, I also was able to do a bunch of SYTYCD video interviews at SYTYCD Vegas Week as well.

Disclaimer: I don’t find any of the items in this post to be real spoilers for the show. I don’t talk about who’s eliminated or anything like that. However, some people might consider some of the comments as spoilers. So, read at your own discretion. You’ve been warned.

I was really happy to see that the SYTYCD taping was quite authentic. Sure, they had a few retapings of dancers running up the aisles, but for the most part they didn’t try and contrive something that didn’t happen. It was pure dancing and they moved along really quickly. They also did a number of other seminars/talks that won’t appear on camera, but were designed to help the dancers understand the dance industry. It was a great example, that Nigel and company really do care about the dancers that participate on the show.

The SYTYCD Las Vegas week judges are: Lil C, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. It was quite the crew. One funny thing about the judges is that a number of them changed into slippers when they were sitting at the judges table. I don’t blame them. That would be a long time sitting there in uncomfortable shoes that no one will see.

The big news that they announced while I was there and that was also mentioned in Mary Murphy’s interview was that they were only doing a Top 18 instead of a Top 20. Of course, since then they could have certainly changed their minds and gone back to a SYTYCD top 20. Considering Marianya’s SYTYCD Olympic schedule change post they have enough weeks for a SYTYCD top 20, so maybe they have changed their minds. Or maybe they just have something else up their sleeve for the extra week that Marianya didn’t know about when she created her post. It will be fun to see what they do.

For those keeping track at home, there were 86 girls and 86 boys that made it go SYTYCD Vegas week. I believe Nigel said that they didn’t require that there be the same number of boys as girls, but that it was nice that it worked out that way. 172 dancers all in one place was awesome. Although, you can imagine how many of them land on the cutting room floor. It’s unfortunate since so many of them are such good dancers.

A few other quick hits and quotes:
-Adam Shankman running (or trying to run) when he was introduced was hilarious. I hope it makes the show.
-Tyce offered some really sound feedback, “Have a likeability and you can do ball change, and we still like you.”
-“We’ve basically seen it all.” A great comment by Adam Shankman to remember.

Some other must see solos were from the blonde ballroom girl, the belly dancer, and the excorcist did his thing nicely as well. Although, of those three if they don’t show the belly dancer’s first solo I’ll be shocked. It was absolutely phenomenal.

After the first round of solos, 42 people were already cut from the competition. It goes fast for many. Although, that still left 130 dancers. So many that they had to divide them into two groups to learn the choreography. Speaking of which, the first choreography was Hip Hop by Comfort and Twitch.

A quick word about the choreography. The TV show does a terrible job capturing how quickly all of these dancers pick up the choreography. I was utterly amazed at how every single person was picking up the choreography that Comfort and Twitch put out there. Sure, some have a little more style or skill with that choreography, but all of the dancers I saw picked it up so well. It was astounding to watch live.

There you have it. A sneak peak into the first day of SYTYCD 2012 Las Vegas week. I think Marianya’s going to follow this post up with some spoilers she found on the internet. I know nothing about those and didn’t help in that post at all. So, take it for what it’s worth.

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SYTYCD Season 9 Music: Las Vegas Callbacks

Hello all! Ironically I am heading to an audition of my own, so I won’t be able to see tonight’s SYTYCD show live. So to help me focus on the SYTYCD music that is harder to find I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Las Vegas week episode. As you know, we’ve been listing all of the SYTYCD music ever since SYTYCD season 2. We hope to do the same this season.

In the comments below please list any and all songs that you happen to pick up, and any songs that you’d like me to specifically find and within twenty-four hours from the show I’ll update this post with the songs that I was able to catch. Please attempt to be as specific as possible as to where the music came from during the episode so I would know not to look for it and move on to the next piece of music.

The more songs that you guys are able to find, the more time I will have in finding the songs that you are unable to find.

Thank you so much for your help!

– Marianya

UPDATE 1: Songs are posted… most have been verified

UPDATE 2: Added additional songs all but three songs are verified

UPDATE 3: All songs verified and given alternatives whenever possible

LAS VEGAS CALLBACKS

Pendulum – The Island, Pt. I (Dawn) The Island, Pt. I (Dawn) - Immersion (Deluxe Version)

Pendulum – The Island, Pt. II (Dusk) The Island, Pt. II (Dusk) - Immersion (Deluxe Version)

DAY ONE VEGAS CALLBACKS: OPENING SOLO ROUND
Hampton “The Exorcist” Williams First Solo Music: Evanescence – My Immortal My Immortal - Fallen

Janelle Issis First Solo Music: Beats Antique – Egyptic Egyptic - Blind Threshold

Montage of dancers during the solo round: Rihanna – Where Have You Been Where Have You Been - Talk That Talk (Deluxe Edition)

DAY ONE VEGAS CALLBACKS: HIP HOP choreography by Twitch and Comfort
Hip Hop Choreography Music: OutKast – Bombs Over Baghdad B.O.B. - Stankonia

Montage of groups making it past hip hop round: B.o.B – So Good So Good - Strange Clouds

Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer group makes it through past hip hop round: Flux Pavilion – I Cant Stop I Can't Stop - Circus One (Presented By Doctor P and Flux Pavilion)

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: BROADWAY choreography by Tyce Diorio
Broadway Choreography Music: Marc Broussard – Must Be the Water Must Be the Water (Single Version) - Must Be the Water - EP

Montage of groups making it through broadway round: Gin Wigmore – Don’t Stop Don't Stop - Holy Smoke

Montage of dancers who get eliminated after broadway round: Lissie – You Can Go Your Own Way You Can Go Your Own Way - Covered Up With Flowers - EP

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: JAZZ choreography by Sonya Tayeh
The dancers rehearse for the Jazz round: StereoLif – I Like That since this is not available online a suggested alternative is Richard Vission & Static Revenger Starring Luciana – I Like That I Like That - I Like That - Single

Jazz Choreography Music: My Brightest Diamond – Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Mix) Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Mix) - Tear It Down

Dancers get cut during the jazz round: Gemini – Blue Blue - Blue EP

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE SOLOS after Jazz Round
Rachel Applehans “Dance For Your Life” Music: Leela James – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World It's a Man's Man's Man's World - Let's Do It Again

Amelia Lowe “Dance For Your Life” Music: Elmer Bernstein & The Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra – To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: GROUP ROUTINES
Song used for the group round: Gotye (feat. Kimbra) – Somebody That I Used to Know Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) - Making Mirrors

Montage of dancers cut during group round choreography: Sara Bareilles – Hold My Heart Hold My Heart - Kaleidoscope Heart

“The HighSchoolers” Group Dance Music: The Side Project – I Wanna Dance with Somebody I Wanna Dance With Somebody - 14

Dancers that make it through the group choreography round: Estelle (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Do My Thing Do My Thing (feat. Janelle Monáe) - All of Me (Deluxe Version)

“Wolfpack” Group Dance Music: The Wanted – Glad You Came Glad You Came - Glad You Came - Single

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: BALLROOM choreography by Jason Gilkinson
Ballroom (ChaCha) Choreography Music: Jennifer Lopez – Let’s Get Loud Let's Get Loud - On the 6

Montage of dancers eliminated after the ballroom round: Kris Allen – Out Alive Out Alive - Thank You Camellia (Deluxe Version)

Montage of ballroom dancers & dancers who excelled during the ballroom round: Nicki Minaj & Rihanna – Fly Fly - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE SOLOS after Ballroom Round
Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer “Dance For Your Life Music”: Messinian – Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown and Sluggo Remix) Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown and Sluggo Remix) - Holy Pimp Hand - EP

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: CONTEMPORARY choreography by Travis Wall
The dancers rehearse for the contemporary round: Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed Starry Eyed - Lights

Contemporary Choreography Music: Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up I Won't Give Up - Love Is a Four Letter Word (Deluxe Version)

DAY FOUR VEGAS CALLBACKS: FINAL SOLOS and WHY THEY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED
Alexa Anderson Final solo music: The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix) this is not available on iTunes, here is a link to listen to the piece and from iTunes here’s the Renholdër Remix Version Young Blood (Renholdër Remix) - Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Montage of dancers explaining why they should move on: Matchbox Twenty – Put Your Hands Up or Timeflies – Until the Sunrise Until the Sunrise - The Scotch Tape
Note: I could see how “Until the Sunrise” could fit by lyrics alone, but there are some lyrics that are featured that is not in “Until the Sunrise”

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Final solo music: Noah Lifschey – Suite of the Winter Songbirds

End of the episode: Outasight – Tonight Is the Night Tonight Is the Night - Tonight Is the Night - Single

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Salt Lake City Auditions Thoughts

SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS
Witney Carson
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She has this sweet little girl quality to her, and when she dances it’s like she transforms into a grown woman. We haven’t seen all that many ballroom dancers thus far in the city auditions so it was a breath of fresh air to finally see that the dancers haven’t entirely disappeared.

Deanna “Dee” Tomasetta
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She made it to the end of Vegas Callbacks in Season 8 before being cut just prior to the Top 20 that was on the show.

Gene Lonardo
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Glad it isn’t just me that felt that this guy just screams “Sonya Tayeh” all over him. He does have very strong technique and he comes across to me as more of an artist than dancer. Much like Ryan Kasprzak was a season or two ago… someone that dances you can toss them choreography and they will work with it, but an artist embodies dance in such a way that they use it to create a story, a painting, etc. This is Gene, however odd his intent was.

Lindsay Arnold
There was nothing that really drew me to her, not like with Witney and I shouldn’t be comparing dancers. Lindsay is a pretty face and has good talent, but for some reason I can’t see myself wanting to see more of her. Perhaps in another year or two, sure… but not at the moment.

Mariah Spears
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This is probably one of the major surprises of the season, a sweet little girl from the mean streets of Arizona… dancing KRUMP! The only other dancer that was notated as Krumper was Russell Ferguson of Season 6 and he couldn’t have been more different from Mariah. She danced Krump and did it really really well. I was very happy to see her get through the choreography round because I really would love to see how she fares in Vegas

Dareian Kujawa
For the longest time I didn’t think that a really good dancer could exist that would have bad feet. I mean I’ve come across mediocre dancers and choreographers that have lousy feet, but that’s probably why they aren’t in major dance companies and are just barely making ends meet. So it’s not a good thing to have come across a dancer that is incredible, great lines, passionate, etc but then you look at their feet and it’s just “ugh”. I really like Dareian, he’s really good, but dammit he needs to figure out a way to clean up his feet otherwise they are going to prevent him from reaching his full potential. Finishing off the feet helps to clean up the lines and the overall image of the dancer as they dance.

Amber Williams & Chase Thomas
Both of these dancers went straight to the Vegas Callbacks in Season 8 and were sent straight to Vegas Callbacks once again for Season 9. If you have forgotten, Amber was a rather quirky personality and dancer that wore all green that was at the San Francisco auditions. Chase Thomas was at the Salt Lake City auditions wearing almost nothing with the back story of his girlfriend cheating on him and eventually married an art history major. Both were phenomenal dancers and no doubt are even stronger this go around.

Adrian Lee
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YES! He’s BACK! Well kind of, I’m not fond of his routine, but I do love his technique. I remember him from Season 7 when he was in Vegas Callbacks and he was paired with Lauren Froderman for the Broadway number and I remembered just how much fun it was to watch. If you have forgotten, the Broadway number had several measures that gave the couples a chance to show what they can do on their own before heading into the choreographed section… Adrian and Lauren totally shined. I really hope he makes it past Vegas and onto the show this go around.

Rachel Applehan
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Jazz/Burlesque… I wanted to see more dance in it, and what little there was I was ok with. It is possible to have a lot more dance into the audition and still have it be sexy/sassy and burlesque-related. Not seeing the choreography as the judges had I am going to have to trust their comments and believe that she was really good in some spots and sloppy in others.

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)