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Vegas Week Thoughts

Wow, what an episode. I almost wish I had two one hour episodes to process everything that Vegas week covers. The panel of judges are Nigel, Mary, Adam, Twitch, Jason Derulo, and Hannah Simone(from New Girl). NappyTabs, Sonya, Chelsie, Dmitry, and Stacey Tookey assist with the judging during their respective rounds.

Solos are up first and the dancers are basically dancing for a room key. Before the solos even happen we are hit with some immediate bad news; Hampton “Exorcist”  Williams was injured in a car accident and unable to make it to Vegas (seriously bummed out about this). Also the girl who dislocated her knee also had to drop out. By the end of the solos 53 dancers were sent straight back home including one of my favorites Caleb.

Hip-Hop Round

Of course most of the street dancer do excel in this round, sometimes I do feel that sometime they are more prepared than we know. Shanshan for me is an example of even though that you are out of your comfort zone, you still have to get up there and try your best. She surprised most of the judges and moved on to the next round.

Jazz Round

Oh boy there is a lot mixed feelings for me about that round. The decision to make the dancers stay up the full night to practice the routine, considering the next night is another all nighter, bothered me to an extent. My question is why not make it two hours to learn the dance instead of all night. I know Vegas week is supposed to be tough but sometimes I wonder where the producers draw the line in pushing the dancers to their limit, injuries tend to happen when fatigue sets in. Armand letting his partner down by dropping her was a point of I really don’t know what caused it, my best guess a combination of things. I will say that staying up all night paid off for most of the dancers.

Ballroom Round

Love seeing Dmitry and Chelsie on the show. I wish they spent a little more time on this round, it wasn’t enough for me to form an opinion. Overall I thought it was good.

Group Round

The group rounds are always crazy and hectic. Sometimes I wonder if some groups come up with a game plan, factoring in breaks and time for some rest even if it’s only for an hour or two. The first group up decides to use the Boston Bombing as a story line and I say they nailed it with a beautiful fusion of styles dance. No surprise that there were tears from the judges and the dancers. Up next was Facts with a little bit of Fik-Shun, great name but a hot mess. I was thankful Fik-Shun made it through, I really like him. Overall groups came together and made it work.

Contemporary Round

This round is always the toughest cut and the most emotional. Granted I’m sure the fatigue plays a part in the emotions. I love the story that Stacey came up with and to see a few dancers that connected with the emotional aspect of the dance. The round ended with a battle between two animators and the final decision is Stacey’s on who stays and who goes, and she went with the safe choice and let them both stay. I also love watching Twitch’s reaction in watching the hip-hop dancers.

After all the round were over dancers were given the chance to say why they want to be in the competition. A few more were cut after this and leaving 33 dancers to face the green mile. So I’ll end this post with who do you think will be in the Top 20?  Let me know what you think, I’m a little tired so names are excaping me but I do think Fik-Shun will be part of the top 20.

June 11, 2013 I Written By

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.

So You Think You Can Dance 2013 Vegas Week Music

We’re back again with the list of music from SYTYCD 2013 Vegas week. The music on Vegas Week is always hard to do since it doesn’t always follow the same pattern, but Marianya’s a rockstar and will likely get most of it for you. Feel free to share the songs you know in the comments as well. You can find the previous week’s music here.

Also, we’re excited to announce that Thursday June 13th at 6:30 PM EST (3:30 PM PST) we’re going to do our first ever SYTYCD 2013 G+ hangout. We’ll post an embed of the video stream here on Pure SYTYCD, or you can watch it on the linked G+ hangout event page. If you love SYTYCD, then I think you’ll enjoy our SYTYCD Vegas Week banter. If you can’t make the live broadcast, you can subscribe to the Pure TV Network YouTube page where the video will be posted after the event.

Now on to the music!

SYTYCD Vegas Week Music
Before Title Credits
Nuttin But Stringz(?) (I am fairly certain that a piece of music from a Nuttin But Stringz soundtrack was used, I just don’t know which song off the top of my head).

Malece Miller’s Solo: Elizaveta – Meant Meant - Beatrix Runs
Staying in Vegas Montage: OneRepublic – Life in Color Life In Color - Native (Deluxe Version)
Donovan Gibbs Solo:
Montage of Dancers being sent home: Lykke Li – Tonight Tonight - Youth Novels (Special Edition)
DuShant “Fik-Shun” Stegall: Drehz – Heart Cry Heart Cry - Perpetual Emotions

Pass Round: Capital Cities – Safe and Sound Safe and Sound - In a Tidal Wave of Mystery

Choreography Music: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Latch Latch (feat. Sam Smith) - Settle
Next Morning: Elton John – Good Morning Freedom Good Morning Freedom - The Legendary Covers Album
Pass Round: The Knocks – Magic Magic (feat. Gary Go) - Magic - EP
Did Not Pass Round: Nikisha Reyes-Pile – So Cold (lyrics by Ben Cocks) So Cold (The Good Wife trailer) - ...As Heard In

Choregraphy Music: Aretha Franklin – Respect Respect - Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits
Pass Round: Cimorelli – Believe It Believe It - Believe It - EP

Boston Inspired Group: Mark Masri – I Can’t Make You Love Me I Can't Make You Love Me - See My Face
Group Two (including Fik-Shun, Jasmine): Timomatic – Set It Off Set It Off - Set It Off - EP
Pass Round: Heavy feat. The Dap-Kings Horns – Coleen Coleen (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns) - Great Vengeance and Furious Fire

Choreography Music: Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love Give Me Love - + (Deluxe Version)
Not Pass Round: Jake Bugg – Someplace Someplace - Jake Bugg
BluPrint vs Jade Animation Battle: Thriftworks – Tho Sthick

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

SYTYCD Vegas Week Drinking Game

I’ve been watching So You Think You Can Dance for quite a while now and I’ve noticed some tropes that happen every single year. Despite the dancing getting better, the stories being more and more dramatic and the injuries going up every year, it can be a bit boring to have the same trope year after year. That’s why they invented drinking games.

You don’t have to do this with alcohol. I would recommend doing it with soda or water. Fill up a tall glass and get ready for Vegas week.

Note: I created this before the Vegas show aired. Judges/choreographers could be different.

Initial Solos

Take a shot/sip if:

A judge cries during a solo

Mary screams

Lil C makes an elaborate analogy

Lil C uses a fancy word to sound smart and eloquent

Extra shot/sip: if the other judges are confused at his vocabulary too

Adam starts screaming

Different Styles

Take a shot/sip if:

A dancer exclaims “This is hard!” or “I’m tired”

A dancer mugs to the camera (optional to avoid alcohol/water poisoning)

A choreographer yells at a dancer

Bonus if it’s Mia, Tyce or Sonya

The Judges say “I expected more out of you” or “We’re disappointed in you”

Somebody hurts themselves

Dancers start crying and/or claim they don’t understand what the judges are looking for

A dancer out of their element gets called out for being out of their element

A dancer quits because they can’t do choreography

The Group Number

This one is ripe with tropes. Take smaller sips to avoid dying.

Two dancers of different styles don’t get along

Two dancers start screaming at each other

Dancers scream “I’m done!” or “I’ve had enough”

One dancer bashes a member of their group to the camera behind their back

Groups go to bed early after giving up

Dancers admit to being nervous about their group

The Judges are not impressed

Bonus if the judges say “I’m disappointed” or “I expected more”

Dance for Your Life

If your favorite dancer gets sent home, drown your sorrows and drain your glass.

Picking the Top Twenty

Take a shot/sip if:

The judges psyche out a contestant

A dancer with an entire back story gets sent home

A dancer the show spent no time on in auditions makes the top twenty (there’s always one)


If your favorite dancer makes the top twenty, drain your glass. WOO HOO! TOP TWENTY!

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Rachel considers herself a dancer in that she loves to dance and has fun doing it. She works part time for RAW Hollywood Artist of the year Ricky Rebel as his street team leader and loves watching him dance on stage. She has brushed arms with Alexander Fost from season 8 and other famous people.