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Forgotten Faces from SYTYCD 5

There are so many people that audition for So You Think You Can Dance, I really don’t envy the producers and editors of So You Think You Can Dance at all. Nigel even said as much in a tweet he sent where he talked about being on the golf course while the editors were hard at work trying to get a few days of auditions down to an hour or two.

I think there are two types of dancers that unfortunately hit the cutting room floor on So You THink You Can Dance. First, we lose dancers that we fall in love with in the auditions and then never see again. Second, there are great dancers that make it to the end of vegas week and just barely miss making the top 20, but which we never actually get to see dance.

This post is a tribute to these dancers who we hope will return for So You Think You Can Dance season 6. If you have a dancer you think I should add to this list leave a comment (preferably with a link to a video of that person) and I’ll add them to the post.

Kelsea Taylor – I’m sure very few people will forget the “beautiful disastrous weirdo” who also introduced us to the music of Oona (even if it wasn’t her original music). Too bad after her killer audition, we never saw her in Vegas week. My source says she went home in the ballroom round in Las Vegas.

Paula VanOppen – She almost made the top 20 and you should have seen the fan club she has in my comments. Considering her fan club and the videos on YouTube of Paula I’d love to see her come back on season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance.

Diana Vaden – Another person similar to Paula which made the top 20, but we didn’t see her dance nearly enough to be able to make any judgments. My source says she’s still undecided about auditioning again. Let’s hope she changes her mind and goes back.

Kellen Stancil (Umbrella Guy) – He made it to Las Vegas, but then we never saw him again. I’d love to have seen how he did in Las Vegas. Hopefully he’ll come back again.

Chimezie Nwosu – Can you say Twitch? Let’s hope he works as hard as twitch did and he’ll be back on the show. Too bad we didn’t get to see more of his work in Las Vegas.

Arielle Taylor – A wonderful audition, but she kind of fell off the show when we got to Las Vegas. She auditioned before and I expect we’ll see her audition again.

Talia Rickards – Remember her audition. Beautiful along with a beautiful back story. I’d really like to see her dance some more.

Geo Smith (African Dancer) – Another disappearing act. It was in Las Vegas, but dancers weren’t meant to disappear. Cris Angel has tried that in Las Vegas and he’s been failing miserably.

Marico Flake (Memphis Juker) – Great audition, but once again nothing in Las Vegas. I’d have liked to see him try some other styles and see how he’d do.

Anna Dunn – I’m sure you remember the name. Great contemporary dancer that we never get to see again. I guess there’s always next year.

Lauren and Lydia Guerra – I’d have love to see the twins in Las Vegas. Too bad.

Amanda Kerby – Where did she go? They did a whole package on her talking about her family and her father and then we get none of her in Las Vegas. Very sad.

June 8, 2009 I Written By

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

Predicting the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20

My fellow So You Think You Can Dance friend posted their potential So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Top 20. I love the idea and if I hadn’t been spending so much time on the So You Think You Can Dance music, I’d do the same (in fact, I did previously post a few So You Think You Can Dance 2009 top 20 locks. However, that was only after the first audition. Now the auditions are complete and we’re going into Vegas. So, despite my lack of time, here’s Nate’s potential top 20:

The Top 10 Boys
Sammy Ramirez (LA)
Maksim Kapitannikov (New York)
Evan Kasprzak (Memphis)
Phillip Chebeeb (LA)
Chimezie Nwosu (New York)
Marico Flaka (Memphis)
Brandon Bryant (Denver)
Peter Sabasino (New York)
Alex Wong (Miami)
Ryan Kasprzak (Memphis)

The Top 10 Girls
Natalie Reid (Denver)
Jeanette Manrara (Miami)
Bianca Revels (LA)
Kayla Rodamski (Denver)
Kelsea Taylor (Seattle)
Gabi Rojas (New York)
Megan Kinney (Note: NOT Caitlin. We may have only seen like 15 seconds of Megan, but I was captivated) (Miami)
Priscilla Marrero (Miami)
Asuka Kondoh (LA)
Anna Dunn (Miami)

His locks for the So You Think You Can Dance top 20 are: Evan Kasprzak, Phillip Chebeeb, Brandon Bryant, Natalie Reid, Bianca Revels, Gabi Rojas, and Asuka Kondoh.

I have to disagree with a couple of the choices. The guys actually look pretty solid. I’m a little scared the Phillip Chebeeb might not make it, but then again they need a bit of diversity of talent in the top 20 to make the show more interesting to watch.

Where I have to disagree is with the top 10 girls. I’d probably take Kelsea Taylor off the list since she was wonderful in her style, but she might not be able to go beyond her own unique talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if by some weird act Natalie Reid doesn’t pull through. Possibly Mia’s choreography or something. I also have to put Caitlin Kinney into my top 10 girls. She was fantastic. Caitlin Kinney and Kayla Radomski were my two favorite auditions for this season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Man, just as I say that I look through the rest of the list and realize that there are so many talented people on that list. I’m still surprised that the ballroom dancers haven’t been showing up. No Chelsie Hightower on the list. No Benji Schwimmer or Lacey Schwimmer for that matter. Although I do think it’s good that Asuka Kondoh is on the list.

Anyone else as excited as I am about this week’s So You Think You Can Dance? I just wish I would have gotten in contact with the So You Think You Can Dance producers when they were actually doing the Las Vegas auditions and found a way to go and check out the talent first hand. Maybe next season.

June 2, 2009 I Written By

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

So You Think You Can Dance Music from Miami and Memphis Auditions

As always, I’m planning on listing all of the music from So You Think You Can Dance. You can see the past So You Think You Can Dance music if you’re looking for music from a previous episode. I’m just getting this list started, but I figured I’d post it up so that people can comment and add music that I might not know myself.

SYTYCD 5 Miami Audition Music
Cat’s Intro to SYTYCD Miami auditions was to the song “Miami” Will Smith - Will Smith: Greatest Hits - Miami by Will Smith

Cat’s second intro to SYTYCD Miami Auditions (where she does a booty shake) was to the song “Right Round” Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S. (Deluxe Version) - Right Round by Flo Rida

Tony Riendeau (Tony style, falls on cartwheel, trouble breathing after routine) was introduced to the music “T.O.N.Y” Solange - Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams - T.O.N.Y. by Solange Knowles and then Tony danced to the song “Footloose” Kenny Loggins - Footloose (15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition) - Footloose by Kenny Loggins

Priscilla Marrero (flower in her hair) danced to “Concierto para Quinteto” Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour - Concierto Para Quinteto by Astor Piazzolla

Janette Manera & Romulo Villaverde (Janette made to the end of Las Vegas last year) danced to the song “Oye Como Va” Celia Cruz - Celia Cruz Hits Mix - Oye Como Va by Celia Cruz Santana? Santana - Ultimate Santana - Oye Como Va Tito Puente? Tito Puente - Mambo Birdland - Oye Como Va

Jessica Guadix & Jennifer Guadix (twin ballerinas that do “miracle dancing” and learned to dance by reading books) danced to the song “Krazy” Pitbull - Krazy (feat. Lil Jon) - Single - Krazy (feat. Lil Jon) by Pitbull (feat. Lil Jon)

Joseph Smith (Shwam!) danced to the song “Lookin Boy” Hotstylz - Lookin Boy - Single - Lookin Boy by Hotstylz

Montage to the song “Save the Lies” Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons to Be Learned - Save the Lies by Gabriella Cilmi

Wislande Letang (boobs popping out chick) danced to the song “Make It Funky” - Songs About Girls - Make It Funky by

Erik “Silky” Moore (tapper, hip hop, breaker) danced to the song “Thriller” Michael Jackson - Thriller (25th Anniversary, Zombie Cover) - Thriller by Michael Jackson

Paris Torres (pageant girl – former Miss Washington) danced to “Toxic” Yael Naïm - Yael Naïm - Toxic done by Yael Naim

Montage sending Henry Rivero, Megan Kinney, Alex Wong to Las Vegas was to the music “Mahna, Mahna” Cake - Cake: B-Sides and Rarities - Mahna, Mahna by Cake

Geo Smith (feather hat african dancer)

Talia Rickards (widower) danced to the song “Numba 1 (Tide Is High)” Kardinal Offishall - Not 4 Sale - Numba 1 (Tide Is High) [feat. Rihanna] by Kardinal Offishall ft. Rihanna

SYTYCD 5 Memphis Audition Music The “Dirty” South
Marico Flake (Memphis Juking cop) danced to the song “Everlasting Bass” Rodney O & Joe Cooley - The Best of Rodney O and Joe Cooley (Remastered) - Everlasting Bass by Rodney O and Joe Cooley

Dustin Dorough (mom’s a cop, backstreet boy fan) danced to the song “Poker Face” Lady GaGa - The Fame - Poker Face by Lady Gaga

Chris Carrozza (his own style called “electric”) danced to the song “Belong” Sasha & Spooky - Involver - Belong by Spooky and Sasha

Caitlin Kinney (sister of Megan who auditioned in Miami, hip replacement surgery) danced to the song “Winter Song” Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs - Winter Song by Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson

Anna Dunn (lost her father) danced to the song “Winter Song” Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs - Winter Song by Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson

Travis Prokop (football coach dad) danced to the song “This Time” John Legend - Evolver - This Time by John Legend

Evan Kasprzak (brother, last year’s top 40) danced to the song “The Best Is Yet To Come” Michael Bublé - Call Me Irresponsible - The Best Is Yet to Come – Michael Bublé

Lauren Guerra and Lydia Guerra (twins from Dallas) danced to the song “It’s the Only One You’ve Got” 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (Bonus Track Version) - It's the Only One You've Got by 3 Doors Down

Ryan Kasprzak (brother of Evan) danced to the song “Acapella with Whoopie”

Other SYTYCD music from the show
Montage was “Take me on the Floor” The Veronicas - Hook Me Up - Take Me On the Floor by The Veronicas

Lauren’s choreography was to the music “Nobody” Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Bonus Track Version) - Nobody by Neyo.

May 27, 2009 I Written By

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