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Podcast: SYTYCD Season 9 – Vegas Week and Meet the Top 20

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Time Stamps for “Vegas Week”
0:00 – Introduction
1:18 – The cuts during Vegas Week
13:36 – The major narratives of Vegas Week – Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
19:14 – Standouts during Vegas Week
22:34 – MIA dancers during Vegas Week
25:30 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Vegas Week”: 28:38

Time Stamps for “Meet the Top 20”
0:00 – Introduction
1:33 – First contemporary routine by Tyce DiOrio: Alexa Anderson, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas, and Amber Jackson
3:57 –  Ballroom routine by Jason Gilkinson: Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold
6:15 – Ballet routine by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden: Eliana Girard, Daniel Baker, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
8:36 – Jazz routine by Sonya Tayeh: Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janelle Issis (not in routine)
10:18 – Second contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey: Matthew Kamierczak, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, and Amelia Lowe
12:19 – “Mixed” routine by Chris Scott: Cole Horibe, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
14:14 – Top 10 girls routine by Travis Wall
15:35 – Top 10 guys routine by Sonya Tayeh
16:59 – Top 20 routine by Mia Michaels
18:36 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Meet the Top 20”: 20:07

Wedding planning has consumed a lot of our time, but we’re finally here with our “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” podcasts! We apologize for the erratic and delayed release schedule, and ask for your patience as we find time to record and edit these.

The “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” episodes have transitioned us from the audition portion of the show into the live competition. We found ourselves unsatisfied with Vegas Week, as many of our early favorites were cut, most notably Mariah Spears. The insistence of the producers to make a narrative out of the Vegas Week process for Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer also did not sit well with us, as this not only smacked of favoritism, but it also consumed so much television time that we barely saw the full routines for the different genre rounds.

We enjoyed the “Meet the Top 20” episode much more, as the remaining contestants that made it through the Green Mile are the ones we would have selected. The actual routines were quite good, with the routine by Chris Scott being a standout. Already we have some people we are excited for, including Cole Horibe and Witney Carson, and we also worry about the longevity of some contestants, such as Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janaya French. Finally, we urge the producers and choreographers to take care with how they place and feature Alexa Anderson. Between the Vegas Week episode and the choices in the Travis and Mia Michaels routines, we’re concerned that she will experience a huge backlash from the fanbase, very similar to Ryan from last season. Overall, we’re excited for the final cast of contestants and cannot wait to see the first live show tonight!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! You can leave us a comment here or on our blog, Reflections on Pop Entertainment. You can also follow us on Twitter and tweet with us. You can also visit our Facebook page, like us, and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

July 11, 2012 I Written By

Over the past few years my fiancée Meghan slowly brought me into the world of television, turning me into a full-fledged fan of both scripted and reality shows. So You Think You Can Dance turned into one of my favorite reality shows as it is a competition that takes itself seriously, providing the audience with artistic choreography and talented dancers. It's certainly not something I ever expected to get emotionally invested in, but here I am! Meghan and I are very analytic when it comes to the things we enjoy. We constantly discussed and analyzed shows with each other and after doing this for a couple years, we decided that we should turn these discussions into a podcast. We created Reflections on Pop Entertainment, a podcast that provides commentary and analysis of popular entertainment as found in visual mediums, particularly television and film. So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 is the first television series we're covering with weekly podcasts and has allowed us to find our voice as well as actively contribute to the fan community. We hope that you'll enjoy our installments as they are posted to Pure So You Think You Can Dance!

SYTYCD: New Season Wish

So after all this talk of what we could like to see in next season’s So You Think You Can Dance… Nigel pulls a comment that Alex would be invited back to the show next season… which begs the question HOW?

Alex has already competed, he’s been part of the show for a few weeks, undoubtedly he’s one of the more popular dancers that actually has been stepping up to the plate. Had it not been for his injury he would most likely move further into the competition… But the problem is that technically in accordance to rules of the past seasons, once a dancer has competed they would not be eligible to try out for the show again.

But that brought about the possibility of bringing Alex back as an All Star (as suggested by ahs). Which would make sense, considering that he is a favorite, but the problem is that we haven’t seen him really stretch to his full potential. And if he comes back as an All Star he would be pigeon-holed, in a way, into ballet and other types of styles that he’s best at rather than spreading his wings and growing.

So why not take that a step further? To let Alex compete as an All Star by having a season where all the dancers are “All Stars” and they compete against one another to prove their growth to the judges and America. After all Nigel mentioned that Comfort has grown. Mia has mentioned that Allison has grown leaps and bounds as a dancer since her time on SYTYCD. Obviously Travis has also grown as a dancer (to become a well received choreographer).

So how about it? Next Season have all twenty dancers be past competitors from the first six seasons. Have them prove that they have grown as dancers in a similar or variation of the current format. This way Alex Wong can come back as an All Star AND be able to compete as he goes against the best of the best.

While we are at it, some of the our favorite dancers that didn’t get their chance to be part of the top twenty/ten could participate too (I’m looking at you Ryan Kasprzak). But instead of making this your traditional summer show, it could be a shortened fall season. So instead of twenty dancers squeeze it down to ten and use the new format of eliminating one per week…

I believe this solution would work out best while keeping in with rules of the competition without making a point of bending/breaking them. They already bent them for Billy Bell when he was on the Showcase episode but got sick before he had a chance to compete, and again for Brandon Dumlao who competed for one show but was immediately let go.

Because I don’t know about you guys, but for me, the more they don’t adhere to their own set rules and continue to bend and break them based on favoritism the less respect I feel for them as a whole… and if I’m losing respect for them, then so is a good portion of the viewing audience, which would turn into a ratings drop and then the show that we all once loved would be dropped from the lineup.

But that’s just me.

July 12, 2010 I Written By

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... =)

Top 24 Contestant Ryan Ramirez Dances with Noelle Marsh and Brandon Dumlao

Check out this great video of Season 6’s Noelle Marsh and Season 7 Top 24 Ryan Ramirez during a recent session of Noelle’s improv class. What do you think?

And here’s a video featuring her with Brandon Dumlao:

And don’t forget the video of her dancing with Mia!

April 28, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Season 7 Contestants

After all this All-Star fuss, do you wonder who’s going to be dancing with our favorites?

Korbi Ghosh is reporting from Vegas Week and says that she’s seen Billy Bell, Brandon Dumlao and Alex Wong. She can’t report on whether they’ve gone through or not (those details are embargoed till the episodes air), but it’s good to know they’re in Vegas and in with a strong chance. Of course, Billy is a strong candidate for one of the 10 coveted Season 7 contestant slots. How do you think Brandon will do? Do you remember Alex? He was the the Miami City Ballet dancer, which conflicted with his going through in Season 5.

Here’s a video of him dancing, to remind you:

April 15, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 18 Performance Thoughts

We still don’t get to vote this week – next week, we’ll get a full meal of SYTYCD – Tuesday performance show and Wednesday result show. I’m still a little glad that the judges are making the tough early decisions. We’ll see if they make the right one (unlike last week…)

Here are some of my thoughts from tonight’s show [SOME SPOILERS]: Read more..

November 3, 2009 I Written By

Brandon Dumlao and Ariana DeBose Exit Interviews

Fox just posted the exit interviews from Ariana and Brandon, so I thought I’d post them here for you guys. I can’t even begin to say how gracious they are. These dancers are so young, but they handled themselves with so much maturity and grace. Both say it was an honor just to make the Top 20. Brandon said he can’t believe he was asked back, and he wouldn’t trade it for anything. I do hope they find a way to let him dance again next season, with some time to grow he could be a beautiful dancer. It can’t be easy to be the first ones eliminated, especially for someone like Brandon who literally just got here!

It’s out there that it’s a possibility that Ariana could be back next week if poor Noelle’s knee doesn’t heal. I obviously can’t speculate because nothing official has been released (that I know of) regarding Noelle’s condition at this point, but it would be a treat to see Ariana dance again, I wish it didn’t have to be at the expense of Noelle.

It certainly has been a crazy beginning of the season!

Ariana DeBose

Brandon Dumlao

October 29, 2009 I Written By

Top 20 Performance Thoughts

I don’t want to say the words jump and shark, I really don’t, but I just don’t know about this season right now. Between the GIANT new stage and the camera angle limitations, all of the injuries and illnesses (Billy Bell, Pauline Mata at Vegas, Noelle Marsh and Mia Michaels) and now this first elimination…

At first I was a bit relieved that the judges were making this first decision. But now that I felt they made it badly, I want my vote back.

Wait, let’s back up…

Cat was gorgeous tonight with her curls and her beautiful red dress. I’m sad that Billy’s gone, but I don’t mind seeing more of Brandon Dumlao.

I’m pleased by Channing and Phillip’s chemistry in the jive, but I can agree with Adam when he says they dropped character, especially near the end. Some of it was a bit awkward and we could see it coming a mile away. But I’m excited to see what’s next for them. It seems like a solid first performance.

Ashleigh seemed a bit sweeter in her interview package and I thought her “sultry Broadway” with Jakob was better than I thought it would be. But my mom made a really good point when she suggested that Ashleigh’s only as strong as her partner. Which is great when she’s dancing with Jakob…but he is outdancing her.

I was pleased with Ariana and Peter. According to that Buddy TV slideshow, they were one of the potential worst couples, but I was immediately excited they were dancing together. They have great personalities and are both adorable. I really like the Nappytabs hip hop routine. Then the judges are pretty tough on them, which makes me nervous.

It was really too bad that Noelle couldn’t dance that foxtrot with Russell – they would’ve been so cute. I thought he did an amazing job with Melanie. And Nigel says that Russell is an example of why he stresses that kids should experience dance in school.

You know who really surprised me? Bianca in her Travis Wall contemporary with Victor. Amazing! Perhaps she has issues with her head, shoulders, knees and toes as Adam suggested, but they had wonderful chemistry together and I think they’ll continue to bring out the best in each other. That one move where Victor lowered her behind his back was stunning. Beautiful.

Karen and Kevin did a really good cha cha, though there were some really awkward transitions. Their personalities and chemistry really carried the routine, though, and Mary put Karen ont he hot tamale train – though Kevin’s just standing on the platform at the moment. Adam had that great comment about “and that’s not usually my thing” about Karen’s smoking hotness. 🙂

So I didn’t get the Elleanor and Ryan Sonya piece the way everyone else did. Maybe I need to watch it again. It definitely had its moments and I was so pleasantly surprised by their chemistry together. Elleanor hasn’t been standing out for a lot of people, so I’m glad if this does the trick for her.

I was pleased by Pauline and Brandon’s smooth waltz. Jason Gilkison said he wanted to do a “young waltz” and I think he did a great job with the movement (the judges compared it unfavorably to a prom dance), but a horrible choice with the song. The Whitney song is good, but not a “young” song. I thought the two of them did a great job, especially considering they had far less time than the others to prepare.

Kathryn and Legacy did a great Dave Scott hip hop. And Legacy is a lucky joker, for sure. It’s pretty unfair how many chances this guy gets and I really don’t think he’s going to do much earthshattering. BUT, this routine was pretty awesome and I’m so glad Kathryn got a chance to shine. She was better than him, though, and this is closer to his style.  I loved that she pounded her chest at the end. 🙂

Like Adam, I generally don’t like disco. My mom and I go back and forth on this cause she loves it. It’s just not my thing. Yet…I LOVED this disco routine. For the first time, disco has felt relevant to me and not just cheesy. Mollee and Nathan are so good together and the perfect couple for something this high-energy and youthful.

I was pretty much in shock when the judges announced the bottom 2 girls and the bottom 2 guys to dance. I loved Ariana and I don’t want her there. Why not Ashleigh? Nigel’s highest compliment to her was that if she keeps not messing up, she can ride Jakob’s coattails for a while. Clearly, she’s only a strong as her partner. And after Nigel’s comments about Russell earlier, WHY is he in the bottom 2? It doesn’t make any sense. As much as I love Channing, I’d understand her and Phillip being in the bottom 2 more than these choices. Brandon’s kinda a gimme, though very mean.

The solos are pretty awesome, all of them. I particularly liked Russell’s and had a good feeling he’d be safe. I’m mildly appeased that Nigel’s going to “try” to change the rules so that Brandon can come back next season (hopefully Billy gets the same chance), but I get the feeling Brandon kinda knew this was coming and he was just subbing for a bit more dance experience. He was very gracious.

I just do NOT understand why Ariana went home tonight. I didn’t want Pauline to go, either, but I love Ariana and I do feel like she’s danced stronger than Pauline so far. While I hate the idea of Noelle leaving because of her injury (hey, maybe she’ll get a chance to come back next season too, while we’re handing out maybes), I’d love for Ariana to come back in her place if that turns out to be the case.

Big breath. Well, what do y’all think?

October 27, 2009 I Written By

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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October 26, 2009 I Written By

Brandon Dumlao Choreography Before SYTYCD

Last week’s episode of SYTYCD was full of familiar faces. As I have time I’ll try and highlight some of them and some videos of them dancing and doing choreography before SYTYCD. First up is Brandon Dumlao who made it to the SYTYCD Season 5 top 32 and was cut just before making it to the top 20.

Check out Brandon Dumlao, a hip hop dancer, putting together a lyrical combo to Slow Dancing in a Burning Room John Mayer - Continuum - Slow Dancing In a Burning Room

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September 16, 2009 I Written By

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

So You Think You Can Dance Top 32 – Predicting the Top 20

The good people over at SYTYCDism have created what seems to be the most complete list of the So You Think You Can Dance top 32 that I’ve found so far. Nice work Trandrew! Check out the list and please contribute if you know of any corrections to the So You Think You Can Dance Top 32. I’m going to mark in bold who I believe will be in the So You Think You Can Dance top 20. I can’t wait to find out the real SYTYCD top 20 results tonight.

Boys:
1. Philip Chbeeb
2. Tony Bellissimo
3. Ricky Sun
4. Maksim Kapitannikov
5. Brandon Bryant
6. CJ Tyson
7. Alex Wong
8. Pono Aweau
9. Evan Kasprzak
10. Ryan Kasprzak
11. Jason Glover
12. Brandon Dumlao
13. Henry Rivera?
14. Ade Obayomi
15. Jonathan Platero?
16. Vitolio Jeune?
+ Geo Smith?

Girls:
1. Caitlin Kinney
2. Paris Torres
3. Kayla Radomski
4. Janette Manrara
5. Asuka Kondoh
6. Jeanine Mason
7. Paula VanOppen
8. Melissa Sandvig
9. Karla Garcia
10. Pauline Mata
11. Randi Strong-Evans
12. Danielle Peig
13. Ashley Valero
14. Diane Vaden
15.
16.

Also, here’s the solo montage video from last night as well that highlights many of the So You Think You Can Dance top 20 hopefuls.

June 4, 2009 I Written By

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