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SYTYCD Top 10 Performance Thoughts/Power Rankings

I’m going to combine my Top 10 performance thoughts and power rankings this week.

Some of you may wonder how I come about my power rankings. Unlike my “thoughts” posts, the power rankings are not based upon my personal preferences. Though, on rare occasion, I have refused to put one of my favorite dancers in the Bottom 3, even though I knew they probably would be. πŸ™‚ I rank the dancers on my impression of how the performances go over with the voting audience, which takes into account, the dancer’s perceived popularity, the judges’ comments and the live audience reaction. And also, your comments. I take a look at what all of you are saying about the dancers and their performances and I keep that in mind as well.

I gotta say – this is the toughest job, trying to decide who’s gonna be in the bottom and maybe go home, especially this season. But, I’m always up for a challenge, so here I go….

Top Three

Lauren – She crossed oceans from where she was last week. While her performance wasn’t all that bad last week, her reaction to the judges turned off a lot of people. This week, she threw herself into her performance (not just the moves) and appeared humble and centered when facing the judges. She and Dominic are probably two of the silliest of all the dancers, yet they performed an intense, serious routine with heart and the respect that it deserved. I agreed that there wasn’t much to the “abuse” element of the piece – but I think that was in the choreography. It was Tessandra’s first competition choreography on the show, so she might have been straddling a very fine line. All of the real (forgive me) “punch” to the routine came from Lauren, in my opinion. She was whaling on Dominic. I was super impressed with them both. It was a great routine and Lauren’s got a solid fan base (and the good word of the judges), so I think she’ll be fine. [For those of you who know how bland hip-hop generally is to me, you might be surprised to see me say all this, but there you go.]

Jose – Everybody really seems to love Jose and he kinda won me over with this performance. He’s been one of the weaker dancers in my mind for a while, but I was really charmed and entertained my his Bollywood with Kathryn. They played up how he and Nakul were from such different worlds, but that’s kinda bullsh*t in my opinion. They seemed to understand each other pretty well, especially by the end. Bhangra, which is an Indian club dance style, has a lot in common with hip-hop. So, I think Jose held his own with Kathryn for the most part and particularly presented the character of the piece well. It was joyful, which is what made it so entertaining (much like Kent’s cha cha last week). His one greatest weakness this week was his arms while they were in the air. They didn’t seem to have the strength that they needed, but rather seemed to flap limply at times. But it seriously seems to be a stand-out routine (and it was for me, as well), so I think it is up there as one of the favorite routines. And he’s pretty popular, as far as I can tell.

Kent – This is the same situation as Jose (and Kent’s own performance last week). He drowns whatever weaknesses exist in exuberance and shear entertainment. He’s great. That being said, I think he did a great job with Courtney. I think he does a good job of taking on different characters of being dark and jazzy. And did you hear the audience cheer when they kissed at the end? And that doesn’t hurt, either, it was the last performance, so very memorable in several ways.

Middle Four

Ashley – I would like to put Ashley at the top because she’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. However, I think a lot of people are still on the fence about her, so I’m putting her here, at the top of the middle. I looooved her routine with Mark – I think she’s extremely lucky to have danced with two of the handsomest of the All-Stars already (and two of the strongest and most supportive). I was struck by her chemistry with Mark – apparently, that’s one of her strengths. So while I enjoyed her both last week and this week, I would love to see her dance something different. Maybe hip-hop with Twitch next? That would really keep her sexy partner trend going.

Robert – A lot of people seem to be on the fence about Robert, as well. I adore him. I think he’s wonderful. He had some crazy lifts in this routine with Anya – he got her so high up there and she’s not dramatically shorter than him (well, maybe that’s the heels). I disagreed with completely that Anya ate him up because I felt he met her as an equal in her own specialized style and there were times when he “dominated” as the male partner should in a tango. I think Anya had a point – that while she’s the expert between then, she needed a good partner in order to look as great as she did. If he hadn’t been strong, she would’ve been able to compensate for him, but it probably would have made her own performance suffer.

Alex – I loved this routine. I don’t think it had as much of the things that a lot of the audience look for (story, partnering, kick-ass music), but it did have music that was perfect for it, two phenomenal dancers and a friendly and sweet “anything you can do, I can do better”/battle feel to it. It reminded me of b-boy battles like Jose mentioned. They were doing tricks together, supporting each other and competing against each other – in the Broadway sense, which is a give and take. I thought Alex might be careful not to burn bridges back to the ballet world, but I love that he’s eager to learn whatever he can sink his teeth into and thrilled to be on the SYTYCD stage. And Lauren! Love that girl! πŸ™‚

Billy – His krump could have been a lot worse. That’s kind of it for me. I don’t love the style, I don’t adore Comfort and I agree with Nigel that the music is overbearing and repetitive. BUT. It was actually pretty enjoyable. And Billy represented a lot better than I (or anyone, probably) thought he would. But seriously, with his fan base, Billy could drop his partner off the stage and probably be safe. Though, he’s got to have some amazing routines in the next few weeks because I think people are starting to get tired of his (already high level) plateau.

Bottom Three

Adechike – He got a lot of flak last week for dancing poorly with a strong partner, great choreography and a phenomenal partner in his style. Yet, he wasn’t in the bottom 3. I think he’ll be there retroactively for last week’s routine, especially since he still paled in comparison to his gorgeous All-Star in his own style. It says something that he’s been lucky enough to get his own style twice with two extremely popular and strong partners and he can’t match them. I think in another season, he would’ve been given time and room to grow. But, in this season, I think he’ll be in the bottom 3. And if he is, I think he may go because of his first two weak performances and the judges will probably want to “match up” the numbers of guys and girls since there’s been outcry against an all-boy, 1-girl season (like American Idol).

Melinda – I love Melinda, but I recognize I’m in the minority here. Apparently. Attractive girls (especially without formal training) have a hard road to travel on this show. The voting block loves gorgeous guys and sometimes supports them longer than their talent deserves, but at the slightest bit of wobble, a lot of the gorgeous girls go. I recognize that Melinda’s one of the least technically strong, in many respects, but we love the “journeys” of the b-boys, don’t we? Why can’t we get behind a gorgeous female tapper who’s trying to learn different styles and kick ass in them? And guess what? She was amazing last night. She had great lines, especially for a “hoofer,” as the judges pointed out. The worst thing about her performance was her costume, which she can’t control. So, I don’t get the Melinda hate, but she’ll probably be here in the Bottom 3. I hope she survives, because I’d especially love to see her dance with Neil. It’d be great to see her dance hip-hop with Twitch.

Cristina – One of our readers said “Cristina just doesn’t do it for me,” and I have to second that emotion. Whereas I don’t get the Melinda hate and feel protective of her cause I wanna see her keep dancing on the show, Cristina is my least favorite of the dancers. She’s the one that feels the most flat and one-note. Her paso with Pasha was alright, but that was mostly due to Pasha for me. Plus, I feel that paso more than any of the other dances uses dramatic lighting and theatrical music/costumes to disguise the sameness of the choreography (often) and the weakness of the dancers. Don’t believe me? There were hardly any close shots of Cristina and Pasha dancing and they were almost all focused in on Pasha’s faces and expression, not Cristina’s. Almost the entire routine was shot in mid to long shots that enabled us to see the large movement and gestures, but nothing refined performance-wise. The last pose was gorgeous of course, which was helped enormously by the lighting. If she’s in the bottom 3 again, there’s a very good chance she’ll be eliminated this week.

So, all that being said, I generally believe in my bottom 3. I think that either Adechike will go home or the judges will give him one last chance (to try a style outside his specialty) and send him home next if he’s in the bottom (again). In which case, Cristina is probably going to be eliminated tonight.

Some last thoughts before I go –

-I’m with a lot of our readers who say that Nigel’s comment to Tyce, “That was jazz, thank you very much, Tyce” was horrifically rude to Travis and he looked so hurt/pissed when they panned to him. I would be, too. Honestly, I loved his routine, so big whoop if it’s not technically jazz. Speaking of Travis, I loved that we could hear him hollering happily at the end of Ashley/Mark’s routine. Love him.

-I love Mia, but she needs to stop making weird noises rather than offering real, solid criticism. She can leave the noises for her personal, private discussions with the dancers, in my opinion. I think they do understand that language of hers, but I think it’d help them more if it was on a one-to-one level rather than while they’re on stage. Also, she is one of the worst for favoritism. She ragged on Melinda’s costume (which she can’t control), and then said to Kent, “Was that Bollywood? I don’t know, but I don’t care.” I get it – I have favorites, too. I’d probably be the same way. But she’s a permanent judge, not an audience member.

-Cat was in fine form tonight. I loved her comments about her massive head (with the hat) and how it’s ridiculous that Kent grew up in the 90s. But, I have to say…her comment about “Would you like to go deeper, Dominic,” disturbed me. As did his hand kind of petting her shoulder while Lauren was standing between them getting her criticism. Loved when she asked if sexy Kent was in there and Kent said, “yeaaaaah.” Lol. She has the best repartee with the contestants – that never changes.

-I’m really, really glad they decided to have the All-Stars stand on stage with the contestants through the criticism and are sorta letting them talk and offer support. It was too weird having them run off stage before we got to catch up with them a little. It’s one of my favorite parts of how the new format is developing, so I hope it continues.

Tell me what you think, as always!

June 24, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD S7 Top 11 Results Thoughts

I’m going to post my thoughts AS the show is happening so SPOILER…

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June 17, 2010 I Written By

Do the All-Stars Help or Hinder?

Margaret brought up a great point that Marianya and I had also discussed – how will the popularity of the All-Stars affect particular contestants, if at all? (And it’s hard to believe it will have no affect, yet the All-Stars will rotate every week). What about this new format – are the All-Stars a help to the contestants or more of a hindrance?

If you’re dancing with Neil, he can really bring out your skillz and personality – as he did with Ashley last night. But, what if you can’t quite rise to the level of your All-Star – like maybe Melinda (though I loved watching her dance, regardless) with Pasha and Cristina and Mark. Or what if you just fail to have chemistry with All-Stars known from their great partnership/chemistry – i.e. Adechike and Kathryn and Ade and Lauren?

So, tell us what you think in the comments and vote in the poll below!

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SYTYCD Season 7 Top 11 Power Rankings

My first Power Rankings of Season 7!! It’s very different this year, since we don’t have those “weeding out” episodes at the beginning of Top 20. We’re not losing one girl and one guy every results show this time around, but just one dancer. Which is great…but also hard to predict who’s gonna go. We already have such a small number of dancers and the Meet the Top 11 and first performance show have been pretty killer. It’s really hard to guess how this is going to play out.

That being said… I’m game to try. πŸ™‚ Aren’t I always?

Top Four

Alex – hands down, Alex had the best night. His performance with Allison was stunning and got rave reviews from the judges. I’ve never seen Nigel react the way that he did. Not only that, but the audience loved it and he earned Deely’s first chills of the season. πŸ™‚ Alex managed to be humble, proud and adorable (like when he was mouthing along with Cat’s phone number speel).

Kent – had a solid performance with some slight wobbles. It wasn’t as spectacular as some of the other performances, but it was cute. It had loads of personality and he did look genuinely thrilled ot be there, with Anya in his arms. If you add all the screen time he got and how amusing he was talking with the judges – and Cat’s extremely odd and cute faces – you get a wide security net, in my opinion.

Ashley – her performance is incredibly memorable to me because the chemistry between Ashley and Neil was through the roof. They both seemed genuinely affected for a while after the performance was over and so was I. While the judges were talking, I kept thinking, stop talking, you’re not talking about the right thing. I wanted Neil back on stage with Ashley. Plus, it was a great routine danced beautifully. I think this brought Ashley to a lot of people’s attention.

Robert – had great chemistry with Courtney. This was a routine so natural to them both that it was just kinda like, “here’s some great dancing, no big thang.” I hope it stands out as much as it deserves to. I think it will. And Robert’s personality really shone through, particularly in his [weird] interchange with Mia. So, he probably came to a lot of people’s attention as well.

Middle Four

Billy – is maybe letting the competition get in the way of his dancing. He danced well, don’t get me wrong. It was a cute routine with Lauren. But it had none of the weight of some of the other performances and it was the first routine and several people have told me they don’t think Billy is dancing to his capacity lately.

Alexie – had a cute, competent routine with Twitch. It wasn’t everything it couldn’t been, but it was entertaining and charming and well-danced. I think this is one of the routines that suffered from the new-partner-every-week format of the show. If Alexie and Twitch had been partners for two or three weeks before this, I think it would’ve rocked more.

Adechike – also suffered from the new-partner-each-week thing, in my opinion. It was shocking to me that Chike and Kathryn didn’t have much chemistry because everyone has chemistry with Kathryn. A mop would have chemistry with Kathryn. The chair had more chemistry with Kathryn than Chike did. But, it was well-danced. It just could’ve been more than it was, like Alexie and Twitch’s routine.

Jose – was lucky enough to disguise his lack of experience and training within this routine with Comfort. So while I think it was more poorly danced than say, Cristina’s routine, for example, I think that his charm, the generosity of his choreographer and partner and his potential “journey” will keep him safe.

Bottom Three

Lauren – wasn’t all that bad with Ade, because they’re both strong dancers and Ade is a phenomenal partner. But I don’t think she was feeling Ade or the choreography and it showed. She seemed uncommitted to both. Then, she was kinda a bit of a brat when talking to the judges. She said something along the lines, “I’ll figure out how to earn your approval.” Which seems…kinda…fake… I think it surprised all the judges, when she said that. Her expression was very flat and blank after that, like she was trying to keep herself from saying something worse. I think it turned a lot of people off of LoFro, but not enough to get her booted.

Melinda – was adorable and charming with Pasha. They had strong chemistry. However, she was clearly overwhelmed by the routine. While she did a good job masking her legs (as the judges commented on) with her personality, I think she was one of the more obviously weak dancers. Jose was lucky enough to have some breaking added to the choreography so he could show his strengths while she was left smiling and oozing charm for all she was worth and couldn’t really display any of her dance strengths. She may suffer some stress tonight in the bottom 3, but I hope she doesn’t leave because I love her and I can’t wait to see what she can do.

Cristina – her dancing was better than Melinda, Jose and probably Lauren’s last night. However, it was early in the show and it kinda looked like Mark was slinging her around for most of the routine. I don’t think she got a chance to shine and I don’t think she has the fan base of some of the other dancers, including the ones who’ll likely be in the Bottom 3. When you factor in that she was the only dancer who was critiqued during Meet the Top 11, I think she’s the one in the most danger.

Alright – how off base do you think I am? Do you think the All-Stars’ popularity will rub off on their particular partners? How do you think tonight’s results show is going to go down? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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SYTYCD 7: Top 11 Performances Reactions

Sooo normally I don’t have an opinion when it comes to dances and emotion and what not, but there was so much going on that you can’t help but react, so I’m going to give it a shot… πŸ˜€ Just a quick warning, chances are high I’m not going to react to the actual dances as much as some other things that have happened… πŸ˜€

Overall Show format

Marianya’s Reaction: Now I’m really digging this All Star format, I think the All Stars are really a big help in helping the dancers get acquainted with unfamiliar dances… but another week I think will help me refine that opinion.

Dancer: Billy Bell
All-Star: Lauren Gottlieb
Style: Broadway

Marianya’s Reaction: Ok, Billy is a beautiful dancer, no question… but he seems to have lost a bit of that luster from Season 6. Though I’ll admit this is one of the better Broadway routines.

Dancer: Cristina Santana
All-Star: Mark Kanemura
Style: Jazz

Marianya’s Reaction: Took me a while to realize that Cristina was wearing a body suit and not body paint >.< But dang Mark was flirting with the audience as he walked off stage... with the finger pointing and the semi-Elvis semi-The Fonz look... such a ham. Dancer: Jose Ruiz
All-Star: Comfort Fedoke
Style: Hip Hop

Marianya’s Reaction: Jose looking all werewolf-y yeeeaaah, didn’t expect that, but I think Jose got cut a break with a good portion of his dancing being more breaking than actual dancing… he’s better on the floor than on his feet… and doesn’t necessarily work in dancing, in other activities I’d agree, but not dancing.

Dancer: AdΓ©chikΓ© Torbert
All-Star: Kathryn McCormick
Style: Contemporary/Jazz

Marianya’s Reaction: This had SO MUCH potential and it felt flat. I mean COME ON, I work in the office and I have fantasies of being able to do that to a couple of guys, but this routine is a man’s fantasy not a female’s fantasy. Seriously dude.

Dancer: Melinda Sullivan
All-Star: Pasha Kovalev
Style: Ballroom – Jive

Marianya’s Reaction: *Squee* Pasha’s back, I’m a Pasha fangirl. I was going to say something about the routine but Adam totally made me forget what I wanted to say when he said, “look in here please don’t look down here…” with his fingers aiming towards his family jewels… so he had to add to that, “and by that I mean your legs and feet”. I love Adam… I don’t care which team he bats for.

Dancer: Alex Wong
All-Star: Allison Holker
Style: Jazz

Marianya’s Reaction: O.M.G. Where the hell did that come from!??!?! I’ve never see Nigel speechless… and I swear I thought Nigel shed a tear or two or three… One thing I noticed is that Alex held Allison for a very long time… almost as long as Neil and Ashley later on… but that was such an emotionally driven piece that they needed a bit to calm down. Oh and SONYA ROCKS tonight… I’ve never been a huge fan of Sonya, I am now.

Dancer: Alexie Agdeppa
All-Star: Stephen β€œTwitch” Boss
Style: Hip Hop

Marianya’s Reaction: Shankman of the 90s scares me, and instead of the girl barging through the door it’s Twitch barging through the window… He so suave in that dance, he could sneak through my window any night. Though, I totally would love to see the extended clip of Shankman in Star Search.

Dancer: Lauren Froderman
All-Star: Ade Obayami
Style: Contemporary

Marianya’s Reaction: As much as I love Ade, Lauren totally killed the routine for me. I ended up fast forwarding through the routine because Lauren seemed to be a dancing Barbie doll. It’s pretty and all but there’s no substance behind the pretty face and lines.

Dancer: Kent Boyd
All-Star: Anya Garnis
Style: Ballroom

Marianya’s Reaction: OMG I know what Kent needs to do in order to remain on top… he needs to enjoy dancing and not think! I love, LOVE, LOVE his last back bend and when he gets out of it and looks at Anya, did anyone notice a bit of a flick of his tongue out the right side of his lips? OMG. Forget the lips puckering or his Jessica Rabbit impersonation. And then he went from being a “man” to being a “boy” again… it’s like *blink* I’m a kid again. And Mia and Adam’s reactions to the cougar exchange… priceless!

Dancer: Ashley Galvan
All-Star: Neil Haskell
Style: Contemporary

Marianya’s Reaction: Another strong emotional routine, right up there with Alex/Allison. But for more of my reaction, go to this exchange between myself and Emilie.

Dancer: Robert Roldan
All-Star: Courtney Galiano
Style: African Jazz

Marianya’s Reaction: Courtney’s my least fav All-Star… so you could bet I was a wee disappointed that Robert didn’t “really” kill Courtney πŸ˜€ I watched Robert primarily through this whole thing. This is a dancer that’s like Ade where you know almost nothing about them at the beginning but their dancing spoke for them… and his exchange with Mia was entertaing… RAWR! Though Adam’s assessment of Robert would be interesting considering there’s Kent and Billy there too… I’m beginning to understand way there are so many male dancers, it just made me wonder how did Anthony Burrell do in the other styles that forced them to let him go because that has GOT to be the reason they didn’t keep him on…

June 16, 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... =)

SYTYCD S7 E5 Meet the Top 11 Thoughts

I *reallllllly* need to talk about this one! πŸ™‚

-First of all, can we all agree here and now that Ade is Ade from S5 and the S7 contestant’s name is Adechike or Chike? Cause this is going to get very confusing very fast, unless we set some ground rules. Lol

-I loved that little dance routine that some of the contestants did with their luggage in the opening montage.

-Wade and Amanda *seriously* need an Emmy for the opening All-Star/Top 11 “Fame” group routine. Like, now. I loved the “Alice in Wonderland”-funked up flavor to it. I love Wade’s choreography – how it can be both elegant and dirty at the same time. It’s like crack for us SYTYCD fans. Loooooved the “partner exchange” near the end and all of their poses at the end and Alex’s face. πŸ™‚ Clearly, he loved being part of that routine.

-Cat rocks. “Thank you for coming to my tea party.” Cat, I’ll go to your tea party anytime. Just don’t ever leave SYTYCD, please. πŸ™‚

-Wonderful to meet the new director, Nikki Parsons, and see her in the control booth. That was a nice, personal touch. Kinda like how SYTYCD AU showed us a lot of footage with the costumers.

-Everyone went mad when Mia was welcomed back. I’m mad for Mia, so I get it.

-11 seconds to say what we have to know about the contestants? Pretty cute. Especially Kent’s, “uh, I’m single.” πŸ™‚ Not for long…

-Travis, Travis, Travis!! “Paris is Burning” is a gooooorgeous routine. Oh my goodness!! I love the idea of basing a routine on celebrating the fall of an empire. How not standard is that? Um, I mean unique. Creative. As cool as the whole routine was, and kudos to chipper LoFro for holding her own in a mental piece like this, the highlight for me was seeing Kathryn and Mark dance together. So…

-Season 8 should be a fall season that is JUST SYTYCD alumni dancing routines together, showcasing the dancers associated with the show. Kinda like the “pro dance” routine in the middle of the results show? But a season full of that. Why not? Then, back to regularly scheduled programming in the summer with Season 9. πŸ™‚

-Cat’s right when she said, “Kent, you look quite mad.” And when she asked him who was his ideal woman and he said, “someone like my mom,” and then blurted, “Beyonce!” Toooo funny.

-Got a bit teary when Travis said, “Four years ago, I was on that stage and now I’m sitting next to these guys.” Wonderful!

-And speaking of “sitting next to these guys,” I love that they’re having the choreographers on the judges’ panel for their routines! Can we keep this for the whole season?!?! Why shouldn’t they chime in on what they thought about the routine? Sure, it’ll mostly be positive platitudes, probably, but every once in a while, we might get a disappointed reaction, etc.

-Tyce’s routine from Sweet Charity and the 4 girls, Alexie, Melinda, Allison and Lauren was killer! Loooved it! I agreed that I couldn’t really tell the difference between the All-Stars and the contestants. This was the one routine where I think that was really true.

-I loooved their dresses!! Especially Melinda’s!

-Cat was so cute when she said, “I wanna be in your gang, girls! Please, let me be in your gang!”

-Then, Cat pointed out that Tyce worked with J.Lo and Tom Cruise *this week* and I loved that he said there was no difference between that and working with the contestants/All-Stars.

-I thought Nappytabs routine with Jose, Twitch, Comfort and Dominic was really smart and creative. It was clearly predicting his journey from contestant, to alumni pro dancer and All-Star. πŸ™‚ Clearly, Jose was loving Cat’s attention afterward. I wonder if Dom’s got some competition? And how he’ll react, if so? Lol.

-Speaking of that… I thought the Cat/Dom interplay was definitely scripted and cheesy, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t think it was funny/cute. πŸ™‚ I did. Cat can pull off cheesy. And they kinda acknowledged that it was a “bit,” when Cat said, “we need to go somewhere with this.” Loooved when Dom said, “I can’t see you” and craned up at her. πŸ™‚

-I loooved that Nappytabs confirmed my read on the routine and said it was about initiating Jose into the SYTYCD family. πŸ™‚ Nice to have such supportive choreographers and fellow dancers.

-Yay, Jason Gilkison!! I liked the “Work” routine, but it kinda reminded me of the DiLillo Couple/Karen Hauer routine from Season 6’s “Meet the Top 20” showcase episode, which Jason also choreographed. And, as much as I like Cristina (and, I do!!), everybody was overshadowed by Pasha in that routine. Pasha!!! Do I really need to say more? I think he could’ve handled another dance partner. Also, Pasha needs to be a pro dancer on Dancing with the Stars. Anybody agree? Also, did anybody else notice that Cristina was the only dancer to get called out for something technical? She was told she has kinda “lazy feet.” I don’t think any of the other dancers got anything but positive feedback.

-Cat’s “These girls danced their dresses off! That’s called shaking it!” Lol.

-Mia’s contemporary “This Bitter Earth” was PHE-NOM-ENAL!!! She’s baaaaaack! I love her creative choreography. The idea of a routine about “time, the journey of life,” is just incredible. I wonder if she got first pick of dancers? πŸ™‚ Billy, Alex and Ade all stood out to me, but I especially loved Ade’s full committment to the “old man” end of the spectrum. More than any of the other routines, I felt like these 3 guys got to represent themselves, got significant “solos” within the routine, which was not just due to Mia’s choreography, but also to the camera work. It was beautiful. I especially loved the point where they were spread across the stage and swayed in unison with each other. And when they walked off the stage together.

-Mia’s comments after the routine, “It was an honor,” with her hand on her heart and to Ade, “Welcome home.” And calling Billy a freak and Alex a beast. πŸ™‚ Cat saying, “Let’s hear it for the freak and the beast.” Looool. πŸ™‚

-I didn’t like that Adechike called himself the underdog. Maybe he feels that way, but it seemed a little too forced to me. I dunno.

-Sonya is amazing. Adechike, Ashley, Robert, Neil and Courtney were all really good in “Freak.” Only thing is that I think Courtney and Ashley were too easy to mistake for each other because they have the same coloring, height and hair color. The guys were all vastly different and because there was an extra one, they kinda got little solos in the routines, so they stood out. Course, I wasn’t complaining when Neil got his moment to show off his spins and jumps. Yaaaaaay, Neil’s back!!!

-Robert did an impression of Sonya!! Awesome!!!! I laughed so hard. And I loved that Sonya called Adechike on calling himself an underdog – though, she did it in a positive way. πŸ™‚

-At the end, Mia leaned over and whispered in Nigel’s ear. Wonder what she was saying? It almost looked like she was kissing him. Lol.

-It’s weird that the judges/Cat didn’t address Kathryn and Mark at all, but then they did address the rest of the All-Stars. It’s like the new director, Nikki Parsons, called down from the control booth and said, “Guys, it feels/looks weird when you completely ignore the All-Stars. Talk to them, let them talk.” And it was a good thing when they did.

-I would’ve loved to have seen how the contestants/All-Stars were chosen for which choreographers/routines. I would’ve much rathered seen that or rehearsal footage than have the judges/choreographers say a single word about the routines. Why say anything when they’re not judging?

-Seriously, we need an entire season of just showcases like this one. It’s like Survivor’s “Fan vs. Favorites,” but eeeeeeven better because it’s about dancers. And it’d give SYTYCD dancers an even larger platform, a longer life on t.v. What do y’all say?

I can’t believe I’m going to attempt this, but I’m gonna do a Meet the Top 11 routine ranking (1 is the best, 7 is the “worst” in my personal opinion):

Meet the Top 11/All-Star Routine Ranking
7. The Nappytabs’ Jose-Twitch-Comfort-Dom routine was probably my least favorite, mostly because of the genre of hip-hop, more than anything else.
6. Despite Pasha’s hard work, Jason’s “Work,” was not as good to me as many of the others.
5. Tyce’s “Sweet Charity” with Alexie, Melinda, Allison and Lauren. So well danced!
4. Loved Sonya’s “Freak,” but it had soooo much competition for my favorite.
3. Travis’s “Paris Is Burning” had so many things to love. It’s a hard call, was almost #2 or even #1. Tomorrow, it may be.
2. Mia’s “Bitter Earth” routine with Ade, Alex and Billy gave me chills.
1. Sorry, but it has to be Wade and Amanda’s full-out group routine “Fame.” Stunning!!!

Alright, a lot of you are probably going to disagree with me. Ready? Set? Go!

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SYTYCD S7 E4 Vegas Week Ends Thoughts

Maybe you’re all talked about this past week’s episodes, but it took me a while to catch up with them because of work and I still have my thoughts. Hope you don’t mind, hope you find this interesting.

-Ida Saki withdraws: I can totally understand her feeling like she has to leave and I thought she was humble and respectful when she expressed this to the judges. While I do agree with them that some of her motivation might have been not being *great* at something for the first time, I feel like they, and especially Nigel were extremely and inappropriately hard on her. Maybe this was a dramatic set-up to build tension if/when she comes back next season. Who knows.

-Alex’s spins in Tyce’s choreography were…wow.

-I’m sorry, but I didn’t really like Giselle Peacock’s dancing. I was surprised I didn’t, because so many people are pulling for her here on the site.

-Was Travis wearing a League of Extraordinary Dancers t-shirt during his choreography round? πŸ™‚

-Wow, Cristina! I thought she was amazing dancing with two contemporary dancers and holding her own.

-I thought the judges’ “arguing” was kinda false – and loud on purpose – to build tension. Blech.

-I really hope Nicole Knudson comes back next year.

-Laughed when Adam said, “It could’ve been a mess, instead it’s a yes.

-I loved when Cat threatened to kick Kent’s ass because of his self-doubt. πŸ™‚

-And wow, those three guys! Anthony Burrell (his thighs!), Alex Wong and Kent Boyd. I’m even more sad that Anthony’s not in the Top group after this performance. Will he come back? Will he use the SYTYCD platform and exposure to do something great and soon?

-I was amused by Kent’s speech to the judges about dancing with Anthony and Alex. Reminded me of Paul in A Chorus Line.

-I loved that the Top 24 got a “training reward” since there wasn’t going to be an official Top 20. Grover Dale seemed to be an amazing reward with them and they did seem kinda refreshed/inspired after.

-Wish we could’ve seen more of the solos cause I loved the ones we did see. Also, the “tell us why you deserve Top 10” element REALLY reminded me of A Chorus Line.

-Loooved Toni’s dress when she went to tell Cristina she’s in the Top 10. The fake-out was kinda mean. I loved that Pepe’s family is so supportive of Cristina.

-I really, really liked Adrien Lee and I felt like we didn’t get to see much of him till the end. Then, it was a no from Mary. I was sad. I hope he comes back next season. Also, I thought seeing her back mic was really tacky, as was her trying to talk to him and comfort him when his family was trying to console him.

-Nigel was brutal with his no’s on the phone. At least from the clips we saw, especially Lexie’s.

-Lauren is really funny and I liked that Nigel was outside when they didn’t think he was coming. Carol the letter carrier was a little odd – I kept wondering if she was going to come in and then why she didn’t. It would’ve been cute if Carol celebrated the good news with the family. After the inevitable fake out, I laughed so hard when LoFro said, “Oh my god, Nigel.”

-Mia’s visit with Anthony felt like one of the realest things on the show. Intense. I hope he gets just how much we all love him and that we really do want to see him on the show. Her face when he said, “I really want this” and she knew she had to say no….

-Tyce living it up in Miami was pretty jarring after the frankness of the previous scene.

-I liked Lil C’s fake out with Ashley, and that she’s his favorite.

-Wow, more brutal Nigel phone calls from Columbus. Then the damn sports car segment.

-Tyce having fun in Miami felt more amusing (rather than jarring) this time.

-I looooved that Melinda took the visit at her mentor Harold Cromer’s place. I loved the oddness and sweetness of her relationship with him. Also laughed when Mia said Melinda’s dancing could be “a little crunchy” sometimes. And Harold’s endorsement of Melinda. I bet after the cameras were off, those three had some drinks and Melinda soaked up a lot of phenomenal dance stories, between Harold and Mia.

-I did laugh that Nigel got lost and called Mary, an Ohio native, from Marysville, but called it Mary’s vile.

-Wow, Alex’s fellow dancers freaked out when they got the good news. And they were clearly star-struck by Tyce. I thought that was cool.

-The Billy/Robert decision felt kind of scripted to me. But maybe only because I’d already read SYTYCDism’s spoilers and knew what was coming. As I’ve said, sometimes I like Billy’s new swagger, sometimes I don’t. I thought it was sweet that Robert was clearly about to give up his spot cause he thought Billy deserved it more. And it was cool the way Robert/Billy told their fellow dancers. πŸ™‚ And yeah, I think it’s pretty clear Billy did use the f-word when he said, “Adam, you’re __ awful.”

So, that’s my thoughts for the last of Vegas Week and the Home Visits. About to post my Thoughts for the Meet the Top 11 Episode, so check that out, too.

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