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Podcast: SYTYCD Season 9 – Top 14 Week

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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Ballet boys as judges, and Ms. Tedholm’s Facebook comment
3:31 – General thoughts about the Mia Michaels episode
5:23 – The Door routine: Cyrus & Eliana
8:44 – Hometown Glory routine: George & Tiffany
11:23 – The Butt Dance: Will & Amelia
14:02 – The Bed routine: Dareian & Janelle
15:58 – Time routine: Audrey & Matthew
18:07 – The Bench routine: Chehon & Witney
20:41 – Addiction routine: Lindsay & Cole
24:45 – Bottom 6/Elimination discussion
30:05 – Wrap-up: Thoughts about Brandon/Amber elimination from Top 16 week, and thoughts on the live shows thus far

Episode Length: 32:24

The Top 14 week of So You Think You Can Dance celebrated Mia Michaels and her iconic routines from the show. Each of the dancers were called on to recreate some of her most beloved routines. Our feelings, along with many fans, were mixed on this approach. Should these routines be performed again, or are they only meant for the original dancers? Can an alternate, yet equally valid interpretation of the routines be presented? We discuss these questions, along with our thoughts on the somewhat shocking elimination of Amelia in this podcast!

We found it very useful to compare the original performances against the new ones. In the time stamps above we’ve linked to blog posts that have both routines embedded for easy viewing.

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.

August 22, 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!

SYTYCDancers Kherington Payne and Jordan Casanova in Cabaret

As I was trolling through my RSS feed, it was recently announced via Playbill that two So You Think You Can Dance alumni will be featured in Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse‘s production of Cabaret.

The production is scheduled to open on June 22nd through July 1st

Since her time on SYTYCD: Kherington Payne was seen in the reinvention of the movie Fame, released in 2009 as Alice Ellerton. She is no stranger to the musical theatre stage, for she played Potiphar’s wife in Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jordan Casanova, who was just on the show last season was more recently seen as one of the dancers on NBC’s the Voice during Tony Lucca’s interpretation of Hit Me Baby One More Time.

May 11, 2012 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... =)

Finally My Blonde Favorite (LoFro) Won!

Many of the readers of Pure SYTYCD are familiar with my personal bias towards blonde female dancers on SYTYCD. Try to tell me that Kayla Radomski, Channing Cooke, Kherington Payne, and Heidi Groskreutz aren’t fantastic dancers. Of course, the biggest problem with it all is that I had terrible luck with my favorite blonde girls getting sent home very quickly on SYTYCD. The good news is, the spell is broken and LoFro won!! Woot!! I guess all my predicting that Kent Boyd would win worked!

In honor of me, Dennis sent me some videos of my blonde LoFro winner. Thanks Dennis!

LoFro dancing on Regis and Kelly and a Nice InterviewLoFro Fever !!! Behind-the-scenes looks w/ Fox New NY at the Dance Spirit cover shoot.

August 19, 2010 I Written By

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

Kherington IS a Pussycat Doll

My heart kinda sank when I read our reader Dennis’s comment exclaiming:

KHERINGTON PAYNE IS THE NEWEST PUSSYCAT DOLL!!!

I had to know if it’s true or not. Yes, yes, it IS true. I’m glad for Kherington that she’s getting exposure, for sure…. I’ll just leave it at that. What do y’all think?

May 23, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Cross Country Dance Comparison

Many thanks to Margaret for this tidbit, I figured that I would bring it out for you guys to see…

The first song in this post is Don’t Touch Me Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water on 'Em) - Single - Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water On 'Em) by Busta Rhymes danced as hip-hop.

From SYTYCD US Season 4 Week 3: Kherington Payne and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Choreography by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (aka NappyTabs).

From SYTYCD Canada Season 1 Week 4: Nico Archambault and Arassay Reyes choreographed by Luther Brown

So who do you think danced it better? The Canadians or the Americans? 😀

Better yet, how about this dance comparison:

Read more..

April 24, 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 All-Stars Musings

From our friends at SYTYCDism:

General:
– Apparently, they are not picking past winners for the all-star cast.
Travis Wall (S2) will return as a choreographer, not an all-star.
Blake McGrath (S1) tweeted that he was not part of the all-star cast.

Nigelly Confirmed:
1. Stephen “Twitch” Boss (S3) – Hip Hop (Popping, Locking, Krump)

SYTYCDism’s Pool To-Be-Nigelly-Confirmed*:
Lauren Gottlieb (S3) – Lyrical Hip Hop? Jazz?
Courtney Galiano (S4) – Jazz?
Allison Holker (S2) – Contemporary

As the SYTYCDism post claims, they usually ARE spot on with spoilers, so it’ll be interesting to see how right they are. I might’ve been right myself when I self-imposed the “no winners” rule on my own All-Star selection. I didn’t pick Courtney Galiano, but I’d love to see her back.

It’s amusing that SYTYCDism labeled their post SYTYCDWTS. 🙂 Lol. It does have a bit of a Dancing with the Stars flavor this season, doesn’t it? But does that make the “stars” the All-Stars, or are they the “professionals”? It reminds me of creative Survivor matchups like Fan Favorites and Heroes vs. Villians, too.

Just as Nigel and co. probably hope, fans are campaigning for their favorites on Twitter:

michellewaxman

If you want @mollsgrayy for a season 7 allstar you should retweet this 🙂 about 18 hours ago via txt Retweeted by MollsGrayy and 33 other

LuuuuuM

RT if you want @Ellenore back on #SYTYCD Season 7! (: about 19 hours ago via web Retweeted by Ellenore and 40 others

John, where’s your All-Star list? I imagine it will feature a lot of blondes….Kherington, Kayla, Channing…

March 30, 2010 I Written By

Emilie’s SYTYCD All-Stars

I’m not pretending to be fair here. I didn’t start watching till Season 3, so almost all of my All-Stars are Seasons 3-6. I did lay down some rules on myself.

-No winners (would love to see Sabra return, but my own rule eliminated her)
-I tried to limit it to 1 dancer per season (worked for the guys, not for the girls)
-These are *my* personal favorites, who I think are the most versatile if we’re limited to 10

The Guys
Dmitry Chaplin Season 2, Neil Haskell Season 3, Twitch Boss Season 4, Jason Glover Season 5, Jakob Karr Season 6

The Ladies
Lauren Gottlieb Season 3, Katee Shean Season 4, Kherington Payne Season 4, Kathryn McCormick Season 6, Ellenore Scott Season 6

Who are YOUR All-Stars? I suspect John’s, Amanda’s, McPhee’s and most of your All-Stars would differ from mine, so let me know!

March 29, 2010 I Written By

Behind the Choreography-Hairography

So I don’t know about you guys, but I watched the “Bootylicious” routine a TON looking for S4’s Kherington, Comfort, and Katee. With all that hair whipping around I couldn’t find them. Luckily the folks at Fox helped us out by doing a “Behind the Choreography” on this clever routine. Looks like it was Fox’s idea to put in the girls from S4. I have one question though, where from Lauren from S3?! She’s been in more than one routine from Glee (look for her in the infamous “Rehab” routine from the pilot) so I was surprised not to see her.

I had some trouble finding the video on youtube of the rehab song but check out this one, it’s a copy of the song with a perfect shot of Lauren!

November 29, 2009 I Written By

Nigel Stop Messing with My Blondes

Many of you don’t probably realize that I first started blogging about SYTYCD in the second season. That makes this my fifth season writing about (and obsessing to at least some extent) SYTYCD. Plus you probably also don’t realize that I started blogging about SYTYCD by accident.

Well it’s true. My very first post about SYTYCD was on my blog called Smuggle Me (which I still blog on today). As you can tell from the name of the blog my intent wasn’t to write about SYTYCD. I was really just trying to learn what it meant to blog. However, I was entranced by a blonde girl named Heidi who gave everything she had in every dance on SYTYCD. Yes, Heidi was my first motivation to post about SYTYCD.

Well, let’s just say that I think that was the beginning of a very good thing. Heidi was my first and likely my all time favorite contestant on SYTYCD. Then, in season 4 my favorite just happened to be the amazing Kherington Payne. She was nothing but extraordinary in my book. Season 5 favorites of mine include Kayla and Caitlin (not in that order). Yes, and in season 6 Channing was my favorite dancer. In case you haven’t noticed, it seems like I have a thing for blonde dancers.

On Twitter, I was called out for just liking the blonde hair. My only argument against that is that I don’t like all blonde girls. Just those that are attractive blonde girls that can dance unbelievably well.

Does that make me bias? Absolutely. Is that a problem? I don’t think so. Everyone has their own biases. This is mine.

With that said, let me say something very unbiased. Nigel, stop messing with my blondes. Channing should have stayed much longer. Readers of this site will suffer thanks to you sending my motivation home so early;-)

November 19, 2009 I Written By

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