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Let’s make a deal…

So, Red Bull Records and Black Gold are offering a pretty phenomenal prize for their Black Gold Thinks You Can Dance Contest –

4. PRIZES: 1 winner will be awarded local dance classes for themselves and a friend. ARV: $500 USD

I think we have loads of people here on the site who would a) make a great video and b) really enjoy the prize. Including all those phenomenal dancers who didn’t win the classes offered by Cliche Cosmetics. But maybe you’re embarrassed or shy or…lazy. Those have all been excuses of mine in the past.

So, our excuses end here. If 20 people from our site enter the contest by August 15th, before the official deadline (August 19th), I will thoroughly embarrass myself by submitting a video of my own. I promise you it WILL be bad dancing (I’m like Cat) and it will be embarrassing. I’d love if John and my fellow PureSYTYCD writers anted up and joined me (20 videos for each of us to dance?), but that’s up to them. Lol.

So, if you want to see me dance, here are MY rules:

1) Submit your video dancing to Black Gold’s “Shine” Shine by August 15th on the BGTYCD Contest site.
2) Post a comment on THIS post with a link to your entry.
3) If 20 of our readers submit their videos, I’ll submit one of my own. Gulp. (I do NOT promise to dance alone – if I can con someone into dancing with me, I totally will, but that’s my only stipulation).

“Shine” has been the elimination song all season long and now Black Gold’s gonna play on the finale! I can’t wait!

August 7, 2010 I Written By

Black Gold’s Gonna Be on the Season 7 Finale!!!

Hi everyone!! A little birdie at Red Bull Records just gave me the heads up that Black Gold will perform “Shine” on the finale, just as Eric and I suggested in our video interview when they were in New Orleans.

You might not realize that you know the band Black Gold, but you do. They perform the song “Shine,” Shine which has been our elimination song all season.

I inundated you with a series of posts about my experience meeting the band at their New Orleans show and some of our readers won the chance to see them perform as well and wrote about it.

The news is everywhere at this point. Here’s a US Magazine piece.

Black Gold themselves broke the news on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Don’t forget that you can still submit a video of YOU dancing to “Shine” to win dance classes in your city.

Am I wrong to feel like my Evil Masterplan for good live music on SYTYCD has come to fruition? Lol.

August 6, 2010 I Written By

The Black Gold Experience

Our reader Jena asked for and got the tickets to see Black Gold at The Fillmore in New York City.

She wrote me after her experience:

What an amazing show! I knew I would enjoy it after your postings, I didn’t know anything else about them beside the song on SYTYCD. They are very talented and I don’t expect them to be opening for others for long. I met with Eric after the set and he was a sweetheart, of course I mentioned you and the site. He said that is so amazing and was so glad we enjoyed the show. I need to upgrade my camera for better pics but the VIDs are pretty decent. They played a brand new song for the first time last night called heaven come back. I wish they could have played longer.

She uploaded several videos and photos to Flickr so we can check them out.

Earlier, our reader Ashley B. wrote:

Thanks Emilie for the Black Gold tickets. We made it to the Atlanta show last weekend and it was a lot of fun. Black Gold, the Young Veins, and Rooney have the perfect sound for summer! The music was exciting but also had a laid-back, rest-in-the-sun feel to it. The bands all put on a great show with a lot of energy! My only wish was that it was an outdoor venue – that would be icing on the cake. Readers – take advantage of the free tixs, it is completely worth it!

You can read about my experience here and don’t forget that there are some tickets available for Black Gold’s tour dates:

Sat 7/17 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock – I know a TV.com reader wants these tickets, but he needs to send me his name asap so I can get it to the Red Bull Records folks. Otherwise, it’s first come, first serve!

Sun 7/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

Thu 7/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

Thanks, again, to Red Bull Records for making our Black Gold experiences possible.

July 17, 2010 I Written By

Black Gold Thinks YOU Can Dance

My contact at Red Bull Records (who is a HUGE SYTYCD fan! shhhh!) just sent me the coolest thing – a special offer regarding Season 7’s elimination song “Shine” – Shine.

Black Gold want to see your best dance moves. Post a video of you, your friends, or you and your friends dancing to “Shine.” The videos will be judged based on creativity, originality, humor, vibe and number of YouTube views rather than dance expertise, so all are welcome and encouraged to participate. One winner will be selected to receive a series of dance lessons from a local dance school in their hometown.

Check out the first submitted video, which is guaranteed to pick your day up out of the doldrums. Warning – will make you smile and laugh out loud.

You can submit YOUR video and watch the others here.

July 14, 2010 I Written By

Win Tickets to the Black Gold Tour

I’ve just gotten word from Black Gold’s label Red Bull Records that they’d like our readers to have the opportunity to win tickets to the remaining dates on Black Gold’s tour with Rooney and The Young Veins.

I wrote last night that I was going to the show and I’ll post my review soon. The short version of my review is YOU HAVE TO GO if you get the chance.

Here’s the deal – the FIRST person to write in the comments requesting tickets to a particular city wins a pair for that city’s show. Keep in mind that neither Red Bull Records nor PureSYTYCD can pay any travel costs or any other associated expenses. But you will have the chance to go with a friend to a phenomenal show. And I speak from experience – PHENOMENAL. You’ll read all about it soon.

We here at PureSYTYCD ask only that you send us your concert review and tell us and your fellow readers all about the show – but have no fear, it can be really informal. As far as I’m concerned, all of our writers are eligible for tickets as well since I’ve given nobody warning we’re doing this. 🙂

Check out the dates and let us know in the comments. FIRST commenter per city wins a pair.

Fri 7/9 Tampa, FL Crowbar

Sat 7/10 Atlanta, GA The Loft

Sun 7/11 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend

Mon 7/12 Greenville, SC The Handlebar

Wed 7/14 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

Thu 7/15 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork

Fri 7/16 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club

Sat 7/17 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock

Sun 7/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

Mon 7/19 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey

Thu 7/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

July 6, 2010 I Written By