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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?

Erik “Silky” Moore Talent Show Perfomance Before SYTYCD

I couldn’t believe this video when I saw it. I thought for a second that this was Brandon Bryant and not Erik “Silky” Moore the tapper. I wondered if I was confusing videos. Well, I was wrong. Watching this video along with his audition, there’s no doubt that Erik “Silky” Moore has more than enough dancing talent to do all sorts of styles. Check out the video of Erik “Silky” Moore winning a talent show to the ending monologue from American Beauty.

Here’s another highlight video of Erik “Silky” Moore. This really does an amazing job of showing the incredible talent that he has in all sorts of styles. He has strength, technique, tricks, and style. Incredible stuff. As a side note, this video comes from what looks like Erik Moore’s (Silky) youtube channel.

I figured I might as well post the Erik “Silky” Moore audition on So You Think You Can Dance 2009 for comparison as well.

Lots more videos of Erik “Silky” Moore, but that’s enough for tonight. More later when he makes the So You Think You Can Dance top 20.

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Kayla Radomski Before So You Think You Can Dance

I predicted Kayla Radomski would be part of the So You Think You Can Dance top 20 as soon as I saw her start dancing. She was refined and beautiful to watch. I could see it almost immediately. Now check out the videos of Kayla Radomski and you’ll see why she has got to be one of the most talented dancers on this season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Kayla Radomski dancing with Misha Gabriel when Kayla was really young (I’m guessing about 10 years old). It’s awesome watching such a young girl keep up with the older people. I guess Kayla has some natural talent to build on. Quite the gem.

This video of Kayla Radomski doing a photo shoot for “Ice Princess” is pretty incredible The final pictures are just pure art.

Another gem of a video of Kayla Radomski dancing for Brian Friedman’s advanced class at The Pulse.

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Amanda Kerby SYTYCD 2009 Audition

Not only is Amanda Kerby a great storyline (her dad has MS), but I really think that Amanda Kerby is likely to make it to the SYTYCD top 20. She has the look, she has the story and she dances very well. Ok, that’s not true. She has more than the look. She’s quite possibly the prettiest dancer they’ve had on SYTYCD. What I loved most about Amanda’s dancing is she created some really interesting angles with her body as she was spinning. I love seeing things I hadn’t really seen before and she did that for me.

Check out Amanda Kerby dancing to the music “Breathe Me” Sia - Colour the Small One - Breathe Me by Sia Read more..

May 29, 2009 I Written By

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Kelsea Taylor “Beautiful Disastrous Weirdo” SYTYCD 5 Audition

UPDATE: The full version of Oona’s “Tore My Heart” that Kelsea danced to is now on iTunes Oona - Tore My Heart - Single - Tore My Heart

Kelsea Taylor is what makes SYTYCD special to me. She’s a unique personality that brings a unique dance style that kind of stretches the movements we’re use to seeing in dance. Someone that can do that is really special.

Many have been asking about what music was used for Kelsea Taylor. After much looking, we could update the LA audition music. Kelsea Taylor (45105) danced to “Tore My Heart” by Oona and Dave Tweedie (So far I can only find it available on Myspace and now a free MP3 download here) Reportedly, the song was originally “Habanera” Kate Nash - Foundations - EP - Habanera by Kate Nash, but had to be swapped due to copyright issues.

It’s always interesting when they decide to swap songs. Copyright issues are tough and sometimes expensive. I think you could also tell the music was swapped since she finished dancing and the music kept going. Would be interesting to see someone overlay the Kate Nash Habanera song with the video of Kelsea Taylor below. Read more..

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So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Top 20 Chosen

I must admit that I’m very excited that Nigel Lythgoe has chosen to get on Twitter. I’m not sure how happy Fox and So You Think You Can Dance is about him being on Twitter, but I love getting little tidbits of information like the one Nigel just posted 3 hours ago saying the following:

“We have just chosen our Top 20 and informed them. Excellent dancers, exciting prospects and a few risks!!?”

Time to start discussing who we think will be part of the now chosen So You Think You Can Dance 2009 top 20.

I’ve already predicted Natalie Reid, Brandon Bryant, and Kayla Radomski to make it into the So You Think You Can Dance season 5 top 20. My prediction is a combination of how great they danced and also how much attention SYTYCD has given to them on the show. SYTYCD likes to build the story lines early I think.

Yes, that means I’ve left Gabi Rojas out of my SYTYCD season 5 top 20. If I’m wrong, that’s good with me. She is a great dancer, but I’m predicting her having trouble with other styles like ballroom.

Is there anyone from the SYTYCD 5 premiere that I should also add into the SYTYCD 5 top 20?

I’ll also drop a name that I heard might have made it to the top 20. My source wasn’t certain if she made it to the SYTYCD 5 top 20 or not, but we should at least see her on an upcoming show. Her name is Diana Vaden. I’ll be watching for Diana Vaden in an upcoming season and make a final judgment, but it’s fun to get little SYTYCD 5 spoilers like this. We’ll see how it all pans out.

May 22, 2009 I Written By

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Kayla Radomski So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Audition

Kayla Radomski is a really great dancer. As soon as I saw her dance, I sent a tweet saying that Kayla Radomski was going to make the So You Think You Can Dance 2009 top 20. Watching her performance again, I don’t see any reason to change my opinion. Kayla has the look. Kayla has the story. Kayla has the technique. Kayla has the personality. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Kayla Radomski in the future.

Kayla Radomski danced to “Blackbird” by Unknown

The best part of the video is when Kayla Radomski’s grandma screamed at the end and Nigel told her to stop. That was funny.

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Brandon Bryant SYTYCD 2009 Audition

Ok, so the crying by Mary was so over the top. No doubt Brandon Bryant is a great dancer. His choreography was great as well. His dancing matched the song. He has a strong chance at the SYTYCD 2009 top 20. Brandon Bryant will be one that’s fun to watch in Las Vegas.

Enjoy the video of Brandon Bryant dancing to “O Fortuna” Carl Orff - Cinema Choral Classics - O Fortuna (From "Carmina Burana") by Carl Orff (from “Carmina Burana)

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Gabi Rojas SYTYCD Season 5 Audition

Gabi Rojas really does have some interesting lines and interesting moves. I really liked this dance since she offered something that we hadn’t seen before. Too much of the contemporary dancing is the same moves over and over. She took the moves and made them her own. It was beautiful. Plus, her background story of the circus is great too. I’ll be interested to see her do other styles. I think she might have some troubles with some of the other styles of dance on SYTYCD. If Gabi Rojas can get the other styles, she has a great chance at the SYTYCD 2009 top 20. If she can’t, then she’s still been great to watch.

Check out this video of Gabi Rojas dancing to “Moonray” Zap Mama - Supermoon - Moonray by Zap Mama

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Natalie Reid SYTYCD Season 5 Audition

It’s really nice to see Natalie Reid return to the So You Think You Can Dance stage after she almost made it to last year’s top 20. I still don’t personally think that she’ll be as good and entertaining as Katee Shean was last year. However, she has definitely improved. I think that Natalie Reid has a great shot at making it to the SYTYCD 2009 Top 20.

Check out the video of Natalie Reid’s SYTYCD 5 denver audition to the song “Breakdown More” by Eric Hutchinson

I should also say that they showed quite possibly the worst picture of Katee Shean that exists. She’s so much better looking than that picture offered.

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