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Top 12 Power Rankings

Okay, I’m taking over for Emilie tonight, so this should be interesting. I had originally planned to watch the show with Kathryn’s familiy, friends, dance teachers (who were my dance teachers too). However, due to other things, I will have to wait till next week. Hopefully we will see Kathryn in the top 10. It’s going to be a fun packed show with 12 dances and I’m going to give my thoughts on all the couples and their perfomances. Then I will attempt to rank them some how.

Ellenore and Ryan: 1st dance-Lindy Hop: So happy to see this style back on the show. Adam was right it was a great way to start the show. To be honest I couldn’t think of a better couple to perform this dance, at least for me.
2nd dance-Broadway: Loved this, the performance was fabulous. The best dance for these two for me some far.

Kathryn and Legacy: 1st dance-Jazz: Had to to be one of my favorite Sonya dances since the Garden. Loved that this really showcased her technique and she was able to use Legacy’s b-boy skills. 2nd dance-Vienesse Waltz: I felt like the story that was being told was their story. For me the Vienesse Waltz is always beautiful and I love watching it.

Karen and Victor: 1st dance-Tango: This was good for me and for the first time they have dance together, not to shabby. 2nd dance-Hip Hop: I actually liked the hip hop better than the tango. They had moments they were out of sync but I like the lyrical hip hop, so I didn’t quite agree with the judges on this one.

Molle and Nathan: 1st dance-Hip Hop: It was a cute routine, perhaps too cute on Mollee’s part. Overall a good dance and the dance wouldn’t be complete without Nathan ripping his pants. 2nd dance- Can Can: I agree the best couple to perform this dance. Was anyone else surpised that it was Tyce behind the choreography? I was, mainly because I thought there would have be another new choreographer. Just fun dance and I still can’t get the music out of my head.

Noelle and Russell: 1st dance-Samba: For me this dance was okay, I didn’t expect the review they got would be as good as it was. Their performance was the best part of the routine for me. 2nd dance-Contemporary: Their best dance of the night. I’m with Nigel I am starting to forget that Russell is a street dancer. You know the kinda remind me of Katee and Joshua, Katee was in the footage.

Ashleigh and Jakob: 1st dance-Lyrical Jazz: Another great Soyna routine. What else can you say about Jakob other than flawless. Also Ashleigh has continued to keep up with him and the have a great partnership. 2nd dance-Cha Cha: A role reversal for these two. So happy that Ashleigh was able to dance her style and Jakob kept up with her as I expected him to.

My top 2
Ryan and Ellenore
Kathryn and Legacy

middle 2
Ashleigh and Jakob
Russell and Noelle

bottom 2
Nathan and Mollee
Karen and Victor

So there you have it just my opinion of the night. It’s so hard to really tell who will be going home but for me I’m thinking it might be the end of the road for Victor and Karen. So vote for you favorite, I know I am time for me to put about fifty votes in for Kathryn and Legacy.

November 24, 2009 I Written By

Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

SYTYCD Top 14 Power Rankings

I just don’t know HOW I’m gonna do this. Well, before I do, here’s a break to protect the eyes of those who don’t wish to have the show spoiled…

Top Four Couples:

1. Kathryn and Legacy had the best routine of the night, in my opinion. Kathryn smoldered tonight in a well-rounded and strong way. She was amazing, both supportive of her partner and entirely self-confident and independent. She had a great routine, great chemistry with her partner and great dancing. Legacy really impressed me (and I’m sure others) tonight with not just his abs (where was he hiding THOSE?) but his really strong dancing. This routine had charisma and character and story, strong music and strong dancing.

2. Elleanor and Ryan had it all tonight as well. If any routine could compete with the paso doble above, it’d be this new memorable routine from Travis Wall. Ryan’s a strong dancer, but Elleanor is the quiet start to me. She dances so completely unique and I’m glad that Nigel pointed out how the choreographers feel about her. I don’t know if she’s as easy to forget as he seems to think she is. I love her.

3. Noelle and Russell have incredibly chemistry. While the foxtrot itself wasn’t the most unique dance, they danced it gorgeously and it was an utter joy to watch because they looked like they were having such an amazing time together. Only thing is, it was early in the night and not everybody loves foxtrot, so that may hurt them…

4. Mollee and Nathan deserved to be in the bottom 3 last week and definitely didn’t deserve to be this week. However, they didn’t have the most powerful routine. It was good, and exactly what they needed to prove they deserve to be here. Their popularity (and strong performance tonight) will continue to keep them safe, I think.

Bottom Three Couples:

5. Ashleigh and Jakob might fall under the same curse, having danced first. Ashleigh might’ve outdanced and outshined Jakob tonight, but I’m not sure she has the following that some of the other girls do. I suspect they’ll both be safe, though. And for the first time, I’m pulling for Ashleigh to stay in cause I’m curious to see what else she’ll do.

6. Channing and Victor had a great, breakthrough performance. I think the distracting song and the strength of the other routines might hurt them. Plus, they were the middle performance, so maybe they’ll be forgotten a bit. They don’t have quite the cemented chemistry and popularity that Mollee and Nathan have, so I think they’ll be here. I don’t think they’ll go anywhere. At least I hope not.

7. Karen and Kevin are in danger. Not only did all three judges call it, but they danced second and their Broadway was the closest thing to an “off” note we had tonight, the weakest routine. I personally enjoyed seeing Karen doing something besides sexy tonight, but I could see that there was something a little off about it. Kevin is my least favorite guy at this point and I think after their bottom 3 status last week, if they land there this week…

Who’s gonna Go:

They’ll be the ones to go. Karen and Kevin, I believe.

This only gets harder and harder. What do y’all think?

November 17, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 16 Power Rankings

I’m gonna rank my most and least favorite routines first and then rank the dancers. How’s that about bang for your buck?

1. Noelle & Russell’s Afrojazz

2. Pauline & Peter’s quickstep

3. Channing & Victor’s contemporary

4. Kathryn & Legacy’s Broadway

5. Karen & Kevin’s hustle

6. Ashleigh & Jakob’s jazz

7. Elleanore & Ryan’s krump

8. Mollee & Nathan’s salsa (hate to do it…)

Whew! Now that I have that out of my system, I can properly address what I think the ranking will end up being tomorrow night.

Probably safest do a little spoiler space before I go into too much detail…

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November 10, 2009 I Written By

Top 20 Power Rankings Live

Top 6:

3 Girls – Ariana, Channing and Karen

3 Guys – Nathan, Billy (except…) and Jakob

Middle 8:

4 Girls -Mollee, Noelle, Elleanor and Pauline

4 Guys – Ryan, Peter, Russell and Kevin

Bottom 6:

3 Girls – Ashleigh, Bianca (ducks all the flying objects), and Kathryn (ducking again – sorry Amanda)

3 Guys – Legacy, Phillip and Victor

I think Ashleigh and Legacy will be the ones cut.

7:45 p.m. update: Half the couples have danced, let’s see if any of my thoughts last night have changed. Victor is definitely out of the bottom 3 guys!! Let’s move him to the top. But who does he oust? Ashleigh did better with Jakob than I thought she would, but I still think she’s in danger. She pulls too many faces and it’s kinda clear she’s only as good as her partner – and while her partners are phenomenal, she does a’right. I don’t think Bianca’s gonna be in the bottom – not after that great Travis Wall. More about that later. I really loved Ariana and Peter, but if we get some great routines, I think they’ll probably be about the middle till they get more props from the judges. It’s too bad Noelle couldn’t dance that great Foxtrot with Russell.

8:25 p.m. update: Wow, the Legacy and Kathryn pairing really surprised me! Pauline and Brandon did very well and everyone loved Elleanore and Ryan’s (I’m undecided). Karen distracted everybody from Kevin a bit, but he did a pretty good job of holding his own. I’m so confused!!! One more couple before they cut a  girl and a guy and now, I just don’t know. They’re doing a good job of acting like everybody’s gonna be around next week – it sounds convincing every time. I think maybe Ashleigh’s still in danger. Maybe Pauline (no!). Maybe Noelle because of the injury. As for the guys – Legacy just represented pretty well and he was my best bet to go. They wouldn’t send Brandon home would they – he did a phenomenal job for a day and a half preparation. What do y’all think?

8:40 p.m. update: Oh no!!! The four dancing solos are Ariana, Brandon, Pauline and Russell. NOT a good decision! I have to say, Ariana is one of my favorites, so as much as I like Pauline… and I have a feeling it’s Brandon going, not Russell. Russell had an amazing performance, so I don’t understand that at all. What do y’all say?

8:52 p.m. update: No, it’s Ariana going home. Worst decision ever.

8:55 p.m. update: They cut Brandon, which makes sense because of Russell, but is a little bit of a cheat. They’re going to try to change the rules so that Brandon can come back next season.

I’m really upset about Ariana.

October 27, 2009 I Written By

Top 20 Power Ranking (HA!)

How am I gonna rank the Top 20 without seeing a regular performance show?!? Do you think I’m as crazy as I’m starting to think I am for even offering to try? Lol. I’ll have to update this tomorrow as the show goes, but I don’t think I’ll have enough time to get a power ranking up tomorrow before they cut two dancers unless I put something up now.

Top 6:

3 Girls – Ariana, Channing and Karen

3 Guys – Nathan, Billy (except…) and Jakob

Middle 8:

4 Girls -Mollee, Noelle, Elleanor and Pauline

4 Guys – Ryan, Peter, Russell and Kevin

Bottom 6:

3 Girls – Ashleigh, Bianca (ducks all the flying objects), and Kathryn (ducking again – sorry Amanda)

3 Guys – Legacy, Phillip and Victor

I think Ashleigh and Legacy will be the ones cut. They’re my least favorite, but I think they’re the least versatile and interesting and the least liked.

My criteria? What else can I go on except for gut instinct? Well, I am also thinking of some of what I’ve read on the Internet and in the comments of this site as we’ve gotten to this point. And their performances in their own style, the judges’ reactions to them.

I predict that there are going to be a lot of re-pairings due to cuts (one dancer in a couple goes home, the other is safe). I don’t think this is going to be a season where most of the couples stay together all the way to Top 10…though the best two or three couples probably will.

I’d love to know how the couples were picked. Check out this BuddyTV.com slideshow I found that puts together the “best” and “worst” potential couples. **SPOILER ALERT** Four of their “worst” couples are dancing together tomorrow night (according to Margaret’s spoilers, which I think are probably accurate): Bianca & Victor, Ariana & Peter, Channing & Phillip and Kathryn & Legacy (Season 6’s “criers,” as they call them. But FIVE of their “best” couples are dancing together tomorrow night: Karen & Kevin, Mollee & Nathan (YES!), Noelle & Russell, Channing & Phillip and Elleanor & Ryan.

What do y’all think?

October 26, 2009 I Written By