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SYTYCD S7 Musical Power Rankings

Incidentally, I could also do a power rankings just from the hits last night’s songs have gotten. Almost all of our top slots are from last night’s episode (Lissie kind of breaks up the trend, yay!). This would be the power ranking if we were using the song’s popularity as a judge –

1. Ashley/Mark’s Travis Wall not-so-jazz (in your face, jidges!) to Annie Lennox’s “Wonderful” – Bare
2. Adechike/Allison’s contemporary to D.H.T. ft. Edmee’s “Listen to Your Heart” –Listen
3. Jose/Kathryn’s Bollywood to “Marjaani Marjaani Kasame” – Billu from Billu Barber
4. Alex/Lauren’s Broadway to Sylvestor “Summertime” – Mutual
5. Melinda/Ade’s contemporary to Skunk Anasie’s “Squander” – Squander
6. Cristina/Pasha’s paso doble to James Dooley’s “Ira Deorum/Sanctus” – Position
7. Kent/Courtney’s jazz to Amy Winehouse’s “Amy Amy Amy” – Frank
8. Robert/Anya’s Argentine tango to Bond Quartet’s “Libertango” – Shine
9. Lauren/Dominic’s hip-hop to Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” – I (probably because most people have it already, or are at least aware of it, still it’s done pretty well for itself).
10. Billy/Comfort’s krump to Tha J-Squad’s “So U Think U Can Krump” (probably because I couldn’t find it to post it).

What do y’all think?

June 24, 2010 I Written By

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. 🙂 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! 🙂

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!

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SYTYCD S7: Top 10 Partnership Poll

We asked you after the first performance episode last week which partnership surprised you the most. I think it’s a valid question to ask each week since the partners will keep changing.

Which partnership surprised you the most with their chemistry?

We’ll leave the poll at just that question, but feel free to tell us which partnerships surprised you negatively or any other partnership comment you may have.

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SYTYCD S7 Top 10 Performance Music

SPOILER ALERT

I’m gonna put a spoiler line, just because of the West Coast. Click through if you want to see tonight’s featured music.

Dancer: Cristina Santana
All-Star: Pasha Kovalev
Style: Paso Doble
Choreographer: Jean Marc Genereux
Song: James Dooley’s “Ira Deorum/Sanctus” – Position

Dancer: Adéchiké Torbert
All-Star: Allison Holker
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: D.H.T. ft. Edmee’s “Listen to Your Heart” –Listen

Dancer: Alex Wong
All-Star: Lauren Gottlieb
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Song: Sylvestor “Summertime” – Mutual

Dancer: Ashley Galvan
All-Star: Mark Kanemura
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: Annie Lennox’s “Wonderful” – Bare

Dancer: Billy Bell
All-Star: Comfort Fedoke
Style: Krump
Choreographer: Lil C
Song: Tha J Squad’s “So U Think U Can Krump” – probably made for the show. Can’t find it yet. Still looking…

Dancer: Robert Roldan
All-Star: Anya Garnis
Style: Argentine Tango
Choreographer:
Song: Bond Quartet’s “Libertango” – Shine

Dancer: Melinda Sullivan
All-Star: Ade Obayomi
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: Skunk Anasie’s “Squander” – Squander

Dancer: Jose Ruiz
All-Star: Kathryn McCormick
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: Billu Barber “Marjaani Marjaani Kasame” – Billu

Dancer: Lauren Froderman
All-Star: Dominic Sandoval
Style: Lyrical hip-hop
Choreographer: Tessandra Chavez
Song: Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” – I

Dancer: Kent Boyd
All-Star: Courtney Galiano
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Song: Amy Winehouse’s “Amy Amy Amy” – Frank

For music from earlier episodes, check out all Season 7’s music.

June 23, 2010 I Written By

Top SYTYCD Music of 6/13 – 6/20

We’re going to start doing a new weekly post here at PureSYTYCD. Each Sunday, I’m going to post which songs were the post popular here at PureSYTYCD during the previous week. They don’t necessarily have to be songs that were featured in that week’s episodes, but will instead be your most sought-out music. Accordingly, each song’s artist/title will link back to the original episode music post that featured it. Think of it as a SYTYCD Top 10.

With no further ado, here we go.

Top SYTYCD Music 6/13-6/20

1. Damien Rice’s “Prague”O

2. Florence + the Machine’s “Addicted to Love” coverAddicted

3. Lissie’s “Everywhere I Go” Why

4. Max Richter and Dinah Washington “This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight”Shutter

5. Telepathe’s “Lights Go Down”Dance

6. Sam Sparro’s “Black & Gold”Sam (STILL!)

7. Rebecca Sayre’s “New Girl”New

8. Santigold’s “Starstruck”Santigold

9. Kate Nash’s “Nicest Thing” Made

10. Craig Armstrong’s “Ruthless Gravity” As

You know, here in New Orleans, we have this concept called lagniappe (something extra thrown in for free) and since the difference between #10 and #11 was only 2 clicks (and #12 was tied with #11), here is your lagniappe:

11. Ryan Calhoun’s “Who We Are”Everything

12. Portishead’s “The Rip”Third

I can’t wait to see what your top songs are next week – not to mention which new songs are going to capture our interest this week. You can take a look at all Season 7’s music here.

June 20, 2010 I Written By

*spoilers: Top Ten for SYTYCD S7*

hey guys! I’m taking a break from studying for finals so I thought I’d post! big props to our friends over at SYTYCDism, they’ve uncovered the top 10 for season 7!

*spoilers after the jump*
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June 3, 2010 I Written By

*SPOILER* POLL – Which New SYTYCD Couple Will Fare Best This Week?

I just noticed that three of our top 5 girls have double ls in their names (Elleanore, Mollee, Noelle). Odd, huh? This is the first week we’ll have new couples. We all saw that Kathryn and Legacy were a surprisingly strong couple. I loved the Elleanore and Ryan partnership and Noelle and Russell had great chemistry. Ashleigh surprised me (and a lot of us) in her partnership with Jakob. Mollee and Nathan really seem to be the only ones who made it through mostly only their own individual strengths rather than the strength of their partnership. I think the former partnerships gave us a chance to fall for specific dancers.

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December 1, 2009 I Written By

*updated* Top 10 Spoilers

I’m getting ready for finals, like our friend Trandrew over at SYTYCDISM (kudos to them for staying up on these spoilers) so I’ll make this fast…

*spoilers after the jump*
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November 30, 2009 I Written By

So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Top 10 Results Show

And Then there were 8….

From this point on it will be even more difficult to say good-bye but at least we know they will all be on SYTYCDC Tour this winter

While my Power Rankings were not spot on – I did predict the most important part – – – who was going home

The opening dance routine by Stacey Tookey was pretty incredible and [maybe I am biased] but Melanie, Cody & Jayme Rae really stood out for me in the routine. The pairing was awesomely choreographed, though the group was not in sync and some were obviously stronger than others.

Leah Miller was annoying as ever though I enjoyed watching her fumble her words a bit and I could see that the hair in her eyes was annoying her but she was trying not to have to move it out of the way, thus blocking her face for a millisecond on screen.

Blake McGrath, who I adore, was there again and I have to say, as much as I love his bod – I do not dig the open shirt…. it’s a bit sloppy looking…

Leah’s introduction of Jean-Marc as the French Canadian Fabio made me literally laugh out loud!

Anyways, enough with my rants… here is what happened.

Girls

Amy – not safe (as I predicted)
Kim – safe
Tara-Jean – safe
Melanie – not safe (I disagree!)
Jayme Rae safe

Boys

Everett – safe (good!)
Cody – not safe (shocked me a bit)
Vincent – safe
Austin – not safe (as I predicted)
Emanuel – safe (Canada loves him!)

Solo’s

Amy- was fine but I knew she would be going home.

Melanie- was [if its possible] even more passionate and gave me goosebumps!

Cody- was more of a jazzy hip hop that i really enjoyed. The kid has charisma!

Austin – was amazing! I sensed he’d go home after being in the bottom before, I really think he cockiness in auditions gave him a bad rep early and he just couldn’t get in the votes, but he was AMAZING! I loved that he changed it up and tried something new. It wasn’t so floaty free, airy fairy… it was hard and fun and it was a great send-off.

Good-Bye

Amy & Austin went home, as I predicted

October 1, 2009 I Written By

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