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Podcast: SYTYCD Season 9 – Vegas Week and Meet the Top 20

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Time Stamps for “Vegas Week”
0:00 – Introduction
1:18 – The cuts during Vegas Week
13:36 – The major narratives of Vegas Week – Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
19:14 – Standouts during Vegas Week
22:34 – MIA dancers during Vegas Week
25:30 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Vegas Week”: 28:38

Time Stamps for “Meet the Top 20”
0:00 – Introduction
1:33 – First contemporary routine by Tyce DiOrio: Alexa Anderson, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas, and Amber Jackson
3:57 –  Ballroom routine by Jason Gilkinson: Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold
6:15 – Ballet routine by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden: Eliana Girard, Daniel Baker, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
8:36 – Jazz routine by Sonya Tayeh: Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janelle Issis (not in routine)
10:18 – Second contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey: Matthew Kamierczak, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, and Amelia Lowe
12:19 – “Mixed” routine by Chris Scott: Cole Horibe, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
14:14 – Top 10 girls routine by Travis Wall
15:35 – Top 10 guys routine by Sonya Tayeh
16:59 – Top 20 routine by Mia Michaels
18:36 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Meet the Top 20”: 20:07

Wedding planning has consumed a lot of our time, but we’re finally here with our “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” podcasts! We apologize for the erratic and delayed release schedule, and ask for your patience as we find time to record and edit these.

The “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” episodes have transitioned us from the audition portion of the show into the live competition. We found ourselves unsatisfied with Vegas Week, as many of our early favorites were cut, most notably Mariah Spears. The insistence of the producers to make a narrative out of the Vegas Week process for Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer also did not sit well with us, as this not only smacked of favoritism, but it also consumed so much television time that we barely saw the full routines for the different genre rounds.

We enjoyed the “Meet the Top 20” episode much more, as the remaining contestants that made it through the Green Mile are the ones we would have selected. The actual routines were quite good, with the routine by Chris Scott being a standout. Already we have some people we are excited for, including Cole Horibe and Witney Carson, and we also worry about the longevity of some contestants, such as Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janaya French. Finally, we urge the producers and choreographers to take care with how they place and feature Alexa Anderson. Between the Vegas Week episode and the choices in the Travis and Mia Michaels routines, we’re concerned that she will experience a huge backlash from the fanbase, very similar to Ryan from last season. Overall, we’re excited for the final cast of contestants and cannot wait to see the first live show tonight!

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.

July 11, 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!

SYTYCD Season 8 – Top 20 Reveal – Music

Interesting difference for the Top 20 Reveal. Live performances! I’m actually kind of liking this.

Music for the Reveal the Top 20:

Dancers into the Holding Area:

[Marianya started the post, above and now I’m taking over. This post will contain spoilers, so here’s a spoiler break…]

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June 9, 2011 I Written By

Vegas Week Thoughts

I loved the openning of the show with dancing mantages on the building of Vegas was really cool. With that said Vegas week is by far the toughest part of the SYTYCD audition process. There is a reason it is called hell week. Joining Nigel and Mary at the Judging table were Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Robin Antin, and Jason Gilkinson (who filled in for Adam during a round). Also I was tweeting along with the show and sometimes miss some details…lol I’m the type that has to take notes so I don’t forget.

Round One Solos: The judges wasted no time getting to the point starting the first of two solo rounds. They cut 46 dancers from that round alone.

Round Two a NappyTabs hip hop: They challenged the dancers with an intricate and fast routine. Hiro, Patty Ann Miller, Kristin Dobson, Princess Lockeroo and the irish dancer Mary Kate Sheean…were among the dancers that got cut during the Hip Hop round. The first of many shocking eliminations.

Round Three Broadway with Tyce: Loved the routine and the song. I would love to see it on the live show. Tyce was great describing the character for the girls but I think he left the guys a little bit confused as for what there character was.

Round Four Ballroom with Jason: Jason chose to challege the dancers with the Jive. I was amused by all the girls getting really excited to take off their shoes. The Jive is no joke and I bet their feet and legs felt like they were gonna fall off.

Round Five Groups: I was quite impressed with the group round. There wasn’t much drama at all just one little break down with Arielle’s group. The Judges were impress too because they only cut 7.

Round Six Contemporary with Travis Wall: Joining Travis was Robert and Jamie. Looks like Mia has passed this round to Travis. Love seeing his work on the show. During this round the two favorites were lost Arielle Coker (who looked just as confused as I did) and Alexis Mason (who had to dance for her life).

Final Round: The final solo round for the dancers to prove that they are worthy of being in the top 20.

Looking forward to the Green Mile tomorrow night and we will finally know this seasons top 20

June 8, 2011 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.

Season 8 Vegas Week Music

SOOOO EXCITED FOR VEGAS WEEK! Bring it on! The FOX SYTYCD site shows Nappytabs for tonight’s episode and I really hope we see them, in Vegas and all through the season.

Ready to help me out with the music? Ready…set….go!

Vegas Week opener song: Queen’s “Keep Yourself Alive” – Keep Yourself Alive - Classic Queen

Day 1 opener: ?

Yvetta Lukasiouta (ballroom, dressed as a cop to arrest Nigel): Queen Latifah (and Taye Diggs)’s “When You’re Good to Mama” – When You're Good to Mama - Chicago (Music from the Miramax Motion Picture) from Chicago

Marlon Pelayo (crazy leotard): Nicki Minaj ft Rihanna’s “Fly” – Fly - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)

Montage of auditions: ?

No to group: something from Swan Lake, but remixed?

More nos: AWOLNATION’s “Sail” – Sail - Megalithic Symphony

Wadi Jones: Crazy Rush ft. Dylan Berry’s “I Got You Good” –I Got You Good Feat. Dylan Berry - Single - Crazy Rush Check out this playlist to listen.

Good montage: AWOLNATION’s “Sail” – Sail - Megalithic Symphony again (LOVE this song, by the way!)

Sasha & Natalia Mallory (sisters): Adele’s “Rumour Has It” – Rumour Has It - 21

Nappytabs hip hop round: Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes’s “Look At Me Now” – Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) - Single

Surprising cuts montage (no spoilers, don’t do it, Emilie, but there are 5 surprising cuts here…): Darnel Alexander and Joseph Glenn Alley’s “I Can Be Your Shoulder” – I Can Be Your Shoulder - Single - Darnel Alexander & Joseph Glenn Alley

Good montage: Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails (Rusko remix)” – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix) - Scion Sampler, Vol. 22: Fool's Gold Remixed

Intro to Broadway round: Mel Torme’s “Broadway” – Broadway - Songs of New York

Tyce’s Broadway round: “I Gotcha” – I Gotcha - Fosse (Original Broadway Cast Recording) from Fosse

No montage (14 cuts): Oh Land’s “Son of a Gun” – Sun of a Gun - Oh Land (Thanks to reader Erica. Also, I really love this song! I hope they use it in a routine.)

Jason Gilkison’s jive round: Elvis’s “Blue Suede Shoes” – Blue Suede Shoes - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered)

Alexis Mason’s dance for her life solo: David Lanz’s “Variations on a theme from Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major” – Variations On a Theme from Pachelbel's Canon In D Major - Best of David Lanz

Day 3 opener: ?

First group (4 contemporary dancers not shown before, Wadi Jones): Amanda says this is “Rich Man’s Frug” – Rich Man's Frug - Sweet Charity (Soundtrack from the Musical) from Sweet Charity.

Good ground round montage: Young the Giant’s “My Body” – My Body - Young the Giant

Group routine (Natalia, DC, Arielle, Dashi and Jordan): Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” – Grenade - Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)

Intro to the “bloodbath” contemporary round: Plan B’s “Welcome to Hell” – Welcome to Hell - The Defamation of Strickland Banks (Thanks to our reader Jenn for letting us know!

Travis Wall’s contemporary round: Vitamin String Quartet’s cover of “Yellow” – Yellow - The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay

People cut left and right on day 4: Gary Jules “Mad World” – Mad World - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets

Natalia’s solo: The Temptations’s “I Wish It Would Rain” – I Wish It Would Rain - Wish It Would Rain

Bryce goes through after contemporary: Eliza Doolittle’s “Pack Up” Pack Up - Eliza Doolittle

Going through montage: AWOLNation’s “People” – People - Megalithic Symphony

Clarice Ordaz’s solo: Danica Rozelle’s “Mi Diablo” – Mi Diablo Feat. Danica Rozelle - Mi Diablo Feat. Danica Rozelle - Single (another LMG song!)

Alexis Mason’s solo: Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna” – Lux Aeterna - Requiem for a Dream (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Thanks to our reader Allie for letting us know!)

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SYTYCD S7 E4 Vegas Week Ends Thoughts

Maybe you’re all talked about this past week’s episodes, but it took me a while to catch up with them because of work and I still have my thoughts. Hope you don’t mind, hope you find this interesting.

-Ida Saki withdraws: I can totally understand her feeling like she has to leave and I thought she was humble and respectful when she expressed this to the judges. While I do agree with them that some of her motivation might have been not being *great* at something for the first time, I feel like they, and especially Nigel were extremely and inappropriately hard on her. Maybe this was a dramatic set-up to build tension if/when she comes back next season. Who knows.

-Alex’s spins in Tyce’s choreography were…wow.

-I’m sorry, but I didn’t really like Giselle Peacock’s dancing. I was surprised I didn’t, because so many people are pulling for her here on the site.

-Was Travis wearing a League of Extraordinary Dancers t-shirt during his choreography round? 🙂

-Wow, Cristina! I thought she was amazing dancing with two contemporary dancers and holding her own.

-I thought the judges’ “arguing” was kinda false – and loud on purpose – to build tension. Blech.

-I really hope Nicole Knudson comes back next year.

-Laughed when Adam said, “It could’ve been a mess, instead it’s a yes.

-I loved when Cat threatened to kick Kent’s ass because of his self-doubt. 🙂

-And wow, those three guys! Anthony Burrell (his thighs!), Alex Wong and Kent Boyd. I’m even more sad that Anthony’s not in the Top group after this performance. Will he come back? Will he use the SYTYCD platform and exposure to do something great and soon?

-I was amused by Kent’s speech to the judges about dancing with Anthony and Alex. Reminded me of Paul in A Chorus Line.

-I loved that the Top 24 got a “training reward” since there wasn’t going to be an official Top 20. Grover Dale seemed to be an amazing reward with them and they did seem kinda refreshed/inspired after.

-Wish we could’ve seen more of the solos cause I loved the ones we did see. Also, the “tell us why you deserve Top 10” element REALLY reminded me of A Chorus Line.

-Loooved Toni’s dress when she went to tell Cristina she’s in the Top 10. The fake-out was kinda mean. I loved that Pepe’s family is so supportive of Cristina.

-I really, really liked Adrien Lee and I felt like we didn’t get to see much of him till the end. Then, it was a no from Mary. I was sad. I hope he comes back next season. Also, I thought seeing her back mic was really tacky, as was her trying to talk to him and comfort him when his family was trying to console him.

-Nigel was brutal with his no’s on the phone. At least from the clips we saw, especially Lexie’s.

-Lauren is really funny and I liked that Nigel was outside when they didn’t think he was coming. Carol the letter carrier was a little odd – I kept wondering if she was going to come in and then why she didn’t. It would’ve been cute if Carol celebrated the good news with the family. After the inevitable fake out, I laughed so hard when LoFro said, “Oh my god, Nigel.”

-Mia’s visit with Anthony felt like one of the realest things on the show. Intense. I hope he gets just how much we all love him and that we really do want to see him on the show. Her face when he said, “I really want this” and she knew she had to say no….

-Tyce living it up in Miami was pretty jarring after the frankness of the previous scene.

-I liked Lil C’s fake out with Ashley, and that she’s his favorite.

-Wow, more brutal Nigel phone calls from Columbus. Then the damn sports car segment.

-Tyce having fun in Miami felt more amusing (rather than jarring) this time.

-I looooved that Melinda took the visit at her mentor Harold Cromer’s place. I loved the oddness and sweetness of her relationship with him. Also laughed when Mia said Melinda’s dancing could be “a little crunchy” sometimes. And Harold’s endorsement of Melinda. I bet after the cameras were off, those three had some drinks and Melinda soaked up a lot of phenomenal dance stories, between Harold and Mia.

-I did laugh that Nigel got lost and called Mary, an Ohio native, from Marysville, but called it Mary’s vile.

-Wow, Alex’s fellow dancers freaked out when they got the good news. And they were clearly star-struck by Tyce. I thought that was cool.

-The Billy/Robert decision felt kind of scripted to me. But maybe only because I’d already read SYTYCDism’s spoilers and knew what was coming. As I’ve said, sometimes I like Billy’s new swagger, sometimes I don’t. I thought it was sweet that Robert was clearly about to give up his spot cause he thought Billy deserved it more. And it was cool the way Robert/Billy told their fellow dancers. 🙂 And yeah, I think it’s pretty clear Billy did use the f-word when he said, “Adam, you’re __ awful.”

So, that’s my thoughts for the last of Vegas Week and the Home Visits. About to post my Thoughts for the Meet the Top 11 Episode, so check that out, too.

June 12, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD S7 E4 Vegas Week Discussion Thread

Already, the 45 minutes we saw of Vegas Week were inTENSE, so I imagine tonight be just the same, if not more so. Here’s one handy dandy place for you to kick start your Episode 4 Vegas Week discussions. I will be treating all of your comments as SPOILERS! because I won’t be able to watch the show until later. But don’t mind me, go ahead and theorize, bemoan, suppose, lament, appreciate and discuss to your hearts’ conent.

June 9, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 20 Music

I’m so excited to see the new Top 20. Who will excite me as much as Jeanine and Evan and Phillip and Janette and Ade and Randi and Jason and Kayla and Kupono  Brandon and Caitlin and Melissa? Also, I can’t wait to see how accurate Margaret’s spoilers turn out…

I have a feeling I’ll need LOTS of help with the music today, though. 🙂

“no montage”: “Battle” Colbie Caillat - Coco - Battle-Colbie Caillat

David’s audition: “Touched” VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater - Touched-VAST

Billy’s audition and progress: “To Build a Home” The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur - To Build a Home-Cinematic Orchestra

Peter’s journey in Vegas: “Walking on Air” Kerli - Love Is Dead - Walking On Air-Kerli

“no montage”: “The End Where I Begin” The Script - The Script - The End Where I Begin-The Script

Mollee and Noelle are both through: “You’re My Best Friend” Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits I & II - You're My Best Friend-Queen

There wasn’t many new songs in this episode – guess they must’ve taken pieces of songs and used them all over, cause there were just a few.

October 21, 2009 I Written By

So You Think You Can Dance – Second Vegas Episode Music

As we get closer and closer to Top 20, I get more excited. I can’t wait to see who emerges as Vegas week progresses. And how many more Dave Tweedie tunes pop up. Lol. Let’s see how all those favorites we discussed do tonight. Everybody cross your fingers for your favorite dancers.

The music might be crazy tonight – and I think it will be. Hope y’all are ready to help me out with whatever I miss. ;”)

Opening montage: “Escape” Craig Armstrong - Plunkett & Macleane (Original Motion Picture Score) - Escape-Craig Armstrong

montage: “Ultimate Contest” James Dooley - Position Music - Orchestral Series Vol. 2 - Ultimate Contest-James Dooley

Laurie Ann Gibson routine: “Green Light” John Legend - Evolver - Green Light (Afroganic Mix) [feat. André 3000]-John Legend ft. Andre 3000

Matt Hauer cut: “All Broken Hearts” Tyrone Wells - Remain - All Broken Hearts-Tyron Wells

Russell Ferguson’s small group: “I’m a Brass Band” New Broadway Cast - Sweet Charity - I'm a Brass Band-from Sweet Charity

montage between groups: “Crank It Up” Ashley Tisdale - Guilty Pleasure (Bonus Track Version) - Crank It Up-Ashley Tisdale

Mollee Gray’s group: “Beautiful” Akon, Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall - Freedom - Beautiful -Akon ft. Colby O’Donis & Kardinal Offshall

scared of Mia Michaels: “Halloween Theme” John Carpenter - Halloween: 20th Anniversary Edition - Halloween Theme-John Carpenter

Mia Michael’s contemporary routine: “Walking on Air” Kerli - Love Is Dead - Walking On Air-Kerli

montage after Mia’s, over Legacy’s “better dancer” arc: “Sideways” Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings - Sideways-Citizen Cope, not “A Falling Through” Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In the Grain - A Falling Through-Ray LaMontagne like I thought – good call Andrea!!

Tyce Diorio’s girls’  Broadway routine: “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This” New Broadway Cast - Sweet Charity - There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This -from Sweet Charity

clip from Ashley & Ryan’s first audition: “Poker Face” Lady GaGa - The Fame - Poker Face-Lady Gaga

17 girls going through having fun montage: “Good Girls Gone Bad” Cobra Starship - Hot Mess (Deluxe Version) - Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)-Cobra Starship ft. Leighteon Meester

Tyce Diorio’s boys’ Broadway routine: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me -Billy Joel

montage (boys getting cut): “Made for Glory” Landon Pigg - The Boy Who Never (Bonus Track Version) - Made for Glory-Landon Pigg

Billy Bell solo: “To Build a Home” The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur - To Build a Home-The Cinematic Orchestra

last solos montage: “Shooting Star (Party Rock Mix)” David Rush - Shooting Star (feat. LMFAO, Pitbull & Kevin Rudolf) [Party Rock Mix] - Single - Shooting Star (feat. LMFAO, Pitbull & Kevin Rudolf) [Party Rock Mix]-David Rush ft. LMFAO, Pitbull & Kevin Rudolf

Can’t wait to see who makes Top 20 next week!

October 14, 2009 I Written By

So You Think You Can Dance – First Vegas Episode Music

Already some amazing music in this first Vegas week episode. Lots and lots of music! Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far, hope you enjoy it.

Opening: “Touched” VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater - Touched-Vast

Nathan Trasoras (contemporary dancer) solo: “Made Up Love Song #43” Guillemots - From the Cliffs - EP - Made Up Lovesong #43-Guillemots

Elleanor Scott (she’s confident, not cocky – had a great contemporary piece) solo: “Pizzicato Polka” Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Ondrej Lenard - The Very Best of Strauss - Pizzicato Polka-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

First ten solo montage: “Shut Up and Let Me Go” The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go - Single - Shut Up and Let Me Go-The Ting Tings

Montage with the married couple and Ryan Kasprzak: “Supabeat” Sweet 17 - Supabeat - Supabeat-Sweet 17

Shelby “Skip” Skipper (New Orleans bounce): “Street Team Athem” -Big Choo

Allison Becker: “Moody” -Dave Tweedie

Thomas Hamilton: “Out There” -Dave Tweedie & Oona Garthwaite

Willem de Vries & Jacob Jason (same sex or “controversial” ballroom couple): “El Lado Oscuro” -La Extrema (this version not on iTunes, so here’s one by Jarabe de Palo Jarabe de Palo - La Flaca - El Lado Oscuro)

Teddy Tedholm (the different guy with the crazy golf pants): “If It Kills Me” Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things (Bonus Track Version) - If It Kills Me (From the Casa Nova Sessions) [Bonus Track]-Jason Mraz

Jean Lloret: “Wrath of Kane” -Big Daddy Kane

Nappytabs hip hop choreography: “Girls on the Dance Floor” Far East Movement FM - Animal - Girls On the Dance Floor (feat. 24/8)-Far East Movement

Russell Ferguson: “Melt!” Flying Lotus - Los Angeles - Melt!-Flying Lotus

Louis van Amstel’s cha cha choreography: “Disturbia” Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia-Rihanna

Montage with Billy Billy & Christina Santana and Paula van Oppen & “Legacy”: “Beautiful Day” Kerli - Love Is Dead - Beautiful Day-Kerli

Ryan is cut: “Where It Ends” 16 Frames - Where It Ends - Where It Ends-16 Frames

John Litzler: “Potrero Road” The Mother Hips - Back to the Grotto - Potrero Road-The Mother Hips

John dances for his life: “This Year’s Love” David Gray - David Gray - Greatest Hits - This Years Love-David Gray

Legacy dances for his life: “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” The Commodores - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Commodores - Lady (You Bring Me Up)-Commodores

Teddy & Skipper leaving, but Legacy sticking around: “What’s Good About Life -Amie Miriello (not on iTunes yet, but remember “Coldfront” Amie Miriello - I Came Around - Coldfront?)

77 dancers left as Vegas week continues next Wednesday.

Want all the music so far? See SYTYCD music listed here.

October 7, 2009 I Written By