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July 28, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 8 Results

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Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest Rob Marshall

Lady Gaga was on the judging panel last night and will be performing tonight.

Based on the performances last night, the bottom two boys and bottom two girls will be “dancing for their life” for the judges.  The judges will then pick the one boy and one girl who will be going home tonight

The bottom two boys were Jess and Ricky.

The bottom two girls were Caitlynn and Jordan

Leaving tonight is Jess and Jordan…

As we say to all the departing contestants, “To Jess and Jordan we send our congratulations for making the Top 8 and even though you are leaving tonight, let nothing stand in your way as you continue your journey to complete your dream”.

Other highlights from tonight:

The “Legend of Extraordinary Dancers” performed and they were beyond extrodinary with some awesome dance moves.  Bravo!

Lady Gaga performed “The Edge of Glory” and “You and I”.  Lady Gaga is always fun to watch and very entertaining.  Before she performed we were wondering what her hair color would be tonight and light blue won again.

We have nothing else to report except to remind everyone out there in cyberland that July 30th is Dance Day in America or National Dance day.  Either way we are going to dance all day and into the night.  Please join us and celebrate dance.

SYTYCD has three routines developed for National Dance Day on their web site.  To check out the three routines please     < Click here >

Thank you very much for your support 🙂

America’s Got Talent – Results Week Three – Third Twelve Acts

Tonight’s show was the results from last night’s (June 26th) performance of the third twelve of the forty eight Act’s chosen this season.  The four acts chosen tonight will move on to the semi-finals.

The first three acts to move on are chosen by the viewing audience.  The fourth final act is chosen by the judges to move on.

The judges were Piers, Howie, and Sharon.

Top Four Acts Chosen to Move on in Order:

1] Poplyfe (Oakland CA Band)

2] Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Frank Sintra reborn)

3] Lys Anges (Opera Singer)

4] Professor Splash (Climbs up a ladder really high and dives into 12 inches of water)

Other highlights tonight:

The great Stevie Nicks performed her new single “For What Its Worth” from her new album “In Your Dreams”.  Later in the show she performed again, this time the classic “Edge of Seventeen”.

“Fighting Gravity” (Came in 3rd last season) performed and they were one of our favorites last year.  Once again they “knocked our socks off” tonight with one of their original performances and said they were putting together more and hoping to maybe do a show on Broadway or Vegas.  For more news they can be followed on Facebook.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to ask Piers “Why did you pick Professor Splash”?

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 8 Performance

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, Sonya and guest judges Lady Gaga and Rob Marshall.  (Yes folks, Lady Gaga was in the house tonight!)

The contestants did two routines tonight one with an “All Star” as a partner and the other a routine with one of the other contestants as a partner.  The “All Star” dancers are past competitors from previous seasons of SYTYCD.

Tonight’s highlights in order of performance partnered with All Star (AS = All Star):

1] Sasha and AS Pasha – Style: Two Step                Song “Putti’n on the Ritz”
The dreaded Two Step is usually a ho-hum style but tonight this pair was amazing.  Sasha did an excellent job with the style and “nailed” this routine in all aspects.

2] Caitlynn and AS Ivan – Style: Lyrical Hip-Hop        Song “Let Me Love You”
The routine itself was not to our liking because it did not challenge Caitlynn, but she did a good job with what she was given, especially because she was out of her speciality.

3] Jordan and AS Ade – Style: Jazz                           Song “”Nutbush City Limits”
This was the best Jazz Style routine we have seen in many weeks.  Jordan absolutely “nailed” the technique, power, and danced fearless.

4] Melanie and AS Neal – Style: Contemporary          Song “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Week after week Melanie delivers outstanding performances and this was another outstanding one.  It was simply amazing and beautifully danced.  Melanie is another fearless competitor that knows how to “bring it”.

5] Ricky and AS Anya – Style: Jive                             Song “River Deep – Mountain High”
The main theme of this routine required fast paced steps and Ricky did a pretty good job with it.  He did have one lift that was messy, but overall it was a good job.

6] Jess and AS Lauren Gottleb – Style: Hip-Hop        Song “Take a bow”
Last week Jess was great and this week he topped it.  Jess was way out of his specialty and showed he has the “swag” required for this style.

7] Tadd and AS Lauren F. – Style: ?                          Song “Another One Bites the Dust”
We think this was Tadd’s best performance of this season.  Every week Tadd whos specialty is “B-Boy” takes on and conquers the style of the week.  He always surprises us with his excellent dance technique and performance.
Note: The “?” above for style is because Cat Deeley once again neglected to announce the style prior to the routine.

8] Marko and AS Allison – Style: Contemporary         Song “I Know Its Over”
“Wow!” What a great performance and beautifully danced by Marko and Allison.  This performance brought tears to Lady Gaga’s eyes and many others.  This was one of those special dance moments and we are honored to have seen it happen.  Sweet!

Tonight’s highlights in order of performance partnered with other contestant:

1] Caitlynn and Tadd – Style: Fox Trot                       Song “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails”
Another boring style made entertaining by this pair.  Both dancers sparkled.

2] Ricky and Marko – Style: (Soft) Hip-Hop                Song “Bad Boy for Life”
Both dancers showed “swagger” and “nailed” this routine.

3] Jordan and Jess – Style: Rumba                           Song “Set Fire to the Rain”
The chemistry seemed to be missing but both dancers did a good job with this style.

4] Sasha and Melanie – Style: Contemporary            Song “Game On”
This performance received a standing ovation from all the judges and audience, which was rightly so.  This was a double “Wow!” performance.  It had power, great technique, strength, and energy.  A perfectly danced routine created by the one and only Sonya.

Our top three best routines tonight

***** Melanie / Neal * Marko / Allison * Sasha / Melanie *****

Tomorrow night will be the results from tonight and two dancers will be going home.

We have nothing else to report except to comment on Lady Gaga’s judging ability and we think she was one of the best ever guest judges.  Her comments were exactly “spot” on.  What we liked best was when a dancer did not have the exact technique as judged by Nigel and Mary, which point out when a dancer does not do the moves according to the strict “ballroom” rules, she pointed out that the dancer was expressing himself / herself and they were making the style current.  We totally agree with that assessment and applaud her for her comments on this subject.  Have you ever noticed that if you want to see “ballroom” dancing its usually only on public television?  That’s because it not current and requires stringent rules in the techniques based on “stone age” thinking.  Maybe, just maybe, the “ballroom” community should do a little rethinking and update the rules to allow the dancers a smidgen of creativity.  That might just bring Ballroom to the mainstream on major television outlets.

By the way Lady Gaga will not be on the judging panel tomorrow night but she will be performing.  Bravo!

See all of you out there in cyberland tomorrow for the results and we hope you voted for your favorite dancer.

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