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June 27, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 9 – Top 20

The judges tonight were Nigel, Mary, and guest judge Zooey Deschanel (No clue why Zooey.  A sitcom star as a judge? Whatever!)

We liked the format of tonight’s show.  It wasn’t like any other of the “song” shows where they drag through the to zillion contestants at the end of Vegas Week to pick the Top contestants.  One by one they go though and either reject or accept each contestant.  SYTYCD did a quick review of the Vegas Week finals and mainly highlighted each “yes” dancer as they were chosen.  Then as three or four dancers were chosen they danced and the show continued on.  Much more entertaining than other “song” shows.

Also this year Nigel announced that because of the format change, this year there will be two “America’s Favorite Dancers”, one boy and one girl.

Here are the SYTYCD Season 9 Top 20:

Alexa Anderson, Amber Jackson, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas, Whitney Carson,
Lindsay Arnold, Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Daniel Baker, Eliana Girard, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp,
Audrey Case, Tiffany Maher, Janelle Issis, Dareian Kujawa, Amelia Lowe, Janaya French,
Matthew Kazmierczak, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, and Cole Horibe.

(Did you count to see if there are 20 in the list?)

We have nothing else to report except say we are really looking forward to next week when the Season really begins and the this years dancers begin dancing routines of various styles and partnered with a SYTYCD “All Star”.

June 20, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 9 – VEGAS (4 Days)

The judges tonight were Nigel, Mary, Debbie, Adam, Tyce, and Lil’C.

181 Dancers made it through to Vegas after the preliminary auditions. Tonight went through 4 days of several rounds ending with 35 dancers competing for the top 20 spots.  As usual there was drama, injuries, tears, dancers dancing for their lives, and some really great dancing.

One thing for sure is the Vegas round highlights are a blur.  This show only features a few dancers like Alexia and Cyrus to name a few.  We don’t get detailed with our reporting during Vegas “week”, but here is a summary of tonight’s show.

Day 1 Started with each dancer doing a solo is their specialty style.

With the solos completed 51 dancers were sent home.

Then the choreography rounds started.  Now the dancers learn structured dance routines taught by the choreographers from SYTYCD.  Remember also these routines are not necessarily the dancer’s specialty and this is where many dancers can’t handle the “new” styles and there are many new styles to some.  If they “nail” the routine they stay, but even some of the dancer’s that were dancing their specialty could not handle the structured environment and either were sent home or volunteered to go home.  Also all the rounds will be danced with partners, which adds a twist to some of the dancers.

Round Style – Hip-Hop – Choreographers Twitch and Comfort

Hampton Williams the genius Hip-Hopper that dazzled the judges and us with his solo could not handle the structured routine and volunteered to go home.  (His solo was just plain “sic”)

On the flip side many dancers that were out of their style with Hip-Hop moved on, in all 97 dancers moved on.

Day 2

Round Style – Broadway — Choreographer Tyce

More dancers were cut.  Over ½ have been cut to this point.

Round Style – Jazz – Choreographer Sonya

16 more dancers were cut

Next came the Group Round.  Now the dancers will choreograph their own routines after picking their music at random.  In previous seasons the group members were picked randomly, but this year the dancers could choose who they wanted in their group.

Day 3

After practicing their routines through the night, the Group Routines were danced.  There were some not so good routines and some outstanding routines.  When the final groups were complete, 61 dancers were left.

The partnered dancing continued with the round style – Cha-Cha.  Music “Let’s Get Loud”

There were more cuts, tears, and outstanding dancing.

<Alexia shined and moved on>

Hip-Hopper Cyrus danced for his life and knocked the judge’s socks off and ours also.  Cyrus moved on.  (Keep in mind that a few seasons ago the winner, Joshua Allen’s specialty was Hip-Hop).

52 Dancer are left.

Day 3 Late

Round Style – Contemporary – Choreographer Travis Wall

This round we call “The Fatigue Round” because the dancers have been going basically non-stop for 3 very long days.

The dancers were called to the stage after the round and more were cut.

Day 4

Joshua Alexander was injured practicing a new “Flip” move and taken to the hospital.

The Final Round was solos by each dancer, which is basically “Dancing for their lives” to remain a contestant.

At the end of the today 35 dancers were left.

Next week will be the choosing of the Top 20.

We have nothing else to report except to note that the outstanding performance for this reporter was the opening solo by Hampton Williams.  He is classed as a Hip-Hop style, but Hampton creates a routine so highly modified that we think a totally new style should be created.  (How about “HWing”?)  I don’t recall being completely awe-stricken by a Hip-Hop dance routine, but every time we have seen Hampton dance we are at a loss for words to describe how beautifully he dances.  You will be missed Hampton Williams.

June 13, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 9 – Auditions #4 Salt Lake City

The judges tonight were Nigel, Mary, and guest judge Adam Shankman.

The idea for these dancers is to get a ticket to “Vegas” to continue their journey.  If the dancer does a great routine they usually get sent straight to Vegas, but if the dancer performs a so-so routine the judges will send them to choreography.  In choreography the dance will learn a partnered routine and the dance again for the judges.  The judges will then decide whether or not to send the dancer to Vegas.

Tonight’s Highlights:

1] Whitney Carson #15345     Style: Cha-Cha-Tango
Whitney got a “Holy Moley” from Nigel.  We think Whitney just plain “nailed” her routine tonight.  She has it all, the looks, technique, and the grace.  To quote Adam, “You are #@!^% awesome.”
Vegas – YES

2] Lynn Gravatt #15275           Style: Contemporary (Spiritually guided)
Lynn was very entertaining but not very good in her technique.  A very sweet soul.
Vegas – NO

3] Deanna “Dee” #15081        Style: Contemporary
Oh my!  This was a beautifully danced routine and we enjoyed every moment.
Vegas – YES

4] Gene L. #15210                  Style: Contemporary (Praying Mantis)
Gene is a very unique dancer and we did not know what to expect before he started, so we expected nothing and we really enjoyed the entire routine.
Vegas – YES

5] Lindsay Arnold #15113       Style: Latin Ballroom
Lindsay danced with a partner and it was a fabulous routine.  She had great technique and the routine just seemed to flow so smoothly.
Vegas – YES

6] Mariah #15245                    Style: Crump
Mariah blew us away with a great (Buck) routine with really strong moves.
Mariah was sent to choreography.
Vegas – YES

7] Murphy Lang #15107          Style: Hip-Hop
Even though Murphy is not formally trained he was entertaining and performed a really creative routine.
Murphy was sent to choreography
Vegas – NO

8] Derian #15078                    Style: Contemporary
From the first step we could see this was going to be a special routine and we were once again blown away.  Bravo!  (We think top 20 for Derian)
Vegas – YES

9] A duet Johnny Ahn #15151 and Whitney #15152   Style: Ballroom
This was a very good routine even though chemistry was lacking between the partners.  Overall we enjoyed it.
Both dancers were sent to choreography
Vegas – N for both dancers

10] Adrian Lee #15003            Style: Contemporary
Adrian just missed the top 20 last year and this year he is amazingly a better dancer.  This routine was an easy bravo!
Vegas – YES (Top 20 this year?)
By the way, Adrian’s mom also received a ticket to Vegas.

11] Rachel Adams #15251     Stlye: Burlesque / Jazz
We agree with Nigel on this one.  He said, “To much running around and not enogh dance moves.”  We might add there was also to much “grinding”.
Rachel was sent to choreogrphy.
Vegas – YES (Showed potential)

12] Leroy Martinez #15223     Style: Hip-Hop
Leroy not only inspired us, he also inspired the judges with his story and dancing.  That was one awesome Hip-Hop routine  We were not only inspired by Leroy’s dancing, but we were also inspired by his humanity.  Leroy works with a foundation for kids in Sacramento.  The name of the foundation is “The Peace Makers”.
Leroy was sent to choreography
Vegas – NO (we must sadly report)  Great human being – YES

We have nothing more to report except to remind all of you that next week starts “Vegas” week usually known as “Hell Week”.

And we would like to send “congat’s” to Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants for pitching a ”P e r f e c t” game tonight.  (1st one in Giant’s history)

June 6, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 9 – Auditions #3 Atlanta

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judge Debbie Allen

The point of the auditions is to get a ticket to “Vegas” and continue this journey.

If a dance performance does not “dazzel” the judges, but the dancer looks like they have potential on this show, the dancer is sent to choreography where they learn a routine and dance with a partner.  They the dance the routine for the judges and the judges decide whether the dancer continues on to Vegas or not.

Tonight’s Highlights

1] Audrey Case #2587            Style: Contemporary
We started tonight with a “Wow”.  Audrey has the “look”, the moves, and the technique along with dancing an outstanding routine. Audrey really shined tonight.
Vegas — YES

2] Boris Denton #2725            Style: Hip-Hop
Now this was a very interesting Hip-Hop routine because Boris danced to classical piano music and it was excellent.  Boris received a standing ovation from the audience and the judges.  Bravo!  Debbie Allen said, “That was true artistry.”
Vegas – YES

3] Joshua Alexander #2198    Style: Contemporary
Another great routine danced with power, and technique.  A beautifully danced routine.
Vegas – YES

4] Tim Conkel #2086               Style: Hip-Hop with Karate flavor
Tim did some incredible moves, but Nigel questioned whether it was dancing or just tricks.  Nigel asked Tim if he had been trained in any other styles and Tim said, “I had a week of ballet.”  Nigel asked Tim to show him some ballet moves and if it was good enough, he would get to go to Vegas.  Tim did what turned out to be a pretty good ballet routine that brought out his personality.
Vegas – YES

5] Danielle Dominguez #2058            Style: Contemporary
Danielle danced a very good routine that show her to be unique in her style.
Vegas – YES

6] Andrea Rucker #2736                     Style: Hip-Hop
We have never seen Hip-Hop like this routine and we say this because all the moves were simply amazing.
Vegas – YES

7] Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer #2726        Style: Hip-Hop
This Hip-Hip routine was just plain “SIC”.  Every move was astounding and we were glued to the screen and enjoying every movement.  We wanted more!
Vegas – YES
Note: Cyrus has two other roommates that dance and they are Andrea #2736 and Boris #2725 and all are going to Vegas.

8] Courtney Kirby #2111         Style: Contemporary
This was a beautifully danced routine with great technique and graceful power.
Vegas – YES

9] Asher Walker #2095           Style: Hip-Hop (Self taught)
Asher gave a fresh look to Hip-Hop in this routine.  Asher showed his personality along with some original moves.
Vegas – YES

10] George Lawrence II #2519            Style: Contemporary
Mary Murphy said it best, “Of all the dancers we have seen so far in Atlanta, you are the best.”
Vegas – YES

11] Brittany      #2100  Style: Jazz
Brittany danced a very nice routine and we like it.  The judges also liked it and though she had great potential to grow.
Vegas – YES

12]  A duet of Damon #2479 and Deon #2480           Style: Hip-Hop
These two guys really danced a great routine and it was very entertaining.
Both guys were sent to choreography.
Deon – Vegas – NO
Damon – Vegas – YES

We have nothing to add right now except to say that every year we say the talent this year is the best ever and we have to say the same again this year.  This shows how shows like SYTYCD bring dancing up to new levels every year.

Next week the auditions continue.

See ya’all next week!

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