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May 30, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 9 — Auditions #2 Los Angeles

 

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judge Jessie Tyler Fergeson.

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

 

 

 

Tonight’s Highlights:

1] Alexa Anderson #20226      Style: Contemporary
(Alexa made to “Vegas” last year, but was cut just short of the top 20 picks).
Tonight she showed why she made to “Vegas” last year and was even better this year.
Vegas — YES

2] Johnny “Waacks” #20229   Style: Wacking
Straight from “Soul Train” Johnny wacked his way all around the stag.
Vegas – NO

3] Elaina Girard #20527          Style: Contemporary
This was another great routine with awesome dance movement.  This dance is something special and we are looking forward to seeing her again.  Nigel said, “This in one of the best girl dancers this season”.  Mary added, “Looks like top 20 material”.
Vegas – YES

4] A duet – Nick (20354) and James (20359) (Twins)            Style: Contemporary
Before the dancing started these two fellows proved to really have great personalities and we were entertained completely.
This reporter was surprised when we saw how good the dance routine was.  Very good you guys!
Vegas – NO  — Vegas was a no because the age limit this year is 30 and the twins were too old to continue, but they were greatly honored to have participated this year.

5] Sam Lenarz #20152           Style: Contemporary
It seems that Sam’s mother had thrown her out of the house a few weeks earlier and she was not living with friends.  This girl did one of the most beautiful routines we have seen this season.  We totally enjoyed every moment.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

6] Caley Carr #28184              Style: Tap
Caley did a tap routine with attitude, confidence, and even threw is his personality.  We like the routine.
Caley was sent to choreography but did NOT get sent to Vegas.
7] Megan Branch #20192        Style: Contemporary
Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Megan danced with great technique and creative moves that we have not seen executed so effortless in a long time.  (We are thinking top 20 here).
Vegas – YES

8] Cole Horibe #20569            Style: Contemporary
Cole has a martial arts background and incorporated the moves into his dance routine and it was a great one.  His moves were powerful and he left us wanting to see more.
Bravo!
Vegas – YES

9] David Matz #20259    Style: Cyr Wheel < Click here>
The routine was amazing in itself, but was it dancing?  We don’t think so.  It was more for the circus where David usually performs.  David was sent to choreography but was NOT sent to Vegas.

10] Steven Jacobson #20270             Style: Ballet
On the first try David really made a mockery out of the routine he poorly attempted to dance Ballet to modern music.  Nigel saw that he was trained and offered him another chance to perform classical ballet.  On the second try it was an awesome performance with great moves.
Vegas – YES

11] Jonathon Anzalone #20435          Style: B-Boy
Johnathon auditioned four years ago but had a really bad attitude and was turned down.  This year he danced one of the most entertaining B-Boy routines we have seen and was sent to choreography, but did NOT get a ticket to veags.

12] Jasmine Mason #20564                Style: Jazz
Wow!  This was another fantastic dance routine with beautiful movement and so creative.  We are not big Jazz fans, but we are now.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

13] Marshae Mason #20567 (Jasmine’s brother)       Style: Contemporary
A few weeks ago Marshae was in a car accident where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, but turned out he wasn’t.  He did go into a coma for two days and now he was attempting to do what his passion is – Dance.
It was an amazing routine and we could see the joy on his face during the entire dance.
Vegas — YES

We have nothing to add right now.

Next week the auditions continue and we found tonight once again refreshing and a delightful change form the bevy of “song” formatted competitions in recent months.

See ya’all next week!

May 24, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance 2012 — Season 9

We have been waiting for months for our all time favorite dance show to start the new season 9.  So You Think You Can Dance premiered tonight with the first round of auditions.  From what we have read there will be many changes this year, like the show will only be on once a week on Wednesdays for two hours of non-stop dancing.  Also a “biggie” — this year there will be two winners, yes two winners this season.  One boy and one girl.  We have always wondered why they didn’t do this in the first place, but we know everything gets better with age. (Except for American Idol)  Here is a link to follow that give even more details on this years changes.  < Click here >

Also back this year will be the two weekly judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy with a third guest judge each week helping out.  Cat Deeley will once again be the Host along with the “All Star” dancers from the past few years.

Tonight’s Highlights

New York Auditions – Guest judge Tyce D.

1] Amelia Lowe #10317          Style: Contemporary
We started tonight with a “Wow!”
Vegas – YES

2] Toshihiko #11142                Style: Hip-Hop / Contemporary / and everything else J
This was very entertaining with some original movement.
Tosh got through to choreography, but could not handle it and walked out.
Vegas – NO

3] Austin Freeman #10402     Style: Mr. Wiggle (Invented by Austin)
We got nervous just watching this routine.
Vegas – NO

4] Shafeek #10420                  Style: Contemporary Hip-Hop
This was an amazing routine with original moves.  Strong, powerful, and a joy to watch.
Vegas – YES

5] Leo Reyes #10165              Style: Contemporary
This was another beautifully danced routine.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

6] Chehon #1197                    Style: Contemporary
This was a “WOW!” from the get-go.  Powerful dance movement, and simply a beautiful routine to enjoy watching.  Bravo!  (We think this is a top ten contender).
Vegas – YES (No doubt)

Dallas Auditions – Guest Judge Lil “C”

7] Brie Hafen #6929                Style: Contemporary
Another excellent routine — graceful and a joy to watch.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

8] Stepheon #8253                  Style: Modified Hip-Hop
This was definitely different in a good way.  Mostly original moves by an obviously original dancer.
Vegas – YES

9] Hampton #6893                  Style: Exorcist (Freestyle)
This is probably the most original routine / dancer we have seen in all 8 seasons of SYTYCD.  It was plain amazing!
Vegas – YES

10] Daniel Baker #8708          Style: Contemporary
This was another “WOW!” routine.  It was powerful, original, and we were completely entertained.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

11] Sam #8908                       Style: Lyrical Freestyle
A great try from a dear soul that has such beautiful energy in his routine.
Vegas – NO

12] Von Kidder #unknown       Style: B-Boy
When it comes to dancing Von talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk.  The routine was boring, but probably would have been much better if Von wore the gerbil costume.
Vegas – NO

13] Jarelle #8737                     Style: Contemporary
A proud Mom watched her son perform an absolutely beautiful dance routine and we enjoyed each moment along with her.  Jarelle told a story with his dance and this is what this show is all about.  Bravo!
Vegas – YES

Next week the auditions continue and we found tonight a refreshing and delightful change form the bevy of “song” formatted competitions in recent months.  The great thing about SYTYCD is the focus is the contestants and the judges are fans even though the judges make the decision of who stays and who goes in the beginning.  The judges on this show do not compete with each other nor are they “legends in their own minds” like the other “vocal” shows we have been viewing since the beginning of the year.

We have nothing to add except we applaud Phillip Phillips on becoming this year’s American Idol.

See y’all next week!

August 11, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 4 Performance

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judges Kenny Ortega and Katie Holmes.

The contestants did four routines tonight one with an “All Star” as a partner, one with one of the other contestants as a partner, one with both girls and both boys, and a solo.  The solo will not be judged, but it gives you one last chance to see your favorite in their specialty before the final results tomorrow night.  The “All Star” dancers are past competitors from previous seasons of  SYTYCD.

Remember folks, tomorrow night is the final show this season and America’s Favorite Dancer will be chosen by your voting.

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

1] Melanie and Marko – Style: Disco                           Song “I Feel Love”
This was the first Disco Style this season and it was just okay for us.  It was entertaining but not even close to a “wow”.

2] Sasha and AS Mark – Style: Contemporary           Song “Raise Your Weapon”
Sasha was in her specialty and she “nailed” this routine.  Sasha showed her great technique, power, energy and intensity in this routine.  Natalie should be proud of her sister on this performance.

3] Tadd and AS Joshua – Style: Hip-Hop                   Song “Hustle Hard”
Joshua won SYTYCD on season 4 and it was great seeing him perform once again.  He our favorite all season long and tonight Tadd stayed right up with him on this routine.  Tadd showed great energy, technique, and power in this routine.  It was a great performance by both dancers and fun to watch.  The “swag” was on.

4] Melanie and AS Robert – Style: Contemporary      Song “Sacrifice”
Melanie showed her great technique, power, and her special touch of drama in this routine.  Every week she “brings” it and she continued once again this week with a beautiful performance.

5] Marko and Sasha – Style: Broadway                      Song “Whatever Lola Wants”
This is a tough style to “nail” and we think tonight was only a “so-so” performance by both dancers.  If we had to choose, Sasha out danced Marko with her power, but overall it was a disappointing performance by both.

6] Melanie’s solo routine – Style: Contemporary        Song “Song For Viola”

7] Marko’s solo routine – Style: Contemporary           Song “The Fear You Won’t Fall”

8] Tadd and Sasha – Style: Cha-Cha                         Song “Raindrops”
We agree with Mary when she said, “This entire routine was a struggle for both dancers”.  We actually think the choreography given to the dancers was lame, but they did the best they could with it.

9] Marko and AS Lauren – Style: Contemporary              Song “Shirk”
Lauren is last seasons SYTYCD winner and this routine was danced nicely by both dancers.  We enjoyed every movement by Marko and his technique constantly amazes us.  Bravo!  This was our first “wow” tonight.

10] Tadd’s solo – Style: B-Boy                                   Song “Mamma Knows Best”

11] Marko and Tadd – Style: Jazz      Song “Show Me Want You Are Working With”
Another “wow!” and a great job by both dancers.  It was entertaining with excellent technique, and they told a story and that gets a “Bravo!”

12] Sasha’s solo – Style: Contemporary                    Song “Be Be Your Love”

13] Melanie and Sasha – Style: Contemporary          Song “Heart Asks Pleasure First”
This performance simply put was a great performance by both dancers.  Another powerful story told by the dance and the dancers told it to perfection.  Bravo!

14] Marko and Tadd – Style: Stepping                      Song “B.O.B.”
We really enjoyed this performance because we thought both dancers “nailed” the routine.  A solid routine by both dancers but not quite a “wow”.

Our favorite routine tonight
Melanie and Sasha

Tomorrow night will be the results from tonight and America’s Favorite Dancer for Season 8 will be chosen in the final show this season.

We have nothing else to report tonight except that at the end of the show Nigel predicted that this years winner would be a girl.

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

August 5, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 — Final Top 4 Pic’s

Top 2 Guys:
    

Top 2 Girls:

   

(Mouse over each picture to get the dancers name)

We have nothing else to report at this time except to say its been one great season.

August 4, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 6 Results

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest Lil ‘C’.

Tonight the judges did make the decision as to who was leaving the show.  The boy and girl that received the least votes left the competition this season.

Leaving tonight is Ricky and Caitlynn.

As we say to all the departing contestants, “To Ricky and Caitlynn we send our congratulations for making the Top 6 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:

Kent Boyd (Runner up last season) and Lauren Froderman (Winner last season) danced the “You and I Collide” routine and were amazing as usual.

The “Bad Boys of Dance” did a routine we found that the name needs to be changed because there was also a girl dancer included.  Nice routine however.

Pia Toscano from this seasons American Idol, sang her new single “The Time”.  Pia was one of our favorites and even though she left the show early, you can bet that Pia will be around the music industry for a very long time.  She has one of those voices that come along rarely.  It a great seeing her perform once again.

So folks, next week will be the final show for SYTYCD Season 8 and the four competitors will be Sasha, Melanie, Tadd, and Marko.

We have nothing more to add at this time except because we know nothing we are always searching for more information and we found that Wikipedia (The internet information center) has some pretty good statics on SYTYCD.  If you are interested please < Click here >

Have a peaceful week and we hope to see you again next week.  Thank all of you out there in cyberland for your support.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 6 Performance

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judges Christina Applegate and Lil “C”.

The contestants did three routines tonight one with an “All Star” as a partner, one with one of the other contestants as a partner, and a solo.  The solo will not be judged, but it gives you one last chance to see your favorite in their specialty before next week.  The “All Star” dancers are past competitors from previous seasons of SYTYCD.

Remember folks, next week is the final show this season and America’s Favorite Dancer will be chosen by your voting.

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

1] Melanie and AS Twitch – Style: Hip-Hop                Song “Romans Revenge”
This is the first time this season where we get to see Melanie doing the Hip-Hop style and she was awesome once again.  We agree with Lil ‘C’ when he said it was “Buck.” It was definitely a tough routine and as usual Melanie “nailed” it.  Bravo!

2] Sasha and AS Kent – Style: Jazz                           Song “Fool of Me”
This routine included a wall as the main prop and the routine was one of the most amazing we have seen this season.  We could not take our eyes off the dancers as they progressed through this routine using the wall throughout.  This routine was a piece of art, “The art of dance.”  Sasha danced the routine with emotion and brought the viewing audience along with her.  It was probably the best routine Sasha has danced this season.  Bravo!

3] Marko and AS Janette – Style: Paso Doble            Song “Zoarongo”
This is not one of our favorite styles, but there have been some routines that we have appreciated and this was one of them.  It was not one of Marko’s usual “wows”, but he did a good job with it.

4] Tadd and AS Ellenore – Style: Contemporary        Song “The Golag Orkastar”
This was an odd routine that had the dancers mostly hanging from a chandelier, which really took the focus away from the few dance steps in the routine.  The chandelier did a fantastic job just hanging around.  The few dance steps that Tadd had he did a very good job with it and we noticed he must have hung from a chandelier once or twice before coming to SYTYCD.

5] Ricky and AS Jamie – Style: Contemporary          Song “Inside These Lines”
This was another routine where the dancers had props.  This time the prop was a stick in each hand, which makes the routine all that much harder.  It was not one of our favorite routines because it started with flow, but then it seemed the dancers were more focused on not dropping one of the sticks then the dance movement itself.

6] Caitlynn and AS Pasha – Style: Samba                 Song “Drop it Low”
This was no doubt the best Samba routine we have seen in many weeks.  Caitlynn had great technique and really entertained us.  Caitlynn is really growing with each passing week and we really like watching her continue on.

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

1] Ricky and Sasha – Style: Whacking                      Song “Schoolin Life
This is the first time this style has been done ever on SYTYCD and we must say it was interesting.  The dancers however seemed robotic in their movements during this routine.

2] Tadd and Melanie – Style: Broadway                     Song “Where Do I Begin”
This routine was danced very well by both dancers and the judges went “ga-ga” over Melanie, but remember that Tadd was way out of his style of “B-Boy” and held his own in this routine.

3] Marko and Caitlynn – Style: Jazz                            Song “Heavy In Your Arms”
This was a powerful dance routine and both dancers reflected the power in it.  We agree with the judges that Caitlynn had a “moment” tonight in this routine and it was he best ever this season.  Marko was his usual awesome and danced fearless.  Bravo!

Our top two best routines tonight
Sasha / Kent and Marko / Caitlynn

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

We have nothing else to report tonight except to say this has been one of the best seasons ever for SYTYCD.

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

July 29, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 — Top 6 Pic’s

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Top 3 Guys:
    

Top 3 Girls:

       

(Mouse over each picture to get the dancers name)

We have nothing else to report at this time except to wonder who will be Americas Favorite Dancer this year?

July 28, 2011

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.

June 10, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance 2011 – Season 8 Top 20 Pic’s

Top 10 Guys:
          

Top 10 Girls:

         

(Mouse over each picture to get the dancers name)

We have nothing else to report at this time.  Have a GREAT weekend folks.

June 9, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 20 Picks

 Thirty one dancers started tonight and the judges had the chore of cutting the count down to twenty.  As the dancers were chosen to join the Top twenty from Vegas week, they danced “live” mostly when a group of four or five was completed.

This year we are starting to season with a Top 20 and a format change.  Starting next week the dancers will be paired up boy – girl for each of the routines.  Then when we get to the Top 10, the dancers will be paired with an “All Star”.  The “All Star” dancers are pasted contestants from SYTYCD.  This was the format last year and it proved to be a great change, especially starting with the Top 10.

 So America, here is the Top 20 for Season 8:

Boys – Ricky Jamie, Chris Koehi, Wadi Jones, Tadd Gadduang, Robert “Woo-Man” Taylor, Marko Germar, Nicj Young, Jess Leprotto, Mitchell Kelly, and Alexander Fost.

Girls – Melanie Moore, Miranda Maleski, Sasha Mallory, Iveta Lukosiute, Calrice Ordaz, Jordan Casanova, Missy Morelli, Caitlin Lawson, and Ryan Ramirez.

After watching tonight we are really excited at the quality of dancing we witnessed.  It was like watching the best of the best, both in the dancing and the choreography.  The dancers this year are pushing the choreographers to come up with astounding routines because the talent is huge this year.

If you were watching tonight you saw the quality of the dancing this year when the top 10 girls danced together and the top 10 boys danced together.  Then finally the last routine of the night when the top 20 danced together it was like we were watching well seasoned dancers.  It sure was amazing.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to say we hope to see you next week when the competition begins and the challenge goes out to the viewers to vote for their favorite dancer.

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