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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SYTYCD8 & SYTYCDC4 - Everybody Dance Now, No Really, EVERYBODY

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 8 - Top 20 - Results - Ep. 807
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Megan Mullaly

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 4 - Auditions: Toronto - Ep. 401 - Season Premiere
Judges: Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, Mary Murphy, Rex Harrington
Choreographer: Blake McGrath

Apparently CTV wants to overkill a good thing, now scheduling 5 hours of SYTYCD in one week (with 6 hours next week) between the US and the Canadian edition of the show. I love my Canadian dancers, who I think as a lot, tend to be stronger, but I'm not quite ready to get a double dose just yet, especially when the US Performance rounds only JUST started. But alas, there's a lot of dance to cover:

Top 20 Group Dance
Style: Jazz
Choreographed by: Sonya Tayeh
Song: "XR2" - M.I.A.
Grade - Dance: A

Such a Sonya dance, and so great. Sonya really knows how to use a large group like this and make it look interesting and unified, with right moments of unison and right moments of individualism. And the fact that the Top 20 managed to make it look practically perfect, shows what a strong group this season is starting out with. Still, I have to say, Nick Young was easy to spot out with his tall stature and that he looked comfortable and pretty awesome doing Sonya style, despite coming from a Tap background.

Here's the video of the Top 20 Group Dance:



The Predictions from the Top 20 Performances:
Bottom Three Pairs:
Mitchell is automatically in the bottom.
Caitlynn
Miranda and Robert
Missy and Wadi

Should Go Home: No one yet. I feel everyone deserves a 2nd chance to show their stuff. But if I'm forced to choose, I guess I'd have to say Mitchell and Missy?
Going Home: Mitchell and Missy


The Results:
Bottom 3 Couples:
Jordan and Tadd
Clarice and Jess
Miranda and Robert

Dance for Their Lives:


Mitchell Kelly
Song: "Say" - John Mayer
Grade: A

Holy smokes. I placed Mitchell at the bottom of my Top 20 list mainly because we hadn't seen him dance yet, but WOW, now that we have, I'm in love. I'm amazed. He's like a gazelle as he leaps across that stage. Such control, and precision and careful movements with his body that stays true to the usic. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. And may have just zoomed up to the top of my favorite guys.


Jordan Casanova
Song: "Hot Like Wow" - Nadia Oh
Grade: A-

That was like Wow. I liked Jordan but this solo moves her steps ahead in a sultry and sexy, but very controlled solo that I didn't think she had it in her.





Tadd Gadduang
Song: "Jump, Jive An' Wail" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Grade: A-

He's such a showman and knows how to entertain with his moves. It's a bunch of tricks in a row but Tadd throws in some old style hamming between that ups his solo, for now.





Clarice Ordaz
Song: "Glam" - Christina Aguilera
Grade: B+

Some beautiful moves but Clarice hasn't quite gotten the dance for your life energy needed to truly make the solos stellar yet.






Jess LeProtto
Song: "Mr. Bojangles" - Robbie Williams
Grade: A

Even if his personality is already starting to grate on you (and it seems like it already bothers many of you), you've got to admit that what he does, he does amazingly. His moves are seriously sick and he definitely knows how to throw that jazz hands attitude into his Broadway.




Miranda Maleski
Song: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Leona Lewis
Grade: A-

Beautiful control in a surprisingly spirited and sensual solo, that with her outfit, truly made Miranda look heavenly.






and Robert Taylor Jr.
Song: "Electric" - Omarion
Grade: B

Knows how to please a crowd though the dancing felt a bit standard without any tricks to wow us.






Here's the video of all of the solos:


Time Filler: A cute guy dances Gopak style. Keri Hilson performs a song that sounds like every other generic dance pop singer, and future judge Lady Gaga shows part of her new video for "The Edge of Glory", which apparently was made back in the 80's when she still had no money yet.

The Results:
The judges make Mitchell and Robert dance again.

Then they make their final decision... to cut .... no one.
Which is both terrific (because with such a strong Top 20, I wanted another week to see more dancing to judge and choose), and kind of anti-climactic, because it seems like a copout. But I guess what I asked for, so I should beware of my wishes, but alas, another week with the Top 20 (but with 4 dancers to be cut in week 2 of performances).



Meanwhile, on the Season 4 Permiere of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, we start the auditions in my city Toronto.

Luckily, unlike the US edition, the Canadian edition has basically excised most of the bad auditions and show only good ones, but here are the ones I particularly liked.

Jordan Clark, 18, Tottenham, ON - Lots of gymnastic tricks but she's incredible smooth and graceful and has a lyrical quality about her. And she's ONLY 18? WHA?! Wow!

Joey Arrigo, 18, Newmarket, ON - Another young 18 year old who has an incredible smooth and lyrical style that smoothes out his tricks. Typical contemporary stuff but beautifully done, with that extra touch that takes it into something special.


Adam Lopapa, 18, Woodbridge, ON - At first glance, I would have put him more on the Jersey Shore instead of a dancer but holy COW, this guy is HOT and he does wonders with Michael Buble's "Feeling Good" in a sultry, sophisticated, WAIT HE'S ONLY 18?, stylish dance. Wow. I'm in love.

Jennifer Abbey, 24, Toornto, ON - Very tight dancing and I only wish she lost her hat and showed more of her big smile and beautiful eyes to make that connection, but her homeless sob story (which now usually annoy me) was actually very touching.

Jordan Davis, 22, Toronto, ON - Very fun b-boy against sound effects music that makes it very entertaining and almost theatrical.

Brenner Smith, 18, Glen Morris, ON - Brother of Everett (Season 2 Top 4 Finalist, the tapper who we adored!). Strange and controlled and patient and subtle with some extremely precise moves. And so cute to boot (like his big brother)! Tre warns him that she almost wanted to stop him at first when nothing was really happening yet, before he busted out the big moves, but that's probably the beauty of his piece.

A.J. Lopresti, 23, Ancaster, ON - He points out his bald spot and his big belly and calls himself "short and stumpy" but between his glowing eyes, big smile, and effervescent tap dancing, I thought he was surprisingly delightful, despite his warnings.

Aleksandra Jurevich, 25, Maple, ON - Tall, thin, blonde, cute girl. I hate her already, and wins me over when she manages to stand up from a kneeling position, springing from her toes. Extremely graceful and cute as a button when she explains her stance is to cover a hole (down there) and not an injury.


Other dancers of note: Daniel Keith Morrison, 23, Toronto, ON (Dojo(?) master? Part standard breaker but sometimes with some super smooth moves which Mary LOVED). Cassandra (danced to "Fever" in a sultry way of course, but I didn't seem to love her as much as the judges did). Rodrigo Basurto, 26, Toronto, ON - (Kind of funky, good looking, I like, don't love yet, but potential). Sarah Vance (had the mouth open during her dance and to be honest, it didn't bother me until they pointed it out, and then I couldn't NOT notice. Though the song she danced to, a guy covering "Bleeding Love" was GREAT. WHO WAS THAT?). Lisa Frias, 25, Toronto, ON (Cute and her song pick was cute but maybe too cute and made it underwhelming overall). Jena Singh, 19, Toronto, ON (Cute young and sexy but dancing a samba alone doesn't quite work as well, but there's future potential). Melissa Mitro 23, Richmond Hill, ON (Goes wild with her dancing and was impressive to points, but I thought went a bit too much, but judges loved her anyways). Yara Vasconcelos, 24, Toronto, ON (I thought the flashiness of her costume and her skinny fine body distracted the judges enough to hide a lot of medium speed hip dancing). Matthew Cuff, Toronto, ON (The Voguer who this year mixed in Hip-Hop/B-Boy style did a fun audition). Andrew Chung, Toronto, ON (Pop'n'locker, who made it to the finals all 3 years before). Kirstie Keanen, 19 (Quirky and cute contemporary dancer who almost made it last year, but doesn't make it through choreo round). Else Mensah, 25, Hamilton, ON (African Jazz dancer who seems fun, and while it isn't always as tight as I would want it to be, she has a nice vibe). Jordon Bartley, 18, Woodbridge, ON (Standard Pop'n'locker with no formal training manages to get a ticket straight to the finals). Vicky Luo, 23, Ajax, ON (The cute Chinese dancer who has made it to the finals before, and seems set up here to finally make the Top 20 this year).


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1 comment:

momo said...

gotta find a way to watch the Canadian episodes too! thanks for doing double duty. I'm excited about the top 20 this year, unlike last year. I agree with you about Jess; hit the mute button in the interviews, and watch him dance. I could lose Robert and Chris. /the women are going to have to work to overcome the brunette MM-which-one-is-which thing.

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