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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SYTYCDC4 - Adele and "12"

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 4 - Top 14 Results, Top 12 Performances - Ep. 415-416
Judges (Top 14): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Rex Harrington, Melissa Williams, Dan Karaty
Judges (Top 12): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, Blake McGrath, Mary Murphy

I haven't even gotten around to watching the US Season 8 final performances and finale yet (though I've already been spoiled anyways, not that it was a huge surprise) and while I adored Melanie and Marko, I have to say, there are far more Canadian dancers this year that I'm excited for than the US one had.

I also got to see this week's Top 12 live at the taping, and as always, there's a level of excitement seeing the dancers live that adds something to the dances. I tend to notice different things, and some things look better live than on TV, and vice versa, so I've given grades for both this week. Except this was probably the most outstanding week EVER, that it was basically deciphering between amazing and awesome, and the subtleties from between.

Top 14 Results

Top 14 Group Dance
Style: Jazz
Choreographed by: Melissa Williams
Song: "Rumour Has It - Adele



Actual Bottom 3:
Yuliya and JP
Geisha and Joey
Carlena and Shane

Well, on the plus side, we get to see a Joey solo, and how wonderous it is:

The girls' solos:

Alas, the two hip-hoppers, Carlena and JP, were finally cut. Just as they were finally getting their groove on and getting pretty good, they were cut (but alas, of all the remaining dancers, fairly so).

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Top 12 - Performances

Lindsay Leuschner and Christian Millette
Style: Salsa
Choreographed by: Francis Lafrenière and Claudia Primeau
Song: "Aguanile" - Héctor Lavoe
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A-/B+
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A/A-
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A

Maybe seeing Christian's chest in person made it hotter, but I thought this sizzled live, with all the fast arm movements, but it looked slower on the screen now. Maybe because I could get a better view of the foot movement, which was great, but the arms looked faster. Still, Lindsay looked great and I missed the arm actions that Mary noticed, and Christian has such a masculine presence even while he's shaking his booty salsa style.

Here's the video of Lindsay and Christian's Salsa:



Melissa Mitro and Adam LoPapa
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Sabrina Matthews
Song: "Set Fire To the Rain" - Adele
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A+/A+
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A/A+
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A

This was amazing live, and it was still amazing on TV. Though I will admit, despite the emotional power, while watching live, I noticed a few stumbly moments (that were still noticeable on camera), but Adam and Melissa were in such a power mode that they sort of burned right through them and it didn't really matter.

I've been loving Adam and I'm glad he's gotten to shine again (plus seeing him shirtless ain't bad either), while Melissa is like the super strong dark horse. I couldn't remember her at the start, though I recognized her skills and her talents, but she really just threw herself into this dance and you kind of gasp while watching her.

Still, much of this was designed so well by Sabrina with perfect accompaniment from Adele, that SYTYCD should just have a special episode where they dance only to Adele's catalog. Maybe gather Stacey Tookey, Sabrina, Sean Cheesman, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson together. And make sure Melissa and Adam are a part of it.

Here's the video of Melissa and Adam's Contemporary:



Denitsa Ikonomova and Matt Marr
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographed by: Steve Bolton
Song: "C'Mon (Catch Em By Surprise)" - Diplo vs Tiesto feat. Busta Rhymes
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A+

Blake and Luther thought there was something missing and I have NO idea what they were talking about. I thought Denitsa and Matt were ALL IN and they totally hit it with every power in their bodies. Denitsa totally lost her ballroom background and got totally in the groove, and Matt was the bigger surprise, giving the dance a full throttle effort. Matt just looked powerful in that dance and his usual happy energy was channeled into some scary electronic funk.

Here's the video of Denitsa and Matt's Hip-Hop:


Yuliya Zavadska and Shane Simpson
Style: Jive
Choreographed by: Danny Arbour
Song: "Thunder on the Mountain" - Wanda Jackson feat. Jack White
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A

I forgot that the Jive can often be the death-routine for dancers. Shane looked like a natural. Seriously, he was hopping. This is Yuliya's thing, and she's a master, but Shane was the real surprise, although really, is it that big of a surprise? He's always consistent in being so strong at all the dances. I don't even know why I doubt him anymore.

Here's the video of Yuliya and Shane's Jive:



Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo
Style: African Jazz
Choreographed by: Sean Cheesman
Song: "Jungle" - Highlight Tribe
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A/A
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A+

Joey is my favorite male dancer. Geisha, at this point, is probably my least favorite female dancer. So I think last week, Giesha pulled my Joey down to the bottom 3 where he had to dance for his life. So I'm nervous for Joey.

But if it is based on this dance this week, they deserve to be safe. Joey, as always, was extraordinary, and finally, Geisha rose to the occasion and matched Joey step for step. Geisha was totally into the spirit of the piece, and looked fantastic. Finally!

Here's the video of Geisha and Joey's Afro Jazz:



Jordan Clark and François Pruneau
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Sabrina Matthews
Song: "Let Go" - Frou Frou
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A+/A+
Grade - Girl - Live/TV: A+/A+
Grade - Boy - Live/TV: A/A

Another beautiful number from Sabrina Matthews, with another perfect music pick.

Jordan is just WOW. As always. François, who at this point, and only by default, might be my least favorite male dancer, was superb and fluid here, and such a great partner for Jordan.

Here's the video of Jordan and François' Contemporary:



Top 12 Group Dance
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographed by: Sho-Tyme
Song: "I Can Transform Ya" - Chris Brown feat. Lil' Wayne & Swizz Beatz
Grade - Dance - Live/TV: A/A-

Great dance. FUGLY COSTUMES. WTF WAS THAT??? What was with the reflectors on the girls' boobies?

But great group dance. Surprisingly mostly in sync. Always fun to see who catches my eye in group dances but my eyes were darting everywhere. Christian was kind of adorable in trying to hit it hard. Shane was a bit off at times though, but Adam, Matt and Joey were always ON. Denitsa, still on her hip-hop high, was amazing here. Jordan and Melissa, showed their front running status by upping each other in attitude. Geisha did quite well on the side.




The Final Roundup:

If you may have noticed, I pretty much gave Straight A's across the board. Only differing in plusses or minuses (and really, only one minus). That may have been one the strongest all-round episodes ever. I seriously can picture a good 8-9 of them WINNING this thing, or winning any other season of both the Canadian or the American version. So it's gonna be a tough battle from here on in.

Should Go Home: Um based on tonight? Lindsay only because I somehow forgot about her bird routine? Even though she's such a great dancer that I love? Based on overall? François and Geisha?
My Predictions:
Bottom 3 Couples
Lindsay and Christian
Yuliya and Shane
Geisha and Joey

Will Go Home: Geisha and Christian


This is how I rank all the dancers overall (based on dancing and personality): (last week's standings in parenthesis)
Overall Ranking:
1 (tie). Melissa (3)
1 (tie). Jordan (1)
1 (tie). Joey (2)
4. Adam (4)
5. Matt (8)
6. Shane (6)
7. Denitsa (9)
8. Christian (7)
9. Lindsay (5)
10. Yuliya (10)
11. Geisha (12)
12. François (11)

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