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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

SYTYCDC4 - Canada, Still with Triple AAA Rating

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 4 - Top 16 Results, Top 14 Performances - Ep. 413-414
Judges (Top 16): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Sergio Trujillo, Dan Karaty
Judges (Top 14): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Rex Harrington, Melissa Williams, Dan Karaty


Top 16 Results

Top 16 Group Dance
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Blake McGrath
Song: "God is Able - Smokie Norful



Actual Bottom 3:
Denitsa and Joey
Jordan and Shane
Shelaina and Kevin

um WHAT? THE? F#$K?

ok, I know this is a strong group of dancers. Very strong. Whom many that I love. And we knew it was going to be a difficult decision. And Melissa, Adam, Christian, Lindsay are STRONG dancers.

But I'd also clearly put Joey, Jordan, Shane and Shelaina there on top too. So how are they ALL on the bottom?
In the end, after dancing for their lives:


Shelaina, one of my faves, and Kevin, are cut. I'm especially disappointed in Shelaina's elimination. Not that Denitsa is a bad dancer, who I would happily place on top too, but Shelaina was excellent and should have made it at LEAST to the Top 10 portion of the show. Crazy.

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Top 14 - Performances


Jordan Clark and François Pruneau
Style: Samba
Choreographed by: Gustavo Vargas
Song: "Chillando Goma" - Fulanito
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A-

I know this is closer for François but was it me or did Jordan outdance him here? Jordan was mesmerizing and gives that extra pop into her Samba. I couldn't take my eyes off her. François is great, a great partner with great moves and Samba skills, but I practically forgot he was there in the presence of Jordan who just looked fierce.

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



Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Stacey Tookey
Song: "Gasoline Rainbows" - Amy Kuney
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A+

That was Geisha's best work ever. Joey is a star and I'm in love with him, and another amazing week from him. He's always excellent. But he really brought up Geisha's game up and she was fabulous finally.

Here's the video of Geisha and Joey's Contemporary:



Yuliya Zavadska and JP Dubé
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographed by: Sho-Tyme
Song: "Give Em What They Askin For" - Busta Rhymes
Grade - Dance: A-
Grade - Girl: B+
Grade - Boy: A-

Um, I actually thought that was pretty good. Yuliya actually hit it hard and totally transformed herself. JP, while hip-hop, is usually a soft hip-hop dancer and never quite hits things hard enough but I thought Sho-Tyme programmed something perfect for him that he hit just right. I think I liked it more than the judges did.

Here's the video of Yuliya and JP's Hip-Hop:



Lindsay Leuschner and Christian Millette
Style: Jazz Funk
Choreographed by: Blake McGrath
Song: "Blow (Cirkut Remix)" - Ke$ha
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A-

A tired concept but done quite cute here in a fun routine that truly pits the married spies out against each other on a mission. Lindsay gives some kicks at Christian, working it around in their dance chemistry together. Lindsay is just whip crackle in this. Christian is solid as always, though there were a few foible moments but still amazing. The judges seem to have the same minor criticisms for Christian but still heap their love for him.

Here's the video of Lindsay and Christian's Jazz Funk:



Denitsa Ikonomova and Matt Marr
Style: Cha Cha Cha
Choreographed by: Natalli Reznik and Francois LaFreniere
Song: "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Neyo, AfroJack & Nayer
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A-

Dan Karaty has it right again. Matt might not be the best technical dancer but there's a reason he's never been in the bottom. He exudes warmth and excitement with his personality and it shines through in his dancing. He just LOOKS like so much fun and he's an entertainer. That said, while he doesn't get the Cha Cha quite perfectly as well as partner Denitsa (who obviously excels in her own style), and with that final fumble, Matt does actually quite well for a ballroom dance.

Rex forgives Matt's ending because of his showmanship (and admits to dropping Canada's prima ballerina Karen Kain on her face! As he says, "it happens! Live shows, It happens!")

Here's the video of Denitsa and Matt's Cha Cha Cha:



Carlena Britch and Shane Simpson
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by:
Song: "Wise Up" - Aimee Mann
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A-
Grade - Boy: A

Finally Carlena gets contemporary. And you know what? She does a pretty great job. She gets the steps, the movements, and more importantly, she acts out the role. I'm still not sure if I feel the true passion behind it all, but she fakes her way through it all and does a pretty great job, and that's a big step for a street dancer to learn in a few days. The passion will come when she's more comfortable with the style and can fully give herself over (without worrying the steps, the flow, and acting the emotions).

Shane is amazing as always. Like Joey, is always such a great support and partner with such a strong mix of technical and emotional performance. (Oh, and now Rex also compares Shane to Joey, who both have "an inner soul").

Here's the video of Carlena and Shane's Contemporary:



Melissa Mitro and Adam LoPapa
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographed by: Luther Brown
Song: "" -
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A

I forgot Melissa is from my hometown. Go hometown girl! I feel bad now cause I STILL keep forgetting about her, and then remember that she's excellent everytime. And yet again, here she's solid in a hip-hop. Can she be too good that you forget she's even in the competition?

Love Adam too and he's always been solid. WIth no difference this week.

Melissa and Adam are AWESOME in this hip-hop and get all dirty and hard into it. There's no ounce of the York region white folks trying to be all downtown. This is the real deal.

Dan Karaty flat out calls Melissa the best dancer on the stage. Melissa and Rex have all kinds of praise for them. I've given up trying to decipher what Tre and JM are trying to say.

Here's the video of Melissa and Adam's Hip-Hop:



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The Final Roundup:

Should Go Home: JP and Geisha
My Predictions:
Bottom 3 Couples
Um, no clue.

JP and Yuliya
Carlena and Shane
Geisha and Joey

Will Go Home: JP and Yuliya, tho really, I have NO idea this time.


First time this season, I'm finally doing the overall ranks - This is how I rank all the dancers overall (based on dancing and personality):
Overall Ranking:
1. Jordan
2. Joey
3. Melissa
4. Adam
5. Lindsay
6. Shane
7. Christian
8. Matt
9. Denitsa
10. Yuliya
11. François
12. Carlena
13. JP
14. Geisha

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