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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SYTYCDC4 - Dirty Dancers

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 4 - Top 12 Results, Top 10 Performances - Ep. 417-418
Judges (Top 12): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, Blake McGrath, Mary Murphy
Judges (Top 10): Jean-Marc Généreux, Tré Armstrong, Stacey Tookey, Mary Murphy

Top 14 Results

Top 14 Group Dance
Style: Ballroom
Choreographed by: Jean-Marc Généreux and France Mousseau
Song: "Dirty Dancer - Enrique Iglesias feat. Usher & Lil Wayne


Actual Bottom 3:
Lindsay and Christian
Geisha and Joey
Yuliya and Shane




So yes, at this point, like I said last week, the group of dancer is so strong that most cuts will hurt. And the worse part, the few dancers that I felt we could lose, were all partnered with some of the BEST dancers. Sadly, all three pairs in the bottom 3 had great male dancers, but based on the past few weeks, I would have cut Christian, who is amazing, but Joey is simply the best male from the group and Shane is not far behind him.

Luckily for Christian, the judges thought differently (and luckily for us, he'll prove he deserves his spot in the Top 10 with the Top 10 performance this week) and cut JOEY.

JOEY ARRIGO. WTF?

Ok, I know. the Alternatives are not much better but JOEY. I'm ANGRY.

To be honest, if anyone should have gone home, François' time has come. But alas, he wasn't in the bottom and thus automatically in the Top 10. Seriously, if Joey was in instead, it would have been the perfect Top 5 males. PERFECT.

Meanwhile, Geisha gets cut. Not a surprise, but just as she was FINALLY showing some promise. Oh well. She's a smart girl, and studying something sciency so she'll be fine either way.


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Top 10 - Performances

Denitsa Ikonomova and François Pruneau
Style: Mambo
Choreographed by: Gustavo Vargas
Song: "Bemba Colorá - Celia Cruz
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A-

François is one of those dancers you can't hate but he reminds me of Benji Schwimmer. He's great at what he does, and he's quite good at other styles, but he coasts on personality and there are now dancers that are far better in a variety of styles and have that extra dazzle and spark to take them over the edge.

Denitsa on the other hand has the spark, and she's like a little spitfire and while she too probably coasts a bit too much on her petite spiciness, Denitsa has seemed to done better in opposing styles, especially in the hip-hop dances (surprisingly) and at this point, that's what is required to be a winner on the show.

Anyways, ballroom dancers dancing something close to their styles. Their great of course but again, Denitsa has this natural sizzle that takes it over the edge.

Here's the video of Denitsa and François' Mambo:



Lindsay Leuschner and Adam LoPapa
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Blake McGrath
Song: "Remember When It Rained - Josh Groban
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Girl: A
Grade - Boy: A

A little fumbly on one of the lifts, but here's two great contemporary dancers, two very hot dancers, who have been sort of been under the shadows of Melissa, Jordan, Joey and Shane. While Adam has come into his own in the past couple of weeks with some great partners and choreo, Lindsay is one of those great dancers looking for a great routine. I'm not sure if this is the one that will make her memorable, but it sure proves that Lindsay is the forgotten underdog.

She's stunning and her chemistry with Adam is palpable. But I still feel she deserves even more somehow, though a partner in Adam is a start.

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



Melissa Mitro and Shane Simpson
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographed by: Luther Brown
Song: "The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas
Grade - Dance: A+
Grade - Girl: A+
Grade - Boy: A

You know how good Melissa and Shane were in this? I DESPISE this song. DESPISE this song. With a passion. And I've already watched it 5 times before I could type this. Usually I type my opinions while I watch and the judges do their thing. I just watched spellbound and rewound, and rewound and rewatched.

So this is Melissa's 6th Standing Ovation in a row? Seriously, I know she's from my hometown of Richmond Hill (woot woot!) but WHERE IS SHE FROM? SERIOUSLY? WHO DANCES LIKE THAT? WHO PERFECTS EVERY STYLE SHE'S GIVEN? Manages to form some tight chemistry with every new partner? She must be a robot. That's the only explanation.

Shane is fantastic too. Groovy. Hard. Intense.

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




Yuliya Zavadska and Matt Marr
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Sabrina Matthews
Song: "My Love" - Sia
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Girl: B+
Grade - Boy: A-

I think after two smashing pieces with perfect music last week, this choreo from Sabrina doesn't quite match up.

The power and emotion and the moves were all there, but as the judges noted, the transitions would be the one thing to take it to the next level, though with some movements like Matt's running towards Yuliya only to stop suddenly, I think some of it was planned that way to begin with.

Love Matt. He's like that puppy dog that you love who goes wild with enthusiasm and love, and while I think he just needs to smooth out some of his movements and add a finesse, he's got it down and is still a joy to watch.

Yuliya is lovely and tries her best here. The judges loved her and I thought she does a fine job and again, just needs some finessing with the in between moments, both physically and emotionally, but impressive for a ballroom dancer.

Here's the video of Yuliya and Matt's Contermpoary:



Jordan Clark and Christian Millette
Style: Contemporary
Choreographed by: Sean Cheesman
Song: "Skin - Rihanna
Grade - Dance: A+
Grade - Girl: A+
Grade - Boy: A+

Jordan getting contemporary AGAIN? On the other hand, Contemporary with Christian? With Sean Cheesman? I'll shut up. Because SHUT UP THAT WAS FREAKING AMAZING.

Ok. Jordan is fantastic. We know that.

And we know Christian is such a MAN! And he's pretty amazing in other styles. In fact, I practically forget he's originally from the ballroom style. But seriously, he was smokin' here, and I'm not just talking about his body. The way he moved, he was step by step, movement by movement in sync with Jordan.

And that backflip Jordan does from the ground? What's with THAT? And the way she just spins around Christian's neck like it was nothing? Christian is SOLID and Jordan is just sick!

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



Solos:

Lindsay Leuschner
Song: "It Doesn't Hurt" - Katie Thompson
Grade: A-

Adam LoPapa
Song: "You Should Be Dancing" - The Bee Gees
Grade: A

Christian Millette
Song: "Happy (Spiritual South Go happy In Rio Remix)" - Max Sedgley
Grade: A

Jordan Clark
Song: "Hometown Glory" - Adele
Grade: A

Yuliya Zavadska
Song: "Fever" - Peggy Lee
Grade:B+

Matt Marr
Song: "For the Night I Can't Remember" - Hedley
Grade: A-
Totally frenetic (again, like a crazy happy puppy dog) that just needs to tighten up into a full unified routine, but still so impressive with some killer moves.

Melissa Mitro
Song: "To Build A Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra
Grade: A
So many crazy moves and such power and control in her dancing, and I love that she can slow it down and speed it up in split moments, though I almost wish she had a fully slow encapsulating moment just to contrast the power she has in the rest of the routine.

Shane Simpson
Song: "Love Is Gone" - David Guetta feat. Chris Willis
Such an exciting dancer and as great of a partner dancer as he is, I think he's even better in solos.
Grade: A

François Pruneau
Song: "Reet Petite" - Jackie Wilson
Grade: B+
Fun and enjoyable but I had to laugh and roll my eyes at that final shirt ripping. Only Dmitry can really get away with it.

Denitsa Ikonomova
Song: "Le Serpent" - Guem et Zaka Percussion Ensemble
Grade: A

The Girls:

The Boys:



The Final Roundup:

Should Go Home: François and Yuliya
My Predictions:
Bottom 4 Dancers
Yuliya and Lindsay
Adam and François

Will Go Home: Yuliya and François

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 (1)
1 (tie). Jordan (1)
3 (tie). Adam (4)
3 (tie). Shane (6)
3 (tie). Christian (8)
3 (tie). Matt (5)
3 (tie). Denitsa (7)
3 (tie). Lindsay (9)
9. Yuliya (10)
10. François (12)

Um, can you tell I'm pretty undecided on a ranking?

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