Wednesday, June 27, 2007

So You Think You Can Dance - Sweet Sixteen, er Fifteen? Technically Fourteen Cause Cedric Ain't Sweet

Top 16 Performance

The Judges are: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and special guest judge Debbie Allen here to plug her own academy. Debbie Allen!? FAME! I'm gonna live FOREVER!!!(Remember how I thought NOW is the right time to bring Fame back? And throw in a few of these dancers. Travis Wall would be PERFECT in one of the roles!)

So onto the dancing!

Sara Von Gillern and Jesús "Chuy" Solorio - Krump - choreographed by Lil C. - "It's Okay (One Blood)" - The Game

Here is the video clip of Sara and Jesús’ Krump routine:

SYTYCD: Jesus &Sara Krump

I think I was more convinced by Sara's Krumping and while I'm not trying to be sexist about it, I would assume the boy would be better at this. Then again, Sara was more hip hop and Jesús does come from contemporary and I always forget that. The synchronization wasn't perfect but after only 3 days of learning and training it was still decent (after the live Thursday vote off, they only have the weekend before the performance show is taped on Mondays).

Shauna Noland and Cedric Gardner - Contemporary - choreographed by Mia Michaels - "I Thought We Had" - The Family Stand

Here is the video clip of Shauna and Cedric’s Contemporary routine:

Cedric and Shauna Week 3

I knew there was a reason I liked Shauna and she proved it again tonight, totally blowing the dance out of the water, and totally overshadowing a very stiff Cedric. The best part of Cedric was when he sat there crying because really, he should get used to it for tomorrow. Debbie Allen bought his emotion, I think I'm done with him. Mary Murphy is actually dead on tonight with her analysis in that Mia Michaels worked the choreography perfectly towards Cedric's strengths and yet I STILL didn't buy it. Wow. When Mary is angry, she really gets to the precise point. Of course now that Nigel agrees with Mary, those teenage Cedric loving girls are going to be dialing like crazy and thus saving him and endangering other better dancers. Poor Shauna, it's almost a lose lose for her because we can't get Cedric out until they hit bottom 3. Oh, and another Debbie Allen Academy plug... how sneaking. Take another shot people. No cheating.

Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron Bink - Quick Step - choreographed by Tony Meredith - "Big and Bad" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Here is the video clip of Lacey and Kameron’s Quick Step routine:

Kameron and Lacey

He kissed her at the end! So when I first saw that they were going to do the Quick Step, I was like. OH NO. Like Duckyxdale's Dan had said, the Quick Step KILLS every team. Ha, even Mary Murphy acknowledges that! And I LOVE Lacey and Kameron so I didn't want them in danger so early in the game. So what a great surprise that most of it was pretty great. There were a few moments when they were together that was a little jittery in a bad way but the rest of the dance made up well enough for the kinda-quick step portions. Like Nigel said, the actual quick step portion probably should have skimmed across the stage a bit more, but maybe because I just LOVE Kameron and Lacey that I was still entranced by the whole thing.

Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell - Hip Hop - choreographed by Dan Karaty - "Oh Timbaland" - Timbaland

Here is the video clip of Anya and Danny’s Hip Hop routine:

SYTYCD Anya and Danny: Hip-Hop

I'm not sure what to make of it. Was the music piped in differently in the studio? They seemed always off the beat from what we heard on TV (and I know that what we hear on TV differs from the studio), but if it wasn't for that, and if each dancer was seen separately, it would have been pretty good, but they seemed off from each other as well. Mary and Debbie seemed to fawn over them. But Oh good, finally one of the judges agree with me. Nigel sees them uncomfortable in this style and I totally agree.

Sabra Johnson and Dominic Sandoval - Rumba - choreographed by Jean-Marc Generaux - "Stickwitu " - Pussycat Dolls

Here is the video clip of Sabra and Dominic’s Rumba routine:

Dominic and Sabra Week 3

This is like, OMG! the most underestimated team this year! Sabra is almost always forgotten because she's just so consistently good without any gimmicks that it's just expected from her, and Dominic just keeps raising the bar on himself, surprising us week after week. Maybe that bad boy routine was an act in the auditions? Lowering our expectations? Doesn't matter because he's been so good 3 weeks in a row now. I adore these two. They are SO cute together and it almost seems too easy for these two. They don't need to be flashy to have an amazing routine, I just hope people remember this when they vote.

Lauren Gottlieb and Neil Haskell - Tango - choreographed by Jean-Marc Generaux - "Tanguero" - Sexteto Mayor

Here is the video clip of Lauren and Neil’s Tango routine:

Lauren and Neil Week 3

Neil seemed to be concentrating and thinking a little TOO much sometimes while Lauren seemed at more ease with the whole thing and loose, but it was generally pretty good despite some stiffness, mostly from Neil.

Jaimie Goodwin and Hok Konishi - Jazz - choreographed by Wade Robson - "The Chairman's Waltz" - Memoirs of a Geisha Soundtrack

Here is the video clip of Jaimie and Hok’s Jazz routine:

Hok and Jaimie Week 3

Wow, another amazing routine by Wade. Totally beautiful choreography enhanced by the strengths of Jaimie and Hok.

Pasha Kovalev - Cha Cha - choreographed by Tony Meredith - "Let's Get Loud" - Jennifer Lopez

Here is the video clip of Pasha’s Cha Cha routine:

Pasha Week 3

So Jessi was in fact hospitalized with heart problems (and apparently according to the spoilers, during the taping of the show, which they had to retape) so Pasha had to dance with Tony Meredith's assistant. It didn't matter. Pasha was HOT and cha cha'd away with my pick for the best single dancer of the night. Jessi will have to "dance for her life" on the results show no matter what and here's a time when that could possibly be the most crass time to ever use the already overused and exaggerated sentence.

Wrap Up

Best Pairing of the Night - : Hok and Jaimie's Wade Robson routine. (BTW, Last week I never picked a best of but after a week thinking about it (and yes, I sadly think about this show WAY too much), I think my favorite was Pasha and Jessi's routine, even though they ended up being bottom 3).

Best Male Dancer of the Night - Pasha, though with tough competition from Dominic and Hok.

Best Female Dancer of the Night - Shauna , though with tough competition from Sabra.

Worst Pair of the Night - Danny and Anya

Worst Male Dancer of the Night - Cedric

Worst Female Dancer of the Night - um, I guess Anya

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