SYTYCD – Top 10 Reviews

Happy Top Ten everyone! What a crew of dancers we have this year. It is really quite amazing that no ones dies from this show. The stress, the anxiety, the physical demands… and that’s just for us the viewers…

I have yet to make a proper homage to Cat Deely yet. Let me just say that every week she has another cute little dress that is just a little bit shorter and involves less and less fabric. Her legs are SO long! I don’t think i’ve seen legs that long since I used to play with the water skeeters in the ditch in front of the house… Anyway.. the point is… the legs are hot, but kind of distracting in an “other worldly” sense. It’s just TOO much for me. I like legs. I like long legs, but I fear that at any moment a slight draft will move up her sundress in such a way that will leave no more anatomical secrets for America. Also, I like how she is now very self-counscious about how she says the word “Judges”… it’s more like “jiddggez”. The last few episodes she hasn’t’ even said it, she makes the audience do it. Maybe she could hear me laughing and taunting her through the TV screen… I don’t know.

OK. Lets get right down to it.

The big winner tonight was Lauren. Her solo was RIGHT on, while others seemed to slosh through the movements. Tonight was her MAJOR coming out party. Her solo was spot on, and her partner dance was fabulous. I loved the little “transformer” (as Nigel called it) character. It was so fun and creative. The hip hop was pretty good, in spite of the russian partner. Major night for her.

Danny was my top guy tonight. His solo was amazing as well, but quite different from Lauren’s. He kind of flowed and melded through the movement, but everything was specific and fluid. That’s what I like about watching him dance… it’s not “control” like tense control, it’s specificity in every muscle and movement in his body. His partnering with Lacie was just OK, and that was a little disappointing for me because he has had a rough time with other partners and I was excited to see what the two most capable dancers of this competition might come up with together.

I have never seen a woman move like Lacie in that Samba! Whoa! We needed a fire hose to come soak down all the men in the audience, and well what the hey… soak her down as well. She was HOT! Of course, latin is her thing, and you can tell why. The footwork was incredible, and she was a little less skanky than last week, which I can appreciate.

Let’s talk about Dominic. Major step backward this week. His commitment to his choreography which essentially brought him to this point in the competition was his liability last night. You can tell how much a good guy he is by the way he kept apologizing to Jamie though, like it was all his fault that the choreography didn’t work, the costuming wasn’t very good, he can’t dance, and all of that was sort of exposed (the mia michaels word of the week) last night.

Speaking of exposed… Kenneth… Kevin… no… Kameron. That’s your name. I thought you were OK. You seem to be just OK at everything. Not great. If it weren’t for your mohawk, I would have no earthly idea who you are. I think you are in real danger in the next couple of weeks. The judges were really hard on you, and Lacie isn’t there to draw the votes your way. Your duet with Sabra was OK, but I thought the amazing grace music didn’t make much sense, and the choreography was kind of one dimensional. At the end of the day, Sabra showed what an inept dancer you are.

Sabra, once again, another major coming out party. You were already creeping up there, but I think we saw this week that you were the one who made Dominic so successful in week’s past. I’m not sure exactly what you did, or why it came apart after you left, but I think you are starting to come into your own. And for Mia Michaels to say you are her favorite dancer, is no little thing.

Pasha. You really brought it in that wicked hip hop routine with Lauren. It was perhaps my favorite routine of the night. But your solo stunk bad.

Neil and Sara really hit it with both their solos and their duet. I think they are kind of the underdogs of this year, but yet they are solid. What was up with that HUGE tumbling split leg thing Neil did. WOW! How does he tumble with all that height!!! Sara, remember, is our little break dancer chick, but boy does she look good in that little Disco dress.

So my favorite routines tonight… tie between the disco and the samba with the hip hop in a close second.

My favorite solos: Lauren, Sabra, Danny.

SYTYCD – Top 12 Reviews

So You Think You Can… make stupid dances? That was the theme of last night’s competition anyways. I really didn’t like any of the choreographed routines. Even my perennial favorite Mia Michaels came up short of my expectations. Sad… I guess we can’t all be as BRILLIANT as the guest judge last night. WOW. Can you say, “I’m ramblin’, I’m ramblin’ Yeah?” Whats up with Mary Murphy? I liked her better when she was just a little on the drunken wild side. Lately she’s suddenly decided she wants to get all authoritative and judge-ie. Doesn’t she know her job as the one in the middle is to just be sugar and spice and everything nice… like PAULA!

OK. But now to the dancers.

Sabra and Dominic are still my favorite couple. I have to remind myself every time I see him that he came into this competition as a beat boy. He’s not a brilliant technician like Danny, but his heart is in every dance he does, and he’s 100% committed to it. That’s not to say they weren’t good technicians… look at their synchronization on soem of the moves. It is right on.

Pacha and Anya – I HATED the dance. I hated the costumes. I hated the music. I’m sure mitch thorougly enjoyed the return to his boyhood 80’s love child, but BLAH! Dumb boring. The best part of this dance were the the little Fosse bits. I like Pacha. He’s in my top 3. Anya, bottom 3.

Danny and whoever. Danny you’re brilliant. The leaps are like magic. Some dancers have this amazing ability to almost stall in mid air when doing leaps, jumps, and turns. The only other person I knew who could do it was Troy Edward Bowles… but I digress. You have that amazing quality. The problem is you have no personality and your face is shiny and sweaty. People don’t like sweat.

Neal and Whoever… you guys were good. I didn’t love the routine, but you have improved. Your on the proverbial fence with me. Neal has shown great improvement going from mr dancer/acrobat/actor to a full fledged dancer. Plus, his hair always looks like some different incarnation of an ocean wave. That’s worth something.

Hok and Curly Haird Chick: Hok… you’re going home dude. You’ve been too weak and got a slew of bad style choices in a row. I never thought I’d see the day when Dominic would kick your tush all over the stage, but he has. Curly haired chick, you were actually really good, and I hope you stay in. But you’ve got to show a little personality.

Lacie and What’s your face: Ok. Time for a “come to Jesus” talk. Lacie, you are a brilliant dancer which you’ve proven time and time again. You lack the spark that Benji had and you come off as very full of yourself, which he didn’t. Sorry you have to be compared, but you’re the one who brought him into this thing. Whats your face… you are gone. You have been like (as Tracie puts it) the little pole she’s been dancing around for several weeks. You are in my bottom 3. Lacie… you are scraping by, but in the top 3.

It will be odd to see who gets voted off. I can’t put any girl up… If i had to it would be Anya, but she really doesn’t deserve to go home yet. I would give up Hok or Lacie’s partner easily.

See you in the top 10!

SYTYCD – Top 14 Reviews

Stop your panic! I apologize for the recent quietness of this blog, but don’t worry. I am back with more stinging commentary on America’s favorite (and not so favorite) dancers.

Let me start by saying that I really don’t feel like I’ve spent enough time talking smack about Lacie’s partner’s pink highlighted mohawk. What is going on in our society? Are mohawks really coming back in? I am truly not ready for that. Apparently they are all the rage in LA. I’m just not ready for Mr. T and all things 80’s to be back yet. I’m not old enough for that kind of resurgence. I’m moving to Zimbabwe when hammer pants come back in!!!

Lacie looked great… oh yeah and she danced good too. She isn’t Benji though, and she isn’t as likable as he is. I think she is getting far on being his sister, not necessarily on her own personality. I wonder when the honeymoon will be over and she’ll have to stand on her own two feet?!

It is now official… I HAVE MADE MY PICK! My pick for this year’s winner is Dominic. Yes, I’m picking a b-boy, and this is why. I thought he would last about 10 seconds in the big competition, and that he would never be able to dance other styles. Well, he has totally proven me wrong. He is shining in every style he tries, and is not afraid to wear the funny looking clothes and shoes that go with. Oh yeah, and the “french accent” comment totally sealed the deal for me. He is a great dancer, young, charming, funny, humble. a great personality. And also… a boy. It is near impossible for a girl to win this competition given its overwhelming majority of female viewers.

Let me also say that Dominic and Sabra’s dance last night was my absolute fav. It was rockin’ hip hop, but wasn’t all about guns, drugs, and hoes. It was softer and beautiful. I would watch it again.

Can I say that I disagreed with the judges? I though Pasha and Anya were not that great. I thought it was fun, but not great. I thought it was really kind of cool and weird that Benji and Heidi choreographed it though. They looked off balance and just frenetic the whole time. Maybe I just misjudged West Coast Swing, but it did not look like it does when Benji and Heidi do it!

Can I also say that Cedric is horrible. He’s terrible. He is quickly becoming the Sanjaya of this competition; the elephant in the room. That is a mambo that Jerome Robbins would be so appalled by. Certainly not worthy of West Side Story!!! I hope the judges take their final opportunity tonight and let him go before they put America fully in charge.

Let me just say that I’m pulling for Neil. And this is for no other reason than he is the only white dude in this competition. Enough said. (I know there are other white boys… but he is a WHITE boy… if you know what I mean.)

Sarah is totally surprising me too. She is a total renaissance woman. She can do it all. I wouldn’t be surprised if she went far given her broad appeal.

I hated the waltz that Hok and whats her face did too. Hok just looks so unnatural and nervous. He isn’t handling all these styles very well. But they do get the award for funnest little video package where they won’t admit they have a little crush going on between them. Definitely in the bottom 3 this week. I think she has a real chance of going home soon. She is just not very memorable.

I think Shauna might be in the bottom 3 today. Its sad because she is a good contemporary dancer. I think Danny might be in there again too. I think the hairspray guy had a point there. I think he knows how good he is and while he isn’t arrogant about it, per se, he does expect a pass. Like, “hey I’m so good, so why wouldn’t everyone want to vote for me, duh… I was teachers pet for all my dance teachers.”

All in all, a good top 7. But Cedric, you gotta go.