It’s Academy Week in So You Think You Can Dance and while it’s cool that they gave it a name and all, anyone miss calling it Vegas Week? Can I still call it Vegas week even though they’re aren’t in Vegas? Of course I can, this is my blog and I can do what I want.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

 

Season 14

Academy Week 1

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Anyway, Vegas Week opens with an awesome opening number. Maybe it was a tad bit over produced or maybe it was just trying to live up to this number and couldn’t, but I loved seeing different styles blend together. And while the show has some obvious stand-out favorites, that’s okay because some of them are my favorites too and I hope that means they make it to the live show.

Speaking of which, the format is sticking to the same format as it did with the kids, which I totally don’t like. I wish they would have a Top 20 so more dancers can make it. I don’t like the All-Stars being all catty or showboaty. Sometimes I can’t tell if they’re just acting for the sake of drama or if that’s how they really are. That being said, I love the addition of Jasmine to the fold. She brings a certain amount of humility to the whole thing. She’s basically what Alicia Keys is to The Voice(at least how she was her very first time on the show) while Allison, Robert, Fik-shun and Comfort are more like Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. (I am in no way comparing Allison to Christina because Allison is awesome and basically she can do and say whatever she wants because she has the awesome dancing to back it up.)

Anyway, back to the format, I hate the teams, I hate there being only 10 contestants making it to the live shows. It’s not enough time to get to know them. I like seeing the dancers dance with other contestants before they move on to the All-Stars.

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My favorites are pretty much all the dancers they showcased:  Logan Hernandez, Dassy (InYoung Lee), Lex Ishimoto (who I am surprised picked Gabby the tapper, but I’m glad because Allison already scooped up Logan so if Lex were on her team then she would only be able to pick one of these guys, hopefully that means both Logan and Lex will make it.) I’m rooting for those guys, hope they make it.

I am somewhat sad the contestants didn’t like Ryan. Sure he’s weird, but he had obvious technique, obvious training, and he was a contemporary dancer who did tutting. I mean, he was just doing what he felt, and what he loved in his own weird way. I felt like that should have been respected. I mean if someone can come on the show and practically dislocate their shoulder while dancing (also called “bone crushing”) then his weird dance style should also be respected.

Day 1 has come and gone and the dancers already picked some people for their team, but I’m confused and interested to see how things progress as things move on. Do the dancers that have been picked still get to dance the other styles? Do they still participate in the team dance where the contestants make up their own routine? I’m confused and intrigued.

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Can we just get to the live shows already?

 

 

 

So You Think You Can Dance is BAAAAACCCCKKKK!

And I couldn’t be happier. The show I love is back and better. Even better, it’s back to its teenage/young adult contestants. And even betterer (yes, I said betterer), Mary Murphy is back. So You Think You Can Dance is not SYTYCD without Mary Murphy. I’m ready for dancing, for Cat Deely’s amazing outfits, for Mary Murphy’s screams, for Nigel’s inappropriate comments, for the kind of dancing that makes you sob, for the kind of dancing that makes you press rewind over and over and over.

I’m ready, guys? Are you ready?

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Season 14

Los Angeles Auditions

 

Top 3 Favorite Performances

Darius Hickman
Contemporary
Everyone has a story, good, bad, we all have one. And while SYTYCD gave us Darius’ story, we almost didn’t need it. You could see it and feel it in his dancing. His moves had life; he wasn’t just going through the motions. It was powerful and breathtaking.

Mark Villaver
Break Dancer/Contemporary
I love the mix between styles. This kid was full of personality and his performance was original. It was also emotional, dynamic, and a lot of fun to watch.

Robert Green
Pop/Locker
You can always tell when a dancer loves what he is doing and Robert loves what he’s doing. He is funny, he is exciting, and he is overall just a delight to watch. He reminds me a lot of Fik-Shun and I really hope he can go all the way.

 

Runner Up:

Kristina & Vasily
Ballroom
I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of ballroom dancing, most of the time I think it’s kind of boring, but that’s probably because I just don’t understand the story. This routine had a story and the dancers had the chemistry to sell it. Kristina is a phenomenal dancer, emoting throughout her entire body. It was literally impossible not to watch her.

 

Random Thoughts

  • I love Vanessa Hudgens eye make-up.
  • Can Vanessa Hudgens say anything else but Yassss?
  • I can’t believe there were only like 8 performances, I know the show is only an hour long, but can we get more dancing and less montages?

 

 

Next week more dancing, but let’s be honest – we’re really just holding on until Vegas Week, which is now called “The Academy” for some reason.

 

 

Yesterday (March 20) was the official first day of Spring. And while for some people Spring may be a season of love, for others Spring is a season for movies (just like Summer, Fall, and Winter – they are also seasons for movies.) I mean lets face it, anyone can catch a ball, or run a marathon, or go on a hike out doors, but what takes real dedication, real stamina, and massive brainpower is watching a ton of movies all day every day, or binge watching TV. That is for true every day heroes.

Here are the Top 8 Movies I’m Looking Forward to This Spring (March-May).

First, let me name the movies that ALMOST made the cut, that would be Alien Covenant (to be released on May 19) and LIFE (March 24). I’m excited about these movies, but lets be honest, if I don’t see them it’s not the end of the world.

These other movies however…

#8 – THE CIRCLE (Release May 5)

 

Reasons: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega. How can you go wrong? This high-concept, technological, futuristic thriller looks like just the movie for me. Also it’s pretty much a given I will watch any movie with Tom Hanks in it.

#7 – EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (Release May 19)

 

Reasons: This movie may “technically” be too young for me, but I have the viewing (and reading) habits of a 12-year old girl. This weepy, YA, romance movie is one of those movies you love to hate. It is escapism at it’s best: pretty young teens with life and death problems. Count me in!

#6 – CHIPS (Release March 24)

 

Reasons: I was just a little too young to fully watch the Chips TV series, though I remember the short shorts and Eric Estrada from when my mother used to watch it. However, I’m totally excited for this action comedy. Michael Pena is hilarious and this looks like a good movie to have fun at.

#5 – THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (Release April 14)

 

Reasons: There’s no way Dom is bad right? There’s something bigger at work, he would never turn his back on his family. That being said, it’s a movie about car chases. Each action sequence more ridiculous than the rest, and I can’t wait to watch it (even if it is without Paul Walker, RIP.)

#4 – SNATCHED (Release May 12)

 

Reasons: So I may be a bit biased, and I know not everyone is a big fan of Amy Schumer, but come on, you have to admit, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn in an kick ass action-comedy, that’s just a recipe for hilarity. The movie could be completely terrible and still it’s something new and refreshing.

#3 – BAYWATCH (Release May 19)

 

Reasons: Do you really need a reason? I mean honestly? You know? I know you know you I know why I want to watch this movie.

#2 – POWER RANGERS (Release March 24)

 

Reasons: I grew up on Power Rangers, in elementary school my friends and I would play Power Rangers all the time. I was the blue ranger because, come on, Blue is awesome. I’m excited to see this re-imagined as a movie. While it’s probably not going to be as gritty as that 9 minute short movie that was released a few years ago, it’s not made by Michael Bay, so it already has that going for it.

#1 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (Release May 5)

 

Reasons: Two words: Baby Groot

 

This years Golden Globes were disappointing to say the least. Ricky Gervais has always had this awkward “I don’t give AF” humor about him. But as Captain of this show it was apparent that this ship was sinking and QUICKLY. Here are my thoughts about this rough, rough show.

  • Jonah Hill as a bear…awkward.
  • Kate Winslet was played off? You don’t play off Kate Winslet.
  • I am so excited for Rachel Bloom because the show is SO GOOD. I love how excited she is.
  • Ricky Gervais introducing Matt Damon: “He is the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful too.” Oh DAMN. Matt Damon is SOOOO flustered.
  • Was it just my audio cutting in and out or are people just constantly swearing?
  • After being in so many failed TV shows, I love the fact that Christian Slater won a GG for Mr. Robot.
  • When QT accepted the award for his composer and he said the word “ghetto” I knew it was going to become a thing. And sure enough it did, Jamie Foxx mentioned it immediately after he left the stage. It was also super awkward when Jamie announced Straight Outta Compton as the winner. Is this a Kanye West/Taylor Swift thing? Is this a Steve Harvey Flub Mocking thing? This whole thing was just awkward between two people who have worked together before.
  • Yay Sylvester Stallone won for Creed! Standing Ovation well deserved (even if I didn’t see the movie).
  • I love Amy Schumer. I love Jennifer Lawrence. I’m SO TIRED of all this fuss over it. I’m actually with Ricky Gervais on this one. I know it’s not them, but the media. But seriously people, they’re friends, get over it.
  • Also, Amy Schumer as HOST next year people? Anyone?
  • Is it weird that I’ll always think of Gael Garcia Bernal as that flaky guy in Letters to Juliet?
  • Love the microphone being lowered for Ken Jeong and Kevin Hart. Hilarious.
  • Lady Gaga looks so elegant! Even more elegant? That look Leo gave Lady Gaga when she passed by him. CLASSIC.

  • I would have loved to know what Ricky Gervais said to Mel Gibson but it got BLEEPED out. COME ON! Can’t just one word get bleeped out by normal shows? I found it, thank you internet.
  • Loved Mr. Robot shouting out to their crew members from Transpo department and production assistant in their speech. I love it when below the line crew members get thanked.
  • Loved them showing a clip of Ryan Gosling when Denzel Washington went up to accept his award. #rememberthetitans
  • Denzel’s speech was a mess though, he was so flabbergasted.
  • I am so frickin’ excited that Brie Larson won! (Even though I would have been equally as happy if Alicia Vikander won.)
  • Are Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender a thing? Am I the last to know this?
  • I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen The Revenant. But here are four things I thought when Leonardo Dicaprio Won for Best Actor:
    1. I think this will be the year of LEO. He better #FINALLY win an Oscar.
    2. I love how excited everyone is for him. Love the standing O he’s getting.
    3. All this is well deserved, buddy.
    4. That speech tho…Stay classy, Leo.

  • Hey DON’T PLAY LEO OFF!
  • After all this love for The Revenant, I should probably watch it.

 

Thank God this show is over!

 

 

 

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So…I’ve been away…I’ve been busy…I’ve been slacking…I…have NO EXCUSES. But I’ll back everyone! (And that’s not a threat) I’m happy to announce that….

More Posts….are coming!!

(I imagine that being said like “Winter…is coming” from Game of Thrones so I’ll just wait here while you repeat that line again only in a raspy, ominous-sounding deep voice.)

Stay Tuned!

 

In the meantime, enjoy this video of this monkey laughing at a magic trick.

This is it, guys. This is where everyone’s game steps up. This is where stars start to emerge from the pack. This is Top 10, ya’ll, with ALL STARS and I can’t wait to see some fantastic and memorable routines.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Season 12
Top 10 Perform

This has Sonja written all over it, it’s weird, it’s funky, it’s creepy, it’s rhythmic. The men are dress in weird skirt things which she loves. The song as a great beat, but I felt like the dancers could have definitely hit it harder. There’s room for improvement here folks. WOW ME Top 10! (Song: “Earth Intruder” by Bjork)

Cat tells us Team Street won today 51% to 49%. That was probably all my fault, the majority of my votes went to Ja Ja and Neptune. JJ is missing from the introductions because she hurt her ribs automatically putting her in the bottom. That’s a bummer. I like her. But she hasn’t been doing well so this doesn’t bode well for her.

All the solos tonight are danced to the songs from Empire. I’ve only seen the pilot to this series, but I haven’t watched the entire series. I know, I know I’m missing out, but there is So. Much. Good. TV to watch! Anyway, I’m very excited about the solos. I love seeing the dancers dance in their street styles. I’m especially excited to see the Street Dancers dance.

THE PERFORMANCES

SOLO #1
Who: Virgil – Team Street
Song: Conqueror” by Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett
Performance: It’s very b-boy-esque but there is actually a lot of substance to it. He shows a lot of range in his moves and it’s not just the same trick over and over again. It’s leaps and jumps and spins and floor work. It’s pretty fly. Rating: 7/10


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ROUTINE #1
Who: Hailee (Team Stage) and Brandon (All-Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Warren Carlyle
Song: “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Performance: First of all, Brandon looks so trim! He looks like he lost a lot of meat on those bones. Not that he fat or anything, he was just a meaty guy. He looks slim here. Must be that Britney Spears Tour Diet!  Second, these two were so in sync and so in step with each other it was just crazy! They both had the same energy level, same movements, they just worked so well together. And Hailee really stood out and it’s not just because of the shiny dress and shoes. She was really giving it her all in this piece. I enjoyed it. Plus if you can make your choreographer jump up and down then you know you’ve done good. Grade: A-
Judges: Hailee is great! I don’t remember what else they said, but it probably wasn’t important.


SOLO #2
Who: Neptune – Team Street
Song:Power Of The Empire” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz
Performance: I love the emotion Neptune gives on his face. And I love how he does his “bone-breaking” stuff. This routine has a lot of impact, style and personality. Rating: 7/10


_W5A8709_hires1ROUTINE #2
Who: Derek (Team Stage) and Kayla (All-Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: RJ Durell & Nick Florez
Song: “Got It” by Marion Hill
Performance: There was some killer killer choreography in this piece. I mean I loved everything that happened in it. There were intricate tricks and moves and Kayla was giving us smoldering looks and fierce hair whips. Derek, however, felt more like a prop, a way for Kayla to get from A to B. I’m not saying the steps he did weren’t right. I just didn’t feel any passion or emotion or sex appeal…ANYTHING from him. I didn’t really feel like he was into this routine at all. Derek is a great dancer, but he doesn’t connect, and this routine was his chance to do that because it had everything going for it. Grade: B
Judges: Paula his technique is flawless but he needs to convey passion. He was a different man today, and Kayla had a lot to do with that, but he needs to show more passion and performance.


SOLO #3
Who: Gaby – Team Stage
Song:Can’t Truss ‘Em” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz
Performance: I like how she uses different parts of her shows and different way in creating the beat. It’s a weird song to tap to like she admitted in the beginning of the show, but she did it well and showed off her personality. Rating: 7/10


ROUTINE #3
Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Comfort (All Star)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Song: “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations
Performance: This performance reminded me a lot of “Misty Blue” with Sasha and Twitch a few seasons back. It has a story, the song has a good grove, and so on. The dancing was great, Virgil has such personality and he was able to bring out a side of Comfort I’ve never seen before. I’ll say it again, I like Comfort so much better now than I did when she was on the show. I think they could have been a little sexier (there were a few parts that really showed off their chemistry) because at times it felt almost TOO CHEESY. But the dancing was incredible, I don’t know how Virgil was able to be on his knees so long and I just loved the way they used the stage and the props. Fun routine. Grade: B+/A-
Judges: Judges give it a standing O. Jason says the routine wasn’t over the top and Virgil is the one to beat. Nigel says though it appeared to be simple there were a lot of difficult intricacies. Paula talks a little crazy, so we will just move on now…


SOLO #4
Who: Ja Ja – Team Street
Song: Keep It Movin’” Empire Cast feat. Serayah McNeill & Yazz
Performance: That backwards hat is out people, you know what that means. Ja Ja came to kill it. And she does. Her performance is powerful, hard hitting, with some flirty looks in between. She’s fierce and I love seeing her dance in her style. Rating: 9/10


_W5A8938_hires1ROUTINE #4
Who: Megz (Team Street) and Marko (All Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song: “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai
Performance: Megz was so into this routine man. It was a really cool routine. It had a lot of energy and it was just fun to watch. You could tell Megz was having a BLAST. I love it when dancers just throw their all into a routine and that’s what she did. Those synchronized flips at the end were CRAZY! I just love the whole vibe of the routine. They had such a great vibe about them. Grade: A-
Judges: Nigel says Megz sticks out, Paula says she made her want to get up there and dance with her, Jason says she’s catapulted herself into being a true contender.


SOLO #5
Who: Jim – Team Stage
Song:You’re So Beautiful” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz
Performance: Jim has crazy legs. I just love the way he dances, he has such amazing feet and technique. The song is a happy song, which is perfect for him. Rating: 7/10


_W5A9086_hires1ROUTINE #5
Who: Edson (Team Stage) and Jaimie (All-Star)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: “Your Day Will Come” by Son Lux
Performance: Ugh, Travis Wall, you are just the worst. And I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t even with you. You are so frickin’ talented. I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath this entire piece. Everything about this piece was breathtaking, the lighting, the camerawork, the song, and the dancers just fell into the role completely connecting with each other and letting the rest of the world slip away. There was only one moment where they weren’t touching each other, but every other moment they were linked, flowing in and out of different body shapes. Edson was strong. There were a lot of crazy things happening in this piece and he never wavered. And that SCREAM man, it was like something just woke up in Edson. He appeared. He won me over in this piece. And Jaimie is just beautiful. Those legs man. The dancers really threw themselves into this piece adding electricity into every moment, even when they weren’t moving. Love love loved it. Grade: A
Judges: Nigel thought it was powerful and the best Edson has every performed. Paula loved his transitions and lifts and loved how he was there for Jaimie. She calls them magical. Jason calls it a breakout performance.


SOLO #6
Who: Hailee – Team Stage
Song:  “Nothing To Lose” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett
Performance: This routine was just explosive with energy and she even threw in a couple of hip hop moves. Rating: 8/10


_W5A9204_hires1ROUTINE #6
Who: Neptune (Team Street) and Jasmine (All-Star)
Style: Hip Hop w/ krump
Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “Milk Was A Bad Choice” by Yultron
Performance: This was actually a pretty crazy routine. I don’t know if it was the costumes or not but it didn’t feel clean. The movements were kind of a mess. That being said some cool things did happen in the routine despite it not being the sharpest or the cleanest. I loved the back crawl, I loved the tutting with the arms, I loved the krumping section and I loved just the overall theme and how much Neptune got into character. It could have been better, but it was fun. Grade: B
Judges: Jason thought the routine was crazy. Nigel loved the theatricality of the routine. He thought Neptune was “dope.” Paula thought he and Jasmine were a great couple.


SOLO #7
Who: Derek – Team Stage
Song:Drip Drop” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz & Serayah McNeill
Performance: He did a lot of tricks that had a lot of height to it. It was powerful movements, but was a bit off-putting with that smile at the end. He’s not my favorite but he gets a high score because of the powerful tricks. Rating: 8/10


_W5A9250_hires1ROUTINE #7
Who: Jim (Team Stage) and Jessica (All-Star)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Dee Caspary
Song: “Heal” by Tom Odell
Performance: I don’t know if Jessica and Jim had very good chemistry. Something was definitely missing from this piece. That being said despite a wobble here, they both danced it really well. Jim was strong and emotional and I felt like he was really connecting to what he was doing, but not necessarily to Jessica. I guess all that really matters is how Jim was doing but I wasn’t really able to connect to this piece. He danced it well…but yeah…you know? Grade: B
Judges: Nigel says there is nothing wrong with Jim’s technique, but needs to work with his chemistry. They all want Jim to focus on the story and Jason felt like he wasn’t enjoying it as much as he should have. Wow, again, I agree with Jason.


SOLO #8
Who: Megz – Team Street
Song:No Apologies” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
Performance: It was so short! Is that right? Whatever it was it was hardcore and passionate, just like Megz. Rating: 8/10


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ROUTINE #8
Who: Ja Ja (Team Street) and Alex (All-Star)
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Naacho Re” from Jai Ho (Soundtrack)
Performance: I love Alex “Freakin” Wong, I really do. He’s probably one of my favorite dancers ever along with Allison Holker and Travis Wall, that being said…I could not take my eyes off of Ja Ja. Girl had me scared from the package but she KILLED IT. Those knee glides around the gazebo was CRAZY. They were so smooth. And her facial expressions were killer. She just looked like she was having a lot of fun. This routine was probably one of Nakul’s best. It had high energy, lifts, stunts, tutting, and fantastic floor work. Great routine, great performance by Ja Ja. And this is not me being biased even though I am. Rating: A
Judges: Paula says Ja Ja can do it all. She’s so charming. Nigel says whoopi. In reference to Whoopi Goldberg. Who’s in the audience. Can you say random? He is amazed by Ja Ja’s ability to transform.


SOLO #9
Who: Edson (Team Stage)
Song:I Wanna Love You” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett
Performance: I’m a sucker for a good jacket and right now Edson has on a great jacket. He has some good tricks in there thrown in with some crazy sexy dance moves that’s fitting with the song and the jacket. He would have had an 8, but he needed just a bit more smolder. Rating: 7/10


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ROUTINE #9
Who: Gaby (Team Stage) with Joshua (All-Star)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographers: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “I’m Really Hot” by Missy Elliott
Performance: This routine was really dirty! In a good way. There was so much to love about it, even if the routine subject was super stereotypical. I love the fact that Gaby is in this dainty and sweet little geisha outfit with boots and she’s dancing all hardcore. I just love that juxtaposition. I loved Josh jumping over her legs, or them tutting with Gaby’s legs around Josh’s waist as she’s parallel to the floor. There were so many intricate things happening in this routine. It was surprising and fun and I love just how much Gaby committed to the entire thing. She is awesome. I loved her little “drop the mic” point she did to the audience after “breaking” Josh’s neck and bowing politely to the audience. Bad. Ass. Rating: A
Judges: Jason calls it amazing and didn’t know Gaby had it in her. Nigel says Gaby and JaJa are his favorites from both teams. Paula says she proves every week just how good she is at everything.

BOTTOM FOUR

  • Derek – Team Stage
  • JJ – Team Street
  • Megz – Team Street
  • Edson – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
I think his performance tonight may have just saved Edson. Derek is going home. As for Megz and JJ, I’m sorry to say she may be going home. I love the girl but she hasn’t had that breakout moment and the judges love Megz. Plus her performance tonight was really good.

ELIMINATION TIME
I totally forgot there was no Twitter vote! That blows. Cat tells us that Edson and JJ are going home.

MY THOUGHTS
That’s a big bummer for Edson. He did so well today. And seriously, who are all these people saving Derek?? Cat reminds us, JJ is “delicate” because of her injury and that’s a double bummer to go home when you’re injured and didn’t even have a chance to dance for the last time. So long JJ and Edson, you will be missed.

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND QUOTES

  • Cat: “I love it when Nigel talks street.”
    Cat to Gaby: I,” couldn’t love you more right now with every bit of my being.”
  • I always felt a special connection to JJ because she’s Asian and cute and has such great style – that dress she’s wearing tonight is amazing. I’ll miss her. Asians gotta represent! Has there ever been a female Asian Dancer on SYTYCD since Season 1 Melanie?
  • Love the dancers coming in for delicate hugs for JJ. Especially Marco, so sweet.
  • End goodbye: From that angle it looked like Nigel was trying to open mouth kiss JJ.

TOP 5 ROUTINES
(The top three are miles and miles ahead of 4 and 5)

  1. Gaby and Josh – Hip Hop
  2. Edson and Jaimie – Contemporary
  3. JaJa and Alex – Bollywood
  4. Virgil and Comfort – Hip Hop
  5. Hailee and Brandon – Jazz

RANKING THE DANCERS
(In terms of my preference, not necessarily skill or performance)

  1. Ja Ja
  2. Gaby
  3. Virgil
  4. Neptune
  5. Megz
  6. Jim
  7. Edson
  8. JJ
  9. Hailee
  10. Derek

FINAL THOUGHTS
The dancers and the choreographers really stepped it up this episode. There were so many good routines and the show was just a lot of fun. As the numbers dwindle down I’m only going to get sadder and sadder. I think Derek will find himself in the bottom again. As well as Jim, unfortunately. As for who else could be in the bottom? I have no freakin’ clue. All I know is I’m voting for Ja Ja and Gaby right now!!

Whoa, whoa whoa, I didn’t sign up for this…FOUR DANCERS are going home? That’s just crazy! Who is it going to be? Now that Asaf is gone, I have no idea!

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 12

Top 14 Perform & 4 Eliminated

The Top 14 routine showcases Derek’s crazy flips. It’s nice to see that his back is better and he’s able to pull out all the stops.  The costuming and the make up is out of control today. In a good way. It’s a fun routine focusing solely on the girls. It’s the styling that make this routine though, much more than the dancing. (The routine makes much more sense after I hear it’s choreographed by: Brian Friedman, Song: “100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters.)

Cat comes out wearing a gorgeous rainbow dress that’s designed by Matthew Williamson. It’s so flowy and gorgeous and her jewels are so sparkly! Cat tells us street won the week with 53% of the votes and also that the judges no longer have control. It’s up to America and Twitter. Tonight the Top 10 will be revealed.

THE ROUTINES

_W5A7255_hires1Who: Jim (Team Stage) and Yorelis (Team Street)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh (FINALLY)
Song: “Asht” by Nebulo
Performance: Okay see, this, THIS is why we all need Sonya back in our lives. And thank GOD she is. She really brought out the best in Yorelis. Girl was dynamic, and breathtaking, and captivating. In fact, the entire routine was captivating. Sonya really knows how to use the music and use the dancers. They created unique shapes with their bodies, used every single muscle they could and it was beautiful. I love watching pieces that just capture you and showcase the dancers. No gimmicks, no fireworks, just bodies moving to the music. I love Jim’s leaps, his jump onto Yorelis’ back where she had to support his entire weight, Yorelis’ pointed toes. Girl’s got some good feet and some crazy legs. Love love love. Welcome back, Sonya. Grade: A
Judges:  Nigel  thought this routine allowed Yorelis to shine. He loved the impact the music had on her body. Jim is the best technical dancer he’s seen and he’s brilliant. Paula loved the strength and athleticism of the dancer. She felt they complimented each other. Jason thought they were amazing.

_W5A7381_hires1Who: Ja Ja (Team Street) and Edson (Team Stage)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Misha Gabriel
Song: “She Came To Give It To You” by Usher feat. Nicki Minaj
Performance: It was a cool routine. Definitely different. Didn’t really feel like hip hop. I feel like I got to know Ja Ja really well during that piece, but not Edson. His personality didn’t really come out. They danced great together, but Ja Ja was just giving off a completely different vibe than Edson was. She was having fun, she was being creative and just grooving to the music. He was a little more technical, using more of his brain to complete the steps than his heart. It was just a missed connection. They didn’t have great chemistry and they never really felt like they were dancing the same routine. Grade: B-
Judges: Paula said she found Edson’s swag. Paula thinks Ja Ja is cool, feisty, fun and flirty. Jason thought it was a basic performance. Nigel wasn’t a fan.

_W5A7514_hires1Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Hailee (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Song: “Cellophane” by Sia
Performance: Say what you want about Tyce (that he seems full of himself, that I thoguth we were done with him from this show, that he likes the sound of his own voice), but the man has some BIG ideas. While his concepts can be hit or miss, when they are on they are ON. And they were ON with this routine. There were some BIG moments and the piece had a big emotional impact. I love Hailee twisting Virgil with her leg, love their musicality with the beats to the music, love that ending move with Virgil dragging Hailee by the legs with his legs. Though Virgil wasn’t happy shiny happy, he was still a joy to watch. You could feel his emotion and his heart and soul and passion bursting through this piece and that’s one thing that Tyce does well. He transfers his passion to the dancers. Hailee even stuck out for me. I haven’t really connected with her but I thought her performance was spot on today. I like seeing her darker side. Grade: A-
Judges: Jason loved seeing a different side of Virgil and loved the choices the dancers made in the piece. Nigel thought Virgil exposed his lack of technique (not true Nigel, you stop it), Paula defends them by saying he just has a different technique from Hailee – a different style.

_W5A7594_hires1Who: Alexia (Team Stage) and Ariana (Team Street)
Style: Burlesque Jazz
Choreographers: Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone
Song: “Circus Fish” by Vermillion Lies
Performance: It’s definitely a weird piece. I see what the choreographers were going for in there, but it felt like the dancers were having problems finding their footing. They’re both so flexible and have good mobility but it wasn’t as smooth and sultry as I wanted it to be. Alexis at least connected with the audience and had some good flirty and seductive facial expressions, but Ariana’s face was in perpetual smile which didn’t really fit the piece. It wasn’t great in my opinion. Grade: C+
Judges: It missed the mark for Nigel. Their smiles felt wrong and he wanted more darkness. Paula wish they brought sexiness to it and needs them to believe they can do it even when they are unsure. Jason thought it was rough and felt like the dancers didn’t like what they were doing and it was reflected in the piece.

_W5A7650_hires1Who: Megz (Team Street) and Derek (Team Stage)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Worth It” by Fifth Harmony feat. Kid Ink
Performance: Derek, Derek, Derek, you tried, but there is NO DENYING MEGZ! With the intro piece, the package, and the routine, Megz just made me fall in love with her. She is coming out of her shell. She’s hilarious, super cool, and was a band geek for crying out loud can this girl do no wrong? Derek was holding his own and for a little bit there he looked like he actually belonged in the piece, there were some awkward moments, but he was pulling it off. However, he was majorly overshadowed by the awesomeness of Megz, who brought her cool to the routine. Don’t mess with Megz! Grade: B-
Judges: Wow, the judges are just poo pooing everything today. Derek was awkward and uncomfortable and Megz thought Megz wasn’t as sexy as she could have been (what?!). Paula’s crazy comes out saying Megz should have a sax…um…that’s not Megz fault Paula. You Crazy. Jason thought it wasn’t her best performance. Derek needs to find his swag.

Who: Gaby  (Team Stage) and Neptune (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Ledisi (Selma Soundtrack)
Performance: Ok, there was this moment in this routine that made me tear up, Gaby had this heartbreaking expression on her face and Neptune scooped her up into this all encasing bear hug. It was just so beautiful and so pure. This piece is why So You Think You Can Dance exists. It’s definitely my favorite of the season. I gasped, I said WOW, I held my breath, I didn’t even notice it was all one single shot until Cat mentioned it at the end there. It’s like nothing existed in the world but these two dancers. One moved flowed into the other and the dancers literally threw themselves into it whole heartedly and it was just nothing but pure, unaltered emotion. So beautiful. This piece better earn Stacey Tookey an Emmy nomination. I’m going to watch it again. Be right back. Grade: A+
Judges: Jason calls the performance unreal. He’s so excited about it he can’t sit down. He said it’s a clear difference between someone who is living the performance and between someone who is just going through the motions. Nigel says Gaby shines no matter what she is doing.

_W5A7847_hires1Who: Kate (Team Stage) and JJ (Team Street)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Brian Friedman
Song: “A Different Beat” by Little Mix
Performance: Fun. But not memorable. That’s all I have to say about that. Grade: C
Judges: Nigel says the performance brought out Kate’s personality. Paula said some of the facial expressions were too on the nose and made it feel immature. Jason says to show variation in the facial expression.

BOTTOM SIX

  • Yorelis – Team Street
  • Ariana – Team Street
  • Alexia – Team Stage
  • Derek – Team Stage
  • Neptune – Team Street
  • Kate – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
NEPTUNE BETTER NOT GO HOME! I don’t even care anymore. PLEASE DON’T GET VOTED OFF! Sorry NOT SORRY for the caps. I think Alexia and Neptune should stay. Or maybe Neptune and Yorelis. Just Neptune stay PLEASE.

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Group Performance: Team Stage
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Song: “Life Me” By Bengsons
Performance: Such a great song. So powerful. Stand outs were definitely Gaby and Derek. I just loved how the breath of this piece, how the dancers moved as one. It was incredible. Miss you Sonya!
Grade: A-

Group Performance: Team Street
Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “Dragula” BY Rob Zombie
Performance: It was pretty cool. I love the characters. Neptune is hard core. It definitely was hardcore and bad ass, but I felt like the dancing could have been harder and had more of an impact. Grade: B+

THE ELIMINATION

WHO IS SAFE?
Twitter Saves…Neptune (THANK YOU!) and…Derek (????!?)

MY THOUGHTS
WOW. WOW. I did not see that coming. Derek was a SHOCKER. I can’t believe 4 women went home too! That is TOTALLY SHOCKING. So happy Neptune is staying, but kinda shocked Derek is staying…and that’s not me saying he doesn’t deserve to stay. So long Ariana, Yorelis, Alexis, and Kate! You’ll be missed!

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND QUOTES

  • Twitch: “I’m making a wish on the rainbow dress.”
  • Why does JaJa keep getting performing in the beginnin?. We all know the primo slot is near the end! This is like 3 weeks in a ROW!!
  • I love the way Travis talks to his dancers.
  • Nigel to Ariana: “It was a but like a dead fish on a slab.”
  • Paula: “Okay, I’m going to come up with another way of putting it that might be helpful.”
  • Cat to Nigel: “Take that and have some chips with it!”
  • Did Nigel call Ariana Adriana? Don’t take that insult Ariana, He was talking about Adriana, whoever and wherever she is.
  • Paula: “Megz I’d like to see your pants a little tighter. A little sexier you know?”
  • (Megz looking confused.)
  • Cat to Megz: “Just take them off!”
  • Why I love Megz — Derek: “What’s your favorite food?” Megz: “Pizza, I’m a ninja turtle.”
  • Just when I think the camera work is a little weird this season the camera does this beautiful single take shot that ends with it going off into the light and I am breathless.
  • Why I Love JJ: JJ’s questions for Kate: “Last week when you saw Asaf shirtless were you thinking something dirty?”, “If Jason Derulo proposed to you would you marry him?”, “There’s two chocolate bar: one in toilet water the other on the floor in the dust, which one would you eat?”,  “Neptune’s Armpit or Virgil’s feet, Smell One?”, “You’re not going to marry [Derulo]? He’s going to be maaaadddd.”
  • Why I love Kate: Her Answers in response to JJ: “No.” “No.” “Toilet Water.” “Virgil’s feet.” “No.” “Then he better give me better comments.”
  • Travis to his in danger dancers:” This is more than a show it’s a family.”
  • Cat’s response to the eliminated contestants: “All these gorgeous women, what is wrong with you America?”

TOP 5 PERFORMANCES

  1. Neptune and Gaby – Contemporary
  2. Virgil and Hailee – Contemporary
  3. Jim and Yorelis – Contemporary
  4. Team Stage – Group Routine
  5. Team Street – Group Routine

MY TOP 5 FAVORITE DANCERS

  1. Gaby
  2. JaJa
  3. Virgil
  4. Neptune
  5. Jim

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall the routines were either not very good, or really really great. Contemporary really won the day with some great routines. I voted for JaJa, Gaby and Neptune with the majority of my votes going toward JaJa Who are you voting for? What did you think of the show? Did the right people go home? I, for one, am really glad Neptune is staying. Until next time my friends!

The show opens with a very weird, very plaid, very 80’s dance routine. It’s got a great vibe to it and it is high energy. It reminds me a lot of Sonya Tayeh’s choreography. The costuming and make up is totally on point, even with the creepy mannequin in the back. (Song: “Love Is Free” by Robyn & La Bagstelle Magiqur feat. Maluca. Choreographed by: Nick Florez and RJ Durrell).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 12
Top 16: Perform and Someone Is FINALLY Eliminated

Cat emerges to introduce the dancer and tell us that Team Stage won but only by the smallest of margins. 50.5% Team Stage, 49.5% Team Street.
I also notice after the intros that Neptune was all by himself. That means someone is missing. Who is it? Did someone get hurt? It’s Derek! He injured himself for the week, poor guy! If he isn’t in the bottom 6 this week he will automatically be in the bottom next week.

GROUP ROUTINES

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Who: Hailee (Team Stage) and JaJa (Team Street)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song: “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves
Performance: It’s definitely an anthem song. It’s a hard hitting piece and JaJa is the stand out. There’s just something that makes that girl stick out. The piece uses the dancers well, forcing them to rely on each other and stay in sync. There’s no crazy flips it’s just pure, raw, dirty fun. Grade: B
Judges: Nigel calls the girls powerhouses. Paula says JaJa keeps growing and Hailer radiates. Jason tells JaJa to work on her leg extensions which is surprisingly helpful.

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Who: Alexia (Team Stage) and Neptune (Team Street)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)” by Rich Homie Quan
Performance: There were definitely some cool things that happened in this routine. Alexia’s back flip off the wall, or this weird spin flip she did that ended on his back. But as much as I like Alexia I felt like she was trying TOO hard. All her face pulling was totally distracting. You’re already in a leather jacket dancing hip hop, no need for the “stank face”. While Alexia’s dancing was labored Neptune danced with ease. He had this carefree, smooth, slick way about him that was totally appealing. Great choreography, great music, great concept, great dancing, poor facial expressions. Grade: B-
Judges: Paula loved it. Nigel said Alexia is getting better and Neptune is the dark horse.

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Who: JJ and Derek
Style: Argentine Tango
Choreographers: Miriam and Leonardo
Song: “Duo De Amor” by Astor Piazzolla
Performance: As bad as I feel for Derek hurting his back and being unable to compete, I don’t know if this routine would have been nearly as enjoyable as it was without him. JJ hit the jackpot being able to dance with her choreographer, Leonard. She really needed this moment to shine. And boy did she. The routine was intimate and sexy and captivating. JJ was alluring and totally connected to her partner. Her legs did crazy bends and lifts and twists. She didn’t look like a street dancer at all, she looked like she had been doing the tango all her life. It was a stunning routine and performance. Grade: A-
Judges: Jason calls it unbelievable and knows how hard she worked. Nigel brings back the hot tamale train and says the word “sensual” in a way that creeps me out. Paula calls her lovely and sensational.

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Who: Ariana (Team Street) and Jim (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary:
Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman
Song: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Lorde
Performance: I loved Jim rolling underneath Ariana as she rolled over him, I loved Jim’s flying leaps, I loved the use of those slanting tables. I loved the way Ariana wrapped herself around Jim, and I loved that ending final kick to Ariana aka depression Jim gave. This piece was really good, but at the same time it was missing something. I really wanted Ariana to attack Jim, wrap herself around him. I wanted more grit. See Mia Michaels Gravity. It was a great piece set to great music but there could have been more! Grade B-
Judges: Nigel acknowledges that Ariana hasn’t been able to connect with the audience (true) but calls her brilliant. Paula loves that the routine showcased their dancing ability. She is blown away. Jason calls her dancing unreal and calls Jim out on his excellent technique.

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Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Gaby (Team Stage)
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Al Blackstone
Song: “Where or When” by Sammy Davis Jr
Performance: Words cannot express how happy Virgil and Gaby’s package made me. It was totally hilarious! Their joyous and playful personalities really came out in their performance and it was just a lot of fun. Gaby looked stunning and a little bit like that one girl from Top Model, Analeigh Tipton. Virgil will always put a smile on my face. I loved the move where he picked himself up from the splits, I loved their high kicks, and I loved her dipping him. An overall fun, joyful routine. Grade: A
Judges: Paula calls Gaby impeccable, Virgil brings out so much joy. Jason says Virgl breathes life into everything and they were amazing. Nigel calls them brilliant.

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Who: Asaf (Team Street) and Kate (Team Stage)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman
Song: “Braveheart” by Neon Jungle
Performance: Ok, seriously, it’s time for Asaf to go home. That fear and concern in Kate’s face was absolutely heartbreaking. She doesn’t trust Asaf. And then to see that all the lifts in the routine were taken out was really disheartening, that means he couldn’t get it together enough to pull it off. No Cinderella story for him. As for the routine and dancing in general, it was just okay, but maybe that’s because I was too distracted by trying to see if there were going to be any lifts or not. Grade: C
Judges: Compliments all around but I don’t understand it. Maybe I need to watch the routine again.

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Who: Marissa (Team Stage) and Yorelis (Team Street)
Style: Hip Hpp
Choreographer: Christopher scott
Song: “Let Go” by Kezwik feat Mimi Page
Performance: Marissa didn’t quite fit the part. Yorelis just has this presence about her that makes it look so easy. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t a memorable performance. Grade: C
Judges: More compliments and adjectives. YAWN. Jason says it falls short of other performances he’s seen. Wow. I actually agree with Jason.

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Who: Megz (Team Street) and Edson (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Talia Favoa
Song: “You There” by Aquilo
Performance: I’m a fan. A total fan of this piece. There is something alluring about this piece. Megz is amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. She and Edson were like one. It was so beautiful so emotional and it was like they were in their own little world. I loved the way they connected and they just shut everything else out. I LOVE that Megz wasn’t in a baby doll flowy dress. Love love love this piece. Grade: A
Judges: I agree with Cat. It was fresh! Jason calls it the best performance of the night.

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Team Street
Choreographer: Luam
Song: “Commas” by Future
Performance: I miss seeing the dances dance in their own style. This routine really allowed their attitudes, their personalities, their swag to shine through. It was clean, it was wildly controlled, they all danced as one. Loved it. Grade: A-

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Team Stage
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: “Beautiful Friends” by Helen Money
Performance: So much to love about this piece. Camera work, lighting, music, dancing, make up, costuming and use of props. It was so creative! I love how the dancers worked with the camera and the tricky camera work and lighting allowed the dancers to really look like they were ghosts. So frickin cool! I loved how the music crescendoed as they all danced as one. Goosebumps people goosebumps. Grade: A

Team Routine Winner (In My opinion): Team Stage

BOTTOM SIX
JJ – Team Street
Derek – Team Stage
Ariana – Team Street
Kate – Team Stage
Asaf – Team Street
Marissa – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
Asaf better be going home. JJ and Kate better be safe.

Twitter saves: JJ and Derek

Judges Save: Kate and Ariana

Eliminated: Marissa and Asaf
MY THOUGHTS
While a less controversial elimination, I’m glad Asaf is gone. Also, I kinda wish Marissa was staying over Derek.

Top Five Routines

  1. Virgil and Gaby – Broadway
  2. Megz and Edson – Contemporary
  3. Team Stage Group Routine
  4. JJ – Argentine Tango
  5. Hailee and Ja Ja – Jazz

RANDOM NOTES

  • Love Cat laughing during the intro of Asaf, “He didn’t do that during rehearsal!”
  • Cat about Virgil, “Small but perfectly formed.”
  • JJ is adorable
  • This quote by Megz: “This piece is letting me be my true self.”
  • Nigel: “Finally a shirt came off for a good reason.”
    Cat: “So you say.”

FINAL THOUGHTS
In danger next week? Derek of course, but I don’t know who else! It only gets harder from here people. My vote is still for Ja Ja take the whole shebang! Should it be noted all the dancers are rallied against Marissa? And Asaf is all alone? Good riddance I say.

Judd Apatow isn’t for everyone. Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone. This “romantic comedy” is longer than 2 hours. Put all these things together and this movie could have been a disaster. So once the movie was over I was utterly surprised that my first thought was, “Wow, this might be the first and ONLY movie I’ve ever like of Judd Apatow’s.”

Trainwreck
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller

Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone, but apparently she is for me. She has this great way of putting into words everything I’ve ever felt or thought and experienced but without any filter. No one’s life is perfect, but sometimes I can’t help but feel my life is just one really, really, REALLY long sitcom. And somehow Amy knows just how to put those feelings into hilarious, over-the-top, yet somehow relatable words.

To make a LOOONNG story short. Trainwreck is about a carefree and independent a woman named Amy. She has a successful job, an endless string of one night stands and no desire to change her ways according to the mantra her father instilled in her at a young age, “monogamy isn’t realistic.” Then one day Amy meets a guy, possibly THEE guy. He’s the guy who makes her want to change her ways even if it goes against everything instinct she had engrained in her.

Trainwreck is goofy, surprisingly touching, frustrating, endearing and funny. While it is in no way perfect, and emotionally it’s all over the place, any inconsistencies and odd moments are made up for in a fantastic sweet and satisfying ending. Good romantic comedies with great endings are really hard to find, but despite the fact that this is an Apatow movie, Trainwreck is the best I’ve seen in a while thanks to Amy Schumer (who also wrote the script.)

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t always like who gets eliminated on these shows, but this was the first show where I really felt strongly that the judges got it WRONG. So wrong….

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Season 12
TOP 18 PERFORM / 2 ELIMINATED

Top 18 Group Routine
This routine had a little bit of every style in it. I felt some Latin Ballroom, Bollywood, and African Styles in there. It was joyful and happy and Virgil was the PERFECT person to put in the forefront. His smile is contagious. He looked like he was having a lot more fun than the other dancers. While I felt that some dancers had more energy than the other dancers, overall this was just a fun routine and a great way to kick off the show. (Song: “Let the Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake, Choreographers: Reina Hidalgo & Asiel Hardison)

Cat emerges and tells us Team Street has 48% of the vote and Team Stage has 52%.

THE ROUTINES

Who: Alexia, Derek (Team Stage) and JaJa (Team Street)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “All Waters” by Perfume Genius
Performance: Trio’s are always a little awkward. But this one actually worked pretty well.  The piece was haunting and I could feel the emotion coming from the dancers. I have to say Derek really won me over in this routine. I haven’t been the greatest fan of him, and maybe it was the uniform and the haircut, but I felt like he was really strong. He had this great moment where he did this leap then dragged himself backwards across the stage, it was so powerful. Alexia and JaJa were equally as fantastic. Alexia’s in the air pirouette was beautiful and JaJa brought a little something extra to her movements, her animation technique really coming out. The piece really was beautiful and emotional. Grade: A-
Judges: Nigel loved seeing Derek partner with the ladies. Alexia was strong and JaJa looks like a contemporary dancer. He really understood her emotions. Paula loves how Stacey blended the dancers strengths. Paula felt like Derek has never danced better and she loves how much JaJa is growing. Jason understood the story that the dancers were telling.

Who: Megz (Team Street) Moises, and Jim (Team Stage)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: JaQuel Knight
Song: “Whuteva” by Remy Ma
Performance: Megz was straight up killin’ it. She just had this undeniable presence all the while she was on stage. She totally stole the show. She will not be denied. I loved her attitude, the way she was light on her feet and just the way she moved with total ease. Like this was just another walk in the park for her. The boys had a harder time. While they both started off strong, I felt like Jim grew weaker and weaker throughout the performance. He definitely had to think about what he was doing. Moises looked natural while playing the part, but they both definitely had to keep up with Megz who was a force to be reckoned with. Grade: B-
Judges: Paula calls the routine not technically challenging and wanted more emotion and swag from the dancers. Jason definitely felt that Megz was stronger and the boys were her backup dancers. Nigel said it didn’t work and feels like the dancers need to find their attitude.

Who: Edson (Team Stage), JJ, and Yorelis (Team Street)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Tovaris Wilson
Song: “Restart” by Sam Smith
Performance: I don’t know if it was the choreography, or the dancers, or what, but the whole routine felt AWKWARD. Was it just me? I did focus more on Edson who didn’t quite get into character. The girls felt like backup dancers and didn’t really have their moment to shine. It was just an awkward routine. Something was WAAY off. Grade: C-
Judges: They dancers need to work on their techniques, Edson needs to be more free, overall performance not that great.

_W5A9631_hires1Who: Asaf (Team Street) and Marissa (Team Stage)
Style: Cha Cha
Choreographer: Jean Marc Genereux
Song: “”+1” Martin Solveig feat Sam White
Performance: So, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it wasn’t great. The two dancers never connected with each other. Marissa was hot, and Asaf looks hot, but they didn’t sizzle together. It’s like the other person didn’t even exist. The lifts were labored and while Marissa had some great facial expressions they didn’t seem to be 100% generous. There was one lift where Asaf actually took a few moments to place Marissa on the ground, it really took me out of the piece. As for dancing the actual cha-cha? It’s times like this you need Mary Murphy to explain it….Grade: D
Judges: Nigel says it doesn’t feel like Cha Cha, as if the piece were choreographed to protect them. Nigel said Marissa didn’t connect with Asaf. Though Asaf didn’t dance well he acknowledges that he worked hard. Paula says Asaf should continue to grow and that Marissa was selfless in her dancing. Marissa says she wasn’t there for her partner.

_W5A9688_hires1Who: Gaby (Team Stage), Ariana and Burim (Team Street)
Style: African Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman
Song: “Gorilla” by Lord KraVen
Performance: The piece opens up with them looking like a spider. That’s pretty rad. Then they go into the routine with crutch like pieces on their hands that go up and down. It’s pretty unique. The whole routine is gritty and dirty and messy  and fully of energy. I LOVE IT. Ariana was killing it and Gaby was right there with her. That series of flips the girls did was pretty incredible. While Burim wasn’t perfect (he needed to get low and throw his head into it like the girls were) I was surprised by how much he held his own when in the package he seemed to be totally off. Sure the piece could have been better but the great choreography and the exciting story really made this routine a performance to remember. Grade: B
Judges: Paula loves that Burim made it through the routine. Paula thought the performance was refreshing and the girls were super strong. Jason acknowledges a little mess up Burim made where he missed Gaby’s foot, he thought conceptually this was one of the best pieces. Nigel thought Ariana looked comfortable and is proud of Gaby. Nigel suggests that Burim get down.

_W5A9821_hires1Who: Kate (Team Stage) and Neptune (Team Street)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Justin Giles
Song: “Promise” by Ben Howard
Performance: I love how the music was simply and flowy and gentle while their movements were sharp and jagged and raw. I also love how connected the dancers seemed with each other even though I wish they were even more. There were a few moments in there where they just looked at each other and smiled and I wanted more of those moments. There was also a moment where the music swelled and I wished the dancing matched that moment. That being said the piece was beautifully danced and very emotional. I love couples dancing, can we just have all couples? Grade: B+/A-
Judges: Jason loved their connection and thought Kate was great. Nigel thought so much was said during the routine and he loved what the dances gave them. Paula worried about Kate letting go and thought she was just right in the piece. Neptune is becoming Paula’s favorite and she sees how emotional he was.

_W5A9882_hires1Who: Hailee (Team Stage) and Virgil (Team Street)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Phoenix and Pharside
Song: “Runnin’” by Noahplause
Performance: It’s so insane just how good this piece was. I mean it was SO good. It was out of this world. Haha, get it? Hailee really won me over. Her personality came out in loads in this piece and I LOVE IT. They were both in total sync all the time, they moved like robots, and they used every piece of their body to do cool things. There was animation tutting with the hands and feet. Hailee stepped up on Virgil’s ARM – that was insane! – and there was just so much to love in this piece. It made me excited. It made me yell out at the TV, it made me rewind my DVR. And that’s what I love about this show. Grade: A
Judges: Nigel loved their personality in this piece. He says the routine was very memorable. Paula loved their committement and thought it was a lot of fun. Jason thought Hailee was incredible at street and had no idea she could be that good.

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Team Stage Group Routine
Choreographer: Jaci Royal
Song: “For My Help” by Hayden Cainin
Performance: I love the musicality of this piece. This piece was so raw and the dancers had to have so much athleticism. I love when the dancers have to use their entire bodies and they just threw themselves around the stage. They even dragged a dancer around on their heads! I love the shapes they created, how the men fit the women together like legos, but then the piece exploded with the crescendo of the music. I also loved Alexia dancing on the backs of the other dancers almost like she was flying. Excellent, excellent piece.
Grade: A

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Team Street Group Routine
Choreographer: Marty Kudelka
Song: “Break Ya Neck” by Busta Rhymes
Performance: They were slick, they had swag and attitude, but I think this piece would have been a lot better had they danced in sync. It was hard core, but they could have hit it harder. Some dancers were dancing better than others, but I found it lacking. I knew what it could have been and should have been, but it wasn’t really.
Grade: B


Bottom Six

  • Moises – Team Stage
  • Edson – Team Stage
  • Kate – Team Stage
  • Asaf – Team Street
  • Ariana – Team Street
  • Burim – Team Street

My Thoughts
Who do I want to go home? Well Asaf and…ack, I can’t decide between Moises and Edson. I like them both! Moises has more personality than Edson, but Edson is a better dancer. As for the other dancers in the bottom six Burim and Kate were really good today, and it’s not Ariana’s time to go home yet.

Twitter Save: Ariana and Kate

Judges Save: Asaf (???) and Edson

Eliminated: Burim and Moises

My Thoughts
WHAT!? Really?? Asaf over Burim? Come on! Burim killed it today and Asaf was terrible. Why why are they keeping Asaf? Is it just for the drama? Seriously, someone tell me why!? I’m sad to see Moises going home, but Edson is the better dancer even if I think Moises did better than Edson tonight.

Random Thoughts

  • How many hats do you think Twitch owns?
  • I love how Cat gives the dancers words of encouragements even when she’s delivering bad news
  • When judging Asaf Paula says I could tell you all the things you did wrong, but I won’t do that. What matters is that you’re trying. Um…shouldn’t you tell him what he did so he can get better? Isn’t that what you’re judging? You’re not just here to deliver superlatives, give him some actual critique he can use to do better! Come on!
  • I miss judges that actually give real critique. Yes, Mary Murphy was crazy, but at least she gave some real feedback, most of the time.
  • I also miss the guest judges, what happened to the jokes of Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the snarky quips of Anna Kendrick, or just Neil Patrick Harris. Paula is too nice, and Jason has no idea what he’s talking about. You can’t take any of his “critique” seriously. BOOOOORRRRING!

Favorite Quotes:

  • Cat: So what he’s saying is keep your options open.
  • Nigel: That’s my girl.
  • Paula: Burim, I love watching your package.
  • Cat as Virgil was leaving the stage: “Look at his little butt going.”

Top 5 Performances

  1. Hailee and Virgil – Hip Hop
  2. Team Stage Group Routine
  3. JaJa, Alexia, and Derek – Contemporary
  4. Kate and Neptune – Contemporary
  5. Burim, Ariana, and Gaby – African Jazz

Final Thoughts
I still can’t believe the judges saved Asaf over Burim. But hopefully that means he’ll be going home next week because I seriously don’t know who would be up for elimination next week. Maybe Marissa, but she’s a great dancer she just had a lousy partner. Maybe Ariana again because she was only so so today. But seriously it’s crazy how much these dancers have grown on me. My votes tonight are for JaJa, Neptune, and Virgil…Kate might get one vote. While I think Team Stage won the group routine, Team Street won individually.

***ALSO! Next week and probably from now on, my review on the show might now come so quickly. In fact, you may have to wait for the weekend. But it will come.***