Sooo this recap is a little late (seeing as how the next episodes premieres in a few hours, whoops!)…but absence makes the heart grow fonder…or whatever. Someone goes home this episode and my prediction is Kaylee or Sydney. To see if I’m right lets press play…

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

 

Season 14

Top 10 Perform, Part 2

 

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We start the show with Crazy Cat hair. Cat’s hair is crazy, you guys! Waaay over teased. Don’t like! The Top 10 and the All Stars perform a disco routine and it’s so 70’s. The costumes, the dancing, the music – It’s sooooo 70’s it makes me want to watch That 70’s show.  (Song: “You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees / Choreographers: Mandy Moore and Val Chmerkovskiy)

Random Before Performance Thoughts

  • I’m still not quite sure what Cat is wearing. It’s like it’s trying to go for the youthful vibe, but there’s too much going on! It’s the hair, it’s gotta be the hair, right? I guess it’s for the 70’s or whatever. But still.: Don’t Like.
  • Sooo the judges are sending someone home? Not America? America votes on the Top 3 and Judges send them home? Is that what she’s saying? I don’t know how I feel about this…
  • Vanessa’s top is really cute, but only she could pull something off like that. It also makes me wonder what she paired with it. A skirt? Pants? Shorts?
DUET #1: MARK AND ALL-STAR COMFORT

Style: Jazz / Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song:  “Hater” by Various Production
Performance Thoughts: I never really liked Comfort when she was on the show, but every year she’s been an all-star she’s grown and grown and grown on me. Comfort looked super hot with her bare legs and pointed toes. She killed this routine. She and Mark hit every note and movement hard. I wished there was just a little bit more push and pull. I think it could have been even hotter. But I loved the sexual tension throughout and I thought Mark did a great job. I also love his breaker moves in it. Mark does have a lot of goofball energy so it was nice to see him channel it into something more serious and intense. Performance Grade: B

SOLO #1: KOINE

Song: “Home” by Oliver Tank
Performance Thoughts: While I wasn’t sure what kind of performance she was giving emotion wise – girl is like Black Widow in her movement. Her flexibility is just incredible and I love this almost breakdance like move she did where she slid across the floor with her back arched and her legs up in the air. Performance Grade: B+

SOLO #2: LOGAN

Song: “The Radical Self” by AGF feat. Kubra Khademi
Performance Thoughts: Logan’s performance was incredible. See he had the right emotion, something Koine was missing. He just captivated you from the beginning. Love the windmill kicks, love love love him sliding on the floor with his head. He killed it in his solo. Performance Grade: A

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DUET #2: LEX AND ALL-STAR GABY

Style: Argentine Tango / Choreographers: Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo
Song: “Red & Black (Rojo y Negro)” by Ryota Komatsu
Performance Thoughts: They definitely struggled through that routine, but man that was a difficult routine. But if even I could tell it was difficult choreography, it probably doesn’t bode well for the couple. Dancing should look effortless, even if we know it’s not. Lex pretty much had the same expression throughout the whole routine and I felt like they could have had more chemistry. Lex needs to work on his acting and connecting to the piece. I think they were just thinking about the moves too much.  Mary recognizes that that choreography was intense and she wishes there was a bit more passion and heat. Performance Grade: B-/C+

SOLO #3: TAYLOR

Song: “Tragedy (Austin Cello Version)” by Brandi Carlile
Performance Thoughts: Pretty solo, but nothing special, IMO.  Performance Grade: B

DUET #3: KIKI AND ALL-STAR JENNA

Style: Hip Hop / Choreographer: Luther Brown
Song: “Caroline” by Amine
Performance Thoughts: Luther Brown’s choreography is so fantastic. This routine paired with the song was the definition of swag. Unfortunately, I don’t think Kiki pulled it off. Jenna looked fabulous, she was hitting it hard, combined with the make-up and costume she had a little bit of Harley Quinn going on, and Kiki definitely had some good moments, but he was a little awkward, and stiff. He just needed to hit it harder. And then the last 1/3 of the routine I don’t even think he danced at all, he just kinda moved around the stage and threw money at Jenna. I think it could have been a bit more electric. That being said he was out of his style, so I give him props for that. However, I didn’t like it as much as the judges do. Performance Grade: B-

SOLO #4: KAYLEE

Song: “Dragon” by LVNDVN
Performance Thoughts: I love it when Kaylee dances in her own style. It’s not contemporary, it’s more like Jazz — something Sonya Tayeh would choreograph. She just hits everything so hard and with so much passion. But what’s with that “sssh” finger thing she does? Performance Grade: A

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DUET #4: SYDNEY AND ALL-STAR PAUL

Style: Contemporary / Choreographer: Jaci Royal
Song: “Letting Go” by Melissa Etheridge
Performance Thoughts: Maybe I’m just getting more and more cynical in my old age, but guys, I don’t know if I liked this routine or not. It’s like it was trying TOO hard to make me feel something. I feel like there were SOO many things wrong with this, first of all song choice, it just did not go with the vibe of the piece. Maybe it was the piano? I dunno. And then for a good 10 seconds at the beginning there was no dancing, then another 10 seconds at the end no dancing. It’s almost like they barely did any dancing at all. Something was just off. Maybe it was chemistry, maybe it was the routine itself, or the fact that I didn’t connect with the song, or maybe I’m just a cold-hearted b*tch. The judges like it, They call it sweet and emotional. I dunno, whatever. Performance Grade: C+/B-

SOLO #5: ROBERT

Song: “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
Performance Thoughts: If you ever wondered what Busta Rhymes songs looked like, it would be this solo from Robert. And that’s a good thing. The routine is weird, and funny, and fun and just makes me smile. It has soooo much energy and ends with a stand-out back bend. Performance Grade: B+

SOLO #6: DASSY

Song: “Battling Go-Go Yubari in Downtown LA,” by edit
Performance Thoughts: Only Dassy could make a white shirt, blue leggings, and white sneakers look so chic. Her solo is sassy.  Performance Grade: B

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DUET #5: LOGAN AND ALL-STAR ALLISON

Style: Jazz / Choreographer: Brian Friedman
Song: “In The Morning” by Jaded
Performance Thoughts:  Okay, see this is the routine I was waiting for. Something that made me excited! Something that made me think WHOA that was so cool. And there were so many cool things that Logan did in this routine. This crouching spin while holding his leg up, moving forward while in the splits almost alien like, flipping Allison over by just the legs, almost like a joined somersault. It was just cool. Allison has a way of out dancing her partners but I think she actually made him look good. He was able to shine and do these fantastic out of the box moves. The routine was funky and weird and a breath of fresh air. I loved it. Performance Grade: A-

SOLO #7: LEX

Song: “Rollin’” by Shakka Feat. Frisco
Performance Thoughts: His solo has a mixture of other styles in it and it’s pretty cool, but dude needs a haircut, I’m sorry. And he needs to get rid of that mustache. It’s distracting. That being said, his solo showed strength, technique, and musicality. Loved it. Performance Grade: B+/A-

DUET #6: KAYLEE AND ALL-STAR CYRUS

Style: Hip Hop / Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “I’m Better” by Missy Elliott feat. Lamb
Performance Thoughts: This performance had me at Missy Elliott. See this feels more like Kaylee’s style. Maybe it’s the hair. She just looked SOOOOO much more comfortable. She was hitting it hard, showed a lot of personality, and I loved that move where she balanced herself on Cyrus’ back. This should have been her introduction performance.  Nigel agrees with me and felt like she was able to express herself better with this routine. Performance Grade: B+/A-

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DUET #7: TAYLOR AND ALL-STAR ROBERT

Style: Broadway / Choreographer: Al Blackstone
Song: “The Man That Got Away” by Judy Garland
Performance Thoughts: Every time I hear this song I think of Gilmore Girls. This is the song Luke and Lorelai reunite with after the events that happened at Lorelai’s parents vowel renewal. So already this song has a lot of meaning attached to it. That being said it was a lovely routine. The first thing I noticed was Taylor’s shoes, the second thing I noticed was the connection between Robert and Taylor. It was just like they were in their own little world. The spotlight was on them. There wasn’t really a lot to critique about this routine. It was sweet and romantic, elegant and classy and overall just a beautiful routine.  Performance Grade: A-

DUET #8: KOINE AND ALL-STAR MARKO

Style: African Jazz / Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Song: “Speaking in Tongues II” by Sheila Chandra
Performance Thoughts:  So my DVR cut out the intro package, but I’m almost glad it did. I had no idea what I was getting into with this routine and for that I loved it. First of all let me say this was a hard routine. It was so physical and the music doesn’t have measures, just freestyle beats – a woman making different noises with her mouth. But with this choreography, it was like I understood the music. I understood what this woman was saying. I loved that Koine and Marko always stayed connected. I loved how they intertwined their bodies and used each other as support. This was a fantastic, crazy, unique, breath-of-fresh-air routine. Performance Grade: A

SOLO #8: MARK

Song: “Is it A Crime” by Sade
Performance Thoughts: Such an odd song choice but it makes his dancing and his style look smooth and sleek. That ending pose was fierce. Performance Grade: B

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DUET  #9:ROBERT AND ALL-STAR JASMINE

Style: Contemporary/ Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Otherside” by Perfume Genius
Performance Thoughts: While Robert’s dancing wasn’t as strong as it could have been,I really felt the emotion in this piece, and the fantastic song helped a lot. I felt the story, I felt the sadness and the longing and the need for healing. I think Robert was able to tell the story, and to tell it well. I loved the move where Robert spun on his one foot his hands out and his head back. Performance Grade: B-/C+

SOLO #9: KIKI

Song: “The Drummer” by Alessandro Olivato Orchestra
Performance Thoughts: It’s pretty much your standard male ballroom solo. However it’s nice to see him with confidence and swagger. It’s reminiscent of the Kiki during his fine performance before he was chosen for the Top 10. I like this Kiki. Performance Grade: B

DUET  #10: DASSY AND ALL-STAR FIK-SHUN

Style: Bollywood / Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Radha Nachegi” by Tevar (Soundtrack)
Performance Thoughts: First of all Dassy looks great. Second of all, Dassy was going at it harder than Fik-Shun was. She is such a pro. She had so much energy, technically she was fantastic and she put on a great performance. She made it look really easy, like it was something that she did all the time.I feel so bad that she fell, you can see it in her face when the performance is over, but she recovered like a pro and stumbles be damned — she was great! Performance Grade: B+

 

Well the performances are over and the time has come to send someone home.

BOTTOM THREE
  • Logan (WHATTTT?)
  • Sydney (Yeah, I figured)
  • Robert (WHATTTT?)

My Thoughts On This: Um seriously, it boggles the mind that Logan and Robert are in the bottom 3. Okay, then again Logan’s performance last week was just so-so, but this weeks more than made up for it. And Robert has been consistently fantastic. Honestly I’m super shocked Kaylee isn’t in the bottom. My vote to go home out of these three is Sydney. Her performance last week wasn’t great and in my opinion her performance in this episode isn’t enough to save her over the other two. But it’s up to the judges and they seem to love her.

Judges Vote to Go Home: And the judges send home ROBERT!?!?! WHAT? WHAT!?!?!?

My Thoughts On This: To quote the Mother from How I Met Your Mother, “WHAT THE DAMN HELL!” WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE JUDGES. BAD MOVE! WRONG CHOICE! I am soooo shocked. And upset. I can’t believe they sent him home. He has personality! He’s unique! His performance in last weeks episode was better than both of Sydney’s performances combined. Plus he KILLED it in his solo. I honestly can’t believe it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE JUDGES! ?Also it wasn’t unanimous. Who wanted to keep him? I bet it was Mary. Ugh, Sydney you better kill it next week girl.

 

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RANDOM THOUGHTS:
  • How adorable was it when Nigel asked Jenna if there was anything she wasn’t good at and Kiki said “No”? So adorable.
  • Is it weird that I find Kiki so much hotter without his glasses and with that heavy heavy eye make-up? What does that say about me?
  • Sydney looks soooooo much better without all that stage make-up.
  • I said last week that my vote was for Sydney and I don’t think my mind was changed by her performance.
  • The fact that Vanessa likes everything is starting to annoy me a little.
  • Allison knocking on her hard bra – awesome.
  • That Steppin’ routine with the Lethal Ladies of Baltimore and the All Stars was pretty awesome.
  • I really like that Nigel does his research beforehand. He obviously researched the music artist Sheila Chandra for the African Jazz routine. It’s very professional.
  • Sometimes Vanessa is TOO happy and peppy. Girl, tone it down.
  • I’m CRAAAAZY about Sydney’s eye make up.

 

Nigel’s Creepy Comment of the Episode:
“Would you like to teach me the tango, Mary?”

 

TOP THREE PERFORMANES:
  • Koine and All-Star Marko / African Jazz
  • Logan and All-Star Allison / Jazz
  • Taylor and Robert / Broadway

 

Overall Thoughts: I still can’t believe Robert is the one going home. Look at all that personality he showed at the end there. It’s so aggravating! How were he and Logan in the bottom three? Ugh.  Sydney better step it up next week that’s all I have to say. Seriously. Ugh, I can’t even talk anymore. Bye.

Until next week….

The time has come. The moment we have been waiting for. Okay not necessarily waiting for, but anticipating. It’s performance time! The Top 10 will be revealed. We’ll find out if Gabby picked Evan or Lex.  We will see performances from the All-Stars. I. Cant. Wait.

Now as usual, I blog about this as I watch. So all my reactions are based on the moment, I have no idea what’s coming until it’s all over. I know I’ve been on and off with my recaps but let’s be honest, those auditions took FOREVER! My recaps won’t be day of because, guys, I have to watch American Ninja Warrior on Mondays, I just do. So be patient! Recap. Will. Come.

Let’s get to it!

 

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 14

Top 10 Perform, Part 1

 

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We open up with a group number from The All-Stars. It’s flowy dresses and shirtless guys, with choreography set to the old-school song “Knocking On Heaven’s Door,” by Raign which SCREAMS Mandy Moore. Robert is really the stand out in this. And when it’s over I find out I was right. This beautiful piece was courtesy of Mandy Moore.

Random Thoughts

  • Cat is flawless as usual. Is her dress sequened? Is it leather? I can’t tell. Maybe it’s both
  • Allison hurt her shoulder in rehearsal. She won’t be performing tonight with her partner. That’s so depressing.
  • The incredible Wade Robson is back with a new piece. Can’t. Wait.
  • What the hell is Mary Murphy working? It’s very Fairy-Godmother-esque.

 

The Top 10 is going to be revealed one by one, so here we go. First up…

 

FIK-SHUN

Who He Picks: His choice is between Kyle and Dassy. And no offense to Kyle, (I didn’t really get to know him at all. Probably wouldn’t have mattered), but my vote has always been for Dassy. Please, please let it be her. She’s a great dancer, she wants it soooo bad and her style is: Always. On. Point. Anyway, it’s as if Fik-Shun has heard me and he picks DASSY!  Yessssss….
Song: “Shake Your Pants” by Cameo / Choreographer: Poppin’ Pete
Performance Thoughts: Love this as a first performance for Dassy. She looks so daper, even if her outfit looks like it belongs on Wyle E. Coyote or someone out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This performance was so energetic and it allowed Dassy to show her dazzling personality. There was one mistake in the middle there after their legs linked, but whatever, it was the first performance, and it was fun. So that’s all that matters for today.
Performance Grade: Solid B

ALLISON

Who She Picks:  So it’s between Zachary and Logan. Zachary is an amazing dancer, but there’s something about Logan. I think Allison could bring out the extraordinary in him. So for me the edge goes to Logan. And it’s LOGAN, for the win! Yay!
Song: “Protocol” by Leon Else / Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Performance Thoughts: Let me start off by saying, Tyce has choreographed some great pieces over the years, but sometimes he can come off as — what’s the nice word for it — pretentious. Over the years it’s caused me to NOT like him. I think him being a judge all those years ago is what turned me off to him. That being said this piece he choreographed was on point. From that opening move when Logan turns Audrey upside down, to the music that accentuated every movement these guys made, this piece captivated me. I thought Logan did a great job for his first performance, but he needs to have more authority, more command. He didn’t really have a presence.  He just needs to build more confidence and show more emotion and I think he could be great. (One another note, sorry Audrey but I don’t remember you and Allison would have killed this routine. This is the stuff Allison is made of and she would have out danced Logan right off the stage. So maybe it’s better she didn’t dance with him for this first performance? Or maybe she could have brought that fierceness he so desperately needed out of him.)
Performance Grade: B

JENNA

Who She Picks: This is a hard one. Kiki’s Academy routine with Jenna was hot hot hot and it was so difficult. But Koncrete, the way he makes routines his own and puts his own personality into things, is just fantastic. And he had his breakdown moment, you know I love it when a show can break someone down. I’d love to see him on the show. So who does Jenna pick? KIKI…ugh I’m so disappointed. Sorry. I really am.
Song: “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes / Choreographer: Dimitry Chaplin
Performance Thoughts: Jenna looks super hot, but  my disappointment with her pick definitely clouds this routine. It’s hard to judge male ballroom dancing because honestly their job is to make the girl look good. I mean he looked good. He looked like he knew what he was doing. Though he could have had a bit more personality, he was really there for her so that’s something. I just want more heat and chemistry. Maybe that’s what it is. I’ve also never really been a fan of Dimitry’s choreography, I wish there was a lift or something in there. But whatever, I’m probably just upset about Koncrete…
Performance Grade: C+

CYRUS

Who He Picks: These two are also both great. Havoc does super cool animation that would go great with Cyrus. Kaylee has the personality though. She’s weird and quirky and she has that blue hair, you know? HE picks KAYLEE! Yay!
Song: “Clown” by Emeli Sande / Choreographer: Tessandra Chavez
Performance Thoughts: Okay, here’s what I don’t understand. 1) Why are they doing a contemporary routine? Why can’t they do a routine in their style? Especially a style that Cyrus himself isn’t strong at. 2) Why why why is she wearing a dress that looks weird and totally doesn’t fit her personality. I wish she were wearing something else because it’s totally distracting and honestly doesn’t fit the story. As for the dancing I love that some of her style was incorporated into the dancing. I think Kaylee could be a little lighter on her feet it was a little herky jerky and less flowy.I love her little arch back leap away from Cyrus. And I love the hand over the mouth animation when they were “arguing.” I’d love to see the choreographer and the costumer work with her awesome style though, it would do wonders for the dancing. (Nigel calls Kaylee a contemporary dancer and HOLD ON I have to google. She’s a contemporary dancer? Her audition piece was kinda contemporary, but it was also animation. Soooo, what? I’m confused.)
Performance Grade: C+/C

GABY

Who She Picks: This one was the other really hard one. It’s between Evan and Lex. Lex was the front runner from the beginning. He had me with his range of movement and new moves I haven’t seen before, but Evan won me over that last week of the Academy. He totally put his heart out in Sonya’s routine. It such a hard decision. I think I want to see Evan as the winner. Yeah…Right? And Gaby picks…LEXXXXX!!! YAY! And Aww. YAWWW! I’m both happy and sad. Like Gaby said Lex has room to grow. Maybe needs a good old Mia Michaels breakdown too. Right? Let’s do this.  (I would have, of course, been just as happy with Evan, aww Evan.)
Song: “More”,  by Bobby Darin / Choreographer: Anthony Morigerato
Performance Thoughts: So many thoughts you guys!! Okay first, Lex looks soooo good in that suit! So smooth, so Cary Grant combined with Fred Astaire…I love it! And that smiling. He’s smiling guys AND he looks like he’s having fun. Though at times his smile does look a little forced or plastered on. Also, sorry Gaby, love you girl but I’m totally watching him more than you (As I should be right?). He moves with such ease and that triple splits thing he did was so cool, even if he leaned back a little too far at the end there. I’ve always loved Anthony Morigerato’s choreography and I loved this routine.
Judges: Standing O from the judges. Nigel calls Lex one of the best dancers he’s ever seen. Vanessa loved it and saw his personality. Mary puts him on the hot tamale train.
Performance Grade: A-

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COMFORT

Who She Picks: It’s between Mark and Deja. I would love to see two girls kill it. Like Comfort and Jasmine did those years ago with that “Who Run The World (Girls)” song. However, she picks MARK.
Song: “REDMERCEDES”, by Amine / Choreographer: Luther Brown
Performance Thoughts: Comfort’s style is on! point! for this routine. I love everything about it: her hair, her earrings, her costume, her make up. I love it all. I’m not sure what Mark is wearing, but that doesn’t matter because he was adorable in this. Okay, adorable isn’t the right word, but his performance made me smile. He had such swag, such confidence. He reminds of a cute, less douchey Cory from MTV: The Real World and The Challenge, and his personality is like Fik-Shun’s. He just looks cool, even in that weird costume. The routine was so chill, just like Luther Brown in general. I loved it.
Performance Grade: A-/B+

MARKO

Who Did he Pick?: His choices are between Koine and Sophia. I love Sophia’s look, but I want Koine to win. I do. And she does. It’s KOINE! (Asians are killing it this season.)
Song: “Memories” by Alex Somers / Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Performance Thoughts: Oh my gosh it was SOOOOO beautiful. This routine had the light and flowy movement  that Cyrus and Kaylee’s piece was missing. When they both reached for each other? Chills! And then when Koine held his face? And then at the end when he was just a memory? Tear! Okay so I didn’t cry, but I could have. It was such a gorgeous routine and Koine danced it so well. They have great chemistry together. Love love love.
Performance Grade: A-

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PAUL

Who Did He Pick?: He must decide between Kristina and Sydney. Is it weird I’m not very invested in these two girls? I don’t remember much about them so it doesn’t really matter to me who wins. It’s SYDNEY by the way. Hopefully once I get to know her better she can win me over.
Song: “All Stars” by Martin Solveig feat Alma / Choreographer: Val Chmerkovskiy
Performance Thoughts: Dammmmnn girl’s got legs for daaayyyzzz. Seriously Sydney’s legs are so long! And with heels she’s taller than Paul. Okay, this is going to sound mean, but it’s not mean because girl is gorgeous and I’m here sitting on my couch eating ice cream while they just worked their butts off, but she’s too big for Paul. Not big like fat or big like big boned, she’s just too big. Or let’s say Paul is too small. Yeah, that sounds better. But you know what I mean. As for dancing, I think they need to work on their chemistry. They have the moves, but the routine felt like work and they didn’t connect. They were also much too smiley. I blame it on the music choice.
Performance Grade: C

ROBERT

Who Did He Pick?: It’s between Jonathan and Taylor. I think my vote for Taylor. She reminds me of Raina for America’s Next Top Model. Those eyebrows! And he picks her! TAYLOR is the winner.
Song: “Change is Everything (A Capella Version)” by Son Lux / Choreographer: Travis Wall
Performance Thoughts: DAMN. I don’t even know what to say. Guys, I hated it. Just kidding. I LOVED IT. Honestly, this routine had me at the name Travis Wall. That kid is a frickin genius. That move where Robert picks Taylor up by one arm and onto the toes of one foot I actually said WOW out loud. This routine was pretty close to perfect. I mean Travis really showcased everything Taylor could do. She folded, turned, locked her legs around Robert. He picked her up and she curved around him like a snake. From the first ankle breaker fall, to that last look she gave the camera before she fell forward. Everything was breathtaking. Everything worked. The pale skin, the dark hair, the dark eyebrows. Taylor looks a lot like Anne Hathaway, and sorry, but that’s all I have to say because I have to rewind.
Performance Grade: A+

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JASMINE

Who Did She Pick?: Howard or Robert? I don’t know much about Howard, so I’m leaning toward Robert. Jasmine picks ROBERT and I feel so bad for Howard because he was crying.
Song: “Perm” by Bruno Mars / Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Performance Thoughts: Everything was just right about this routine. And it made me so happy. The theme. The set. The costumes. The attitude. The hairspray. It was all on point. (I say that a lot, but this show got soooo much right today.) There was so much for these dancers to think about and they killed it. Robert is awesome. He has such personality. He really got into character. They were in sync, sassy, and it was just a fun routine to behold. Also, I love Jasmine. She’s just cool. Too cool to be my friend, but we won’t dwell on that right now.
Performance Grade: A-

 

The show ends with an All-Star/Top 10 performance choreographed by Wade and Amanda Robson and Tony Tesla. Now I know Cat was pushing it as being on par with Ramalama Bang Bang, and while it was quite good. Nothing is as good as Ramalama Bang Bang. However, I will say, Wade has the best theatrics and I really miss his weird, dramatic style of choreography. Sonya Tayeh comes close but there’s just something about Wade, he can make the weird beautiful. Like those lights in the mouth? Chilling and haunting.

 

Random Thoughts:

  • Anyone else think it was awkward Allison touching Tyce’s shoulder when Nigel praised his choreography? It looked really awkward.
  • Audrey looks like Alexa Vega.
  • Jenna’s eye make up is on point. I mean she looks fabulous.
  • Sometimes Nigel can come off as a douche, especially when he calls out Lex on his pre-show package regarding his personality. Love that Mary hits him. Love that Vanessa calls him on it.
  • LEX. HAS. PERSONALITY. You guys.
  • Vanessa comparing Mark to Rufio is awkward. She is such a dork, but I like her more than Jason Derulo. I just hope she starts finding other things to say.
  • Why is Nigel trying to make Marko and Koine a couple? Because they’re both Asian? Its quite awkward for the first episode, Nigel, come on.
  • I love the yells from the crowd during Travis Routines. I love it when it’s more than just female screams but dudes yelling out. Some dude loved it so much they yelled Yeah.
  • Love what Cat says about Robert. “This man will never let you fall.”
  • Love that Asians are representing on this season of the show: Dassy, Mark, Lex

 

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Top 3 Performances:

  • Taylor and Robert
  • Robert and Jasmine
  • Koine and Marko

 

Nigel’s Most Creepy Old Man Comment:
(About Sydney’s dress) “There’s enough pizazz there for me.”

Top Favorite Contestants:
Taylor, Dassy and Lex (with an honorable mention to Robert)

My Vote to Go Home
Sydney

What was your favorite routine? Who do you think is going home? Did you vote? who did you vote for? I’m ending this post with the “Ramalama” Dance Routine by Wade Robeson, because it is LEGENDARY. Until next week my friends. Dance on. Dance on.

 

 

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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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.