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08 August 2007 @ 09:33 pm
NEIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (aka SYTYCD) - Top 6  
Heavy sigh, most likely the last night of competitive dancing for my Neil, so of course I had to jot my comments down. And of course I had to comment with Neil and Sabra finally dancing together. YAY!!! I've been power-voting since a little after 9 and am getting through constantly. Sigh, my boy is sooo going home. Double sigh.

Anyhoo, here are my thoughts on the routines tonight.

- Sabra (solo) - Eh, not bad, but didn't do anything special for me. I mean, it was good, but didn't grab me.

- Lacey/Pasha (hip-hop) - Good. Okay, really good. I thought it was an interesting routine and that they danced it well. My one criticism is that they weren't together very well when dancing together. (Last week, Neil and Lacey were much better in sync.)

- Lauren/Danny (contemporary) - First off, I'm sorry Danny for (a) having to dance with her and (b) ewwww, she kissed you. EEEWWWWWWWWW! Uhm, why the FUCK was she wearing that cheesy-ass, craptastic grin through the whole damn routine?!?! WHY!?!?!? Gawd, she bugs so much. I didnt really like it. It was just them throwing themselves around and I felt absolutely NO connection. None, like zero, at all ... and as a proud Celine Dion fan, that is one of my favorite songs EVER by her and I can't believe it was wasted on Lauren. Yet again, Danny, I'm sorry.

- Pasha (solo) - Uhm, eh. It was okay. Not bad, but didn't do anything for me. Like at all.

- NEIL!/Sabra (jazz) - As far as I'm concerned Mandy Moore and Diana Torres are the choreographers of this season and this routine is why the former is so. I LOVED it. It was a brilliant concept that was brilliantly executed by Moore and brilliantly danced by these two. I thought they had a great connection, hit it hard and beautifully. The whole shebang of stuff over/under the table was AWESOME!! Just awesome. Neil's gymnastic skills were put to good use in conjunction with his dance and but for a section after the double pirouette (Neil's was a tad tighter and a half rotation longer than Sabra's, I think) they were nicely in sync and got back in sync fairly quickly. Just outstanding. I LOVED. It was the first routine I watched twice.

- Lauren (solo) - Dude, she was totally dancing too fast for the music. Dipshit. And wearing her cheesy-ass, craptastic grin. Blechhhh! (Okay, there was that one sorta sideways spin move that was really pretty, but that's the ONLY positive you're gonna drag out of me.)

- Lacey/Pasha (smooth waltz) - Beautifully executed; they looked and danced beautifully. My one tiny criticism is that I didn't think they had any chemistry, but the flow was absolutely gorgeous and in a waltz is essential and the movements were just wonderfully done. Brava!

- NEIL! (solo) - Okay, if I had never been for Neil before now, this solo would have done it for me for one reason and one alone. I don't know if I've ever actually written this down in any write-up of the show over the last two seasons or if I've only thought it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I watch a solo. They all HAVE to know by now that the SYTYCD theme is thrown at the end of EVERY SINGLE music piece they select. They have to know and I always ask myself as they fumble through those last few seconds because of that additional music why the hell NO ONE ever actually choreographs something that flows from THEIR routine to cover that part of the music, as if you know it's part of the music they'll be dancing to ... since it IS part of the music that they will be dancing to. *

* I could be wrong and others have done this before and I just totally missed it due to their crappy choreography not making it obvious.

AND NEIL DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He choreographed a bit CLEARLY that was intended to flow from his musical choice into that SYTYCD theme fitting the beats perfectly. I actually sat up in shock and literally shouted, "OH MY GOD! HE DID IT!!!" and then I rewound it again and again to see ... and yup, HE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!!!!!!! And it looked a million times better than every other solo routine ending on this show ever because the music was expected and choreographed to accordingly. Thank you, Neil.

Ahem, as for the rest of it. I liked. Didn't love, but I liked it better than the others thus far. Of course, I'm a Neil-girl, so that could be my bias talking. I admit that freely. But that end, those last few seconds? You rock, Neil!!!!

- Danny/Lauren (disco) - That? Was HORRIBLE!! Possibly THE worst dance I've ever seen on this show. Seriously. Remember Lacey and Pasha's smooth waltz where every move flowed into every other move with grace and beauty, without thought, just naturally? Imagine the exact opposite. Or just watch this routine. Seriously. You could see them thinking through every single move before they started on another. Again, there was no connection. The lifts looked tentative, Dipshit wore that cheesy-ass, craptastic grin. And the death drop? Tentative and oh, Dipshit, used her HAND to push herself up from the floor. That's not how you rise from a death drop!!! No, no, no, no, nooooooooooooooo. My mother frickin' taught Disco. Ugh!!! That was horrible. And sadly, most of the above commentary reflects on Danny too. The boy tried I'm sure, but stuck with the partner from hell who is clearly unable to establish a connection with any dancer, and a style he's obviously not comfortable in? Yeah, this was not a good dance. At all.

Wrote the above before listening to the judges' comments. Clearly they are all on crack. Heavy, heavy, HEAVY doses of crack.

- Lacey (solo) - GO LACEY!!! She did it too!!!! TWO IN ONE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!! She and Neil actually flippin' choreographed for the SYTYCD theme. Good job. Okay, much, much, much better than last week (obviously). It was better than the others (except for Neil, sorry, I'm a Neil-girl), but I didn't like the sticking-butt out part and sections of it felt like one-half of a swing routine without a partner. Still it was very good, and had more style and pizzazz than anyone else's. (I just liked Neil's better.)

- NEIL!/Sabra (paso doble) - I'm going to honest. Until the ending, I thought it was very good, but nothing stand-out. I mean, they both sold their parts well (Neil actually oversold it a bit here and there), they did have great eye contact, nice crisp movement, but again, you could see them thinking through a few moves. But that ending? KICKED ASS!!!!! I actually thought it ended at first when the lights dimmed and that part I loved, so I rewound to watch it. Rewatched it and it continued with her falling down his body in that hold and then I frickin' LOVED it!!! And then, and then ... how they carried the performance all the way through over to Cat with Neil dragging her across, then pulling her up and the whole thing. Just awesome. That kick-ass ending elevated it from a very good to a KICK-ASS AWESOME!!! Loved that ending. I don't care if the final drop wasn't perfect, I still loved it.

Commenting on comments -- I did love Neil's, "this is the first time I've been on the train." Heeheehee!! Loved that. One other thing, it was really, really, really nice seeing Neil with a partner he really connected with. For the first time standing up there while listening to commentary, it came across as if Neil was listening to the comments WITH someone as opposed to just listening to them while standing next to someone.

- Danny (solo) - It was good, but I was already power-voting for Neil (and getting through every time, sniff, sniff) that I can't honestly give an opinion. I'm sure it was wonderful. It was Danny. He's just not Neil for me.

Arrrgghh, I can't believe I have to wait until Monday to hear that my beloved Neil is cut. Waaaahhh!!!

So who do I think is going home? Obviously, Neil (waaaaahhhh!!!) and Lauren (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!). Aside from my bias, really based on tonight's dancing, I don't know who should go home: Danny or Pasha, but I'd lean more towards Danny. Neil -- again based solely on tonight -- should really, really be the only one definitely who's staying. And, of course, he'll go home. But it was lovely even hearing Nigel say that Neil could win. Sigh.

My Neil.
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deevee45deevee45 on August 9th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I actually caught a little bit of this show for the first time...I have a question (and I don't mean this sarcastically, I just don't know a thing about this show or the fandom). Is Neil really hated? I thought he was as good as anyone and thought his solo shined.
Arabian: Neil & Laceyarabian on August 9th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Neil is hated very ferociously on TWoP, but he's popular elsewhere, but his popularity is supposedly just from the teenybopper set. Pffft!!!

Note, he IS getting some kudos tonight at TWop. FINALLY!
nocturnes: Firefly-It's just an objectmidnight_27 on August 9th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
I was wondering when you will post :)

Adore Neil and Sabra pairing and their jazz routine was the best of the night in my opinion. The over/under table combination was awesome and I think Mandy Moore utilized Neil's gymnastic skills most effectively. The paso doble had the coolest ending, I'm so glad that Neil and Sabra got to dance together. Neil definitely had the coolest outfits tonight and I want Sabra's top for the jazz routine!

I hated the Lacey solo because it was just way too much butt sticking.

Pasha/Lacey hip hop routine was fun, Pasha impressed me more than Lacey in their routines tonight.

I did not like Danny/Lauren (she was grinning way too much tonight) dances at all. The Mia Michaels one was boring to me and the disco, especially the lifts, looked like they were struggling. I liked the Neil/Sara's disco more so.

I'm hoping for so spoilers 'cause I don't think I can wait till Monday to find out who leaves.
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on August 9th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Loved their jazz routine sooooooo much. It was so incredibly the awesome. Yes, indeed

I didn't hate Lacey's solo, but I think the sex card was played a bit too much and, yes, I didn't like the way too much butt-sticking out-ness.
sourisvhosourisvho on August 9th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
FWIW, I've NEVER gotten a busy signal when voting on SYTYCD. Never, not even once.

I don't have a clue who's going home. I think any one of the six could go, because the voting seems to be a bit all-over-the-place this year. And the fact that Lauren is still in it is proof that anything can happen!
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on August 9th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I've heard some people on TWoP mention they've gotten busy signals for Neil, while getting through for Danny and Pasha. Others have said busy for Sabra and Danny, so who knows? I'll just keep voting so when he gets voted out, I can at least complain with justified bitterness because I DID vote a LOT!
Annieannie_oakley on August 9th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
FWIW, I've NEVER gotten a busy signal when voting on SYTYCD. Never, not even once.

Same here, and that was back when I voted a lot for Lacey and Kameron and Hok and Jaimie, and they were always safe then so I don't think it means others weren't voting for them.

I'm more worried for Danny than anyone else. I think he's come a long way with the way he expresses himself so he's more likeable now, and I think he and Lacey are the two best dancers in the competition. But Pasha is a big fan fav (and I love him, too) and Neil was amazing tonight with Sabra, so I'm kind of worried there.

I hate Lauren with the passion of a thousand burning suns. And I hated that contemporary routine with Danny. I don't get why the judges didn't call Mia and Danny/Lauren out for the alien bit. They were supposed to be aliens? Really? If I hadn't heard them explain that earlier, I would have been clueless. There was no story there and I didn't get the judges going insane for it. I really hated the judges tonight.
Arabian: Neil & Laceyarabian on August 9th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Well, I'm still getting through. Constantly. I love my Neil!!!!

I like Pasha, but I actually would like to see Danny make it over him. As long as my Neil is there, I'm happy. I would like to see Danny/Sabra dance together, but I'm so frickin' happy I got my Neil/Sabra and they were DIVINE!!!!!!!

HATE. LAUREN. SO. MUCH! And that contemp. routine? Was crap. Both of their routines SUCKED, so if Danny does go, at least it will be a night where, frankly, he does deserve it of the three guys. Lauren? Should never have been in the top 20 poisoning the well for so many in regards to my beloved Neil. HATE. HER.
harper47: pic#64833945harper47 on August 9th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
As I said, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Neil and Sabra are safe, beyond doubt. The fight is going to be for the other spot. I hit a spot of busy signals at around 9:10 but other than that I got through every time.

I can't call it.
Arabian: World of Squee!arabian on August 10th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I wish I had your confidence. Sigh. Well, if it's any consolation, I really do think that Lacey will be safe too. Hopefully we're both right about each other's faves.