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18 June 2009 @ 01:47 am
So You Think You Can Dance, Top 18  
Thoughts on tonight's dances (with a few quick reviews of some of last week's numbers again) ....

Evan/Randi - First of course. Something tells me they do not want Evan to win, or come close because he was 4th last week and then first this. And what the hell kinda critique was that? All three of them ripping on him? What the frick ever! I enjoyed it very much, and they kicked bootay!!

Ade/Melissa - Oh, I rewatched last week and it was lovely, but I still don't think it deserves the oohs! and aahs! it got. They were good this week again, but I think that Evan and Randi were better, but all the judges did was kiss their asses. Whatever.

Caitlin/Jason - I thought that Caitlin was fabulous, and Jason was very good too. The problem was that neither the song or Shane's supposed backstory fit at ALL with the choreography and dancing. The routine came across as a meet-cute between a boy/girl who then hooked up. Which was fine, but while the song may have fit Shane's story, his choreography didn't and that is where I think it fell flat. Although, I DO agree with Mary that their styles were not in sync. Still, Caitlin was AMAZING, but I don't know diddly-squat about hip-hop, so ::shrugs::

Jeanette/Brandon - It was well-done, but I thought they let Jeannette off the hook too much for that flub. This show has been on for five seasons and while I didn't watch the first, in the last four, I've never seen such an obvious fall-out (aside from the hideous Lauren, of course, and even hers wasn't nearly that bad). Again, with ass-kissing from the judges when I felt that Evan/Randi had a superior routine. So you know what? Screw you, judges. Oh, and Jeanette, I do like you, but Brandon doesn't NEED to work out -- he clearly has that body from, you know, dancing.

Asuka/Vittolio - That was absolutely beautiful. They did themselves proud and definitely made up for last week. Just beautiful, I have nothing else to add.

Max/Kayla - Okay, THIS week I was impressed with Max. That bit at the beginning was fabulous and I enjoyed him throughout, but the routine overall (and Kayla's outfit) was a hot mess for me. I think she's a great dancer, I do, but the judges are going way overboard (as they did last week) kissing her ass. It's called backlash, Nigel, look into it.

Jason/Carla - Shouldn't have been in the bottom-three last week, but Nigel, when you give them pretty much no face-time before the top 20, this kinda thing happens. Sigh. Once again, they were fabulous. Carla's pretty dang amazing and is quickly becoming my favorite girl after Caitlin. And Jason was beautiful. I really liked this new choreographer, not just for her amazing choreography but her presence. I loved seeing her giggle with the dancers.

Jeanine/Phillip - Again with the rewatch, and I do NOT get where Napoleon/Tabitha detractors are saying it was a rip-off of "Bleeding Love" -- which I've watched many, many times -- with the awesome Chelsie/Mark because it totally was not. Yes, a couple was fighting, but it was a different kind and there were two distinct storylines with different enough choreography. Ugh. Anyhoo, about this week ... Jeanine was gorgeous -- dancing and looks. Phillip was better than I expected, but still not great. He had a few really nice moves, but there were also a lot of moves that were just flat-out wrong (as the judges pointed out). However, they work very, very well together. They have a fabulous rhythm and chemistry and that will help them.

Kupono/Ashley - Okay, I rewatched the Crash Test Dummies routine and I totally missed it's awesomeness the first time around. That was amazing, and the ending was oh, killer. Oh, Wade, you magnificent genius, you! Oh, and garsh, I love Kupono's lists. I'm a list-person. Hee!

Alrighty, this week: Okay, what the hell happened to Shane Sparks? This was crap. Again, the song, nor his backstory remotely fit the choreography, and on top of that, the choreography was just kinda blah. And why the heck were they taking parts of their wardrobe off mid-way through? Huh. How was she his shadow if that only lasted 20 seconds or so? I feel bad for poor Kupono and Ashley to go from the genius of Wade to this? I can't even critique their dancing because the choreography was so bad. I guess they were good. I still like them lots. I dunno.

And, of course, the judges are blaming the dancers and not that crap-tastic choreography. Of course. Although, I think Nigel was skirting as close to saying "Shane's choreography sucked tonight" as he would possibly dare.

Anyhoo, that's tonight.
 
 
 
harper47harper47 on June 18th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh I think Nigel was skating it close too. I have huge, huge problems with the judging last night and while we don't agree with everything (I think Caitlin just can't do hip hop) I am word on a lot of things.

The second hip hop number was better and I still like Kupono and Ashley (though she's gone as soon as they hit bottom or hit top ten. She gets no mention outside of him and she did great last night) I thought Evan and Randi were great and I'm ready to rip the judges a new one.

The theme of my entire post - Bite me Nigel.
Arabian: Deanarabian on June 18th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh I think Nigel was skating it close too.

Of course, he still ended his commentary with a bash on the dancers.

I have huge, huge problems with the judging last night and while we don't agree with everything (I think Caitlin just can't do hip hop) I am word on a lot of things.

Well, after reading a bunch of thoughts on how bad Caitlin was at hip-hop, that's why I edited in that I really can't tell with hip-hop, so I don't disagree with you there, I guess.

The second hip hop number was better and I still like Kupono and Ashley (though she's gone as soon as they hit bottom or hit top ten.

It was better, but again, Shane is just ... ugh, what happened? Neither choreographed pieces fit the music or his backstory.

She gets no mention outside of him and she did great last night)

You do? Aww. I like her.

I thought Evan and Randi were great and I'm ready to rip the judges a new one.

They sucked; they were just ripping on him so meanly and I was like, what the fuck!?!?!? All of the crap they let slide last night, but Evan's kicks weren't quite as sharp as they would like -- from a guy who's never done Jive -- so he gets ripped apart? Whatever, judges.

The theme of my entire post - Bite me Nigel.

LOL! I'll have to check it out.
harper47harper47 on June 18th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I really liked Caitlin last week but I'm just not feeling her this week. I partly blame Shane. It was a lame, lame dance but don't get mad when you read my comments about the dance. We just kind of disagreed on this one.

And I frakking hate hip hop most of the time though I loved Bleeding Love and the one Comfort and Mark did. Maybe I hate hip hop that doesn't have someone I like in. Who knows? My brain can be a fickle place.
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on June 18th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I've adored Caitlin in everything we've seen her in, so I'm hoping that one off-week doesn't get her kicked off. That's just not fair.

And I frakking hate hip hop most of the time though I loved Bleeding Love and the one Comfort and Mark did. Maybe I hate hip hop that doesn't have someone I like in. Who knows? My brain can be a fickle place.

I'm with you. For the most part, hip-hop and crunking are my least favorite dances. (I'm STILL mad that the last dance that Neil/Sabra had was a frickin' hip-hop. Grrr.)
theyellow_daisy: iDance(DO NOT TAKE)theyellow_daisy on June 18th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Evan and Randi are my favorite couple. I really enjoyed their dance, and they look great dancing together.

Caitlin did do an amazing job. I'm not a hip hop fan, but the dance was really enjoyable to watch.

I love Asuka, and her dance was beautiful!

Ade/Melissa duet was not my favorite. I like Sonya's choreography, but maybe I just didn't understand the dance. I didn't like it.

Max/Kayla dance was a hot mess. Just..no.
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on June 18th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Evan and Randi are my favorite couple. I really enjoyed their dance, and they look great dancing together.

I agree; I really wasn't looking forward to Randi, but she and Evan are great together.

Caitlin did do an amazing job. I'm not a hip hop fan, but the dance was really enjoyable to watch.

Apparently our lack of hip-hop love is why we didn't think Caitlin sucked, LOL!

I love Asuka, and her dance was beautiful!

Ditto!

Ade/Melissa duet was not my favorite. I like Sonya's choreography, but maybe I just didn't understand the dance. I didn't like it.

I'm actually not a huge fan of Sonya's choreography. I like HER, but not so much her stuff.

Max/Kayla dance was a hot mess. Just..no.

Yeah.
Annieannie_oakley on June 18th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying this season so far because I really don't HATE anyone, which is really good for me, but, as always, I'm getting so so tired of the judges obvious favoritism as they prepare to groom their preferred winner. They did it with Sabra the first year, always singling her out and going on about "only 4 years of dancing." Then they did it with Joshua. Now I feel like they're picking Kayla as the one they want on top. It's annoying.

Is she good? Yes, no doubt. But is she as great as they're making her out to be or even as good as everyone else? Not that I've seen. I think they love her backstory of being poor with a single mom and grandparents who had to take them in so she could afford to dance. Blah.
Arabian: One Angry Loganarabian on June 19th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't hate anyone (no Lauren, thank goodness!), but the judges' pushing of people is just SO FRICKIN' ANNOYING!!!!!!! Let us pick who we like.

Gah!!!! I liked Kayla in the her original audition, but I haven't seen anything to make me go WOW! since then and their pimping of her isn't helping!