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15 June 2011 @ 10:58 pm
So You Think You Can Dance (Top 10 couples)  
Yay, I love my dancing show! It's back.

Okay, my thoughts on each pair. :) And I have to say I was actually amused by the 8-second thing, especially the little notes written. (I liked "Wrong network" when Ryan said she loves Law & Order: SVU, hah!)

Jordan and Tadd (African Jazz) - That was a fun, exciting routine, although the switch from the more pulsating instrumental to the somewhat bouncier vocal section wasn't as smooth a transition as I would have preferred. Both danced it well, although, the last 30 seconds or so, the two were off sync quite a bit. Still, they were good.

Sasha and Alexander (Contemporary) - Great routine by Travis. Okay, I didn't actually like the costumes ... at all, but the choreography and the dancing was strong and passionate. Much better, in my opinion, than the girl's top 10 number he did last week.

Jess and Clarice (Broadway) - Color me shocked, Tyce choreographed a broadway routine I liked a lot! :Gasp: It was cute and charming, the two have a sweet chemistry, and Jess really is a sensational dancer. His lines are exquisite. After the critique, I have to say I agree with Nigel about both Clarice and Jess.

Ryan and Ricky (Lyrical Hip-Hop) - To start off shallow, wow, Ryan and Ricky are a BEAUTIFUL looking pair. That last shot of them smiling face to face in the clip was just loverly. Ahem, on to the dance. I had no impression of Ricky before this routine, now I'm all WOW! So dynamic, I could barely keep my eyes off of him. Very good routine by Christopher Scott, very well-danced. I will say that as much as I like Ryan (and Ryan's hair!), I gotta agree with the criticism about her smile. As gorgeous as it is, she should NOT have had a perma-smile on through this whole routine. She gots to work on that. But overall, very strong. Wow, Nigel actually called Ryan on the perma-smile. Nigel stop impressing me this season.

I'm actually glad that Ryan had a reason for the smile. So hopefully, we won't see it all the time; it sounds like she actually did think about her facial expression -- even if it didn't work without her explaining it, and that is definitely something, and much better than just some vapid smile for a smile's sake.

Caitlynn and Mitchell Robert (ugh) (Jazz) - Someone asked on TelevisionWithoutPity if it was Sonya's goal to make the human form as ugly as possible while dancing, and yup, I think that's part of my problem with her choreography. I love beauty in dance, and quite often, Sonya pushes them into these difficult, precise, and choregraphically-inventive movements and positions that I find ugly to look at. So for me, yeah, that is definitely part of my problem with her style. I don't mean to take away her talent as a choreographer, because girl is clearly mad-talented, it's just not my cup of tea.

Ugly and, oftentimes boring, in my opinion. Such was the case tonight. Hmm.

Okay, you may have noted the "ugh" after Robert's name above? Yeah, not a fan. AT ALL. Which should tell you how unimpressed I was with Caitlynn because DAMN! did Robert blow her away. He was so much better, his jumps, his lines, his movements, his crispness, etc. Everything he did so much better, and I'm not a fan at all. So, yeah, Caitlynn? Not working for me. And, obviously, I disagree with the judges, LOL!

Miranda and Robert (Latin - Jive) - I like Robert, but yeah, the WHOOO! is getting old. Stop, sweetie. Miranda's kinda uber-adorable, though, isn't she? Alas, that dancing was kinda sad. Aww, I wanted to like that so much more than I so did not. Sigh. No chemistry, the moves were off, Miranda had way too hunched a back. Megan, I guess I'm in a coma because I didn't enjoy that. I still really like Miranda, though, she's completely won me over. She might be my favorite (which I didn't have before this show). Damn, I'm agreeing with Nigel again. What the hell!??!

Missy and Wadi (Jazz) - Okay, Miranda and Robert's was much better in retrospect because this was just not good for me at all. The concept was WAY better than the execution, and Missy and Wadi were barely together at all, off sync through most of their together choreography. Yeah, not horribly impressed with Sean Cheesman. This routine did nothing for me, and I felt no connection between the two. Yeah, so disagreed with the judges.

Melanie and Marko (Contemporary) - Aww, I live in Georgia and am moving to Marietta in a month (where Melanie said she's from), and Marko is from Guam (I grew up on Guam, he'd actually be a Chamorro it looks like -- a native, a Guamanian is a non-native who lived there. Ie, I was Guamanian, not Chamorrow.) So I have a connection to these two, aww!

Oh, I loved this. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Just gorgeous. Beautiful concept, brought beautifully to life. Well done, Travis. I loved the costuming, so perfect, loved how the light switched to a fiery hue right before the big pulse of music hit. The dancing was exquisite -- truly, Melanie is INSANE! -- their chemistry was real and there and just beautiful. Marko may not have done anything for me on his own, but paired with Melanie, he's come to life. Just ... ooh, perfection. I got goosebumps, it was so beautiful. My favorite routine of the night, hands down. Standing O! I know, I know, Nigel throwing out the "Emmy nominated-routine," but I actually do agree. This was just an exquisite, yes, magical routine.

Ashley and Chris (Hip-Hop) - Sigh. I really liked the choreography and Chris was awesome, but Ashley? Well, she did do well dancing, but *her* perma-smile SO DID NOT FIT THE ROUTINE. I mean, she was smiling big and wide through practically the whole darn thing and it kept distracting me. But Chris was fabulous. Really, really good. Ashley kinda ruined it for me. Ah well. :(

Iveta and Nick (Ballroom - Quickstep) - (Hee! Nick Young is the life of the party.) That was a lot of fun, and gosh darn't!, I really, really like Nick. A LOT. I hope the Quickstep death doesn't do him in. :( Iveta is great, but Nick just grabbed a hold of me, but sure she can dance. And so can he, and together they did look fantastic. :D

Great, great crop of dancers this season. Really top-notch technique and skill overall.

Favorite routines --

Melanie and Marko - Contemporary
Jess and Clarice - Broadway
Iveta and Nick - Quickstep

Favorite dancers --

Miranda
Nick
Melanie
Ricky
Jess

Yup, none of the dancers I listed as the ones I liked best going into tonight made the list.

Who's going home? I have ABSOLUTELY no idea.
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zellie: misc | music : billie jeanleucocrystal on June 16th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Heh, you mean 8 seconds? I bet they wish they'd had 30! LOL

I think my favorite routines were probably the Broadway with Jess, Miranda and Robert's Latin Jive (though it did have its problems), Melanie and Marko's Contemporary, and Iveta and Nick's Quickstep.

Ashley and Chris felt among the most mismatched for me for two reasons; Ashley's misplaced perma-smile (as you mentioned), and the fact that they were quite off-tempo at a few points. I can understand that though, since for the past few years I've been working mostly with hip-hop; it's a very difficult style to partner in. (And I can sympathize with Ashley's predicament too, as well as Ryan's; growing up as a female dancer, the perma-smile rule is all but bashed into your skull. It's VERY difficult to un-learn, and I know I still struggle with that all the time.)

After them, Missy and Wadi were definitely the most off for me. Not in sync, the disconnect was almost palpable to me. And in such a bizarrely staged routine, that's kind of a killer.

Again, I know that Robert and Miranda's routine had some problems (and yes, Robert does need to point his toes), but he still completely charms me. I always have a big soft spot for dancers that can charm without always hitting everything 100%, and I'm not even really sure why. Robert definitely hits that mark for me. Plus, he's just been nothing but fun for me to watch so far; I'm curious to see how that holds up for me. (Though yes, the "Wooo!" thing, we get it. Doesn't put me off the dancing, though!)

Nick shocked the hell out of me! I used to be a tapper primarily (though I also did clog for several years), and I attempted quickstep when I was about 13, along with some salsa. It's difficult as hell, and he did an amazing job, especially to keep up with a world champion like Iveta.

I don't even bother guessing as to who will go home, though. I'm always terrible at those sorts of things!
Arabian: David & Billie Dancingarabian on June 16th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Right, 8 seconds, I corrected that, LOL!

Yeah, now that you mention it, I remember my mom (a choreographer) constantly drilling it in to smile, smile, smile. So, yeah, that's definitely part of it. Never even thought of that. Again, though, I liked that Ryan had a reason, whereas with Ashley it didn't fit at ALL, and even contradicted what she clearly knew the routine was about.

Missy and Wadi were definitely the most off for me. Not in sync, the disconnect was almost palpable to me. And in such a bizarrely staged routine, that's kind of a killer.

Yes, exactly.

I don't know, I'm thinking we're going to be thinking a lot alike during this. Maybe because we both have some sort of background in choreographed dance? I'm not sure, but we definitely seem on sync here (certainly more than some of the dancers, LOL!).
zellie: misc | music : billie jeanleucocrystal on June 17th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
I really wish they wouldn't do that! (They definitely subject female dancers to it more too, of course.) But yes, at least Ryan had a reason to be smiling, even though she had to communicate it later rather than through the dance.

It certainly seems that way! ;)
damon_s_86damon_s_86 on June 16th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
I haven't seen that season yet, should I?
Arabian: Damon & Elena11arabian on June 16th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
The season just started. So if you want to watch, you could easily start now.
damon_s_86damon_s_86 on June 16th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
My sister just told me. So it seems I will.
Vickie: SYTYCD-Pashasarcasticcheese on June 16th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
I liked Wadi and Missy's routine.

But I also love Sonya, so I can see where you and I are going to disagree quite a bit this season.

BUT.

I LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED Melanie and Marko's routine. LOVED. Did I mention how much I loved that routine? She's been a favorite of mine since the auditions and this sort of solidified it for me.

Worst routine for me was Ashley & Chris.

I adore Robert, but totally agree that the WOOO is going to get old really quickly.

Loved Nick. Something about Iveta rubs me the wrong way though. She's too formal, I think and I'm sure that comes from all her ballroom competitions. She needs to lighten up a little bit. Plus, she's the only one who didn't seem really excited when she found out her partner. That came across as a little snobbish to me. *shrugs* She's a fantastic dancer though.
Arabian: Neil02arabian on June 16th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Nah, I think we'll actually agree a bit -- except when it comes to Sonya routines, LOL! Because, other than the Wadi/Missy routine -- and yeah, we're not always going to like the same routines -- we definitely agreed with everything else you remarked upon.
nasha233 on June 24th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Can I just say I am late to the show and just watch last week and this week show. I too loved Wadi and Missy's routine. It was poweful but like you I love Sonya too. I too she creates all these beautiful moments that are technically difficult yet for me it looked divine.

Marko is my favorite guy, his dancing ability and his strength is so commanding, I can't keep my eyes of him. My favorite girl is Missy and their intro dance was so good because they are both Jazz dancers. Melanie is such a strong dancer that her with Marko just created magic. Love that routine too.

Nick is just so darn adorable.

I agree with Jen, I find Ryan constant smiling distracting but Ashley was definitely worse.

Can't wait for more.
Alisha: Firefly Zoe/Washkalishaka on June 16th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on most of it. Ricky and Ashley both kind of ruined their routines for me with their perma-smiles....glad I'm not the only one. Because I was really loving the hip-hop routine...but alas....

Melanie and Marko were fabulous. I've loved Melanie since her audition and she is not disappointing in any way.

Also so happy to see you loving on Nick. Together they were amazing. I hope Iveta doesn't off put people and put him in danger. Iveta is clearly older and more experienced then the rest of the group, but I firmly believe she loves to dance and she wanted to experience to do something new and different....she feels a bit removed at times but I think that is just...well expected considering. I hope other people rationalize that too....or love Nick so much they keep them for a time. I think as a duo they work really well together.