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21 October 2009 @ 11:51 pm
So many faves in top 20 of SYTYCD already!  
I like 10 of the top 20 going into it and that's by far the most I ever have. My faves behind the cut.

Descriptions from here

# Nathan - The contemporary dancer who was 17 when he passed auditions last season, but had to wait to this season to go to Vegas. (So heartbroken Mia won't be choreographing him.)
# Russell - First krumper in Top 20; dude with dreads, surprisingly adaptable to other styles.
# Billy - Youthful contemporary dancer. May remind you of Billy Elliott.
# Ellenore - jazz dancer who impressed everybody in Las Vegas
# Jakob - Contemporary dancer who may be a lighter-haired Billy Elliott.
# Bianca - one of three tap dancers; technically the first to make the top 20 after two earlier tries.
# Mollee - Jazz dancers judges kept saying danced "too young." As if that's a drawback. Got in with her best friend.
# Legacy - B-boy with goofy title, ability to rise above sometimes off-putting attitude.
# Ashleigh - Struggled in Vegas, accused of looking "fake" by judges, but got through with more talented husband:
# Ryan - Ballroom dancer who outshined his wife, but got to Top 20 with her because another person who was earlier let through, Paula, had to step down because she was contracted to work in a movie and the slot opened for Ashleigh.
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Annieannie_oakley on October 22nd, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
I can't get into this season. I don't know if I'm still burnt out from the summer, or just pissed that they did with Ryan this year what they did with Natalie last year or what, but I'm so meh. I do like the tappers though, and the krumper, and I think Ballroom Ryan has some potential.

Kathryn and Channing both annoy the hell out of me though. I was hoping Channing wouldn't get through after her obnoxious audition interviews (she seriously reminds me of KBell, all LOOK AT ME!).
Arabian: Chelsie & Markarabian on October 22nd, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't think they did to Ryan what they did to Natalie. Natalie did well and they cut her and it was like WHU?!?! But Ryan did DREADFUL. The hip-hop was terrible, they gave him a chance, kept him on. And then in ballroom, he danced like a serial-killing robot. I would have cut him after that dance.

Kathryn and Channing both annoy the hell out of me though.

Ditto. Especially Kathryn. That high-crying voice is going to get old quickly.

Edited at 2009-10-22 04:19 am (UTC)
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Arabian: Abed - Pencilarabian on October 22nd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
No, I don't, but I do watch McHale on Community. Great show!
Annieannie_oakley on October 22nd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
They used their fanbase held over from the previous season to help promote the show, then cut them cruelly early on. I don't trust the editing most of the times because this show is growing more and more fake. But they pin one against the other for the last spot (Best Friends then Brothers). Use the leftover one all throughout the season to tug on heartstrings (Natalie and then Ryan in the audience cheering on The One Who Made It) and then invite them back to Vegas, where they're the "surprise" cut in the first round.
Arabian: Doylearabian on October 22nd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
But Ryan was cut for a reason, not for the "surprise" cut. He was dreadful. I think they definitely WOULD have kept him had he not been so horrific. And he wasn't a first-round cut. They kept him after the first round even though he was TERRIBLE, and then he was even worse the next night. Natalie danced well; her cut made no sense. Ryan danced dreadfully. I think they would have kept him had he not been so terrible. I don't think it was the plan to cut him, I think they expected him to dance well. Everyone did, but he danced horribly, he deserved to be cut.
Annieannie_oakley on October 22nd, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Agree to disagree on this. I know that Ryan did terrible in ballroom, no argument about that, but his hip-hop wasn't bad at all (I thought he did better than his partner who made it through). And that's when the judges started being really assholish to him (Nigel's comment about how he hopes Ryan wasn't spending all of his time in the studio cheering on Evan instead of working on his dance). They barely showed Natalie at all when they cut her, and that's still a mystery to me, but I think with Ryan they wanted to cut him no matter how he danced. After they way they always went after Evan after he was in the Top Ten, making it clear that they didn't think he deserved to be there and they didn't want him there, there was no way they were going to let his brother, with a similar style, go through to the top twenty and risk another guaranteed spot to the top ten because of an already built-in fanbase. That's my conspiracy theory.
Arabianarabian on October 22nd, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I agree that they didn't want Ryan there; that was clear after how horribly they treated Evan. And maybe if he had danced well, they still would have cut him. But what wound up happening is that he DID dance badly and therefore, he made their own case for cutting him for dance-related reasons alone.