Ugh, Tyce. Seriously, I lost count of the number of times I told him to SHUT UP! God, he annoys. SO. MUCH! Ahem, the top 20, my faves are underlined ...
Ricky - He's very cute, and I really liked of him what I saw.
Miranda - Who?
Melanie - I would have been shocked if she didn't make it. She wasn't highlighted during Vegas, but her initial audition was just breathtaking.
Sasha - *Sigh* I just can't be happy about this right now. She's good, but Natalia is just so full of joy and I adored her and adored watching her dancing. Sasha is good, I just, yeah, I just really, really loved Natalia. :sniff, sniff:
Gorgeous routine by Stacey Tookey. I could have done without the fog, though, seeing as how it obstructed the view of some of the, you know, DANCING. But still gorgeous.
Chris - Didn't make an impression on me so far.
Tadd - Loved his initial audition, I look forward to seeing more of him.
Wadi - Love him, really glad to see him make it. Every time I saw him throughout Vegas making it through, I was thrilled. I hope he can do the other genres well.
Robert - Loved the white suit, loved him from day one, never stopped. He's wonderful. Like Wadi, I hope he can do the other genres well.
That was a good routine, but hip-hop isn't my favorite dance style. However, they all did wonderfully and that's lovely to see.
Iveta - I like her; I'm glad she made it (finally). Although, she does look, erm, slightly skeletal. :(
WHOOOO!! Pasha. LOVERLY! Wow. Beautiful, dynamic routine. That was sensational, and Iveta matched Pasha step for step. Fantastic. Please, please, let her get into the top 10 so she can dance with Pasha again. PHENOMENAL!
Clarice - What I've seen of her, I've really liked, so I look forward to seeing more performances from her.
Marko - I remember him from his audition, remember thinking he was an amazing dancer, but charisma-wise he didn't grab me. I'm hoping that it will change for me because he is wonderful.
Jordan - I still don't think what we saw of that initial audition was this ridiculously-hot sexy routine, but she is a great dancer. She does rub me a bit the wrong way. We'll see, though. I'll admit, I did like that pose she threw out at the end though, LOL!
Missy - Another who?
Not a Sonya routine I dislike, but not one of the few I love either. Yeah, I don't think Marco is going to do it for me. Even sharing the stage with three girls, he didn't grab my attention especially away at all. Still, this season so far is showing us some fantastic dancers.
Jess - I loved his original audition and was shocked that he wasn't sent straight through to Vegas; he's just wonderful. So I'm very glad that he made it through; he reminds me a bit of Evan -- in a good way, not as a copycat. Hopefully they'll treat him better.
Nick - Another who?, but that little bit we saw in the recap reel was wonderful.
Not only was that by far THE best tap routine I've seen on the show, it was just an all-around FABULOUS routine. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. And Nick, you may be the first tapper who finally makes an impression and sticks around. Loved it. Christopher Scott, choreographer, stick around, you are fantastic. :CLAPS: Loved the post-dance stuff too. Hah!
Caitlynn - Sigh, I really hope she's great and likable, because I can not deal with another Nigel-obsessed-Kayla-type of pimping. Unfortunately, not having seen much of her before now, having Nigel adore her is not a promising beginning. :(
Ashley - Ah, someone I did write-up that first night, and I thought she was good, but the ridiculous OHMYGOD!AAAAAHHHHING! about her was way too overkill for me. Hmmm.
Mitchell - For me, another who? He may have been spotlighted in that original audition, but I don't remember him.
Alexander - I can't believe they kept me waiting the whole show!! Damnit, I liked Jeremiah even past that breakdown in his first audition, saw him when he auditioned again, AND in the Canadian SYTYCD, so I've been hoping to see him get a chance finally. And I did randomly think of him again when the show started, then at one point, I was sure that I saw him in a quick shot in the waiting room during Vegas week. Then, then, then, they actually spotlighted him and I was all YES!!! And then it was a no. Damnit, damnit, damnit!
Uhm, okay, Alexander, I have no clue who you are. :shrugs: You are hot, at least.
Ryan - Good, I'm really glad she made it. I liked her enough to remember her from last year, but she wasn't a favorite. This year, she's really won me over.
Okay, about fifteen seconds into this dance, I said aloud: "What the fuck is this?" And at the end of the routine, I was still wondering. Seriously, Travis? Please have gotten the crappy choreography out of your system before voting starts. Just, no. I mean, there's expressing joy in dance and there's just randomly throwing a few moves around to joyous music. This was the latter. But, of course, it's Travis (their golden boy) so they are kissing his ass like there's no tomorrow. Ah well, all the other dances were great.
Top 10 Guys - Speaking of great dances ... okay, so unless he's expended all of his awesome on tonight's show, I think we've found our shining star new choreographer of the season in Christopher Scott. That routine was just DAYUM! This guy is damn good.
Top 10 Girls - Sigh. It's obvious why dancers love Sonya, and she seems incredibly cool, and is obviously incredibly talented, I just -- I dunno, for me, I either flat-out dislike most of her stuff or find it boring. This one? Was boring, especially coming off of that amazing Scott routine. Ah well.
Top 20 - Too messy, it looked like 20 dancers onstage competing for room. Don't know who choreographed that one, but I wasn't impressed.
So no HUGE favorites going into it, we'll see what happens during the shows. After all, Neil didn't grab me until two or three weeks into the live shows and he's my all-time favorite. :)
RE: The changes for this season. I like that we get the top 20 and the paired partners the first half, and I like that we get the all-stars too (hopefully Neil will be one again!). So that really works for me. What also worked was how they did this top 20 reveal. I liked how they introduced the dancers and showed them dance now with that top 20 reveal. Very cool. Nigel, you done good so far this year. Keep it up. :)