Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SYTYCD - Top 18 Performances

I'm not loving Cat's dress. It's a little bit like someone wrapped their shiny, red bed skirt around her.

I wish Cat still said "jidges." The audience doesn't do as well. Lil C is judging tonight. He is extremely insightful.

Randi & Evan - Jive ("Shake a Tail Feather" by Ray Charles, Louis Van Amstel choreography)
I love Evan & Randi. Love the "fun" counter in the rehearsal package. And it was a fun dance. I'm not sure about the but grabbing. I'm also not sure how good their footwork was, as I know nothing about jive, but their were some spots where I was wondering about the feet. It might be the smoothness that Evan dances with that I'm seeing. Mary says I'm right about the footwork. Huzzah. 1-888-TEMPO-01

Melissa & Ade - Jazz ("24 Hours" by Terry Poison, Sonya Tateh choreography)
Funky outfits. Very cool choreography. I'm often weirded out by Sonya's stuff, but I liked this. Lil C pronounces it "buck." Mary loves it. Nigel loves it. Love all around. 1-888-TEMPO-02

Jason & Caitlin - Hip Hop ("Missin You by Trey Songz, Shane Sparks choreography)
Jason's Michael Jackson video is about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I wanted to love this number a bit more. I like Shane Sparks and I'm glad he's back. The steps were fun. We could have used a bit more chemistry. I loved Kayla's walkover. It seems like it will be a forgettable one.

Jeannette & Brandon - Disco ("Loving Is Really My Game" by Brainstorm, Doriana Sanchez choreography) Holy crap. That was crazy. So cool. That shimmy down into the leg kick inside out turn thing was awesome. (And yes, Kristi, that is the technical term. :) )I love Lil C. His analogies are awesome. He cracks me up. I'm watching with our Robison cousins and friend Stacey - all of us decided that America is watching Mary's forehead every time she talks now. Especially when she gets excited. They deserve our votes, America. 1-888-TEMPO-04

Asuka & Vitolio - Waltz ("Dreams are More Precious" by Enya, Louis Van Amstel choreography)
Beautiful steps, and I thought Vitolio did a lovely job. He really laid it out there emotionally. Asuka was much better for me than last week. Those split steps into the lift - that was crazy cool and beautiful. Lovely dance. Louis gave them a great gift with that choreography. Not going to vote for it, because I'm still not an Asuka fan. Still can't tell you exactly why.

Max & Kayla - Jazz/Pop ("Hot Like Wow" by Nadia Oh, Brian Friedman choreography)
Interesting story to this one. Fun, fun costumes. Kayla really is good. I think the judges are a little too enamored with her, but she's great. Loved Nigel, "I think what Mary's saying in her own way is..." From @adammshankman, "Kayla smoked max."

Jonathan & Karla - Contemporary ("Falling Slowly" by The Frames, Stacey Tookey choreography)
A new choreographer from Canada. She must be on the Canadian version. That was a great routine and they danced very, very well. Jonathan was great. I wish he was older. It really does bother me that he looks 10 years old. Some really beautiful lifts and great movement. Liked it a lot. And how much do I love this song? SO MUCH!

Okay. I just watched that a second time and just saw so many moments in it that were just beautiful. We like Stacey Tookey. It WAS buck!

Phillip & Jeanine - Tango ("Violento" by Bailango!, Tony Meredith choreography)
This looks like it could be rough. And I did not find the teddy bear endearing. They tried really hard, but it just didn't look right. Especially after seeing the professional tango dancers last week. That walk from upstage down to the edge of the stage was awful. Their faces are good and I can tell Phillip is trying so hard to keep his frame, but I'm not sure he did. Mary was rough on them on the technique. Rightfully so. Poor guy.

Loved this quote from Lil C to Phillip -
"A lack of confidence is the heaviest anchor you can put on your creativity and on your art."

Ashley & Kupono - Hip Hop ("Imma Be" by Black Eyed Peas, Shane Sparks choreography)
Great concept. Love the shadow thing. Ashley was much better than Kupono. Especially in the fast part at the end.

Evan & Randi
Melissa & Ade
Jonathan & Karla
Jeannette & Brandon

Bottom 3 Predictions (or the Hip-Hoppers/Hip-Hop Routines are in Trouble):
Phillip & Jeanine
Jason & Caitlin
Ashley & Kupono

Going Home:
Not sure. Phillip won't be going home. The solos tomorrow are going to be crazy. Based on tonight, I would say Caitlin and Kupono or Caitlin and Jason. I really like Caitlin. I just thought Jeanine and Ashley did a better job tonight.

Who were your favorites? Who do you think is going home?


Molly said...

I love Evan and Randi. They are super cute, and not just because she's from Utah. I was disappointed this week. There was really only one dance I hated last week, but there were several bad ones tonight. Yikes!

Annie said...

After watching the whole thing Jeannette and Brandon still ended up my favorite dance of the night. Those lifts were crazy good.

Jonathan is still the David Archuleta of the show.

I would like to see Ashley with a different partner.

I thought Evan and Randi were just alright. It looked as if he was hauling her around a little. It needed to be dialed up a notch or two.

Great recap, as always. So much talent this year. It will be fun to see where it goes.

T R said...

In total agreement with your bottom 3(much to my chagrin) but I heart all three of all the girls on this list.
Kupono has to go and that probably means that Ashley will have to go with him and that's a shame because she is on point.
I hope they don't decide not to send Caitlin home. I feel she has some great things to inspire us with.
Doriana Sanchez belongs on a mountain somewhere. She is the ONLY choreographer where EVERY routine is right on.
Nice job Mace!! BTW - I loved you with P Diddy and Biggie.

Macy said...

Molly - Agreed that last week was better. I was bugged by some of the performances.

Annie - YES to Jeannette & Brandon. They were fab.

TR - Agree with you about the girls. I like them all. It's going to come down to solos with them. Doriana is amazing. You're right - I've loved every routine. And, I'm often confused with Ma$e. My rhyming skills are dope.

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