SYTYCD with Marie!

October 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance.  Tonight we finally find out our Top 20!

There are 38 nervous dancers backstage in Hollywood, waiting to find out which of them are in the Top 20.  Our six judges:  Nigel, Mary, Adam, Debbie, Mia, and Tyce will be bringing them out on stage one by one to let them know their results.

It was dramatic right up until the end.  Karen and Ashleigh, both ballroom dancers, are up for the last spot.  Karen finds out she made it, so Ryan is upset, thinking his wife has been cut.  However, Ashleigh finds out she also made it, because one of the other girls, Paula, had to turn down the Top 20 because she accepted a movie contract.

The Top 10 girls are:  Ariana, Channing, Ashleigh, Karen, Ellenore, Kathryn, Mollee, Noelle, Bianca, and Pauline.  The judges really love Pauline, even though she wasn’t able to finish out Vegas Week because of her injury.

The Top 10 guys are:  Nathan, Billy, Russell, Kevin, Phillip, Peter, Victor, Jakob, Legacy, and Ryan.  It’s a history making season, with 3 tappers in the Top 20…Bianca, Phillip, and Peter.

Tune in Monday night for more in depth coverage of our Top 20 dancers, and Tuesday night for our first perfomance show.  Good night everyone…keep on dancing!!!

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SYTYCD with Marie

October 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello there everyone, and welcome to the second part of Vegas Week on So You Think You Can Dance. After the first 3 rounds, we have 77 dancers left who are hoping to make it into the Top 20. Tonight’s show begins on the evening of Day 2, when the dancers are put through the paces by LaurieAnn Gibson. Her Jazz routine is incredibly difficult, and she is brutal with everyone. Most of the dancers are scared throughout this round. As the groups start performing for the judges, married couple Matthew and Karen are wondering if they will both make it through. Karen’s group is first, and the judges love her. She is sent to the next round. Matthew does not make it through in his group. Karen is quite upset, but Matthew tells her everything happens for a reason and he is there for her all the way. The Jazz round is rough for almost everyone and does not go as well as the judges had hoped. Nigel is beside himself, wondering what went so wrong! 6 more dancers are cut by 7 PM, including Iveta and Willem. Molly and Russell are in the next group, and the judges are extremely impressed with Russell. They find out he has had no formal dance training, but picks up other styles very well. Molly hurts her foot during the routine and even though she tries to get by with icing it, she winds up having to be taken to the hospital. By 9 PM, there are 69 dancers remaining in the competition. They are split into groups, who will pull a style from a hat and have to come up with their own routines. The stress is getting to all of the dancers, and the nerves are showing. Russell’s group is first with Broadway. They come up with a very theatrical, inventive number, and the judges put all of them through. Several others aren’t so lucky and don’t make the cut. Molly’s group has a unique challenge: They must come up with their routine while she is in the hospital, and don’t know if she will be cleared to dance. The choreography they invent must work with either 4 or 5 dancers, depending on Molly’s condition. She comes back with a bad sprain but is given the OK to dance, so everything must be re-worked to fit with her situation. They are quite clever choreographing around the injury, but Molly hates that she has to use a chair for part of the routine. The judges thought that they all hid behind the choreography and didn’t do enough dancing, but because of the situation all of them are sent through to the next round. It is now Noon on Day 3, and the dancers are learning a Contemporary routine from Mia Michaels. They are even more scared of Mia than LaurieAnn because they know how intense and brutally honest she is. Surprisingly, Mia has decided to approach things a little differently, and she goes through a calming exercise with the group. There is a lot more hugging from Mia this season too! The Contemporary round is going much better than the Jazz round. Kevin’s group really shines, and the judges think he is brilliant. When Legacy’s group dances, he winds up breaking down and crying at the end. Mia asks him why…he says he is so moved by doing her choreography and she has made him a better dancer. The judges agree with him and he moves on to the next round. Before the final choreography round, 11 more dancers are cut. The dancers that are left are feeling just like Legacy, and agree that this is a life-changing experience. The last choreography round is Broadway with Tyce Diorio. It is a physically demanding routine, and the dancers will need all the stamina they can muster to make it through. The dancers are split into guys and girls, and then further split into groups of 3. Another married couple, Ashleigh and Ryan, are both hoping to move on together. The girls perform first, and the judges believe Ashleigh is the dancer who has grown the most throughout this whole process. She moves on. Pauline, who almost made the Top 20 last season, hurts her ankle during rehearsal. The girls who make the cut spend some time chilling at the pool while the guys do their thing. Ryan is in the first group of guys, dancing Tyce’s hot choreography to Billy Joel. The female judges are all swooning…and all of the judges agree that his dancing is superb and send him on to the next round. Dominic, who we last saw in Season 4, is cut. The judges want him to learn how to perform in the moment and not just think about the end result. 38 dancers are left as we move to the final solo round. Pauline still doesn’t know what her fate is, due to her ankle injury. Billy performs a solo that moves Adam to tears. (How could you not love Adam…seriously!) Adam is completely overwhelmed by the emotional, brilliant solo. All of the dancers perform their solos, but we don’t learn any decisions from the judges yet. We will have to tune in next week to find out who makes the Top 20. Will your favorites make it to Hollywood? Until next week…good night everybody, and keep on dancing!!!

SYTYCD Vegas Week Part 1 by Marie

October 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello my fellow dance fans, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance – Vegas Week!  Tonight we will see how the first two days go for our 152 hopefuls.  Our judges for this week are Nigel, Mary, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, and Adam Shankman.

We begin the first day with solos, starting with Nathan Trasoras.  He auditioned last season, but was only 17 so could not move on at the time.  However, Nigel gave him a ticket to Vegas good for this season, so he is here to show what he can do now and how he has improved since that audition.  Nathan gives us a powerful performance, and the control in his spins is just incredible.

Next we see Ellenore Scott, who is very confident and looking forward to performing for America.  Her routine is fun and quirky at times, with some robotic ballet moving into full on ballet. She is both precise and clever, and the judges are quite impressed.

After 8 more dancers perform their solos, the judges bring out all 10 to line up for them.  Chance and Paige are cut, but the other 8 all make it through to the next round.  This pattern continues until all of the solos have been performed.

Shelby Skipper, also known as Skip, wows the judges and makes it through.  Allison Becker, our hearing impaired dancer, will not be moving on, and neither will Thomas Hamilton, who gave a good performance but just not enough for the judges.  Jacob Jason and Willem deVries, our same sex ballroom couple, dance together.  The judges love Willem so he is moving on, but Jacob is cut.

After the solo round, 41 dancers have been sent home.  The 111 remaining dancers are brought out on stage to be told that they now will being doing a Hip-Hop routine, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  Many of the dancers struggle with this genre, including Teddy and Gene.  They both do well and make it through this round, but 21 more dancers are cut.  Ryan Kasprzak has the judges split 3-3…since it’s a tie he gets to move on to the next round.  Ryan is relieved that he gets another shot.

It is now our second day in Vegas, and 90 dancers are left to perform a Cha Cha choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.  Anya is there to help him, and they demonstrate the routine that they want the couples to duplicate.  Louis has made this a very fast and difficult Cha Cha, and some of the dancers are totally lost.  Kristina accidentally winds up hitting her partner Billy in the nose with her elbow, and he is bleeding profusely.  He has to get the bleeding stopped before it’s their turn to dance, then since they are behind on rehearsal time they have to cram it in.

Our Krump guy, Russell Ferguson, is paired with Iveta the ballroom dancer.  He is nervous about Cha Cha, but she really takes him under her wing to help him learn the steps and moves.  When it’s their turn to dance, they are beyond incredible together!  Adam gives them a standing ovation and tells them they are HOT!

Although most of the dancers are doing well with ballroom, Legacy has trouble having to copy someone else’s moves and not do his own style.  He and John both will have to fight for their lives at the end of the day.  Billy and Kristina do very well considering the injury and limited practice time, and both move on to the next round.

Ryan, who had split the judges during Hip-Hop, also had trouble with Ballroom.  The judges all love him for what he does, but they must cut him.  They tell him to practice other styles more and come back again.

John dances for his life, but it does not impress the judges.  They don’t see any emotion or heart in his solo, and he is cut, along with Teddy and Skip.  Legacy really feels the pressure before his solo.  He shows off his spins and fast moves, but the judges want him to work on transitions.  He is moving on, but they want to see more from him.

Tune in next week, when our 77 remaining dancers compete for the Top 20 and trip to Hollywood.  What is in store for the rest of Vegas Week?  You won’t want to miss it!  Good night everyone, and keep on dancing!

DWTS Results Week 3 by Sammi T.

October 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to Dancing With The Stars—THE RESULTS for week three. Tonight one more couple will say goodbye to the ballroom forever. Who will it be? Let’s find out!

We are given recaps of last night’s performances before we are given our encore dance of the night.  We get to see Chuck and Anna T’s samba once more.  Although it didn’t do well score wise, it is still very entertaining and fun.  I think I would have chosen this as an encore too.

THE QUEEN ARRIVES

Queen Latifah performs while Maks and Cheryl dance. I have to say, she looks incredible after losing all that weight. The dancing in this number is hot, Queen is phenomenal as usual so the whole thing just makes me happy.

RESULTS!

The first couples to be called safe are Tom and Cheryl and Chuck and Anna T., which leaves Michael and Anna D. in jeopardy.

INTERVIEWS, WITHDRAWALS AND MORE RESULTS

Samantha interviews Aaron, who says he could have done better.  Debi says she knows where she messed up and it was frustrating.

We get a segment on the celebrities talking about fears and what it is really like to go on the stage and perform.

Tom announces that although he was saved, he will now have to withdraw.  He thanks everyone for the support and is offered the chance to dance at the finale. Although he is gone, there will still be another couple eliminated.

Mya and Dmitry, Natalie and Alec, Donny and Kym, Louie and Chelsie and Mark and Lacey are safe, while Joanna and Derek and Aaron and Karina are in jeopardy.

Samantha talks to Kelly and Melissa backstage.  Kelly confesses how this kiss began as a joke and Melissa admits she is nervous before but it goes away as she dances.

STARS RETURN, DANCES WITH A SURPRISE TWIST

The Macy’s Stars Of Dance star is chosen and it is Sabrina! Congratulations. Viewers can go to abc.com to vote for her pro partner.

Jabbawockeez performs next doing a very interesting version of Singin’ In The Rain. The dancers are dresses like mimes and it just is so amazing to watch. The ending is the real surprise—two of the dancers are Mark and Lacey!  What a cute ending!

Queen Latifah performs once again, this time singing a song from the Wiz. The dancers accompanying her are really cute and talented. They get the entire audience on their feet cheering and dancing along.

A MATHEMATICAL LOOK AT DANCE

Steve Wozniak, a mathematitian and a little girl talk about who they think should win based on numbers.  Steve picks Donny and Mya, while the little girl picks Melissa.

MORE RESULTS!

Debi and Maks are in jeopardy, while Kelly and Louis and Melissa and Mark are called safe.

The four couples in jeopardy find out their fate. Joanna and Derek are called safe, along with Aaron and Karina.   This leaves Michael and Anna and Debi and Maks in the bottom two. After some words of wisdom from Len, we learn Debi and Maks are going home.

Debi says the show was for Grandma and goes to do one last dance with Tom and Cheryl.  They all get hugs and kisses before the show ends.

Before I sign off for the night, I would like to extend my well wishes to Mr. Tom DeLay for a speedy recovery. I admire you for your dedication to the show and your partner, but now I hope you recover so we can see you dance on the finale. You were charming, entertaining and were becoming quite a dancer!   Thank you for being a part of the show and best of luck in the future. Get well soon Hammer!

Tune in next week for four new dances, the Charleston, the two-step, the bolero and the lambada! Goodnight America!

SYTYCD Salt Lake City Auditions by Marie

October 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the Salt Lake City Auditions of So You Think You Can Dance.  This is our final city before heading off to Vegas…let’s see what talent is in store for Nigel, Mary, and Mia Michaels tonight.

We begin Day 1 with Bryan, who can’t wait to show off his power moves and great flexibility.  His routine is quite energetic, and I’m amazed by the strength of his arms.  Nigel believes this is one of the best Hip-Hop auditions this season, and the judges love his spirit and energy.  They send Bryan off to the choreography round.

Our next dancer is Tristy, who has had terrible luck riding in cars.  She’s been in 25 cars accidents in 3 years, and she was always a passenger, never the driver.  I’m sure nobody ever wants to ride anywhere with the poor girl again.  She’s learned to really appreciate life and do what she loves.  Her routine is pretty rough, but you can tell that she really tried hard and gave it her best.  The judges ask her if she’s had any training, and she says she’s been training for 3 years.  Nigel tells her that whoever is teaching her is definitely not giving her her money’s worth.  Tristy is not moving on to the next round.

Hayley has also had some tough luck…while rehearsing a pass, she did not land as she was supposed to and wound up with a herniated disc in her spine.  She was told that she would have permanent nerve damage, but with acupuncture and therapy she is doing well.  Her performance is powerful and emotional, filled with amazing gymnastics.  Her splits are just incredible!  The judges love that she is strong, confident, and uninhibited.  Hayley tells them that she cannot live without dance in her life.  Mia asks her about her handstands, so she shows that off as well.  Hayley is going to Vegas!

We see quite a few incredible female dancers, including Megan Kinney, the sister of Caitlyn from last season’s Top 20.  Her strong technical solo is taking her to Vegas again!  Also going to Vegas is Genise, who performs a gorgeous contemporary number.

Our next girl to dance is Ariana, who is a local burlesque dancer.  She thinks the way to the judges’ hearts is a striptease.  Most of her movement is on her chair, until she strips down to her red undies for the judges.  This woman seriously needs a pole to dance with!  Of course Nigel loves it, while Mary and Mia are speechless.  They decide to send Ariana to the choreography round.

Our final solo is from Iveta, who is originally from Lithuania.  She came to the United States hoping for great opportunities.  She performs a captivating Rumba with her partner, who is not auditioning.  Her spins are just amazing.  Nigel calls her vivacious and thinks she’s the most brilliant ballroom dancer he’s seen since Pasha and Anya.  Mary is so moved that she cries, saying Iveta is exquisite.  Mia thinks she’s magical and it’s a privilege to see her dance.  Iveta is going to Vegas!

In the choreography round by Pasha and Anya, Bryan quits after about 15 minutes, realizing that he needs more training and will come back next season.  Ariana really looks like a mess out there, and the judges tell her to go get more training before next time as well.  13 dancers are moving on to Vegas.

We start Day 2 with Pascal, who admits to being kind of crazy and says you have to be different so you can be entertaining.  He shows us some very strange, spastic movements.  It actually looked like he was going into convulsions at one point, then he rips apart his shirt and does the worm.  His insanity rubs off on the judges, who can’t control themselves anymore.  Mary feels like this is an exorcism.  Nigel says it made him think Pascal has a bad case of food poisoning, and the judges didn’t see any actual dancing in the routine.  Pascal is not moving on to the next round.

After some clips of really great couples auditioning, we meet another couple…Ashleigh and Ryan.  They started out as competitors, then fell in love and got married.  Their moves are crisp and sexy, but she is a little too campy for me in a number that’s supposed to be passionate.  The judges love Ryan, but think Ashleigh is a bit too fake and not as in tune with her husband as they would have liked.  Both of them are sent to the choreography round.

Our last couple is Leigh and Josh.  They have only been dancing together for 2 weeks, but they are very good together!  The moves are sharp, sexy, and passionate.  At the end of the number, Leigh’s toenail comes off, leaving her to bleed all over the place.  Nigel calls for a medic to bandage her up.  The judges believe they are a good pair, but think Leigh is more amazing.  Leigh is going to Vegas (after she goes to the hospital) and Josh is headed for the choreography round.

In the choreography round, Josh does not do so well and is not moving on.  Ryan and Ashleigh are both going to Vegas, along with 19 more dancers.

Tune in tomorrow night when Vegas Week begins…which of our 152 dancers will make it to the Top 20 and go to Hollywood?  The excitement of Las Vegas starts tomorrow.  Until then, good night everybody!

DWTS Week 3 by Sammi T.

October 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to Dancing With The Stars week three! Tonight is Latin Night—the thirteen remaining dancers will take on the romantic rumba or the sizzling samba.

As they descend down the stage, I wonder what is up with Tom DeLay’s barber shop quartet outfit and drool a bit over Louie, he looks quite handsome tonight!

Samantha announces that Tom has a complete stress fracture in his foot and how it will effect the show will be announced later in the broadcast.

Mark and Lacey are up first with their rumba. She tells him he needs to slow and calm down because he usually the complete opposite.

The rumba is a bit faster than most but shows a sexier, feistier side of the dance. I actually really like it since it isn’t as raunchy as past rumbas and it kind of fits their personalities while showing how he has improved as a dancer.

Len tells him it was a bit hard and it lacked chemistry but he liked the one leg movements.

Bruno thinks it was anticlimactic.

Carrie Ann thinks he is lacking connection and wants him to find this sensuality.

Scores: 6-6-6 for a 18  out of 30.

Joanna and Derek are next with their samba. She wants to wow the audience and Derek appreciates her determination to try new things.

Their samba is FIERCE! Hot, sexy and well executed….they are BACK! It is going to be very hard to top this tonight.

Bruno says the good times are back—but wants her to work on her strength.

Carrie Ann wants her to work on her feet but thinks it was a sexy dance.

Len thinks it was good all around.

Scores: 7-8-8 for a 23 our of 30.

After the commercial break, Mya and Dmitry do the rumba. She jokes about keeping it professional.  She makes the studio as romantic as possible so they can set the mood of the dance.

Their rumba is much more romantic and slower than Mark and Lacey’s but HOLY CHEMISTRY! I think they have  some of the best chemistry out of any of the couples this season. The footwork, the sensuality—WOW!

Carrie Ann says she had chills the whole time! She think there may have been a lift, but she isn’t sure.

Len says that for him there was too much going on and would have preferred more simplicity.

Bruno says they put America in the mood for LOVE!

Scores: 10-7-10 for a 27 out of 30.

Melissa and Mark have the samba this week. He wants her to have some party energy and she is frustrated that she is pushing so hard but not getting anywhere.  She is, however, determined to bring out her competitive side.

The dance is fun and has a nice party feel to it—she really is improving and coming out of her shell.  She has great footwork and it was one of her better executed dances.

Len likes her foot and leg actions but wants a bit more rhythm.

Bruno knew she could do it!

Carrie Ann thinks she is improving but wants her to let go of her fear.

Scores:6-6-7=19 out of 30.

Louie and Chelsie are doing the rumba this week and he wants to show off how sexy he is.  Chelsie thinks they have a lot of chemistry and they are ready to rock the romantic rumba.

Romantic, sexy and I stand corrected—THEY have the chemistry tonight. The moves were all there, but the feeling they sent off was just so incredible.  All I can say is WOW!

Bruno wants them to work on some technical bits but loves their chemistry.

Carrie Ann also squeals over it.

Len complains about how disappointing it was.

Scores: 8-5-7=20 out of 30.

Debi and Maks take on the samba next. He brings in Mel B. to give her a pep talk, which inspires Debi to want to do better.

The dance has all the footwork, but it is still kind of lacking something—I can’t really put my finger on it. Passion maybe? I don’t know, I was just not feeling it.

Carrie Ann thinks it is too safe.

Len thinks it lacks flavor.

Bruno says it lacks connection.

Scores: 6-5-6=17 out of 30.

Donny and Kym take on the rumba after another commercial break.  He says this dance will show a side of him people VERY rarely get to see.

They are dancing to Endless Love—which Trista and Louis danced to their season. Is it me, or are they really recycling songs this season?  It is very simple and romantic, and has some nice basic movements in it.  It is not one of his best dances, but he still does a good job with it.

Len thinks they did a great job.

Bruno thinks it was a bit too Swan Lake, which leads to an impromptu make out session between him and Donny. I am a bit weirded out now.  Donny jokes that they might not let him back into Utah.

Carrie Ann thinks it was beautiful.

Scores: 7-7-7 for a 21 out of 30.

Samantha jokes he should have given Bruno tongue for a higher score.

Michael and Anna take on the samba. He too is determined to work hard this week, despite how frustrated he is.

He is so sweet and cute and seems so charming, but he really needs to work on his footwork.  However, what he lacks in technique, he makes up for in heart.

Bruno thinks he has the charm, but no rhythm. He says he needs to get back into gear.

Carrie Ann thinks he dances too small but the rhtythm is there.

Len was disappointed.

Scores: 5-4-5 for a 14 out of 30.

Natalie and Alec are assigned the rumba this week. She has trouble being sexy, so Alec brings in his wife Edyta to show her how it is done. She wants Natalie to focus on her eye contact and says she has permission to go all out on her husband.

The dance is very beautiful—they have nice chemistry and she has nice lines and movement in her hips and legs.

Carrie Ann squeals over how much she liked it.

Len thinks they did an excellent job.

Bruno shouts over how much he enjoyed it.

Alec jokes that Edyta is pimping him out.

Scores:  9-8-9=26 out of 30.

Chuck and Anna T. take on the samba this week. Their practice includes him getting pedicures with his daughter to relax, but Anna still pushes him to bring out his inner party animal.

The dance itself is fun, flirty and exciting—a bit stiff, but overall some nice footwork and great entertainment.

Len thinks they did a good job entertaining.

Bruno calls it a samba from zombietown.

Carrie Ann thinks it was rough, but a lot of fun.

Scores: 6-5-5 for a 17 out of 30.

Aaron and Karina are up next. They have the rumba this week and Karina thinks he is overdoing it and he wants it to come straight from the heart.

The dance is the perfect blend of romance, focus and good execution. He did trip at one point and was a bit sloppy at some parts, but overall it was very nice.

Bruno says it lacks fluidity.

Carrie Ann wants him to listen to Karina more.

Len thinks his arms were flinging about too much.

Scores: 8-6-7=21 out of 30.

Finally, the news about Tom and Cheryl.  He has stress fractures in both feet, but he is still going to dance. I don’t know if that is very brave or very dumb on his part, but I have to give it to him for trying.

I love how they are dancing to Why Can’t We Be Friends and wearing Democrat and Republican outfits. (Now the outfit makes sense!)  For someone with two broken feet, he is not doing too bad! I have so much respect for him trying and not wanting to let Cheryl down.

Carrie Ann thinks he is easy on the eyes when he dances, but it wasn’t as exciting as a samba could be.

Len says it was a job well done.

Bruno declares him a super trooper.

Scores: 6-4-5=15 out of 30.

Kelly and Louis perform the last samba of the night. She is very nervous after messing up last week, but Louis has faith that she is going to be fine.

They are dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Love Game” Really music people? REALLY?  The dance is flamboyant, and has all the spice and right moves to make it the samba of the night. Kelly is BACK!

Len wants her to work on her confidence. He says SHE needs to believe she is a good dancer.

Bruno sees a vast improvement and wants her to get rid of her slef doubt.

Carrie Ann thinks it is all there, but doesn’t want her to doubt herself anymore.

Scores: 7-6-7 for a 20 out of 30.

We get recaps of dancers and phone numbers to vote.

Who is your favorite tonight? Who did the worst? Who will land in the bottom two? Who will get the encore dance? Share your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night! Goodnight!

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