Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thoughts on SYTYCD

Well, I'm a little late but I wanted to talk about this week's SYTYCD episodes (sorry, John! Time to get on the Cat Deeley train and join the rest of us fanatics! heehee...)

My favorite performances by far were Hok and Jamie's Wade Robson piece and Dominic and Sabra's rumba.

Who else was worried when Wade described his choreography as "a love story between a hummingbird and a flower"? I was expecting his comment to be followed by one of those record scratch sound effects with a dead pause. But I was wrong. That piece was amazing! I think guest judge Debbie Allen described it perfectly when she said that was something she could have seen as a Cirque de Soleil performance. The choreography was perfect for them. I even thought Jamie was really good even though she sort of annoys me in her interviews with her chipmunky voice.

Here is their performance:

Next one... Dominic and Sabra. This what I love about this show... seeing b-boy Dominic totally rock it as a ballroom dancer. And I know this sounds corny, but watching Sabra dance really is a delight! :) She's just so delicate and dainty and pretty... like a little tinkerbell or something, heehee! I'm glad I have a DVR now... the first time watching the show I was totally watching Sabra but then watched it again to watch Dominic and he totally nailed all that hip moving and stuff without being too overtop. Which was really impressive considering the way he totally hammed it up when they were done with all his posturing during the judging... oh my gosh did that crack me up!

Anyway... I actually was disappointed that Jessi was eliminated. Her solo performances were always her weakness... even in the early audition episodes, I couldn't figure out what her talent was besides being all sultry when she danced... but she always nails her choreographed pieces! I wanted Lauren to get the boot - I don't get the hype about her. Plus her eyebrows bug me. AND she picked a K-Fed song to dance her solo to! The horrors...

And it's so sad that Jesus got the boot... I loved his story about how his town all chipped in to support his study of dance. I hope Cedric goes home next week. He was AWFUL in this week's contemporary piece. I mean, Mia Michaels actually choreographed him to sit in a corner for a good portion of the piece! Shauna deserves a better partner... like Neil (*hint, hint*)!

On a random note, I loved that we were able to see the actual cha cha piece between Pasha and Jessi. (BTW - I am totally crushing on both Pasha and Danny!) I think it was great that the former ballroom champion / current choreographer's assistant filled in for Jessi during the competition show, especially considering the not-so-nice comments made about her afterward, but you could see we originally got the watered-down version of the full choreography.

Without Jessi:

With Jessi:

And weren't the "ambition" interviews sort of interesting? Sabra wants to be a comedian? Shauna wants to be a techno singer? Lauren wants to work for NASA? Who knew!

Finally, let's talk about Fergie's performance. Her outfit was ick but I thought she looked pretty during the close-ups... and normally I always think she looks sort of rough. And you know how she sang the "clean" version of "Glamourous"? You know where she goes "send your broke broke home"? I thought it was funny when she let the audience sing that part and they all totally belted out "send your broke ASS home" - heehee!

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