It’ my second week back discussing SYTYCD US and I have to admit I’m no more excited this week than I was last! I’m struggling to remember most of the dancers names even as I think about their routines from last week and the only two I really remember are Mollee and Channing. Two girls! Sure, there’s the hot guys who I know solely on their looks, but that’s not saying much for their apparent talent. Tonight, the top fourteen take to the stage vying for America’s votes, and in turn the opportunity to dance another for week…
After last week’s lack lustre eliminations of so-and-so and what’s-his-name, I was quickly reminded that I have an entire TWO HOURS of nonsense ahead of me, complete with lame commentary sure to be provided by our standard judges; Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe.
Ashleigh and Jakob were the first couple to take to the stage dancing a Tabitha and Napolean Hip Hop routine, danced to Whatcha Say by Jason Derulo (brilliant song choice I might add). This was a pretty decent routine to open the show (I’m a sucker for Nappy-Tabs). Jakob was the standout in the routine HANDS DOWN as Ashleigh’s lack of confidence shined through when the two were pitted against each other in synchronized movements. Overall, well done kids. Jakob, you’ve quickly become the apple of my eye right now! You’re adorable!!
After five minutes of commercials, we’re back with Karen and Kevin hitting the stage dancing a Spencer Liff Broadway number. WAIT A MINUTE – WHO IS SPENCER LIFF?!?! DADDY!! The routine was danced to If My Friends Could See Me Now by Sweet Charity (from the 2005 Broadway Revival Cast). Wow, was Kevin a mess in this routine. Karen was clearly trying her best but Kevin just sucked the life out this number. All of the ‘big lifts’ mentioned in the intro clip were stripped from the routine, as clearly someone couldn’t pull it together. What an effing mess! Spencer, call me and teach me to dance – I’m good! Really good! Thankfully the judges were truthful tonight and ripped these two apart for their awful presentation. Go home.
The third couple to the stage was Noelle and Russell dancing a Foxx Trot with Eddie Simon – what a disaster in the making. Apparently this is an opportunity for them to shine and prove that their first week performance where Noelle had to sit out due to injury wasn’t a hindrance…as if. Danced to Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) by Michael Buble with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, this routine was better than expected, but still not a style I enjoy. Russell was a pleasant surprise being so far out of his element, and Noel was fortunate to be styled beautifully which helped her performance. At least I didn’t hate it!
The fourth couple to take to the stage at the 50 minute mark in the show was Channing and Victor dancing a Tyce Diorio Jazz routine – as two eclectic black birds. The weirdness is out in folds, danced to Blackbird by Bobby McFerrin. This routine was interesting to say the least. Unfortunately the song did nothing to help the dancers as there was zero beat, and random tempos to ‘fly’ along. Regardless, these two are my favourite dancers in the show, so I’ll give them props for taking a weird mix of choreography and making it work! The judges praised them and that’s all I need to say about tat.
Up next on the stage was Kathryn and Legacy (I had completely forgotten about both of these dancers – not good). This week they selected a Tony Meredith Paso Doble. Sigh, another routine I won’t remember, danced by two people who just won’t have the strength to pull this off. Performed to Pursuit by Ka (the Cirque du Soleil Soundtrack), the song was clearly the best piece of this routine! That, and Legacy dancing with his shirt off. HOT DAMN that boy had an awesome body. Sadly, I don’t think partial nudity will save these two from winding up in the bottom three. In the most AWKWARD SYTYCD style, we had to wait until AFTER the commercial break to hear the judge’s comments. Clearly I kept the PVR at 3x Fast Forward through this nonsense as well. Good planning producers…
Before the next couple took to the stage we took a short interlude to showcase the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the recent scholarship recipients and the doors that have been opened for each of the dancers. This was a lead in for the Nov. 29th Dancing Gala to raise awareness and funds for Dizzy Feet Foundation hopefuls in the future. I don’t have my ticket yet SYTYCD…just saying…hope it didn’t get lost in the mail…
The next couple to take to the stage was Ellenore and Ryan dancing Travis Wall Contemporary piece. THANK GOODNESS for awesome choreography! Danced to the emotional song, Your Ex-Lover’s Dead by Stars, I was crying before the piece even started. Ellenore was absolutely stunning in this piece and Ryan was the perfect base partner with his shirt open. Man was this number beautiful – complete with a plaid shirt! Wow, wow, wow. This was absolutely brilliant! The worst part of this routine was Nigel’s ramblings! I believe he even credited Ryan’s body to his work in ‘the gymnasium’ – okay skeletor, go back to the 1940s, and take your hair with you.
The last couple to take to the stage was Mollee and Nathan dancing a Pop Jazz routine to Bad Romance by Lady GaGa. SHUT UP! I EFFING LOVE THIS SONG SOMETHING HARD RIGHT NOW! Dang, Nathan really impressed me in this routine. Mollee sadly fell a little flat for me, and I think it had to do a lot with the lame outfit she was wearing. This is LADY GAGA for effs sake – she should have been freaked out! This could have been SOOOO much better. Compared to last week, this was light years better; however, compared to the routines tonight from the other couples’, I don’t think this even makes it half way up the bar. Sorry kids! You’re a fan favourite, so I say it just for the flack I’ll get.
To summarize the night in it’s ridiculous:
2 hours of air time
38 minutes of commercials
45 minutes of complete nonsense and filler crap
3 routines worth remembering
Those are not good statistics…
Bottom Three Couples:
Karen and Kevin
Kathryn and Legacy
Mollee and Nathan
The two dancers who SHOULD be leaving the competition this week: Karen and Kevin