To start, I’m drunk. All because of the finale of Big Brother 11, some of my friends and I decided to celebrate with champagne. I then watched SYTYCDC, and believe me, this is as real as it gets.
Leah started the night by bringing out two special guest judges; Dan Karaty from SYTYCD US and Karen Kain a critically acclaimed Ballet choreography. They were accompanying our standard judges, Tre and Jean-Marc. I’ve decided that the only person I’m going to listen to is Dan, because our standard judges are crap and Karen Kain is 90-years-old. That’s all.
Cody & Melanie M – Hip-Hop
FINALLY, Melanie Mah and Cody opened the night with a Hip Hop routine from Luther Brown. Thank GOODNESS! They danced to Turnin’ Me On by Keri Hilson ft. Lil’ Wayne (oh good song).
At this point I need to say, prepare for a large number of Random Inserts. It’s the way the night is shaping up. Currently, I’m being attacked for typing too loud.
Back to the routine – Melanie Mah KILLED it in her black leather bikini. She is effing talented. She outshined Cody 10-to-1 and I have to say Cody should NOT have pulled up his shirt at the end of the routine. Seriously, he’s cute but NOT sexy, well, maybe to the fourteen-year-old girls who vote for him. Heck, pull up your shirt Cody! Besides the random nudity, I love love love these two! The choreography was decent from Luther Brown, and their synchronicity (spell-check-when-sober) was spot on. I have to say right off the start, Karen Kain’s critic seemed ab-SURD. Seriously?! Who is this mannequin?
Amy & Vincent – Cha-Cha
The second couple to the stage was Amy and Vincent. I love these two as well, especially the mega-teddy bear Vincent. Adorable! Although not as adorable as my roommate Kyle with his baby blanket, Vincent is still pretty dang cute. Selecting Cha Cha from the hat, they danced to Rie y Llora by Celia Cruz. I loved the ‘love story’ concept before the routine even began, and they KILLED it! Amy’s swinging around the stage in a new-age death spiral was AMAZEBALLS! For the first time in my life I can admit, I loved this Cha Cha!
Tara-Jean & Everett – House
The third couple to dance was Tara Jean and Everett, dancing House with Sho-Tyme, the ‘Kool Kat’. Um, not so much. I was definitely a little worried for these kids during the preview clip – NOT looking good. They danced to When Love Takes Over by David Guetta (ft. Kelly Rowland) – I LOVE THIS SONG! It’s the SONG OF SUMMER 2009 – officially declared. This song should have guaranteed awesomeness. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Everett. Was. Terrible. He looked too much like a tapper, and although he is, I didn’t want to see that coming through. Tara Jean on the other hand did the best that she could with what she had to work with. Seriously, not a good routine!
Kim & Emanuel – Contemporary
The next couple to the stage was Emanuel and Kim – the most battered couple on the stage. Emanuel keeps breaking his fingers and Kim is bruised galore. This week they chose Contemporary with Stacey Tookey. OF COURSE they get the style I love. This should have been the best dance of the night, as this was Emanuel’s time to shine. They danced To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra (my new found love). Leah thought the routine was absolutely beautiful, but really, who cares what she thinks? I will agree with Dan Karaty that this routine was flawless, but at the same time, I didn’t find the choreography that challenging. Was there a move that blew my mind? No. Was the routine nice, and for the first time I didn’t find myself hating Emanuel? Yes. Why, I hope you ask? Because feminine-male dancers do well with contemporary. End of story.
Jayme Rae & Daniel – Disco
The fifth couple to the stage was Jamie Rae and Daniel. Salem – are you cheering right now?! OH SNAP! They selected Disco from the hat with Melissa Williams. (I actually just spelled ‘the hat’ as ‘the Hat’, like it’s Jesus – no joke). They danced to Disco Inferno by The Trammps. Seriously, with two ‘m’s. Even though these two are MEGA hot, this routine up until this point was the worst of the night. I can’t stand this style. Why do we keep this style around? The ONLY good thing about this routine was the upside-down lift about three-quarters of the way into the routine. Other than that, the costumes didn’t match, the song was old school and the dancing was mediocre. SYTYCDC – Take this OUT of the hat!
Natalie & Danny – Swing
The sixth couple to the stage was Natalie and Danny (I-want-you-in –the-back-seat-of-a-truck) Lawn. They danced the West-coast Swing with Benji Schwimmer from SYTYCD US. DUH! All I can say is UH-OH for Natalie, the Krumper who has somehow managed to last! They danced to the ultimate douche bag song – Love Lockdown by Kanye West. BENJI – DO YOU NOT WATCH THE MTV VMAs?!? Sadly, it was too late to change the song after Sunday’s nightmare. The only thing good about this routine was Natalie’s costume and extensions. The number just didn’t cut it for me, and I wasn’t buying the ‘modern’ spin to this style. Of course Leah added her nonsense, saying, “that was so good.” Nice Leah, completely useless.
Corynne & Austin – Jazz
The final couple to take to the stage was Corynne and Austin. Together for only the second week, they were dancing an ‘Old Hollywood’ Jazz routine to Paparazzi by Lady Gaga. Sounded like a good way to end the show…unfortunately, all I could stare at were Austin’s nipples. WTF?! I had to rewind. Then the prop GUN came out?! WHAT?! (Amazing correlation to Lady Gaga’s performance on the MTV VMAs earlier this week. Seriously, well done SYTYCDC.) Overall, this routine was wicked good the second time around, once I got over the whole nipples thing – believe me, it was tough. The leaps were stunning from both dancers. I really loved this routine; and truly a great way to end the night.
My predictions for the bottom three couples:
Melanie Mah and Cody – It just wasn’t stellar enough to keep them safe
Tara Jean and Everett – No comment
Jamie Rae and Daniel – Disco was a nightmare, sorry kids
My predictions (and hopefuls) leaving the competition:
Tara Jean and Everett – send the couple home together, it’s the best for everyone involved! Especially me!