It was an awesome night for SYTYCDC! Why you ask? The legendary Mary Murphy from SYTYCD US was on the judging panel, full of screams and useless feedback! Heck yes she was! And she was rocking a FIERCE bang! Atta girl…
Before the top 18 could take to the stage, Leah took some time to reminisce on losing the first couple last week, and of course complained how hard Wednesday’s eliminations are. Sorry Leah, but didn’t you realize that people would be going home each week, when you signed up for the job? Listen up producers, make me the host, and I’ll show Canada how to do it right!
Melanie Mah and Cody – Krump
The first couple to dance their faces off was Melanie Mah and Cody! Best start to the show possible!! They were given Krump with Lil’ C (also from SYTYCD US), dancing to Buck N Roll by Tha J-Squad. Melanie Mah KILLED the routine, which surprised me, and she definitely stole the show. Surprising, as this should have been Cody’s forte. Definitely a swing and a miss for him, but as a duo, they pulled it off. Luther adequately nicknamed Melanie Mah, ‘Melanie Mah-chine’. Brilliant, Love it, Use it!!
Tara-Jean & Everett – Salsa
The next couple to take to the stage was Tara Jean (TJ) and Everett dancing a Salsa routine to Ana Pa Mi Tamber by La Excelencia (and it was a treat to see Natalie from season one helping out the choreographers). TJ looked AMAZING in her tasseled, purple bikini. Everett on the other hand just didn’t pull it together. His transitions were sloppy and I felt he let TJ down…to the max! Naturally, Mary called TJ a Hot Tamale….and put her right on the train…WHAT A SURPRIZE!! (Slash, not really). I don’t necessarily feel Everett should have been along for the ride, but I’ll let that one slide for now.
Kim & Emanuel – Theatre
The third couple to take to the stage was Kim and Emanuel. I wish I could have fast forward through this train-wreck, but I committed to give my feedback, so I suffered through. They selected theatre from the hat with Sean Cheesman, dancing to Maybe This Time by Connie Fisher. Wow, was this routine awful. Emanuel struggled through every lift, so the choreographer shifted it up and had Kim lift him. That appeared to work better, which just further accentuated Emanuel’s feminine qualities and lack of partnering capabilities. For both Kim and Emanuel, the transitions were weak and I just didn’t buy it. For some unknown reason, Mary was watching from Mars, and enjoyed the routine. She even thanked Emanuel for coming back this season. WHAT?!? Mary, cut the sauce!
Amy & Vincente – Contemporary
The fourth couple to the stage was Amy and Vincente, dancing contemporary with Blake! I was SO excited for Amy to dance his number, a dark love story, as only Blake can tell. Dancing to When You Say My Name by Mario Spinetti, the routine was a series of crazy steps and weird costumes. Amy’s duct-taped mouth and Vincente’s eye patch…SO weird, and SO random. Definitely an interesting routine, memorable, but a little confusing to piece together. Overall, this piece was enjoyable in comparison to the previous dances tonight.
Jayme-Rae & Daniel – Dance Hall
The fifth couple to the stage was Jamie Rae and Daniel dancing a Dance Hall with rockstar choreographer Jaeblaze (mega-hot-mess-gorgeous). Dancing to So Fine by Sean Paul…eeks! Jamie looked AMAZEBALLS with her on-top pony tail and Daniel danced his FACE off in this routine. I give Daniel the win on this routine, with JR doing an alright job keeping up. During the judge’s critic, I fell MAD hard for this couple. They looked stunning in their outfits, and HOT DANG, a cast member slept with him?! JEALOUS! WINK – secrets out! According to Luther, Daniel was ‘gutter-creeping’ something amazing. He can gutter-creep up on me ANYDAY. Kudos kiddies!
Corynne & Anthony – Pasa Doble
The next couple to take to the stage was Corynne and Anthony. Random piece-o-fun: Francis and Natalie from season one were back to help the choreographers teach the Pasa Doble. They danced to Fuego by Bond, in some of the most ridiculous outfits I’ve ever seen on SYTYCDC’s stage. The dance fell apart half way through when both dancers FELL! Tripping over each other and losing a good chunk of the routine is NEVER good! Corynne stood confused for a few seconds after the fall, and just didn’t know what to do. NOT a good save kids. Naturally, the judges tried to give them credit for picking back up where they needed to, but I’m not buying that positive-spin anymore. They need to be top notch, all of the time, especially this early in the season with only one dance per couple.
Jenna-Lynn & Nicolas – Hip Hop
The seventh couple to the stage was Jenna Lynn and Nicolas (aka. the-love-of-my-life-at-the-moment). They chose Hip Hop from the lucky hat, with Sho-Tyme. They danced to Blast Off by G. Dep, Loon, Mark Curry & P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family. What a mouth full. This routine was a bit of a mess, unfortunately due to Nicolas being a B-Boy with a more natural style, and Jenna Lynn’s technique confining her to look more controlled. Regardless, I loved this routine for obvious reasons, even with the few missed beats. Nicolas. He’s the reason.
Natalie & Danny – Jazz
The eighth couple to the stage was Natalie and Danny (eff-me-out-back-on-the-) Lawn. He is stupid cute. Last week, they ROCKED Krump, and this week they selected Jazz – Danny’s strength. They danced a Melissa Williams routine to Please Don’t Leave Me by Pink (EFF I love this song too)! Eff Danny and this song! Hot DANG Danny was good in this number, and Natalie really stepped up her game to keep up. It was a great performance, and definitely my favourite of the night. Well done kids. At this point I didn’t even care what the judges had to say, and naturally, they just ranted and raved at the brilliance so I tolerated their words.
“Hi, you’ve reached Danny and Dan. Leave a message after the beep!” – Sounds perfect, right?! Sigh…
Melanie B & Austin – Smooth Waltz
The final couple to the stage and the new pairing was Melanie B and Austin dancing the kiss-of-death; a Smooth Waltz. Dancing to Nights In White Satin by El Divo, this routine should have been beautiful. Should have been. Austin’s white tuxedo jacket with tails, shirtless, was the first mistake. Melanie’s ill-fitting dress was the second. Overall the routine was a mess, and I place the blame largely on Melanie. Being a ballroom dancer this should have come effortlessly to her and it didn’t. Definitely not good enough at this stage in the game.
Random Insert: I fast forwarded through every single Jean-Marc critic tonight. WHAT A BABBLING NIGHTMARE! Goad the audience one more time to kill all feelings of authenticity. Go ahead, do it. Come on Canada, COME ON! (Followed by a weak set of clapping and cheers).
My predictions for the night:
Bottom three couples:
Kim and Emanuel
Corynne and Anthony
Melanie B and Austin
My HOPES (and predictions) for the guy and girl leaving the show this week: Emanuel and Melanie B. (It blows my mind that Melanie B. beat Tatiana last week – BIG mistake).