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SYTYCD 9: Top Four FINAL Performances!

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Holy smokes kiddies, where did the summer go?!? It’s hard to believe that the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance is winding down, and we’re already at the stage where the final four dancers take to the stage for one last performance. I have to admit, I’m secretly relieved. While Adam has been an AMAZING guest writer throughout the season, my absence for some weeks has really caused an inability to connect with this year’s set of dancers. Is there a dance from this season that I truly remember, and would place in my all-time favourites collection? No. And that doesn’t make me happy.

I truly wanted to believe Skeletor’s over-produced rant about finding the best set of dancers this show has ever seen, but as the season has played out those words have simply proven to be false. Sure, Eliana has had some brilliant routines, and Cole was a master at embodying his characters each week, but was there a Melanie, or Twitch, or Alison, or Jakob caliber performer? Not by my standards. The fact that Cyrus, while brilliant in his own style, is still in this competition of apparent ‘all around’ best dancers just further proves my point. If So You Think You Can Dance survives to air another season, I BEG of Nigel Lythgoe to let go of his ridiculously tight grip on this competition and truly let America decide who should be going home from the very first week. Bring back a fresh top ten new girls and guys, and pair them up for the first few weeks. Showcase new dance styles again, like the brilliance that was Bollywood when it was first introduced. Help us fall in love with the next Kerrington, or Travis, or Heidi, or Neil, or Brandon, or Janine. Hell, let Cat Deeley choose her own outfits again! Take the standard recession business model, and get back to your roots and remember the core of what made you great in the first place.

Recap & performances after the jump…

SYTYCD 9: Top 6 Perform & Two Are Eliminated

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Howdy folks, I’m back in the driver’s seat again after Adam took over the reins while I spent over two weeks gallivanting around Europe and dancing to my heart’s content CC Blooms in Edinburgh, complete with an epic “Call Me Maybe” CRJ dance off! A HUGE thanks to Adam who killed the reviews each week, and may actually be a little better than I am at recapping these episodes. Could it be so? Perhaps we should both do the recap each week and see how our comments flush out without knowing each other’s responses first? Thoughts folks?!

I have to admit, I just blew threw the last two recap articles to learn who did what, and who managed to squeak through to the top six performing tonight. Due to all the disruptions this season with both the airings and the new format, I really haven’t connected with any of the new dancers and find myself routing for Alison each week as if she still has a chance at winning. Believe me, I wish that were the case. Sadly, I think this is the last season for the show, as my this point Nigel is usually boasting about the next season already being picked up and talks of where the auditions will be held. Stealing the words from a lot of the comments last week, it really pisses me off that the judges are still deciding who stays and goes. This has now become, “So Nigel Thinks You’re The Best Dancer”. Lame to the max.

Watch the performances & read the rest of the recap after the jump…

SYTYCD 9: Top 16 Perform & Two Get Eliminated

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Tonight is a night FULL of dance folks! Not only will I be recapping the episode for you in a few minutes, but I also scored advanced screening tickets to see the latest film in the Step Up franchise, Step Up Revolution. WOW. What a drastic improvement over the third installment. What the film is once again needless show in 3D, the dancing is phenomenal and the cameos from some of the best SYTYCD alumni were brilliant. The movie stars one of the most memorable contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Kathryn, and supported by Twitch and the infamous Mia Michaels even makes an appearance. Christopher Scott also had a brief stint iat the end of the film and my dancer crush was instantly reconfirmed. That man is solid gold hotness. The film officially hits theatres this Friday and you HAVE to check it out. If you love dance as an art form, you’ll love this movie. It’s cheesy to the max, but deep down, that’s really the best part.

On with the show! I’m back in the driver seat after Adam graciously stepped in to fill my shoes for two weeks while I was on the road for business. Thankfully my job takes me to awesome places live Comicon 2012 down in San Diego, but I’ll leave those details for another article. This week we’re treated to the top sixteen dancers performing once again for America’s votes. Cat Deeley looked gorgeous as introduced the opening routine performed by the complete group of sixteen, danced to The Here and After by Jun Miyake. I absolutely loved the black and white effect with the one red umbrella. The routine was stunning and danced really well for such a large ensemble. After the top sixteen were introduced, Cat made two big announcements.

Watch the performances & find out who went home after the jump…

This past week Ali and I took in our third show at Bard on the Beach, back for its 23rd season in Vanier Park in Vancouver! This time around we were seated in the more intimate Studio Stage on the Bard lot for the opening performance of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. I will say right off the top; this is one of my most favourite Bard on the Beach performances that I have ever seen! And believe, I have got to several over the years. I absolutely love when the creative team behind the performance adds a modern day twist to Shakespeare’s work, and with The Merry Wives of Windsor, they did just that!

The storyline was adapted and set in 1968 in Windsor, Ontario, which is just the tip of the ice berg. The cast and crew were specifically chosen for acting and musical talents, as several 1960s songs were infused into the plot to the point of almost classifying the play as a musical! The evolution definitely helped to liven up the play, and the ensemble cast was absolutely brilliant, earning a well deserved standing ovation at the end of the night.

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SYTYCD 9: Meet The Top 10 Boys

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Last night, So You Think You Can Dance revealed the Top 20 Dancers for Season 9. As we do every year, we’ve spit up the finalists into the Top 10 Boys and the Top 10 Girls, so you can get to know them a little more and check out their promo photos. We’ve also included a poll so you can vote on your favorite dancers!

In two weeks, on Wednesday, July 11, the Top 20 finalists will dance for the judges and America on this season’s first two-hour live performance show. The Top 20 will be paired into 10 couples and work with the world-renowned choreographers we’ve come to love. The following week on Wednesday, July 18, on the first performance and results show, the 10 couples will perform again, but in the week’s assigned genre. America’s votes from the previous week will also be revealed and at the end of the show, the six finalists that make up the bottom three guys and bottom three girls will be revealed and may be given a chance to perform solo routines. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated. If couples are split apart, the dancers who remain will form new couples.

Can’t wait! In the meantime, get to know the dancers a little more and vote on your favorite boys below!

Meet the Top 10 Boys after the jump…

SYTYCD 9: Meet The Top 10 Girls

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Last night, So You Think You Can Dance revealed the Top 20 Dancers for Season 9. As we do every year, we’ve spit up the finalists into the Top 10 Boys and the Top 10 Girls, so you can get to know them a little more and check out their promo photos. We’ve also included a poll so you can vote on your favorite dancers!

In two weeks, on Wednesday, July 11, the Top 20 finalists will dance for the judges and America on this season’s first two-hour live performance show. The Top 20 will be paired into 10 couples and work with the world-renowned choreographers we’ve come to love. The following week on Wednesday, July 18, on the first performance and results show, the 10 couples will perform again, but in the week’s assigned genre. America’s votes from the previous week will also be revealed and at the end of the show, the six finalists that make up the bottom three guys and bottom three girls will be revealed and may be given a chance to perform solo routines. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated. If couples are split apart, the dancers who remain will form new couples.

Looking forward to it! In the meantime, get to know the dancers a little more and vote on your favorites girls below!

Meet the girls after the jump…

So You Think You Can Dance 9: Top 20 Revealed

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Holy smokes folks, we’re at the performance shows of the NINTH season of So You Think You Can Dance! I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to love the new format of the show this year, dropping down to one night a week and cramming all the good dancing into a succinct show versus drawing it out over two nights with a wild amount of unnecessary filler!

The show opened with Cat Deeley rocking a sparkly silver and pink dress (love) announcing that as each of the top ‘twenty’ dancers are revealed, they will then hit the stage to perform live IMMEDIATELY! I love this concept, and I hope the pairings are as brilliant as last season, with the styles matched up per dance genre and a sick-good choreographer to round out the awesomeness. Well let’s get started!

Side note: I put twenty in quotations as we know there will likely be another fake with the top twenty actually being twenty-two, just for that stupidly dramatic, over-produced effect Skeletor loves so much. Will one of your remaining favourites make it on to the show tonight, or will this prove to be the end of their journey? Will my TV crush number 2 finally get named as he makes it through, for us to all pine after? Man I hope so! I guess I should mention that this is the 200 episode of SYTYCD and I don’t really think that matters all that much to the target audience.

Recap, videos, and Top 20 dancers after the jump…

So You Think You Can Dance 9: Vegas Call Backs!!

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Sorry for the delayed post folks, I was in Toronto for work this week and just got back from a whirlwind trip that included a visit with fellow castmate, Kevin! We gushed about this season of SYTYCD and needless to say we’re PUMPED for the level of competition this year, and the slew of Contemporary dancers.

I definitely had a few early favourites from the audition rounds this year, and I’m hoping that we’ll truly be seeing one of the best seasons of So You Think You Can Dance to date! Time to tune in and see if your favourite dancers make it through to the live performance episodes.

From the opening intro alone this two-hour episode is going to be produced with the MAXIMUM amount of drama! The judging panel is once again extended for this stage of the competition to include krumper Lil’ C, the legendary Debbie Allen, homo-favsies Adam Shankman, homo-runner up Tyce Diorio, Screamin’ MM and Skeletor (unfortunately). All of the dancers took to the stage once again to perform their solos – this is it folks, CUT THROAT TIME!

Recap & video clips after the jump…

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