And here we are, finally at the Top 10 where the masses control who stays and who goes! Tonight they are doing bio’s on each of the Top 10 and in the interest of brevity… I’m just gonna skip right over all that (though it was super cute to meet some of their families).
Noelle & Ryan
A Napolean & Tabitha routine starts off the night with Noelle & Ryan dancing to Give It To Me Right (Melanie Fiona). I’m sorry this totally shocked me. When I first realized who was dancing and the style they were given I didn’t hold out much hope… but I was really surprised. It’s true that you could tell Ryan’s not a hip-hop dancer, but I thought they both did a great job (and I’m sorry, who couldn’t have chemistry with Ryan? I mean, honestly.) Oh, and Noelle did a great job too.
Here we are revealing the Season 6 Top 10 dancers and Kat Deeley looks a freaking’ mess tonight. I love ya girl, but someone jacked up your hair tonight.
We open the show with the Top 12 dancing a BRILLIANT Nappy-Tabs routine to “What’s A Girl Gotta Do?” (Basement Jaxx feat Paloma Faith). I loved the routine, loved the song and loved Jakob standing out with those amazing extensions. I can’t say he stole the routine, but he sure was brilliant.
Nigel then embarks on a well meaning bout of verbosity which I tuned out. Something about Thanksgiving and how Britts don’t celebrate it, blah blah blah. There was something in there about bringing soldiers home safely though which of course was a worthwhile mention. Mary & Adam then speak some more for the simple joy of hearing their own voices which I completely fast forwarded through.
The first two couples to find out their fate were Karen & VIctor and Ashleigh & Jakob. Unsurprisingly it was Karen & Victor who landed in the bottom 3 couples with their heinous Hip Hop routine.
Heya… I’m back!!!
So I’ve returned from my European adventures just in time to see the Top 10 revealed after tonight’s performances. That said, I have to admit that while I was busy gallivanting around Dublin & Amsterdam, I haven’t yet had time to watch the last two episodes- though have read Daniel’s scathing remarks!
I’ll be catching myself up later this week, but I’m actually sort of glad that I’m a little behind because it feels like I’m approaching it with a more open mind about the each of the remaining dancers.
Ryan & Ellenore
To start of the night we’ve got Ryan and Ellenore dancing a Lindy Hop (swing) to I’ve Got To Be A Rug Cutter (Boilermaker Jazz Band). Lindy hop can be a total blast to dance, so I was really disappointed in this number because not only was Ellenore completely out of her element and stumbling around, the two of them together looked like they were at a church talent show. I hate to say it since you all know how much I love Ryan… but it was completely lacklustre for me. I don’t know WHAT the judges were smoking because this number sucked. Some great stunts, but overall I was definitely left wanting something more. (Sorry Ryan!)
There’s no question that the recent passage of Salt Lake City ordinances protecting the GLBT community from job termination and/or eviction based on sexual orientation or gender identity are a victory. In some ways it’s the biggest victory the community there has seen in recent years amongst numerous legislations defining marriage and rendering adoption impossible… but the Mormon Church’s involvement has, unfortunately tained the victory for me.
I suppose I should be a little more supportive and positive about the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons, has finally decided to allow Utah to grant any sort of Gay Rights, but I think I’m still feeling a bit burned by the whole Prop 8 fiasco.
That said, the title of a news article from the Huffington Post basically says it all: “Salt Lake OKs gay rights laws with Mormon backing“.
For the first time, the Mormon church has spoken out in favor of passing laws that protect the GLBT community in Salt Lake City- specifically from wrongful termination and eviction- making it the first community in Utah to provide these protections.
Let me just start by saying that I hate the way they set up these first two eliminations so the judges exclusively decide who leaves the competition. I can’t wait for next week when the actual voting begins so that we can feel like it’s really “America’s favourite dancer”.
That said, two more things to get out of the way. First, Dan will be covering for me next week and the week after while I’m in Dublin & Amsterdam. Second, I apologize for getting the review up so late- I had to download the show due to a work event that caused me to miss it live (and I don’t have my PVR since I’m in Salt Lake City right now.
With that out of the way, we started the show with Nigel letting us know that Brandon (who was cut last week) will be able to compete again next season, which I think was the right/fair thing to do
Annoyingly they’ve decided to identify the best and worst things about their respective partners. I hate that shit, so I’m going to bypass any comments on it.
As most of you know, I’m an American and recently received my Permanent Resident status in Canada after 2 years of waiting. You’d think after all that time and the hoops you have to jump through it’d be over by now, but naturally it’s not.
After you “land” as a permanent resident, you then have to wait for your Permanent Resident card to arrive in the mail, which apparently can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. This isn’t a huge deal if you don’t do a lot of traveling, but if you do- it’s a complication for sure. Apparently, you’re not allowed to cross the border without your PR card on any kind of commercial carrier- and if you don’t have your card yet, you have to go and apply for what they call a “Travel Document”, and you have to apply for it while outside of the country at a Canadian Embassy!
If someone can help me understand why the baseball playoffs are somehow are more important than SYTYCD, I would appreciate it. Totally lame. Tonight’s episode includes the performances AND the eliminations, without any voting at all. The judges will choose who goes home based completely on their take of the performances tonight.
Anyway, first of all, Ryan’s solo in the Top 20 made me wet. Secondly, as I mentioned in yesterday’s recap, Billy Bell has had to leave the competition due to illness. That really sucks because he was so talented, but to add to the scenario, Noelle is out tonight because did something to her knee (probably wresting with BFF Mollee… *puke*). I jest, but only because I know what it’s like to mess up your knee and it’s not fun. That said, best wishes going out to both Billy & Noelle, and I do hope that she can return to the competition.
Channing Cooke & Phillipp Attmore – Jive
On with the show… Channing and Phillip are our first couple to perform with a Jive from Jason Gilkison (Rockin’ Robin – The Jackson 5). I used to compete to this song, so that totally hit a sweet spot for me, but even without that I thought they did a good job. Mary, in one of her very rare lucid moments, was spot on with her critique. it wasn’t awesome, but it definitely wasn’t bad.
Tonight’s show was all about showcasing the entire Top 20 group before the competition even starts. This is the first season they’ve done it and I have to say, I love it! What a great idea!
We’re first treated to the Top 20 dancing a very “West Side Story” group routine (Comanche – The Revels). Mr. Wade Robson never fails to impress and I loved this routine, probably because I think West Side Story is one of the most fantastic things ever.