Welcome to the Top 10! After a brief hiatus due to being out of town, I’m back with our review of this season’s Top 5 Boys and Top 5 Girls. My apologies to everyone for not being here to temper Daniel’s Debbie Downer Syndrome, hopefully no one was tempted to slit their wrists or overdose on sleeping pills. Just kidding Mary (Daniel) – you know I love you more’n my luggage!
Let’s get started. This week the article will flow a little differently since we’ve now reached the point at which each contestant is voted for individually and everyone danced a solo last night. So… comments for the individual solos will be under each partner dance. I should work for IKEA or something with these organizational skills.
Top 5 Girls – Bollywood
The night started off with the Top 5 Girls dancing a Bollywood number (Dholna – Pyar Ke Geet soundrack). I thought the number was a great way to start the show. I loved the routine and thought the girls basically killed it, but could someone please talk to the camera men about their epilepsy problem? For God’s sake- just let me watch the stupid dance! Anyway, I digress. I have to admit to a slight obsession with Bollywood, and the SYTYCD routines have never failed to impress. Loved it. Oh, and by the way- Nigel, you don’t get a train. Stop trying to steal other people’s shtick in an effort to be less of a douche. Bolly-Wow indeed, Mary. Bolly-Wow indeed.
Last night on SYTYCD the top 12 performers took to the stage, vying for a coveted spot in the top ten! This is the final week of the couples dancing together (before everyone gets split up and paired with a new partner), and thankfully the final week of the judges making the decisions of who stays and who packs their bags. Once again, Kevin has ditched me this week, which could turn out to be a blessing as you’ll all be getting the truth about the show instead of just fluff and happiness!
Instead of trimming the show down to one hour, and packing it full of great dances from each couple, the producers decided to keep the two hour time slot and force each couple to showcase two unique routines. Although this would typically excite me, I hope the producers look back at the routines and realize it was a mistake. Clearly the level of dancing and paired styling fell extremely short. But I don’t want to give two much away before I rant!
I just paid nearly five dollars for a cup of burnt dirt. Okay, it’s not really burnt dirt, but that’s definitely what it tastes like.
Those who drink coffee will know exactly what I’m saying when I say that a poorly made latte can really just kick your day off to a bad start. It’s like taking a bite of cereal only to find that your milk has gone bad… or cracking open an egg and finding a dead baby chicken. Sick.
Making the perfect coffee beverage is an art. A lot more goes into it than you might expect and when you’re shelling out 5 bucks or more every morning to feed your addiction, it’s not unreasonable to expect it to be right. Without getting into TOO much detail, here are a few tips - whether you’re making it yourself or are relying on a barista:
I’m back from my whirlwind work trip to Whistler this week, just in time to recap the top 16 Thursday night episode of SYTYCD. After reading through Kevin’s article from Wednesday, I realize he rambles a lot and thinks he’s right all the time, but I’m pretty sure the truth is glaringly obvious that I am the crutch that pulls him through each week! Just joking buddy!!
Kevin did a brilliant job of recapping the dances, and after watching the episode myself well after the fact my predictions were identical to Kevin’s (I wrote them down as I watched the show, before reading his article, just to prove I was right if he ended up being wrong – you know how it is).
The show opened up with a heartfelt speech from Nigel recognizing the brilliance that has been lost in the Entertainment industry over the last week. The sad deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson have rippled through the news these last few days and I found it genuinely touching that the producers and executives of SYTYCD decided to take a moment to recognize the impact each of these individuals has had on the world. The emphasis, naturally, was skewed to Michael Jackson the effects he has on the music industry around the world. The short video montage gave me chills as I reflected on my personal attachments dancing as a young boy to ‘Billie Jean’ in my parent’s living room. Donovan also wrote a brilliant article highlighting his favourites list of Jackson songs, and I have to admit I am in full agreement. Brilliantly written, the article can be found HERE.
And we’re back with round 3 of the SYTYCD competition. Daniel is MIA this week due to a work function last night, so I’m flying solo on this one. Fortunately, I’m always right and Daniel realizes that I’m the genius behind these articles, so you’re in good hands. *wink*
That said, I’m going to use a few quotes from my friend Alex N. (thanks Alex!) as a substitute, because they’re just too good to pass up.
First, the guest judge this week was Toni Basil. Honestly, who can even take this woman seriously? I realize she’s supposed to be some past dance genius or something, but honestly- hearing her talk about street dance is about as ridiculous as listening to Adam’s rhetorical drivel about democracy.
From Alex:Toni Basil looks like she got hit upside the head with a UFO and I have a really hard time taking her seriously when she talks about “street” dancing.
Indeed, Alex. Indeed.
The schtick for this week was what each contestant would be if they weren’t dancers. To be honest, I don’t give a rat’s ass since we watch they show because they’re dancers, so I’m not even going to comment on that portion of the show (mostly). So, on with the dancing:
Karla & Jonathan – Hip Hop
Starting off the show this week was Karla & Jonathan. Dancing to “By My Side” by Jadakiss feat. Ne-Yo,the two pulled a hip hop routine choreographed by Dave Scott. Jason’s supposed to be “gangsta”- but that’s clearly not happening. It’s sort of like watching a Chihuahua try and be a Rottweiler; cute, but destined for disaster. Instead of killing it, both Jonathan got killed by this routine and took Karla down with him. Jason doesn’t have an ounce of gangsta in him! Karla, on the other hand, was at least somewhat believable as a ghetto-fabulous chick from the block. I hate to say it, but Jason sucked a big fatty on this one and with Karla only doing so-so, the routine was a gong show for me. They weren’t in sync and they didn’t have even remotely the same style… These guys are definitely in danger of the bottom 3 this week.
One of the things my friends like to tease me the most about is the fact that I’m actually a geek. I love to read fantasy books, I love to play video games (especially RPG’s)… hell, I even used to play Dungeons & Dragons!
In addition to those things, I also used to be a World of Warcraft player and one of the friends I used to play with passed me this golden nugget of awesome-ness this morning: Gay Pride Week in World of Warcraft!!!
For those who are inexperienced in the world of online gaming, World of Warcraft (WoW) is set up with around 50 or so servers. When you create a character, you choose which server you want to play on and you will only be able to interact with other players on that same server with that character. The Proudmoore Server just hosted their fifth annual Pride celebration and parade, which was put on the guilds “The Spreading Taint” (I could really make some hilarious jokes with that name, but I’ll leave them to your imagination) and “The Stonewall Family“.
Kevin: Sunday night, Dan, Stephen and I all went to see Coldplay in concert here in Vancouver. Our friend Channa was also with us and I’m pretty sure I speak for all four of us when I say: “It was AMAZING“. Dan, Stephen and I are each going to write a couple paragraphs about the experience.
With the phenomenal Snow Patrol opening, along with The Howling Bells (which we unfortunately didn’t get to see), the show was destined to be a success. Having seen Snow Patrol with Daniel a year or two ago, I knew they would deliver a solid performance that really primed the entire crowd for the main event. And, let me tell you, Coldplay really knows how to put on a great show. The music sounded flawless, Chris Martin sounded phenomenal and the stage setup was fantastic. The globes they had suspended from the ceiling reflected the video footage, which was also shown at times on the enormous screen behind the band and really added to the overall visual effect of the show.
Round two eliminations and both Daniel and I got it partially wrong. I was surprised to see Kayla & Max in the bottom two instead of Jeanine & Philip. Jeanine & Philip’s tango was a complete disaster and their ability to stay out of the bottom two is a testament to what a strong following Philip has. I am glad, however that we were partially wrong about the two who were kicked out. I’m not ready for Kupono to leave the show yet. I didn’t really want to see Ashley leave the show either, but of the three bottom girls, she would’ve been my pick as well.
The dancing for your life, in my opinion, was much improved over last week. You could tell that the dancers really wanted it and were trying to pull out their best stuff. Some did go a bit overboard, however, like Kayla. I agreed with what Nigel said about her solo trying to pack in too many different elements, which made it seem a bit disjointed. But even with that, she’s such an amazing dancer and she did outshine Ashley.