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SYTYCD S:8~ Top 20 or Bust!!!

In Take 2: Film/TV Reviews on 11 June 2011 at 3:58 pm

Episode 1: Auditions (UT & NY)

Episode 2: Auditions 2nd Day (Los Angeles, CA )

Episode 3: HELL WEEK

Episode 4: Top 20 or Bust!

Okay…. I am running late for work and I meant to watch this last night….. but I was extremely tired. SO, please forgive me for not having this ready for you. I will be sure to watch it from my DVR when I get home and catch you up to date on it all. I KNOW you want to know who the top 20 are!!!!!! Stay Tuned.

Take 2 in 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, #SYTYCD ?

So, Cat just announced that this season was going to be a tab bit different. As the top 20 are revealed they will perform live to 9 different group routines. I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( Technically, I did because I am late, but you catch my drift).

The judges are Robin Antin, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe.  The top 10 guys and the top 10 girls are well on their way of showing America that they think they can dance.

The first person to go in was contemporary dancer Ricky Jamie ( Salt Lake City, UT) .  He said that Vegas was great for him because he learned a lot just as it was hard to see new friends come and leave. But he made it to the TOP! Next was another contemporary dancer Miranda Maleski. Just the fact that they didnt do an interview for her makes me fear that she isnt going to make it.  I HATE HOW THEY SIKED ME OUT!!! She made it. Melanie Moore (Atlanta, GA) made it as well.  Abigail Russe followed the first 3 to enter….. Just the clip that they keep showing of her while dancing is enough to make you pay attention to her. But unfortunately, she did not make it to the top 20. Nor did Katie M.

Now the Mallory sisters make their way in for judgement….together. I still feel some kind of way about them doing everything together. I mean, I get it, they’re sisters, but at what point will they be made to stand on their own? Maybe I am over thinking this. And Nigel announces that only one of them  will make it to top 20 and it was Sasha. I mean, Natalia was awesome… I wonder if SYTYCD will ever let a thicker person on or was it really note based on her body image.

Group 1 Performance:  (Sasha Mallory, Ricky Jamie, Melanie Moore, and Miranda Maleski performing to a Stacey Tookey routine to The Irrepressibles’ “In This Shirt”)  When I tell you that just the frozen image of them behind Cat Deeley as she introduced them was captivating enough to know that the dance would be amazing. The way that Ricky picked up Sasha was rough yet had a caressing touch to it just the same.  They are in unison with equal technical skills and execution that made them perfect for the opening routine. They seem out of this world!!! FABULOUS!!!!!! And Natalia was in the audience supporting her sister.

Up Next…. Hip Hop. Who will make the group out of the 7 that were left standing at the end of Vegas’ Hell Week? Chris Cole was up first and this was his second time making it to the end of the week. And this year…. 2nd time’s a charm! Wadi Jones and Taad made it to the Top 20 as well. I knew that Wadi was… I wasnt going to watch the show if he didnt. Virgil ” Lil O” is up…. and wow… I am hoping he makes it through too. But… Nigel just said that he will not make it to the top 20, nor did Dress Reid. It is down to Professor Bryce and Robert Taylor Jr. I am stuck on who I want to win over the other. I pray that they can take them both!!!! Bryce is just sexy…. yeh, he can get it!!!  NOOOOOOOOOO Bryce didnt make it!!!! But Robert did. I uess it was because I said that Bryce could get it. lol.  But congrats to them all anyway.

Group 2 Performance: (Chris Cole, Wadi Jones, Taad, and Robert Taylor Jr. performing to a Dave Scott routine to Swizz Beatz ft Eve’s “Everyday [Coolin’]”) The opening with the lone dancer, Chris, there wasnt all that impressive. I wasnt into the routine until Robert came out looking like a cross between Bentley & Urkel. His part caught my attention and said…. WATCH ME! The unison part was a tad bit static and I think it was Taad in the back who looked like he fell out of his kick stand. I found myself paying more attention to the red hat that got kicked off the stage than the routine. Sorry, but its true. OUCH!!!! They are all on their own count right now! Where is the unison!!!! Oh that was SOOOOOO hard to watch. Can people be honest with themselves and say that this needed more work. The hip thrust was TERRIBLE!!! it wasnt sexy or street enough. These judges better be honest! At least Lil C‘ used Bryce’s phrase of “indubitably”. But… these judges are being nice on this first round. I hate it already.  No Dave’s choreography was on point… but I cringed at their execution.  Now, they all have character…but they need work.

On to the Ballroom Dancers… Lenny was up first and he did NOT make the top 20. Iveta came up next and this is her 3rd time to make it. Wow, by the way that Mary Murphy is crying is a sign that she has made it to the top 20. I was tricked for a moment there. lol.

Group 3 Performance: ( Iveta performing a Jason Gilkinson routine to Jennifer Lopez ft Pitbull’s”Ven a Bailar [On the Floor]”   with guest partner Season 3’s Paasha) How fitting for her to dance to “dance on the floor”. Her stature and frame is on point. I mean wow!!!!! I can’t tell if Paasha is making her look good or the other way around. But I dont see a simple flaw with her.  It is entertaining and eye capturing. She is seductive in the right tone, unlike her police outfit during Vegas week. And her floor drop and spin at the end….. FANTASTIC!

JAZZ DANCERS!!!!!! Clarice Ordaz and Bridget are holding on to each other in the holding room. Clarice is up first and she made it!!!!!! And Bridget did not make it, I pray that she make sit back next year. Tykwon didnt make it either. Marko takes the green mile walk to find out if he is next.  MARKO MADE IT!!!!!!! Like DUH! Jordan Casanova ( Beyoncé’s Nasty Girl) and Missy are the two sexy divas who are fierce jazz dancers up on the chopping block. Jordan and her powerful presence MADE IT!!!!!!! Missy made it too!!!!

Group 4 Performance: (Clarice Ordaz, Marko Germar, Jordan Casanova, and Missy Morelli performing a Sonya Tayeh routine to Steed Lord’s “Vanguardian”)  The stance of the three girls in the opening and Marko’s entrance captured me from the beginning. HOLD THE HELL UP!! Did Marko just jump over ALL THREE LADIES as they did a back bend? FLAWLESS AND CAPTIVATING!!!!!! *REWIND* Yep, he did it. The rhythm of the song came across ast static and would suggest mimic movement, but the floetic precision that they are giving has me captivated!!! I simply love it! The choreography goes perfect with their skill level and the attire ties in beautifully. I likey! Even their unison parts are together and truly on unison. These piece looks like something right our of a Wes Craven film. I LOVE IT! The ending….. powerful and speechless! She was able to bring the edge to the piece without taking away their feminine softness. WAIT!!!! Sonya has hair this season?!!!!!!! And she still looks freaking gorgeous as well as her beautiful choreography!

Tappers!!!!! Nick Young and Jess Leprotto are up next. Jess is up first.  Strong in his broadway style he is a tad bit arrogant and that is what Nigel mentioned. YET HE JUST MADE IT INTO TOP 20. Nick is up next. Fingers crossed! Uncrosses fingers to clap for NICK!!! He made it!

Group 5 Performance: (Nick Young and Jess Leprotto performing a Christopher Scott routine to Nina Simone’s “Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter”)  Just the wonderful juxtaposition between the visual of Nick and that of Jess… was enough to tell a story with the TV on mute. This was going to be great! Nick in a rough street influenced attire and Jess in a more broadway tux circa 1920s ( something probably worn by the Nicholas Brothers) attire looked amazing. Nick appears to be a tapping peddler and Jess more professional…and I mean this as in these are the characters that they are playing, both of which are beautifully executed. Wow! The split slide through that Jess did between Nick’s leg reminded me of a move that Gregory Hines ( God rest his talented soul) and Savion Glover would do. This entire routine takes me back to the hours I would spend in tap class or the even longer hours I would watch the movie TAP! It almost seem like an Abbot and Costello routine set to tap! Now, if two dancers can transport you back to another time or make you feel something as you watch them… then they have more than talent, they have a gift! P.S. Christopher Scott is fine… and he can get it.

Isnt it time to pick some more girls? Up first Caitlyn Lawson; Nigel’s favorite. And of course she has made it.  Ashley Rich made it too. Ryan and Alexa are the last two girls.  But first….. Mitchell Kelly made it to the top 20. ATL STAND UP!!!!!. Now there is only one spot for Alexander or Jeremiah. If you recall, Jeremiah was the one who Mia eliminated last year for pouting. Will this be his year? They both walk into the judges together. WOW!! Alexander made it into the top 20. I think that Jeremiah should have found the news out on his own. WOW!. Now on to the ladies; one spot left.  Alexa is NOT in the top…. and 2nd time around worked for Ryan.

Group 6 Performance: ( Caitlynn Lawson, Ashley Rich, Mitchell Kelly, Ryan Ramirez, and Alexander Fost performing a Travis Wall routine to Passion Pit’s “Moth Wings”)  An empty stage drew in my curiosity immediately. Ryan’s roll and glide across the floor was stunning. It made me immediately wonder why everyone else had on white and she was in all black. Hmmm, black swan, maybe? I do, however have to say that I am not really impressed by this choreography. Stab me if you wish, but there is so much going on and seldom in unison or in close proximity that I have no clue where to look. And so much floor routine that sometimes the dancers look like they are half-assing it rather than full-out. I don’t know who to blame, the dancers or the choreographer. I mean, were the flowers all that damn important? Okay… they got better with unison at the end. It was beautiful to watch… visually…. but the rest of it was too much.

Group 7 Performance: (All top 10 guys dance Hip Hop choreographed by Christopher Scott which was taken from LXD (check it out o HULU… I LOVE IT!) performed to Nathan Lanier’s “Velocity”) They had me! The moment that they announced that it was going to be a sequel to last years finale… but I was hooked the minute that they said it was going to be an LXD experience. I am an EXTREME LXD fan. I don’t think that you understand…. I mean, I am addicted to it. So, if any of these top 10 guys ruins my LXD experience….. I’m hunting them down myself.! Now, the red doors… You wouldn’t get it unless you watched LXD, but yeh.. HOT!!!!! AMAZING how the contemporary got infused in there… just.. yeh.. just ….wonderful.  *STANDING O IN MY HOUSE*!!!!! I agree with Lil’ C… these guys looked like they came right out of the series. I applaud them! You have now been introduced to the LXD!

Group 8 Performance: ( All top 10 girls dance to a Sonya Tayeh routine to Chonique Sneed & Lisette Bustamante’s “Pop Drop & Roll” ) I love how Sonya wanted to make a geisha girl creepy! Just the thought is amazing! I LOVE her… Sonya that is!  The opening… creepy yet gorgeous. The oxymoronic style of Sonya is in full effect and I am in love! The unison of the opening did not detract, I think it added to the creepiness of it all. Their transitions are flawless. And I hate to keep mentioning Sonya while they dance, but she is speaking through these dancers. Her mannerisms are yelling in every arm movement and head roll… those are just some of her signatures. I think for these girls to pick up on her mannerisms and stay true to her style, yet somehow manage to execute it with their own flare, is a sign of a magnificent dancer. Just BRILLIANT! And even Lil ‘ C said that these dancers are the epitome of Sonya.

Group 9 Performance: (All Top 20 dancers performing a piece choreographed by Lord only knows b.c Cat didnt say….lol.  to Annie Lennox’s “Little Bird”) I must admit, the opening looked like something right out of a Mia Michaels’ book of choreography. I caught Sasha with her spiked hair, and Marko is amazing in this. The unison is seriously in unison…. it is as if they are already a family.  WOW!!!! Those LEAPS that were semi basket tosses across the stage!!! I must say my heart fell out of my chest! They were high, yet floetic…….just amazing!

 

Here are your TOP 20 Dancers of SYTYCD Season 8!!!!!!!!!

Top 10 Males:

  1. Ricky Jamie
  2. Chris Cole
  3. Wadi Jones
  4. Tadd Gadduang
  5. Robert Taylor Jr.
  6. Marko Germar
  7. Jess Leprotto
  8. Nick Young
  9. Mitchell Kelly
  10. Alexander Fost

 

Top 10 Female Dancers:

  1. Miranda Maleski
  2. Melanie Moore
  3. Sasha Mallory
  4. Iveta Lukosiute
  5. Clarice Ordaz
  6. Jordan Casanova
  7. Missy Morelli
  8. Caitlynn Lawson
  9. Ashley Rich
  10. Ryan Ramirez

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

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