SYTYCD S:8~ All Aboard!

In Take 2: Film/TV Reviews on 14 July 2011 at 2:31 am

Episode 1: Auditions (UT & NY)

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

Episode 3: HELL WEEK

Episode 4: Top 20 or Bust!

Episode 5: Starter Up!

Episode 6: America Has Spoken 1

Episode 7: Dance for Your Life

Episode 8: America Has Spoken 2

Episode 9: The Guys vs The Beasts

Episode 10: America Has Spoken 3

Episode 11: Show Must Go On

Episode 12:  America Has Spoken 4

Episode 13: All Aboard! (Top 12)

Episode 14: America Has Spoken 5

I want to apologize in advance. I didnt have the opportunity to watch last week’s show. I dont know what happened or who got eliminated. My bad. But I will try to get tonight’s show down packed. It is midnight and I am just getting back from hosting a show…talk about dedication.

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

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), and Sonya Tayeh are the judges for the night.

This will be the last night that we will get to see the top 6 couples….next week they will split off into individuals. Mary and Nigel freak me out. Are they dating for real? But I absolutely LOVE Jesse in Modern Family….I did not know he had ballroom background. I love it.

 Sasha & Alexander: They got together for a Paso Doble routine choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin. This is supposedly a battle between masculine and femininity. Dancing to Tayloe Long & Rick Powell’s Alley Dash, March of the Trolls they hit the stage running. This dance is fierce. I mean from the costume to the moves and the strength that they have to have to support the other. The music adds this masculine yet sex appeal to it. I love how they are in unison to one another. When the music first began I wasnt so sure… but now I like it. They ONLY thing that I do not care for is the staccato movement at points. The ending where Alex grabs her neck….niiice. Wait…. the kiss at the end was violent. I dont know if it went with it. And Sasha didnt say if the kiss was choreographed or not. Hmmm…. Nigel said that Sasha is a strong character. Mary said that it was on fire.  Jesse thought that it was Brilliant and Sasha rocked Sonya’s socks! If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-01 (1-888-836-7601) or TEXT 1 to 83676 . Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance

Jordan & Tadd: Travis Wall will choreography their journey. It is supposed to be a metaphor for the women that take advantage of the men. Jordan will be the vulture and Tadd the deserted wanderer. Now…this move that Travis and Jordan did which looks like a squatted sway movement…..SEXY!!!! I so need to integrate that into a dance routine. Okay… this first image of Jordan in costume as Olafur Arnalds’ Brotsjor begins to play…. BRILLIANT!!! I mean, they took vulture literally and it is working. Okay. I watched the dance and I got it….but I didn’t. Is that making any sense? Some of the movements were 1 & 2 & wait for the music cue POP! for me. I dont know.I mean, it was good but it wasnt great. And the end was cool, but unexpected in a “I dont know if it worked for me” kind of way. Why is everything so dark tonight? Mary loved it. Jesse is hilarious. But he said that the guys are in it to win it. Sonya wishes that she could swear because it showed true conviction. If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-02 (1-888-836-7602) or TEXT 2 to 83676.Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance

TogetherRyan & Ricky will be dancing Broadway choreographed by Spencer Liff. So, apparently Ricky is waiting outside of a movie when he fantasizes that Ryan’s movie star poster comes to life. Hmmm I will have to see how this works. As Frank Sinatra’s  All I need Is a Girl begins to play… this image of Ryan reminds me of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Classic. I honestly do not recognize Ricky. The costumes are classy! I love it. I still have a problem with Ryan not being able to control her face. The routine seemed so short to me. But I liked it. it made me smile, I paid attention, but there was something missing. Hmmm. Jesse said that it felt under water and muted. He said that he knows that they can do more than what the routine allowed them to do. Sonya said that they questioned the routine and let it simmer a little too much. If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-03 (1-888-836-7603) or TEXT 3 to 83676.Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance

Together, Caitlynn & Mitchell will enter into the land of LXD and rehearse/perform a Christopher Scott Hip Hop routine. They will be portraying the children in Uganda who are being abducted and forced to fight a senseless war. It’s about asking the audience for help. It offers the opportunity for America to be touched by it. I pray that it does….because this is a TALL order to fill.Lupe Fiasco featuring Eric Turner & Sway’s Break the Chain cranks out as the piece begins. UGH!!! The opening lost it for me. I hate people who do “I’m Acting X Emotion” faces. I am still paying Salle Mae for student loans I cant afford to pay off using the degree I obtained and therefore people making emotion faces on autopilot just KILL me! And this running from side to side of the stage reach for the audience did NOTHING for me. I know that if I were there that I would be getting booed too. But come on! I am up at 1am blogging and I deserve to have great television. For me, the dance didnt begin until Lupe began to sand the word “freedom”.Mitchell is ROCKING this routine. I mean,once the beat dropped and he got in the pocket it was on and poppin’. I can tell this is not where Caitlynn lives but she is keeping up with him and I applaud her for that. These Tae-bo type moves looks like Chris was watching P90X when he choreographed this. Hmmmm. Again, when can we blame the choreographer? Sonya said that she got lost in the execution of unison with the serious message that we were supposed to get. Nigel says “what does this have to do with the refugees in the Congo”? I agree.  Yeh, the story wasnt there for me. If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-04 (1-888-836-7604) or TEXT 4 to 83676.Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance

Up next is my favorite couple Melanie & Marko: Louie Van Amstell is whipping up a Tango for them. There isnt a storyline, just a pure character of the dance. HmmmI dont know how I feel about that because they work well with a story, but I pray they rock it like they always do. Gotan Project’s Triptico opens up the routine. I must say… Melanie looks AMAZING in this outfit. I mean, she looks good in everything that they place her in…and Marko looks so handsome! I do, however, feel that they are going to get attacked on their carriage and frame. Although the seductive nature of the dance is there…. I am able to still see a slight distance in their willingness to go all of the way.The hang over the edge of the stage… PHENOM!!!! WAIT! Rewind…. this fall back, through the legs, pull through madness….. I think I was seeing things… *REWIND* Nope… they did it. In slow motion it literally looks like Melanie’s back bend folded in half……smdh.I have seen it all. Magical! The judges agree…..it was amazing!.  If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-05 (1-888-836-7605) or TEXT 5 to 83676.Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance

Clarice & Jess rock out to a Christopher Scott Hip Hop routine.  It’s about a woman’s insecurities. There is intricate tutting movements and if there was ever a routine that would challenge them…this would be it. Set to the sound of Boyce Avenue’s Just the Wat You Are they begin.I cant tell you what this set piece is between them. WOW!!!!!! How and when did Jess turn into a B-boy? amazing! Okay, I know I was supposed to be watching Clarice, and I did…she was amazing, but this was al Jess for me. I mean, I didnt see the broadway boy I saw a b-boy and I was amazed. He didnt look out of his element at all! THIS was the level of amazing that I am accustomed to seeing Christopher Scott put forth…dont ask me what that other mess he set Caitlynn and Mitchell up with was…ugh!The judges loved it. Happy Opposite Day… I loved it! hahahaha I love Jesse. Nigel even mentioned that Christopher should stick with these simple stories and not go abroad. I concur! If you wish to vote for them you can call 1-888-TEMP-06 (1-888-836-7606) or TEXT 6 to 83676.Or vote online at www.fox.com/dance


Sasha & Alexander dance with Tyce Diorio to a piece about losing something in life to the tune of Aretha Franklin’s That’s Life.This must come from a true place. I want to see them in the top 10. Wait… did Alex just cup Sasha’s breast? lol. That was risky but HOTT!!! lol. This is a family show people!lol. I couldnt tell if Sasha fell at the end…. but I loved it. And Jesse said to tell her sister hello and that they finally came out of the shadow of the Coming Home military routine.  I think that Alex has a partner crush on Sasha. Hmmmm.

Jordan & Tadd will dance to a Spencer Liff routine to the tune of Out Tonight from one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOWS…… RENT!!! I have seen it on broadway more than 10 times in the past 10 years and I own the DVD and it goes on every plane ride imaginable!! *Start shumming…. “I want to go ooooooouuuut tonight!”. So is Jordan Princess MiMi? hahaha . This broadway routine is about a princess who has been asleep for hundreds of years and comes to life to find her prince. I find it hilarious that Jordan gets grossed out by the fact that Tadd may have to kiss her…lol. Okay… I saw where the routine was supposed to go and I also saw where it landed….they were on the same street just not the same address. My opinion and I am sticking with it. Sonya felt underwhelmed. Nigel said it needed more quirk. Mary didnt think that it wasnt strong enough.

Ryan & Ricky move to the beat of a Louie Van Amstel Cha-Cha routine for their final dance. Enrique Iglesias featuring DJ Frank E’s Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)….interesting music choice. Okay, this orange in these costumes are hurting my eyes. Ricky’s walk on to stage didnt command my attention. The opening move made Ricky look so tiny and slim. Ryan looked hot in her opening number, the standing split and fall/drop-twirl on the ground was hott! Okay, the routine was very sexy and hott. Yes, hott. And i am beyond sleepy so for me to give any form of compliment is a sign that they did well. Nigel said that he felt that Ryan was over doing it.  Everyone loves Ricky and thinks that Ryan’s feet were sloppy. Okay… NEXT!

Caitlynn & Mitchell take on a Travis Wall routine that is set in the 1970s. Mitchell is married and Caitlynn is his love and finds out. Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart DEMANDS some aggression! Caitlynn cant half ass this one. Just saying. The costumes are throwing me. I guess because i do not know why Caitlynn is in a corset and booty shorts. Secondly… I dont think her faces are in sync with the fact that she just found out that this guy she has been messing with is married. Hmmmmm. I am conflicted about how I felt about the piece. Yeh.. ummm. Mary thought that it was slightly naughty, intense, but she liked it. Jesse says “Only you can prevent forest fires by not dancing in forests….lol”  Sonya thought that it was really, really hott! Over all it was Siiiiick!

Melanie & Marko hit the ground running for their final chance as a couple in a Dee Caspary routine. This couple is slipping in and out of the light.  David J. Roch’s Skin & Bones sets the background to this routine. Ummmm. I spent most of the routine watching the light wondering if it was going to go off or come on. Sad,yet true.And then I didnt get it when they weren’t under the light but the spot light lit them. I mean, the routine was amazing…as usual… I just got lost in the concept and the fact that I have to be awake in 4 hours. hmmm.  Jesse loved it. His mine has been blown & he has goosebumps. Sonya is grateful that they are the future of dance and she is inspired. Please stay humble and true. (Had a private thought here and kept it to myself). Nigel is sad that they will have to break them up next week because they are magical together.

Clarice & Jess take to the floor once last time to a Tony Meredith & Melanie Lapatin Jive routine. Robert Randolph & the Family Band’s Aint Nothing Wrong With That  is a song that has been in my head for ages and I never knew who sang it….lol. I love their footwork. They are in unison…they are feeling the groove and I am watching their character choices… and I love it. The final drop at the end took strength and I loved it. Sonya loved it 10x over.

Next week they will be the top 10 but they will also bring an all-star back. I wonder who they all-stars will be. No matter what… it will be great. Now I can go to bed. zzzzzzzz 

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

Top 10 Males:

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


Top 10 Female Dancers:

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


~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

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