There is a cloud hanging over SYTYCD this season. In three weeks, 3 dancers have been injured to the point of not dancing. We’ll see if Billy Bell will leave tomorrow and be the 3rd dancer to leave the show due to injury this season.
I was never into Billy, but I did see him do something with Lauren that was quite good. I don’t remember much about it, other than the fact that Lauren makes her partners better – incredibly better. She did it with Jose, too, I think. Since Alex is gone, I can’t really get into anyone but Lauren. I think I want her to win just cuz she’s the only girl left. But also because she’s really awesome.
Having all-stars on this season has served the show well, but I think it’s obvious that dancing with fellow contestants can sometimes make better art, simply because the shared experience develops a camaraderie that shows up in a connection on the stage. Lauren’s done well with the all-stars she’s worked with, but many of the guys have floundered, in my opinion.
I think I’m figuring out the issues with Tabitha and Napoleon. They do well choreographing lyrical hip-hop. So when they take that road, it usually serves everyone well. But when they try just straight up hip-hop it comes off forced – faked – a poor substitution for the real thing. It’s really obvious when it’s held up next to decent Dave Scott pieces [SO glad he’s back, but still missing Shane Sparks]. That was completely clear in the Twitch/Lauren number tonight. The judges don’t know hip-hop from a hole in the ground, so their critiques are meaningless for me when it comes to hip hop. [Besides, T&N could get up there and pee on the stage and Nigel would just sit and talk about how they have such a knack from bringing the streets to the mainstream in a way people can understand and relate to.]
note – I guess Robert isn’t getting the kick up from Lauren, that he could’ve gotten. The judges seemed to like it, except for Mia who apparently wants to shoot “ssss!” from her boobs at Lauren. To me, tho, Robert was too stiff and looked fake through his shimmy.
Adechike and Jose could’ve totally been better if Jose was replaced with some other guy – I SO wanted Jose to leave last week. I thought Adechike was light years ahead of Jose. And I’ve never been a fan of Adechike. He did ok in his piece with Comfort tonight, tho.
::moment of silence please::
First stepping routine on the show is given to Billy Bell and Kent Boyd – the whitest boys on this show since Benji and Neil. Does this make anyone else nervous? Since Billy was out of the running due to a funky knee injury, Twitch stepped in. Kent was 100% better than I thought he would be. I have to give him respect for that. And Twitch (my man) was completely great. Tonight’s dancing overall had hits and misses, but it was enjoyable, nonetheless.
In other news, time is flying by and I have been feeling completely overwhelmed at work – doing 2 other people’s jobs + my own is stressful enough – my last compadre is out for the rest of the week this week as well. AACK! Family sitch’s seems completely up in the air right now, I’m losing two more single friends to engagement and marriage this week, and I’m kind of in a funk. I was a complete spendthrift last month and paying for it now – literally. It’s difficult. I dug a pretty big hole for myself.
Not to mention the world is fastly spinning into the proverbial handbasket, which apparently is signaled by great big racial faux pas in rapid succession [from Hollywood (Mel G) to the White House/Dept. of Ag. – effectively “from sea to shining sea”]. Panicky white folks are calling the NAACP racist because they have the word ‘colored’ in their name, the NAACP is calling black people racist because they saw an edited video some racist white person put together – it’s ridonkulous!
Oh and I’ve been having the CRAZiest dreams. One night, an old friend decided to take things in a completely different direction – which I was totally into in the dream, but is kinda unsettling when I’m awake. One night my boss and I were trying to train our new person – something weird was going on – something like – I dunno – the Apocalypse, I think. One night the old friend who’d been randy the night or two before decided to study the Bible with me instead… And I haven’t even been eating anything weird before bed!
So – maybe the heat is getting to me. Who knows?