SYTYCD: Mia Michaels gets a clue

top 14Approximately 1.5 minutes into the show, Cat digs right in to Mia Michaels to find out if her opinions on Brandon have changed.  Whether it’s true or not, Mia cedes the point and admits that she does think better of Brandon now than she did.

And now, Janette and Brandon open the show with a ChaCha.  It was really fast paced, and I couldn’t really keep up to see the cha cha chas.  I thought this was a beautiful dance, but uh, Nigel just called Brandon the Michelangelo of the dancefloor.  Mary gave them 1st class tickets on the ‘hot tamale train’.  Mia gives us a bowl of ish and tells us it’s Captain Crunch, saying that she was hard on Brandon cuz she expects so much.  After all her blah blah not-apology blah, she says they were great, and Miami should be proud.  Most def.  Jean Marc Genereux should be super-proud, with Nigel’s ‘best cha cha on the show ever’ comment.  Janette and Brandon are a good couple, so I’m looking for good things from them every week.

Kupono and Kayla are a pretty cool couple too, so contemporary with Sonia will probably be fun.  For me, the routine was a little slow until about 30-40 seconds in.  Then I started to actually get it, and enjoyed the rest – especially Kayla’s lines and the parts that were in sync.  But I’m efinitely getting the impression that Nigel’s is gushing a bit more than usual.  I think he and Mary are really trying to reinforce the idea that this season has like – the best talent they’ve ever had – and I don’t agree.  I do agree that Kupono and Kayla’s couplehood works.  Better than they did with their previous partners.  But I don’t think this was Sonia’s best piece [on the show].  I think she had something cooler last season.  But now – comparing Kupono and Marc, cuz they’re Hawaiian, and they do similar styles…I dunno.

I’m definitely getting the feeling that the judges are forcing the idea.

Joey Dowling does a Broadway routine for Evan and Randi.  And I really love them!  They’re so fun, and they’re so cute!  And then this routine to a piece from Sweet Charity – I thought this was superfun.  SUPER!  FUN!  I think they get hated on by the judges (contrary to Cat’s opinion) but I do get the thing about the wrists.  I just think there’s no way I would’ve spotted that after one look at the routine.

Caitlin and Jason are doing some weird jazz with Brian Friedman.  Caitlin is supposed to be an alien coming to procreate (and impregnate) the last man on earth: Jason.  I really loved this choreography.  L O V E D it!  Wow.  Nigel’s starting to let some stuff loose the way Mary does sometimes.  Nigel liked it, Mary didn’t, Mia starts to try to get into Brian’s mind and it gets a little condescending.  I enjoyed a lot of this routine, so good job guys.  I’m thinking they may be in the bottom 3 tomorrow, though.

Jeanine and Phillip do some faux hip-hop with Tabitha and Napoleon.  As a metaphor for the SYTYCD experience, they’re chained together.  I hope they can make it work, cuz Love Lockdown could be a good song for the concept.  There were moments that I enjoyed, but I felt oddly disconnected to a lot of this routine.  I thought some of the popping wasn’t as sharp as it should’ve been, and now Mia sings “Nap and Tab’s” praises, but pinpoint part of the problem: chainography.   That stupid chain led to pure sloppiness in some places – sloppiness due to the lovely brainchild of “Nap & Tab”.

But here’s my fave couple: Ade and Melissa.  To me, they are the best talent, and they’re dancing a classical pas de deux by Thordal Christenson.  “Romeo and Juliet”.  I think they can do this.  I’m ready.  And so are they.  It was beautiful.  Magical.  Mary’s right about the chemistry – and the dream-like state, this was quite the introduction to classical dance.  Mia loves that it was a “black and white Romeo and Juliet”.  It was beautiful, but I always wonder where the comment is coming from, when that comment comes…

Dizzy Feet Foundation: funding underprivileged young people with dance scholarships, and apparently, a lot more.  And this is the first time I’ve seen Katie Holmes talk about something other than her family.  And on the 100th episode (7/23/09), Katie Holmes is going to dance a tribute to Judy Garland [choreographed by Tyce D].  Somehow it got passed me that Katie is a dancer…anyway…we’ll see how it goes.

So, Vitolio and Karla are together for the first week.  I feel for Karla.  And now they’ve got the quickstep.  Ooh boy.   I’m scared.  But I don’t think I needed to be – that was lovely.  Fun and cool footwork – better than many.  Overall, not a bad partnership.  Genereux did it again – nice choreo.

My faves of the night would have to be the pas de deux and the cha cha.  And I really want Karla to stay.  Alrighty, goodnight!

SYTYCD: the Brandon Chronicles

Brandon is – thankfully – part of the top 20.  I love him.  My personal favorite is actually Alex Wong, because his dancing makes me melt inside, but I really like Brandon.  And my old friend Mia Michaels has seriously gotten on my nerves with her smacktalk about [and to] Brandon.  The cursing and attitude from her was completely uncalled for – at least from everything that we’ve seen on the show.  Her personality is really coming across as pure nasty.

Lil’ C’s comments are more understandable to me.  Brandon was seriously hyped, and I can see he might not live up to all of that right now.  As much love as he got from Mary and Nigel, you’d have to expect a lot.  But I’m more feeling Debbie Allen.  She understands Brandon’s dancing.  And appreciates it.

I’m crying right now, because Alex is under contract at the Miami Ballet Company.   I’m not a crier.  But I have so much love for this guy.  He was the best dancer I’ve seen this season.  I’m so upset.   It hurts my heart.

so the top 20 is:

Ade                                          Evan                                           Karla                                      Paris
Ashley                                    Janette                                      Kayla                                     Phillip
Asuka                                      Jason                                         Kupono                                 Randi
Brandon                                 Jeanine                                     Max                                         Tony
Caitlin                                     Jonathan                                  Melissa                                  Vitolio

back in the game – SYTYCD [top ten eve]

After missing last week’s show, I had to watch the clips on youtube. You get the idea that way, but it’s not quite the same as actually watching the show. It’s too bad I missed the contemporary routine by ‘Twitchington’ ~ the clip was beautiful.

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Tonight I’m missing a bit because of bad weather. Always something.

Chelsie and Mark – salsa. Good. But not super impressive.

Comfort and Thayne – hip-hop. Kinda depressing, actually. I’m actually starting to strongly dislike the choreography of Tabitha and Napoleon. It kinda seems to me that they’ve been letting down their dancers with some of the lackluster routines. It’s not that they totally suck, but it seems that their routines have been seriously hit or miss this season. Sometimes they’re totally ON it…sometimes they’re totally OFF.

Jessica and Will – Beautiful choreography. In several places I felt that things should have been much smoother than they were. But it was cool. Well done.

Courtney and Gev – Cha cha. This is one of those times that I can’t really judge. They seemed like they had good chemistry, but I just don’t think the cha cha is one of those dances that grabs me. Courtney definitely was ON her footwork.

As an aside, I believe the judges are going crazy. Nigel and Mary are seriously banoodles. The faces they’re making tonight are bizarre and discouraging to the dancers.

Kherington and Twitch – Krump. For a moment, I thought Kherington might have been accidentally liberated from her top. Both of them did very well, though. It seemed, toward the end that Kherington got tired. But still, she did well. This is probably my favorite piece from Lil C. Closer to krumping I’ve seen in other venues that seemed much more real than what we’d ever get on SYTYCD.

I am still hating Mia as a judge. The adjectives she uses sometimes…I don’t know how to describe it. But sometimes it seems like she’s ‘putting on’. And sometimes I find myself getting offended, and I can’t exactly put my finger on why.

Katee and Joshua – Viennese Waltz. With Iris as the music, they certainly brought back memories from ‘City of Angels’. I’m not a ballroom girl, but I loved it.

C&M ~ Broadway. The routine was hot, but I was wanting a bit more intensity in some places. I dunno. But Cat finally threw in a good line when Nigel mentioned how you wouldn’t necessarily wear a dress like Chelsie’s in the kitchen and she said – ‘Well, not to cook.’ [Really hot dress]

C&T ~ Contemporary. Really great choreography. [unfortunately, everything else – not so much]  BTW – anybody else notice how Mia complimented Thayne on his smile?  So dudes can smile…

J&W ~ Quick-step. Talk about pulling the short straw. Another thing I can’t critique. But I can say that Will’s ending jumping turny thing at the end was outstanding. Oh and it’s amazing that they didn’t kick each other in that one part. Generally, I don’t think the public cares all that much about the quick-step. It kinda looks ok whenever it’s done, but who loves it?

Woo. Mia is straight up cold. Boldly telling Will that he is tired of ‘carrying [his] partner’ (Jessica). I didn’t think it was that bad. And I’d be interested to see another girl who could keep up with him.

C&G ~ Jazz. I’m liking Mandy Moore this season. This routine was really fun to watch and I think they did an awesome job! Really great performance. These guys are sleepers and I think they may be breaking out – which is kinda scary to me cuz I’m seriously feeling some other dancers more than them.

K&T ~ Tango. Kherington is a dork, y’all. And this was ok but overall, there’ve been way better Tangos. {Tangoes? sp?]

K&J ~ Bollywood.?!??. I’m actually kinda impressed and I have to say – this beat C&G’s Jazz routine to be my favorite of the night. Definitely. LOVED it. Of course, not being of the actual culture, I have no idea if they did it correctly at all. But I loved it. I also think that Katee and Joshua are SO lucky that they pulled this genre cuz I knew from jump that the judges were gonna love it [and even if they didn’t they weren’t gonna blister them like they might have with another genre].

It’s official. The judges are not playing anymore. The kid gloves are off and the dancers have got to weather the storm of commentary from Nigel, Mary and whoever the guest judges will be from now on. Hope they can take it.

Looking forward to Alvin Ailey dancers tomorrow night.

mia michaels is a freakin’ idiot

Yeah she is.  Not that she can’t choreograph great pieces – she can.  But sometimes, she’s just way off.  Banoodles, if you will.  Let’s take this evening’s performances and as the critiques go by, perhaps some light will be shed.

1 ~ Chelsea & Thayne: Jazz. Terrible.  Start to finish, there was no charisma.  Also, there really didn’t seem to be much story in the choreography, when considering that there seemed to be an actual story that was supposed to get across.  Maybe it’s the way they danced it, but I just didn’t get it.  On this, Mia and I agreed.

2 ~ Chelsie & Mark: Argentine Tango.  Nice.  Apparently, Chelsie had an errant toe issue which was … odd and disturbing.  Mia loves Mark cuz he’s quirky.  Ok, Mia.  We know you like quirky.  Ok.  I liked this more than I usually like tango, but all-in-all tango doesn’t really resonate with me.

3 ~ Jessica & Will: Hip-Hop.  Well done.  I like this routine a lot.  And I loved Will, as I thought he might have more of a problem relaxing, but he really didn’t.  Jessica did just fine, IMO.  She was not the star Will was, but still good.

***************Mia now begins to start to pose, which she continues to do for the rest of the show.  Intentionally calling attention to how “dirty”, “down”, “grungy”, “raw”, traditionally brown-people dances supposedly are.  This is one of those subtle things that some might sling the word ‘over-sensitive’ at me over.  I do not care.***************

4 ~ Kourtni & Matt: Fox Trot.  Loved this.  I thought they did well, and the judges are still hating on them cuz they’re so tall.  But they weren’t nearly as clunky and awkward as they were last week.

5 ~ Courtney & Gev: Contemporary.  Sexxxay.  Beautiful.  When Courtney just closed her eyes and swayed into Gev – that’s when I officially fell in love with the piece.  The ending was a lil strange, but still ok.

***************It’s become a thing now for the choreographer judge to always acknowledge another choreographer’s work.  To where it doesn’t really seem genuine.  Mia’s quite good at not seeming genuine tonight.***************

6 ~ Katee & Joshua: Broadway.  Once again, best of the night.  Katee stepped up this week, cuz I didn’t think she was as super as Joshua last week,  This week?  Both of them were AWESOME!!!!  The piece fit the song like a hand-in-glove.  It was exciting, hilarious, and riveting.  I loved every moment..

7 ~ Susie & Marquis:  Salsa.  (full disclosure – I’ve hated Susie from the time I saw her audition.  I don’t feel like she should have gotten to Vegas, much less top 20)  The two of them were pretty awful.  I wish I hadn’t watched it – that’s how bad it was.

***************Mia now invokes the fact that she’s from Miami, so she understands the salsa.***************

8 ~ Kherington & Twitch:  Viennese Waltz.  The choreography is very personal and beautiful.  The dancers performed it miraculously beautiful and the whole piece was very touching.  However, Mia arrived just in time to remind us that this was actually about herShe knows what it’s like to put so much of the personal into a piece.  And she didn’t think that Kherington should have been smiling [not that anyone watching at home could tell, the cameras didn’t focus on her face much].  That’s right, this piece was for not about a disabled child.  How dare she smile!  Thankfully, Nigel interrupted.  Mia sort of had to eat her words, but it took her so long to do it!  She could NOT shut up.  Which seemed quite reminiscent of the sitch with Katee  in the choosing of the final girl in the top 20.  Hypocrite much?

9 ~ Comfort & Chris:  Krump.  This was SO not buck.  Actually, I thought the choreography was really lacking on this one.  Mia’s obligatory shout out to the “raw”ness of Lil C was unnecessary.  There was nothing really raw about this piece.  They actually didn’t DO very much.  There wasn’t anything for them really TO do, as Lil C either dropped the ball or put the ball away cuz it was too much for Chris to handle.  That may very well have been it, cuz Chris was not fly.  [for any color guy].  Comfort did what she could, and she nailed some moves, but for the most part, all they were doing was walking around the stage.  on beat.

seriously?

But Mia thinks Chris did well for being such an awkwardly white guy.  Glad he’s got at least 1 fan.

And so it is for all these reasons, that I qualify my previous announcement.  Mia Michaels is a choreography genius.  Otherwise, she’s an idiot, commenting on people she either likes or dislikes.

I’d love Will and Joshua in the final 4, this year.  Twitch is still grabbing at my heartstrings, though.  His work in the waltz tonight was amazing.  That’s a good one to fall asleep on…………………..

zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

mia michaels is a freakin’ genius

Summertime is dancin’ time!  My favorite reality show is back, with my hunny-bunny, Twitch. [He doesn’t know it, yet.]  So Mia Michaels is my fave choreographer, because she tells the best stories.  But wow, she told a wild & crazy story tonight.

The vision of Tim Burton’s wedding?  Obviously, it would be an oddity among oddities.  [Have you seen Sweeney Todd?]  And the choreography was so perfect.

But not my fave choreography of the night.  Fave work of the night?  Song: No Air, Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown  Dancers: Katee & Joshua.  Choreographers: Napoleon & Tabitha.  Beautiful.  Heartbreaking.  The ONLY hip-hop of the night, actually.

My favorite genres continue to be hip-hop and contemporary.  That’s where the stories are, and the stories are what I love about dance.  Sure, some nice lines in a waltz, a bit of fun and drama in broadway, sex appeal in latin…but it comes down to story for me.  Stories are told in hip-hop and contemporary.  Cohesive, comprehensive, relatable stories.  [Tango might be a story, but I’m just not on that level, I guess.]

So, Wade Robson guests tomorrow night, that’ll be nice to see.  We’re in for a great season.  I don’t have a front-runner picked, but there is a lot of talent.  We’ll see how things go.