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It’s that time again, Gasmi. Tonight we lose another girl and another guy. Which is why Cat does not like Thursdays. I’m guessing that’s why she’s decided to fashion her frock out of silver lame. THIS. Is So You Think You Can Dance (dance…..dance)!
This week’s opening number is danced to “Brand New Day” from The Wiz. And it is weird. If it was a better dance I’d think Brian Friedman choreographed it, but it being what it is, I’m guessing it’s either the work of Tyce, or that Broadway bitch, Joey Dowling.
Eh. It was okay. I wish we had something more along the lines of last week’s hot as hell number. Maybe next time Dmitry can collaborate with Tyce. Or better yet, just let Dmitry choreograph all by himself.
Whoa! Cat is rocking some serious just been fucked hair. The tangled mess in the back is a dead giveaway.
I feel soooooo much better now.
We’ve only got time for a brief hello to Mia, Mary and Nigel before we bring out the first two couples, Karla and Vitolio, and Randi and Evan.
Cat tells them one of them is safe and one of them is in the bottom three. Gee, I wonder which one of them that will be? Last night Karla and Vitolio kicked butt in their quickstep. It even had a quick change. But did America run to the phones and vote?
Randi and Evan danced a Bob Fosse
ripoff homage. Nigel was disappointed in Evan and was unimpressed by his wrist action. Mia thought Randi danced heavy and they were both dancing short. But will they be short on votes? Nope. They are safe.
Vitolio groans out, “Nooo way.” Yes way, Vitolio. Nigel says it’s sad that the competition means someone has to go home. Yes, it is Nigel. You know what else is sad? That they were so set up to be in the bottom this week.
Cat tells us that our lack of votes have placed Karla and Vitolio in danger. But they are ready to fight for their place. They are ready to leave it all on the stage. Who will be joining them? We’ll find out after the break.
I think this yacht has exceeded the weight limit.
Time for the next three couples. This group includes Brandon and Janette, Kayla and Kupono, and Melissa and Ade.
Oh shit. I’m guessing this means Melissa and Ade are in the bottom. That sucks. I don’t want them to be in the bottom, but I’m not surprised because I thought they might have trouble getting votes for a pas de deux. Crap.
Anyway, let’s go through this with Cat. Brandon and Janette danced a cha cha. Mia backpedaled line no one’s business, Nigel thought it was hot, and Mary wrapped them in some corn husks, steamed them and had a little snack. They’re safe. DUH.
Kayla and Kupono danced a vampire themed contemporary number, and the judges all loved it. Mary loved Kayla’s legs, Mia wants to bone Kupono, and Nigel thinks that they’re reaching their true potential. Cat wonders if it was something America could sink their teeth into.
Melissa and Ade danced a classical pas de deux, with Melissa en pointe. Nigel congratulated himself on broadening all of our horizons, and also, they were fabulous. Mary thought it was phenomenal, and Mia thought they were brilliant. But would they get the viewers voting? YES!!!!!!! They are safe! WOO!
I have to say, I did not see that one coming at all. I thought for sure they were going to land in the bottom. I’m really glad they’re safe. Which means, of course, Kayla and Kupono are in the bottom three yet again. Mia’s shocked.
This is her shocked face
She personally thought they were the best performance last night. Whatever, Mia, obviously the viewers didn’t think so. Not only does she think they couldn’t have done anything better, she actually says that they were perfection.
America, you are stupid. Can’t you see perfection when it is right in front of you?
My definition is a little different than hers, I guess. And then. She is unbelievable. Mia says that they cannot lose these two; they are a key part of this competition. What. The. Fuck?!?!? So basically she just told them there’s no way they’re going home. I mean, it’s not like we didn’t know that already, but I just can’t believe she’s being so blatant about it.
Kayla is now crying. Really, Kayla? This completely irritated me, but that could be because I don’t really like her. My sister had a completely different take, and thought the tears were genuine; she actually felt sorry for Kayla. I obviously did not.
I got something in my eye, but I’ll milk it for all it’s worth.
Time for the last two couples to find out their fate. Jason and Caitlin and Phillip and Jeanine join Cat out on stage.
Cat points out that Caitlin seems to have a little cheering section.
Awwww, look! It’s field trip day at the loony bin!
Actually it’s Caitlin’s family. Nothing says love like dressing up in tin foil on national TV! Enough of this outpouring of emotion! Let’s get to the results.
We’re starting with Jeanine and Phillip. Last night they did a hip hop number while chained together. Nigel thought they should be chained together for life, Mary thought Jeanine killed it, and Mia liked the concept, but not the chain. Which again, was the actual concept.
Caitlin and Jason danced what may be the freakiest number this show has ever produced, with Caitlin dressed as a French tickler. I would never have pegged Jason as being the kinky one! Both Mia and Mary took this opportunity to insult Brian, while Nigel talked about the lack of skin shown by Caitlin. Perv.
I think it’s pretty obvious in this group who is going to be in the bottom. Caitlin and Jason got a freaky ass dance PLUS they have not been doing so great in the vote getting department. Of course they’re going to be SAFE!?!? Wow. I have to admit I did not see that one coming at all.
Looks like I’m not the only one.
I never thought I’d see Evan so excited.
Cat asks Nigel for his reaction to Phillip and Jeanine being in the bottom. He says that if everyone had the same taste, we’d all love the same food, the same dances, everyone has different taste. True, Nigel, true. Some of us prefer……
While others would rather have…..
Mary thinks it’s ironic that Phillip and Jeanine have avoided the bottom three, even when Phillip sucked it hard in tango, but now when he gets his own style, they are in danger. But she can’t wait to see Phillip’s solo tonight. What about Jeanine, Mary?
Cat says she can’t wait to see Jeanine’s (thank you Cat) since they haven’t seen her do contemporary yet. Cat asks Jeanine how she’s feeling about all of this, and Jeanine says she is excited, and it gives her the chance to show us all what she can really do. I like her attitude. Actually, I am really liking her. She may just be my favorite girl.
While the dancers get ready for their Gestapo dances, we will be treated to a performance by Patricia Hachey and Desmond Richardson. And what a treat it is. These guys are so amazing, from her beginning grand plie in second position en pointe held for like five years, to his lines and control. I could have watched them all night long.
Patricia does have one moment where her foot slips right out from underneath her, and I wonder just how slippery that floor actually is. She doesn’t fall, or really stumble too much, but man, her foot went out fast. LOVED the dance.
So I’m going to go off on a little tangent here for a sec. I’m really glad they’ve decided to bring ballet on this show what with the classical piece last night and the pas de deux by Katee and Will last year, BUT I am extremely bitter that they didn’t include this genre in Danny’s season. I would have loved to have seen Danny do a ballet piece, perhaps even with Anya. She was killing it in a lot of the different styles.
So I found this clip of Danny performing a piece from Le Corsaire that I thought you all might enjoy. I did.
Time for the Gestapo dances. Karla is up first. Awwwww, shit. She’s dancing to the cover of “Blackbird” that I hate. Why Karla? Why?
Aside from that, I really liked this solo from her. She showed a lot of musicality in it, and it didn’t feel desperate like some of her other solos have done. Nice job, Karla. Vitolio is up next.
He does a decent job, but it isn’t anything we haven’t seen from him before. He’s still doing that thing that Nigel talked about last week; taking these big preparations, but not following them with big moves. It’s a shame because I do think he’s a really good dancer.
Next up is Kayla. Hooooooo-ly Crap is she a hot mess or what? She’s dancing to “Stupid” by Sarah McLachlan, which is perfect, since I think this solo is stupid. She basically spends the entire thirty seconds with at lest one of her legs up in the air. Kicking, leaping, kicking again.
When not kicking or leaping……flailing
I know the judges and choreographers all think she’s brilliant, but she chokes BIG TIME every time she needs to do a solo. Is that ever going to come into play? Kupono is next, and he’s no better than his partner.
Yep. It’s just that exciting. Even the few actual moves, a jete and a couple of chaine turns, are WEAK. This is the second solo from Kupono that has sucked rotten eggs. This guy cannot choreograph a decent solo to save his life, and it makes me wonder who did his choreography for the auditions. I don’t remember him being this weak. NEXT!
Holy Guacamole, Gasmi! Jeanine has officially become my favorite girl this season. She rocked this solo, putting together a great combination of musicality, strength, and tricks. I absolutely loved this. If they send her home I will personally beat the crap out of Nigel.
Last, but not least, is Phillip.
I’m completely biased. I love what Phillip does when he’s in his own style, so I loved his solo. It was a nice reminder of why we (I) like him so much. That said, I think we’re going to keep seeing him in the bottom because he doesn’t seem to be able to do anything else. Next week or the week after I’ll think he’ll be gone for sure.
So while the judges
stick their heads up their asses even further than they already are deliberate, we get to suffer through yet another “musical” guest star. But wait! This time it’s someone I actually like! It’s Kelly Clarkson. Well, at least we know the girl can sing.
I’m kidding Kelly! I actually really like her. I still remember how excited I was when she won the first American Idol. It’s been all downhill since then. I still protest the inclusion of singers instead of dancers, but at least this time they had someone good. Except for when she was flat. But I still want more dancing instead. She didn’t even have backup dancers. That at least should be a requirement.
Results time. Ladies first. Nigel tells us they are unanimous. Jeanine, please step forward. Nigel says it can be very difficult when dancing with someone as unique as Phillip because you can often take the back seat to them in terms of people talking about you. Tonight she has danced the strongest solo of the evening. Brilliant. He sends her off to sit down and relax. I love that she makes a point to stop and give Phillip a hug before leaving the stage.
Loving this girl!
Kayla, please step forward. Nigel says that without question she is one of the judges’ and choreographers’ favorites. Really? I hadn’t noticed. But he felt her solo was not great. She was static and it felt like she was throwing in a lot of kicks (because she was). He didn’t feel that she was dancing form the heart. Please step back.
Karla, please step forward. He thinks she’s a very very good dancer, but basically, he just doesn’t want to bone her, so they’re saying good-bye to her this evening.
Saw that one coming.
You know, that is such a load of crap. I’m not a huge fan of Karla, but she out danced Kayla tonight by a mile. What a bunch of horse shit. My outrage is not helped by the fact that Mia practically said Kayla was safe BEFORE SHE EVEN DANCED!!!
We get Karla’s good-bye montage and Cat asks her what she’s going to remember the most. Probably getting the shaft for the judges’ pet! She says she’ll remember the contemporary piece, and all the friends she’s made.
Time for the guys. They are unanimous again. Phillip, please step forward. Nigel says there’s no denying that Phillip is unique and superb at what he does. That said, they thought his solo was a little desperate and overworked tonight. I disagree. They all feel that he still has an awful lot of hard work to do to manage the other genres of dance week after week. So rest up buttercup because you’re going through to next week. No one was surprised by that, were you?
Nigel tells Vitolio to step forward, and Kupono steps up instead. Oops! Okay, Vitolio, step forward. They feel as if he always presents himself brilliantly and he has great presence on stage. But at the end of the day he doesn’t really deliver anything other than that great presence. Please step back.
Kupono’s turn. Nigel says thank goodness this isn’t called So You Think You Can Choreograph. His solo was weak. Standing on stage swaying and smiling is not acceptable in a dance for your life situation. But he gets to stay anyway.
So all that talk about bringing it was just a pile of bull caca?
This really pisses me off. Kupono and Kayla both had horrible solos. Do I think Karla and Vitolio would have last much longer anyway? No. I think the hardest thing with this show is when you get paired up with a partner that doesn’t have a big following AND you don’t have a big following. Neither they or Asuka or Jonathan were as popular as a lot of the other dancers this season. And unfortunately, neither one of them had much of a fan base to bring to their new partnership. And without the judges drooling over them, they were doomed from the beginning.
We get Vitolio’s good-bye montage and Cat wants to know if there’s anything he’d like to say before they kick his ass out. He says he’s learned a lot from this, a lot about himself. He’s also gotten e-mails from people saying how he’s inspired them, and that is something he’ll take away from this experience.
Well, that’s another two down, Gasmi. What did you think about the judges’ decisions this week? Are you loving Jeanine as much as I am?
Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend! See you next week.
P.S. I’m sort of shocked that Nigel didn’t bother to mention this at all on either the performance or results show. Pina Bausch died this week. For those of you that are not familiar with her name, she was a hugely influential choreographer from Germany. Her work was not for everyone; in fact it pissed a lot of people off because she incorporated a lot of “taboos” for dance (speaking, nudity, cross dressing, to name a few) into many of her pieces. I really can’t believe Nigel didn’t even bother to mention her passing.
I found this clip on you tube, and thought I’d share it with you. I hope you enjoy it.