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Gasmi, I am so freaking happy right now. I know YOU know why. That’s right! Cat’s Emmy nomination!
You, Jesse, are a wizard.
Or clairvoyant, or something. How awesome is it that she gets the nomination right after Jesse says what so many of us have been thinking for so long? I have been grinning from ear to ear just thinking about it. Congrats, Cat! Here’s hoping you WIN!!!!!
Let’s jump in to the show and take a look at the group number.
WOW. I think this just became my new favorite group number of the season. Cat comes out and tells us that it was choreographed by Kelley Abbey, who has worked on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia as well as choreographing the top 6 group number last season. Nice.
I’m really enjoying the trips we’ve been taking down memory lane, so let’s do it again! Time to revisit group numbers from past seasons, starting with season two’s hustle choreographed by Doriana Sanchez.
Oh. My. God. Those costumes were SOOOOOOO heinous. Holy shit, I don’t even know what to say about this number. Now I know why I don’t remember it at all; I have blocked it from my memory to protect my sanity. That said, I actually couldn’t help smiling during it because I truly think that there is no way any other cast could have pulled this routine off.
Season three brought us a Jean-Marc jive.
SO FUN!!! It’s funny, because Nigel talks about how this show is all about dancers doing well outside of their own genres, but we don’t seem to see them actually being challenged as much as we used to. I love that the earlier seasons had such a wide range of genres even in the group numbers. This one was so fun, but also danced really well.
In season four we got a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop number.
This serves as a good reminder that there are times that I actually do like the stuff that Tabitha and Napoleon do. I think I would have liked this number even more without the gimmicky glow in the dark shit.
Season five brings another Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop.
Damn. Can it really be that I liked that number as well? Or am I just getting soft as the seasons go on?
Good God! We have another Tabitha and Napoleon number for season six!
Holy shit!!!! I LOOOOOVED this number! I remember thinking that Mia had choreographed and then being floored when Cat announced that it was Tabitha and Napoleon! I never in a million years would have thought that Tabitha and Napoleon had this kind of demented wonderfulness in them.
Because season seven actually had eleven dancers to start, we have our first group number from that season. It’s a jazz routine choreographed by Tessandra Chavez.
How do I not even remember this dance? I decide to go back to last year’s recap and then I realize I didn’t recap this episode last year, I was on vacation. Okay, but I still watched the show! So weird. Anyway, it’s a fun number; a lot of glitz but also some substance in there as well. Not mind blowing, but totally respectable.
Cat tells us that going home at this stage is the cruelest cut of them all. I dunno, I’m thinking being the best dancer ever on the show and losing to someone else would be worse, but what do I know? I mean, yes, we all know it stinks to get cut at this point because of the tour and all that shit, but let’s be honest; Nigel takes people that didn’t make it to the top 10 when it suits him.
Anyway, this is just a way for Cat to get some applause for the judges, and she asks Jesse if he got her love note. He did!! She congratulates Jesse on his Emmy nomination which he sends right back to her. She’s all giddy and glowy and I am beyond happy for her.
Cat goes over to Nigel, saying that the show has done amazingly well. Never mind that, he tells her, they are all so thrilled for HER. And then she gets a standing ovation from the judges. I could seriously watch Cat get praised for the next hour. Can we just skip the guest performances and talk about how awesome Cat is? Please?????
Once Cat has received the proper accolades, Nigel simply must talk about the other nominations that the show received, mostly in the choreography category in which SYTYCD received five out of the six total nominations. They’ve out together a little clip, so let’s take a look, shall we?
Alright. I’m gonna need to go back and revisit those routines sometime SOON. But if I go off on that tangent now, I will never get this recap done. I forgot how much I really loved some of those pieces. DAMN, I do really love this show when it’s not totally pissing me off.
Anyway, we’ll save the Emmy nominated routines for another time. Maybe Flipit will let me do a standalone piece on just those. Meanwhile, we’ve got some results to see to and tonight half of our couples will be in the bottom. First out are Jess and Clarice and Caitlynn and Mitchell.
You all know Jess is not my favorite, but I have to say that he and Clarice had better performances than Caitlynn and Mitchell. I still find it shocking that he hasn’t landed in the bottom each week because he is just THAT annoying. Having said that, I’m wondering if he can escape the bottom once more.
Not too surprising, I guess. Plus it’s not like Caitlynn and Mitchell have never been in the bottom, so……yeah.
We take a quick break and when we return Cat asks Nigel if he can explain what’s going to change next week once we’re down to the top 10. First of all they are splitting up the partnerships that they have now. They will dip into a hat and pull a new partner out.
Or they can dip into my pants and I’ll set them up well.
They will also be paired up with an all-star. So, for those of you too tired to do math; each dancer will be in two dances. He says a lot of people have been asking him about Alex Wong and whether or not he is going to be an all-star. He was slated to be one until he went on an audition for another TV show and snapped he same exact tendon he did last year, but on his other leg.
Why are you all looking at me like that?
Oh Nigel, you are so paranoid. I do think it’s funny that he felt he had to mention Alex was auditioning for another TV show, but then doesn’t say which one. Poor Alex. That truly sucks and I wish him a very speedy recovery and super strong tendons for the rest of his life.
The all-stars for next week will be…..Melody from season one, Allison, Pasha, Twitch, Comfort, Chelsie, Brandon, Kathryn, and last season’s Robert. Uh. I know, I saw that one coming. I think I’ll be alright though because he doesn’t seem to be bugging me as much this time around as he did last season. But wait? Isn’t that only nine? It is. So. One of the all-stars is dancing twice? I’m guessing either Pasha or Chelsie.
My vote is for shirtless Pasha.
Enough all-star talk, it’s time for more results.
This one should be a no brainer.
And it is! YAY!!!
Another commercial break because we have some more time to kill and then the last two couples come out on stage.
This is a tough one. Stripperella and Tadd had a good first number and an awful second. Sasha and Alexander had a not so hot first number and a decent second. I’m no Stripperella fan, but I have to admit that I think this week I’d rather see Sasha and Alexander in the bottom.
I do love it when things go my way.
So. It’s at this point during the show that I turned to my sister and told her I was going to fucking lose my shit if Nigel sends Ricky home. What needs to happen here is that they need to stop with the couple elimination bullshit and get rid of Ryan and either Alexander or Mitchell. Personally I’d prefer to see Mitchell go, but I won’t freak out if Alexander goes either. But if Ryan doesn’t go I will lose it. BIG TIME.
Before we get to any of that, it’s time for our first guest performance of the night. It’s a dance performance (yes!) by Jason Samuels Smith and his tap troupe, Anybody Can Get It.
So this was a combo tap/spoken word thing and I really, really wish I could say that I loved it. Y’all know I love tap, and I’m always pushing for more tap on the show. I also LOVE Jason Samuels Smith. But I did not love this. I wish they’d bring Ryan Kasprzak back to perform.
After another commercial break we come back to find Nigel in a T-shirt that says Dance 4 Your Life. What, is he going to start doing drive by dance offs? No, he wants everyone dancing. It’s good for you!
Also, buy a T-shirt. The money goes to meeeeeee!
Solo time. First up is Caitlynn.
Eh. It was good. But I am so bored with the solos this season. It just feels like we’ve seen the same thing over and over, doesn’t it?
Let’s see what Mitchell’s got this week.
Yawn. Part of what’s lacking for me is a sense of and connection to the music. Remember some of the awesome solos we’ve seen in seasons past? They’re part of what made us love those dancers and cheer when they didn’t get sent home. It’s the reason I fell in love with Melanie at her audition this year. I miss that.
I know I usually go right to Danny when I want to make a point, but I thought I’d switch it up this time around. Let’s take a look back at one of Ivan’s solos.
Love that kid. He’s a great example of really using the music and feeling it. Sigh.
Our next solo is Ryan.
No. Just…….no. Don’t like it.
SO much better than anyone else so far tonight. See? He worked with the music, choreographed TO it and really let the steps work with the music. It’s funny; the other day a friend of mine said that Ricky reminds her of Danny. I guess I can see what she’s talking about a little bit, but I think Ricky still needs to mature more as a dancer. What do you think?
Gasmi, I can’t even. This guy is so fucking phenomenal I can’t stand it.
Alright, back to tonight. It’s Sasha’s turn.
It was okay. It’s nice to see a little something different from one of the girls; at least she used her music in an interesting way.
Last up is Alexander.
Those turns were a little hoppy. I have to admit, it’s hard to be a male ballet dancer on this show with me watching you. First of all, there’s the Danny comparison and obvious short fall. THEN, there’s Alex Wong to compare to as well. Doomed. Doomed, I tell you.
It’s time for the judges to off and deliberate. While they’re gone we get our second guest performance of the night. It seems that we are continuing with our theme of the season (PCD, blech) so Nicole Scherzinger is performing. Or whatever it is that she does.
BLERG. I really don’t understand why it proves so challenging to so many to lip sync YOUR OWN FUCKING SONG. Gah!!! Is it any surprise that I hated this? I didn’t think so. Hey, at least she had good back up dancers, right? You know what really frosts my ass? This shitty performance last longer than the routines on this show. There is something so wrong with that.
Decision time. As always, the girls are first. Nigel tells us they are unanimous in their decision. He asks Caitlynn to step forward and then tells her that she’s been in the bottom before but she’s starting to realize what dance for your life means and he liked her solo this evening.
Ryan, step forward. They feel like she was a little lackluster last night and they weren’t crazy about her solo tonight. He says she seems down and depressed.
No, I always cry when I’m not being depressed.
Sasha steps forward and Nigel tells her that they weren’t knocked out by her solo tonight, but they do think she is fabulous. She’s better than fabulous.
So the girl going home to night is……..
It’s about fucking time!!! I can’t pretend to be sad or sympathetic about this; she should have already been gone. Buh. Bye.
Guys’ time. For this one the judges are not unanimous. I don’t know why Nigel always insists on sharing that with us. Are we supposed to care? Anyway, he asks Mitchell to step forward. He tells him he did a pretty strong solo tonight; his work has been between average and very good.
Ricky’s turn. Nigel says his dance for his life was one of the best they’ve ever seen. Maybe this season! Step back.
Alexander is asked to step forward. Nigel says they were happy to see him shine last night but his solo really let him down tonight. He doesn’t know what happened. So many things went wrong. So tonight, he’s the one going home.
Poor thing looks a little shell shocked. I’m not surprised by this and honestly, I’d rather lose Alexander than Ricky, so I’m not gonna complain.
That’s it for this round, Gasmi. What did you think about the eliminations? Did you yell out when Ryan got canned? Were you sad for Alexander or happy for Ricky? How much do you think the Pussycat Dolls are paying Nigel for all their mentions and appearance this season? Can’t wait to hear from you!!