Hey Gasmi! Thanks for all your great comments on the last two recaps; I always love hearing when you guys think about this show. I also appreciate the concern some of you have expressed at the possible inclusion of Robert as an all-star. The thought has indeed crossed my mind and although I am not excited by the prospect, it also has not reduced me to a pile of burning ash yet either.
Although if he starts with the goofy faces again, that may all change. You may be wondering at this change of heart toward Robert. Well, this spring my sister and I took my niece and my son to a dance workshop that has many SYTYCD alumni as teachers. This year Robert was one of them. I still find him to be vaguely annoying, but I have to give points to anyone who is that good with kids, so there you have it. Now that he’s earned a little good will, it’s up to him to keep it.
Alright, are you ready to find out how the dancers have been paired off this season? Let’s get this show on the road…….welcome……to So You Think You Can Dance (dance…….dance)
It looks like Cat has already picked out her quickie partner for the season and out him (or her) to good use.
After the opening credits we go through roll call, but it seems like someone is missing. Instead of immediately addressing this, Cat introduces us to our judges for this evening. Of course we have Nigel and Mary, and joining them in the third judges’ chair tonight is Megan Mullally.
Cat gives Megan props for her Emmy wins and nominations, mentions her new show and then points out that Megan actually has a background in dance.
I can’t believe I dance with butter substitutes!
She actually studied dance in high school and with the school at ABT as well as doing some musicals. Which makes her about 1,000 times more qualified than Ellen was, so I guess we should be grateful for that.
Cat now confirms my previous suspicion and tells us that one of the guys (Mitchell) injured his elbow shortly after his first rehearsal and has been told by the doctors that he can’t perform tonight.
He will automatically be in the bottom tomorrow, and if he can’t perform, he will be going home. That really does suck. I always feel bad when this happens to someone. Just think about it; you go through all those auditions, finally make it on the show, and then end up hurt. I know it happens all the time but I still feel bad for them.
Because it’s only the first week and we have so many dancers right now, the filler segment is short. This is always my happiest time of the season for filler. So this time around each dancer is going to get eight seconds to tell us stuff about themselves that we might not know. We’re starting with Jordan, aka Stripperella.
She forgot to mention she’s a dumbass (or at least plays one on TV)
Jordan is being paired up with Tadd.
For their first time dancing together they have drawn African jazz as their style; Sean Cheesman will be choreographing. Stripperella immediately proves my dumbass theory by saying she thought afro jazz was people doing jazz exercises in unitards with afros.
Sean tells us this dance is inspired by the lava of a volcano. That’s hot.
This was just okay for me. I think Tadd did really well considering he’s a b-boy. Obviously he hasn’t done much partnering before, and that really showed; their transitions into and out of the lifts were really choppy. I think I can say with confidence that there will be much better routines performed tonight, but probably worse as well.
Nigel says they exploded on the stage
And I exploded in my pants!
He says there were almost sub primal rhythms going on; everything was tremendous. He thinks the power they both had was fantastic. He tells Jordan she was outstanding tonight and then tells Tadd that if he keeps picking up styles the way he has done tonight he’s going to be extremely exciting on the series and go a long way.
Mary says you could feel the floor shaking out there and you just know that now Jordan’s wondering if Mary’s calling her fat.
Not cool Mary.
She says she expected Jordan to really it knock it out but she was even more animalistic and into the character than Mary had thought she’d be. She says she was worried for Tadd for about two seconds, then two seconds into it, gone. He blew her away.
Megan agrees and says Tadd was amazing considering he was so far outside of his genre. She thinks it was strong, exciting and a great way to start the show.
Up next is Sasha.
Her partner is going to be Alexander. Alexander is reminding me of someone but I can’t place who so it’s driving me crazy. Any thoughts, Gasmi?
They will be dancing contemporary with Travis. Let the conspiracy theories begin! Travis tells us this routine is about consequences in a relationship. He’s done shitting things that have torn her to shreds and now she’s tearing him to shreds. Also, Sasha is kicking his ass during rehearsals to the point where we get an entire montage of Sasha beating on him. Yeouch!
I really like her a lot. We haven’t seen that much of him yet, but so far he seems like he’ll be able to hold his own with her. I liked this piece; then again I usually do like Travis’ routines.
Mary wonders how Alexander is holding up what the beating he just got during that routine. He tells her he has insurance.
Mary is obviously easily amused.
She says it’s another great routine by Travis; one of the things she loves about his work is the transitions and how unexpected and interesting they are. She tells Sasha she is strong and dynamic; she fills the room up, living every moment.
She thinks Alexander is strong too but says she didn’t quite feel the connection between the two of them. Maybe it was their characters for the piece, but fabulous job anyway.
Megan loved it. She says she thinks Sasha is coming into this as something of a favorite and with performances like that, that’s not going to be changing anytime soon. She also thinks Sasha was stronger than Alexander and also attributes the disconnect she felt between them to him.
Nigel says he is definitely scared of Sasha.
You, young lady, are giving me a fear boner.
He says she’s like a modern day Amazonian princess; a beautiful, magnificent warrior. He tells Alexander he is dancing and will dance with some incredibly strong girls this season; he needs more emotion from him. He needs to see the passion.
Just don’t try any funny stuff with me
Time for Clarice. FYI – I am still jealous of her hair.
Tell me about your partner, Clareeeece
Poor thing, she’s been paired with one of the obnoxious guys which is a shame sine I really like her. She’s drawn Jess for a partner, and I am going to predict now that he will not be able to handle any sort of criticism.
Giving me a shout out isn’t going to make me like you more Jess.
Guess what? The Broadway guy is getting Broadway. Unfortunately it’s a Sir BitchyPants Broadway. GROAN.
Sir BitchyPants wants to create a real showy piece for them so that they can really dig in. It’s a celebration of dance, character, style, and Broadway. Ha. If it were that, someone else would be choreographing.
God, I hate Sir BitchyPants’ choreography. They dance it well, but it feels super cheesy. This one is in the middle of the road for me dance wise, but in the crapper as far as the choreography is concerned.
Megan loved everything about it; she thinks it was pure joy on a platter. She thinks Jess is a showman and a natural born performer; she says he’s almost like a young Jimmy Cagney or Jimmy Durante (you know, if he could dance).
Ugh. The hamming he does already bugs the shit out of me.
Nigel thinks Clarice is a beautiful girl and a beautiful dancer, but she will need to work hard to keep up with Jess. He thinks Jess is a wonderfully gifted performer and the Broadway style is in every pore of his body. He says Jess out danced her in this routine and he can tell Jess is going to be one of his favorite performers this year.
Mary says it was an amazing celebration of dance, for sure. She thinks Jess couldn’t have done anything in that routine any better. She doesn’t think they will be in any trouble any time soon.
Next up, Ryan.
Her partner is going to be Ricky.
The style they’ve drawn is lyrical hip hop. Which is really REALLY close to getting contemporary. I’m guessing their choreographer is going to be Tabitha and Napoleon, but I am WRONG. Christopher Scott of the awesome top ten guy number will be taking the helm on this one.
Christopher tells us this routine is a love story between Ricky and Ryan, but Ryan is gone now so the dance is him remembering their love.
Okay. So let’s deal with hair and wardrobe first. The sage green baby doll dress with the black boots is not really cutting it for me. Also? Get a fucking hairband or something. That said, this was not all that for me. I hated the goofy ass grin she had on her face the majority of the routine, and although she executed the steps well, I wasn’t feeling it from her. Again, see goofy ass smile. At the end of the day, both of these guys can dance, but I just wasn’t into this at all.
Nigel is soooooooooo happy they have Christopher Scott on the show this year. Obligatory tongue bathing of the choreographer completed, he warns then to be careful with their facial emotions saying he wasn’t sure what it was all about, why were they so happy.
It makes him want to destroy their hopes and dreams.
He did love the dancing and tell Ryan she is a superb dancer, and is outstanding. He also likes Ricky.
Mary really loved it and gives props to Ricky, mentioning how hard it must have been to act like she wasn’t there when he was actually touching her all the time and leading her through everything.
I try to tune Nigel out when he touches me but it never works.
She thinks he’s one of the most talented guys on the show, and also agrees that Ryan is one of the best girls in a sea of really great girls. There’s more talk of the stupid smiling and so Ryan jumps in to explain why she was smiling.
My lips don’t close over my teeth. It’s really quite traumatic for me, if you must know.
Awwww……there, there Ryan. Have a carrot, you’ll feel better.
Megan totally feels bad now for being annoyed by the smiling. So she says it was beautiful and leaves it at that.
Next up is Caitlynn.
She’s one of the dancers we’ve barely seen thus far, but she is just as cute as a button. Now, I’m not normally someone that likes the cutesy cute girls on this show, but there is something contagious about Caitlynn’s cuteness, something very likeable underneath the adorable. Hopefully she won’t turn out to be annoying; that would be disappointing.
Caitlynn has been paired with now-injured Mitchell.
They will be doing a Sonya Tayeh jazz routine. She tells us the dance is about what we can accomplish without fear. Mitchell has a voice like Chris Tucker with grates on me already, but he’s hurt now, so I’ll try to be nice. He’s also very sweaty. Gross.
Since Mitchell is hurt, someone has to step in and dance with Caitlynn. It’s Robert.
This is a very Sonya routine requiring lots of control and strength and contortionism. Caitlynn handles it really well, and as I said earlier in the recap, I’m not fining Robert to be as annoying as I did during his season. Of course it helps that he leaves the stage immediately after dancing. What?
Mary loved it so much she shows them her spirit fingers.
She tells Caitlynn she is so lucky to have Sonya as a choreographer because she produces strong, powerful movement. She says every girl wants to be Caitlynn; she was brilliant. Then she has to give a shout out to Robert and says she’s hoping we see him as an all star later this season.
Megan says Caitlynn was amazing and impressive in the strength that she showed. Then she says she hopes Mitchell gets well soon.
She’s shaping up to be just as useless as a judge as Ellen was after all.
At least Ellen was funny. Sort of.
Nigel says Caitlynn had a rough week; she has extraordinary choreography, lost her partner, and got Robert. I don’t think he means all of that was bad. He gives her a ten for performance and technique, using Mitchell’s phrase of ten across the board. Ugh.
Time for Miranda.
She is paired with my least favorite guy whose name is (somewhat ironically) Robert.
SO ANNOYING. They pull the genre of Latin, which we find out means a jive choreographed by Jason Gilkison. During their rehearsal footage Robert does an Urkel impression that further cements my dislike of him. I don’t think he’s ever coming back from the hate side at this point.
I Hate This Routine. From his stupid fucking floods, to the dumbass fake glasses to EVERYTHING about it. HATE. He’s not the only reason I hate this dance either; she may not be as annoying as he is, but she certainly didn’t do anything to help out this routine. They are now my pick for the couple I want to go home this week. I don’t think anyone can possible be worse than this.
The audience gives them a standing ovation and now I’m even more annoyed. Are they piping crack smoke into the theater? This standing O makes absolutely no sense at all to me unless the entire audience is high.
It’s a real head scratcher alright.
Megan tries to start her critique but Robert is busy woo-ing at the audience. Have I mentioned I can’t stand him? Megan finally gets going and says you’d have to be in a coma not to like that one. Huh. I guess I am in a coma and this is all part of an alternate reality?
Either that or Megan doesn’t know what the fuck she is talking about.
I think I’ll go with option two. She loves that Miranda is a little goofy and tells Robert he is her top twenty crush. I am officially done with Megan Mullally.
Nigel tells Robert he possibly has the biggest personality out of all of the dancers this year. That could go for him or end up hurting him as people grow sick of his woo-ing. Already there, Nigel. So he thinks maybe Robert should learn to point his toes. He also thinks that Miranda is sexy but will need to do a little more to keep up with the girl beasts this season.
Mary thinks Robert has stolen the show tonight. And even though he didn’t point his toes he had the body tic of the jive going the entire time. And then asks him to woo for her and then she screams for him. Kill me now.
Time for Missy who you may remember as the other self proclaimed sexy girl.
She’s been paired up with Wadi who may also have been smoking a little summin summin earlier.
They will be performing a Sean Cheesman jazz routine. The premise of this number is that Pandora’s Box has just been opened and what is revealed is the demon clones of yourself. Missy is really excited because they are sexy demons.
Oh damn. That’s not what they mean at all. Phooey.
I have mixed feeling about this one. I really like Cheesman’s choreography and concept here (even though the music is GagMe), and I think they both did a good job with it. My issue is that I feel like they lost steam as the number went on. It started out really strong and I felt like it petered out by the end.
Nigel loves that the dancers as so good that they’re inspiring the choreographers to do better and better work. He thinks this is the best Cheesman work ever. He tells Missy she is one of the beasts of the girls this year, and he also gives props to Wadi and says he doesn’t think they’ve ever had hip hop guys pick up other styles as well as the guys this year. I can think of a few hip hop guys that might disagree.
Mary says they sure did look like sexy demons out there; how could they not? She says Sean opened up Pidora’s box and opened up a whoop ass can of dancing for us.
Looks like she popped open a can of something too.
Megan liked it.
Next up is my current fav, Melanie.
She has been paired with gunshot survivor, Marko.
I’ve heard of being shy, but this is ridiculous!
They get Travis and contemporary and they all fall at each other’s feet when they first meet at rehearsal. How adorable. This piece is about two statues that come to life and start dancing together.
LOVE THEM. I fucking love every second of this dance. Their movement in this is so effortless and yet, you can see the energy in their fingertips. By far this is my favorite dance of the night, and though I was wishing we’d see Melanie outside her genre first, I wouldn’t have wanted to forgo this for the world. HOLY SHITBALLS. That was freaking amazing.
The audience is up on their feet, Mary is crying and Cat got chills. Mary tells them that every once in a while on this show (maybe once or twice a season) a number comes along that is just magical. This is that number. She tells Melanie and Marko they had them at hello.
Megan has chills and was crying. It was super special. Wow, wow, wow. Amazing.
Nigel says it’s the first week and this could be the first Emmy nominated routine. Oh shut it, Nigel. He now gets to the dancing and says the chemistry between them is fantastic. He thinks Marko was magnificent in this and he loves that it wasn’t completely perfect because it shows they still need to grow. He tells Melanie she is the queen of the beasts and he doesn’t think that they have ever had a better girl dancer than her.
Did I say I love them? Because I do.
Only two more couples to go. Up next is Ashley.
She’s been paired with Chris.
And they will be performing a Christopher Scott hip hop number that is about a couple that finds out they’ve both been cheating. I wonder if a butcher knife is involved.
No butcher knives to be found. This was so meh for me. I had the same issue here with Ashley that I had with Ryan earlier; why the fuck did she spend the entire routine smiling when she just found out he boyfriend’s been cheating? Does that make sense to anyone? This is another one that should be in the bottom on results night.
Nigel thinks it was a fun routine and wonders why Ashley immediately thought Chris was cheating when she pulled the bra out of his back pocket; why didn’t she wonder if he was a cross dresser. Cat pipes up saying it’s in the wrong spot if he was.
Why hasn’t she ever gotten an Emmy? Can someone please explain that to me?
Anyway, Nigel tells them it will be interesting to see if the public will go for dynamic routines or fun ones. This one was a lot of fun.
Mary says it was pure entertainment. She loves Ashley’s swagger and vibe. She also loves Chris and says he always dances with heart. Megan also loved it.
We’re down to our last couple of the night. Iveta is the last to go.
And she has been paired with Nick.
Now, I have to admit I am a little disappointed at this pairing. I was really hoping to see Nick get paired with Melanie because right now he is my favorite guy and she is BY FAR my favorite girl. Ah well. I guess I’ll live.
They get ballroom which ends up being a quickstep choreographed by Jason Gilkison. Good thing she’s a world champion in this style.
Interestingly, I think his tap background may have actually worked in his favor for this dance. He’s used to fast and fancy footwork, so I think where other guys may have faltered, Nick actually held his own. Iveta was wonderful of course, but would you really expect anything less from the world champion? Of course you wouldn’t.
Standing ovation again. Megan just keeps repeating that Nick is a tap dancer; she thinks it was amazing.
Nigel says when they pulled ballroom out of the hat Iveta must have been excited and Nick must have thought oh great, the dance of death. Which we all know it isn’t, but whatever. He thinks it was fabulous.
Mary says the quickstep is supposed to have a light and happy mood. Check. Tricky and fast footwork. Yes. Good looking top line. Yup. Skimming across the floor like floating on air. Yessireebob. She thinks it was unbelievable.
And there you have it, Gasmi. What a night of dance, huh? What did you think? Who were your favorites? Did you think Melanie and Marko were the standouts of the night? Does anyone else want to personally boot Robert off the stage? Did you think Megan Mullally was a waste?
Next up, results! See you there!