So You Think You Can Dance 5: Top 16 Perform!Posted by ERIN in So You Think You Can Dance
June 24th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Herm, tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance felt muted and a little stale… I wasn’t impressed by the opening solos (maybe give them a hair more time to dance, producers?), Nigel was sorta crabby, Mary didn’t scream very much and guest judge Toni Basil wouldn’t stop preaching about “street dancing,” “funk” and “grooving” (Hey Toni, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, but it isn’t 1985 anymore) . What did y’all think? Check my thoughts and see if you agree (videos from MJ’s).
My BOTTOM 3 couples: Karla & Jonathan, Asuka & Vitolio and Caitlin & Jason.
Karla Garcia & Jonathan Platero - Hip Hop - Dave Scott - “By My Side” by Jada Kiss ft. Ne-Yo (VIDEO): Dammit. I know that Karla is part of the America’s Best Dance Crew group The Boogie Bots so this was her chance to show off that she’s a Contemporary dancer who can nail Hip Hop too! Unfortch, darling as he may be, Jonathan really weighed her down in this number - he’s just too darling and soft for Hip Hop. I agree with cranky ol’ Nigel that they played it too safe and were out of sync toward the end. They really needed to hit is harrrrrd but failed, so it won’t be a surprise if they’re in the bottom tomorrow. Save Karla!
Asuka Kondoh & Vitolio Jeune - Jazz - Mandy Moore - “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar (VIDEO): God, as if I needed more reasons to love Vitolio! The interview package won him a million brownie points when it showed his sensitivity and dedication in comforting an overwhelmed Asuka. He is too sweet and erm, well, he deserves a new partner! I thought this “thrash-rock-jazz” dance was okay choreography, but Asuka’s performance felt restrained and bland. I wanted more energy, more performance from her and didn’t see it. Hm, what do we think about a pairing off Vitolio and Jeanine, or Vitolio and Karla? I think all three have a lot of potential, but need to find better partners. Save Vitolio!
Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi - Rumba - Tony Meredith - “Emotion” by Destiny’s Child (VIDEO): This was a very sexy-sexy, slow-mo rumba. I am glad that they continue to put Ade in outfits that completely expose his pecs. Totally solid dance, although it could’ve been a little tighter in some of the turns. Still, I love this couple more and more each week and would love to see them stick around to Final Four. You heard me! We love old ballerinas and smooth, smooth man-chests!
Janette Manrara & Brandon Bryant - Hip Hop - Dave Scott “What a World” by Common (VIDEO): Ah, MUCH better Hip Hop routine! Thank god because I was worried that we’d have a 2-week dry spell of good Hip Hop dances (Shane Sparks, I blame you for last week). Dave Scott and his funny beard came up with a clever “Rock and Roll” v.s. “Hip Hop” dance. Somewhat hard to follow in parts, but there were some awesome and entertaining moments (like the synchronized air guitar bit). Anyway, my early prediction that Janette and Brandon were going to be a couple to beat still stands! They both have amazing technique, push themselves and work hard. But can they stay up top forever…? Personality and fan base are going to come into play and I’m not sure if the younger voters are that into them.
Kayla Radomski & Kupono Aweau - Viennese Waltz - Jean-Marc and France Genereux - “Sweet Dreams for You” by Jewel (VIDEO): We know I love Kupono and Kayla(’s grandfather), so I really wanted them to mesh well (even though Kupono basically stole the place of Kayla’s partner Max) and they did! Their Waltz was one of the highlights of the night. The choreography told a nice story (he’s dancing with her in her dreams), and it was just ethereal and elegant. I’m so glad they did well and they’re the only couple of the night that Mary put on the “HOT TAMALE TRAIN WOO WOOOO!” Hope they stay out of the Bottom 3.
Randi Strong-Evans & Evan Kasprzak - Contemporary - Mia Michaels - “Koop Island Blues” by Koop ft. Ane Brun (VIDEO): This was “The Butt Dance”. Yes, Mia made an entire dance around the hypnotic powers of Randi’s butt. Hm. It was definitely another well-danced number from the Shorties, so they deserve to be safe. A few things came to my attention: 1) Who else saw Randi’s “Unitard Girl” superhero shirt during rehearsal? Pretty awesome. 2) I love that they made a big deal about Randi’s marriage and being uncomfortable with Evan grabbing her weeks ago. But in last week’s Jive, it was Randi who attacked Evan with repeated, enjoyed grab-assery. And then tonight’s number gave Evan the freedom to let his hands roam, nay, squeeze the bajeezus out of her rear end. Seems like someone wants Mr. Unitard Girl to come to the studio with a shotgun. 3) We have a THIRD WEEK where the dancers in a Contemporary number are wearing silk. Why? WHY? This routine had so many fun costume possibilities since it was actually a Contemporary piece NOT about an angsty couple writhing around and throwing themselves at one another. So why not have more fun with the wardrobe? Ok, rant over!
Caitlin Kinney & Jason Glover - Paso Doble - Jean-Marc and France Genereux - “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana (VIDEO): I looove Paso Dobles - the passion, the intensity - mmm. Hotness. I also love “O Fortuna” for the same reasons. BUT these dancers didn’t sell this number for me - no, not even while wearing that ridiculous Conan the Barbarian attire. Caitlin and Jason looked like they had trouble keeping up (just like in the Bollywood dance). They don’t have very good chemistry either. It’s too platonic, almost brother/sisterly so there’s an “ick” factor to watching them try to get hot and heavy with one another. I just didn’t buy it.
Jeanine Mason & Phillip Chbeeb - Broadway - Tyce Diorio - “Moses” from Singing in the Rain (VIDEO): Is Phillip still in this competition? He’s really fun to watch doing his own thing, and tonight he was much better than last week, but c’mon! Enough is enough! He’s a weak link and really hasn’t let Jeanine get a chance to shine. I agree with Mary, she is a fantastic dancer and performer, but she’s always overshadowed by Chbeeb’s feedback each week. While the judges are busy panning him, they forget to give Jeanine props for doing well in a new dance style. The best part of their number was when Phillip’s pants rip at the booty (PIC HERE).
Agree? Disagree? Bottom three? We’ll see. Tee hee! Okay, enough. So, tomorrow night’s results show features guest performers The Veronicas and a group number choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin, Tabitha and Napoleon. Tune in to So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow night at 9pm on FOX!