Eclaire Fare

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SYTYCD Season 5: The Top 14 Perform July 1, 2009

So, when my mother-in-law told me that she records So You Think You Can Dance, what she actually meant is that she doesn’t record it, she just watches it live. Therefore, when I turned on her tv at 8:45 p.m., which is when I put my son to bed, all I managed to see of the show was Vitolio and Karla’s performance. And I was so distraught that I had missed the rest of it, that I don’t have any thoughts to share about their dance.

Moral to the story: don’t trust someone else’s word or their DVR; always check the recording status yourself. And the good news is that I can A) watch the performances online tomorrow, and/or B) watch the entire show on my Tivo when I return home this weekend.


Despite a DVR/mother-in-law malfunction that prevented me from watching the show last night, I was able to catch the performances online today. (Thanks to for posting all the videos!) Here are my thoughts on the top 14:

  • Janette and Brandon – Cha Cha – They were great together, as well as individually. I like Janette more every week, and Brandon continues to impress me with his versatility.
  • Kayla and Kupono – “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation – Contemporary (Sonya) – I like how Sonya’s choreography always makes use of every inch of the body – hands, fingertips, hair… This vampire-themed performance will earn a lot of votes. Kayla got to show off her leg strength and control, and Kupono was good, too. The song oozed weirdness as well, and is featured on the Twilight soundtrack. Can’t get any more popular than Edward and Bella right now.
  • Randi and Evan – Broadway – This Joey Dowling routine played out like a more razzle dazzle version of the quirky Mia Michaels’ French poodle dance they performed last week. It wasn’t my favorite performance this week, but it rates pretty high among the Broadway performances from this season. Randi and Evan always look very comfortable on stage, and with each other, which isn’t something that can be said about all the dancers this season. (To be specific, Karla always looks terrified to me, and Phillip often looks uncomfortable.)
  • Jason and Caitlin – Pop Jazz (Brian Friedman) – Hmmm, a dance about an alien procreating with an earthling? Thats… bizarre. And everything about the routine was strange, from the choreography to the costumes, well, at least Caitlin’s. I’m starting to think that Brian Friedman’s routines require extreme costumes to distract from the fact that his choreography isn’t very complicated or interesting. I’m just not that into his creations. Had Mia or Sonya created a dance with this alien/human mating theme, it may have been astonishing, but this one just made me go, “Meh…”
  • Jeanine and Phillip – Hip Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon) – I wasn’t crazy about the chain gimmick. (I’m never a huge fan of the use of props on the show.) And I like Jeanine more than Phillip, which means they aren’t in my top favorites like some of the more in sync “power couples.” Still, though, it was nice to see a T & N hip hop routine.
  • Melissa and Ade – Classical Pas de Deux (Thordal Christensen) – I get chills every time I watch them dance; they both have such an impressive balance of grace and strength, and they work so well together. Love them! They remain my favorite couple. And it can’t be just coincidence that they “drew” pas de deux out of a hat. They are probably the only couple in the top 14 who could pull this off (well, maybe Janette and Brandon could, too), and pull it off they did!
  • Karla and Vitolio – Quickstep – This couple has three strikes against them this week: they have a new pairing, they have both been in the bottom three numerous times, and they got the quickstep. I will be stunned if they aren’t in the bottom three this week. Of all the girls remaining this season, Karla is the one I haven’t had any reaction to, positive or negative. She’s just kind of there. I don’t know if that’s her fault (not enough stage presence), the producers’ fault (for not letting us get to know her), or just my personal taste. Maybe a combination of all three. And Vitolio is my least favorite of the guys, for many of the same reasons I listed for Karla.

My Favorite Performances

  • Melissa and Ade’s Pas de Deux
  • Kayla and Kupono’s Contemporary
  • Janette and Brandon’s Cha Cha

Predicting the Bottom Three Couples

  • Karla and Vitolio
  • Jason and Caitlin
  • Janette and BrandonI think Phillip and Jeanine should be in the bottom three instead of Janette and Brandon (based on last night’s performances), but what should be and what will be are two different things.

Who should go home: Karla and Vitolio – If they stick around another week, that means I don’t know the judges as well as I think I do.

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2 Responses to “SYTYCD Season 5: The Top 14 Perform”

  1. Leah Says:

    I was on the phone with Heather for most of the show, so I really wasn’t paying much attention, but I will defend Karla and Vitolio. I think Karla’s lines are beautiful and she always looks like a professional. Vitolio’s movements are unusual and thus appealing to me. I also really like his personality. Karla might not have much to her personality, but at least she’s not annoying. I like Philip, too. He does look scared sometimes, but I think he’s really good in his element and I think I would be friends with him in the “real world.” There’s no way Melissa and Ade “happened” to pick the pas de deux.

  2. Stephanie Says:

    O the irony. I tried to record SYTYCD this week as well, on our new DVR. It turned out I hadn’t set it up right and I missed ALL of it. So I was counting on your blog to tell me what the dances were.

    Life is strange.

    Anyway, thanks for posting the link to And thanks for writing your blog, haha. I’d be lost without it today. 😉

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