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SYTYCD Season 5: The Top 6 Results Show July 30, 2009

Katee and Twitch performed Mia Michaels Emmy nominated Door routine from last season on tonights top six results show.

Katee and Twitch performed Mia Michaels' Emmy nominated "Door" routine from last season on tonight's top six results show.

Cat decided to wear a glittery green, wonderful wizard of Oz dress tonight – very festive for the Top Six Results Show. I was excited to learn that we’d be seeing last season’s four Emmy-nominated performances. Hooray! They were glaringly absent from last week’s 100th episode extravaganza, but it’s kind of nice that the season four standouts get their very own episode. I enjoyed looking back at my posts from last season to see what I had to say about these award-worthy performances at the time.

The Performances

  • “Send in the Clowns” – Choreographed by Tyce Diorio, this performance was automatically disturbing because the top six dancers had been completely transformed into clowns!!! Yikes-o-rama. Despite this factor, it had a simple beauty about it, and I even rewound to see how they snuck so quickly back into the giant box.
  • Jessica and Will, “Silence” – (Tyce Diorio) – Wow. They were impressive. That just goes to show how impressive the talent was last year, since they were both eliminated rather early. My thoughts from this dance when I reviewed the Top 12 Performance episode last season: “Tyce says there’s no story, “just an essence that needs to be felt.” It’s something about the Garden of Eden, man and woman. I was distracted by the absence of music. As a dance routine, this was odd. As an exhibit of the beauty of the human form (particularly the male form – wow Will!), it was successful. This won’t be one of the most memorable performances of the night. They looked hesitant on some of the movements, and it just felt awkward at times.” During that episode, Mia Michaels described it as “the perfect moving human body art,” and I agreed.
  • Twitch and Katee, “Mercy” by Duffy – (Mia Michaels) – So good! I can’t remember a dance this whole season that comes close to the fiery fun of this performance. It was so nice to see Twitch and Katee back on the stage. Here’s what I had to say about the dance when they first performed it last season during the Top 8 Performance Episode: “Twitch is the boyfriend in an argument with his co-dependent, psycho ex-girlfriend, and his disinterest makes her angrier and crazier. Should be interesting… The first half of the routine was mediocre. But about the time Twitch closed the door on Katee, it got much better. It was interesting seeing them dancing “together” while separated by a closed door. They did a good job of continuing the connection. And then the choreography got even more interesting when he opened the door again. There were some acrobatic moves that required a lot of strength from both of them. So, I was impressed with them, and it was cute, but this was not one of my all-time favorite Mia routines. By the way, Katee looked very different. She had an Amy Winehouse look going on with the puffed up hair and dramatic eye makeup.”
  • Joshua and Chelsie, “A Los Amigos” (Dmitry Chaplin) – I hardly recognized Joshua with his shaved head, but who cares? I didn’t want this one to end! It was so good! Last season’s contestants were, as a whole, more talented, or at least created more sparks on stage, and more excitement for viewers at home, than this season’s. I miss them all! Here’s what I had to say about this Argentine Tango last season, which was also from the Top 8 Performance Episode: “This dance is set in the 1940s, and is about a couple who is flirting with each other. And the props just keep on coming. We’ve had a door and two desks tonight, and now they are joined by a table and a chair. As it turns out, they were there more to set the scene than to be used for the dancing. I am okay with that. Technique-wise, Chelsie was fantastic with those great legs of hers. And I thought Joshua kept up with her just fine. And, the technique was matched by their personality and energy. I was spellbound by their performance, which included a few wow moments. I love both of these dancers. No matter what the competition has thrown their way, they give everything they have, and the result is always a fantastic performance.”
  • The Jabberwockies, “Freak-a-Zoid” – Um, forget what I said about the clowns being disturbing. The white faceless masks these guys were wearing freaked me out! The giant mask on stage behind them didn’t help any. At least they revealed their true faces at the end, and they were nice looking guys.
  • Chelsie and Mark, “Bleeding Love” – (Tabitha and Napoleon) – This was fun to see again, but neither of them were favorites of mine last season, so I didn’t get as excited as I did about some of the others. My thoughts way back during the Top 16 Performance Episode last season: “This is about a workaholic whose girl doesn’t want him to leave. It had good emotion, intensity, chemistry. Sharp moves. Good synchronization. My favorite of the night so far! They are a fun and talented couple.”

The Results

  • Who is Safe –

    • Jeanine – Whew! (That’s me breathing a sigh of relief.) I don’t think this revelation was a surprise to anyone. My best guess is that Melissa will go home, especially after receiving low marks from the judges last night.
    • Brandon – Whew! Woo hoo! (That’s me breathing a sigh of relief and doing my happy dance.) I was very confident about Jeanine making it through this week, but after Brandon was in the bottom two guys last week, I was a little worried about him. So I am thrilled that he and Jeanine, my two favorites, are already safely positioned to return for the final four.
  • Who was sent home

    • Melissa – As I expected, the “old” and naughty ballerina received the lowest number of votes this week. She and Ade were my favorite couple for several weeks, and she was in some of my favorite dances. However, she never connected with the audience as well as contestants like Jeanine and Evan. She seems very sweet, and I hope we see her as a special guest on the show from time to time in the future. Perhaps to choreograph a ballet routine?
    • Ade – I could repeat just about everything I said above (except that he’s not a naughty ballerina). He was really cool and quirky, but never connected very well with the audience.
  • The Final Four – I’ve listed them in the order of my preference, from the contestant I’d most like to see win to the contestant I’d least like to see win. I would be happy with either Jeanine or Brandon winning, I’d be surprised if Kayla won (since she hasn’t shown as much personality), and I’d be disappointed if Evan wins. He simply isn’t as versatile as the other three finalists, so if he wins it will be because of personality and popularity, when the winner should be based on those factors as well as on talent and versatility.
    • Jeanine
    • Brandon
    • Kayla
    • Evan

I must say, I actually enjoyed tonight’s results show more than last night’s performance episode. Seeing Joshua, Katee, Twitch, Will, Jessica, Chelsie, and Mark again made me remember how I was much more enthusiastic about last season than about season five. I don’t know if that’s the fault of the contestants, the choreography, my busier life, or all of the above. Whatever the case, at least I have two of my favorites this season in the finals!

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5 Responses to “SYTYCD Season 5: The Top 6 Results Show”

  1. a fan Says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly!!! Ahhh, Katee, Twitch, Joshua, Chelsea!!!! They are soooo good, soo engaged and involved. I feel with them when they dance. In comparison, this season’s dancers still seems to hold back a bit and/or does not have chemistry with each other…

    I will also be happy if either Jeanine or Brandon wins. I think they both deserve it.

  2. Leah Says:

    I miss all last season’s contestants, too.
    Will is so amazing.
    Evan? Really? It’s Benji all over again!
    Poor Ade. Poor Melissa.
    White masks? No. I immediately run from the room.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    Second everybody’s opinion about either Jeanine or Brandon winning. Preferably Jeanine. Lately I’ve just got this odd feeling that Brandon’s humility is all a show–and not a very well-done one, at that. I hope I’m wrong. I think his smile just throws me for a loop. It’s very boyish and makes me think he’s plotting mischief.

    I would have preferred Ade to be in the Top 4. Evan is not as versatile as Ade (despite the judges comments, I thought Ade did well in the samba yesterday), and I believe he’s gotten this far because of his personality.

    You’re right about Kayla…She hasn’t shown much personality. I’ve been trying to figure out what bugs me about her for the longest time, and that’s it. Or at least part of it.

    Was that really Will and Jessica up there? They don’t look anything like I remember! Or maybe I just have a bad memory. I could have sworn they were fill-ins, but then they stayed up on stage and smiled to the audience at the end. The directors wouldn’t have allowed that if they hadn’t actually been the real dancers.

    Sadly, to me, Twitch and Katee’s dance (two of my favorite dancers!) looked really, really slow and heavy. I remember it being full of so much more energy. Still love the dance, still love the dancers–but this performance seemed off to me.

    Chelsie and Mark’s dance made me cry last year, and then I watched it dozens of time again on YouTube. After the Duffy dance, I prepared myself to be disappointed yet again–but much to my surprise it made my eyes sting all over again! I thought it was a superb performance. Chelsie and Mark were not my favorite dancers last year either, but the choreography takes the cake for me. 🙂

    • Emily Says:

      That really was Will and Jessica. Jessica looked like she’s gained some weight, and Will’s hair was much longer, but that was definitely them. I’d never forget Will’s perfect abs! 🙂

      You didn’t mention your opinion of Joshua and Chelsie’s Argentine tango. That was my favorite of these four Emmy nominated dances. The choreography is fantastic, and they did an amazing job. It’s easy to see why Joshua won last year.

  4. Lisa Says:

    I finally got around to watching this week’s episodes today, so I had avoided your blog the last few days. I really enjoyed the performances from last season’s contestants. I was a little surprised that Evan beat out Ade for the finale (even though I do like Evan), but really it could have been any of the 6 in the finale. I hope either Jeanine or Brandon wins, but I think I’m favoring Jeanine a bit more than Brandon.


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