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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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So You Think You Can Dance: The Final Four Perform August 6, 2008

Cat has an Egyptian princess thing going on tonight in her shiny gold dress. I like the look. Mandy Moore is tonight’s guest judge – her first time this season as far as I can recall. Well, there’s lots of dancing to be done tonight, so let’s get started.

Courtney and Twitch – Hip Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon) – “Church” by T-Pain feat. Teddy Verseti

This is a character piece about “a crazy deranged girl who goes looking for her boyfriend at the club.” I wasn’t loving the vintage 1970 outfits, particularly Courtney’s tight plaid pants. But, there were some cool moves, and some fun interplay between the two of them. The judges were crazy about it.

Joshua and Katee – Contemporary (Wade Robson) – “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer

This dance is about the theme “love is hard work but it’s the best thing that you’ll ever work for in your life.” Sounds potentially moving. And it was! Interesting choreography, well-executed by Joshua and Katee. I loved the sudden bursts of energy and strength, mixed in with slow moves in unison. These two are magical on the stage. The judges thought they were brilliant and showered them with praise.

Katee and Courtney – Broadway (Tyce Diorio) – “The Trolley Song” by Rufus Wainwright

It’s a journey of ups and downs and excitement! Woo hoo! The parasols and poofy dresses seemed right out of Oklahoma or Music Man. It was cute, and it was fun to see these two girls dance together. It was not, however, one of my favorite Broadway routines.

Joshua and Twitch – Russian Trepak (Youri Nelzine) – “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite

Um, I was totally expecting their dance to be hip hop after all the talk about settling their feud, and then we saw a guy doing Russian kicks on the floor. Should be interesting. Those puffy white shirts and balloon pants are a new look for these guys. It takes the cool quotient down a couple of notches. The dancing was fun. I liked the dueling guys motif, although it can’t compare to Danny and Neil’s similarly themed dance during last year’s finale, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Still, no one can leap into the splits like Joshua, and Twitch was moving across the floor on his knees in impressive fashion. This is a dance worth watching a few more times, if only to see these guys do their respective thing.

Katee and Twitch – Foxtrot (Tony Meredith and Melanie La Patin) – “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

When I heard they were doing the foxtrot, I rolled my eyes, but to my surprise, I enjoyed it! Katee looked beautiful, and I thought Twitch pulled off debonair (unlike Nigel, who thought he needed to be “more American, less British.”). The choreography had more flair than most foxtrots that I’ve seen.

Courtney & Joshua – Jive (Jason Gilkison) – “The Dirty Boogie” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

This was my least favorite dance of the night. Courtney and Joshua didn’t have great chemistry together, so much of the routine felt like they were going through the motions. They also appeared a bit tired – not surprising, given the warp speed of their dancing. The Jive just isn’t one of my favorites. It’s kind of a bummer that it is what closed out the couple dances.

Courtney, Katee, Joshua, and Twitch – Contemporary (Mia Michaels) – “Hallelujah” by The Vitamin String Quartet

How strange to see the final four dressed in kilts. I agree with Nigel that it’s hard to know what this dance was about, but the celebratory, victorious feel definitely came across. I loved all the running across the stage, the jump roping moves, and the leaping throws that they pulled off.

Solo

  • Courtney – “They Weren’t There” by Missy Higgins – She did a couple of moves that I hadn’t seen before, which I appreciated. Branching out is always good. I’ve always liked her better in her solos than in her couples performances.
  • Twitch – “It Was All in Your Mind” by Wade Robson – I prefer intense Twitch to goofy Twitch, so this was probably my favorite solo of his all season.
  • Katee – “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap – I liked her dress, and felt it matched the mood of the piece, which was hopeful and expectant.
  • Joshua – “(Not Just) Knee Deep” – Funkadelic – Funky fun

My Favorites

  • Joshua and Katee’s Contemporary
  • Joshua and Twitch’s Russian Trepak

My Least Favorites

  • Twitch and Courtney’s hip hop
  • Courtney and Joshua’s Jive

The Way I Hope It Goes:

4. Courtney – For whatever reason, she is my least favorite of these final four, so it makes sense that I’d like to see her go next.

3. Twitch – I really like Twitch, and am impressed by his dancing, but I don’t think he’s proved as versatile as Joshua and Katee this season. His commitment to the routines has been hit or miss as well.

2. Katee – I think it’s silly to dwell on one little statement that she made at the beginning of the season about whether she would try out again. People say things they don’t mean when they are under pressure. She has been a pleasure to watch, and I would be thrilled to see her win. But…

1. Joshua – From his first audition in Dallas, I have loved this guy! His personality, his energy level, his enthusiasm, and his ability to adapt to whatever dance style he is given (from bollywood to Russian trepka!) – all of these factors make him the most deserving winner for this season. I will be ecstatic if he is pronounced this year’s champion.

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So You Think You Can Dance: The Top 6 Perform July 30, 2008

We’re already down to the final six dancers? This season has flown by. Cat looks straight out of an Austin Powers movie in her shimmery silver go-go girl outfit. Tonight’s guest judge is Adam Shankman. Given that I am weary tonight and lack the concentration to record the judges’ exact comments to the contestants, I will give a general impression of their opinion, after making my own observations about each performance.

Courtney and Mark – Viennese Waltz (Jason Gilkison) – “The Time of My Life” by David Cook

Ouch. This isn’t good news for Courtney and Mark, since the Viennese Waltz isn’t normally a crowd pleaser. Let’s see how they do. Cheesy song choice, as much as I love David Cook, so that detracted from the routine. Wardrobe seems to be an important aspect of a waltz, and the wardrobe department got it right on this one. Courtney’s dress was simple, yet flowing and elegant. They seemed to do well. The judges were impressed – thought it was well choreographed and romantic.

Courtney and Mark – Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) – “The Garden” by Mirah

This routine is about “old French burlesque,” a battle of the sexes. This style suited Mark, by giving him plenty of opportunities to shake his hands, strike a pose, and basically just act weird. I liked it. But for me, Mark totally overshadowed Courtney. I agree with Cat that the music was great. The judges raved about how bizarre and unique Sonya’s choreography was, and how great Courtney and Mark were together in this routine.

Katee and Joshua – Contemporary (Tyce Diorio) – “All By Myself” by Celine Dion

This dance has a Romeo and Juliet vibe, a story of reunited lovers. They did a good job of playing the characters. I’m so glad to see them back together again, as were they and the audience. I get chills watching the leaps that they pull off. But everything in between was well done, too. It’s also amazing how well Joshua does with all the different styles of dance he is given. He and Katee are, in my opinion, the most versatile contestants left on the show. The judges thought it was beautiful and impressive, and they think these two are headed to the finale.

Katee and Joshua – Paso Doble (Jason Gilkison) – “Filet” from Le Reve soundtrack

I always enjoy this style of dance, which shows us the matador and his cape, which represents his aggression. I wasn’t crazy about the music, but as usual, Katee and Joshua were very fierce and entertaining. The judges were amazed by the routine. They think these two are magic together. I agree!

Chelsie and Twitch – The Mambo (Tony and Melanie) – “Ahora Mi Toca A Mi” by Victor Manuelle

I liked Chelsie’s fun little red dress, despite the wardrobe malfunction that sent bows flying across the stage. I thought she was great (how about those spins?!), but they didn’t have much chemistry together and Twitch didn’t seem fully invested. The judges thought Twitch was a pretty good partner and that Chelsie was on fire and in her element.

Chelsie and Twitch – Hip Hop (Tabitha and Napoleon) – “Control” by the Vitamin String Quartet

This is a humorous, playful routine about dueling conductors. And who thought we’d ever hear orchestral Janet Jackson on this show? Very random. Yet appropriate for this routine. I liked the first half better than the second half. The judges like the wit of T and N’s choreography. They are amazed at everything that Chelsie can do, and love Twitch in his hip hop element.

Solos

  • Chelsie – “When I Grow Up” by Pussycat Dolls – That Chelsie is a mover and a shaker for sure. Lots of energy, and quite an ending with the splits!
  • Twitch – “Midas Touch” by Midnight Star – Continuing his gimmicky performances, he was decked out in gold, to match his song, of course. No doubt he’s very talented, but I was actually more entertained by Cat putting on his glasses and gold teeth. Very cute.
  • Katee – “Can’t Stop” by Maroon 5 – She brought more of a spunky personality to this solo than her previous ones.
  • Joshua – “Like That” by Memphis Bleek – From his fast moves, to slow motion, to booty shakin’, to super high leaps, his solo seemed to have a little of everything. And it exuded energy and personality as well.
  • Courtney – “Rock Your Soul” by Elisa – I always like Courtney better in her solos than in her partner performances. No exception tonight.
  • Mark – “Bum Like You” by Robyn – As usual, I enjoyed his quirky, fun solo. Methinks it was right up the alley of many a teenage girl as well, which is one reason I think Mark will still be standing next week in the final four.

My Favorite: Katee and Joshua’s Contemporary

My Least Favorite: Chelsie and Twitch’s Mambo

Predicting Who Will Be Sent Home: Twitch and Courtney

I’m more sure about Courtney than Twitch. At this point it seems like all three guys are rather equally popular, so it’s a matter of how many votes their respective fans will cast. My fingers are crossed that Joshua makes it into the Final Four!

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