It’s been quite some time since I wrote about So You Think You Can Dance, but that’s only because my teevee was out of commission for a while. It’s working now, and I figured out how to use the DVR, so I’ll never miss an episode again.
Last night, I missed the first dance (Chelsea and Thyne) because I was late getting home from a graduate school fair. I know, I know…. SYTYCD first, education second. I promise, it will never happen again.
The second dance of the night was Chelsie and Mark’s Argentine tango. Chelsie is an 18- year-old Latin dance from Utah and Mark, 24, is a contemporary modern dancer from Honolulu. In his “Interests/ Hobbies” interview on the show’s official website, Mark states he enjoys “walk-offs with friends.” As in, runway walk-offs. Anyway, the dance, I felt, was okay but nothing special. In fact, I’d say I was disappointed, especially considering Chelsie is a Latin dancer. They bore me, and I’m over them.
The third dance was by Will, a 21-year-old breaker from Nashville with no formal training, and Jessica, who is a 23-year-old contemporary dancer from Myrtle Beach. They did hip hop, and it was good but not great. In my opinion, he was a lot better than her and the judges seemed to agree. I’d bet they stay for a few more weeks but unless Jess steps up her game, the first time they are in the Bottom Three, he’ll stay and she’ll go.
Fourth couple was Kourtni (I know, this spelling is just heinous) and Matt. She’s a tall, 18-year-old contemporary jazz dancer from Minnesota and he’s a 22-year-old contemporary dancer from Arizona who enjoys scrapbooking, cleaning, and barking like a dog. Seriously, these guys are weird. And also, obvi gay. Anyway, back to the dancing… They danced the foxtrot, choreographed by that sweet French-Canadian Jean-Marc. I enjoyed it; and I thought they looked very old Hollywood. I wasn’t crazy impressed, especially with Kourtni, but overall, it was pretty and kept my attention. The technical stuff needed some sprucing up, but I’d say these two are safe for the time being.
Fifth, Courtney and Gev. Sigh. This is the first dance of the evening I really enjoyed, and I just love them as a couple. In the little opening montage thing, you could tell Gev is just in love with her. And she’s awesome. She’s a little Italian firecracker from Queens, with a cute look to her; she dances lyrical, jazz and ballet. She’s a dancer for the Knicks and we have the same birthday. I’m kind of in love with her. Gev is 21 and of Armenian/Russian descent though he was born in Kazakhstan and currently lives in Utah. He’s a breaker with no formal training and counts among his favorite dancers Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (one of mine too). Their contemporary Mandi Moore piece was really pretty and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though the judges were kind of ambivalent. I liked some of the little moves in there, the carrying and the footwork was really sweet. Mandi Moore always adds these tiny little elements in her pieces that end up being memorable and beautiful.
Next up, Katee (another annoying spelling) and Joshua. Katee, 20, is a contemporary dancer from San Jose, and Joshua, 19, is a breaker from Fort Worth. What to say, what to say… Well, they danced a Broadway number by Tyce, who is one of my fave choreographers because he’s just so adorable, positive and happy. The piece itself was awesome. It was really fast-paced and he really threw everything in there- typical Broadway stuff, but also managed to spice it up with Joshua’s breaking and Katee’s contemporary. There were lifts, turns, throws, and a lot of synchronizing. It’s really hard to impress me with Broadway dancing, because it’s very showy and sometimes lacking in the “ahhhh” factor, but this was just spot-on. I was excited! But seriously, not as excited as the judges… they went a little crazy, and it was kind of weird. Nigel got up and started dancing and yelling about this being what he’s been waiting for, Mary went above and beyond the normal craziness and screamed something about them having a “tra-la-la place in her heart” and Mia got all new-age-y. It was silliness, but well-deserved.
The seventh dance was a salsa by Susie and Marquis. I’m not going to delve deeply into this because quite frankly, it sucked. I had high hopes that Marquis was going to be the Danny of this season but he doesn’t exhibit the shoulder strength or perfection in movement. I’ll be really surprised if Susie does not go home today. She is a Latin/salsa dancer who sucked at salsa. She’s done. Marquis might get another shot.. and I want to like him- he’s a young contemporary dancer who lives in Jersey but grew up in Cape Coral, FL, where Poppa M winters.
Eighth was Kherington and Twitch’s Viennese Waltz. This is another favorite couple of mine. Kherington is really cute- and her smile is light-up-the-room awesome. She’s also a great contemporary dancer from Cali, who at 18, just graduated high school and was planning on going to school on a soccer scholarship. Basically, she’s an All-American-girl. Twitch is great. If you don’t remember, he tried out last season and made it to the last cut in Vegas before the judges picked Hok over him. He came back this season after perfecting his stuff and also taking some other classes to make himself more well-rounded as a dancer. His motivation and determination are admirable; it’s easy to tell how hard he works. The dance itself was beautiful. Kherington looked like Grace Kelly, and it was all gorgeous. Jean-Marc choreographed it as an homage to his daughter who has some terrible condition where she lost all of her motor skills at 20-months-old. It was touching, and Twitch was commanding and it was just lots of gooey awesomeness.
Last was Comfort and Chris. Comfort is a popper from Texas; Chris a ballet dancer from Gaithersburg. They did a Krump routine by Lil C. Comfort did well, though the judges thought she should have done better. Chris, in my humble opinion, was shit. OMG, he just could not pull off the ghetto-ness. He’s terrible, and when Nigel told him his “granny is more ghetto” Chris got all defensive. He’s my least favorite guy in the competition and I hope he goes home, STAT.
My current faves: Courtney, Kherington, Twitch, Gev, Joshua
My current hates: Susie, Chris
Other notes: Whoever does the costuming, bravo. Everything was so great! My faves were Matt’s ensemble, the Katee-Joshua Broadway get-up, and Kherington and Twitch’s coordinated white thing. Yay for Twitch’s abs! Hotness. Also, Mary is ridiculous. WTF was she wearing last night? She was orange too, and it bothered me. Other good things include the music, aside from that terrible song by the lead singer of the PussyCat Dolls, Nicole something or other. Ech.