Reality TV Shows We Love Got Emmy Nominations!

5 Nominations for American Idol

• FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.

Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer
Ken Warwick, Executive Producer
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Executive Producer
Simon Fuller, Executive Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

American Idol Season 7

2. Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality – Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, Host

3. Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs

> Episode 733 (David Cook Goes Home) • Bill DeRonde, Editor

4. Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special

Edward J. Greene, Production Mixer
Randy Faustino, Music Mixer
Andrew Fletcher, PA Mixer
Mike Parker, Monitor Mixer
Gary Long, Playback Music Mixer
Brian Riordan, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Conner Moore, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Christian Schrader, Audience Sweetener

5. Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

• Idol Gives Back •

Shiran Stotland, Technical Director
Eric Becker, Technical Director
David Eastwood, Camera
Marc Hunter, Camera
Bobby Highton, Camera
Brian Reason, Camera
Easter Xua, Camera
Danny Bonilla, Camera
George Prince, Camera
Ed Horton, Camera
John Repczynski, Camera
Suzanne Ebner, Camera
Diane Beiderbeck, Camera
Bill Chaikowski, Camera
Alex Hernandez, Camera
Mark Sanford, Video Control


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4 Nominations for So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • 19 TV Ltd and Dick Clark Productions

Outstanding Choreography

1. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Hummingbird and Flower / ‘The Chairman’s Waltz’

Wade Robson, Choreographer

2. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Transformers / ‘Fuego’

Shane Sparks, Choreographer

3. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Table / ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’

Mandy Moore, Choreographer

4. Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-camera Series Or A Special (non-prosthetic)

So You Think You Can Dance • #311

Amy Strozzi, Department Head Makeup Artist
Heather Cummings, Additional Makeup Artist
Tifanie White, Additional Makeup Artist
Crystal Wolfchild, Additional Makeup Artist

6 Nominations for Amazing Race

The Amazing Race • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer
Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer
Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington, Executive Producer
Amy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive Producer
Elise Doganieri, Co-Executive Producer
Bill Pruitt, Supervising Producer
Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer
Mark Vertullo, Supervising Producer
Jarratt Carson, Senior Producer
Giselle Parets, Senior Producer
Phil Keoghan, Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

2. Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Per Larsson, Director of Photography
Sylvester Campe, Camera
Tom Cunningham, Camera
Lucas Kenna Mertes, Camera
Peter Rieveschl, Camera

3. Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Bertram van Munster, Director

4. Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Steven Escobar, Editor
Eric Goldfarb, Editor
Julian Gomez, Editor
Andy Kozar, Editor
Jenny Nelson, Editor
Paul Nielsen, Editor
Jacob Parsons, Editor

5. Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Eric Goldfarb, Sound Editor
Andy Kozar, Sound Editor
Paul Nielsen, Sound Editor
Jacob Parsons, Sound Editor
Steven Escobar, Sound Editor
Julian Gomez, Sound Editor
Rick Livingstone, Music Editor

6. Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jim Ursulak, Lead Audio Mixer
Jerry Chabane, Audio Mixer
Dean Gaveau, Audio Mixer
Troy Smith, Re-Recording Mixer

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something. Episode Number: 142    Season Num: 12    First Aired: Sunday December 30, 2007 • The show’s episode that got the raves is a quote from contestant Jennifer. Her partner and boyfriend Nathan asked: How come Kynt and Vyxsin like…? ; Jennifer then quipped: I don’t know. Honestly, they have witch powers or something…

Kynt and Vyxsin were a memorable couple in the show because of their unique personalities representing the “Goth community in Louisville. Host Phil Keoghan later said to the duo: I have to give you the award for the most fashionable couple ever on The Amazing Race! The couple jovially agreed.

(LR) Nathan and Jennifer | Kynt and Vyxsin

Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Recap and Prediction: Katee and Joshua At The Bottom!!

UPDATE: AUGUST 07, 2008, Joshua ALLEN is AMERICA’S FAVORITE DANCER!

As you watched this show unwind, it was obviously going to be very difficult to pick a man or woman for the bottom of tomorrow’s voting. After watching the show, we feel that Katee and Joshua were obviously at the bottom of our list. The bottom of our list for elimination that is…

This was a complex episode and is difficult to express in words. We apologize for the lengthy review, but there was so much to cover, and if you are only interested in the results or reading about your favorites, we understand. Our final results are at the end.

First, we are convinced that the solo in the finals of this competition means absolutely nothing anymore. We believed when the dancers were lower quality, a solo could pull it out, but now we opine it is just not important to the audience. It can save the contestants with the “jidges”, but not with the audience; they want chemistry, they want couples, they want the magic of partnering.

We think that was totally evident last week. Will killed the solo. His James Brown impersonation was brilliant, creative and daring. He won the solo by a mile. But he got the fewest votes. Did anyone care that Mark’s solo was weak, and that both Twitch and Joshua’s were a level above? Nope. It wasn’t even necessary for Mark to perform a solo to send Will home (well, not really home, but into practice sessions for the tour).

So all we will review here is what matters.

Dance One: Courtney and Mark, Viennese Waltz

Could the couple survive one of the dances that has often proved to be the kiss of death? This dance can often eliminate a couple by lulling the audience to sleep. We are not sure who selected the music for the dance, but selecting David Cook’s “Time of My Life” made this dance much more memorable, and we think only one of the three male dancers could have pulled it off this well.

Mark had fantastic facial expression in this dance, and it was an absolutely astounding performance. Any of the women would have been fantastic in this performance, but we think Courtney fits best with Mark, so the match was perfect. His stoic face at the end and Courtney’s smile as they finished could have won right then and there. Our only complaint was regarding the childish facial expressions from Mark after the dance. He is the elder of the group and came across as a younger teenager during the judges’ comments.

Dance Two – Joshua and Katee, Contemporary

In this dance, Joshua and Katee did a Romeo and Juliet number choreographed by Tice DiOrio. The style of this dance outclassed so much we have seen before on this show. The reverse back hand stand by Joshua and step-over by Katee are not high on the difficulty list, but it was so well timed and beautiful. The passion was palpable. Then, a leap over Katee and a lift into a cross. A fall, dip and the a leap we cannot even describe well enough, but will try. Katee does a full leap into the air, and just at the crest of her leap, Joshua catches her in full stride, just to twist and turn and lift her again. This is a runner up for the best dance move in the show. Joshua then runs across the stage with Katee upside down in his arms.

It was now time for a bit of a wardrobe malfunction in the reverse of Janet Jackson’s topless Superbowl piece. Katee’s bottoms were clearly visible and fully exposed as her outfit started to look more like she was wearing a thong. Even at the finish, it was obvious that the people that do the costumes should think a bit about some kind of glue or this show may get an R rating.

Adam Shankman, the guest judge, stated that they were “the holy trinity of So You Think You Can Dance…two great dancers, one great choreographer”. The judges gave a standing ovation, although Nigel looked obligated to comply as he stood with a foolish grin on his face. Mary screamed loudly… twice until we believe Nigel was nearly deaf. No foolish faces on the couple, just totally professional, garnering even more points. The judges seemed to build Joshua up more than Katee here. He was great, and we believe the judges want to make sure the finale is close, not just a Katee blow out.

Dance Three: Chelsie and Twitch – Mambo

This a very difficult dance, and it is way out of Twitch’s league. So, as we said earlier today, we felt if he was out of his element that this would be his downfall. Chelsie is unstoppable and this dance is in her element. She would dance this fantastically whether Twitch came to the show or not. Chelsie’s red dress drew the eyes of the audience to her throughout. She was stunning, with high heels so high, she shouldn’t be able to stand in them, let alone perform one of the masterpieces of So You Think You Can Dance.

She is so fast. We thought the Russian dancer from last year, Anya, had the fastest legs we had ever seen on this show. Chelsie’s are even faster.

Twitch looked like he was straining throughout the dance to work out the moves. He was peeking at Chelsie to lead him through the dance, like a child cheats on a test by slyly glancing at his neighbor’s test paper. And we are not sure if Chelsie noticed or planned it, but some of her shakes raised her skirt to expose her cheeks a bit. Was this to be a theme?

Then, it happened, what we think is the best move of the night, right up there with the earlier move of Katee and Joshua, but this was 80/20.  80 percent Chelsie, 20 percent Twitch. Following several unmemorable but well executed spins, the Pièce de résistance, Chelsie worked a double spin into a reverse back drop in which she totally had to trust Twitch to catch her by the neck or she falls straight to the floor hitting the back of her head. That must have been incredibly scary in practice. Twitch catches her in the nick of time, but then lets go. We gasped as Chelsie somehow remains suspended with her head pointed straight up and her knees completely bent 90 degrees. Newton discovered gravity, Chelsie disproved his theory. Chelsie, just as she looks about to collapse backwards onto the floor, catches Twitch’s knee. At this point, Twitch is supposed to catch her with his left arm. He casually reaches back and misses. Chelsie takes charge and finds the arm she needs in the nick of time with her hair fully extended to the floor.

After coming to her feet, and with total composure, Chelsie pulls off some shakes and moves that stun and follows it with five consecutive twirls in a standing position followed by five more twirls in an impossible squatted position. She then falls to the floor, on her back and Twitch then falls over her into a Push Up Position.

Twitch held his own and was a reasonably strong partner, but Chelsie just used him mostly as a prop. This was her specialty, and the floor may have needed a fire extinguisher after her dance. But this was out of Twitch’s comfort zone, so he gets a bonus point or two for effort. As Mary said afterwards, No one can touch Chelsie in the Latin style. Considering she isn’t Latin, that is pretty impressive. A little dark skin and she has us convinced.

Professional during the judges review. Close if not the best dance of the night for the women.

Dance 4: Mark and Courtney – Jazz

This dance was fun and dark done to the Garden by Mirah. The choreographer (Sonya Tayeh) looks a little “Trick or Treat”, so her dark style seems appropriate. Mark starts off with a fantastic peacock walk with his arms inverted forward off his hips. He moves just like a bird in a mating ritual, one wing forward at a time and his hair in a Mohawk-like style bestowing an even more bird-like appearance. Facial expression once again, classic as only Mark can pull it off.

The torn single net stocking on Courtney is reminiscent of Burlesque. There is a lift by Mark followed by some shocking artistic moves with Courtney writhing on the floor and Mark expressing running away before breaking into a pseudo fight scene. Courtney appears to get away, but Mark chases her down and just as he gets her in his grasp, he stares into the camera. His face grabbed us as the frightening and evil look of the star of “A Clock Work Orange”, Alex DeLarge, as he stares straight into the camera with a grin of complete control and evil intent.

The throws and dance are so theatrical it is impossible to describe them all in words but in a final fight scene, Mark submits to Courtney. Adam Shankman said it was “so sick”. The judges loved it. Courtney ‘s face was gorgeous and sincere. Mark had a few artificial smiles and unduly surprised looks, but nothing crazed.

Dance 5: Katee and Joshua – Paso Doble

First, the outfits. Joshua starts in black long pants and, for the first time, no shirt. His skin blends well with the pants and he really has nothing to hide. Katee has a dress that completely exposes her midriff, but is long and Spanish looking to her ankles, accented by black wrappings on her right arm giving her a masculine look, or as masculine as Katee could look.

The music Filet by Le Reve (Original Sound Track), is driving opera-style Spanish classical that heightens in intensity as it moves forward. This dance does as well. A lift, followed by a reverse back flip by Katee over Joshua’s shoulder. Then Katee appears to throw Joshua across the floor who slides on his knees for what appears to be approximately ten feet. Katee swiftly moves in the position of a belly dancer to the front of Joshua as he slides. Then she falls back into his arms and they dance like toreadors facing the bull.

The dance is masculine, reminding us of something from primitive films like “Konan the Barbarian”, but with vastly better choreography. Joshua here takes the show for a bit, commanding in his movements as they prance about the floor. His bullfighter heroics impress into a move where he falls to his knees as Katee raises her leg and kicks over him as he postures forward, arching backwards on his knees.

A finale of spins with Katee sprawled across Joshua’s knees grasping him around the neck, finished with Joshua dragging her across the dance floor to Cat for “jidging”. As the judges mention, this performance was stunning for Joshua to be so brilliant or even capable of dancing with his minimal training in this area. Mary said, “True Magic” and then followed with two huge screams, and now we are certain Nigel is totally deaf in his left ear. Once again, the judges seemed pushed to stress Joshua’s ability as Nigel exclaimed, “it breaks my heart to say it, I must be honest, I have to agree with Mary, if you keep dancing like that Joshua, you are going to steal this show, there is no question about it.” Then, Mary gives them a standing O.

Dance 6: Twitch and Chelsie – Hip Hop

This hip hop dance is simple in theme. The two appear as conductors about to battle for a baton that will ultimately give them control over the music and the dance. They slowly back in to take the baton, but Twitch beats Chelsie to the punch and takes control. Chelsie moves in from behind to steal the baton from Twitch. He is controlled by her for a bit, and then moves in, taking control of her arms from behind, forcing the baton to the floor. A bit of posturing then Twitch flipped his body upside down with one leg over his other knee, which gave his body the impression of a bass violin. Chelsie plays the bow and then she sneaks though Twitch’s legs to snag the baton. Twitch quickly turns to try to get it himself. Very theatrical and expressive material. Twitch matched Mark here, but he did not beat him. Chelsie sealed the deal. If she can do hip hop as well as she did, she is a winner. But Chelsie’s hair must have taken about six bottles of hair spray.

Conclusion:

Joshua and Katee are runaway leaders. They were the most memorable and the strongest dancers in this show. In fact, when they dance together this late in the competition, their biggest risk is making their partner look too good. Remember, only one wins.

Now for the real challenge. Who will get eliminated??? Mark and Twitch were fairly close. Twitch survived the first dance which was out of his element. Mark was in the lead.

Both Mark and Twitch did great in their finales. Our preliminary pick. Twitch’s hip hop dance wasn’t better than Mark’s Jazz Dance,  and Mark’s first dance was better than Twitch’s. Hmmmm. So close, but we are going to say goodbye to…Twitch.

Courtney was stunning tonight. She would have won last year in our opinion, but Chelsie hit every step. Courtney had the advantage, we feel, because of her selected dances and having a more diverse partner, but Chelsie won. That drop catching Twitch’s knee nailed it for us.

Courtney won the solo. Joshua won on the men’s side. Mark should keep his shirt on.

Two of the women, we noticed, were turning the other cheek, several times in the dances. But when it comes down to it, Katee and Joshua were in our bottom two selections, but not in the bottom of the voting, in the bottom of possible choices for elimination. They were number one and number two, you just have to decide which is which.

Our guess is that Courtney and Twitch will be at the bottom tomorrow night. Chelsie with those moves and super human recoveries just has to go on. And unless the voters get complacent, Katee is a cinch. Twitch was great, but he couldn’t pull off a meaningful dance for us. Mark was more expressive and, despite losing the lost T-Shirt wars, clearly nailed second place among the men.

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7/29 Season 3 Recap: Dan Quayle Does America’s Got Talent!!

Tonight’s America’s Got Talent had HUGE potential. They decided to turn to the internet for their talent by searching for their performers on Myspace.com. We know that sounds like a shameless promo of a web site, but none of us are above that are we? ;-). This was the last audition show of the year folks, so we opined this should be their best!!!  (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CAST YOUR BALLOTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE!!)

For sure, this should be a great show. We have found so much great talent on the web. Most recently, a favorite of ours that made it into the spot light was Arnel Pineda, the new lead singer for Journey! Discovered on the internet, this singer from the Philippines is now a star performer in an internationally famous rock band!!!

So, if you screened this talent first on the web, most of it that made the actual show should be great. We don’t stare at videos on YouTube because they stink, right? Certainly, America’s Got Talent would take the time to make sure we didn’t have to stare at horrible videos on television, so the cream of the crop should be on this show. We grabbed our popcorn and settled in.

So, did it live up to expectations? Let’s begin:

They always start this show with the obligatory freak acts no matter where they find their talent.

First Act: Michael Trixx (are for kids), a magician. Well, what is our rule? If he looks like a freak… Well, Michael looked like a freak. He started with some cheap tricks from a kid’s magic kit, and by the end, after getting unanimously buzzed off, made us think that the plastic dog poop in a novelty shop would have been vastly more entertaining.

After several more freak acts, they should have been able to find some real talent on myspace and not continue the Jerry Springer show. Right?

On comes Eloy Rendon, who opens with a clever crazy accent and has everyone believing he is not an American. He looked normal, so this was no obvious freak show. He then announces in a totally American accent that he is a motivational speaker. He wasn’t. Buzz, buzz, buzz. Well, our guess is that if he didn’t motivate anyone on the show, he likely wasn’t doing much motivating on Myspace either.

OK, now we are starting to feel like we have been had. All these horrible acts and we haven’t found any internet talent despite the fact they could have screened these people in advance? Well, at least the next act was interesting.

A cluck-off champion!!! That’s right folks. This guy won a championship competition imitating a chicken. No, he didn’t get voted through, but he was the best talent so far by a long shot.

Next…David Deeble. His talent? Being a “FREAK”. He introduced his act as saying he was going to do “fireworks in his pants”. He got summarily buzzed before his first fart.

Now we are thinking, “This is all getting old right?” Any work at all by the scouts on this program and you could have found major talent. We find it every day on YouTube and Myspace. So Suzy Trunquist boards the stage, and what do we see? “FREAK”. Sure enough, what is the rule? If they look like a freak…. Gad, her singing sounded like Big Foot in the throws of death.

By this point, we have to figure that this show is trying to imply that the internet crowd is stupid. We can find garbage on the internet anytime; we don’t need national television to bring it to us. And most of these weren’t even funny freaks, just pathetic ones.

So they finally throw us a curve…an Ozzy Osbourne impersonator.  We looked at each other and thought,  “Gee, that has never been done before, especially not in front of Sharon. Right?” So freakin’ original. But this guy was actually pretty good. He managed to take Ozzy’s greatest hit of all time and get the audience into it. He got voted through, but we all know, no one could take more than ten minutes of this guy, even if she was married to him. Sharon?

As they cut to commercial, they showed Jerry Springer, and his image said it all. FREAK SHOW!!! It is amazing there weren’t bouncers on the stage trying to hold two bad acts apart as they tried to kill each other for cheating on their wives with transsexuals. Then Jerry could tell us all how stupid Americans are in his wonderful misogynistic way. Love you Jerry.

Now was time for a truly touching story and the only worthwhile segment so far. A mother that, through Myspace, found the daughter she had to give up for adoption years before. This was truly touching, but it was almost like the show was taking credit for it. Fortunately, this woman could wale. Holly Stone surprised us with her voice and got a Standing O. She was voted through and we are looking forward to her next performance!!!

Then it was time for the “Dan Quayle” comment of the night, and it had to come from a man that talks to cars, David Hasselhoff. His infamous quote? “Only in America could this woman have found her daughter on Myspace”. This after Jerry told us at the beginning of the show that the internet was a world-wide phenomenon.  Apparently, according to David, only Americans are smart enough to actually use the internet. Holly was great. David gets three buzzes.

Next was a percussion-rock ensemble that played on plastic buckets. So, our first reaction was, OK, can a group of young men doing what we have seen being done in front of subway stations dozens of times make it to the finale? You know, they were actually quite good, but they were no “Blue Man Group”. Piers was the only one that got it right “I like the energy, but you need backup.” Everyone agreed, but only Sharon was smart enough to know that plastic buckets ain’t worth a million bucks, so they got voted through to Vegas. Fortunately, the buckets don’t weigh much, so they shouldn’t have to pay extra for their luggage.

OK, now for our least favorite part of the show, where they whip through talented act after talented act and we barely get to see any of them perform. We hope we get their names right, but the show whipped through these talented acts so fast, we barely had time to see the acts themselves, let alone get the names.

A magician, Shamski, that took out the midsection of his beautiful assistant!! He shocked us with his talent…for all of five seconds. Great, we get tons of freaks, and five seconds of real talent.

Next, The Leasoll brothers, a gymnastic juggling act that seemed quite good, for five seconds and voted through.

Then a performer (sorry we missed his name) that did excellent impersonations…we think. He wasn’t on long enough for us to figure out whom he was impersonating. Voted through and got a standing O, but we as the TV audience didn’t get to see him.

Finally, Kazual, a very talented quartet got to sing for us for all of five seconds. Another great act displaced by stupid freak acts not worth the time in a subway station.

It was finally time for something that had great potential. They introduced “The Tapping Dad’s.” This was a group of fathers aged 32-56 that filled the stage with tap dancing talent and had great promise. The act started and we got to see…five seconds before they were voted through. The camera spent twice as much time on Hasselhoff telling them they made their kids proud. David, if you want their kids to be proud, maybe you should have shown the act instead of your puss, or at the very least cut to Pamela Anderson!!

Well, maybe the talent yet to come was the reason they ran out of time, or so we hoped. They followed with a cameo on a mother/daughter team that called themselves the “Sweet Tones”. The mother was going for the elderly sympathy vote at 80 years of age, but all they did was whistle. OK, you can’t even let grandma through for just a whistle, and the judges got it right. Unfortunately, they wasted minutes of air time on this untalented duo, once again proving that the people that choreographed this show likely couldn’t generate a single decent Youtube video.

Now it was the time for the final insult to the audience. It wasn’t that the next talent, Specialist Dane Jens, was untalented or a freak. He is a dashing soldier that just got back from 15 months of duty in Iraq. We respect his efforts and those of all our soldiers in Iraq, but we hate to see a show use it to their own advantage. They made a ten minute promotion piece for America’s Got Talent exploiting his slightly above average performance and his wife’s tears for all they were worth. This was obviously completely staged for TV. They tried to make it look like Piers would send the man home. They played Lassie-style music to make us all feel so sad, so we wanted the hero to win and go on.

Piers then asks the man if his wife was there. She has been back stage chatting with Jerry for five minutes while watching her husband perform, but Piers expects us all to believe he doesn’t know she is there? Please!!! Could you question the audience’s intelligence any more? She came on, delivered her few obligatory tears, and off they went, on their way to Vegas.

The set wasted a full 1/6 of the show (more if you count the commercials) on this shameless self-promotion, and they expected the audience to just play along like a flock of sheep.

OK, now we love “America’s Got Talent”.  They have brought it when it comes to great discoveries like Terry Fator.  We think it is a fantastic show and watch every show religiously.

This fortunately is NOT, “what this show is all about”.  This particular segment was a sadly choreographed joke that they will hopefully fix before they get to the finals. Overall, it got two buzzers from us, but we unfortunately did not have a third, so they got to finish their act.  Hopefully, you will let them know what you think in our surveys below…


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Profile Spotlight: Joshua Allen

Joshua is America’s Favorite Dancer in 2008 for Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance

Joshua Allen was born in Fort Worth Texas. He says he started dancing at 8, but who could ever really know? He is now an ancient 19 years old, so old for a dancer his age. Joshua didn’t grab us at the audition; it was later, when he was paired with Katee, and no matter what they threw at this couple, they not only mastered it, they killed it.

Bollywood is a classic that will definitely be on the tour. It is amazing and a prime example of how shockingly great this man is. His strength as he suspends Katee in his arms is alarming. She barely moves. The strength in his arms to catch her that way is astonishing.

Joshua has dance training, so he is no accident, but it appears much less extensive than the other dancers. He believes he can sing, because he wants to become a recording artist.  Maybe he will make next year’s American Idol as well.  Wow, now that would be a major first!!

One has to believe that Katee and Joshua drew the biggest lucky card in the competition when paired with each other. While both are great, their styles and strengths augmented each other and kept them out of the bottom three repeatedly, never to have to dance a solo for the judges to stay in the competition.

We have tried to find out where Joshua studied dance because the “So You Think You Can Dance” web site says he has had dance training.

We know he graduated from North Crowley High School. Apparently, from what we can garner, Joshua’s family did not have the money to pursue the traditional avenue of dance training, but in the 3rd grade, got introduced to the Debbie Allen Institute workshop. Dance captivated him right there and then, and he began to seek out any dance scholarship he could find. And in the process, got to where he is today.

Joshua is raw talent. Someone you love for his technique and quality as a person as well as talent as a dancer. How can you not love this dance with Courtney? Another dance that proves that his strength and diversity are universal.

Joshua is everything every leading lady could want. Strong, guided, and magical. If he does not take this competition, we will be quite surprised.

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JUST IN: This is a pic of Joshua and a high school bud of his, Charles Nolen, following their senior blowout taken at Putt Putt Miniature Golf and Arcade. Charles wanted us to send this wish to Joshua for the finale:

“GO JOSHUA!!!! I’m proud of ya!”

Note: Thanks Charles Nolen! If any of you have pictures of your favorites, please forward them with a brief description and we will do our best to publish them.

7/22 Season 3 Recap: Terry Fator Gets 100 million Dollars!

Terry Fator from Last Year Got 100 Million Dollars? America rewards talent!!!

America’s Got Talent is a difficult show to review. (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE!!!) First of all, it is all up to the judges during the interview sessions, so we don’t get to vote. But we can express our opinions, and the show is nothing if it isn’t entertaining. They started in New York.

Our experience with this show, and almost all reality shows, has been…if the performers look like clowns or freaks, they almost always are. Well, this show was no exception.

The first act entered, and the first reaction we had was “Freak!!” Perry Zanett came in dressed as a king and performed Shakespeare. He was summarily buzzed in seconds. Piers’ comment, “You were a complete waste of space and I’d like you to go”. Our observation, he dressed like a king, but he just played the fool. His exiting comment was funny though. He said it was laughable to get buzzed by a thespian like David Hasselhoff. Wow, the guy must at least have a dictionary.

The next two acts were silly. The first, a rolling cube summarily buzzed that Piers said “…was fun for ten seconds if you have the mentality of a 2 year old”. But it was an improvement over Perry. Another act was a sad attempt at singing and dancing. The audience booed and called for elimination. They got their wish and this wasn’t even worth talking about.

Next, a group called the Power Team that ran through burning wood and charged through solid ice didn’t make it. Piers said it all, “You’re all completely bonkers, aren’t you?”

How could you keep the bad acts coming? But they did. A stageful of people in theatrical outfits moving about randomly to what sounded like a marching band. Buzz, buzz, buzz!!!

Darn, couldn’t they get to a real act? Finally, they did, a shadow puppeteer, believe it or not. The shadows he made were totally recognizable and were quite entertaining, from John Kennedy to the Pope. Fun stuff, voted through to Vegas, but hard to imagine as a winning act.

XL was up next, a young black singer that was quite superb. The audience got into it, and the judges voted him through after singing a masterful piece. But we couldn’t help but think they should have sent him off to American Idol; he doesn’t belong here.

Now we were off to LA.

First up, a group of cheerleaders dressed in mini-skirts. Of course, that won over Hasselhoff before they moved an inch. They got voted through, but they were little more than cheerleaders that kicked Rockettes style.

Now it was time for the weekly obligatory child act. Can’t get through one of these shows without at least one. This was a 10 year old break dancer titled “Shaker”. You know, he would be cute in a street act, and he got the expected child vote. He was far from a prize act, but at least this will give the kid a chance to see Vegas.

The show moved through a bunch of winning acts we were not allowed to see, which we hate, because the show wasted at least a half an hour at the beginning on freak shows. The audience wants to see the winners not freaks! One or two freaks for a chuckle is fine, but it is a shame to not expose some of the winning acts in favor of total jokes.

So did they stop with the freaks? Not a chance. Another guy steps in named Ronn B? First reaction, he looked like a joker…and what is the rule? He was. He broke into a total sham of dance and song. The dancing was pathetic and spastic and the singing horrific. David buzzed him, but the others let him finish. David exclaimed, “This is a talent show, not a freak show!”. Right David, then what was the first half an hour of this show all about? It was all freaks. But Piers and Sharon voted the joker through to Vegas in their seasonal tease of David. What a waste!

Next was a ventriloquist. It is very hard to follow Terry Fator, the winner from last year, who has now signed a 100 million dollar contract for his new show in Las Vegas!!!! We didn’t expect much of Michael Harrison, but he brought up a volunteer and had him play a puppet. He had a real puppet on one hand and the volunteer on the other, and the interaction he portrayed was hysterically funny. He is no Terry Fator, and it is difficult to see him winning, but he was quite good relative to the other talent so far, so he deserved to get through.

Well, they say, “It ain’t over until the ‘fat’ lady sings”, and this show would be no exception. A singer named Emily Davis took the stage. We were relieved to find out she was going to sing and not attempt anything crazy. Well, this lady did sing, and she was good…great in fact. Piers said at the end that she had a “great chance” of winning it all. Hasselhoff and Sharon agreed. Now, I know, you will guess that we would be upset to see another singer get through, but this wasn’t a child sympathy act, and this woman could never have made American Idol at her age. So, we welcome her after she brought the audience to their feet and wowed us with her voice. Talented this woman is. And, “that is what this show is all about!”

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A Step by Step Video Review of the Shocking Season 4 SYTYCD Show that Led to the Final 6!

The first dance of the night was Will and Courtney’s Samba

The movement was fluid, and that frilly dress on Courtney doesn’t hurt. The judges loved it, but the Samba is an older style dance, first becoming popular in the US in the 1920’s and 30’s. Will and Courtney danced it incredibly, but despite what was an amazingly well-synchronized performance, this dance style could be forgettable relative to a more modern dance style, especially having gone first. And indeed, Courtney and Will ended up in the bottom. This could have been why. Or it could have been that Mary overdid her criticism of the dance, praising it, but making sure everyone knew that Courtney was her favorite. We think Mary may have talked just a tad too much.

Twitch and Katee Contemporary

This dance is outrageous. The choreography is fantastic, but what stands out are the emotions. There was a door in the piece used as a prop, but it felt like there were actually two independent rooms. Both Twitch and Katee pulled off a memorable piece here but Katee kicking and pounding on the door brought out the emotion best. The anger was palpable. Twitch was so cool throughout. Smooth moves, leaps over Katee’s moving body were timed with precision, and his strength was clearly conveyed. This was, without question, our favorite dance of the night, and possibly ever on this show.

Mark and Comfort Hip Hop

The lady of Hip Hop and Mark took the beat and energy on this song and hit it. It was an all out effort. The story conveyed is two kids in detention and erupting into expressive dance to squelch the boredom. Mark was not left behind here and danced step for step with Comfort. The prize move, about half way through is a split by Comfort followed by a lift over Mark’s back in which Comfort pulls a back-flip to finish it off. That move made us remember the dance, and memory in a voting competition is everything. Comfort had a shot here. The judges loved it and we did as well.

Joshua and Chelsie Tango

The Tango is a difficult dance to pull off in front of a modern audience. Ballroom is tough to perform and wow the audience. It requires major personality, and a performer that can pull it off is an instant star. Benji was the master and won the second season. Chelsie’s first kick set’s the stage. It builds slowly at first as Chelsie emerges from a chair and her legs start to do the impossible. There is a reverse kick where Chelsie practically kicked herself in the back of the head. Then the fast leg movement starts only to slow again into a lift. Then the couple uses slow foot movement to draw us in, and each move is dead on perfect. Chelsie was the star in this one. But Joshua was excellent, and they weren’t done yet!!

Will and Courtney Slow Hip Hop

This is not the type of Hip Hop we expect. The theme is to have the chance to turn back time. Will plays the role of a deceased lover, and the theatrics in this piece were reminiscent of the movie “Ghost.” The song was “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys. The emotion conveyed is beautiful from the start as Courtney holds an hourglass, and as she turns it over, the spot light appears on Will. They break into more what looks like a synchronized contemporary dance. Your heart aches as Will reaches for Courtney but cannot touch her, and as Courtney falls to the floor to look at his photograph. At the end Courtney drops Will’s picture and our hearts cracked just a bit. Will is amazing. His elimination was a shocker, but it could be that the audience did not remember this slower dance when it came time to make the call.

Katee and Twitch Broadway

The word was to be spread here, as “Sweet Georgia Brown” was about to be sung. Katee holds up a sign saying “Looking for Mr. Right”. The song was from the original Broadway cast and performed by Bubbling Brown Sugar. Katee dances masterfully, and all her points, as usual, are perfect. Katee’s specialty is the movement and positioning of her feet and hands, always graceful and expressive. Never a flat-footed moment. When they break into the fast dance, it reminds of the Charleston. The chase scene is humorous and the finale lift is classic. The only criticism is that Katee seemed too bubbly in this piece. But hey, we loved it!! And if we saw this on Broadway, we would have been standing.

Mark and Comfort Fox Trot

Danced to Lady Luck, by The Brian Setzer Orchestra, this piece was criticized heavily by the judges. We think the judges already had Comfort going home, and Nigel’s quip at the end seemed rehearsed. That said, the dance was a top-notch performance, at least by Mark, and the judges missed it. Mark starts off with flare and works into some very timely steps with Comfort. As usual, his expression is priceless, like when Comfort grabs him with her feather sash. We loved both Mark’s and Comfort’s footwork in the middle of the dance. And the first lift was fantastic with a perfect point by Comfort. The rest was a bit slow and some of the hand movement looked too exaggerated, but the final steps and lift were great. Considering what they were dealt, Mark and Comfort finished like pros.

Joshua and Chelsie Disco

The last dance of the night brought Disco to the floor. Watch this dance and you get exhausted. There are so many spins, twirls and lifts. There was no single move here that was the key memorable moment, but only because there were so many incredible moves. Like when Joshua lays Chelsie down on the floor, grabs her arm and leg and starts to spin her five times, actually inverting her body as he does. Seems impossible. And the final lift and drop made us gasp. Chelsie looks destined for a concussion on her way to the floor and yet stops safely in Joshua’s arms still smiling, but upside down. This was number two of the night for us and we are not disco fans!!

Will Solo: Get Up Offa That Thing!!

Our only solo reviewed here is a classic done by Will that should have won him the night. But the time limit did not allow Will to exploit the performance all the way. It was over way too quickly. Even he seems to stumble a bit at the end, surprised by the cue to finish. But we were shocked to see him go down to the bottom two let alone get eliminated. Danced to James Browns classic “Get Up Offa That Thing”, this performance speaks for itself. But hostess Cat (“Here are your jidges”) Deeley spoke for it too, bowing down to the master at the very end. We loved this piece. We will miss you Will, but look forward to seeing you on tour.

We hope you loved the show and each performance, we did.

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Profile Spotlight: Mark Kanemura

Mark Kanemura has worked masterfully to make his way to the top 6 of “So You Think You Can Dance”, and his prowess and talent cannot be denied. Mark is from a place most of us associate with the dream vacation. Honolulu, Hawaii. Wow, imagine growing up in paradise!! Well, Mark gets to bring a bit of paradise to us all with his talent.

Often, you get the impression from the reality shows that the talents are new and have no experience, but there is no such requirement. Mark has dance experience. He was trained with 24-VII Dance Force, danced with Tokyo Disney and choreographed performances on Norwegian Cruise Lines! He is far from an amateur.

While Mark’s specialty is contemporary dance, it is obvious from his performances that he is as diverse as dancers come. He has touched on every possible variation of dance in this competition, and this man is still standing, surprising many with his accomplishments.

This week, though, it looked like Mark was destined to be voted out of the competition. As Nigel stated, and Mary agreed, “I think Lady Luck walked in the room when you got your hip-hop routine, I think Lady Luck walked out of the room when you got your Fox Trot .”  Mary chimed in, “I’m sorry, it’s not going to get any better here, I have to agree with Nigel. It was tough. Nothing was melding together. The transitions were all rough. That was one of the worst close holds I have to say I’ve ever seen.”

We listened to these criticisms and had to believe that the judges were watching a different dance than we did. It was sad how bad the criticism was. Watching the dance repeatedly, we could see no reason for the negative input, and the result may actually have hurt the other dancers by drawing America to Mark’s defense.

Mark danced this beautifully, and even if Comfort contributed a bit to some of the negativity being so far out of her style, the judges totally ignored Mark’s effort and art. Interestingly enough, we have seen other sites criticizing this Fox Trot without any explanation. It is easy to blindly follow the judges’ words, and thus you will see those words echoed on many sites, but the fact is, the judges blew it.

So, what happened? The audience struck out and voted for Mark, demonstrating his strong talent and appeal. The audience came to his defense, seeing right through all the bad luck that had befallen the performer, such as drawing Comfort as his dance partner and being forced to do a Fox Trot while other performers were given contemporary or styles that were more suited to their strengths.

Mark has a very unique style, and it shows through his solos and performances. He does not allow it to diminish his technique in specific dance styles, but he does bring it to augment his performances.

Mark, in an interview earlier in the season said, “From what I’ve heard, the people in Hawaii have been really supportive and I’m really grateful for the support and love I’ve been getting. And I hope I’m representing Hawaii well.”

Mark is also incredibly loveable. One of his students Chanel Dragomanovich says “I think he’s the type that America will fall in love with. I think he really has that likable quality.” Does he ever!!

So Mark is in the final 6. And his personality, as well as his talent, could be the reason!

Mark’s solo performances…

Tribute video: Mark Goes Home, July 31, 2008.

Get to know Mark some more at Fox TV.

Part I: Why Did Twitch and Will End Up in the Bottom Two?

Why Twitch Ended up in the Bottom Two:

We have been silent as to why Twitch came out in the bottom two this week.  We have decided to break the silence.  (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ OUR LATEST BLOW BY BLOW REVIEW OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL SHOW COMPLETE WITH VIDEOS!!)

Many other websites have cited his first piece with Katee as violence against women.  We disagree with the premise, but do agree, it could have been the interpretation.  Dance is so expressive, that sometimes extreme interpretations of the art can damage it.

(BECAUSE THIS IS CONTROVERSIAL, PLEASE SEND US COMMENTS IF YOU DISAGREE!!  WE APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT.  THANK YOU!!)

Twitch’s performance was heroic, creative and prodigious.  So what got him voted into the bottom two? The Mia Michaels contemporary piece (See Featured Video on right.) may have appeared in some ways to be violent against women.  But viewers have to remember, the dancers are performing the choreographer’s piece.  Voting against the dancer(s) for masterfully executing the piece as directed, because of something you don’t like about the choreography is like criticizing your accountant because you hate paying taxes.  The accountant didn’t make the tax laws, but you infer the anger on him/her.

On the one hand, women can be fearful of men.  Women are fearful for a legitimate reason.  Men are, in many cases, bigger and stronger.  And some men have no morals in this regard; they are abusive and use their physical strength to manipulate and abuse women.  It would make any man with a moral compass ashamed.

A number of forum sites caught this violence aspect, but it was wrong.  There is a scene that involves a throw of Katee behind the door.  This scene looks violent against women, but it is also a dance move.  The move is expressive in its beauty and is used to portray the talent of the dancers and strong emotion.  It has been used in many dances that were not expressive of violence.  Last year alone, there were several dances that used this technique and none were criticized.

In this dance, there is expressive violence against Twitch.  Katee strikes out in total rage and captures it perfectly.  She kicks and swings her fist at Twitch.  Mia Michaels did not miss this in her choreography, emotion is something not easily contained and our body parts sometimes get involved, and women express it as well as men.

Listen to the song.  It speaks of a break up.  How many real break-ups have you been in that were peaceful affairs.  Not violence or beatings (granted some few are), but that often involve angry words and expression.  The man’s heart is being broken here too, and when confronted with pain, men strike out.  It is not right to physically abuse any woman, and men have to realize this is totally unacceptable (and most do), but Mia is not portraying what is acceptable or right, she is portraying reality.

Dance is all about expression.  It is visual, not verbal.  It is almost like silent movies from the era before we could broadcast audio.  It has to be exaggerated to make the point.  Mia Michaels knows this and is brilliant.  This was not her expression of male violence, it was an expression of a strong love gone bad.

The part about this video that offends the most, and it really shouldn’t, because it could have gone either way, is the man appears to win.  Had Katee shut the door on his heart, the video would never have been controversial.  His heart could be breaking and he is defending his shame, but in the world of silence, he appears the victor.  But who in their right mind could not believe that he truly loves Katee and is putting on an act to try to hide it.  That initial kiss says he is not over her and adores her.

But in the end, what is it? It is an artistic rendition of the expression of love and pain.  How do you express that without also expressing emotions?

It does not mean a man lowers himself to beating women.  The man’s pride and manhood are expressed in the video.  He won’t beat the woman, and Twitch NEVER EVER SHOWED THAT.  What Mia Michaels portrayed was a man’s ego and strength, which is in contrast to a woman’s emotion and intelligence.

Men’s strength and ego gets the better of them.  Women’s emotion gets the better of them.  It does not suggest in any way that abuse of women is acceptable.  It just presents what is likely a very factual rendition of a crumbling relationship.  Emotion is not something that can be expressed when both characters are Smurfs.

Why Will Ended up in the Bottom Two. Click here.

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