The 12 former show favorites return to “So You Think You Can Dance” as All-Star Dance Partners.
They include Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval.
New Season, new rules with only 10 dancer’s competing instead of 20 in previous seasons; Season 7 promises to be all twists and surprises.
Cat Deeley remains as host this season.
“Twitch” Boss, specializing in Hip-Hop, Krump, Popping, and Locking, was the Season 4 runner-up
Comfort Fedoke, specializing in Hip-Hop, Krump, Popping, and Locking, was a Top 8 finalist from Season 4
Pasha Kovalev, specializing in Ballroom standard and Ballroom Latin, was a Top 6 finalist from Season 3
Ade Obayomi, specializing in Contemporary, Jazz, Cultural, and Broadway, was a Top 6 finalist from Season 5
Allison Holker, specializing in Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway, Disco, and Cultural, was a Top 8 finalist from Season 2
Lauren Gottlieb, specializing in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Broadway, was a Top 6 finalist from Season 3
Neil Haskell, specializing in Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway, Disco, and Cultural, was a Top 3 finalist from Season 3
Courtney Galiano, specializing in Jazz, Broadway, Cultural, Disco, and Contemporary, was a Top 4 finalist from Season 4
Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval, specializing in Hip-Hop and Breaking, was a Top 8 finalist from Season 3
Anya Garnis, specializing in Ballroom Standard and Ballroom Latin, was a Top 12 finalist from Season 3
Kathryn McCormick, specializing in Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway, and Cultural, was a Top 3 finalist from Season 6
Twelve former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show favorites are set to return to summer’s No. 1 series as All-Star Dance Partners. Skilled in various dance styles from Krump to Contemporary, the Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners are: Stephen tWitch Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic Sandoval. Each week, finalists will be partnered with a different All-Star dancer.
As previously announced, America’s favorite summer series returns for its seventh season Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing and only one dancer eliminated per week.
The 12 All-Stars are …
Representing: Hip Hop / Popping / Locking / Krump
Appeared: Season 4 (runner-up)
Memorable Routine: “Forever,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Dave Scott and performed with Comfort Fedoke
Stephen “tWitch” Boss was half of the partnership in the “Mercy” dance that earned choreographer Mia Michaels an Emmy nomination. This summer, he will star in “Step Up 3-D,” and he soon plans to begin working with the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Currently, Boss belongs to the dance troupes “Breed OCLA” and “Chill Factor Crew.”
Representing: Hip Hop / Krump / Popping / Locking
Appeared: Season 4 ( Top 8 )
Memorable Routine: “Party People,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and performed with Mark Kanemura
Comfort Fedoke attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas, TX, where she was a featured dancer on the local dance television show, “Dallas Dance Club 21.” Fedoke has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Brian Friedman, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Chuck Maldonado, Miley Cyrus and Rosero, and has appeared on GLEE.
Representing: Jazz / Broadway / Cultural / Disco / Contemporary
Appeared: Season 4 (Top 4)
Memorable Routine: “The Garden,” a Jazz number choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and performed with Mark Kanemura
Courtney Galiano began her career as a New York Knicks City Dancer. Galiano has appeared in national television commercials and danced in music videos for Adam Lambert, Kat DeLuna and Daddy Yankee. Galiano loaned her voice talents to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” performed in the television movie “Camp Rock 2” and appeared on GLEE and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin
Appeared: Season 3 (Top 12)
Memorable Routine: “Girlfriend,” a Jive choreographed by Tony Meredith and performed with Danny Tidwell
Anya Garnis is currently a guest choreographer for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s U.S. and Australian versions, and has been a featured guest dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” Her credits also include the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards and the series “True Blood.” Last fall, Garnis made her Broadway debut in “Burn The Floor” and toured the globe with the production.
Representing: Jazz / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Broadway
Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)
Memorable Routine: “Night of the Dancing Flame,” a Jazz number choreographed by Wade Robson and performed with Neil Haskell
Lauren Gottlieb has worked with Shakira and Mariah Carey, and has appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” with Miley Cyrus. Her television credits include GLEE, “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Teen Choice 2009,” as well as commercials for Subway, AT&T, Old Navy and Nike. She recently completed work assisting Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo on the choreography for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS.”
Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural
Appeared: Season 3 (Top 3)
Memorable Routine: “Are You The One,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Danny Tidwell
Before competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Neil Haskell worked with Twyla Tharp on Broadway’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Shortly thereafter, Haskell landed a role in the television movie “The American Mall.” His theater credits also include the off-Broadway production of “Altar Boyz,” the original Broadway cast of “9 to 5” and “Girl Crazy” at New York’s legendary City Center.
Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural
Appeared: Season 2 ( Top 8 )
Memorable Routine: “Why,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Ivan Koumaev
Allison Holker has been dancing since she was nine years old. Holker was featured in the tap dance show “Revolution” in New York and performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Her television credits also include “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” Most recently, she performed and toured with “Ballroom with a Twist,” which was choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.
Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultural
Appeared: Season 4 (Top 6)
Memorable Routine: “Beautiful,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Chelsie Hightower
Since competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and performing in the nationwide tour, Kanemura has toured with Lady Gaga, performed on “America’s Got Talent” and the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” and appeared in several music videos and commercials. His stage credits include “The Nutcracker,” “Sweet Charity,” “The King and I,” “Grease,” “Tommy” and “Gypsy.”
Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin
Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)
Memorable Routine: “Let’s Get Loud,” a Cha Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin and performed with Jessie Peralta
Born in Siberia, Russia, Pasha Kovalev started dancing at age eight. Following a successful career in ballroom competition, he made appearances on several television shows, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” He has choreographed for both the U.S. and Australian versions of DANCE and recently starred in the Broadway cast and touring company versions of “Burn The Floor.”
Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultura
Appeared: Season 6 (Top 3)
Memorable Routine: “At This Moment,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden and performed with Jakob Karr
Kathryn McCormick began competing in her home state of Georgia at an early age with her local dance studio team, “Augusta West.” During her junior year of high school, she was invited to join the Tremaine Dance Convention’s Apprentice Company. In late 2008, she secured her first professional role as a supporting dancer in the “Fame” remake. McCormick was also chosen to dance on this year’s Academy Awards.
Representing: Contemporary / Jazz / Cultural / Broadway
Appeared: Season 5 (Top 6)
Memorable Routine: “This Woman’s Work,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Melissa Sandvig
Arizona native Ade Obayomi has toured with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and appeared in the film “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” His love of dance earned him a scholarship to Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. He recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards with Beyoncé, appeared in the music video for Rihanna’s “Hard” and was a featured dancer on Alicia Keys’ world tour.
DOMINIC “D-trix” SANDOVAL
Representing: Hip Hop / Breaking
Appeared: Season 3 ( Top 8 )
Memorable Routine: “Make It Work,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Shane Sparks and performed with Sabra Johnson
Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval started b-boying in 1999 at the age of 13, and joined the Flexible Flav crew in 2000 to tour and compete with them. Sandoval was part of Quest Crew, who won Season Three of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew.” He currently travels and performs around the world, and has performed for Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pitbull, Sean Kingston and Donna Summer.
NBC’s Summer reality competition show America’s Got Talent returns for its 5th season on June 1st, 8/7.
Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan are back as judges while David Hasselholff is out and is replaced by Howie Mandel, a Canadian stand-up comic more known for his stint as host in “Deal or No Deal.”
Nick Cannon will be back as host.
In case some of you missed, Simon Cowell is the creator and executive producer of America’s Got Talent.
It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages. The last talent standing gets US$1 million, payable in a financial annuity over forty years (or the present cash value of such annuity), and a show as the headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. The show debuted in June 2006. (wikipedia)
Reality TV star Kate Gosselin, TV icon Shannen Doherty, Astronaut (The) Buzz Aldrin and the latest Bachelor, Jake Pavelka, are among the 11 new celebrities who will hit the floor on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing host Tom Bergeron and Season 8 finalist Melissa Rycroft revealed the cast of Dancing with the stars Season 10 during Monday’s season finale of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love. The celeb-dancer pairings will be announced on TUESDAY March 2.
The rest of the cast are: Aiden Turner, Soap Opera Star, Chad Ochocinco, NFL wide receiver, Erin Andrews, sports reporter, Olympic Gold Medal Winner and World Figure Skating Champion Evan Lysacek, Model, actress, and entrepreneur, Pamela Anderson, host and producer of the Style Network’s home makeover show, Clean House, Niecy Nash, and The Pussycat Doll’s Nicole Scherzinger.
Don’t miss the premiere!
LIVE 2-Hour DANCING WITH THE STARS
Premiere Event Monday, March 22 at 8|7c on ABC
Just for kicks we searched the names of all the Top 24 American Idol Season 9 contestants in Facebook and compared fan numbers. We weren’t surprise to see that Andrew Garcia (35,513), Casey James (23,583) and Katie Stevens (20,255) show the most number of fans with a combined total of 79,351 fans as of February 28th. These numbers were most likely related to the three doing so well in the Audition and Hollywood week, and not so much on their Top 24 performances. Good for them, they were the Idol producers’ favorites as well as the judges’ early picks- they had the most air time among all the contestants!
Surprise, surprise John Park comes in 4th with 18,370 fans. If we were judging based on his dry “God Bless the Child” Top 24 performance, we would have booted him and saved Joe Munoz instead! Poor Joe, he showed very little exposure on Idol that his cute Jason Mraz “You and I Both” didn’t save him from being cut. He’s got 2,049 fans on Facebook. Fifth in line with most fans is teeny-bopper crush material Aaron Kelly with 17,269.
Didn’t the judges openly admit they want a girl to win this year? While Facebook fan numbers isn’t necessarily a good predictor of who is going to win this season or who is leading on the Idol stage, it is somewhat close an indicator on who will at least make it to the top 12 to go on tour! The low turnout of fan numbers may also very well say that if something as easy as clicking a button on Facebook (“become a fan”) couldn’t do it, then people are not going to spend time and money to text the contestants number or push the dial on the phone.
The Top 12 American Idol Contestants based on number of Facebook fans:
1. Andrew Garcia (35,513)
2. Casey James (23,583)
3. John Park (18,370)
4. Aaron Kelly (17,269)
5. Tim Urban (10,449) really? we thought he should “apologize” for his sloppy performance on AI night.
6. Lee DeWyze (8,211) dark horse among the guys!
7. Jermaine Sellers (6,250)
1. Katie Stevens (20,255) sing contemporary, age appropriate songs and you’ll keep the lead.
2. Crystal Bowersox (9,810) the rocker mom’s got the nod!
3. Didi Benami (8,404) If you have the urge, please do not sing Colbie Caillat or Sara Bareilles, UNLESS you make a new arrangement of the songs; they’re too SAFE and easy and they’ve been so overplayed people are tired of hearing their songs. Surprise us!
4. Lacey Brown (7,019) she better do well on her next performance. the audience might not be forgiving the second time!
5. Siobhan Magnus (6,095) – dark horse among the girls!
6. Katelyn Epperly (5,144)
7. Lilly Scott (3,085) we think she should be in the top 12 but perhaps she is too “Indie” for an Idol platform so she’s not getting enough fans?
A twist is that Tyler Grady (8,191) has more fans than Jermaine or Alex and he was cut. Janell Wheeler (3,126) and Ashley Rodriguez (4,548) have more fans than Lilly Scott and they were both cut. If it isn’t too early to predict that the next to go are Michael Lynche (1,258): he’s a mediocre a capable singer really but lacks star quality; his backstory brought him to the Top 24 and/or Todrick Hall (4,353): takes too much risks! and or Alex Lambert (4,852): too uncomfortable on stage; can’t fight off the nerves and it shows in his face!
The next to go in the girls might or could be Michelle Delamor (1,559), too sound-alike, good voice but not enough and or Paige Miles (3,816): Simon really likes her but a lot of people do not know her well. Like Michelle, she didn’t get enough exposure during the audition and Hollywood week and or Haeley Vaughn (2,088): Haeley, dear Haeley, we would have voted you off based on that shrilly “I want to hold your hand” performance. You are the weakest link.
Any of them could go and they will not be missed on the Idol stage… Prove us wrong you guys!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 26, 2010
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Dancers must be either a US citizen or legal permanent resident of the US, possess a current legal Employment Authorization Card enabling him/her to seek employment freely in the US (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check Fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.
Kara DioGuardi like you’ve never seen her in Maxim’s March issue, out in newsstands February 16.
Go, BUY a copy!
“American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is back in pop music’s most powerful court, and we hereby plead guilty to a first-degree obsession,” writes Maxim.
How did you go from songwriter to American Idol superjudge?
They were looking for a fourth judge, and they wanted to add someone who was in the industry. Plus, I’m known to be ballsy and outspoken. They knew I wouldn’t clam up and go under the desk. Although I did want to, believe me!
Would you have auditioned for Idol when you were starting out?
Yes, but I don’t think I would have gotten too far if I was, like, 20.
Are you missing Paula this season?
During the auditions, yeah, I missed her. She was so nurturing, and I try to have some of that in my critiques. I wouldn’t say I have the maternal instinct that she had, though. I’m a little bit more New York, a little more hard-edge.
Does Simon ever lay into you the way he did Paula?
Definitely. It’s hard for me to say something negative to a contestant without giving something constructive back, and that annoys Simon. But they’re kids, and you feel for them – especially when they have a story, like they’ve overcome cancer or something.
Are you sad that it’s Simon’s final season?
I have no idea. All I can say is the guy can do things not many folks can get away with, and people like when someone is true to himself.
Are you happy about Ellen joining?
I was like, “Rock on!” Are you kidding? The thing with Ellen I don’t think everybody understands is that she’s a huge music lover. That’s what you need to be on Idol.
Did you get a big response from male idol fans?
I got a couple of proposals and though maybe I’d want to divorce my husband. [laughs]