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The teaser on its official website reads:

“Don’t miss your only chance to see this season’s talented dancers performing their hottest routines, in hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, tango, mambo, and salsa.”

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Season 6, Episode 9: Last Comic Standing Recap and Prediction

Tonight’s “Last Comic Standing” was a huge improvement over last week. They brought the bulk of the comics to the audience for voting, like we hoped they would in our last article, and it was a great show!!

It started off with the comics discussing Iliza. It was obvious that if they were on the way to the cemetery again, they would not vote for her. As one comic put it, if she got into the showdown again and won, this would become a story about her instead of a competition.

But they had nothing to fear, because the change was on. Tonight there would be no cemetery. Tonight, everyone was fair game. Tonight, it would be up to the TV audience; a fair challenge to see who was best. Our kind of show!!

To get “immunity”, the comics were first challenged to bring laughter to a select group. In case you don’t know what “immunity” is, it means that the person that gets “immunity” does not have to compete that week and cannot be eliminated.

The first challenge was rather dumb and a waste of time. The cast went to a Sushi bar and did some comedy while cooking for Lady Body Builders, Deal or no Deal (a set of hot women, now isn’t that unfair to Iliza?), the frat boys of Sigma Chi (I think that is right) and a bunch of midgets.

This was boring and seemed to serve no purpose.There was no voting, and it appeared to just be filler. They had to make the show run two hours, and well, our best guess is that they ran out of material and used this to burn time. Yawn. No one was spectacular and this part of the show was totally forgettable. In fact, you can delete this paragraph.

But the next stop was interesting. The comics were loaded on the bus and carted off to what appeared to be a mansion. A beautiful estate with a pool swarming with…bikini-clad models. What could this be? Of course; the Playboy mansion.

Three hot Playboy models that have repeatedly adorned the front page of the most famous men’s magazine in history came down the stairs to meet the remaining cast of performers. And those men that were eliminated in prior weeks committed hari-kari immediately upon viewing this segment of the show. Esther, however, was not amused.

The task was to take a story line , make it into a fairy tale and tell it to the three models. The one that got the highest vote would get “immunity”.

You know, the performances were all pretty crappy. It is difficult to perform comedy to strangers on the spur of the moment, but one performer was head and shoulders above the rest. His advantage? Something comedians have used for eons to gain an advantage on stage. Something that allows them to wow an audience quickly and that is a great lead into other material. Something that even exploits the humor of other well-known performers. What could it be? Impersonations of course. And Marcus killed it.

What was funniest, though, was how dumb the three blonde models played through the entire set, leaving us thinking, “Wow, these really are three dumb blondes!!” Then, they came down with their selection and showed us all; nothing could be further from the truth. These ladies were far from dumb and they are living in that mansion for a reason. Well, right, multiple reasons, but one of them isn’t because they are dumb.

So, it came down to a showdown among the finalists. We will list each and rank them and you will be given a chance to pick your favorite and your least favorite.

1. Adam Hunter – Adam started off slow but got progressively better and had us laughing by the end of his set. He uses major facial expression and got a 7 out of 10 from us for his performance.

2. Iliza – The winner over the past two weeks was clever again, trying to draw in the audience, but this week, she wasn’t going to take out everyone. She got a ranking of 6 out of 10 from us, but did get a giggle or two.

3. Sean – Great performance by Sean. His initial lead-in was only fair, but when he broke into song, he had us in stitches. His facial expressions are priceless and the lyrics classic. We won’t repeat them here. You have to see the show. He took the lead with an 8 out of 10.

4. Jim Tavare – You know, Jim started real slow. He came on with a Bass Violin and led us down a merry path of boredom until he hit his stride and then had us laughing huge. One joke was “I went to a child psychiatrist; he was 8”. Delivery is everything and this guy brought it. 9 out of 10.

5. Jeff Dye – Cute for the ladies who obviously love this guy, but only a moderate performance. Got a couple of giggles out of us, but overall, 5 out of 10.

6. Ron G – Ron seemed to grab the audience, but we didn’t get it. Because he had the audience’s attention though, we gave him 7 out of 10.

7. Louis Ramey – Fantastic from the word go. One laugh after another. “I never go to book stores, because I have cable.” Or “Ladies, if a man ever tells you he wants to cover your entire body in honey and lick it off, you are looking at a man that has never tried it before”. 10 out of 10.

OK, so there you have it. The bottom for us was Jeff Dye. Just not funny. Iliza didn’t have a good week either, so she could go too. The top three that should garner the audience’s favor are Louis Ramey, Jim Tavare and Sean. Adam Hunter and Ron G could be at risk.

Now what else do we say? Katee will win this competition too?

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Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Surprise Results a Shocker!!!

How can you say you were wrong and not eat a bit of crow? Well, we were half right, but the audience threw a major curve at us. The best of the guys goes home. Even Nygel Lythgoe said, they got it exactly wrong and the two best from last night were in the bottom two.

(We have updated this review and added videos, please go to this article if you want the latest)

This was reminiscent of Daughtry. The shock on Will’s face was total bewilderment, and was in every way the same face Daughtry had that fateful day he took the fall in fourth place on American Idol after performing two Elvis tunes the night before. Everyone knew Daughtry was better than anyone on that stage. So how did it happen?

Some said arrogance. Some said it was not Daughtry’s style. And still others said it was a voting fluke because everyone assumed Daughtry would win, so they voted to keep in their other favorites and inadvertently voted out Daughtry. Whatever theory you choose, the music charts say it was a mistake. The only true American Idol from that season is Daughtry touring and bringing hit after hit.

Now, Will was humble. Will was not arrogant in any way, so you can’t say that. Certainly, it was not because he was out of his style. He nailed his dances and his solo. So, what was it that garnered Mark more votes after an abysmal solo and, while great performances, not up to what appeared to be Will’s, or any of the other men’s level for that matter?

We will never know for sure. All we know is Mark got more votes. Will is destined to begin practicing for the tour. We will add a couple of interviews at the bottom of this article to ask why you think Will was sent packing. We have our opinions, but we won’t tell.

Interestingly enough, the voters on our site showed Will in the lead, but overall, there was a total disinterest in the guys. Katee drew vote after vote with Chelsie playing catch up. So perhaps this is telling us the men just aren’t drawing the audience like the women, and the focus is really on who will be the ultimate winner, not which gender they are.

Other than the shocker with Will, tonight went off pretty much as expected. Comfort was eliminated as we predicted. She also garnered zero votes on our web site saying she was destined for tour practice. But we are looking forward to seeing her perform during the tour. She is a fantastic talent and we are lucky she got this far.

The criticism of Joshua on numerous web sites surprised us last night, bringing us to his defense. We believe it was directly related to the difficulty of his dances. It works like the Olympics. There is a handicap. If you do a single flip off the horse it is way less complex than a double inverted somersault. If you do the first one perfectly, you get less points than if you do the latter perfectly because of the difficulty!

The audience got that right big time. They saw Joshua’s strength, and he did not get into the bottom 2. The fact that Twitch did, though, was another shock to the system. How could you watch those sets with Katee and not believe those performances were vastly better than Mark and Comfort?

So how does an audience properly catch the subtleties in a complex dance in Joshua’s case and yet miss the incredible performances of Twitch and Will? Sometimes those cell phones can get confusing to use while driving a car. Be more careful next week folks.

As far as the women go, our poll was right on, the bottom two should have been Courtney and Comfort. Courtney is so good, but Katee is better. Is Chelsie? We are not so sure, but you know what? They are so close that any preference could turn a vote. If you prefer the ballroom style, you go towards Chelsie. If you prefer the contemporary style, you call for Courtney.

We think Courtney was number 2 and Chelsie number 3 this week. We had that backwards, but only by a notch. But when it comes down to it, all that matters is who was eliminated. Comfort and Will. Next week is an entirely new game.

We leave you with Will and Courtney’s emotional hip hop dance:



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Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Performances Recap and Prediction

Going into this week, there was little doubt which dancers were at the bottom of the polls. Sometimes that underdog status can be an advantage, but when the cards are dealt the way they were this week, there is little hope for the underdogs.

Mark needed a great pairing; he needed to be the strongest he could be, and it required a commanding partner to make him shine, but Mark drew Comfort.  Comfort, there was little doubt, had no prayer in this competition, but she was the final nail in Mark’s coffin as well. It was a shame that fate had to pair these two. Seeing one of the leaders like Will draw Comfort would have made it interesting and a challenge. Having Mark draw her was just plain unfair.

And to add to Mark’s troubles, Twitch not only did not draw a formal dance, he drew Katee as his partner. That is like hitting the lottery…twice.

Twitch and Katee drew two dances almost perfect for both their styles. A contemporary piece and Broadway.  Had they drawn a tango, fox trot or quick step, Twitch would have been in trouble. But they nailed the draw. To boot, Twitch and Katee got their contemporary piece choreographed by Mia Michaels? Oh, c’mon, when you keep rolling 7’s, it just seems like it will never end.

Will and Courtney ended up together, and this made for a great pairing. It was to Courtney’s benefit and brought her out as on par with anyone else in this competition. She still has the hottest legs and body in this competition. But how did it go for them overall?  Read on…

Finally, Joshua drew Chelsie. This was not a good pairing. Their styles and personalities are not complimentary.  And Chelsie is not a large woman, but she is not a lightweight either, so lifting her would be no picnic.   Now let’s see how it went.

Round One:

Will and Courtney started off with a Salsa. Courtney was killer in a yellow frilly dress that left little to the imagination. Her legs were almost as fast as Chelsie’s in this dance and every move was perfect. Will guided her beautifully, never missing a step or move. This pairing had championship written all over it. Courtney killed it and was hotter than ever. Will was grace and strength in motion. There is no other competition in which this couple would not have taken the challengers out easily. But this show is at another level. Courtney 5 out of 5. Will 4 out of 5.

Next up was a solo by Comfort. She is the weakest dancer and they made her go first too? Wow. Not fair. She was good. That is it. 3 out of 5.

Mia Michaels then choreographed a masterpiece that will definitely be on the tour. We are dying  to see this live. It was amazing. Twitch and Katee killed it. But the one that stood out in this dance was Twitch. Something about the dance was reminiscent of “Kill Bill” because of the quirky character roles which were more memorable than the dance itself. Twitch nailed it. Katee was perfection in motion. Twitch 5 out of 5. Katee 5 out of 5. They were perfect. And Mia stunned with her choreography; outrageous.

Next was the standout solo of the night. Will shocked everyone coming out dressed as James Brown. Normally, you might laugh at the wig and outfit, but he had it down. He was James Brown and Prince combined, and better than either. The only problem with the performance was it ended too soon. By the time his character was built, the dance was over because of the time limitation. Still, he had the judges and audience on their feet and Cat was on her knees and bowing down to him. Will took the show here. 5 out of 5.  What is important to note is Will is the ONLY one that got a 5 out of 5 on his solo.  And that won him the competition this week.

Comfort and Mark were next. And they finally did luck out a bit, drawing Hip Hop. The dance was so strong and the acting so super that you got lost in it. There was a flip move that took Comfort over Marks back that was shockingly challenging and buck. They captured this piece. And they were both 5 out of 5. Impressive, considering how badly they drew the cards.

Katie now had to do her solo. She played it safe and was not as spectacular as we expect her to be. Still, she mustered a 4 out of 5.

Next, Dmitri, a prior top ten finalist turned choreographer, choreographed a Tango for Joshua and Chelsie. Chelsie’s legs shouldn’t be able to do that. But Joshua kept up. And his lifts and strength shined through again. You have to watch this piece carefully and closely several times to see how good the two of these performers are and how well they performed this dance. This is a tough act to pull off with a modern audience. Both killed it. 5 out of 5 for each.

Mark’s solo followed. As we expected last week, this wasn’t where he would gain any ground. Let’s just say it was a solo. 2 out of 5.

Round one to…NOBODY!!! It was basically a tie at this point, but Mark did blow his solo.  The solos, other than Will’s, however, had nothing to do with who won or lost this week, and every partnered piece was danced masterfully, and every dancer was superb. There was no clear winner here. Although Mia Michaels piece may have given Katee and Twitch a slight lead.

ROUND 2

Will and Courtney did a slow hip hop piece to start off. It was masterful. Every move was perfect. The acting was superb. We believed this piece totally, and it had us saying “wow” about every ten seconds. If goose bumps were a desirable affliction, this dance would be a drug to deliver you to paradise. Will 5 out of 5. Courtney 5 out of 5. No flaws. Perfect.

Chelsie did her solo next. This woman can shake with the best of them, but just like most ballroom style dancers, that is her limitation. Her legs are so fast you can easily miss half of her moves. But at the end of the day, that is all she has without a partner. 4 out of 5.

Twitch and Katee followed with a Broadway Piece (Sweet Georgia Brown). The movement was incredible. Twitch did it here, and Katee brought it. Every move was sweet and made you know this gal is the one to beat. One judge criticized Katee slightly for not being nasty enough, but it was a desperate attempt to say something negative. They were both so 5 out of 5, we want to make it 6.

Now, a moment we waited for, Joshua’s solo. Could he keep up with Will? After some impressive Hip Hop Moves and more demonstration of how strong this man is, the answer was….NOPE!! 4 out of 5.  Will’s solo will be on the tour and Will was one of the best solos we have seen on this show.

Next was Courtney’s solo. She is so beautiful in her solos that it stuns. But the movement was limited and the performance conveyed a bit of nervousness and the unwillingness to let go. We think she is better than this. 4 out of 5.

After a painful set of commercials we have all seen a million times, it was time for Twitch to do his solo. You know, we expected more. He did not kill it like we expected and we just can’t offer him any more than a 3 out of 5. He should have nailed it, but it won’t matter.

Time for the Fox Trot. Oh please, does anyone believe that Mark and Comfort could have been so unlucky as to have drawn the Fox Trot when Twitch avoided all formal dance AND got Katee as a partner????? The odds just don’t seem to make it believable. They were clumsy in practice, but they did the piece quite well. The lead in by Mark was superb, and Comfort was graceful throughout. There were many subtle moves and lifts and they were on target every step of the way.  The only mark down was chemistry, which has to do more with Comfort’s masculinity than anything else.

The judges were so far off the mark on this number at the end, it was laughable. They criticized a different dance than we saw. It seemed like they had the dance judged well before it was performed. We cannot give Mark or Comfort 5 out of 5, but they were both a solid 4 out of 5 and the judges were ridiculous in their comments and criticisms. Comfort and Mark do not deserve to be eliminated as a result of how horrible the judges called this one. We are tempted to vote for them just because the judges were so pathetic.  But as bad as the judges were, Mark and Comfort are unfortunately doomed.

After another ridiculously long commercial set, Joshua and Chelsie did up the finale with a killer disco piece. Chelsie was better than Joshua in this dance. Her legs were blinding and her movement was fluid. In lifts and landings she looked like she could fly even without Joshua’s arms holding her. Joshua, at first glance, did not seem that good in this number. His movement often seemed uncomfortable and awkward. But when you watch the piece again, you can see why.

The choreographer wanted to use his strength to the max, and for Joshua it was a major gym workout. He had to lift Chelsie 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times. And the fourth lift was a full body press over his head. By this point, it was obvious he was a bit tired. And before that fourth lift he had to spin Chelsie around him off the floor five times inverting her body. Then, in the final move and lift, he threw Chelsie to the ground and caught her one foot from the floor in an amazing show of strength. The choreographer asked for way too much from Joshua. Shoot, it would have been too much to ask from Clark Kent. And Joshua executed every lift!!!  We do not believe any other dancer in this competition could have pulled this off.  5 out of 5 for both performers.

The RESULT:

This competition shows that luck does play a huge part in our lives. The draw of partners and dances drove the final result as much as the dancing itself.

The men were in a three way tie. Will had by far the strongest solo. Twitch had a great pair of dances and Joshua showed incredible strength. If we had to select one over the others, it would be Will as the winner this week, Twitch second (with Katee’s help) and then Joshua. But neither Twitch nor Will could have pulled the lifts off that Joshua did. We have seen some other web sites criticizing Joshua this week, but it was subtle how very difficult that last dance was for any man to execute. Physically awesome.

That leaves Mark eliminated. Shoot, he was great. It is a shame, but he drew the cards badly. Had he drawn Chelsie or Courtney, he may have shined, but he did not and such is life. If he had nailed his solo, we could say he was in it, but he did not. He is done this week.

The women are also easy to call. Comfort was out of her league. The hip hop dance she did was killer, but every other woman was killer too. And while she was much better in the formal dance than the judges gave her credit for, she was not up to the standard of the other women.

The big surprise this week on the women’s side? Courtney. She killed everything and was stunning throughout. The surprise on the men’s side? Twitch. He is so strong as a dancer, but in this show, he was also a fantastic character actor.

Please VOTE VOTE VOTE now and tell us who you loved this week!!! Commenting on how we did on the recap would be great too! We’d love to hear from you!

Lastly, check out the video of Twitch and Katee’s contemporary piece. Enjoy!



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Profile Spotlight: Katee Shean

We were curious about Katee because she is such a great talent on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Often, one has to wonder where these greats come from. How did they not get discovered elsewhere, and yet are in the top of their field or niche? Daughtry comes to mind from “American Idol”. Once he was exposed, he made hit after hit, but prior to his exposure he was in an average every day job.

Katee caught our eye in her first competition dance with Joshua. It just shocked us how great this pair was in their first performance together. And how Katee had almost been eliminated by the judges before she even had a chance to show us how superb she really is.  Katee had inadvertently said that she may not come back next season if she was not selected at this year’s audition, and Nigel called a re-vote despite how much the judges loved her set.  What huge mistakes judges can make!!  Fortunately, the judges still sent her on to Vegas.

This is a great example of how wonderful this woman is to watch, even with a brand new partner!! That leap into Will’s arms near the end??? Well, we hope they do that dance on tour, although we hope she is wearing something a bit more appealing than a gym overall.

Supposedly, Katee started dancing at the age of 4. Although, at 4, who knows what we call dancing? She is from San Jose, California, although the audition said she was from Orange, California. She was born in 1988, a scant 20 years ago.

She has studied dance and specializes in contemporary, but has proven there is no style outside her reach. She graduated Pioneer High School, and despite her dance career, is studying for a double major in leadership and dance. While we cannot verify it, we understand her dance training has been pursued at the Atlas School of Dance and the Team Dance Company.

Katee originally auditioned with her friend and roommate Natalie Reid. Both showed promise, but it was clearly obvious, there was something very special about Katee.  And Natalie is supporting her 100%!!

Katee stole the judges votes, especially with her specialty, her hand movement. Actually, it is her peripheral movement, but in this case, watch the hands. The audition was a mirror image of what was to come. If you did not watch Katee’s hands in the audition, watch it again. It is shocking how a chill runs down one’s spine when watching just her hands.

She had Nigel leaning forward and the audience applauding. Even Mia Michaels was wowed. She was voted right through to Vegas after Nigel’s brief digression, and so was Natalie to her credit. Both were great, but only one was capable of getting to the top 20.

Katee’s talent becomes evident the moment she moves, and you know, there is something there, something you can’t quite place, and something you want to remember, so you watch it again and again.

Katee is our favorite to win this competition.  Superb grace in a gifted package.



Katee’s Final Solo of the season. With interview and judges’ comments

Find out more about Katee at Fox dance.

So You Think You Can Dance RoundUp

Created by Nigel Lythgoe

Developed by Simon Fuller

Directed by Don Weiner

Presented by Cat Deeley (2006 – present)

Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy

Running time Varies

Original channel Fox

Original run
July 20, 2005 – Present

O ur number one show, without equal is “So You Think You Can Dance”. While a powerful new voice on “American Idol”, an amazing circus act on “America’s Got Talent” or a great laugh at a wonderful new comic on “Last Comic Standing” are all wonderful to experience, the true talent of the individuals on this show make them seem super human. It is the only show in the group where it is clear, while these contestants may be able to sing or win “America’s Got Talent”, no person on the other shows could do what these people do.

Like American Idol, there are auditions in which the talented people perform to get a chance at the big time along with a bunch of mediocre and downright spastic talent. One contestant landing on his head trying to do a flip he should never have attempted or another seemingly mentally challenged individual that calls himself “Love” that they allow to keep coming back for the laughs and ridicule.

When it comes down to the chosen few though, the moves and steps in the dances they must learn in a few hours are phenomenal even for professionals. And many of the contestants often have to dance well out of their element. A hip hop dancer performing a Waltz or a ball room dancer dancing Jazz. Of course, there are some that are trained in all forms of dance, but some, like this year’s Twitch or Joshua shock as they seem to easily adapt to whatever dance form is thrown at them.

This show is our favorite because it involves the broadest talent, the most beautiful art and the most sensational choreography of any show on our list.

American Idol RoundUp

Created by Simon Fuller

Directed by John Pritchett (live shows), Bruce Gowers (live shows, 2002-2008), Nigel Lythgoe (audition shows), Ken Warwick (audition shows)

Presented by Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman (season 1)

Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson

Country of origin United States

Original channel FOX (repeats on Fox Reality)

Original run June 11, 2002 – Present

American Idol is America’s favorite reality show without question. And it is one of ours too, shallow as it may seem. The show is professionally presented and always draws the best performances, although many of our favorites are the botched horror shows during the early auditions.

The judges are all great at calling the show, with Simon’s honesty telling the real story most of the time. Although he has botched plenty, like last year’s final. The stages and camera work are all exceptional. And the show’s costume designers, professional accompaniment, and the presentation are exceptional, making what start off as reasonably talented amateurs into seemingly seasoned professionals by year’s end.

And who doesn’t dream of being Kelly Clarkson or David Cook or Jordin Sparks up on that stage and wowing millions, in some cases after having no exposure whatsoever? And doesn’t every contestant appear a winner, when a fourth place finisher like Chris Daughtry becomes a downright American icon pulling off hit after hit in his first year as a professional performer. Or Kellie Pickler, who got eliminated in the final ten, only to show up with a new set of breasts and a top country hit “In My Red High Heels“.

kara_dioguardiIn mid 2008, American Idol announced a new addition to the judges lineup for Season 8 that premiered in January 13, 2008. Kara DioGuardi is the fourth judge for American Idol. How she fares as a judge remains to be seen going into the actual competition.

American Idol is our number two favorite.

THE AMERICAN IDOLS:

Season 1: Kelly Clarkson, 20, from Burleson, TX

Season 2: Ruben Studdard, 25, from Birmingham, AL

Season 3: Fantasia, 19, from High Point, NC

Season 4: Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, OK

Season 5: Taylor Hicks, 29, from Birmingham, AL

Season 6: Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ

Season 7: David Cook, 25, from Blue Springs, MO

Season 8: ????

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Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Poll Update

August 7, 2008 UPDATE

Our SYTYCD polls indicate tonight is a BLOWOUT!!! The competition isn’t close at all!!!! The winner by a landslide is Katee. According to the polls and our own assessment, she won this year hands down, or up for that matter.

Katee is ahead 3-1 over the next closest competitor, Joshua. She is ahead 5-1 over Courtney and 6-1 over Twitch!!

When things are reasonably close we would say this competition isn’t over. This is absolutely clear, however. If Katee isn’t crowned tonight, it wasn’t the audience that made the selection!

In our Last Comic Standing Poll, Jim Tavare has more than a 2-1 advantage over Iliza, and there appears to be little doubt who takes the crown for Last Comic.

It is too early for a poll on America’s Got Talent, there is still too much noise on the show, but we will publish one as soon as it becomes plausible.

August 5, 2008 UPDATE

Katee continues to lead by a wide margin. Her 56% of the vote would guarantee a win if it weren’t for the fact we have to actually get to the final competition yet. Joshua and Twitch’s collapse in practice and later hospitalization says these folks are being driven hard for this performance.

But one wonders if Fox staged the entire event to bring attention to the show. For Joshua and Twitch to collapse at the same time is statistically nearly impossible. And all the media hype it drew surely garnered the show a huge amount of publicity from the likes of People Magazine. BAAAAA. BAAAAAA. BAAAAAA.

Whoops, guess we are guilty of being sheep just a bit too.

August 1, 2008 UPDATE:

Our polls are showing a Katee blowout once again. Joshua is garnering more respect now that he is no longer wearing tin on his grin, and after wowing the audience this past week.

The problem this week for both dancers was performing with each other. It made it difficult to separate the two leaders. Both were great, and we see them as clearly the top two barring disaster.

We will not make our prediction until the night of the face off. I am sure they are going to make it interesting.

We have not seen such a heavy favorite as Katee though. Joshua has to work that big butt into a frenzy to take this one.

PLEASE VOTE ON OUR POLL if you have not done so yet… Help us predict America’s Favorite Dancer for 2008! 🙂

July 31, 2008 UPDATE:

IIn our most recent poll, included in our article “Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Recap and Prediction: Katee and Joshua At The Bottom!!”, the bulk of our readers agree with us that Courtney and Twitch are going home. This is in stark contrast to the polls prior to the performances which had Mark and Chelsie going home.

But in neither case did anyone have Joshua or Katee going home. We hope the voters for Joshua and Katee didn’t get too complacent and allow those at risk to get more votes by fans trying to save their favorites from the axe? Who doesn’t remember the Daughtry shocker on American Idol?

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July 30, 2008 UPDATE:

Turning to our polls the day of the show, Katee blew everyone away as the favorite. Mark was voted as the most likely man to get the boot by a 3-1 margin over Joshua, and close to the same margin over Twitch. Chelsie was marginally selected to get eliminated, and Courtney was close enough that it is likely not statistically significant.

But let’s not forget, it all comes down to whom they chose as a partner and what dances they draw. A bad hand could eliminate almost anyone. In fact, we think that Twitch has been way too lucky. Say tonight, he draws Chelsie and gets a Ballroom Dance. Maybe he has been practicing this, but in past weeks, he just has not been able to perform these formal style dances. So take-charge Chelsie will dance with or without him and he could look quite silly.

Mark actually has a major advantage over Twitch. He can dance more styles and can dance with any partner. There is almost no draw he could make that he would screw up. He already has proven he can dance hip hop. So unless he draws truly boring dances, he could make the finals!!

So what do we think? Mark has a slight edge over Twitch this week because of the draw. It is too close to call between Chelsie and Courtney and much of that will come down to the draw as well. Courtney is, like Mark, more diverse. We think Courtney may be able to do ballroom better than Chelsie could do hip hop. So, prior to the draw, Courtney has a slight advantage. Katee is golden. She should just get a bye week. There is no one she can’t dance with and no one she won’t look great with. Well…maybe hip hop with Twitch might be a stretch. She just doesn’t have the booty.

So Katy and Joshua, barring disaster are safe. The rest are a toss up. Man, what a cop out. But we will make bolder predictions tonight.

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July 28, 2008 UPDATE:

The polls have gone ballistic, and once again, Katee is pulling away with the lead.  Not much of a surprise there, she has been the star to date.

But there are a couple of surprises.  For one, Chelsie appears a narrow favorite to get sent packing, garnering only two votes to win and in the lead of the poll of women to be at the bottom.  If this is indicative of the way the real votes will go, Chelsie and Mark would depart.

Folks may be jumping the gun a bit though.  The competition has not taken place yet.  And we remember what happened to Twitch when he got a Ballroom Dance.  Yikes.  Mark and Joshua can pretty much dance anything, so Twitch needs a decent draw.

Twitch could also impact his partner if a Ballroom style is chosen.  It would be hard for a woman to lead him out of the abyss if he can’t pull off the dance.

If you are one of the guys, you may not care that much which partner you draw.  All women are superb.  But if I am a woman, I am hoping I only draw Twitch if I get contemporary or something close.

This will be an interesting week folks.

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July 22, 2008 UPDATE:

The polls this week showed a disinterest in the guys.  Apparently, the gals are the clear favorites this year. So far, the polls clearly show  Katee in the lead, with Chelsie giving Katee all she can handle.

It could come down to the draw on the dance this week. If Chelsie pulls dances that are in her strength, she could take the lead. If Katee does, there is little doubt who leaves the leader.

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