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

Why Will ended up in the Bottom Two:

We believe that Twitch introduced a theme of “violence against women,” but we believe it was a misinterpretation or at least an exaggerated interpretation of Mia Michael’s piece. Even if you were to believe an angel like Mia Michaels believes in violence against women, our belief is this is an artistic piece portraying the artistic talent of Mia, reflecting her emotions.

So why do we bring this up in discussion of Will’s dances, which were not choreographed by Mia?   Because we believe the voting was related.

Will’s pieces were beautiful and expressive, and had nothing to do with violence, but they both had to do with romance.  And possibly, the audience then inferred the violence from Twitch and Katee’s piece upon Will.

We are not at all sure here, we may be speculating, and a poll at the end of this article will tell us if we are not in touch with reality.  But we believe Will was tried and convicted of a crime he did not commit.  And we are so sorry for him, because he was the leading male talent of this show.

Why Twitch was in the Bottom Two. Click Here.

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The SYTYCD Top 10 Perform Live in a City Near You…

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.”

We say YES, to that! Tickets go on sale August 2nd, 2008. Tickets run fast! Save the date!

SEPTEMBER

  • SAT SEPT 20 Tacoma, WA Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
  • SUN SEPT 21 Portland, OR Rose Garden
  • TUE SEPT 23 West Valley City, UT “E” Center
  • THU SEPT 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
  • SAT SEPT 27 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
  • SUN SEPT 28 San Diego, CA Sports Arena
  • TUE SEPT 30 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

OCTOBER

  • WED OCT 1 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
  • THU OCT 2 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
  • SAT OCT 4 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
  • SUN OCT 5 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
  • TUE OCT 7 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
  • FRI OCT 10 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
  • SAT OCT 11 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
  • SUN OCT 12 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
  • TUE OCT 14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • WED OCT 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
  • FRI OCT 17 Chicago, IL United Center
  • SAT OCT 18 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
  • SUN OCT 19 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
  • TUE OCT 21 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
  • WED OCT 22 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
  • FRI OCT 24 Highland Heights, KY Bank of KY Ctr
  • SAT OCT 25 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
  • SUN OCT 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • TUE OCT 28 Trenton, NJ Sovereign Bank Arena
  • WED OCT 29 Boston, MA Agganis Arena

NOVEMBER

  • SAT NOV 1 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater
  • SUN NOV 2 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Center
  • MON NOV 3 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
  • WED NOV 5 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
  • THU NOV 6 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
  • SAT NOV 8 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
  • SUN NOV 9 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
  • MON NOV 10 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
  • WED NOV 12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
  • THU NOV 13 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett
  • FRI NOV 14 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
  • SUN NOV 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
  • MON NOV 17 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

Ticketmaster serves as the official ticket distributor. Please note, schedule may be subject to change.

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