Encore Performances from Twitch, Joshua, Katee, Will, Jessica, Chelsie and Mark for 2009 Emmy Nominated SYTYCD Choreographies

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Emmy nominated “Silence” (by Unfaithful) – by Tyce Diorio featuring Jessica and Will

Emmy nominated routine: Mercy (Duffy) by Mia Michaels featuring Katee and Twitch

Emmy nominated routine – A Los Amigos (Forever Tango) by Dmitry Chaplin featuring Chelsie and Joshua

Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis) by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo featuring Chelsie and Mark

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit DVDs Released

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Your Favorite Dancers from the Hit Series Show You How to Get Fit and Have Fun

You’ve seen exactly what they can do on the wildly popular show

“So You Think You Can Dance.” Now six of the hottest dancers from past seasons will show viewers how to get in top shape with the release of two brand new fitness DVDs on July 21: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk. With nearly 20 million viewers each week “So You Think You Can Dance” is a pop culture sensation entering into its fifth season on air. For the first time ever, fans can tone and sculpt their bodies by moving along with the incredible dancers from the show as they demonstrate easy-to-follow routines in a variety of genres.
In Tone and Groove viewers can flex and condition their muscles with Stephen “Twitch” Boss as he takes them through a Hip Hop routine, tighten their abs with Dmitry Chaplin through the Cha Cha and then stretch it out with Katee Shean doing jazz. Cardio Funk turns up the heat as Courtney Galiano puts viewers through their paces on the disco floor, Travis Wall gets hearts pumping in a contemporary routine and Lauren Gottlieb’s Hip Hop dance works up a sweat. With over 90 minutes of calorie-burning and body-sculpting moves, each DVD also includes a warm up and cool down session, a bonus workout, behind-the-scenes interviews with the dancers and more. The DVDs arrive just in time for the highly-anticipated finale of season five and will be available for the suggested retail price of $16.99 each.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk are each presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English Stereo sound. The following details each disc:

tone+groove_sytycdTone and Groove:
o Introduction
o Warm Up
o Workouts:
o Hip Hop – Twitch
o Jazz – Katee
o Cha Cha – Dmitry
o Tone and Groove Bonus Workout
o Cool Down

Bonus Features:
o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
o Interview with Twitch
o Interview with Katee
o Interview with Dmitry

cardiofunk_sytycdCardio Funk:
o Introduction
o Warm Up
o Workouts
o Hip Hop – Lauren
o Contemporary – Travis
o Disco – Courtney
o Cardio Funk Bonus Workout
o Cool Down

Bonus Features:
o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
o Interview with Lauren
o Interview with Travis
o Interview with Courtney

SYTYCD 5 Top 16 Group Dance: “I Know You Want Me” (Calle Ocho) by Pitbull

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Group dance: “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”—Pitbull (Hip-hop; Choreographer: Dmitry Chaplin, Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo)

Behind the Choreography, Tabitha and Napoleon speaks…

3/17 Dancing With The Stars Results, Go-Go-Gone

We are not sure if it is this year’s performers, that the show is not aging well or if we miss Chloris Leachman, but however you cut it, last night put us in snooze mode.  At least one of us found ourselves in dreamland before the show was over.

We couldn’t even do a recap on that show. But here it is in a 2 minute clip, without the 2-hour cumbersome huhumm…

What do you do if you have a show that puts your audience to sleep??  Take the worst possible performers and have them do it again in a dance-off.  Great idea!!  ZZZZZZ.

It came down to Steve Wozniak versus Belinda Carlisle in a dance off. As we watched, we were begging for Cloris Leachman, these two are so bad.

Belinda was awful and just has no grace when dancing ballroom, which is surprising considering her past in the Go-Go’s.  This week, we are sorry to say she is a Go Go Goner.  Wozniak lives for another week, but there is little doubt he will be gone next week.

Our favorites are Melissa & Tony, Gilles & Cheryl, and Shawn and Mark who come across as more than half professional.  These are likley to be the top 3 couples, and don’t see anyone catching them.

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3/9 Dancing With The Stars: Comparing Apples and Oranges, Oranges Win

1 Lil’ Kim & Derek – While being a bit awkward in her first week, Kim did quite well. She has glamour and style, but she is also sexy. There is also a personality that shines though that brings her to the front of the line. Major distraction is she is short relative to Derek, and it makes her legs look awkward. Our score for her (8/10)

2 Belinda & Jonathan – Belinda was energetic with the Go-Go’s and so we expected energy in her dance. It wasn’t there. The slow dance is difficult to pull off early because it is inherently boring to watch unless you are superb and Belinda wasn’t. We will be kind. (6/10)

3 Lawrence & Edyta – Lawrence was a big black post. Not much movement, no soul, no personality at least during the dance. He was stiff and awkward, and he proved that he could not tackle this challenge. (5/10)

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Derek Hough and Lil' Kim

4 Steve-O & Lacey – It must be tough to constantly be called the Jack Ass. Of course, it is the symbol of the Democratic Party, so perhaps it is in style. Steve-O was stiff, but he made the moves when he had to to keep from looking as bad as Lawrence did. Not great. (5/10)

5 Gilles & Cheryl – OK, we had trouble discerning which dancer was the teacher and which was the student in this performance. Gille was the best of the night and is incredible with his grace and coordination. We think we have a winner. (9/10)

6 Chuck & Julianne – Nicely done, albeit a bit boring. The couple never caught our interest, but we have to give some kudos for the quality of the dance. (7/10)

7 Holly & Dmitry – Not enough practice, and it was evident. We are huge fans of Dmitri’s style so we think he will bring Holly into this competition, but at this point, she kept seeming to forget what she was doing. One minute we would think she was on track and hot, and the next we had no idea what she was doing, but it didn’t seem like dance. Holly only had 48 hours to rehearse a replacement for Jewel, who had to withdraw, and because she had her moments, she could definitely come back from this performance. (6/10)

8 Ty & Chelsie – The judges were harsh on Ty. He has a real cowboy stiffness about him he has to chake though, to come across as a serious ball room dancer. He has the ability to remember the moves, but is so stiff like he had broken every bone in his body riding the bulls. He also has this odd thing going on with his hands that make
him look like he is snapping his fingers. Grace, unfortunately was lacking. (5/10)

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Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft

9 Shawn & Mark – Shawn did not look like this during the Olympics. She has matured and looks every bit the woman the others in the competition do. She has elegance and grace and uses her ability to remember her gymnastics moves to her advantage when recalling her steps in the dance. She occasionally looks like she is completing a floor dance or other gymnastics performance, but overall, smooth. (7/10)

10 Steve & Karina – Steve dances like an Apple. He rolls around and is rotten to the core. By far, he was the worst of the night. Painful to watch. (3/10)

11 David & Kym – David and Kym ate up the floor, but the performance got a tad boring at times. David can move fairly gracefully and we like him, but he has to take himself more seriously for us to. Overall a commendable performance. (6/10)

12 Denise & Maks – Not happening for us. Denise was graceful in many ways, but just not in tune with the dance. We were not excited about the performance. (6/10)

13 Melissa & Tony – Melissa has dance training and it shows. She gets every move on point and, despite being a replacement and only having two days to prepare, she was on point and beautiful. Loved the performance, the outfit and the style. (8/10)

In order of score, with the worst first

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Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

1. Steve & Karina
2. Lawrence & Edyta
3. Steve-O & Lacey
4. Ty & Chelsie
5. David & Kym
6. Denise & Maks
7. Holly & Dmitry
8. Belinda & Jonathan
9. Shawn & Mark
10. Chuck & Julianne
11. Melissa & Tony
12. Lil’ Kim & Derek
13. Gilles & Cheryl

There you have it. The judges may have had it slightly different, but overall, we think everyone will agree, the first contestant to depart will have to “shuffle” out. Steve was awkward and comical to watch.

2/8 Dancing With The Stars Reveals Contestants For Season 8

Dancing with the Stars painfully revealed their participants for the popular dance competition tonight on ABC. They spread the pain in commercial segments over three hours of ABC Sunday night programming. Whatever works to get folks to watch those commercials. TGFT (Thank God For Tivo!).

The competition begins March 9 (8/7c).

The contestants are, in the order we heard them:

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1. L’il Kim – Grammy Award winning, American multi-platinum rapper and singer.

2. Steve-O – Daredevil performer and television personality, best known as one of the performers on the TV series Jackass and on Wildboyz.

3. Nancy O’Dell – won the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1987 and represented the state at Miss America 1988. co-host of Access Hollywood.

4. Lawrence Taylor – retired Hall of Fame American football player.

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5. Shawn Johnson – Gymnast extraordinaire, 2008 Olympic women’s balance beam gold medalist, the individual all-around silver medalist,the 2007 all-around World Champion, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. all-around champion.

6. Chuck Wick – American country music artist.

7. Gilles Marini – Actor

8. Denise Richards – American actress and former fashion model.

Denise Richards9. Belinda Carlisle – American singer and the lead vocalist of the all-female band The Go-Go’s.

10. David Alan Grier – American actor and comedian.

11. Steve Wozniak – American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs.

12. Ty Murray – former champion rodeo cowboy.

13. Jewel – American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet.

chelsie-hightowerConfirmed Pros performing this season are Reigning champion Derek Hough, Season 6 winner Mark Ballas, and two-time winners Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough (who will be paired with boyfriend and country singer Chuck Wicks).

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are also returning on the show this season.

Former So You Think You Can Dance contenders Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin will be joining Lacey Schwimmer, last season’s So You Think You Can Dance pro, who also returns this season.