American Idol Top 10 Review: Consistency Wins, Popularity Rules and Tim Urban Stinks

We have weeks when we watch this show and feel we had no idea where the judges were coming from.  We have had weeks when we watch the show and feel we had no idea where the artists were coming from.  And we have had weeks when we watch the show and feel we had no idea where the producers were coming from.  They all screw up, and they all do great things at times, but this week, it was all cut and dry.

Let’s cut to it quick.

1.       Siobhan Magnus – “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan – we like Siobhan and are from MA ourselves so would like to root for her.  But we find she is often over the top, and have said it before.  She has strong pipes, no doubt, but in this performance and many others, we feel she lacks maturity and also lacks the knowledge of her place in the world.  This song was underdone and off key some of the time and on pitch but overdone the rest.  While it was not an elimination performance, give it a week or two and it could be. (7/10)

2.       Casey  James – “Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave – Casey  is a stationary band style performer that always looks like he is having fun.  He did a Huey Lewis song last week and we loved it, because that is the kind of performer we see in him.  Feeling it, hitting the notes consistently and having fun.  Still, he is just a tad too stationary.  So while his vocal is great and he gets our feet tapping, his posture is saying he has no idea how to handle the stage.  But this is common with many band performers because they aren’t the entire act, just the lead.  Once again this week, this “dawg” nailed it, and we would have cranked up the radio on this performance. (9/10)

3.       Michael Lynche – “Ready for Love” by india.arie – For a steroid worshiper, the voice Michael has is surprising.  He looks like a jock from the gym, which he is, and then comes out with these soulful moments that catch you off guard.  He has you shaking your head because things don’t seem right.  Like tonight, he was playing the guitar and his hand looks bigger than the body of the guitar.  His size is in direct contrast with those we would classify as great musical performers, and we think it will impact him.  Still, Shrek killed it again, despite being rather boring.  (8/10)

4.       Didi Benami – “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffiin – We hope that the broken hearted only become broken for a week, because Did broke our heart this week. We find that when an artist says he or she performed  a song because it meant something to them or because it was for someone like their dead granny, the performance stinks.  We are not sure why; maybe it is because it sounds like they are doing it in their living room rather than for millions of people.  Didi contradicted her own performance claiming she was out of her style doing R&B, which we believe, but then she said how much the song meant to her.   None of it rang true.  She could have drawn this song into her style, and instead she adapted her style to the song, which failed miserably. Didi has that great off beat persona and style, and this week presented an amazingly weak performance with no beat or style.  We are torn, because we like Didi, but she stunk.   So should she get points for her prior performances?  We won’t do that…yet. (4/10)

5.       Tim Urban –“Sweet Love” by Anita Baker – the only possible savior for Didi this week is Tim.  He is just awful week after week.  His look is corny, his haircut atrocious, and we believe the teeny boppers even have to be getting tired of him.  This was a difficult song to sing, but most are difficult for Tim because he just isn’t that good.  But he does always “just have fun out there”. We see him as having zero chance of being a successful musical artist in any music style going forward.  So what do we do this week when he actually outperformed Didi despite being awful?  Sigh.  Well, he only outperformed her by a quarter point, so we will round down. (4/10)

6.       Andrew Garcia – “Forever” by Chris Brown – Now, we said Andrew had soul.  And the judges said, when he picked a soul song last week, it was a bad song choice.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This guy has soul and can draw in his audience, but he has to get past the lack of confidence.  Soul is all about feeling and emotion and if you come across as timid, well, it is very difficult to express soul. This week Andrew had soul, felt and reflected it in his song, and drew a tear or two.  Great job Andrew and a winning performance.  Best performance of the season by Andrew and we would turn this one way up on the radio. (10/10)

7.       Katie Stevens – “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin – Lack of maturity is something that does not always break a performer.  We have seen some great 17 year olds on this show that do not perform at all like children.  But no matter how you dress Katie up, no matter how sexy you make the presentation and no matter how seasoned the song, she still has trouble portraying maturity beyond that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the Power Rangers. Her vocal tonight was OK, but her sultry look drew a cringe because it wasn’t her.  Simon says she should do country music.  You know, that is kind of clever for her, because she looks silly trying to be a sexy adult at this juncture, but can belt out a tune.  A song that tells a story and that portrays her having fun, rather than making the audience feel she is attempting to seduce them, would be better and more believable.  Country offers that.  But we don’t like her much and think little will help to make this gal a star. (6/10)

8.       Lee DeWyze – “Treat Her Like a Lady” by Cornelius Brothers – This is one of the best Motown songs of all time. If you try to do it like the original, you are likely to lose, but if you go far off the original, you have to have great talent to get fans to like your version.    Lee has great talent.  This version was almost unrecognizable,  but if we heard this on the radio, we wouldn’t just crank it up, we would be Googling it to find out where we could buy it.  Lee has amazing creativity, a unique vocal style and a soulfulness to his sound that we just can’t resist.  And he is starting to get it, which makes him even more scary. (10/10)

9.       Crystal Bowersox – “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips – Now, when someone like Crystal does Gladys Night and it sounds like the Pips are backing her up, you wonder if you have lost your bearing with  reality.  Crystal was attempting to step out of her box this week, and we understand that because the judges constantly encourage it.   But Simon is also right when he says if you have a winning style, stick with it.  We don’t want to see Crystal follow this week’s digression from her style and stray too far from her roots, because she is already fantastic.  We think she can play the piano in future performances, but  she has to be less focused on the instrument  Still, we can’t fault her for that here, because despite it all, her performance was brilliant.  And she made us actually want to listen to a Gladys Night song.  That is a major feat.  (10/10)

10.   Aaron Kelly – “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers – Well, we were kind of hoping Aaron would go away on this performance.  While he offers a better vocal than Tim Urban, we see little hope of this boy being a performing artist.  He is dull, unbelievable and much too immature.  He makes the Janus Brothers look old.  And when he does an older song, it shows he only has hope at this juncture by trying to find some appeal as a teeny bopper, surrendering to the reality he will be used up by the time he is 19.  Aaron was off key and will never win this competition, but was not as bad as Didi or Tim.  (5/10)

OK, we were dead on last week in our calls.  We called the bottom three and the loser.  Let’s see how we do this week.

The tie for last place is between Tim and Didi.  This is a shame, because Didi can be so great if she gets back to that off beat style we love her for.  When she uses that style and doesn’t get wrapped up in the nonsense about the song meaning a lot to her, we like her.  You can take things too seriously, and Didi was a major victim of it this week.  Her saving grace this week is that Tim is hard to take seriously at all as is Aaron.

We can’t see any of these three being a winner this year, or any year, but we can see Didi having a career with her style.  We see no hope at all for Aaron and Tim and feel they are both destined for obscurity.

We are tempted to say Bye Bye to Di Di, but Tim is the least talented in the group and the only explanation for his presence on this stage is votefortheworst.com.  We think that will end this week and Tim will go home.  But Didi is in trouble, and if Tim or Aaron draw teeny-bopper votes, we could see her go.

The only thing we are certain of is that they make up the bottom three.

So we hope to say bye bye to Tim, who we think should go.  We wouldn’t mind seeing Aaron go, but he was better than Tim this week.  And we want Didi to stay because she has style, but you know what?  Didi isn’t likely to last more than another week or two anyway.

They all get to go on tour now anyway?  So until you get to the top 5, this is all kind of meaningless.  And none of these three, unless something dramatic changes, are top 5 material.

American Idol 9 Top 11 Performance Review: it’s time to turn the ‘Paige’!

Hey, we’re here! We decided to start covering American Idol when it is down to the more serious contenders in the competition. We watched the early episodes of the whole season 9 but was not impressed. Clearly, there is no Adam Lambert this year.

It is time for the judges to realize that each artist is different, and that the “choice of song” excuse they use for criticizing people is so far off the mark that it has become a joke to the viewing audience. In the first two years of “24” they constantly used the phrase “focus”. The writers caught on people were making fun of them and adjusted, but these judges appear oblivious for their own good.

Ellen Degeneres brings a new feel to the judges and certainly is an amazing comedienne, capable of introducing spontaneous comedy and laughter out of the show while also stating her opinion. What we like about her is she often does not judge the music, but the performance. And she has more experience performing for an audience than any of the silly judges that sit beside her.

The thing is people do it right, people do it wrong, but there is no “wrong song”. The greats can do anything and have you begging for more, and supposedly that is what this show is supposed to be about. Finding the greats.

As bad as the judges were this week, let’s cut to the chase.

1. Lee Dwyze (Boxtops) “The Letter” – Lee has a haunting soulful voice. The closest comparison we can come up with in recent history is the lead singer for Sister Hazel. The sound is so similar at times, we were ready to buy their new album. Lee belts it out, has fun and is unique. We like almost everything about him, but he needs a band to have the stage presence he needs. That is something this show badly misses. When a lead singer stands out, they are treating him or her as a soloist. Lee belongs in a band and if he chooses the right path, that is where he will soar. (8/10)

2. Paige Miles (Phil Collins) “Against All Odds” – The judges were right that Paige was way off the mark here, but they missed the reason. It wasn’t song choice. She stunk. She was off key and did not hit a single note. She was nervous, pitchy, and dull. No top ten here. (3/10)

3. Tim Urban (Queen) “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”– OK, so we aren’t big fans of Tim. He is a cheap version of Bobbie Sherman, and just not as cute. His haircut is goofball and outdated. His look with the sneakers and sport jacket was downright shabby. And then he takes on Freddie Mercury???. Freddie was one of the greatest rock singers of all time. Even the best can’t approach his amazing abilities. So, take an average guy like Tim, and all it does is make him sound corny. Tim is a poor and immature performer with a middle of the road voice. He can’t tackle Donny Osmond, let alone Freddie. (4/10)

4. Aaron Kelly (Aerosmith) “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” – We hate it when the judges pander to a performer. When David Archuletta would have a bad week or forget the words, they would roll over and say how great he sang the one word he remembered. Unlike David, Aaron is not good. He didn’t miss the lyric, but he is pitchy (off key) and has no personality. We don’t like him, we don’t care much for his voice, but he was better than deserving elimination this week. What was disgusting though was his statement that he has tonsillitis. Dude, if you have it, you won’t survive weeks without major treatment. Go get some ice cream and quit this show. If you are lying, it will come out. The treatment takes weeks or even months. (5/10)

5. Crystal Bowersox (Janis Joplin) “Bobby McGee”– Crystal is the purest crystal of all. She is a diamond that emerged from the ashes this season. There is no doubt with every performance she is the best. We love Janis Joplin’s version of Bobby McGee, and Crystal did it on par with Janis. None of the stars on this show to date have performed on par with the professionals, except for Crystal, and it happens every week. Bravo. (10/10)

6. Michael Lynche (Percy Sledge/Michael Bolton) “When a Man Loves a Woman” – We don’t like Michael when he overperforms. He is huge and it looks like a Shrek performance when he awkwardly bounces about the stage. Yet he has a loveable quality about him, so as long as we aren’t placing our hands over our face in embarrassment, we have to admit, this man can sing. Tonight he was much more still, and he belted out his performance like a pro. He felt it, he brought soul to it and you know what? He killed it. (9/10)

7. Andrew Garcia (Smokey Robinson/Creedence Clearwater) “I heard it through the grapevine”– Another case of Idol not even knowing the source of the song, let alone knowing if it is the right one. The idiotic comments that came after the misguided introduction by Ryan Seacrest made us shake our heads. First, this is not a Marvin Gaye song as Ryan introduced it. This song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1966, the single was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It was a huge hit done again by Creedence Clearwater Revival 34 years before Marvin did his version. Marvin did a version of it in 2004, but it is NOT a Marvin Gaye song any more than it is Andrew Garcia’s. As far as Andrew’s performance? It was horrible. The judges said it was a bad song choice (the standard nonsense they spew when they have no idea why it was bad). It was a perfect choice for Andrew. It is a soul song, and Andrew is all about soul. It is his style. But he was dressed dumb, he performed it with no soul (where did it go Andrew?) and he was stiff throughout. It came across as “Revenge of the Nerds” do Motown. (5/10)

8. Katie Stevens (Fergie) “Big Girls Don’t Cry”– Fergie is amazing. So, please, if you are going to sing her biggest hit, at least be on key. Katie was off key throughout the song. If Paige hadn’t been so horrible, we would place her last and yet the judges praised her, suggesting they need hearing aids. We do admit she looked fantastic, which is a major improvement over past attempts at mass appeal, but she has no recording voice and is lucky to be in the top 10 in a weak year. (4/10)

9. Casey James (Huey Lewis and the News) “Power of Love”– When the judges miss a performance, which is common, it is because they just don’t get the performance. Huey Lewis was all about fun on stage and Casey brought it. We loved him this week. The judges were less enthusiastic, but we believe they never saw Huey in person. Now, granted, without the backup vocals and harmony, Casey could not be equivalent to Huey, but he nailed this song. And the judges were grasping for why he didn’t sound the same as Huey WITHOUT the News. We got “news”. The artists are not all soloists and we feel Casey is another great band lead. (9/10)

10. Didi Benami (Linda Ronstadt) “You’re No Good” – People often don’t get Didi. She is off beat and unique. Listen to artists like Lenka, Meiko, or Vanessa Carlton. Our closest analogy though is Suzanne Vega with her haunting song about Luka. If Didi did that song, we are certain, she would haunt the audience voting for her. The judges don’t get it either. The issue here is sound quality and recordability. Didi has it and performed wonderfully, and yet the judges criticized her about song choice. Wow, how wrong could they be??!! She nailed her performance and was top notch. Perhaps the song is dated, but the performance was far from. (8/10)

11. Siobhan Magnus (Stevie Wonder) “Superstition”– Now, sometimes we believe that a performer did not concoct his/her name (or tattoo), and they are just unique. This name, though, is almost concocted. Siobhan is not the amateur she pretends to be and we expect that to come out. The woman can scream and belt out a song, but other than the scream this week, she was rather dull. (7/10)

Well, it all comes down to the person that was the worst…right? That is unless you believe the unendingly dull website “votefortheworst.com” that suggests everyone should vote for the worst performer. But even then, only one can be at the bottom.

We don’t believe in any talent contest you should vote for the worst just because some dull website scrounging for hits says you should, but hey, YMMV. Such a suggestion would have the “next to the worst” get eliminated each week until you could stand the worst no longer.

What we do believe, and it plays out by the end of almost every year, is that talent will rule supreme and those that don’t have it, will fall by the wayside. There are some reasons we believe some of the seemingly best talents do not win. We believe the most common are the great band leads. Daughtry is our prime example. He is great with a rock band, but you don’t want to hear him sing a Stevie Wonder solo. We do feel this show does do some of these “band” performers a disservice.

Our biggest critical comment of the judges to date though has been hypocrisy. The judges often say, as a contestant is eliminated, that it is just the beginning. Then, week after week, they state BEFORE the elimination, how losing could be the end of their dream or career. It is like they cannot hear themselves.

The gist of it, though, is you can be on week to week, and then miss one week and lose. You can be a fantastic band rocker like Daughtry and lose because you are asked to sing an “out of character” Elvis solo. You can be “off beat” and the judges don’t get it, so you lose because they beat you up week after week. But in the end, the audience knows. And we all know. The hits don’t lie.

We won’t get into who we think are the most recordable voice this season. We saw one eliminated recently, but we didn’t think she should win this year; we just find her voice catchy and memorable. What we will say so far is that there are some major talents in this group, but the froth is only bringing out one as the leader so far. You already know who that is, so we will not go any further.

Bye bye Paige.

12/15 SYTYCD 6 Final Performances from the Top 6 Dancers

The lines are open for two hours! Please vote for your favorites.

Kathryn – 1-888-836-7601
Ryan – 1-888-836-7602

Ellenore – 1-888-836-7603
Jakob – 1-888-836-7604

Ashleigh – 1-888-836-7605
Russell – 1-888-836-7606

The Music from tonight’s dance performances:

Jason Gilkison samba (Kathryn & Ryan): “Magalenha” -Sergio Mendes

Tyce Diorio Broadway (Ellenore & Jakob): “I Gotcha” -from Fosse (original Broadway cast)


Sonya Tayeh lyrical jazz (Ashleigh & Russell): “Angel Standing By” -Jewel


Gary Stuart jazz (Ellenore & Ryan): “Kontact Me” -Boys Noize

Jean Marc Genereux foxtrot (Ashleigh & Jakob): “Let the Good Times Roll” -Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy

Jason Gilkison paso doble (Ellenore & Russell): “Village Attack” -James Newton Howard from Blood Diamond


Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden contemporary (Kathryn & Jakob): “At This Moment” -Michael Buble


Travis Wall contemporary (Ashleigh & Ryan): “I’m There Too” -Michelle Featherstone


Napoleon and Tabitha hip hop (Kathryn & Russell) “I Can Transform Ya” -Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz

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Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney, $1 Million Grand Prize Winners of the Amazing Race 15

Well, a satisfying end, no? This hasn’t been the most exciting season of The Amazing Race—everything felt too strangely easy—but at least we got the ending we wanted. Well, I think all of us wanted that ending, right? Oh, and, here’s the spoiler alert.

Yay, Meghan and Cheyne. Seriously, yay for them. Sure they may be two athletic, good-looking blonde people and therefore don’t earn quite as much underdog likability as other teams, but they were clever and quick all throughout the race, and deserved the win entirely. No other team came close in aptitude and ability, and it would have been a downright shame—a rotten bit of late-game luck—for another team to snatch their well-earned crown. Thankfully that didn’t happen. Though it looked close there for a second, didn’t it??

meghan_cheyneIt was so pleasing that in the end the win came down to a competition of the mind, not the body. Meghan & Cheyne came to the last challenge in third place, and it looked as though they might have lost the game simply for dumbly not knowing that Monaco = Monte Carlo. But luckily the final challenge involved counting and numbers and math, things that Brian & Ericka and Sam & Dan aren’t so great at. The way the show was edited made it seem as though the brothers were nipping on the heels of the Bobbsey Blonde Twins, but I think they were actually a lot further behind. Meg and Chey-Chey counted their chips correctly the first time, while the brothers—those dumb, shrieking, galoompfy brothers—had to do a recount. That must have taken a good 20 minutes, meaning that Meghan & Cheyne had a significant lead. The minute the chip-counter said “That is incorrect” to the boys, the game was done. Those braying idiots lost how they should have lost—a towering testament to their dim and bumbling mental acuity. Oh, and lest we forget the “Who are you??” Wayne Newton moment. Oh man. That was embarrassing. They are embarrassing.

Brian & Ericka? Aw, heck. They sure do seem nice. Well, he does. She seems nice only sometimes. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that her sometimes shrieky behavior was caused by the stress of being on a reality television show about a million-dollar global foot race, but still… she did wear on the nerves some. Making it to the final three was their true accomplishment (you could see it written all over the Globetrotters’ faces at the final haul). A B&E win would have been a strange divine act, one fun in its surprise, but ultimately frustrating. No, they weren’t our winners. They were firmly our third-placers.

I dunno. I guess there’s really not much more to say. Again, not the thrillingest of seasons (too much time in Europe, I think), but a solid one with clear and worthy victors. A little bit of square-jawed sense in a chaotic and confusing world. Can’t wait to see the victorious pair on an All-Stars season. I think they’ll do just fine.

by Richard Lawson, “The Amazing Race: Leaving Las Vegas, With a Million Dollars” at TV.com

Profile Bio:

Meghan Rickey (23); Cheyne Whitney (23)
Hometown: San Diego
Occupation: Account Executive/Brand Manager
Relationship: Dating

Meghan and Cheyne met while playing a competitive game of tetherball in elementary school. After 10 years of friendship, Cheyne realized he could not let the most athletic girl he knew get away. Other than a six-month period where Meghan studied abroad in Italy, this couple has been essentially inseparable for nearly five years.

Meghan and Cheyne both work in fields where they deal extensively with different publics. She is an account executive at a public affairs firm and he works for a social change marketing company where he develops after-school programs and deals with a diverse group of teens, school administrators and corporate executives. When not in the office, Meghan can be found coaching competitive girls’ soccer — a sport that she and Cheyne have shared a passion for since they were kids. The couple feels strongly that their occupations and experiences with team sports have taught them effective communication skills and the virtue of patience, which they believe will benefit them in the Race.

Even though they are head-over-heels for each other, they still have their pet peeves just like any other couple. Meghan does not like that he tries to diffuse tense situations with laughter rather than by talking things through. The biggest thing about Meghan that frustrates Cheyne is her stubbornness. He claims that once she has her mind set on something she is difficult to reason with and it can be impossible to change her mind.

Ready to tackle the Race head-on, Meghan and Cheyne are very eager to use the power of positive thinking and their athleticism to compete as a team and hope that this experience further validates their friendship and love.

12/8 SYTYCD 6 Pre-Finale Performances by the Top 8 Dancers. Vote for your faves!

How is it that sometimes listening to the doctor can be bad for you? They often make suggestions that are just downright foolish when viewed in the context of a person’s life. One doctor once advised, “Perhaps you should quit your job if it is stressing you?” The obvious response…”And who pays your bill?”

This week, a doctor severely damaged the chances of a contestant because of an injury that just would not have impeded most of her performance. And those parts that were impacted (one move in the second dance), could have been skipped letting the audience know her shoulder was injured and allowing her to show how great a competitor she really is.

But no, Ashleigh, a huge favorite both on our website and in our hearts, was told not to dance this week, despite the fact she was willing and raring to go. She popped out her shoulder but it was back in place by show time. Football players play with this injury and they take hits from three hundred pound linemen!! You don’t take a person out of the chance at making the finals because of this kind of injury. We believe she could have worked around just one move in the second dance and been fine.

And what if she did come up lame? This is a once in a lifetime chance for anyone that makes it this far. The finals are something that turn the performers into true stars. It is the superbowl of dancing. Doctors always have to be overprotective, but this is one time, the show should not have endorsed it. A doctor can advise, but that is all. If a ball player gets an injury before going into the World Series, he bandages it and sucks it up. Ashleigh was ready to do it, and we commend her. This doctor was over the top.

Ashleigh’s husband stood up after a spectacular solo, and said to vote for number 1, Ashleigh, his wife. It was touching and brought the crowd to their feet. It may save Ashleigh, but not by her abilities, which leaves us even more disappointed, because we wanted her to win with her talent..

Now, to the actual dancing.

Kathryn and Ryan – Disco – “Last Dance” (Donna Summer- Samantha Ronson remix) – choreography by Doreana Sanchez. This was an incredibly energetic dance with moves and lifts that wowed us. Both dancers were nearly perfect in every way. The only judge that disagreed thought Ryan a bit stiff, but most of the dance he was performing a major athletic feat, so that was off base. The only problem for the couple is that this dance came first, making it less memorable than the latter dances. Oh and possibly that it wasn’t as challenging as some of the performances that followed. (9/10)

Mollee and Jakob – Viennese Waltz – “Ordinary day” (Vanessa Carlson) – choreographer was Jason Gilkyson – This dance has been the kiss of death for dancers in past seasons, so it is appropriate it be thrown at Jakob. He is by far the best male dancer this season and if this doesn’t kill his chances, nothing will. It didn’t. The moves were spectacular by both dancers. Mollee was so incredibly beautiful in the dance. This waltz added a clever storyline, and it involved considerable acting ability. Mollee has that in spades. In this dance, she actually outperformed Jakob. The synchronization and moves including a forward flip by both dancers, had us in awe and we knew, they had just made the Viennese Waltz look not only easy, but phenomenal. (10/10)

Ellenore & Legacy – Contemporary – “Machine Gun” (Portishead) – choreographer: Travis Wall – Travis showed us that he always pushes himself to the limit in his choreographies. This was no different. This was a violent theme with each dancer supposed to be attempting to assassinate the other. The movements and acrobatics demonstrated superhuman capabilities on the part of Legacy. And Ellenore was no slouch. This was a truly edgy dance with some of the most dangerous and circus-like moves we have ever seen in a performance on this show. It left us in awe. The acting was great by both dancers and the sexiness of Ellenore in this dance was beyond captivating. The use of props was also incredibly well played. This was the most violent and physically challenging dance we have ever seen on this show and both dancers were incredible. (10/10)

Ashleigh and Russell – Hip Hop – “Too Much Booty 2” (Bobby J Remix) – choreographer: Shane Sparks – Because of Ashleigh’s injury, this became a solo for Russell. He had a partner, but she was not it it to win, just to fill in the best she could. But in a way, this may have helped Russell. It allowed one to completely focus on him. We often hear the judges talk about hitting hard, but Russell defines it. Every move is potent and explosive. Trick moves are slick and fun to watch. If this were purely a hip hop contest, we would give him a 10 out of 10, especially dancing a bit out of his element. But it isn’t. (9/10)

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Round 2

Kathryn and Ryan – Cha Cha – “Put Your Hands On Me” (Joss Stone) – Jason Gilkyson – This dance was spectacular from beginning to end. Kathryn was outrageously sexy and fluid in her movements. Ryan was sharp, strong and masculine. Our only hesitation in giving this dance 10 out of 10 is that it didn’t seem much like a Cha Cha. Much of it seemed contemporary. But the moves were so smooth, the lifts so strong and the finale so memorable that it raised the audience to their feet. (you just have to see that final move to believe it), So, we will overlook the divergence from a standard Cha Cha and gift this couple with. (10/10)

Mollee and Jakob – Broadway – “Easy Street,” From Annie (Samantha Ronson Remix) – choreographer: Joey Dowling – No doubt this couple made the finals with this dance. Mollie brought her character to life, and once again, it was easy to forget it was truly her. The theme was a con artist, experienced at his craft, drawing in an innocent and somewhat naïve girl. Mollie proved she can not only dance, she can act. Even the judges said she should go straight to Broadway. The piece also demonstrated that Jakob has a hand in the choreography of all his dances. He solves problems and enhances the dance to ensure it captivates. The moves in this piece, as usual, were outrageous, somewhat comical and fun. But the most stunning thing is we forgot we were watching Mollee and Jakob, which is the sign of a truly successful act. (10/10)

Ellenore & Legacy – Hip Hop – “People Are Strange” (The Doors) – choreographer: Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo – This started off amusing. The couple was facing backwards, but wearing masks on the back their heads that made it look like they were facing the audience. Only their feet gave them away. The first movements were so cool it got us excited this would be another great piece. From there, though, the choreography was weak. It did not challenge the couple at all, and it was a severe letdown from their first performance. It wasn’t their fault, and it demonstrates how the choreographers can lose points for the couple just as badly as they themselves. The shock power and fun of Legacy was not present, and Ellenore was not her quirky best. It wasn’t hard hitting, it was just, well, strange. (8/10)

Ashleigh and Russell– Bollywood – “Spirit of Rangeela” -from the Rangeela Soundtrack – choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan – This style brings back the memory of the truly amazing performance of Joshua and Katee two seasons ago. It is all synchronization. So, this was a rather awkward dance to judge. While we give Russell credit and believe the fact he can dance this style is a miracle, the substitute dancer once again was not Ashleigh. There was little synchronization in this piece, and the hand movements we love so much were not present either. This was weak. But Russell has major personality and faced a potentially disastrous event in the loss of his partner, and performed with a smile throughout, giving the dance a truly fun appeal, so we have to weigh that in the end. (9/10)

Solos

Jakob – One of the dangers for Jakob is that he could be taken for granted, because his solo is not all that different from show to show. They are all incredible. His other danger is that he comes across as too effeminate for America to embrace him. But once again, his solo was magic, except for one part that was much too feminine, and for that we give him a one point demerit. (9/10)

Mollee – We don’t believe that solos are that important. The couple dances are what we remember, and are what most strongly sways our votes. That is a good thing for Mollee, because she just wasn’t the greatest in this one. Some fantastic moves, but the overall performance may have been the weakest solo of the night. (8/10)

Legacy – There is absolutely no doubt we can only give Legacy a 10/10 in this solo. He is super human in his movements. He put on a bit of corny action with a telephone, but he was stellar. (10/10)

Ellenore – Ellenore brought the quirkiness to the stage as always and put on a great show. It wasn’t so much the moves as the performance in this instance. Even the ending was rather simplistic, but still showed off her allure and talent. (10/10)

Russell – The outfit was appropriate for the season. Russell came out as Santa Claus, and he krumped it to death. The only flaw was an accidental result of the costume. His shoes were loose and he kicked one off. Sorry Russell, it made a difference for us (9/10)

Kathryn – When Kathryn dances, it is already something wonderful to behold, but when she pushes herself to the limit of her talent (or possibly anyone’s) she is beyond imagination. She worked this solo with grace, elegance and beauty. Win win win. (10/10)

Ryan – Ryan showed his stuff in this performance. He went all out to show us how much he wants to reach the finals. He added a split and somersault, both of which are not characteristic moves for him, and demonstrated that he can pull off a few gimmick moves himself. This was his best solo of the season. It was enhanced by his look. There is no question about this man’s sexual preference. At the end he made a somewhat noble call to the audience to vote for his wife. It may save her, but we can’t honestly vote for her this week, because we did not see her perform. Leaving it to our imagination is too much to ask. Guilt and sympathy just don’t play at this house. (10/10)

Conclusion:

This week is always difficult, but usually flaws appear in the dancers, and they kill off the performers that aren’t as diverse or perfect as the rest. We have to place Ashleigh last because she didn’t dance. If you are in a race, and you hurt your leg prior to the race and cannot run, you can’t ask them to place you in first place because you are hurt. This is a competition, if you cannot compete, whatever the circumstance, you lose.

However, the audience does not always follow our beliefs. They often play the spoiler by gifting the sympathy vote. With the work these women put in tonight, we believe they would be wrong to do so.

Finally, we don’t believe the solos mean anything in this competition, so we don’t weigh them as heavily.

Here is how we would call it.

1. Jakob
2. Mollee
3. Ryan
4. Kathryn
5. Russell
6. Ellenore
7. Legacy
8. Ashleigh

We have Legacy and Ashleigh hitting the end of the trail. Legacy and Ellenore are surprises for us, because they had such a stellar first dance. But their second dance was mostly memorable for being so forgettable. It drew criticism not only from us, but from the judges as well. Russell and Ellenore are in danger too. They weren’t quite up to par this week. If any one else is chosen to get eliminated tomorrow, it would be a tragedy for those that performed such amazing feats this evening.

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Tonight’s show, December 8th is most crucial because it determines who will be in the FINALE next week. We’re taking the time to put in the numbers of all eight dancers for you to vote! PLEASE PICK UP THE PHONE AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE.

Ashleigh couldn’t dance tonight because of a shoulder injury, You may still vote for her to dance next week! – 1-888-836-7601

Jakob – “When You Say My Name by Mario Spinetti – 1-888-836-7602

Mollee – “Heartburn” by Alicia Keys – 1-888-836-7603

Legacy – “Fancy Footwork” by Chromeo – 1-888-836-7604

Ellenore – “I Got the Feelin’” by James Brown – 1-888-836-7605

Russell – “Holiday Bucness” – 1-888-836-7606

Kathryn – “Shadowfeet” by Brooke Frasier – 1-888-836-7607

Ryan – “Din Da Da” by Kevin Aviance – 1-888-836-7608

12/01 SYTYCD 6 Top 10 Perform! Some favorites emerge.

This is our first time writing about the dancers this season. We do feel that the top ten are indeed the top ten. There were some disappointments along the way, but overall, these ten are the most deserving. That said, we do have our favorites already.

We knew were were out of sync a bit with the judges on this show when Nigel called Krump “sedentary”. We sincerely recommend that Nigel get a dictionary and thesaurus or to just stop trying to use big words.

The dances were all excellent this week, but we have to disagree with the judges on some of their criticisms. Let’s start with the couple dances and leave the solos to the end.

ROUND 1:

Ryan and Noelle – This was a contemporary piece choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon and music by Melanie Fiona- “Give it To Me Right”. Ryan, as always, was incredibly handsome and captivating with his personality. Noelle shocked us and gets the ranking of the most cosmetically changed dancer this week. In prior weeks we saw her as rather dull. This week she was hot. This dance brought out her sexiness along with a new do that really got our attention. The couple together are extremely sexy and danced this piece with spark. The theme was an office pursuit by the boss (Ryan) that ends up with a harassment suit. Well, if Noelle acted like this in person in the office, no one could blame Ryan. She smoked this. Ryan was the penultimate partner. But he wasn’t the central focus of this pairing. Both were in sync perfectly when they had to be, though, and Ryan clearly helped Noelle shine. The guitar playing of the dance was corny, but the rest was sheer sexuality and talent. Nigel called it last week saying Noelle wasn’t sexy enough. He changed his tune this week, as did we. She has the capability of playing the vixen. Dance was superb. (9/10)

Ashleigh and Legacy – We like these two as independent dancers. We aren’t sure about this pairing. So it is good they got a dance that did not play them as close partners, but as cooperative singles. The dance reminded us of the video game street fighters. The theme was to have the couple battling each other physically, and it brings to mind some of the somewhat corny karate scenes on TV on shows such as “Alias”. It was interesting choreography presented by Gary Stuart. Both Ashleigh and Legacy were in perfect sync, and played their combative roles perfectly. Contemporary is not Ashleigh’s style, but you would never know it from this dance. The ending was perfect with Ashleigh standing facing Legacy, but holding his legs as he stood rigidly on his head, something that we mere humans could never do.The dance was excellent, but there were more to come that were just as stellar, so going this early in the show could have this excellent piece go a bit into obscurity. (9/10)

Katherine and Nathan – We found this to be a superb Broadway piece choreographed by Danny Kaye. It had an old world feel from days of the great musicals like Oklahoma or West Side Story. This was more romantic though like a Fred Astaire movie. It started off great, and Nathan was moving well, keeping his happy character in tune with the dance. Katherine was the stronger performer. She looked flawless and beautiful at the same time. A true leading lady. Nathan, while dancing quite well, does not go with Katherine. It looks like a sixteen year old courting a 24 year old in a dance where the man should be leading. He can dance it, but he can’t play the part convincingly, which is key to Broadway. This was a fun piece, fun to watch, but Nathan lacked charisma. (8/10)

Ellenore and Jakob – Ellenore has a major quirkiness about her and we love the personality she brings to the dance floor. She reminds of Cheryl Burke from Dancing with the Stars. At first Jakob didn’t look the part, but man, can this guy move. Usually we don’t comment on the speed of a man’s legs in dance, but Jakob’s move at the speed of light. Ellenore has a way of looking nearly perfect on the floor. Great smile, fantastic hair and posture. She kept right up with Jakob on this dance and they partnered wonderfully. The chemistry we thought couldn’t be there- was there in spades, to which we give kudos to Ellenore. The couple was smiling ear to ear throughout and had us smiling as well by the time this dance was done. (9/10)

Mollee and Russell – This was a lyrical jazz piece that was choreographed by Mandy Moore. It is a beautiful piece, but blurs the lines between contemporary and jazz. It started off with a touching embrace, with incredible feeling, We have to give Russell an A for effort on this piece. He does an overhead lift and shows diversity way beyond his untrained Krump background. Still, we watched this twice to see if we were wrong after the judges praised him and, well, he was awkward. While he didn’t drop the ball and fought his way through, he didn’t leave us feeling we had watched a professional. Mollee looked mature well beyond her age. Perfect performance by Mollee. (8/10)

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Round 2

Noelle and Ryan – This was a graceful waltz, and Ryan was, as usual, at his best at ballroom style. They provided the Cinderella experience for us all, and lifted us gracefully into a clouded world of fantasy in which we fell asleep. It is very difficult to get into a waltz after some of the powerful artwork and personal expression that comes out of a contemporary dance. Probably why the contemporary dancers tend to take the lead season after season, and why ballroom dances eventually fall short. Still this was a nearly perfect waltz. (8/10)

Kathryn and Nathan – A rumba choreographed by Tony and Melanie did not leave us standing nor did it give us any goose bumps. Nathan was frowning and portraying an angry character throughout trying to be intimidating and just came across as silly. At the end when being judged he kept on this angry foolish face. We think he danced well, but character is as important as posture in this competition and he did not portray the leading man well. Not believable at all. Kathryn on the other hand was stunning and flawless. Loved her. Once again, we hope she is not associated with Nathan’s less than stellar performance. (7/10)

Ashleigh and Legacy – Time to bring out an old theme. The vampire. Legacy came out with his cape dressed like the Count, but, unlike Dracula, was unable to turn them into a pair of wings in this piece. His cape certainly contributed to the problem taking away his ability to perform his more exciting moves in this dance, but his lack of training showed as well. Ashleigh was flawless and for her sake, we hope the audience didn’t notice Legacy or associate him with her performance. (7/10)

Ellenore and Jacob – This was an extremely quirky contemporary piece which fit Ellenore to a T choreographed by Sonya. It also allowed Jacob to show how well he can act. When he stands still before the judges he looks effeminate and humble. But when he had to play a dark character, he shows he has acting down. Unlike Legacy and Nathan, he is believable in his portrayal of a character. He has chemistry with anyone, but the chemistry in this piece was stunning. You would have thought they had danced it a million times. They played off of Ellenore’s move and pause technique and had many moments with Ellenore still portraying her character. Her facial expression and personality shine through. She has become our most memorable girl. And Jacob stole the show from all the other men. He looked fearful and dark, in direct contrast to his true character. This was the best of season so far and possibly the best of all time on this show. If you missed it, and watch it now!! (10/10)

Mollie and Russell – Man, who would want to follow up Eleanor and Jakob’s piece. What can one do but be perfect? This was a standard rock dance and required a ton of energy to pull off. And these two dancers are all energy. This brought Russell back onto our best liked list after his last dance, which the judges liked, but we were less impressed with. Russell’s lifts, throws and enthusiasm ruled this dance. He was both fun and exciting to watch. They nailed this performance, and if not for Ellenore and Jakob, would have been the best of the night. (9.8/10)

Solos:

Mollee – Mollee always does her solo’s well. She looks so young it is disconcerting and hard, at times, to take seriously. But when she dances, watch out. She is a firestorm. She did a sexy solo, shaking about curly locks obscuring her face and her youth. Wearing jeans that looked to be sure were painted on, she still pulled off flex moves that would challenge a rubber band. She is the most athletic of the girl’s this season and clearly has the most energy. It showed and she had a great solo. (9/10)

Noelle – We found Noelle incredibly sexy in her first couples dance, but in her solo she was back a bit to her cutesy look. She needs to pick sexier outfits for her solo or it is hard to be drawn to her. She can dance superbly, but it felt like this solo wasn’t quite up to Mollee’s. Still, this lady can stand on her toes wile pirouetting and that shows signs of hard training and a background in ballet. (8/10)

Ryan – Now, ballroom dancers always have a weakness in solo’s. They cannot typically dance with the strength and diversity of a trained contemporary or jazz dancer. It appears impossible for a ball room dancer to win this competition. Ryan, though, has this major charisma that carries him beyond the dance. In this dance he came across as a superhero. And we expect he could be in the next Superman musical. Unfortunately, his moves are more theatrical than challenging. (8/10)

Kathryn – Kathryn is all grace. She can move with strength, but you are captivated more by her ability to mesmerize you with smooth elegance. However, in this solo, she did not thrill us. It didn’t have that edge required for competition. (7/10)

Russell – Of course, Russell does Krump. Nigel said it was sedentary. WE hope he was joking. This was powerful. We have not really understood krump until now, and we can tell you, Russell defines it. (10/10)

Nathan – No doubt Nathan is one of the most talented dancers on this show, but he has a personality that does not appeal. He overdoes things, crying at the end of the dance and making frowning angry faces throughout his solo. It turned us off. (7/10)

Ellenore– If quirkiness could win this competition, Eleanor has that in spades. Her movements are so unexpected at times and her jerky movements are her trademark. A quick move and a pause. Then another. Then another. All providing the viewer a chance to view her position. However, Eleanor is not as talented a dancer as Noelle or Kathryn when it comes to solos. (7/10)

Legacy – We have seen some great break dancers on this show. Legacy is better than any of them. Some of his moves just don’t seem humanly possible. His solos are incredible to watch and in this lies his strength. No one is more fun to watch or more amazing. At the end you are just shaking your head and wondering how he does it. (10/10)

Ashleigh – What is most amazing about Ashleigh is the character she becomes when dancing. When you look at her standing still, she isn’t much to look at. But when she dances, she takes on a different aura. Her legs are fast, surely, but not as fast as some dancers from prior years. But her ability to draw us in during her dancing and her sexiness is unquestionable She comes across as in control and fearless. This is where she is meant to be. (9/10)

Jakob – If we were to have to set the odds in Las Vegas for the most probable to win this competition, Jakob is it. He isn’t assuming and is so incredibly talented. While he has a bit of an effeminate personality, it isn’t overplayed and he is lovable and graceful in personality. But when he dances, well, there is no one this season that holds a candle to him. (10/10)

That leaves it time to put our dancers in place.

1. Jakob
2. Ellenore
3. Mollie
4. Noelle
5. Russell
6. Ashleigh
7. Ryan
8. Kathryn
9. Legacy
10. Nathan

This is how we think it will play out. Nathan gets to the bottom not for his talent or dancing as much as his personality. Legacy showed major cracks in his ability to do other than break dancing. We cannot see him winning the competition, and he could go as well, but we figure he has a much bigger following because of his superhuman tricks during the solos. Kathryn was great, but was impacted in our judgement by Nathan and drawn down the list. Ryan is great and fun to watch, but so far behind Jakob and not growing as impressively as Russell. We don’t believe we need to explain the rest other than to say if Jakob doesn’t get hit by a truck, he already won the season.

There you go.

The Music for this episode:

Nappytabs hip hop (Noelle & Ryan):  “Give It To Me Right” Music By: Melanie Fiona

Gary Stuart contemporary (Ashleigh & Legacy): “Poison” Music By: The Prodigy

Mollee’s solo: “Rock the Beat” Music By: LM*AO

Russell’s solo: “Outros” Music By: Black Milk

Spencer Liff Broadway (Kathryn & Nathan): “Choreography” Music By: Danny Kaye

Noelle’s solo: “Everytime It Rains” Music By: Charlotte Martin

Tony & Melanie quickstep (Elleanore & Jakob): “Four Brothers” Music By: Manhattan Transfer

Ryan’s solo: “Rock You Like a Hurricane” Music By: Scorpion

Kathryn’s solo: “Beautiful” Music By: Bethany Dillon

Mandy Moore: lyrical jazz (Mollee & Russell): “It Must Have Been Love” Music By: Roxette

Nathan’s solo: “Golden Train” Music By: Justin Nozuka

JT and Tomas smooth waltz (Noelle & Ryan): “Jeaux d’eau” Music By: Cirque du Soleil O Soundtrack

Elleanore’s solo: “Beatbox Harmonica” Music By: Yuri Lane

Dave Scott hip hop (Ashleigh & Legacy): “Slow Down” Music By: Bobby Valentino

Tony & Melanie rumba (Kathryn & Nathan): “Walk On By”  Music By: Aretha Franklin

Legacy’s solo: “No Air” Music By: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown

Sonya Tayeh contemporary (Elleanore & Jakob): “Tore My Heart” Music By: OONA & Dave Tweedie

Ashleigh’s solo: “Batucada Por Favor” Music By: Bob Azzam

Anya & Pasha jive (Mollee & Russell): “Land of 1,000 Dances” Music By: Jimmy Barnes

Jakob’s solo: “Always Midnight” acoustic Music By: Pat Monahan

(VIDEOS) 61st Emmy Nominations 2009 Recap

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The Prime Time Emmy nominations were announced, with several new surprises like FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, FAMILY GUY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and stalwarts like 30 ROCK and MAD MEN. Get the full rundown here!

Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) announce the nominees for the 2009 Emmy Awards.

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Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy had the privilege of co-announcing the 61st Annual Emmy nominees for 2009 for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and learned of her nomination during the announcement.

Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory had the privilege of co-announcing the 61st Annual Emmy nominees for 2009 for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and learned of his first time nomination during the announcement.

6/25 SYTYCD 5 Results Are In for the Top 18

We have seen disappointment on this show repeatedly over the years, and we have watched it since year one. We go to see the show live each year, and are repeatedly stunned by the endearing personalities and inspiring talent of the dancers. So when we see any dancer that does not deserve to go home get eliminated, we are saddened.

When that dancer was part of a team that wowed us the night before and was clearly, if not the absolute best, among the best of the night, we are even more disappointed. And yet, we have yet to see what we considered the top three of either the male or female groups eliminated before the top 10. And we felt the same this week.

Still, last night, Randi and Evan were weak and were lucky. We believe it is their cute personalities and their humble origins that make them both way too lovable to vote against. Cuteness won out, and this couple was pardoned for a less than stellar evening last night. They escaped the bottom 3, but we think they deserved to be there more than one couple that was placed there and would eventually lose a dancer.

Caitlin and Jason were very weak last night in their Hip Hop routine. Jason was better, but wasn’t stellar. Caitlin has no feel for hip hop at all. But we feel that what transpired is ashame in a way, because we think that hip hop is the least important dance to master. Honestly, it is not in the same category as ballet, contemporary and ball room. This show has brought it to the forefront and made it entertaining, but to eliminate a dancer that is excellent because they cant “hit” a Hip Hop routine is sad. But would this doom them? Well, it did put them in the bottom 3.

Ashley and Kupono were also weak in their Hip Hop, and as we mentioned, when you get to go last, you have a chance to really nail the routine and get the most votes because the audience will remember you the best. The problem is, if you don’t, they remember that as well. Ashley and Kupono stepped out and embarrassed themselves. There was no style to their dance. It hit about as hard as a helium balloon. And the moves were as crisp as over-cooked spaghetti. Nothing about this performance did anything for us. In the other dances, one dancer was significantly better than the other. In this dance, neither did it for us. And they went to the bottom 3. So of the two soft Hip Hop performances, both couples were sent to dance for their lives.

max-ashleyKayla and Max performed one of the absolute best routines last night. Janette and Brandon were better, but there is no way this couple was in the bottom 3, and yet, there they were. America abandoned them. We expected Ashley and Kupono. We expected Caitlin and Jason. But Kayla and Max? No way. Compare them to any other couple last night and they were as good or better consistently than almost any of them. But America did them a disservice and placed them in a situation in which they had to dance for their lives.

Where does that logically place us? Well, Kayla is untouchable in our minds by the judges. They have promoted her too strongly, so if she didn’t fall down and hit her head on the stage, she wasn’t going to get sent home. That left either Caitlin or Ashley. It could have gone either way, but Caitlin’s solo was much better and that put the final nail in Ashley’s coffin. A sad ending to a great season and a horrible follow up to last week’s stellar performance. All primarily because of hip hop, a dance that, while fun, really is weak in the world of dance competition. Ashley is not the best of this group of women, but she did not deserve to go home yet, and it is pathetic that it is because of a hip hop routine.

Jason pulled out a spectacular solo and is amazing as a stand alone dancer. We would have been very upset if he had been eliminated as well because of being assigned a weak dance style. He wasn’t. He was great and the judges acknowledged it.

But what comes next is ashame no matter which dancer gets eliminated. Max was in one of the two or three best couples last night and shouldn’t even have to dance for his survival. And Kupono is an incredibly diverse and talented dancer. Kupono’s solo, though, was weak. He should have done much better. But the judges went for diversity over quality in this case and eliminated Max. Max was robbed because he should never have had to do a solo tonight. It was sad, but he wasn’t the man that was going to win this competition anyway.

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That said, two dancers departed that could not have been the winner of this year’s competition, so we don’t feel all that badly about their departure. However, we believe one was the luck of the dance draw and the other a victim of an audience that missed the performance.

We did pick two of the couples in the bottom three correctly. We do think Ashley lost the solo and thus was the correct gal to ship off. Max isn’t diverse enough. At best he is a Dmitri, a fourth place finisher. But we still felt he did not deserve it this week.

So, we were left a bit perplexed at one of America’s choices for the bottom three, but were in tune with the other two. We did expect Caitlin’s elimination, but could have seen either Kupono or Max go home.

The hardest thing now is it splits a couple. Max and Kayla were great together. Max is a great leading man for Kayla to follow on the floor. He has possibly the best partnering skills out of the group of men this year. As a result, Kayla has to dance with a partner with whom she is not familiar. And Kupono has a vastly different style. It could be very difficult for Kayla to get past that, and certainly it puts them at a severe disadvantage next week.

Couples who are safe and dancing next week:
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Brandon and Janette
Karla and Jason
Evan and Randi
Ade and Melissa
Asuka and Vitolio
Philip and Jeanine

Bottom Three:

Kupono and Ashley
Caitlin and Jason
Max and Kayla

Eliminated: Max Kapitannikov and Ashley Valerio

Elimination Week Video Recap