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

SYTYCD Top 6 Group opening dance: ‘Send in the Clowns’ Choreography by Tyce Diorio

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Group dance: “Send in the Clowns”—Judy Collins (Broadway; Choreographer: Tyce Diorio)

7/30 So You Think You can Dance 5 Results Night, get ready for your Top 4 finalists

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All right we are very pleased with the results. There’s no way we are watching the Finale without Jeanine Mason in it! We already lost Janette Manrara and she should have been in the finale instead of Kayla.

When it came down to the guys, Brandon and Evan (except for Philip Chbeeb) really have been the more popular among the guys so it’s no surprise to see them in the finale. Then again maybe Ade should have been in the finale.

In tonight’s results, we bid farewell to a Ballerina and a Contemporary dancer: Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi respectively. We wonder if word got around about the racy photos Ade purportedly posted on a website mostly catering to gay men. Has executive producer Nigel Lythgoe knew about the photos and fixed the elimination of Ade to do damage control? Or the fans were turned off and did not vote for him. (Sorry we can’t post the link of the website here, we don’t want to be associated with it. You’ll just have to google it if you really want to see the alleged pics.)

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The show featured four of the Emmy nominated dances and it was a real treat to see them on TV again. Most especially we get to see the dancers who made the dance even more exciting. There was something off in all their dancing though and when we put up the video you’ll see what we mean. It wasn’t as smooth and flawless as we remembered it done. We even saw the live performances in the tour. Perhaps because it has been a while since they danced together as partners and we’re sure the rehearsal time was limited for them. Over all, it was great! Nice feat for SYTYCD if any of these dances do win the Emmy.

• Bleeding Love • performed by Mark Kanemura and Chelsie Hightower
Tabitha D’umo, Choreographer
Napoleon D’umo, Choreographer

• Mercy • Katee Shean and Twitch Boss
Mia Michaels, Choreographer

• Adam and Eve / Silence • Performed by William Wingfield and Jessica King
Tyce Diorio, Choreographer

• A Los Amigos • performed by Joshua Allen and Chelsie Hightower
Dmitry Chaplin, Choreographer

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We’ll see you on the Finale night! The finale show will be held LIVE at the Kodak theater in Los Angeles, CA on August 5th.

“One” for the SYTYCD 100th Episode Group dance, Music from ‘A Chorus Line’

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Group dance: “One” – A Chorus Line (Contemporary; Choreographer: Mia Michaels)

Behind the Choreography with Mia Michaels

Behind the look of the Top 8 Group dance with Soyon

SYTYCD 100th Episode relive the Emmy Winning Choreography of Mia Michaels and Wade Robson

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Travis Wall and Heidi Groskreutz from Season two
Contemporary “Bench” routine. Music: “Calling You”—Celine Dion. Choreography by: Mia Michaels

2007 Emmy Winner: Outstanding Choreography, Mia Michaels (choreographer) For episode “Calling You”.

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Group dance Season two: “Ramalama (Bang Bang)”—Róisín Murphy (Choreographer: Wade Robson)
Performers (if you can spot them!): Allison Holker, Benji Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Donyelle Jones, Heidi Groskreutz, Ivan Koumaev, Martha Nichols, Travis Wall, Wade Robson

2007 Emmy Winner: Outstanding Choreography, Wade Robson (choreographer) For episode “Ramalama (Bang Bang)”.

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Jaimie Goodwin and Hokuto “Hok” Konishi of Season 3, Jazz “The Chairman’s Waltz” from Memoirs of a Geisha, Choreography by: Wade Robson

2008 Emmy Winner: Outstanding Choreography: Wade Robson
For the routine “Hummingbird and Flower” set to “The Chairman’s Waltz” (episode #3.10)

SYTYCD 5 Results night, Top 10 Group Dance “So Much Betta” By Janet Jackson

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Group dance: “So Much Betta”—Janet Jackson (Choreographer: Wade and Amanda Robson)


Behind the Choreography with Wade Robson

Behind the look of the Top 10 performance

7/9 So You Think You Can Dance 5 Results Shape Up Who is going on tour. Guess what? All 12 Go!

We love to blow our own horn. Of course we do. Who doesn’t? But we were off just a bit. The audience put Melissa and Ade in the bottom 3 and both of them did solos that left little down the vote was wrong. They don’t have the sex appeal of the other dancers, but they have a strength that will not be easily eliminated. SAFE.

Our other favorite from last night, in fact our absolute favorite by far… Jeannette and Brandon – were obviously proclaimed safe.

Kayla & Kupono were the top of our bottom four. We were not overly enthused by Kupono last night, but Kayla was awesome. So what do you do? The audience decided to keep them…SAFE.

Randi and Evan were not up to snuff last night, especially Evan. But they have that American apple pie vote. And their victory kicked out Jeanine and Phillip, another pair in our bottom four.

Jeanine and Phillip were interesting last night in their performances. Jeanine was spectacular and it would be good to see her dance with real broad-based male talent. Phillip was fun, but is not diverse in any way. We wanted him gone weeks prior. They could not eliminate one of the best dancers on the floor just to to keep Phillip. So they didn’t. Phillip got the boot, but will be on the tour anyway.

caitlin_philip_eliminatedCaitlin and Jason were great but boring. Their dances just weren’t memorable. They did not grab us and make us want tot grab that phone. America agreed. Bottom three and our bottom of the bottom.

Jason shook off the disaster of being in the bottom three again, with a powerful, even if seemingly desperate, solo. And Phillip could not compete with the flex dance.

Caitlin was clearly in danger after the solos. It wasn’t because her solo was not on par with any of the great solos this year. It was because they remember her boring performances from last night, and because neither of the women competing against her were not within a hair of her performance, give or take. It was a dead heat, so last night’s dances came into play and the judges already had made up their mind based on that. We had as well. Goodbye, Caitlin. BUT NO!! Caitlin gets to go on the show!!!! They want BOLLYWOOD!!!

Top 12 elimination recap

SYTYCD 5 Elimination Top 14 Results, Did America get it Right? Yes, they did (not)!

America’s vote nailed Phillip and Jeanine and we were only right on two couples in the bottom three. But Phillip did a great solo and did not belong here tonight after he got hip hop again last night. He should have gone last week or the week before, but this week, he didn’t belong here. The other two couples unfortunately did, but only by a hair.

Randi and Evan thankfully escaped. We love them and think the judges were totally unfair in their criticisms last night. Still, we did see them at the top of the bottom three, and they survived without having to dance for their lives.

Kupono was not so lucky. We felt that he didn’t cut it last night, while he was great other nights, but he was thrust into the bottom. And his solo was horrible. But lucky or not, he survived.

karla_vitolioSo that left Vitolio, someone we thought could make the bottom three because of a rather unmemorable performance. The judges were cruel after his solo saying that at the end of the day all he had was a great presence on stage but the performance was lacking. These judges have been calling his praises for weeks and know that is far far from the truth. He had a bad night. His solo was better than Kupono’s. There were other factors at work here. But still, we did see him in the bottom three if Randi and Evan did not get in.

For the women, the best solo by far was danced by the one woman that did not belong here. Jeanine nailed the solo and literally embarrassed the other girls. She is a stunning dancer that has carried Phillip for weeks and she deserves to be in this.

So, that left Kayla and Karla. Not much difference in the names, but there is a difference in their talent. Once again, the judges missed the mark as to why. Kayla is just better. Karla could have spun cartwheels in the stars and not won this. The judges had already made up their minds. So their comment that Karla was lacking star quality was just stupid filler. If she isn’t a star, what do you call the top 20? They are all star quality.

And so we say goodbye to Karla and Vitolio. We think that Phillip is entertaining, but doesn’t belong here on the basis of his overall talent. We do like him though and he did kill it last night. And we think Kayla had better step it up big time, because while the judges are singing her praises, we, the audience, obviously aren’t getting it and she keeps getting the honor of doing survival solos.

Elimination recap from the judges and comments from Karla and Vitolio