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.

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

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Nathan Trasoras

Full Name: Nathaniel David Trasoras

Nickname: Nathan

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Downey, CA

Currently Resides: Downey, CA

Age: 18

Siblings: Brothers Mikey and Tony

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite professional dancer: Travis Wall (contemporary), Mikey Trasoras and Twitch (hip hop)

Professional work: “America’s Got Talent” backup dancer. Bollywood video.

Other talents/hobbies: Trumpet, ping-pong, video games

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: Travis Wall and Twitch Boss

Nathan Trasoras began dancing at age 10 and trained at the West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. His other interests include playing the trumpet and table tennis.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “It is inspiring.”

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Nathan tried playing several different sports as a kid, but says he was never very good at any of them. Inspired by his older brother, a hip-hop and contemporary dancer, he decided to start taking classes when he was 10. He credits his parents for his success: “In middle school, kids started making fun of me, so in 7th grade, my parents moved me to Orange County High School of the Arts. I appreciate my parents so much. They paid so much money to send me there [despite] having problems with money … I’m very emotional right now … There have been so many ups and downs in my life and they’ve always supported me. I just want to make them proud.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I am Nathan Trasoras, 18, and I teach dance to people. I love learning and I appreciate positive energy from other dancers and artists. I audition for L.A. jobs and hope to live my dream. I am from Downey, California and assist certain choreographers.

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SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Mollee Gray

Full Name: Mollee Gray

Nickname: Molls and Mollster

Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Upland, CA

Age: 18

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Professional Work: High School Musical 1 – 3, The American Mall

Favorite professional dancer: Joey Dowling

Other talents/hobbies: Singing, acting, gymnastics.

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance Alumni: “Allison Holker – I trained at T.D.C. with her and always idolized her.”

Mollee Gray has been dancing for 15 years and has appeared in all three “High School Musical” films. She has a hearing impairment in one ear, but doesn’t let that stand in the way of her love for dancing. Gray’s interests include singing, acting and gymnastics

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “This is definitely going to be a lifetime, memorable experience.”

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Though she’s an actress and a singer and goes on an average of five auditions every week, she says Vegas was brutal: “I’ve never been so stressed [while] auditioning in my life! The pressure is [intense].” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Hey my name is Mollee Gray and I am 18. 🙂 I am from Orem, Utah but just moved here to California!! I have been in all 3 High School Musicals and The American Mall. I am a singer and actress as well. I love to do anything that I can express myself with. I’m just a fun girl that enjoys life. 🙂

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SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Ellenore Scott

Full Name: Ellenore Paige Scott

Specialty: Contemporary/Jazz

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 19

Professional work: Company Dancer with Von Howard Project and with Nathan Trice Rituals.

Talents/hobbies: “I like to cook, speak Japanese, and paint.”

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “I really liked Jeanine’s and Phillip’s styles!”

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Ellenore has dance in her blood: “I labeled myself as a contemporary dancer for the show, however [executive producer] Nigel [Lythgoe] coined the term Lockerina because my father is a pop-and-locker and my mother is a ballerina, so I fused the two together and made a ballet/pop-locking solo! So I’m going to try and bring some of that with me, but I’m mostly contemporary.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Ellenore Scott, native Californian, loves to randomly speak Japanese and eat sushi. Residing now in Brooklyn, NY, Ellenore freelances in different companies while wandering the streets for inspirational art. Ellenore hopes to win Season 6 and continues to thank her family and friends for their support.

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SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Jakob Karr

Full Name: Jakob Karr

Nickname: Jake

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Windermere, FL

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 19

Audition City: New Orleans, LA

School: “I am currently a sophomore at Fordham University in NYC.”

Favorite professional dancer: Joey Dowling

Other talents/hobbies: SCUBA diving and anything/everything pertaining to water activities

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “Jeanine Mason and I have been best friends for years. She is so talented and remains extremely level-headed. She is a wonderful person.”

Jakob Karr is a sophomore at Fordham University in New York. In 2008, he was named New York City Dance Alliance’s National Senior Outstanding Dancer. In addition to dancing, he also enjoys scuba diving.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “I am so excited. This is the first time I’ve ever done a real photo shoot. The glitz and glamour is so exciting and I can’t wait to get in front of the camera.” (FOX)


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Jakob is very close with Season 5 winner, Jeanine Mason, as both she and he are from Florida and danced in several competitions together: “I would go down to [ Miami] and stay with her and she would come [to Orlando] and stay with me, and we did an intensive two-week [program] in New York in 2007 and that’s when we really bonded and became best friends.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

My name is Jakob Karr. I’m a 19 year old contemporary dancer from Orlando, FL. Dance is my life and I think it is the most beautiful art form on the planet. I want to send love to my family and friends and my Amys in New York!

Solo, December 1st 2009:

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Russell Ferguson

Full Name: Russell Lewis Ferguson

Nickname: Gutta or Mann

Specialty: Hip Hop/Krump

Hometown: Boston, MA

Currently Resides: Boston, MA

Age: 20

Audition City: Boston, MA

Russell Ferguson is Season 6 America’s favorite Dancer and winner of $250,000.00!!

Other talents/hobbies: Drawing, acting, singing, rapping, video editing, Music Maker

Russell Ferguson started dancing when he was 3 years old and began dancing professionally at age 6. He trained at the Boston Art Academy and has worked with Boston City Lights. His interests include acting, singing, drawing, rapping and making music.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “To sum it up: side-street.”

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The first krump dancer to make the Top 20, Russell feels he was born to do this: “When I was little, my mom asked my sisters and my little brother and I what we wanted to be when we grew up and I automatically said I wanted to be a dancer and an artist. Ever since then, I never turned back. At first, it was just watching videos and picking up movements from there. And then I started going to classes at this local dance company called Boston City Lights. You know, it was free and that helped me develop in lots of areas.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance profile:

My name is Russell Ferguson. I was born in Boston, M.A. and I am 20 years old. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old and I’m still going. My drive in life is guided by God and my motivation comes from my parents. I hope the world could see me as an artist and hopefully appreciates what I’m putting out there.

SYTYCD 5 Tour Preparations, Top 12 performs to LA crowd

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top 12 performing a clip of the Broadway, “Brand New Day” group number and some interviews.