American Idol 9 Top 4 Review: Movie Themes Are Dull and So Was Tonight

We are kind of getting bored with the this show.  It appears the judges and producers cannot hear themselves.

First they want people to sound current, and then then have them do Sinatra and Elvis.  Now this week, they have them do movie themes?  What could possibly be less relevant for new performers than to sing tunes from old movies?

And then they have the performers play duets?  That is just plain unfair.  You cannot pair up two men doing a duet easily, but a woman/man pairing is much more natural.  So anyone that got Bowersox was going to naturally sound better.  We therefore find the duet competition inherently unfair.

Still, the outcome is rather predictable.


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Solos:

1. Lee DeWyze – “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal from Batman Forever– Lee didn’t change this song up like he normally does.  His sound was great, but he just played the original.  Lee is normall off key at times, and we found it amusing that the judges pointed it out like it was some kind of revelation.  Being on key is not Lee’s strong point, it is being original.  This wasn’t.  7/10

2. Michael Lynche – “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson from Free Willy– Boring.  6/10


3. Casey James – “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkle from The Graduate – This is a classic tune from The Graduate in which Mrs. Robinson seduced a younger man.  Of course, with the theme of the season being Casey’s seduction by Shania Tain and Kara, we think it a comical choice showing Casey has a sense of humor.  It was taken way too seriously. We liked Casey’s performance and twist on the song, and we liked the mandolin, but still no knock out punch. 8/10

4. Crystal Bowersox – “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins from Caddyshack – We like the original.  Some of the judges seemed to think this was better than the original.  It wasn’t. 8/10

Duets:

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze – “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from Once – This sounded like it belonged on the radio or as the theme song of a current movie.  It was a classic play off of two great vocals augmenting each to make it sound better than the two alone.  That is what a duet should, and this hit the mark dead on.  Awesome performance. (10/10)

Casey James and Michael Lynche – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” by Bryan Adams from Don Juan DeMarco – Corny.  The guitar by Casey was great, but this is NOT a guitar competition.  These two guys look as natural on stage together as plastic and nuclear waste.  it was dull and the performance left us cringing.  The judges praised it, but it honestly stunk except for the guitar. 6/10

Conclusion:

It is obvious from the audience’s responses tonight this is setting up as a Crystal versus Lee final.  Lee will have to be more original than tonight to win, but he has done that all season and the duet with Crystal was a killer.

Comes down to elimination of either Casey or Michael.  We think Casey is better.  We think the audience will too.  Bye Mike.

8/6 So You Think You Can Dance 5 Culminates, America’s Favorite Dancer Revealed

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CONGRATULATIONS, JEANINE MASON! America’s Favorite Dancer 2009, Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. You are our favorite dancer! We wish you the best in your dancing career. With 21.6 million voters also by your side indeed, you can dance!

To Brandon Bryant, Evan Kasprzak, Kayla Radomski you bested all others in the competition… Consider yourselves “made” guys! Kudos to all of you… Things are just going to get better from hereon.

Watch Evan Kasprzak’s Elimination, 3rd runner-up:

Watch Kayla Radomski’s elimination, 4th runner-up

Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. See you then!

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SYTYCD Top 4 Jeanine Mason and Brandon Bryant in a Louis van Amstel dance: Paso Doble, The ‘Matrix Revolutions’ style

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Jeanine Mason and Brandon Bryant Paso Doble “Tetsujin” from The Matrix Revolutions | Choreography by Louis van Amstel

SYTYCD Top 2 Girls Jeanine Mason and Kayla Radomski in a Mia Michaels Contemporary

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Jeanine Mason and Kayla Radomski Contemporary “The Four Sections: IV (Full Orchestra)”—Steve Reich | Choreography by Mia Michaels

SYTYCD Top 4 Jeanine Mason and Evan Kasprzak in a Sonya Tayeh Jazz “Heartbreaker”

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Jeanine Mason and Evan Kasprzak, Jazz “Heartbreaker”—MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend | Choreography by Sonya Tayeh

8/5 So You Think You Can Dance Finale Night, Last Top 4 Performances

This is it! After So You Think You Can Dance premiered on May 21, 2009 we have arrived to the end and down to the final performances of the fifth season.

We have watched the show week after week, hungry for stars to come out from these unknown dancers, hungry for big memorable performances but we sit here on the Finale and we are left half-full- unsatiated, not fully satisfied. We keep comparing STYCD 5 from last Season and the season before that- it really fell short.

The judges make up for that fact by saying they have the most technical dancers out of all season and everyone’s equal but Nigel also keeps reminding these dancers even towards the last six dancers that they are still looking for the “stars” to come out. The only stars we see coming close to being called that are Evan Kasprzak and Jeanine Mason. The judges would insist on Kayla Radomski being a star- she has been the ‘judges’ pet (esp Nigel’s) since auditions, we think otherwise.

Again, these are all amazing, great dancers but somehow the x-factor is slightly missing. There’s an ingredient we couldn’t quite pinpoint that was there in Benjie, Joshua, Katee, Twitch, Mark, Chelsie, and Courtney, even Lacey, Gev and Kherington.

We feel this Season is between Evan Kasprzak and Jeanine Mason becoming “America’s Favorite Dancer.” But America could shock us by picking out Brandon Bryant or Kayla Radomski in the end.

Our own personal pick stand between Evan and Jeanine. I think they have the most ‘winning star qualities’ one could look for in a talent.

These are the current standing:

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Week: 6/11 6/18 6/25 7/2 7/9 7/16 7/23 7/30 8/6
Contestant Result
Brandon Bryant Btm 4
Evan Kasprzak
Jeanine Mason Btm 3 Btm 3
Kayla Radomski Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 4

Out of all the dancers, Evan Kasprzak managed to remain “safe” this whole time. This guy has never been in the bottom three! Brandon was in the bottom three once. Kayla have been there three times while Jeanine twice. If this is a predictor of how America votes, then Evan can win this competition.

>> Watch Brandon and Jeanine in a Paso Doble.

>> Watch Jeanine and Kayla dance together in a Mia Michaels contemporary

>> Watch Jeanine and Evan in a Sonya Tayeh Jazz piece

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If you think otherwise then you have got to vote for your favorites! These are the numbers to call:

Brandon (View Profile)1-888-836 -7601

Evan (View Profile)1-888-836-7603

Jeanine (View Profile) 1-888-836-7602

Kayla (View Profile)1-888-836-7604

You have two hours to dial. Keep hitting those buttons!


SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Brandon Bryant

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So You Think You Can Dance 5 Second Runner-Up | Brandon Joshua Bryant

Nickname: Brock, B

Birthday: July 26, 1989

Status: Single

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah

Age: 19

Auditioned in: Denver, Colorado

Dancer Profile:

FIND MORE BRANDON BRYANT…

Auditioned in previous years, but sure this season will be the best: “I’m sorry, hands down. I’m like, watch out! I feel like there’s so much variety. Yeah, we have like five contemporary boys, but they’re all so different. One has movement, one has strength, one has legs. It’s crazy. Then you have these hip hop boys. One’s a popper, one’s just doing his own style. I’m like, whaa?! And then there are four ballroom people. Everyone’s so strong and so unique that this season is going to be on fire.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Bryant began dancing ballet at age 10. He is a graduate of Coral Reef Senior High School and now attends Miami Dade College. His most memorable dance experience was performing for Madonna at her daughter’s birthday party. (FOX)

Brandon’s signature move

Top 4 Solo Performance, Final 4: “Dies Irae”—Karl Jenkins

Top 6 Solo Performance: “O Fortuna”–Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg & Kurt Pretsel (The best solo this season!)

Fox 13 News: Utah Dancers: Randi and Brandon Make Another Round of Cuts on SYTYCD

Interview with Top 20 partner Janette Manrara

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Kayla Radomski

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Kayla Jenee Radomski

Birthday: January 19, 1991

Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary

Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

Currently Resides: Aurora, Colo.

Age: 18

School: “I graduated high school.”

Other talents/hobbies: “Acting, modeling, singing, swimming”

Favorite professional dancer: “Brian Friedman”

Dancer Profile:


MORE KAYLA RADOMSKI…

Inspired by her family: “They’ve given up a lot for me. My mom’s a single mom, so we live with my grandparents in order for me to continue to dance and afford all the classes. They’re extremely excited for me.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Radomski has been dancing for most of her life, and participating in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is one of her most rewarding experiences. She is grateful to her amazing mother who has supported her love of dance for so many years. Radomski also enjoys acting and singing. (FOX)

Top 4 Solo performance, Final 4: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”—Eurythmics

Kayla’s Top 10 Solo: “Rock Your Soul” – Elisa

Kayla’s signature move

Interview with Tony Bellissimo

Before SYTYCD:
Photoshoot for “Ice Princess”

Brian Friedman’s advanced class at The Pulse

Dancing at a young age: