Jeanine Mason and Ade Obayomi, Hip-hop “Move (If You Wanna)”—Mims | Choreography by: Tabitha D’umo and Napoleon D’umo
Jeanine Mason and Ade Obayomi, Hip-hop “Move (If You Wanna)”—Mims | Choreography by: Tabitha D’umo and Napoleon D’umo
Kayla Radomski and Brandon Bryant, Contemporary piece: “All I Want”—Ahn Trio | Choreography by Stacey Tookey
We have followed this season from the beginning and as it progressed we were hoping week after week that stars will emerge and we’ll really feel connected with the dancers rather than just become a viewer showing no interest to any of them. Last year and the previous years, there were stars and we could pick them early on. We became instant fans!
We are now at the Top 6. The final six dancers and we still don’t have any favorite male dancer. No one has emerged victor and a star. Evan is closest just because his style is unique but overall, he’s really not great with other form of dance. Ade or Brandon could be in the final two but Evan could be too; we have no problem because they’re all on equal footing. No standout. They could eliminate all three and we won’t miss them!
The only thing we can say at this point in the competition is We MISS MIAMI and wished she is in the Finale with Jeanine Mason. We want Janette Manrara in the finale! We couldn’t care about Melissa and Kayla no matter how we try. They are fabulous dancers and great at what they do but they are not “STARS” the way Janette and Jeanine are.
We are still griping over Janette’s elimination. America better not eliminate Jeanine Mason or else…
Here are our Top pick dances. Click on the link to watch them:
Dance Solo introduction plus recap of all dances
This is your most important numbers yet! Your call is crucial to who’s going into the Final 4, please vote for your favorites! We have the numbers here for you and their solos to remind you…
Kayla’s solo – “You Found Me” by the Fray – 1-888-836-7601
Ade’s solo – “18th floor balcony” by Blue October – 1-888-836-7602
Melissa’s solo – “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone – 1-888-836-7603
Brandon’s solo – “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff – 1-888 – 836 -7604
An encore to Brandon’s audition performance of “O Fortuna” where Mary Murphy shed tears after witnessing the performance and exclaiming she’s gonna die this year if Brandon does not make it into the Top 20! Brandon was clever. It is the best solo ever on SYTYCD. If that solo does not get him into the Finale, we think we’ll just die this year…
Jeanine’s solo – “Feedback” by Janet Jackson – 1-888-836-7605
Evan’s solo – “Lady is a Tramp” by Sammy Davis Jr. – 1-888-836-7606
Always a class act. 3 E’s! Evan’s Broadway solos are exciting, entertaining and exquisite.
Melissa Lynn Sandvig
Birthday: April 30, 1980
Status: Married, “for over 4 years.”
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Currently Resides: Los Alamitos, Calif.
School: “I graduated high school in 1998.”
Other talents/hobbies: “Ariel ballet, traveling, baking”
Favorite professional dancer: “Sylvie Guillem”
Choreographers would like to work with: “I would love to work with Mia Michaels because I know I would be pushed beyond my ability and comfort zone.”
Judges refer to her as the naughty ballerina: “I’m the oldest and the only ballerina [to make the Top 20], so it’s a couple firsts. I’m excited about that… [I’ve been dancing for] 24 years, which is older than a lot of these people are!” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com
Sandvig has been dancing for most of her life. She has danced with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, LA Opera, Long Beach Ballet and Helios Dance Theater. A highlight for Sandvig was performing “Le Coeur Illumine” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (FOX)
Melissa’s Top 6 solo performance: “I Put A Spell On You”—Nina Simone
Melissa’s Top 8 Solo: “Heads Will Roll”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Melissa’s Top 10 Solo which she performed twice being in the bottom 3 that week: “Gabriel” – Lamb
Melissa’s signature move
Interview with Kupono Aweau
So You Think You Can Dance 5 Second Runner-Up | Brandon Joshua Bryant
Nickname: Brock, B
Birthday: July 26, 1989
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah
Auditioned in: Denver, Colorado
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
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
Full Name: Adetokunbo Obayomi
Nickname: A-night, A-dawg
Birthday: December 6, 1988
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
Currently Resides: Orange County, Calif.
School: “Chapman University, I’m a Freshman.”
Other talents/hobbies: “I love to DJ and digitally mixing music.”
Favorite professional dancer: “Desmond Richardson”
Choreographers would like to work with: “Mia Michaels and Wade Robson”
Looks up to Travis Wall from season two: “He’s an amazing dancer. I took class with him before he was on the show and have followed [his career]. He’s crazy, he’s so innovative. His moves, fresh. So, for me, he’s one of my favorites.”
Fears: “Bollywood. I don’t know what it is, so I’m just like, uh oh… I’m getting into ballroom though, so that one doesn’t scare me as much anymore.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com
Obayomi has been dancing since he was 6 years old. He is a graduate of Corona Del Sol High School and currently attends Chapman University. A dance highlight for him was performing at Radio City Music Hall. (FOX)
Ade’s Top 6 Solo: “18th Floor Balcony”—Blue October
Ade’s Top 8 Solo: “Hater”—Various
Ade’s Top 10 Solo: “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
Ade’s signature move
Interview with Asuka Kondoh
Chelsie Hightower (Is that her real name?) is a strikingly beautiful dancer born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom, and she has the fastest legs we have ever seen. Last year, a Russian dancer named Anya struck us because of her incredible leg speed. Chelsie is faster.
Chelsie has danced since she was just 9 years old, and there are pictures of her from competitive dances from an age where most of us were being challenged by hide and seek. But in the world of dance, to be as great as Chelsie, most have to start very young.
We were very disappointed this week because Chelsie was eliminated from the finals, despite not once being in the bottom prior to this week. We think she beat Courtney this week and, while we love Courtney and think she is another incredible talent, we believe that Chelsie was dealt a bad hand. She received Twitch as a partner and he could not dance the Mambo well enough, and it hurt their performance. To boot, while Courtney got two dances that catered to her style, Chelsie got thrown Hip Hop. She still was fantastic, but Hip Hop was about as far from Latin Ballroom as it could be.
Chelsie graduated from Timpanagos High School in 2007 and is 19 years old, born July 21, 1989. She just celebrated her 19th birthday!!! Happy Birthday Chelsie!!! She is going to college at Utah Valley University.
Chelsie was discovered in Salt Lake City and wowed the judges with her audition. They played her up right away on that show and knew even before she danced she was special. Her partner was relatively good, certainly better than Twitch was last week in the Mambo, but he paled in comparison and was little more than a prop. Nigel said, at the audition, “I have to say you are truly tremendous.” Mary followed with “You are one hot tamale, that is for sure!” Of course, she was sent straight through to Vegas. Or is that back to Vegas?
In 2005, Chelsie was a finalist in the US Worlds Dance Competition as a member of Team USA. A scant 16 years old, and she was already tearing up the floor. She started dancing at the age of 9. In just two years, at the age of 11, she won her first national title. From what we gather, she is a talented singer as well.
Chelsie currently resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah, was raised in Orem, Utah, and born in Las Vegas, but she was no gamble for this show. You could tell from the outset she was on her way to the top 20 at the very least, and the top 6 wasn’t good enough; we think she should have made the finale.
Because of her extensive background, according to TV.com, Chelsie has worked with many world-renowned choreographers such as Louis VanAmstel, Goran Nordin, Vibeka Taus, Paul Green, Karina Sminoff, Jonathon Wilkins, and Katusha Demidova. The exposure she has already received would comprise an entire career for most dancers.
We will miss Chelsie and we know that all of her fans are destroyed by her elimination. Last week just turned out incredibly unfair for her as a dancer, seemingly being targeted for elimination by lady luck and her pairing with Twitch. She was our huge favorite to win. For more on Chelsie, videos and pictures, please read our review of the show.
Chelsie Goes Home tribute
Some of Chelsie’s solos on the show
Our Current poll is still up: Who Will win the title “America’s Favorite Dancer?” Please participate. Thank you. 🙂
We searched our refrigerator after this show, and we were quite fortunate. We were able to find some left over crow to dine on after tonight’s judging. The audience showed that it is never obvious what is going to happen, and what you see when you watch a reality television show is indeed based on your own reality.
The show started off with a lovely piece danced to Bette Midler’s “The Rose”. Bette has always been a favorite of ours because when you analyze her piece by piece as you do most people, she is nothing special. When you analyze her as a whole, she is a star.
That is how it is with great personalities and spectacular talents. In person, they are little more than the human beings we all are, but somewhere in their persona, they bring some small spark that generates the big bang that made the universe, and erupt into a talent that is bigger than life itself.
All six of the dancers demonstrated in this single piece that they are all exactly that type of talent, those special people that deservedly rise to the top of all of us to be our idols! This style of synchronized paired dance is rarely seen because it is so difficult, and these six amazing talents brought it to us in a masterpiece that, for them, was seemingly effortless after what was likely a few hours of rehearsal. How can you not love this show??!!
Something does gnaw at us just a bit though. We just don’t know where the winners go. If they don’t turn up back on the show doing a bit of choreography or doing a lead-in piece for American Idol, they just seem to disappear, at least to the general public. Do any of you know what Sabre is doing right now without cheating using Google?
After the performance, guest judge Adam Shankman informed us all that in addition to the cash prize for the first place finisher, the selected individual will also be offered a starring role in his next production. This is almost guaranteeing a star here, and it is a welcome opportunity to bring the excellence of this show to the rest of the world. Dancing careers are typically short ones. The demands dance places on these individuals are vast, and many dancers’ careers are over young if they cannot find an alternate path such as choreography to lead them into the future.
Many of the past winners have disappeared from view. We are guessing that this year, they want to ensure this person does not get lost in the mix of dance talents and guarantee that they get remembered. This show’s winners have been outshined by American Idol’s, and even America’s Got Talent’s winner, Terry Fator, received a 100 million dollar Las Vegas Contract, but what happened to Benji?
The solos were interesting, but this is purely for the entertainment of the audience. The voting was over, but we get one more opportunity to see the dancer’s perform a solo.
In solo one, it became apparent how painful being a professional dancer can be. The dues Courtney pays in every dance is showing up on her body, and her beautiful legs look so sadly abused. Her solo, as usual, was stellar.
Mark, we have decided, is some species of bird. We have not figured out what kind of bird, but in every solo, he appears to be seeking a mate. Mark is spectacular, but in this year’s competition, we have found he has a horrible habit of making goofy smiles and faces after a dance. It is a shame, because it does not seem to positively influence one’s opinion of him. He does something remarkable, and then makes childish faces diminishing his performance. It is a way to relieve the stress, but it doesn’t help him. Marks solo was not the best.
Katee did a conservative solo, and it is likely this woman knows she is ahead by a mile. No point in risking a potential championship for a single slip that leads to an injury.
Joshua did an awesome popping segment that was also very safe physically. He proved he has another amazingly entertaining dance style without risking his rise into next week. To boot, Joshua had his braces removed before this show. Joshua, you are quite dashing!!!
Chelsie demonstrates once again that she is a woman to die for, and her kicks are to die from. Her speed with those feet in high heels should require, by law, warning signs informing any bystander they are risking their life if they draw too close.
Twitch was awesome in his solo danced to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. We loved it, very creative. And Twitch has apparently created his own line of clothing. Check it out. So cool.
After the solos, they broke to a new talent that was ridiculous. A six year old that could win the competition next year!!! This kid could move better than most professional dancers. You have to see this if you missed the show.
It was time to see who got voted through.
They did not waste time; Katee got a pass to the finals very quickly. Based on our polls, she is miles above the rest, so there was no point in dragging that one out.
They then moved to the guys, and the replays clearly showed what was about to happen. Joshua so obviously blew out the men last night, and the audience concurred.
What was humorous about these two getting the pass through to the finals was Cat’s statement that they were not necessarily at the top in the voting. Let’s think for just a minute. If you did not pass on Katee to the finals immediately, would you believe either of the remaining women could displace her? And if you did not tell Joshua he was “safe”, then you already knew who was the next one to go, and it would not be Joshua. Certainly, they garnered the top votes. Perhaps the show wanted to do their best to conceal it to give their competition some chance in the finals.
So it came down to Courtney and Chelsie. As they reviewed Chelsie’s dancing from the prior night, she was reminded that Twitch was her partner, and you could see a cringe on her face. Perhaps she knew from reviewing her performances that being Twitch’s partner was not the best result for a ballroom dancer. The audience failed to recognize her greatness in overcoming Twitch’s shortcomings and in performing one on one with Twitch in a Hip Hop. Chelsie performed with amazing determination and practically did a solo around Twitch in the first dance. None the less, we were wrong, Courtney got the votes, but we don’t think she won by much.
Now came the biggest surprise from our perspective. Mark is eliminated. We honestly believe Twitch did not perform like a champion last night and has little chance to win this competition. His Hip Hop was great as usual, but this is not a Hip Hop competition. His performances were good, but not great. Chelsie danced circles around him last night in their first dance and he nearly dropped her. His Hip Hop performance was great, but nothing stellar. We are puzzled by this choice, and all it guarantees is that Joshua wins easily for the guys. But we also feel that if you voted based on past performances, you may have remembered Twitch’s classic sets from last week and voted him through, because what he accomplished last week was amazing. He became a star in those performances with Katee and demonstrated what an incredible talent he is. Perhaps, as one of our contributor’s wrote, “Twitch is just too cool to get eliminated”.
The choice among Chelsie and Courtney could have really gone either way. As we reviewed last night’s performances, we could see that Courtney was superb, but for surviving Twitch as a partner and coming through incredibly in her performances, we honestly felt Chelsie had pulled it out. Courtney was delivered a diverse partner and two dances that catered to her style. Chelsie was delivered a horrible match as a partner that did not dance her style well at all, and was forced to perform Hip Hop, a dance completely out of her style, which she still killed. So, what we are betting is that this decision was so close, it could have been based on hanging chads or a Supreme Court decision; Courtney moves on.
What does it all mean? It is down to Katee or Joshua to lose. It is their battle. There is no competition that is close. If Mark had made the final, he could have challenged Joshua. Twitch has no prayer. Neither Chelsie nor Courtney could beat Katee in the finals unless Katee has a horrible night, but we expect Courtney to bring it huge in the finale.
We were half right again. We could clearly see that Joshua and Katee would get to the finals, but we did not call the victories by Twitch and Courtney, so we are still saving a little crow from tonight for the next show. We are starting to get used to it, and it isn’t bad fresh out of the toaster oven.
Our pollsters’ reality was right on the money. You folks picked it perfectly. The polls had Chelsie and Mark going home, and you all have proven you can pick a winner!!! You are all fantastic and we are grateful for your input. Please try to beat us again next week by voting in our polls, and please send your comments too as we move into the finals!!