So You Think You Can Dance – Season 5 – Top 6 Performance – VIDEO

Despite the judges overpraising their disco routine (it was good, but not worth doing a jig over…) the best over all dance pairing tonight was Kayla and Brandon.   I’ll be surprised if both don’t make next week’s final, taking place in the Kodak theater (for the first time!).   The versatile and charismatic Jeanine should be sailing straight into the finals, if you ask me. I think she will. She’s been consistently good all season, and had a fabulous set of dances tonight.

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I think Melissa and Ade may be the odd couple out this week, while their more popular dance partners remain safe.     Neither really managed to stand out this week, and I don’t think either has the fanbase to carry them through.

Evan appears to be unstoppable. He’s not the best dancer out of this bunch, but he holds his own, and viewers seem to connect to his personality-filled performances. Plus, he does dance well in his style. Evan could win it all, though I think Nigel, after losing his fave Janette, is going to push for either Kayla or Jeanine.

Brandon’s solo was amazing. Over the season, he’s been incredible week in and week out, dancing every style imaginable without dropping the ball. If you ask me, he deserves to take it all…

Live blog and videos after the jump…

The Top 6 battle it out for a spot in next week’s finale!

Cat Deeley all slinky in stick-straight hair, and a royal blue sheath. She’s so pretty!

Little C guest judges tonight.   Cat asks C to “pontificate”   He’s ok with America’s decisions. Mary says it was tough to see Janette go.   She asks viewers to take all the performances in when voting. Nigel says the last 6 standing need to stand out–he says the public have been voting on routines because the performers don’t stand it.   So, it’s their fault Janette was eliminated last week. No Nigel, it was Ty’s manipulative cancer dance. Don’t push buttons and then expect viewers not to react.

Sonya Tayeh worked with both the guys and girls on a group dance

Boys Dance “True Romance” by She Wants Revenge – The routine has a “Willy Wonka” theme. Oh. This is a little nutty, angular and muscular. I like it. Love the music. Sonya looks really excited! Lil c calls Brandon a dedicated dancer. He says ade is still proving it for him.   He compliments Evan, sorta, for not being swallowed up by Brandon and Ade. Mary just LOVED IT. YES SHE DID. Nigel thinks Evan was a stand out and congratulates all three dancers. – VIDEO

The girls picked their partners out of a hat

Jeanine and Ade –   Samba – Louis Van Amstel -” Love Game” by Lady Gaga   – Jeanine really wanted to work with Ade. Amstel says it’s not going to be a typical samba.   He says it’s gotta be HOT.   This is pretty hot. I can almost imagine Ade naked. Oh wait…   Jeanine smoulders. Love her! She’s my favorite girl right now. Mary thought the first 15 seconds were awesome, but then it fell apart. She found a lot of technical problems.   C says Jeanine looks amazing, but he had high expectations, and they fell short.   He accused Ade of “frolicking”. Nigel thought Jeanine did everything with confidence, but Ade isn’t adjusting his style for different dances. – VIDEO

Kayla’s solo – “You Found Me” by the Fray – 1-888-836-7601 VIDEO

Melissa and Evan – Broadway by Tyce Diorio “Get Me To The Church on Time” by Matt Dusk from My Fair Lady – Melissa is the blushing bride–Evan is the tentative groom who sleeps in.   Evan is so happy, because this is his exact style of dance.   Jazz hands and smiles! Melissa’s mugging is a bit much. She tries too hard. Evan is just right. He shines when he’s in his own element. Lil C didn’t think Evan “took the helm”. He felt let down. He felt something was missing. Mary says, “Get me to the finale on time!”   She thought it was fun and entertaining, she liked Evan, although she felt it could have been ” more way out there.” She doesn’t think Melissa has taken a wrong step yet. Nigel loves the way Melissa has adapted to different styles, and feels Evan brought enough personality to the routine to make it work. – VIDEO

Ade’s solo – “18th Floor Balcony” by Blue October – 1-888-836-7602 VIDEO

Kayla and Brandon – Contemporary by Stacey Tookey – “All I Want” by Ahn Trio – Brandon is trying to get on the Hot Tamale train – The dance is about the mistress of a married man who doesn’t have the strength to leave him.   Power and presence–a beautiful routine. The crowd clearly loves it.   Lil c calls it intense and amazing.   He feels Kayla has been matched with a formidable partner.   Mary informs Brandon that he IS on the HTT.   She calls the routine exquisite, and Kayla perfection. Nigel says the girls have had it tough this season–pointing out the crazy roles they’ve had to play. He wishes the pair would have danced together sooner–the chemistry wasn’t quite there–but great technique. – VIDEO

Melissa’s solo – “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone – 1-888-836-7603VIDEO

Jeanine and Ade – Hip Hop by Napoleon and Tabitha – “Move (If You Wanna)” by MIMS – The routine is about friends who are getting evicted from their apartment. Learning the human double dutch means lots of falling. Cardboard boxes figure into the routine. Nappy/tabs love their props. I can’t take my eyes off of Jeanine. She’s fabulous! Lil C says they danced it way better than he thought they would. He likes that Ade sunk into his dirty side and pulled Jeanine down into the depths of the dirt with him. “It was buc.”   Mary forgot to tell Jeanine that she was awesome in the samba. All three have been evicted in their lives. Hard to believe.   Mary says, “Neither of you will be evicted.” “You got down” says Nigel, “Fantastic from the pair of you.” He says they weren’t getting down in rehearsal. – VIDEO

Brandon’s solo – “O Fortuna” (from Carmina Burana) Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg & Kurt Prestel – Ohh the judges are giving Brandon’s solo a standing O. “One of the best solos we’ve ever seen on the show, ” says Nigel. It was pretty fabulous – 1-888 – 836 -7604VIDEO

Melissa and Evan – The Quickstep – Louis Van Amstel – “As Long as I’m Singin'” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra – The dreaded quickstep!   Melissa says she’s not completely trusting Evan yet (he’s dropping her).   Amstel teaches Melissa to lean back to equalize their height.   This routine was a lot of fun to watch, but it’s tough to keep the technique intact while dancing crazy steps. Lil C says Evan danced bigger than he’s ever danced on the show before, but nails him on some technique.   He thinks Melissa did a fabulous job. Mary says the routine had more life in the beginning, but fell apart at the end. She’s a little disappointed. Nigel chastized Melissa for calling herself old. He says she’s both young and talented.   Nigel didn’t like the Lindy hop section, thought it lost energy. He thinks the viewers will be confused now, because two favorite dancers danced under par. Nice try at manipulating the viewers, Nigel. – VIDEO

Jeanine’s solo – “Feedback” by Janet Jackson – 1-888-836-7605VIDEO

Evan’s solo – “Lady is a Tramp” by Sammy Davis Jr. – WOW is all I’ve got to say. 1-888-836-7606VIDEO

Kayla and Brandon –   Disco by Doriana Sanchez – “Dance (Disco Heat)” by Sylvester – Brandon has self-esteem problems, he says. “Disco is soooo hard!” says Kayla. Brandon’s disco with Janette was better. But man, this routine is difficult…fast fast fast with lots of lifts.   They nail it.   Lil C went on a long winded trip to “You were good.” He thanks Brandon for being there for Kayla “You guys are making each other better.”   “Holey Smokies” says Mary, “You gave it a home run tonight.” Mary lectures Brandon about his self-esteem problems. Nigel did a fake out…at first it seemed like he was going to critique, then he started acting crazier than Mary. He loves the diversity. “This is what the show is all about, ” He says, “My fingers are crossed for you both.” – VIDEO

Girls group dance:   “Kick it (Stereoheroes Remix)” by Nina Martine – Sonye Tayeh’s piece for the girls is about super heroes–Storm, Wonder Woman and Buttercup! This is good, but the boys stand out tonight. For sure.   Lil C thought they were “being a little too courteous” during the routine, and that it was amazing, but at this point, more is required. I agree. Mary says amazing is enough.   He loved the chemistry and strength of the three dancers. “You are super dancers, ” says Nigel. – VIDEO

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108 Comments

  1. Mj, will you make an AGT thread for tonight’s episode?! They just cut like half the ppl they pimped b4 they even got to perform based on their initial audition hahahahahahaha. WTF?!?!

  2. Awesome first number. LOVED it.

    Now that’s what I’m talking about, Evan! And, of course, Brandon and Ade were incredible too!

    I agree with MJ that Lil C gave a backhanded compliment to Evan.

    I think Ade and Jeanine’s Samba only proves that the ballroom numbers can be difficult for anyone.

    Kayla has grown on me. Hope to see her next week.

  3. Guys routine . Really Great All of them were very well synchronized. I don’t think anyone really stood out. Evan may have appeared to just because he never dance this type of routine before and he kept up with and was just as good as the other two. Actually thought in some moves he was better (At least Ade). Did you notice he is not the much shorter then Brandon?

    Ade and Jeanine- Ade was not good. Jeanine was very good.

    Kayla solo-ok nothing spectacular

  4. There is going to have to be lots of extra voting if Jeanine is to be in the Finale. I am not happy with the comments thus far.

  5. WTF Lil C. You criticized Evan yet don’t know what he could do to make it better. You know what he could do. Nothing!!! Evan was fantastic and totally out shown Melissa. I thought she was blah. He hit everything. His personality was there, the flavor of what the piece required, and technique. I think the problem is that Lil C expected the whole piece to be carried by Evan. But it was a partner routine and Melissa fell short. If it was just him. It would have been great. This is Evan’s element and where he shines the most.

    Ade solo-Best one he has had. Finally new choreography and emotion.

    Ok what is with the choosing partner thing that the 3rd couple choosing (out of 3 couples) acts like they are surprised on who they are getting. Just ridicules.

    Brandon and Kayla-Technically beautiful but lacked emotional depth and chemistry.

    Melissa solo-her best one but still boring

    Sorry but I think Lil C is pulling for the Brandon and Ade in the finals that is why he put down of Evan in the Broadway and the back handed compliment.

  6. Melissa looks so fake. Her face annoys me. Her psycho smile reminds me of Bree.(Desperate Housewives.)

    It’s a shame we can’t have the 3 guys and Jeanine in next week’s finale.

  7. After seeing Kayla and Brandon dance and the comments from the judges… Kayla and Brandon will be there next week. They love Kayla.. Evan looks like a shoo-in. So, I see Jeanine and Melissa battling it out for the second girls spot.

    Poor, Ade. But he doesn’t have anything to be ashamed of.

  8. I think they were given a memo about being careful with Evan’s comments so there isn’t backlash voting and Lil C stumbled with it.

    The sound on my end of this show is terrible- local FOX affiliate I guess.

  9. Melissa looks so fake. Her face annoys me.

    It’s a shame we can’t have the 3 guys and Jeanine in next week’s finale.

    Sounds like a plan to me!

    Evan has been awesome tonight but there was zippo chemistry with Melissa. She is one cold fish that one. Her solo just sucked bigtime.

    I’m still po’d that Janette got the boot last week. If there is a God, Melissa will be gone tomorrow night! In case you didn’t notice, I don’t like Melissa! :thumbdown_tb:

  10. Looking forward to the Broadway routine, now that I know Evan does really well in it. 2 more hours. :sad_wp: Jeanine is my favorite girl so I’m excited to see the samba.

    On a related note, for all you Evan fans out there, I suggest you check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IlSo_MuITU

    I found it on a Google spree last week. Sorry if it’s OT or already been posted before.

  11. After seeing Kayla and Brandon dance and the comments from the judges’ ¦ Kayla and Brandon will be there next week.

    I thought they were clearly the best couple of the first half. So disappointed in the samba again, marginally better than Randi’s and Evan’s. I liked the Broadway.

    eta: That’s it. I’m tired of Naptabs, their gimicks, and how literal they can be with the choreography. The dancers performed it well, but bring back Shane Sparks.

  12. I don’t like Lil C’s comments at all just IMO, especially about Evan, he was great, I don’t know what Lil C was talking about.

  13. I thought that Ade and Jeanine’s second routine was better than their first one. I thought that Brandon and Kayla did a good job with their contemporary routine. I don’t think that Melissa did that well with her solo. I thought that Brandon did a very good job with his solo.

    And I didn’t know that Nigel was divorced. I remember when his wife helped him judge people in the auditions on the first season of SYTYCD.

  14. I love Ade and Jeanine, but I wasn’t as enthralled as the judges. I thought it was well-executed, but….boring? Or maybe too much NappyTabs this season?

    Brandon is like a beautiful sculpture. I don’t know if I thought it was “one of the best routines on this show ever,” but I do appreciate his physical form (which he has been showing off tonight).

    Evan/Melissa – now it looked like Louis VanAmstel was very pleased with their performance yet the judges tear them down. Lil C definitely wants Evan out of this thing. I watched a few quickstep videos (from a worldwide ballroom competition) today so I think I know what they are looking for, basically. I thought this routine was far more entertaining than the videos I saw today.

  15. Well… I missed the Guys dance and caught only the very end pose of the Samba. :annoyed_tb:

    Kayla’s solo – the usual

    Evan and Melissa Broadway: It was an ok Tyce piece. Evan much better than Melissa, but not anything I’d write home about.

    Ade’s solo – very good

    Brandon and Kayla contemp: F’ing loved it! Lovely lines, extensions…

    Melissa’s solo: Zzzzzzz :flush_tb:

    Ade and Jeanine Hip Hop: It was just “good” for me. Shane’s chore last week was so much better. NapTab needs to be given a break from the show, IMO.

    Brandon’s Solo: F’ing AMAZING!!!!! :clap_tb: :king_tb: :thumbup_tb: If he doesn’t win then there is something seriously wrong with America.

  16. Ade and Jeanine-Good routine and danced well. Thought it could have had more energy. Not as good as I think as the judges thought.

    Brandon’s solo-Fantastic-don’t know if I think it should have had a standing O. The power of the piece had more to do with his body then the actually routine. But I will say the best solo this year by far.

    Evan and Melissa-WTF what did the judges see. Evan was better then Melissa. Evan did very well. Melissa not so well

  17. I hate the way ballet is being treated. It is not boring. I love Melissa and not liking her face is a ridiculous thing to say…..like I hate the way Evan sweats…ew.

  18. Sallyinthevalley:

    I love ballet, however I do not love Melissa or the way she dances. I am entitled to my opinion, as you are your opinion.

  19. Brandon was awesome and I thought one of the best solos we have seen this year, then Simon says, “One of the best ever.” This young man is going to be there.

    One thing with Melissa is that she didn’t look at Evan at the end of the first dance. She was looking at the audience/TV. OTOH, I do believe she is a terrific dancer.

    Evan did a fantastic solo. That seals it for the guys!

    I also wish Janette was in the Finale. Which girls will be there?

  20. And I didn’t know that Nigel was divorced. I remember when his wife helped him judge people in the auditions on the first season of SYTYCD.

    Bonnie is Mary’s equivalent on SYTYCD Australia. But she really is bad as a judge. Actually I’m not impressed with any the three regular Aussie judges. They do however have some very good choreographers (e.g., Jason Gilkison – did a few US ballroom routines, and Kelly Aykers)

    Evan and Melissa QS: I thought it was ok. There was a section in the second half where I could have swore Evan stopped dancing but it was probably just the camera angle from above. Is the quick step supposed to be so bouncy when in closed hold?

    Jeanine’s solo: Just ok for me

    Evan’s solo: It was very entertaining.

  21. Jeanine-Solo ok

    Evan solo-was fantastic, not as good as Brandon’s but the second best. That spoiler just did not like Evan’s style because he said it was the same as last week and it was so not. Oh and yes I think this Solo sealed it for Evan to be in top 4 with Brandon.

    Brandon and Kayla-Great routine and very well dance. Lost some steam at the end. but with that routine I can see why they are tired.

    Top 4 for me:
    Brandon
    Kayla
    Evan
    Jeanine

    This is based on all the dances tonight, Ade and Melissa were the weakest.

  22. Evan’s solo was awesome. But I think all of his solos have been exceptional. I caught a shot of Lil C who appeared to be applauding enthusiastically afterwards.

    Tomorrow night will be very interesting.

  23. I can’t take my eyes off of Jeanine. She’s fabulous!

    Same here! She’s so magnetic to watch! I love how well she adapts. BTW – why the hell has Melissa never had to do hip hop?! Jeanine’s had it 3 times by the SAME choreographers…I liked them all b/c Jeanine’s fabulous, but seems a bit unbalanced. They should rotate them around a bit more evenly.

    I get that peeps are sick of NappyTabs, but I thought tonight was cool and more “dirty” as they say than their typical lyrical hip hop that they do. I did like their Samba too.

    Kayla’s usually excellent at her partner dances, but why must she always do that spastic arm flailing in her solos…it looks so desperate.

  24. lili–
    I was talking about Ballet in general being called boring….and of course you are entitled to your opinion(your post was not anything I was referring to)….but just like I know not liking Evan because of his looks (me) is probably not right, but it is the way I feel too.

    Ballet has never gotten this far before and I think Melissa looks like Moira Shearer and all ballerinas look aloof and cool–it would look kind of silly to see a ballet with grins on their faces.

  25. Doriana is one sick sadistic choreographer. That routine was insanely hard.

    I do think Brandon’s first was better because he was on fresher legs. The difficulty was amped up for this one. In the first routine he lifted Janette in an upright split lift. This time the split lift was with the female dancer upside down. Whoa.

    Yes. Girl Power!

  26. Brandon and Kayla did perform well tonight. But, please, Nigel, you’ve been giving Kayla (who I like, btw) a tongue bath all season. Now we’re supposed to believe that he is somehow objective.

  27. Disco is one of my most favorite dances, and Brandon and Kayla did not disappoint me! It was a great routine and Brandson was soooo good! I think the judges have let us know who they think will be going home.

    That would be Ade and Jeanine.

  28. If it could be, I would keep Brandon and all 3 girls next week. IDK how to send one home.

  29. So sad that ANY of these six need to be eliminated. I love them all-and between the guys-how do you decide?
    Let’s just call it a tie, and they can all split the money. LOL

  30. Brandon and Kayla’s Disco: Very good and entertaining but I liked Brandon and Janette’s better.

    Girl Dance: They really could have been the Powerpuff Girls http://www.powerpuff.tv/assets/images/powerpuff-girls-092.jpg
    It was cute but lacking somehow for me. I remember Kayla and Jeanine in the center front. Did I miss Melissa center front (I could have kept following one of the other girls)?

    I hate the way ballet is being treated. It is not boring.

    I don’t believe anyone one said ballet itself was boring. Rather Melissa’s solos are boring as hell. Quite a disappointment. The winner of SYTYCD Australia 2 was a ballerina (and will be performing during our finale as part of her winning package) and her solos were not boring at all. And the ballerina on SYTYCD Canada last year didn’t have boring solos either.

  31. My Top 4:

    Brandon
    Evan
    Jeannine
    Kayla

    Please go home Melissa!!! I hate to loose Ade but sadly one of them has to go and I think he was the weakest man tonight.

  32. I have to say – Evan’s solos are amazing. Why in hell can’t anyone choreograph for this guy? Mia’s just about the only one who got it right. As for Brandon…what a beautiful, soulful dancer. I’m pegging him for the win.

  33. Doriana is one sick sadistic choreographer. That routine was insanely hard.

    That’s why I love the disco routines – they’re so hard to do! Brandon & Kayla’s disco was my favorite dance of the night. But, Brandon & Janette’s disco was my favorite dance of the season so far.

    I also loved Brandon & Kayla’s contemporary. That was exceptionally well done. So, adding that to Brandon’s kick ass solo, he easily wins the night for me.

    Ade struggeld with that Samba, but there were some good spots. I loved his solo, and the hip hop was well danced. I thought Jeanine was good in pretty much everything she did tonight.

    Melissa impresses me. She’s such a powerful dancer. And, I’m going to give Evan more credit than I usually do, because I think tonight he danced better than he has in a while. His solo was very good. I thought both he and Melissa did great in the Broadway. And, I don’t think the Quickstep was nearly as bad as the judges thought. They lost some speed here and there, and they could have used more energy in parts, but overall I thought they did a good job. I think Melissa out-danced Evan a wee bit in parts. But, he definitely out-did her in the character department.

    It’s a tough call tonight. The one I’m certain that I would be disappointed to not see in the final is Brandon, so I’ll be throwing him my votes tonight. I can live with whatever else happens. (Since I lost my fave last week sniff).

    Also – Sonya is awesome. I adore her.

  34. LOVED Brandon’s solo, and both of the Kayla/Brandon numbers. I also really liked Jeanine and Ade’s hip-hop and Evan and Ade’s solos. I enjoyed the group numbers as well, but then again, Sonya’s routines are always very entertaining!

    I think based on tonight as well as the whole season Jeanine, Brandon, and Kayla all deserve to be in the finale.

    It gets a bit tricky with Ade and Evan both of whom I like (Ade is my fave/the one I vote for, but I like Evan too) because they have both done really well this season, just maybe not at the same level as Jeanine or Brandon. I think if it were based on the whole season Ade should be in the finals, but I give Evan the edge tonight, and seeing as how he is the one dancer who has never been in the bottom, I think he’ll take the last spot.

    I Love Lil C and his crazy analogies/vocabulary, but tonight he seemed a little less bucc than usual because he didn’t have his glasses!

  35. The winner of SYTYCD Australia 2 was a ballerina (and will be performing during our finale as part of her winning package) and her solos were not boring at all.

    This should be a great opportunity to push this form of dance for all those little girls out there that want to dance. I am looking forward to it!

    I agree, no one was really outsanding in the girls’ number, but it was enjoyable! Tough choices in picking out the girls in the Finale.

    Yes, Brandon is a beautiful, soulful dancer with more of his personality coming out tonight.

  36. I have to say – Evan’s solos are amazing. Why in hell can’t anyone choreograph for this guy?

    It’s a very specific thing that he does. Granted, he’s very good at it. But, he dances nearly entirely in his legs. You’ll notice that when they were in the men’s dance tonight, and you see all of their arms next to each other – his are clearly far less defined than Brandon’s or Ade’s. Contemporary dancers dance with their whole bodies (actually, most dancers of all specialities do).

    He’s specialized in a very small niche. By doing so, he’s become extraordinarily gifted at it. But, it’s limited his ability to adapt to the other styles.

    Also, he’s obviously spent years perfecting the art of making every move appear smooth. The flip side of that is that he just can’t get his body to do some of the hard-hitting things that other styles require.

    In essence, what makes his solos great is also what has lead him to struggle in several of the other partner dances.

  37. It seems like it is almost unanimous that people are happy with all six. I know everyone I talk with who watches where I work is ready to not send anyone home.

    However, I am in synch with lilbrusc102 I guess – For me Kayla, Jeanine and Brandon are locks.

    I really like Melissa and she shone tonight – and being honest I would put her above Jeanine tonight (largely a victim of the dance styles and routines IMO).

    But this is about the season as a whole and Kayla and Jeanine are the tops.

    I am torn between Ade and Evan. I tagged Evan for a boot sometime back but he has hung in there. Similarly I would score him ahead of Ade on the night.

    When I think of the season overall, maybe Ade had not grown, but maybe Evan has a little.

    Okay, I abstain on that 4th vote. Call it a protest than I cannot put Melissa in.

    It is going to be close!!!

  38. LOVED Jeanine’s solo again this week! She is really great at both the solo and partner dances IMO. I know I gush about her every week, but gosh, I can’t help it! But I have to give Kayla credit too. While her solos do not impress me much, she really comes alive in the partner dances. I think her solos come off as boring, but her partners really bring out the best in her. Her technique is always flawless and she really shines when she embodies the character so completely of each partner dance she’s given. I think Melissa and Ade should and will home this week. So weird too cause they started out as front runners. But then again, as Nigel said, a lot of them were on level playing field as far as talent goes this season. I see Jeanine, Kayla, and Brandon as locks for the top 3 spots.

  39. Cat looked gorgeous tonight. I want that dress! Nowhere to wear it . but it was great.

    Brandon is an amazing dancer! If the best dancer wins, it should be him.

    I think Evan and Melissa should go home this week.

    Evan is a good dancer, but his moves are frequently Charlie Chaplin-ish to me. It’s mostly dancing with his lower half and including some quirky moves and expressions. It’s very entertaining, but holds him back. He needs to learn to make bigger moves and use his upper body more. That said, I thought he kept up with the others in the guys group dance. But he is really nowhere near the other two guys overall.

    Loved the guys group number and they all did a great job. Girls routine was just okay.

    Another good show!

  40. i am torn between Ade and Evan joining Brandon (who was faaantastic tonight!) for the Top 4. I really do think Evan shines, he’s had a great season and i simply love his personality, his solos, everything. Ade has had some truly outstanding moments when he’s dancing. I still think that especially during the time he has partnered with Melissa, he got a pretty short end of the stick (meaning he was the ‘strength’ to Melissas ‘grace’… all the time) I love the way he moves, I love his choreography for his solos, his style, his swagger.. everything.

    its gonna be a tough night tmro, i’m not sure yet who i want to see go.

    I find the girls a little easier. I simply love Jeanine and I really want her to win the whole thing. She’s just incredible.
    Kayla tonight really won me over. I didn’t appreciate the hype week in and week out, but looking back on her season she is probably the best dancer left. She has done every genre possible, had some very memorable numbers and was oustanding tonight.
    and that leaves me with Melissa. who never garners more than a ‘MEH’ for me.

    i’m super excited for tmro :)

  41. Also, I have to add that while I agree with Lil C about the girls trio dance tonight…they could’ve attacked those moves more aggressively, he really has gotten on my last nerve tonight with his constant sighing and overtalking. It just seems like he was hellbent on bringing everyone down tonight. It really drained some of the excitement out of the show for me. I mean he should critique, but it seems he was so focused on the negative aspects that he had a hard time pointing out what was good. He reminded me a bit of Randy Jackson…I have expected him to break out into “it was just aiight fo me dawg…”

  42. so, my dvr decided to stop taping 10 minutes before the end of the show… does anyone know where I can find a video of the girls’ routine??

  43. For me, Brandon and Kayla were the standout couple. I’ve been very critical of Kayla up until tonight, but she really is a good dancer, and one of the top girls this year. Brandon is my boy!! He is just simply amazing, and deserves to win. But its America’s favorite dancer, not America’s best dancer,so who knows what will happen. I just hope he makes it into the finals for next week. the judges weren’t as negative towards Evan tonight, but its obvious they still want him gone.

    I still think Evan and Melissa will be in the finals based on the fact that they are the only non-contemporary dancers left. I REALLY want Brandon in there….. he so deserves it, especially after tonight. However, we shall see!!

  44. I thought the boys routine outshone the girls, they should have ended with that one.
    Ade and Jeanine were awesome, Kayla and Brandon were fantastic and Evan and Melissa were just o.k for me, i’m not a fan of either one and they did nothing to change my mind tonight.
    I hope Brandon makes top 4, I think Evan’s fans will take him (Evan) there.
    I hope Jeanine and Kayla make it too, Melissa needs to go she is over pimped for what she gives.
    I’d be happy to see Brandon, Jeanine or Kayla win to be honest, all three of them are standouts imo.

  45. Brandon is an amazing dancer! If the best dancer wins, it should be him.

    Yup. You took the words right out of my mouth!!

  46. Evan solo-was fantastic, not as good as Brandon’s but the second best.

    Yes. Evan always delivers on the solo’s. I wish the dancers had more time on the solo’s instead of always dancing other people’s routines.

  47. Melissa kind of annoyed me with her attitude towards Evan tonight. When she drew his name, she was like “Evan!” in such a fake sounding enthusiasm. She seemed less than thrilled to have him as a partner and it was so obvious. Then her talking about not trusting him really sounded snotty and arrogant to me. I get what she meant, but I just don’t think it came off very well.

  48. Yes. Evan always delivers on the solo’s. I wish the dancers had more time on the solo’s instead of always dancing other people’s routines.

    ITA-Ultimately there is only one winner. So shouldn’t the solo’s be factored in more Especially top 10 down. If they were picking a couple as the winners then I could see the logic in focusing on the duets.

  49. My random thoughts are:

    1. Disco is one genre in which Kayla’s long limbs are more of a liability than a gift. Her body seemed to unravel a bit when it needed to stay tight.

    2. Tonight really solidified to me how much better and more consistent Brandon is than the other guys. He is the common thread of most of the favorable comments.

    3. Did anyone else find themselves thinking ‘Janette could have really killed that routine’ at times during the show?

    4. I think one characteristic Jeanine has is being the best ‘total package’ of the female dancers left. It’s hard to point to any one thing she did and say that another of the females left could have done it better, if you know what I mean.

  50. On Melissaness.

    I’m glad she brought ballet to the show. She brought it to life for me, who never was much into it but never saw it brought so much up-to-date as what she has done.

    But aside from the entitled expression Melissa shows all the time (except (emote, emote) after doing the breast cancer piece), my big problem with her is that she is the only dancer on the show who I have ever seen adoring herself in the camera instead of showing her support for the next soloist being announced. Everyone else has given a huge whoop for the next soloist, no matter who it is, when Cat announces them. Melissa is self-involved and both Jeannine and Kayla whoop good and loud for everybody, Jeannine especially, and for that Melissa has been straight out of my voting for a while now. The comment about not trusting Evan was just punctuation on the overall, for me.

    I will, however, give a cheer for Melissa’s husband’s signs. Too bad he’s not the one competing, *he* knows how to be supportive.

    ——————————-

    MJ, thank you, I’ve been reading your blog all season and wanting to let you know how much I appreciate it. My dancing experience was all various forms of participatory swing, ballroom, folk, etc, never with any judging. So, sometimes the judges just swivelled my head around, with their comments, and I wondered what they saw that the cameras didn’t show me. I’ve been so glad to find your blog and find that many of you folks’ reactions to their comments are often similar to mine. Thank you.

  51. ITA-Ultimately there is only one winner. So shouldn’t the solo’s be factored in more Especially top 10 down. If they were picking a couple as the winners then I could see the logic in focusing on the duets.

    Yup. My mom and I ask ourselves that question every year. lol

  52. 3. Did anyone else find themselves thinking ‘Janette could have really killed that routine’ at times during the show?

    Absolutely, as many of us indicated. At this point, Jeanine seems the most real to me. She touches her audience.

    RadarJ , you brought out a point I hadn’t seen mentioned before. Melissa does love that camera, doesn’t she? Yes, I do resent the fact that she did not get that “required” Hip Hop dance. Maybe if she’s in the Finale, this issue will be dealt with?

    Nice comments for MJ. She certainly deserves the praise!

  53. So shouldn’t the solo’s be factored in more Especially top 10 down.

    Well, we do the voting so we can factor in whatever we want.

  54. brandon is by faaaaar the best. you can see in the boys dance. his dance is great and efforless.

    evan just not good enough. he must go tomorrow, with melissa. PLEASE!

  55. Well, we do the voting so we can factor in whatever we want.

    I think that the point was that the judges don’t (usually) make comments on the solos, only on the duets when this is ultimately an individual show. And it’s pretty clear that judge feedback does sway the voting, at least to some extent. I, too, would like to hear what the judges think of the solos.

  56. And it’s pretty clear that judge feedback does sway the voting, at least to some extent. I, too, would like to hear what the judges think of the solos.

    I’d be interested to hear that too. I think there’s a reason that they focus so much on the choreographed partner dances. In a real life dance career, no one gives a crap about your solos after your audition (provided of course you were lucky enough to do a solo). It’s all about how well you execute someone else’s choreography. And, can they get you to do something that maybe you’ve never done before, but is an important part of their vision.

    So, I get where the creators of the show were coming from in emphasing both versatility and your ability to really shine under a choreographer’s instruction. But, I agree that since it is an individual prize, we should at least hear some commentary on the solos.

  57. It’s all about how well you execute someone else’s choreography.

    That is true, however, I don’t think that (ballroom dancing aside) the dance world is dominated by duet dancing. There’s a lot of solo dancing and group dancing out there, yet on this show, they are SO focused on the duets. I am glad that there have been more group type dances on the performance shows this year. What I would like to see at some point is a solo by each dancer that has been choreographed for them in their own style. That way, they’re doing what they know (and what they would likely try to get into), yet still doing someone else’s choreography.

    Let’s face it, Evan isn’t going to be appearing on the next season of Dancing With the Stars and Melissa isn’t lining up to be Britney Spears’ next backup dancer. Let them demonstrate that they can be choreographed in their style. That’s what’s really going to book them any kind of job after this is all said and done.

  58. I’m impressed Ade use a Blue October song for his solo, was not expecting that, pleasant pleasant surprise but Brandon’s solo was off the hook y’all

    and wicked routine from the Canuck choreographer, now you got a taste of what SYTCYD Canada was like last year…..wicked

  59. I absolutely think that the solos need to count, and I do take them into account (e.g., Ade’s terrific one last week, Brandon’s EVERY WEEK). And of course, the contestant’s number comes after the solo, beginning with Top 10, so really, that is the image the viewers may take away from the show the solos.

    And if you don’t make into the Top 4, Jeanine and Brandon, American got it 100 percent wrong in all ways (sort of like Kradam–had to be).

    This is what I wanted the Top 4 to be, and tonight just affirmed that:

    Jeanine
    Brandon
    Kayla
    Ade

    Brandon and Jeanine are Top 2, and either can win, and I would be okay with either of them winning. Brandon is this year’s Will, and fortunately (and maybe b/c he didn’t get pimped so hard) he WILL make it into the Final Four. You can’t get much better than tonight’s solo, that’s for sure, and it completely deserved a standing ovation. The only solo I think was better was Danny’s, Top 4, which blew me the hell away. God, I still shiver when I think about how brilliant it was, and Neil’s was really good, too, but Danny’s was in a different stratosphere.

    ETA: Yes, I would make the final four be Brandon, Jeanine, Ade, and Evan if I could. I’m not a fan of either Melissa or Kayla. Three guys, one girl, but this isn’t the first time I’ve felt that way. I remember the 10 Waiting on the World to Change solos, and by the time we got to the 4th or 5th one, I wanted to scream! Still, it would be nice if the judges commented on them during Top 10, and not just when they are dancing for their lives, if then.

  60. I think that they haven’t been commenting on the solos after the failed experiment a couple of seasons ago of choreographing solos. That year they had Wade coreograph the solo, and all 10 did the exact same solo to “Waiting on the World to Change.” It got repetitive and the show got backlash for the political undertones. I don’t recall seeing them comment on solos again since than once we reach the top 10.

    It would be kind of cool to see them get coaching from choreographers about making outstanding solos. Not necesarily choreographed, but having great choreographers talk to them about thinking throgh thier solos. I’d really like somebody from the ballroom world to help out the ballroom solos as other than Benji’s those generally aren’t great solos.

  61. Well, Brandon should win this thing if it’s based on talent and originality. I take it they choreograph their own solos? His was freaking fantastic.

    Where are the nude pics of Ade? Just askin? LOL.

    I think all the dancers left are extremely talented. I think the most narrowly talented dancer in terms of styles is Evan, yet I think he’ll win. I’m not mad at him. :-) Take that money and run!

  62. There’s a lot of solo dancing and group dancing out there, yet on this show, they are SO focused on the duets. I am glad that there have been more group type dances on the performance shows this year. What I would like to see at some point is a solo by each dancer that has been choreographed for them in their own style.

    That would be fun to see. And, I love the group dances, so I’ll always take more of those. I think the couples thing probably just originated in one of those “let’s make some interesting tv” meetings.

    The only solo I think was better was Danny’s, Top 4, which blew me the hell away.

    That was perfection.

    Well, Brandon should win this thing if it’s based on talent and originality. I take it they choreograph their own solos? His was freaking fantastic.

    I’ll agree with you there kiddo. This show has turned on me so many times though, that I’m fairly certain he won’t win.

  63. Well, Brandon should win this thing if it’s based on talent and originality. I take it they choreograph their own solos? His was freaking fantastic.

    As they have emphasized, this is for America’s favorite dancer. If this was the best dancer, then IMO, three of the winners shouldn’t have won.

  64. it was bugging me, so I had to go check on youtube for a clip… As fantastic as Brandon danced his solo tonight, we have seen him do this before. His original audition is a longer version of his solo tonight. I am loving the way he condensed it for tonights episode! wooo

  65. So Jeanine dances her 3rd hip-hop routine (plus Laurie Ann’s pop jazz) and Melissa has zero? Hmmm. Something’s not right.

    So can we send Ade and Melissa home tomorrow, please?

    Oh, and yeah, Jeanine FTW!

  66. edit: no fingerwagging, or I put you in moderation. READ MY GUIDELINES

  67. Not really a big Kayla fan – but tonight I finally understood what the judges meant about her lines. Great pairing her with Brandon. She just hadn’t popped for me till now – kinda like Melissa, but in reverse. Melissa only really shone with Ade. I think they both brought out the best in one another, actually. I’ve not seen that same fire with different partners. Now with Kayla ‘“ I think her perfect partner is Brandon. Nigel kinda touched on that in his critique. Too late now, unfortunately.

    Jeanine? She’s just about perfect no matter what she does. Matter of fact – there wasn’t one of the top 20 I truly disliked this season. I’ve had my favorites (as does everybody) – but no one really stood out as extra-special (though Evan’s absolutely adorable!). Him I’d like to see in the top 4 – but I do agree he’s not as diverse as Brandon (who’s just all ’round fabulous!). I’d actually picked Jeanette for the win until she was eliminated (what was up with that?). Now I’m not so sure. Brandon’s most likely the last one standing – but you just never know.

  68. Re: duets. Maybe the producers underestimate our ability to catch nuances in individual performances if the groupings are too large, and they’ve arrived at duets as the largest grouping that doesn’t obscure individual performances? Even if that’s the case, I wish they would do more same-gender duets. Male-female pairings too often are about the man being strong for the woman. Joshua and Twitch’s pairing last year? Talk about awesome. The men’s dance 7/29 was the nearest we’ve come this season to that, for me.

  69. Did anyone do any power voting tonight? Thursday’s show will be so exciting because the TOP 4 are not clear cut choices.

  70. Thanks for the videos and recap MJ, in Latin American TV, they commit the crime to broadcast this show 1 year later (while Idol only has a 4 days delay).

  71. On a related note, for all you Evan fans out there, I suggest you check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IlSo_MuITU

    Pineapple – Thanks for that great link!

    I just get tired of the tongue baths from the judges. Sure the disco was good, but it slowed wayyy down and got downright awkward in the middle there after the split lift. Any of the judges notice that though? And I’ll admit Brandon’s er….form…was fantastic tonight. But any other dancer and they would have called it “desperate” or “frantic”.

  72. It looks like Jeannine is really playing up her assets and going for the male vote. With each week, it seems that she has been shedding more fabric.

    Both group numbers, Brandon’s solo, and the Brandon-Kayla contemporary were the highlights of yesterday’s show.

  73. ITA-Ultimately there is only one winner. So shouldn’t the solo’s be factored in more Especially top 10 down. If they were picking a couple as the winners then I could see the logic in focusing on the duets.

    No!

    Not picking a couple has nothing to do with focusing on solos rather than duets. They’re picking a *dancer* and, guess what, virtually all professional dancers are going to spend about 99 percent of their time (maybe more!) dancing with other people, not as soloists. In the professional world, a dance solo is an extremely limited thing, and usually when somebody is dancing solo it’s only for a minute or so when they’re busted out from the group or pair or whatever that they’re actually dancing the whole dance in.

    I realize you want the solos featured because Evan does good solos! (and I agree that he does — although, to me, he does the exact same one over and over and over (by which I mean, no mood changes or rhythm changes in the music — I know that they all have certain *moves* they repeat, but so far I’ve only seen Evan use his moves in the service on one kind of mood, rhythm, and music, while at least *some* of the others have tried to vary the mood a bit more …) But I think there’s a good professional reason for why they tend to give each of them three pair or group dances in a night and only one brief solo. Dancers don’t get called on much to do solos, period!

    I’m with those who would rather see more same-gender duets. But they make Nigel squicky, as we know. I miss Nigel’s influence on AI, and I think he’s generally done a good job with this show, but some of his quirks, like that one, do drive me nuts.

    Honestly, I can see Brandon going home tonight. (and I don’t know that I’ll be able to watch the final if he does, even though I really do like all six of these dancers — but he has done so much so well, it’s going to seem like a complete travesty to me if he goes before the finale — plus, I would miss seeing what he’d do with the dances there…) I would bet that both Evan and Ade will get power voting — Evan because he always seems to and Ade because people will be worried and try to save him — and guess who could easily fall through the cracks in that scenario?

  74. I power-voted for Ade throwing some occasional votes in for Brandon and Kayla. For me, Ade is a stronger, more versatile dancer than Evan and I simply enjoy his dancing more. It seems he is less popular than Evan so I felt the need to give Ade as many votes as I could. While I enjoy Evan, I find that I tire of his Broadway shtick and don’t get all the nuance, power and emotional punch that I enjoy from dance.

    It seems that here, at least, Brandon has the popular vote so I didn’t feel like he needed much of my help but I do like his performances.

    Count me as one of those who is not a big fan of Melissa. There are many reasons why. One, is that she plays to the camera too much instead of dancing from her inner fire. It’s that power of dancing from within that I love, no matter what style it is, although contemporary styles tend to bring out that power the most, IMHO. In duets, mostly I’ve seen her putting on the dance instead of becoming the dance, although the cancer piece with Ade was an exception. Actually, her solos show this tendency as well which is why I think they seem so weak.

    Between Kayla and Jeannine, I think Kayla is the more beautiful, evocative dancer. Its too bad that the judges are praising her so much (although I really think she’s deserved that praise) since as on Idol, there is that backlash tendency here in this country to vote for the underdog or to spite the ‘experts’. I really wish that the judges kept their vote until the final four. At least that way, we’d have a good shot at having the best dancers in the finale. Obviously, thinking Janette here. I think Kayla works her tail off and it shows. She has stepped up every time to give one incredible performance after another, shooting for perfection, and I really appreciate that. Kayla’s weakness is that she doesn’t appear to ooze much warmth or humanity which Jeannine has in spades. I see why Jeannine is more popular here in that she is more accessible although I personally don’t think she is nearly as strong a dancer. Shedding clothes, though, works wonders, and I think Jeannine knows what brings in the popular vote. I’m in it for the dance though which is why I threw some votes Kayla’s way.

  75. I’m with those who would rather see more same-gender duets. But they make Nigel squicky, as we know.

    Nigel doesn’t have any problems with same-gender duets. They’ve been doing the female-female and male-male dancing for the Top 4 since Season 1. What he is opposed to is effeminate dancing in men.

    I don’t vote much during the season, but last night I voted quite a bit for Brandon. I also threw votes to Jeanine and Ade.

  76. I’m with those who would rather see more same-gender duets. But they make Nigel squicky, as we know.

    Nigel doesn’t have any problems with same-gender duets. They’ve been doing the female-female and male-male dancing for the Top 4 since Season 1. What he is opposed to is effeminate dancing in men.

    I don’t know. I’ve heard so much from Nigel about his problems with effeminate dancing from men — at times when I didn’t even notice it! — and so much aggressive talk from him about women’s “assets” (like last night with Jeanine. yuck.) as if (to me) he’s trying to prove something(!), that I kind of think others may have just bludgeoned him into accepting those same-gender duets, and he wasnt’ able to think of a really good excuse for not having them!

  77. All my 457 votes went to Ade last night. Normally I vote for Evan and Ade equally but felt like Ade needed my votes more.

    I will be the lone dissenting opinion on Brandon- I do not care for him at all.
    Not even one tiny little bit.
    Yes, he is the best technical male dancer. Yes, his body should be on permanent display in the Smithsonian. But I have never felt the first iota of emotional connection coming from him- I feel as if he does not dance with his heart. It doesn’t reach out to me at any rate and so I feel nothing for him.

    This is what I love about Evan and why I think he has connected with so many viewers- he dances with joy. So what if he doesn’t do all genres well- the one he does he does so extraordinarily well that in my view it is more than enough. I know, premise of the show, yadda yadda. I don’t care- he makes me all about happy happy joy joy and that is all that matters to me.
    But as I said my votes went to Ade exclusively and that was purely my attempt to get rid of Brandon and have Evan and Ade be the final two boys.

    There are girls dancing?
    I don’t vote for girls- husband liked Janette but he doesn’t vote so there you go.

  78. First, what an amazing solo performance by Brandon! :clap_tb: He is by far the best dancer this season. Well, Mia Michaels definitely ate her words when she didn’t think that Brandon had what it takes to be a great dancer. His duets with Kayla were definitely worthy of the high praises from the judges and it was Brandon that made the so- so disco routine a phenomenal dance, he is a very strong leader. Brandon has proven time and time again that he can dance any type of genre and does it so eloquently. Although, I loved Jeannette and was sad to see her go; Jeanine has become my new favorite female. If Jeanine does not take the crown, Brandon deserves it 100 %.

    Jeanine: I think the judges were a bit harsh on her cha-cha routine. Although the criticsm was towards Ade, but it left an impact on the overall routine. It was after their hip-hop routine, that Mary Murphy praised Jeanine. Shame on you Mary! Jeanine is the best of the female dancers. I voted 2 hours straight for Jeanine last night. :thumbup_tb:

    Evan: I like him! He’s such a cutey and he has proven himself in some tough dance routines. The judges have criticzed him more than they should have and Evan did not deserve most of their criticsm or to be thrown under the bus!

    Ade: Although I like him as well, I think he maybe in trouble tonight.

    Melissa: Love the ballerina! She stated that she’s the oldest contestant, ever! So what Melissa, you are a beautiful dancer and she is another dancer that has proven herself and has done extremely well in various genres.

    Kayla: To the judges: STOP PIMPING HER! :nono_tb: I cannot believe Mary Murphy last night! I was so upset with her praising comments towards Kayla on her disco routine. Kayla looked awkward in this genre at times. :thumbdown_tb: MJ is right, it was good, but not worth all the hoopla and Nigel standing up and yelling? What??? The Judges do not get IT. If they continue pimping her, she will be bye-bye, if not tonight, definitely by next week. America loaths pimping… remember what happend on another popular reality show? Hmmmm? She is a good dancer but she lacks something… and she almost seems to give the impression that she is the dancing Queen, too much confidence is bad for your health. (Jeannette’s disco routine with Brandon was far superior!) :thumbup_tb:

    I hate when people split votes! Ugh! :thumbdown_tb:

    Dial Idol results:

    Females: Kayla is in first ( :doh_tb: Jeanine is in second :clap_tb: :clap_tb: :clap_tb: Melissa is in third :sad_tb:

    Males: Brandon is in first :clap_tb: :clap_tb: :clap_tb: :clap_tb: Evan is in second :help_tb: Ade is in third :sad_tb:

    It will definitely be an exciting night!

  79. There are girls dancing?
    I don’t vote for girls- husband liked Janette but he doesn’t vote so there you go.

    Oh, dear. There go Nigel’s hopes for a girl winner, lol!

    I have a feeling you’re far from alone! Maybe *that’s* why he keeps making salacious comments about body parts to girls young enough to be his granddaughter — he’s trying to drum up some male interest in voting on the show! (nah … just his uncontrollable, and now divorced, lechery probably …)

  80. Buderschnookie
    Jul 30th, 2009 at 9:16 am
    All my 457 votes went to Ade last night. Normally I vote for Evan and Ade equally but felt like Ade needed my votes more.

    I will be the lone dissenting opinion on Brandon- I do not care for him at all.
    Not even one tiny little bit.
    Yes, he is the best technical male dancer. Yes, his body should be on permanent display in the Smithsonian. But I have never felt the first iota of emotional connection coming from him- I feel as if he does not dance with his heart. It doesn’t reach out to me at any rate and so I feel nothing for him.

    This is what I love about Evan and why I think he has connected with so many viewers- he dances with joy. So what if he doesn’t do all genres well- the one he does he does so extraordinarily well that in my view it is more than enough. I know, premise of the show, yadda yadda. I don’t care- he makes me all about happy happy joy joy and that is all that matters to me.
    But as I said my votes went to Ade exclusively and that was purely my attempt to get rid of Brandon and have Evan and Ade be the final two boys.

    I’m the exact opposite. I think Brandon dances with more emotion and more to the music than Ade. Ade’s Unchained Melody performance last week left me cold. It felt like he had already decided his dance and the music made no difference. You could throw in any song of the same tempo and it would not have mattered.

    I think Brandon’s solo last night was powerful and emotional – similar to the music. I think Evan’s solo was fun and happy – similar to the music. Ade’s solo last night was better when it came to dancing with the music, but still not up to par of Evan and Brandon.

    I’m hoping Brandon and Evan stay and Ade goes home. I suspect Brandon and Ade will stay and Evan will go home.

    Of the girls I don’t have much of a preference. Maybe Jeanine because I think she interprets the music better than the other 2. But I think Melissa does quite well with that as well. Kayla’s duet work I think is always good, but her solo work leaves me a bit cold as well. Not as much as Ade, but I don’t feel it fits with the music very well either.

  81. How accurate is Dial Idol when it comes to SYTYCD? I’m pleasantly surprised with their results so far. Surprised to see Evan in second place for the guys. Works for me – I prefer Evan to Ade anyway.

  82. KAYLA has been amazing in every dance she has done… Look at her doing the disco…. She is just flawless and amazing while she dances period…….

  83. I will be the lone dissenting opinion on Brandon- I do not care for him at all.
    Not even one tiny little bit.
    Yes, he is the best technical male dancer. Yes, his body should be on permanent display in the Smithsonian. But I have never felt the first iota of emotional connection coming from him- I feel as if he does not dance with his heart. It doesn’t reach out to me at any rate and so I feel nothing for him.

    No…I see that as well. So I can truly see Evan’s appeal in that regard. For the girls, I think Kayla is breathtaking in her partner dances, but as many have said, her solos leave a lot to be desired. That’s why Jeanine should win. She has fabulous technique, tons of charisma, emotes very well, and excels at both her partner dances and solos. Her solos are much more intentional and interesting to watch. She doesn’t just start moving around randomly like Kayla and Melissa. Kayla relies too much on spastic movements and Melissa does so many pirouettes and extensions and nothing really original. Jeanine just sails through her solos effortlessly and every move has purpose. And even when her partner is not always the best, she seems to always still hold her own. The judges typically critique her partner, but praise her on the dances that don’t get high praises like last night’s Samba for example.

  84. How accurate is Dial Idol when it comes to SYTYCD?

    Not really accurate at all. This show doesn’t bring in enough votes for their system to work properly.

  85. ITA-Ultimately there is only one winner. So shouldn’t the solo’s be factored in more Especially top 10 down. If they were picking a couple as the winners then I could see the logic in focusing on the duets.

    No!

    Not picking a couple has nothing to do with focusing on solos rather than duets. They’re picking a *dancer* and, guess what, virtually all professional dancers are going to spend about 99 percent of their time (maybe more!) dancing with other people, not as soloists. In the professional world, a dance solo is an extremely limited thing, and usually when somebody is dancing solo it’s only for a minute or so when they’re busted out from the group or pair or whatever that they’re actually dancing the whole dance in.

    Well then based on your premise they should not be doing any ballroom. (yet the show focuses on ballroom.) The “real world” of dance would consist so much more of group numbers, not pairs or solos. This is a reality show. In the “real world of dance” they don’t have the time to get such an indepth interview of each dancer. That is the beauty of this show. This is a reality show picking America’s Favorite Dancer. None of it is in any way a representation of what any of them would really experience in getting a dance gig in the professional world. (in terms of try outs) So your professional world analogy does not fly. We are asked to pick America’s Favorite Dancer. In that vain asking for more focus on the solos is not ridicules. It was a question and an opinion. I am not an authority but I am a voter. You seem like you know about the dance world and that is great but I think that is making you look at this from a biased perspective. This is fun for the viewer and I do not like being criticized for a harmless objective view. Also inquiring about the solos has nothing to do with me liking Evan. I have watched this show from season 1 and have always felt this way. Again we are asked to pick our favorite dancer and a solo helps us non professionals make that decision. Curious if it did not matter why do they do solos to fight for their place to stay in the competition before top 10. Lastly this show does not give any of them a job as the prise, Just money. It’s not like American Idol where there is a lot riding on the winner to make money and be viable in the industry. So having solos would be fine.

    Have a great day.

  86. Curious if it did not matter why do they do solos to fight for their place to stay in the competition before top 10. Lastly this show does not give any of them a job as the prise, Just money

    That should be Prize. ugh!!! :doh_tb:

  87. MJ, I really hope you’re wrong…sorry! :) I am a Melissa fan all the way and I really hope that I’m just a small part of her fanbase. The ones that I still don’t care for are Brandon and Kayla. I would be completely fine with both of them going. They are both good technical dancers…I just don’t connect with either of them. Maybe it’s because I find something in both of their personalities lacking.

    Jeannine & Melissa (as well as Evan & Ade) on the other hand. Totally see all four of them as the total package.

  88. This is fun for the viewer and I do not like being criticized for a harmless objective view.

    Sorry! I wasn’t criticizing you, just disagreeing! I happen to disagree strongly, but that doesn’t make me right any more than your strong opinion makes you right. The truth is most likely somewhere in between! I wasn’t trying to put you down, just stating my opinion, so I’m sorry that I made you feel bad.

    I personally think that seeing more of their solos would be boring boring boring, since virtually all of them do the same things over and over and over again. I just get a real johnny-one-note of expression out of the solos for each of them, for the most part.

    I think having to interact physically and emotionally with different people is both what makes the show interesting and what expands the dancers. When it comes to solos, they’ve got that “your own style” thing going on, plus the hampering fact that they’re dancers, not choreographers, so they aren’t exactly going to reach out new and interesting moves, and dancing with others tends to bring out a wider range of expression in these people, it seems to me from comparing the group and partner dances to the solos. Honestly, aside from some of the fun specialty dancers like Evan or Philip and a few massive standouts like Danny Tidwell, I can’t imagine sitting through a whole lot more of the solos we see.

    Maybe if somebody else choreographed them for solos and the solos were longer, I’d feel differently though.

    But then the temptation still would be to choreograph completely “to their strengths” and we would just have had to see Melissa do kind of average ballet over and over again…. Okay, I would probably buy it if each one had to do solos choreographed in various different styles over the course of a season. I have a feeling that would be even harder for the dancers to do a good job with, though. With nobody to interact with, I expect it’s particularly tough to dance outside your own style. I have a hard time imagining watching anybody’s solo hiphop this season other than Philip’s, for example! (not even that first hiphop guy, actually, whatever his name was — he seemed incredibly lackluster to me, in the few moments that we saw him)

    On ballroom not being in the real world — Well, you’re right that it’s certainly not most of the time! But when it comes to the jobs people are getting off this show, quite a few of the best gigs seem to have been either being a pro on or dancing a guest spot on Dancing with the Stars, doesn’t it? So in this particular context, ballroom actually seems to be more relevant than some of the other stuff. Personally, I’d like to see them get more dance styles on the show though, and not do so much ballroom.

  89. Sorry! I wasn’t criticizing you, just disagreeing! I happen to disagree strongly, but that doesn’t make me right any more than your strong opinion makes you right. The truth is most likely somewhere in between! I wasn’t trying to put you down, just stating my opinion, so I’m sorry that I made you feel bad.

    Thanks and you are right both of our opinions are right for us in turn does not make the other person’s wrong. So I humbly agree to disagree with you and you did not have to apologies but I appreciate it. Have a great day and tonight is going to be exciting and nail biting all at once.

    By the way I do agree with some of your points. I would be crazed to watch Melissa over and over again in longer solos but got to take the good with bad. LOL Truthfully would love to see more group numbers and same sex pairing. From what I do see (very very limited, and mostly tv) a lot of dance out there has a huge percentage of same genre dancing. (I guess more men then women)

    My apologies to you if I came across too irritated. I think it was the NO. If you said I don’t agree I would not have had a defensive reaction. But I agree that I don’t think you were trying to put me down. again enjoy your day.

  90. Truthfully would love to see more group numbers and same sex pairing. From what I do see (very very limited, and mostly tv) a lot of dance out there has a huge percentage of same genre dancing. (I guess more men then women)

    Yeah, this is what I’d like to see much more of, too.

    And more of different genres. What about Afro-jazz, which they did a couple of times, for example?

    I would even be interested in some more Russian folk-dancing, maybe, in fact. What went wrong with the one of those they did was mainly that Philip wasn’t up to it, it seemed to me.

    I think it would be really interesting to see the dancers tasked with trying to sell more different kinds of routines than just the “romantic” and the male-female pair stuff. In the silly Russian folk dance, for example, I felt that Jeanine did a really good job selling it, and it really gave her a boost, for me. And for the most part I thought the guys, especially, did a good job selling their group routine last night, which I thought was fun and interesting and showed a side of them that was welcome.

    I do think that Nigel is kind of addicted to the romantic male-female pairing thing, though, which could be why there’s so much ballroom on the show.

  91. Truthfully would love to see more group numbers and same sex pairing.

    Yes. This is a good idea. For instance, the guy’s group dance last night and the girl’s bollywood routine last week were awesome. Doesn’t Nigel have a problem with same sexed pairing though? Especially when its 2 males?

    I still say the solos should be longer than 30 seconds. And they need to incorporate more types of pair dances too. I think someone mentioned above afro jazz, and where in the world is the tap at???

  92. OK, I still love Evan. I know. I know! But I’m just such a fan of the aw, sucks personality and those throwback solo routines. I thought he was fantastic in the boys number. Yes, he has my vote – because he’s my “favorite” dancer. I am a sucker for an underdog and this show is very much set up to showcase a contemporary dancer. I’d love to see him win!

    But the “best” dancer? No, I don’t think Evan’s the best technical dancer.

    To my mind, that’s Brandon. He has danced every single style as well as his own. He has a wonderful smile and personality. My husband saw Brandon’s solo last night and thought he was one of the experts / pros brought in to coach.

    Jeanine is a close second IMO. She is just wonderful.

    Can someone please explain to me how that disco routine was so wonderful? I thought Brandon was great, and I love the music, but I think I saw Kayla fall out of step and out of her lines several times. All I could remember was the A-friken-mazing disco that Brandon and Janette did earlier in the season. Now THAT was the bomb. Last night’s disco was just not all that, for me!

    ETA: my points are on Melissa and Ade to leave us tonight. Both are good dancers but I think their time is up.

  93. Last night was the first time I thought to myself, “Wow, I think Kayla really is the best dancer of the bunch”. I thought she really stood out in terms of talent and confidence, although I agree she doesn’t seem to ooze personality. I came into this season late (I didn’t watch my first episode until the top 10), so I’ve missed a lot of the early pimping, and it’s taken me a while to catch on to each dancer’s style and individuality. I do love Jeanine’s personality, and Brandon’s twinkliness (I might have just made that word up), but Kayla’s dancing has looked gorgeous to me.

    My only other thoughts are about Evan. He’s obviously great at his style and very athletic (I thought his solo last night was great), but the facial expressions ruin it for me. The mugging and shrugging and dopey looks were fine once, but not every time. I wish he’d just smile and not add artificial facial charm.

  94. I think Melissa and Ade may be the odd couple out this week, while their more popular dance partners remain safe. Neither really managed to stand out this week, and I don’t think either has the fanbase to carry them through.

    That wouldn’t surprise me one bit especially when you factor in Janette’s elimination last week. If Evan is safe tonight, then I think he may have a shot at winning or either Kayla and Jeanine. Of course after last week, I’m prepared for anything to happen tonight.

  95. The mugging and shrugging and dopey looks were fine once, but not every time.

    They do get old don’t they? Actually, as much as I love her dancing, Jeanine’s facial expressions during her solo annoyed the heck out of me last night for the first time. Way too much winking and come hithering.

    I do believe though, that Evan will win the whole thing. Both of the weeks that I thought he did poorly, he never even hit the bottom. So, he’s got a huge fanbase voting for him I think. There are far fewer voters on this show than on AI. So, having an existing fanbase at the begining can make a much bigger difference here.

    I’d like to see Brandon take it all (since I can’t have Janette). To me, Brandon and Janette were the ones who best adapted to the different styles. They came out and gave one great performance after another. That’s what my votes are based on (not saying of course that that’s how everyone else has to do it or anything).

  96. Just a comment on the solos: from my pov, very little of the dancers’ work after the show (or even before it) is really driven that much by solo-style work. Most dancing (in terms of Broadway, Vegas shows, dance troups) is all about the group work – how you learn choreography, how you interact with and emote with others. Other than an audition, you wouldn’t really be doing solo work much per se. JMO – and I’m not a dancer, so I could be wrong.

    As for last night – LOVED Brandon, second biggest love goes to Kayla, and I voted for the two of them, with more voting for Brandon since he is the only one I think really deserves to go through. The others, especially with the girls, are all good enough that I wouldn’t be surprised who made it through. But Brandon absolutely needs to make it.

    That body during his solo = OMFG!!! What hottness (ok, calm down ;-) )

    Kayla’s solo was great too, and both had the strongest partner work. Evan is ok, but I was never a fan – he just flashes the puppy dog eyes and women swoon, blah blah. Whatever, not feeling it.

    Melissa is good, though I’d prefer Jeanine over her (and I think Jeanine is a shoe-in for the final 4.

    My picks for Top 4:

    Brandon
    Ade
    Kayla
    Jeanine

    What I think will happen:

    Brandon
    Evan
    Kayla
    Jeanine

  97. I do believe though, that Evan will win the whole thing. Both of the weeks that I thought he did poorly, he never even hit the bottom.

    OK – not a fan of Evan’s, and this would really bug me. To me, he is like a much much weaker version of Benji – he has the Benji charm, but nowhere near the ability to adapt so effortlessly to so many styles. IMO Evan lacks a lot in terms of actually adapting and learning quickly. Just because of that, I really really hope he doesn’t win.

  98. My apologies to you if I came across too irritated. I think it was the NO. If you said I don’t agree I would not have had a defensive reaction.

    Ah, the treacheries of Internet (mis)communication! Your thing about solos seemed to be phrased as a question — so my “No!” was intended to be an answer, and sort of a lighthearted answer at that! … Seemed like a good idea at the time, lol.As I said, no offense meant, and none taken here.

    I’ll be interested to see what happens tonight. I’m honestly looking forward to last year’s solos most. (although I guess I should be prepared for them, understandably, to have a lot less juice this time around …) I have no idea who’ll get voted off of the current six. Could be any of them, as far as I can tell. The only one I think should be a mortal lock for the finale is Brandon, but I think he could easily be cut, as people power-vote out of worry for Evan and Ade.

  99. Hi! I am new to posting here (though I’ve been reading forever). I don’t have a favorite this season, but would love to see a Brandon/ Ade dance next week.
    That would have a lot of potential.
    I do have a question though. Is it just me or is this the Season of healthy dancers? If I remember it correctly by now we would see bruises the size of Texas, broken toes, wrapped up knees and ankles and somebody fainting.
    Now I better go knock on wood…

  100. Is it just me or is this the Season of healthy dancers? If I remember it correctly by now we would see bruises the size of Texas, broken toes, wrapped up knees and ankles and somebody fainting.
    Now I better go knock on wood’ ¦

    Funny you should say that because I’ve been thinking the same thing the last few days. Now I guess I should knock on wood. lol

  101. Could be any of them, as far as I can tell. The only one I think should be a mortal lock for the finale is Brandon

    Well Lucy we have something we both agree upon. :bye_tb:

  102. Could be any of them, as far as I can tell. The only one I think should be a mortal lock for the finale is Brandon

    :clap_tb:

  103. I’m still hoping for Ade and Brandon in the Final Four with Jeanine. I have not warmed up to Kayla all season, she has beautiful lines but lacks charisma and real rhythm….the disco routine really showcased her flaws…all i could think is if Janette was doing it, she would have been “working it”. Im on the fence w. Melissa…loved her at the beginning of the Season but haven’t seen much from her to warrant a top 4 spot. And evan…oh evan…..i felt he was the weak link in the boys’ group number, considering Ade and Brandon are dancing studs. Lets just say, I will pop a bottle of Dom if Evan is kicked off tonight.

    Brandon’s solo….OH MY!!! my mom started to holler and scream like Mary (and trust me, she rarely gets excited over a particular dancer, maybe Danny?). Holy smokes, that was hot.

  104. Really like Melissa & Jeanine. I hope they are in the top 4. Kayla is a great dancer but there is something about her that I don’t care for. I think she should have gone home a long time ago. Evan and Brandon are my boy picks, even though Ade is awesome too. As long as Kayla goes home I will be happy, her solos are dull and rushed. To many tricks and no substance. The disco dance last night not as good as the judges acted. The earlier disco Brandon did with Jeanette was much better.

  105. I’m with you MJ. I have thought for a long time Brandon should take it all.

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