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So You Think You Can Wait Two Hours?

It's 6:15 and I can't wait for So You Think You Can Dance? to start. These shows, they always say "This is the best year ever!" but this year they aren't kidding. Best year ever, even better than 2007 with Lacey Schwimmer (still my favorite ever). So many great dancers, and the eliminations have been hard to predict. Week 2 caught me entirely off-guard -- an entirely different bottom 3 than Week 1? Wow.

Though it's good to see that Hip Hop is still the #1 Killer. It's that thing Toni Brasil (is that not awesome that she's there?) was talking about: Hip Hop is all about bringing the funk and street swagger. Janette Manara is so lucky she got to play "Rock Girl" in her Hip Hop routine, because if she'd had to show up and throw down Gangsta, she would have been Bottom 3 bound. Luckily her godawful mugging worked to her advantage (though she's also lucky you can't vote against dancers, because I'd have booted her just for her stupid "Rock Face").

Right now I'm thinking this week's victims will be Phillip Chbeeb -- Nigel's 'You aren't learning fast enough' comment was dead on accurate and will hurt him -- and Jeanine Mason, cause the girl's got no talent (for this level of competition obviously, not no talent full stop). I feel strong about Phillip, but may revise on the girl after the show.

My current favorites:
Male: Kupono Aweau, whose nuanced performance as the old busted crash test dummy made it impossible to take your eyes off him. Runner up is Evan Kasprzak who has tons of personality and charm. Third goes to Ade Obayomi, who is probably the strongest in the competition but lacks personality.

Female: Melissa Sandvig is my favorite to go farthest, but I think this year it will be a guy who wins. I love Caitlin Kinney's smile, but don't think she'll survive much longer. Karla Garcia is also very good.

ETA @ 9:13: Well shit. Phillip and Jeanie aren't going home after that. Hip-Hop is obviously Phillip's strong suit, and the chain prop was just Made Of Win. No way they end up in bottom 3.


Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
WHAT. [info]pistolpoet watches So You think You can Dance? Well shit.

If it is a talent competition and has three judges, one of whom is a British jerkass, I probably watch it. American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance? and America's Got Talent. Love that shit.

So, ahem: do not slander Phillip, because [truly godawful] tango aside, the kid is adorable, and it is adorable how well he and Jeanine seem to get along, and there's just so much adorableness that not only am I madly hooked but the rest of the population is hooked -- such that those two are going to coast above the bottom three on popularity for a while yet. They'd have been fine even if they'd managed to knot themselves up in that chain and break all four of their collective legs.

Mrr, you might be right, there might be a Twitch Effect with Phillip. They're both kinda weird looking though. But you could be right. We'll see tonight! I'm always antipathic towards those who glide by on adorability or underdoggyness, because dammit it's called "So you think you can dance" not "So you think you can be a woobie?"

What I don't understand is this business with Brian Friedman. The judges, who go into frothy orgasms over each & every choreographer [including the inordinately overrated Sonya], were lukewarm towards his previous dance and downright negative towards this one. IIRC Nigel used the words "creepy" and "condom", which are specifically an audience turnoff - and not even of the sort that prompts people to pick up the phone out of spite. So what's the deal? Is it about him or is Nigel trying to really do in Jason for good this week?

I want to defend Sonya, but I realize it's mostly because she's so adorably punk rock with her mohawk. Have you ever seen her dance herself? It's pretty amazing. But I really enjoy her stuff, and look forward to it. But hye, I'm a gothy punk rocker, she goes for themes that are likely to appeal to me.

Brien Friedmen did the alien choreography last night, right? If so, that was awesome. My impression was that Nigel and Mia liked it, but it was too "out there" for Mary. The piece did for "Hot Like Wow" left me cold.

What I want to know is why they keep Randi and Evan with these hokey as hell numbers. First Mia Michels -- you wanna talk overrated! -- gives them that booty number that was just painful to watch, then they get the get this crappy Broadway number that made Tyce's stuff (which I hate) look good.

I wish they would remove all the Broadway cards and replace them with Bollywood ones.

Edited at 2009-07-03 01:30 am (UTC)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I realised after I posted this that there are a couple of Sonya routines that I can respect, and that really I should give the woman a chance as I haven't seen that much of her. (No, I haven't seen her dance; will keep this in mind.)

My impression was that Nigel and Mia liked it

You may be right; my impression was that Nigel was averse to it and Mia ... has some kind of axe to grind with Brian Friedman? But I'll let it go.

Agreed about Broadway and Bollywood, 100%.


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