Saturday, March 15, 2008

SYTYCD Goes Inter-Species (video)

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That wasn't bad, but there's gonna be trouble when they draw the Quickstep.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

America's Best Dance Crew Voting Numbers

Status Quo
877-752-7391 or text 1 to 23882

877-752-7392 or text 2 to 23882

Kaba Modern
877-752-7393 or text 3 to 23882

Or you can vote online here. You may vote until 4am EDT Saturday.

More Canada Audition Info

CTV today announced the cities and dates for So You Think You Can Dance Canada auditions.

Vancouver, BC
Monday, April 7
The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
777 Homer Street

Halifax, NS
Saturday, May 3
Bella Rose Arts Centre,
283 Thomas Raddall Drive

Calgary, AB
Monday, May 12
MacEwan Conference & Event Centre,
2500 University Drive N.W.

Montreal, QC
Tuesday, May 27
Théâtre St-Denis
1594 St-Denis Street

Toronto, ON
Thursday, June 5
Winter Garden Theatre,
189 Yonge St.

More details at the show's official site.

America's Best Dance Crew Taping

MTV just picked up a second season of America's Best Dance Crew. EOnline's Korbi Ghosh loves ABDC and was at the taping of tonight's show. There are some minor spoilers in the final paragraph.


"Bollywood" Choreographer Fights Back

Farah Shah choreographed Kate & Graeme's top 16 Bollywood routine. Judge Jason Coleman panned it. The Mosman Daily gets Farah's reaction:

"The general feel for all of us (choreographers) is that the US (version of the) show was not about judging the choreographers," she said.

"But here (in Australia), we were all holding hands in the audience. It's such an emotional rollercoaster.

"The show is about how the dancers interpret what they're given ... not about the choreography."


For what it's worth, I loved the routine. It's one of my favorites of the season so far, and I hope we get to see more of Farah's work.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Global Dance-Off? Mary's Thoughts From Australia

Reality Raver has the details from an offline interview Mary Murphy gave to Australia's TVWeek. There's news of interest to US and worldwide SYTYCD fans.


Quest Crew At Kollaboration 8 (Video)

Dominic Sandoval, Ryan Conferido, and the rest of the Quest Crew (except Hok) perform an entertaining routine at Kollaboration 8 in LA.
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Ryan Conferido
Ryan Feng
Brian Hirano
Victor Kim
Andy Luo
Dominic Sandoval
Steve Terada

Thanks to Tiffany for the tip.

Top 14 Performances (Video)

Jemma & Rhys - Hip-Hop - Tiane Joubert

Demi & Jack - Rumba - Paul Green

Laura & Anthony - Contemporary - Yannus Sufandi

Camilla & Sermsah - Hip-Hop - Travers Ross

Vanessa & Henry - Samba - Jason Gilkison

Kate & Graeme - Contemporary - Debbie Ellis Linert

Rhiannon & J.D - Jazz - Adam Williams

Thanks to youtuber sytycdaustralia for the uploads.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Neil Haskell Before SYTYCD (Video)

Video from Buffalo TV station WIVB.
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Australia News Update

This piece in the Daily Telegraph says that the furor over the Australian show's judging has heightened. I'm not sure if it really has, or if it's just a good subject for a media article. What do you think? Elimination spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the results show.


Here's an interview with the most recently eliminated female contestant, from Adelaide Now.


The says we won't be seeing Nat Bas's band, Rogue Traders, on So You Think You Can Dance.


Will we be seeing young Levi Cameron on Aus season 2?


Monday, March 10, 2008

Kameron & Sabra At DRN

Kameron Bink signed autographs in the Sugar and Bruno booth, launching his new menswear line with Sugar and Bruno, at the largest retailer dance show in the country, DRN (Dance Retailer News Expo 2008). His mens line is now available on

Off-Stage Drama From Down Under

For those who prefer their drama off-stage, has a story for you. Kassy Lee was overheard complaining that she was eliminated while "bad" dancers remain, and Jack Chambers sister thinks his partner isn't up to his standards.


Here are some Nacho Pop reports from backstage, previously unavailable to those of outside Australia. Thanks Ms. Anonymous!


Two More Gone In Australia

So You Think You Can Dance Australia is down to 12 dancers. Reality Raver has all the details on the elimination show.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

SYTYCD Australia News

David Knox at TVTonight weighs in on the recent Jason-hatin'.


The Sunshine Coast Daily talks to Judge Matt Lee:

He played a key role in the Hollywood blockbuster Happy Feet, and taught at the renowned Brent Street Studios in Sydney.

“Some of people that have come through the competition I have seen in my class,” he said.

“It’s really gratifying seeing people who you have had a little bit of an influence on in their journey so far.”


Apparently, Aus TV networks have trouble starting shows on time, but So You Think You Can Dance Australia hasn't been tardy, so far.


The Brisbane Times says Australians have 4 sexes, at least according to TV programmers. Only one doesn't like SYTYCD.


I think the Australian show's wardrobe department does a better job than the American show. Here's a sneak peek at an upcoming costume.


7 Random Things - I've Been Tagged

Selly at Dance Outlook tagged me with a blogger meme. This isn't a personality blog (readers should be glad) and I try to keep it about the talent, but I want to be a member-in-good-standing of the blogger community. Here are the rules:

- Link to the blog who tagged you (above)
- Post the rules on your blog
- Share seven random and/or weird things about yourself.
- Tag seven people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  1. This blog's format is a shameless ripoff of Blogging Project Runway. Laura K and the great crew there have been very supportive.
  2. The best TV shows ever are LOST, The original Japanese Iron Chef, the Emma Peel seasons of The Avengers, MST3K, and The Andy Griffith Show.
  3. I wasn't a dance fan before season 2 of SYTYCD. Tyce Diorio's Unwritten routine on the top 20 show hooked me.
  4. I'm a geek. I listen to tech and food podcasts.
  5. I was once a judge at the Atlanta International Wine Festival.
  6. My Yellow Lab Alex is a canine supermodel.

    7. I love great photography and Sam Abell is my favorite photographer
I tag Leee at T!YBE, Ruby LaRhumba, Beckylooo at TV In The Woods, Stuce at Oinicker, SooBee, Carissa at 5 Dollars, and Dave Chung. I would have tagged Jayne at Thrown Under The Bus and Maria at A Time To Dance, but they've both been recently tagged.

America's Best Dance Crew Gets Serious

America's Best Dance Crew is down to its final 4: BreakSk8, JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern, and Status Quo, who stayed out of danger with their "tuner" routine last week. Michael Jackson's Thriller album was the theme of this week's show. Here's SQ's take on Wanna Be Starting Something:
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We saw that swing move Jamal and E-Knock did on SYTYCD season 3 auditions. It's already become known as the Status Quo move:
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The 6 guys we see on ABDC are just a small part of the Status Quo crew. Meet some of the rest at this WBZ-TV News video. Thanks to Status Quo crew member Genesis for the tip.

Step It Up & Dance Preview (Video)

Bravo's new dance reality show premieres April 3rd. This preview aired at the end of the season finale of Project Runway.
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Meet the host, mentor, judges, and cast in videos here.

Pasha Feature

I am at a loss to describe what's going on at Arabic music and entertainment news site, except that Pasha Kovalev is featured in issue 32.
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Top 14 Performance Show Review

Reality Raver reviews the top 14 performance show:

Now that the gregarious Danny Noriega has been eliminated from American Idol can we bring him over to be a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance? At least he has the ability to make people smile, something the three judges are lacking.

However some comments on the show:

* Natalie Bassingthwaite has dropped the Jennifer Hawkins look this week but her hair seemed to be channelling Terri Irwin (Steve Irwin's widow) including the slightly over tanned look;

* Matt Lee appears to decided to find some personality tonight and also gave some decent feedback;

* Producers are clearly reading forums or blogs as there was no fusion dances tonight, and that was a good thing;

* Jason Coleman was clearly having an '80's wardrobe moment with fluro pink t-shirt, and black jacket, I could almost see George Michael in his Choose Life phase, though I don't think even George would have worn the shark tooth necklace.

First up were...


...Jemma and Rhys who were to dance hip hop to a Tiane Joubert routine.

At first when Tiane started gibbering about it being Afro/Cuban I thought we were going to get another fusion dance number but fortunately I was wrong.

This dance was raunchy especially for the 7.30pm family friendly time slot, and the opening position would have been the closest Rhys had been to a girls genital area in years.

It was the best hip hop number seen this series yet. Jemma was fantastic, and Rhys was fairly butch (well he sold me on it) and it was a raunchy high energy enjoyable number. Didn't quite get the Rhys marijuana leaf bandanna, not because of the drug reference, but it just looked one those cheap ones you buy in Kuta Bali.

They should be safe for another week.

Matt Lee said "Jemma stepping up and getting better", and "I would have liked more energy" I thought that was a bit harsh they were pelvic thrusting a 100 bpm throughout the whole routine.

Bonnie said it sizzled.

Jason said "Great job, Congratulations," and "Rhys really blokey, really masculine tonight", and "Jemma your diversity is going up and up".

Next up was Jack and Demi dancing the Rhumba to a Paul Green routine. Paul also has Dancing With the Stars experience and danced with Fifi Box on one of the series.

I like Demi but I think she may have peaked. Throughout the rehearsals she was told she would have to work on her sensual side. She produced this for her salsa a few weeks ago but tonight it just wasn't there. In fact she looked frigid throughout the whole routine. Jack was great, however maybe over dramatic to over compensate for her lack of expression.

If Rhys can produce butch she should be able to produce sexy.

They may face the bottom 3 for the first time.

Jason put it down to the fact that Demi did not wear high heels, which was in fact her choice, and I agree with him it worked against her. He said "The whole routine looked flat footed."

Matt Lee said "Didn't get the connection", and "It was still brother and sister"

Bonnie said "Lack of touch and feel for me" and "Jack well done"

Anthony Ikin and Laura were happy to get a contemporary routine by Yannus Sufandi. It was meant to be about a girl who was obsessed about her girlfriend, but it was the weakest routine of the night.

It was just a lot of running about and her throwing herself on him. Anthony had wanted to put a jump in from the top of the stairs, which was much talked about pre-routine, but it did not add anything, in fact it just added to the pointlessness of the routine.

Just when I thought it could not get anymore trite Laura gave out a over acted scream. There was very little dancing in the routine.

The judges were just as scathing. Matt said: "I didn't get it" and "Not sure if it was the performance or what you were given"

Bonnie said "Didn't think Laura was a good tonight"

Jason said "I didn't get it", "Not enough to act sexy have to be sexy", "Didn't like choreography" clearly Jason was feeling a touch sensitive about today's newspaper article regarding his criticism of the choreographers and added "Not saying that to put Yannus down but to build you guys up".

The choreography was poor in this routine, and if the inevitable bottom 3 occurs Laura will be in grave danger of going home.

Camilla and Sermsah (otherwise known as Suri) danced a hip hop number to a Travers Ross routine. This was the second time they had danced hip hop, last time in a jail break number and this time Sermsah was getting chased by the police because he was a graffiti artist.

Camilla looked great with a long hair wig (I don't think they were extensions) and she really danced strongly and sexy and her outfit showed what a great figure she has. Sermsah was good as well but clearly outdanced by her.

They had problems with a lift, but this was put down to her having a sprained finger, and Sermsah was worried about hurting it.

Jason was not so kind and said "Lifts are not working as you are not giving her what she needs", "Camilla you did really well", and "Suri you are not dancing on the centre of the beat".

Matt said "This hip hop style better this week." and "Suri I could see you thinking"
Bonnie "Didn't get the ending", "Camilla you were fantastic" and "Suri keep at it"

Vanessa and Henry sizzled with their Jason Gilkison choreographed Samba.

Henry's haircut increases his sex appeal 100%, and also he slashed his hair off his chest as well to run around in his skimpy costume. He looked hot tonight.

The only criticism of this routine was that it started before the music came in which we have seen far to much of this technique this series, and you always think there is something wrong with the sound.

Vanessa was really good, and just managed to inject some sex appeal in there, and Henry was fabulous. Probably routine of the night.

Matt Lee said "Jason Gilkison is a genius", "So great".
Bonnie said "Best routine of the night" and "Henry footwork great".
Jason said "Synchronicity - it all came together", "Vanessa you owned that" then he spent 5 minutes praising Jason Gilkison.

Then it was Kate and Graeme's turn to dance a contemporary number choreographed by Debbie Ellis Linert.

If they did not impress here this couple were going to be in serious trouble. Graeme was probably the strongest we have seen him, and Kate was great as well. I might get flamed for this however I am not sure of the likeability of this pair, neither has a strong personality, and this is about Australia's favourite dancers.

I thought the routine was really good, however I doubt if I will remember it by next week. However the judges were gushing.

Matt Lee said "Brilliance" and "Apart from Vanessa and Henry favourite routine of the night"

Bonnie rambled on about candlelight dinners and said "Did you book a room?" This was particularly cringeworthy. Bonnie was the weakest link of the judges tonight, still too much talking to get her point across, was she like this when she was a judge on SYTYCD in the US in Season 1?

Jason said "Best contemporary we have seen in competition", "Connected", "Did not see transition in and out of the lifts" and "Loved it, loved it, loved it".

Last routine of the night went to JD and Rhiannon who danced a jazz number by Adam Williams. It was a top hat and tails routine, and was 100% better then last weeks disastrous tango.

In rehearsals Adam was getting frustrated, but obviously he slapped them around to get good performances out of both of them, in fact Rhiannon was fantastic.

A couple of criticisms are Rhiannon outdanced JD noticeably, and JD's technique at times was weak.

The judges were kinder to JD this week, but I thought they had lowered the bar for him, any other dancer to have done the same routine as him would have come under greater criticism.

It would be ironic if they were bottom three this week with a much stronger and enjoyable routine.

Matt said "You were in it, I loved watching you have fun"
Bonnie said "JD did great this week" and "Rhiannon great".
Jason said "Well done, did what Adam wanted" and "Both stretched themselves".

Again I will take a stab at bottom three, and with a smaller field one would hope I have a better success rate than my usual one of three.

Bottom three predictions:
Laura and Anthony;
Demi and Jack; and
Rhiannon and JD.