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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 12 Revealed

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 19th 2009 3:33AM
Mollee Gray(S06E16) If things keep going the way they've been going, I'm going to start thinking America's really learning something about dance after all these shows they've been watching the past several years. I understood and agreed with every single one of America's choices, which is more than I can say for Nigel and the judges.

We did get to see Nakul Dev Majahan, joined on stage by MDN Bollywood Productions, in a Bollywood routine he choreographed. While I loved the earlier Bollywood piece we got this season, this one didn't grab me quite as strongly. A lot of that probably has to do with how foreign it still is to our Western senses; we don't really understand what we're seeing or why we're seeing it all the time.

Still, I guess I'm glad it's part of the show, as it continues to showcase the diversity in dance around the world. I even applaud their ill-fated attempt to try Russian folk. I say keep trying SYTYCD, just be very wary of what you put on these dancers.

Bottom Three Couples
I think not being properly wary of what you're making your dancers do is exactly what put Mollee & Nathan in the bottom three. I stand by my assertion that the choreography by Laurieann Gibson for Mollee & Nathan this week just wasn't good. I think they danced brilliantly, which is what the judges got stuck on, but as a piece of dance, it wasn't enjoyable. The fault does not, in this case, lie with the dancers.

You could easily argue the same thing for Channing & Victor, though I don't think they were quite as strong in their performances in that "Blackbird" number. Choosing the Bobby McFerrin rendition was a disastrous choice, as it's an incredibly distracting and disjointed piece of music. As such, it pulled me out of the narrative time and time again, and actually kept me from watching the dancers. The dance itself was also a little bizarre and may have been confusing or off-putting to viewers at home.

Kevin & Karen absolutely deserved to be there, however. They were horrible, and fully deserving of their fate.

Group Dance
Wade & Amanda Robson put together a clever dance, with the fourteen remaining contestants acting as museum exhibits, or other artifacts covered in sheets. The concept was strong, but for the most part, what we got was a very lazy and disinterested bunch of kids going through the motions rather than giving us a performance. Unless "bored" was the mood the Robsons were going for, I think they were let down by their dancers this week.

Musical Guest
Orianthi, "According to You"
I'll admit it, I had no idea who this person was before and after she started singing. But there was something about the smooth scratch of her voice that drew me in. It was a very soothing song; the kind of artist my wife would absolutely adore. But should I know her from somewhere?

Eliminated: Channing & Kevin
I have to agree with this, as well. Kevin's solo wasn't impressive, and he hasn't really shown the dynamic personality as most of the hip-hop dancers we've seen. And with Russell and Legacy representing the street, there was no need for him. As for Channing, I think it was more a matter of who not to eliminate. Karen has a presence when she dances that the judges just can't seem to get over, and it is pretty seductive. As for Mollee, that girl just killed a solo the likes of which we haven't seen all season. Plus, you can't send those cute little kids (Mollee & Nathan) home before they make Top 10!

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Karen's solo totally sucked - it reminded me of the little dance competitions my sister and I would put on in the basement when we were like 8-10 years old-excluding the sexy stuff. I thought it was very juvenile and that should have eliminated her. Channing is a bit of a stoned wall - but I liked her solo much better and she has more talent. Karen should've have been sent home - if she ain't selling sex she just ain't selling - very one noted.

November 19 2009 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I totally agree that Karen should have gone home. She seems much more one dimensional - - unless she is sexy and shaking her booty she isn't very good. I really don't understand why the judges seem to "love" her so much.

November 19 2009 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jason, I disagree with you regarding the opening number -- I thought it was the strongest in a long time, possibly since early in Season 4. I didn't see any boredom there. However, I won't mind watching it again, so perhaps I'll catch it in a repeat viewing.

I've said before that the one thing that *really* compromises SYTYCD is the fact that the judges dare not suggest that a choreographer's work was anything short of stellar. It goes without saying that choreographers are fragile, ego-driven creatures (some more than others *cough* Mia Michaels *cough*), but it's a shame that when a choreographer is over/under-challenging, or selects music that doesn't quite work, or simply creates a routine that doesn't play well to the cameras, the dancers pay the price.

I think perhaps the show needs to declare a moratorium on a few overused dance "stories" as well. Every time I hear a hip-hop choreographer say "You're a pair of thieves..." I have to punch a wall.

November 19 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jason, Orianthi was going to be one of the lead guitarists on Michael Jackson's "This is It" tour. That's probably where you heard the name.

Mollie & Nathan really have to go next. "Cuteness" may be what "America" wants but it doesn't do much for me.

November 19 2009 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Next week when Karen is again in the bottom I hope the judges will see that while they might think she is a "star" she will never be "America's favorite dancer".

November 19 2009 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeers to the post above! Not cool.

I predicted 6 out of 8 correctly last night, I'm glad America is voting to their full potential.

I got 2 couples of the bottom 3 correct, while the other couple I had on my least favs list from performance night, I just thought they had the tween vote on lockdown.

Right: Channing&Victor and Karen&Kevin
Wrong: Mollee&Nathan (it didn't much matter though, the judges basically gave them a safe card before they did their solos)

AND I also correctly predicted that Channing & Kevin would be going home. Channing doesn't bring as much life to the routines as the other dancers and I've thought that Kevin is not very personable.

I think that Victor&Karen will make a better match and look forward to seeing their routine next week!


November 19 2009 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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