Tonight was the first performance show for SYTYCD Canada Season 3. I guest blog over at PURE SYTYCD and have put my post under the cut...
More... It’s been a while since I did power rankings so bare with me and PLEASE comment below if you agree, disagree, or have something more to say.
We are just getting to know the dancers so I find it even more challenging. Also, I am not a dancing expert so mostly I judge on what I find entertaining and make me want to pick up the phone and vote.
1. Hanni & Tara-Jean- Jazz – Nico & Wynn
That’s how Strong my Love is – Otis Redding
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I am a MASSIVE Nico fan and also TaraJean, so this was just a favourite before it started! It was so cute, TJ was like a ball of sunshine in her yellow dress and beaming smile. It was the only routine of the night to give me chills and therefore gets my #1 ranking… the playful chase and blanket romp was awesome… They saved the best for last.
2. Bree & Edgar – Hip Hop – Jaeblaze
O.M.G – Usher
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Canada is known for it’s hot routines. This routine was just that. Grinding and thursting – wow! It seemed a bit spastic at times, maybe because it was so fast, but I really enjoyed it a lot. They rocked it! Mary even put Bree on the Hot Tamale Train!
3. Danielle & Sebastian – Bollywood – Longinus Fernandes
Tera Hi Jalwa – Sajid – Wajid (Wanted Cast)
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Bollywood was good for Sebastian and Danielle also did well… very entertaining. The skirt change could have gone very wrong but it, like the last jump, went without a hitch. Longinus Fernandes is amazing and he is the choreographer from Slumdog Millionaire. I am a HUGE Sebastian Fan, he reminds me of Mark from USA SYTYCD and I love his quirkiness.
4. Jera & Kirsten – Contemporary – Mandy Moore
“Fireflies” by Ron Pope
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Beautiful. I kept moving this into #3 then #4. Mandy’s a great choreographer. Her feet bothered me at times, I am not sure why, maybe it is the ballet point? After lot’s of bumps and falls in rehearsal they really mastered it. I have no idea what Tre was talking about “watching Twilight on stage” but I enjoyed the routine. This would have been #3 except for her feet annoying me.
5. Janick & Shavar – Afro-Jazz – Sean Cheesman
Dances with wood / baba – Mickey Hard, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo
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I personally love Sean Cheesman’s Afro-Jazz most of the time. They had the jumps and moves and the outfits just complimented their moves. The drop spin was awesome as were the air headstand flip thing. I think people should vote for this, it was entertaining and well done. I especially loved the all at the end.
6. Jonathan & Kloe – Hip Hop – Sho-Tyme
X Gon’ Give it to Ya – DMX
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He was really good, she wasn’t bad… DMX is hard and their moves needed to be harder. That being said, it was entertaining and I think people may vote for them. She kept smiling which looked really strange given the moves… but he got his face down.
7. Yonni & Claudia – Salsa – Tony & Meredith
Calabria 2008 ft Natasja – Enur
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White outfit was hot, her blue frills were sexy, great personality, perfect genre for them. Slight fall which looked to be his fault, though the judges did not mention it. She was more in her element than he. Still nice chemistry and a fun routine. I think I am ranking this a bit low, they were so amazing… gah! Too hard to choose this first week.
8. Denys & Amanda – Tango – Tony & Meredith
Grand Guiiignol – Bajofondo
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Her legs shook a lot and looked awkward at times, but this isn’t her genre. Luckily she had Denys in his genre to lead her and lead her he did. I think tango is a tough first week draw. It felt awkward at times and it wasn’t a favourite of the night at all. Side note – poor girl had bruises all up and down her legs. Mary is hilarious throwing her papers all over the place. To be honest I fast forwarded through a lot of the judges, they didn’t see to be offering a critique but instead sugar coating and spewing random stuff.
9. Nathalie & Mackenzie – Viennese Waltz – Pierre Allaire
For the Nights I can’t Remember – Hedley
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Beautiful, Mackenzie is all kinds of sexy. The flip/ lift was fabulous and it felt like a more modern version of the waltz. Technically, I can’t comment, but I enjoyed watching. They did have great chemistry and handled a tough dance well together.
10. Charlene & Jeff – Jive – Danny Arbour
Celebrity Status (Shake Shake) – Marianas Trench
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Rough spin, but nice lift. Very fun routine. I didn’t like the judges all saying they were “cute” how annoying. It was a it slow for a jive and had awkward moments whichis why I am putting it in the bottom 3
11. Jesse & Julia – New Disco – Melissa Williams
Fame – Lady Gaga
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Lot’s of fog, props, not sure it enhanced dancing or distracted… incredible outfit, she looked almost nude. Powerful movements, I didn’t see chemistry like some other couples. I could be terribly wrong, it has been a while since I did power rankings but I just don’t think this one will do as well.
Am I way off?