Monday, August 8, 2011

SYTYCD Canada Top 14 Perform

Tonight was another great night of dancing on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The Top 14 danced for Canada's votes and tomorrow we will send two more home.

Tonight's judges were Jean-Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Rex Harrington, Melissa Williams and Dan Karaty.

Once again the couples were swapped up, which seems to be a weekly thing now, however, it seemed more couples had at least one dancer in their genre. I like the switch up because it moves the votes around a bit more, but it is also scary because it puts certain dancers in danger undeservingly perhaps. Tonight's dances left me a little disappointed overall... but I will talk about that more at the end of this post...

Anyhow, here is a summary of the night:


Francois & Jordan
Samba - Gustavo Vargas
"Chillando Goma" - Fulanito

Francois was in his genre, Jordan was way out, but you wouldn't know it (unless you watched her feet carefully ha!) There were a lot of cool twists, spins and lifts. Gustavo warned it was about hips, hair and legs - and he was right! It was sexy and fun!

Joey & Geisha
Contemporary - Stacey Tookey
"Gasoline Rainbows" - Amy Kuney

The idea was that Geisha comes from the polluted future to warn Joey and encourage him to protect the environment. To me, the story was not really told, but the dance itself was beautiful as was the song. This was good for Geisha, who I feel is not as strong as the other female dancers. She was paired with the most amazing Joey and pulled it off, though he was still the star of the routine.

Yulia & JP
Hip Hop - ShoTyme
"Give 'em what they asking for" - Busta

This was so-so for me. JP was starting to grow on me, and this being his genre I expected a lot more. Yulia, as I have always said, is a ballroom girl and generally excells in her genre and never really peaks in anything else.

Lindsey & Christian
Jazz Funk - Blake McGrath
"Blow" - Ke$ha

This was a couple reuniting again this season not only with each other but with Blake as choreographer who worked with them week two. Given that, I think I expect a bit more since they have that history together. The story was a couple who has to choose love or career. For me it was weird. It didn't feel Jazz-Funk (though who am I to judge what that even is exactly, I expect it from Sonya or Sean Cheesman usually) and was just a bit strange. I don't know if it was the choreo or the execution. I typically love Blake and I really love Lindsey, but this was just so-so for me.

Denitsa & Matt
Cha Cha - Francis LaFreniere & Claudia Primeau
"Give me Everything" - Pitbull ft Ne-Yo

It was nice to see alumni Claudia and Francis back to do choreography again. This routine had a lot of potential but fell flat in some areas. First, Denitsa was in her element and did well and Matt did his best but there were some technical errors that even my husband noticed. The most obvious was near the end when Matt went to grab for al ift too soon then stopped, then when they did the lift he slipped and they kind of fell forward. We have seen this before, it is part of life, but coming off an average performance, it puts a damper on the whole thing. Also there was far too much time spent in a slow embrace when there could have been dancing, and right in the middle of the routine.

Carlena & Shane
Contemporary - Sabrina Matthews
"Wise Up" - Aimee Mann

This was about being unable to take back words once you say them, as if that can be portrayed clearly in a routine? It was pretty slow moving and as far as Sabrina Matthews goes, it wasn't my favourite.

Adam & Melissa
Hip Hop - Luther Brown
"Buyou" - Keri Hilson

Well, Melissa has had four consecutive standing ovations from all the judges, whoever they may be that week, with whoever she may be dancing with that evening. Amazing! It was a fun, sexy, hard-hitting routine that was my favourite of the night and being last of the night will be memorable and likely get them plenty of votes to stay safe.

Power Rankings:

Top 3:

-Adam & Melissa
-Joey & Geisha
-Francois & Jordan


-Carlena & Shane

Bottom 3:

-Lindsey & Christian
-Denitsa & Matt
-Yulia & JP

I was really off last week, so we will see how it goes this week. To be honest, I was a tad disappointed overall this week with the routines. They weren't as impressive as past weeks. I feel like based on JUST tonight's dances, many would risk going home. Though, some of it may have been choreography, and maybe my own mood, but I just didn't feel it tonight as much as I usually do.

Anyhow, please comment below if you agree or disagree or have something to add....

Results Show is Tomorrow Night, I will be away camping I won't post until I return Friday evening.

Also tomorrow on the results show Melissa Williams' group routine is about relationships and rumours. Host Leah Miller reminded us a trillion times to tune in....

I am away camping so I will get the results up on the weekend!

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