So You Think You Can Dance – 7/29/09

Last night was a big night for the Top 6 dancers, as the dancers who make it through this week will be dancing in the finale next week, making their chances at being America’s favorite dancer that much better. The dancers really stepped it up this week, and the choreographers were throwing crazy stuff at them. It was an excellent show, and I loved it. Starting out with the tremendous boys’ group routine to the super girls’ group routine, this show started and ended with a bang. Let’s discuss those routines and everything in between after the jump.

The Top 6 all danced four times tonight, doing one solo, two couple’s performances and one group performance. As much as I love the whole season, I am always excited when we get to this point because we get to see so many routines from our favorites in one night, plus I love their solos.

I loved both of the group performances. Both were choreographed by the terrifically twisted Sonya Tayeh.

The boys’ routine was a glow-in-the-dark, Willy Wonka-esque contemporary and it was great. I loved how she played to the top 3 boy’s talents, and I really enjoyed how she showcased all of their strengths. I know a lot of people don’t think that Evan is as strong a dancer as Brandon or Ade, but he really held his own. I believe he proved he deserved to be up there as much as any of the boys during this performance.

Sonya really outdid herself with the a stupendous, super hero, contemporary routine for the girls! The girls really looked and danced like super heroes, and I’m sure everywhere there were young girls making Melissa, Jeanine and Kayla their personal role models. I know I want to be them when I grow up. πŸ˜‰ Melissa’s lines were fantastic, and I loved the little tutu around her costume. It was very cute. Kayla was just okay for me. I don’t love her, but she did dance beautifully as always. My favorite by far was Jeanine. She was gorgeous. Every time she dances, it’s filled with passion, personality and performance. She makes you want to love dance as much as she does. I also thought that Nigel’s comment about her loosely laced up top half of the costume was hilarious, “You can’t tie down talent.” Nigel, you dog! Let’s be honest though, Jeanine’s costumes are usually quite revealing in the chest area, and because she is better endowed than some of the ladies, it stands out. That being said, she was obviously embarrassed by the comment, lol, as funny as it was.

My favorite couple’s performance of the night was tied between Jeanine and Ade’s Hip-Hop choreographed by Nappy-Tabs, and the Quickstep choreographed by Louis Van Amstel for Evan and Melissa.

There are a lot of mixed reviews on Jeanine and Ade from last night, but this TV blogger LOVED them. Jeanine is so amazingly talented, and Ade is a powerhouse. Are they always technically perfect? Of course not, but their love of dance and their personalities make all of their routines a pleasure to watch. I really did enjoy their Hip-Hop routine, and I commend Tabitha and Napoleon on a very cool idea for a dance. The boxes were neat, and I loved the double-dutch like move that Jeanine and Ade did. It was really cool. I’m not a dancer, and I’m not a choreographer, but I am a lover of this show, and of the arts. So while there were definitely parts danced less than perfectly technically, these two dancers pulled me in and made me want to watch. That’s talent!

Their Samba, choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, was hot as well. Plus, their pure performance qualities made it fun. I loved it, and I really hope it was enough to save them.

I’m not ashamed to say that I love Evan. His old school charm and his smooth, Gene Kelly-like dancing makes me smile. I also love that he puts his heart on the stage every time he dances. Last night was no exception. The Quick Step is a dreaded dance to pull. It’s fast, it’s technical and it’s usually a kiss of death, but I loved it tonight. Louis did a fabulous job choreographing to the dancer’s strengths and making a routine that I wanted to watch. Melissa was good but Evan made the routine for me. I know that there are a lot of critics who don’t think Evan is Top 4 material, but I do. Well done you two. I was amused and you made me smile, so thank you.

Their first routine, a broadway one choreographed by Tyce Diorio, was great. Not perfect, but I really enjoyed it. I am aware others didn’t love it but as I’ve said before, it’s not America’s best or most technical dancer, it’s America’s favorite dancer.

As far as solos go, my favorites were Evan, Jeanine, and Brandon (sort of).
Evan was a cool cat as usual and I was grinning at his boyish charm and his sweet, easy personality. Well done!

Jeanine was beautiful. Her solos always move me, and tonight was no exception.

Okay, so Brandon. I don’t like him at all. I cannot stand his personality and I am positive that he was told to make that comment about his self-esteem to try and appear less arrogant. I do not believe that a guy who has low self-esteem would come out on stage wearing nothing more than a very small pair of tight spank shorts (that’s what they reminded me of anyways. lol) However, that said, his solo was fierce. Well, the technique and music part of it was. It got a standing ovation from the judges and I can’t help but hope that sways the voting to make people dislike him. *shrug* I know I’m mean, but at least I’m honest. πŸ˜‰

My least favorite routine of the night was Brandon and Kayla’s Disco number, choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. *ducking* I know, I know. So many of you love them. Sorry, I don’t and although this routine had some killer tricks and awesome choreography, I just can’t watch them. They have NO personality. In their first routine, choreographed by the fabulous Stacey Tookey, they were technically great as well, but they had no connection, no chemistry and no personality. I really do not like them, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t. Most people who watch this show aren’t dancers or choreographers, we just love to watch dancing and the arts. Do we know every technical aspect of the dances? No, but we do know when we feel a connection and when we’re drawn in. Neither Brandon or Kayla have ever really drawn me in. I say it all the time, Brandon is an excellent dancer, and Kayla has beautiful lines, but they are both dry and uninteresting to me.

I honestly don’t know who is going home, but my dream top 4 are… Ade, Evan, Jeanine and Melissa. Am I going to get this top 4? I’m not sure. I really hope so because the routines will be great. I’ll enjoy the show immensely because those four dancers are excellent performers. I guess we’ll find out tonight on the results show, on Fox at 9 pm.

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4 Responses to So You Think You Can Dance – 7/29/09

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brandon’s solo that night was good, but it reminded me SO much of his performance from when he tried out. And I never believed it when Jeanette said that he said he had never worked out…that’s BS!

    I love Jenine though. I think it was a little over the top when Nigel commented about her you-know-whats, but most of the girls who go on there are SKINNY, Jeannine looks like a real woman!

  2. Anonymous says:

    O and I forgot to say, I DO NOT LIKE KAYLA! I have no idea why. I hope either Evan or Jeannine win the show…if that doesn’t happen then I’d want Brandon. It really pissed me off when Lil C commended Evan on not being trampled by Ade and Brandon’s awesome awesomeness…well it was something that sounded that ridiculous. Evan has wayyyy better personality than those two! I think that was so rude and backhanded it’s not even funny.

  3. Megan says:

    I agree πŸ™‚ Jeanine is a beautiful looking girl, who is actually shaped like a woman, and although I didn’t think Nigel should have said that it was funny because it was so offside.

    It was almost the exact same performance from auditions for Brandon, and I don’t believe he doesn’t work out either. I just don’t buy this “i’m humble” act. In the beginning he was arrogant and he’s still arrogant. I don’t like him or Kayla. I really hope that either evan or Jeanine wins.

    Anyways, thanks for your awesome comments πŸ™‚

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