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20 August 2012 @ 04:53 pm
So You Think You Can Cry.  
Apparently, I can cry. Over a TV dancing show. See my use of the tag ‘stupid things that make me cry’. Anyways, I am now caught up through the episode of “The Top 14”, so let’s discuss.

1. I don’t like their new format. I don’t like how everybody dances before we find out who even got eliminated from last week. Sometimes the person is given advice one week that they implement the next week, only to find out they were already cut anyways. Also, because we have to wait a week in between, I tend to forget who danced what. I also miss them doing flashbacks to remind of us of what the couple danced. To be able to remember from week to week who I liked, I have to keep a little notebook of things while I watch each episode.

2. I don’t know if it is because I don’t like the new format or because last year was an unbelievable season with phenomenal dancers, but this season doesn’t seem as good to me. Don’t get me wrong, I am attached to a lot of the dancers but the level of dancing doesn’t seem as up there as last season. This could also be because last season I got to watch with The BFF and I had someone to talk too during the episode about what I thought of each dance - (which probably helped me remember more from episode to episode as well).

3. I remember when I first started watching the show, I totally made fun of the farewell montages. But then I kind of missed them when it looked like they weren’t going to do them anymore, so I am glad to see the montages back.


4. I am so glad they sent Alexa home in the first round! She should have never been on the show to begin with. They kept giving her chances over and over in Vegas Week and she didn’t deserve them. She needed to step it up and she never did, but they let her on the show anyway because they all had sentimental attachment to her from last year. Daniel had the potential to really grow, but I knew as soon as they paired him with Alexa that he wasn’t a strong enough dancer to stand up against how much she was going to bring him down.

5. I am sad they lost Amber so early on. I knew she wasn’t strong enough to make it to the end but if she had stayed for an episode or two more, she would have gotten that recognition that so often leads to job offers for the dancers.

6. I am thinking maybe people are overlooking Audrey. In part because of her pairing with Matthew - (poor Matthew, he was so earnest but he just didn’t have ‘it’). I have the sneaky suspicion that Audrey is going to maintain at a decent enough level to keep her safe until we get closer to the end, and then watch her pull ahead of the crowd. I guess we’ll see if I’m right.

7. I am just going to be like the rest of America and say that Will and Amelia were my favorites. From each of their auditions, they struck me. Will has so much energy, smiles and sweetness, plus the man can do things with his legs most people cannot, let alone someone with his height. He is like rubber out there. Amelia is so unique, pretty, graceful and quirky fun. And they both have amazing feet - I love when they perform barefoot. I was so sad to see Amelia go. Not surprised though because she started out so strong but she didn’t keep building after that - (Will either, to be honest). The name of the game is ‘improvement‘. It was her departure that made me cry though because…

8. When Lindsey made it through (quite rightfully) and she came down the stage, Will reached out to hug her, but then he looked over Lindsey’s shoulder right at Amelia and the look of anguish on his face, omg. Then by the time they were done with the montages and whatnot, the shot of the whole top ten with their crying faces and Will in the back with his hands on his face…but that wasn’t what broke me. It was Nigel coming up on the stage and bee-lining for Amelia so he could hug her. I just broke, okay? In the very last shot, you could see Will holding Amelia by the shoulders and talking very seriously to her, with such love and awesomeness and…I don’t want to see him dance with somebody else, okay?! Yes, I am going to pout about it.

9. Lindsey was actually constantly in my bottom three when the competition started but I noticed in my little notebook that the last few episodes have notes saying, “Absolutely not Lindsey!” for who should be in the bottom three. She seemed so immature at first, both personality and dancing-wise and they told her to bring some maturity to her routines and she definitely has. I see her as a strong contestant for the win now.

10. I really love Cyrus, but he should not have made it this far. His first few performances were so shaky and I know he only made it through because everyone was remembering his audition and America loves him. I love him too and considering he does one very unique style, I am impressed with everything else that he can do, but it still isn’t enough for the competition level of this show. He made it into the top ten very simply because the routine he did the week before had him being a ‘robot’, which is tailored made for his style. There is a part of me that almost thinks they gave him that routine on purpose to make sure he would make it into the top ten. Which…

11. …is a shame because instead of doing the Top Ten Tour, he should have taken this time when he is still forefront in people’s minds and turned it into job offers. Or, as The BFF suggested, someone needs to make a reality show about Dragon House. I would watch the shit out of that! Now Amelia is a choreographer’s wet dream and as sad as I am that she didn’t make the top ten, I think people will be clamoring to offer her work. And Janelle will take what she does so beautifully and turn it into good solid work for herself, as well. I miss people when they leave but I also feel better when I can see how this will turn into great offers for them.

12. Anyone ever notice how Mia Michaels’ routines use a lot of props? All awesome though.

13. And because it is bad luck to end on an even number - Napoleon and Tabitha’s baby!! How cute is their family?

Thoughts, anyone? anyothergirl415, are you watching this season?
 
 
 
Miss. Brieanyothergirl415 on August 20th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I have been watching and I'm glad to see you make this post because I know so few people who watch!! I agree with you, the format this year really really bites, especially since they'd had to take breaks for 4th of July and then the Olympics, all these four people cuts, it's hard to really feel a super connect with anyone. I know it's Fox's damn fault for canceling their results show it just really makes me mad! How about less singing and more dancing huh??

I, like you, enjoyed Will and Amelia immensely but after Lindsey danced and then fell into the bottom with Amelia, I knew Amelia was going home. Truthfully before that dance with Lindsey and Cole I hadn't given the couple much thought but of all the Mia Michaels' redos I thought that was the best.

And omg you're so right about Alexa, I was surprised she even made it through, she just didn't have what it takes. And can I just say wtf NappyTabbs and the babysitting dance? That was so weird and not at all SYTYCD level.

Did you laugh at the guest judges last week? It seemed strange to me that they would have judges who, although they clearly knew what they were talking about, had never watched the show. Ever. Once.

Overall, without Amelia there, I don't think I have a favorite girl any longer. Will is still my favorite boy and I'm hoping that won't change when I see him dance with an all star this week. I really hope Fox gets their head out of their ass and brings back the result show next year because I find it unfair that a dancer has to work hard all week and still runs the potential of being sent home at the end of the night.
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on August 22nd, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
I have been watching and I'm glad to see you make this post because I know so few people who watch!!

I know - why is that? The only other person besides you who I know watches SYTYCD is The BFF and only because we lived together last summer and I tricked her into watching. (am happy to say though that she still watches despite having moved out - as you can see from her being the only other person to comment on this post!)

all these four people cuts, it's hard to really feel a super connect with anyone.

I totally agree on that. I am actually slow on the uptake and I didn't realize why they were doing the two-person cuts until they went on break and I was like, "Oh, duh!" But thankfully it looks like they will be back to their usual one-person cuts now that they have hit the Top Ten (I hope so anyways).

I, like you, enjoyed Will and Amelia immensely but after Lindsey danced and then fell into the bottom with Amelia, I knew Amelia was going home.

Me too. I knew Lindsey wasn't getting cut, no way. The other thing is that I feel like the routines aren't as good this season, or at least not hitting my particular buttons. So the week before Olympic Break, I made a conscious choice to watch people's legs and feet more closely, watch their timing and such. Try to be more objective since nobody seemed to be giving 'stellar' peformances. And that was when I noticed Lindsey really holds her lines straight and has good timing to her steps. But it was definitely this last week's Addiction routine that they did in the red & black that sold me on them both being contender's for the winner. It would be kind of cool if Cole 'the guy who mixes martial arts with dance' ended up winning.

And can I just say wtf NappyTabbs and the babysitting dance? That was so weird and not at all SYTYCD level.

I didn't like it either. I know they wanted to do a 'baby' routine but they could have done better.

Did you laugh at the guest judges last week? It seemed strange to me that they would have judges who, although they clearly knew what they were talking about, had never watched the show.

LOL, really? I didn't notice because I usually fast-forward through the guest judges. So many of them are just like, "Omg, I love it, you are so great!" over and over and unless it is Kenny Ortega (my fav choreographer ever!) then I just usually listen to Nigel and Mary.

I think I rather like Eliana. That girl has spunk. But I don't feel this year like I felt in the past about Melanie or Kent or Neil.

They better bring the results show back - besides the unfairness to the dancers, we used to get guest performances of other dance troupes and we are missing those this year.

BTW, did you know that Travis Wall has a new reality show? I just saw it pop on TVGuide listings last night. It's on CW or ABC Family (can't remember) and apparently he lives with three other dancrs/choreographers and it is a reality show about their life. I am iffy on whether or not I want to watch it. I like Travis but it's not like a reality show follwing Tyce or Adam.
Miss. Brieanyothergirl415 on August 22nd, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I definitely don't feel any pull toward one person as the winner. Like with Melanie last year, I most definitely knew she was going to win, maybe even before the top ten. She came out from the get go being beyond amazing.

I am looking forward to the all stars coming back because I do feel like it gives the dancers a chance to shine on their own, since they're the only one being judged. It's one of the changes of the last few years that I actually approve of. What I don't get is, Nigel Lythgoe is the producer on American Idol which is also on Fox, why can't he negotiate to get them to do two days on SYTYCD? He knows the Fox people! He brings them in loads of money!!

As for Travis Wall's new show, it's on Bravo. It came after The Glee Project which I watched this summer. I never watched pretty much for the same reason you don't want to. As much as I like Travis and think he has talent it looks like a lot less to do with dancing a whole lot more to do with the drama of living with dancers.

Now give me a reality show following Adam around and I am totally in :D
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on September 10th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Like with Melanie last year, I most definitely knew she was going to win, maybe even before the top ten. She came out from the get go being beyond amazing.

Me too! I took note of her in her auditions actually. The BFF missed that episode and when she asked if she had missed any great auditions, the only person I told her about was Melanie. Also though, I was already a little smitten with her right off - she is too damn cute!

I am looking forward to the all stars coming back because I do feel like it gives the dancers a chance to shine on their own, since they're the only one being judged. It's one of the changes of the last few years that I actually approve of.

Me too! Also, if someone has been stuck with a partner that isn't quite up to par and is pulling them down, the All-Stars finally gives them a chance to show what they are really made of.

As much as I like Travis and think he has talent it looks like a lot less to do with dancing a whole lot more to do with the drama of living with dancers.

I want a SYTYCD Project - with choreographers! Like, a reality competition choreographing dance routines and the winner gets to do a number for the opening (or finale or something) on the next season of SYTYCD. I would watch the shit out of that! But for 'life with a dancer', I already watch Breaking Pointe, I don't need another one.

Now give me a reality show following Adam around and I am totally in :D

Word, sister! I had forgotten about this until just now - I haven't read it yet but I tagged this to read. I really should. Adam & Tyce slash fic.

New SYTYCD post up at my journal now!
liptonrmliptonrm on August 21st, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I totally stayed up too late watching this last night.

I'm with you about the strength of the performers this year, and I don't think it's only because we aren't watching it together. They went for more stunt casting this year and I don't think it's worked out the way they hoped it would. The reason I never put up a Top 14 post was because none of the routines that week really did it for me. They just felt really mediocre.

This week was better, there are at least three routines that I really enjoyed and one of those was my favorite of the season. You know that I've been on Team Lindsay&Cole since episode one so I'm really happy that they're getting better and kicking all the ass.

I'm also a big fan of Eliana and I wish she could get a different partner, someone who's as versatile as she is.

I'm really happy with the Top 10 girls. I also wish Amber had been able to stick around for one more week. And while I was sad to see Dareian go I certainly didn't want him over George who is a much stronger technical dancer. I do really love George.

I'll be interested to see what happens next week. It looks like Will and Audrey are going to be partners so that will be interesting. I wonder if they're going to bring back some All-Stars this year and who it will be. Oh SYTYCD, even when you're not as good you're still really, really good.
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on August 22nd, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I totally stayed up too late watching this last night.

ahahahahaha /evil plan laugh/ I guess it has been a year since I made you start watching this show, so I should stop evil-plan laughing.

They went for more stunt casting this year and I don't think it's worked out the way they hoped it would.

Yes! I hadn't even thought of it that way but you are right - it was a lot of stunt-casting. They have a lot of people who do one specific genre (and often an outside-the-mainstream genre at that) and nobody has really risen to the occassion of embracing all the styles.

The reason I never put up a Top 14 post was because none of the routines that week really did it for me.

I noticed that - I thought you just forgot.

Lindsey & Cole's routine was the best this week. Nigel said it was his favorite of the season and I have to agree with him. It was weird because I remember so many of those routines - like Cyrus did fine on the awesome door routine but he'll never Twitch, you know.

I'm also a big fan of Eliana and I wish she could get a different partner, someone who's as versatile as she is.

I like her too, she has style to her dance. But she hadn't come to the forefront yet and until you said that about her partner, I couldn't have told you why. Then I had to stop and think about who her partner even is, which says something, doesn't it?

I think all of the Top Ten girls are strong contenders. I feel like the Top Ten guys are a weird mixture of styles. I am starting to think more and more that Cole will be the last 'man' standing on that.

I thought Dareian really pulled out all the stops and did amazing on his 'dance for his life', but George has been much more consistent in his dancing and has certainly made more of an impression on me. I was crossing my fingers He would get to stay.

I wonder if they're going to bring back some All-Stars this year and who it will be.

Ah, you never listen to that stupid chick's blahblahblah but she said All-Stars will be here this week, but she didn't say who it will be. You did watch through the end of the credits though, right? You did see all the hugging, right?!