June 11, 2008

SYTYCD: Top 20

Do all reality talent shows peak in season 2, only to fizzle out with mediocre performances until they run their course? While there one or two stand-out performances during the first live episode of So You Think You Can Dance, none could compare to the talent and charisma of my favorite season 2 dancers: Travis, Benji, Allison and Ivan.

But I am optimistic, Ivan didn't peak until much later in the competition, and I didn't even know who Allison was until I found out she was in High School Musical

My biggest problem with this week was no one was absolutely phenomenal or disastrous. It was all just bland. And in an effort to negate the so-so night, the contestants, especially those not shown during the early rounds of auditions, tried to show their quirky and "unique" personalities. I think they took Nigel's comment that the show is just as much about personality as it is about dance a little too far. Making the stupid funny faces in order to get the audience to pick up the phone, really does not compel me to vote. It's way too early for that. Those faces should be reserved for at least the third week into the competition.

And now for the performances...

Rayven and Jamie
I had high hopes for Jamie after watching him dance with Lacey on Youtube. But the hip-hop performance to "American Boy" was forgettable, and as Dan Karaty says "It wasn't quite there." And really did she need to pull down his pants?

Susie and Marquis

This pair had two things going against them - the slow waltz and Susie's hair color. I don't know what it is (well I do she is a high school teacher who dresses like one of her students), but she rubs me the wrong way. I just don't understand what Nigel sees in regards to her "lines" and "extensive training." As for Marquis, I have no idea where he came from or who he is.

Kourtni and Matt

Both of these contestants were among my early favorites and I generally like Mandy Moore dances, but this one just didn't do it for me. The 80s vibe of "Tainted Love" reminded me of the table dance to "Sweet Dreams" with Sabra and Neil last season. This version didn't come close. And what was the deal with the confetti?

Chelsea and Thayne

Is it me or is Thayne a Benji clone? I agreed with the judges - good personality, but where was the Cha Cha?

Chelsie H. and Marc

Once again Mia Michaels knows how to make any dancer shine. But there was just too much tool on Chelsie's tutu to see what was going on. I love Chelsea, and her poor family, and I am sure her extensions were beautiful, but it was hard to tell.

Kherington and Twitch

Twitchington brought it. I love Twitch, really I do, even if he is an experienced dancer pretending to be a one trick pony.

Comfort and Chris

The jive wasn't good, but at least Comfort made me laugh with her bra, panties and beads - dislocated shoulder and all. And no Chris, you are not a tree. Trees don't wear makeup.

Katee and Joshua

Going into last night, I didn't think there was anyway I could turn around my dislike for Katee. But this number was by far my favorite. Forget about the fact that it blew the rest of the performances out of the water, but I think I would have even enjoyed it if the other competitors were up to par. Napoleon and Tabitha really gave us a story to connect with.

Jessica and Will

The pair to beat? Really Mary? She is starting to sound like a drugged up Paula Abdul. Jessica wobbling on her heels definitely did not qualify the duo as the team to beat.

Courtney G. and Gev

My dislike for Disco trumps my luke-warm fondness for the pair. I have been shouting at Nigel through the TV for years to do away with the dance, but he has yet to listen. Disco doesn't look good on anyone.

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