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So You Think You Can Dance Canada Tour in Saint John Last Night

Published December 22, 2009 - 2 Comments

Had you asked me 5 years ago whether I’d ever imagine myself sitting in an arena, watching a group of dancers for 2 hours, I’d say that was crazy talk.  I can’t dance.  I don’t think that I’ll ever dance (although I did inquire about lessons once as a Christmas gift).  It’s just not me.

Yet last night, there I was at Harbour Station, watching the So You Think You Can Dance Canada top 10 tour.  And not only watching, but enjoying it. 

I blame my ex for getting me hooked on the American version of the show back in Season 2.  Since then, I’ve seen most (if not all) episodes of 6 seasons of the American one, and both seasons of the Canadian version.  There’s even a season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia that’s being downloaded for me to watch. 

So what’s the appeal?  Maybe it’s the music.  Maybe it’s the outfits.  Maybe it’s the choreography.  Maybe it’s everything.  I’m not really sure, but for the most part, I find it quite entertaining.

When they announced that the tour would be coming to Saint John, I was definitely interested in picking up some tickets.  And I’ve gotta say… I was not disappointed.  Right from the opening performance it was quite a show.  They performed many of the favourite routines from the season, as well as a couple of original group numbers specifically for the tour. 

I bumped into my ex and 7 year old daughter there.  My daughter was absolutely loving it.  I don’t remember the last time that I’ve seen her so excited about anything.   She will definitely remember that show for a long time.  Which is good, seeing as this was the only NB performance, and I suspect that it will be a few years before they come back to Saint John. 

Great show!

Canada’s Favourite Dancer

Published October 27, 2009 - 1 Comment

Was it any surprise that Tara-Jean won the title as Canada’s Favourite Dancer on Sunday night’s finale of So You Think You Can Dance Canada? Nah… I don’t think so.  I think that I would have been shocked had she not won the competition.  And I don’t think that I’m alone.  The general feeling of most people that I talked with prior to Sunday night’s broadcast was that she had this thing locked up.  And good for her.  I think that she deserved it.

Now to wait for the cross-Canada tour to come here in December.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada – Top 14

Published September 21, 2009 - 2 Comments

I was a little slow getting around to watching the two episodes again this week.  When I finally did, I was pleasantly surprised to see SYTYCD USA’s Dan Karaty as a guest judge.  I always liked watching him on the American version of the show.  And he said the same thing that I said last week…  the Canadian version is sexier than the American one!

And it didn’t take long to prove him right.

I was really worried about Melanie and Cody after last week.  I really don’t think that they should have made it through, but after this week’s performance, wow.  They stepped it up big time.  Didn’t hurt that they had a great routine handed to them.  It was amazing.  And apparently the voters thought the same thing, because they were free from having to “dance for their lives” on Wednesday night.

Amy and Vincent’s cha cha was kinda fun.  I would have loved to have seen the rehearsal where the table broke.  I bet that was priceless.  Might have kept them out of the bottom three couples. 

Then came Tara-Jean and Everett.  I FINALLY got a chance to see why I liked Tara-Jean so much during the lead up to the Top 20.  They drew a house routine, and they both performed it amazingly, but it was Tara-Jean who really stood out.  I’ve watched it 4 times now, and I still can’t believe the foot work!  It’s easily one of my favourite routines this season! No surprise that the Canadian voters enjoyed it, and kept this couple from having to dance for their lives.  I think that Tara-Jean will go quite far in this competition.

Kim and Emanuel’s contemporary routine started off slowly.  I was just about to say that I didn’t really like it, and then it picked up and ended well.  I’m not totally sold on this couple.  There’s no denying that they’re talented, but there’s just something about them.  I think it’s more Emanuel than Kim.  The judges really loved the performance, and so must have the voters because they were safe this week again.

Jayme Rae and Daniel.  Oh, Jayme Rae.  The costume was wonderful.  I wonder how many people have disco boots shoved in the back of their closet?  It’s a little before my time.  The performance was.. ok…  I wasn’t really into it, but it wasn’t horrible.  I wasn’t really surprised to see them in the bottom three this week. 

Natalie and Danny performed west coast swing.  Well, that’s what we were told it was.  I couldn’t be sure.  I didn’t get a whole lot of feeling from it.  Neither did the voters.  These two were in the bottom three couples this week.

Corynne and Austin.  Wow.  That girl’s got legs.  She’s probably pretty tired of hearing that, because the judges make mention of it frequently, and I’m sure that she’s heard that many times before.  I liked the routine.  When Corynne ran and jumped with her leg kicked out, and Austin caught her… nice.  These two seem to have formed a great partnership.  They were placed together a couple of weeks ago after their old partners were booted off, and they haven’t been in the bottom three couples since!  I’m still torn about Austin, though. I don’t know what it is.  I can’t point to a single thing that I don’t like about him, so it’s not really fair of me to say that.  There’s just something about him.  I hope that it wears off, because he does dance well, and seems to be a great partner for Corynne. A few more hours on the treadmill, and my gut will look more like his! Ha!

As soon as I finished watching the performance episode, I watched the results show.  It opened with one hell of a group dance.  I don’t know what goes through Blake McGrath’s head, but it must be a scary place.  I loved it though! 

Then we got down to business with the solos.  At the end of it, our local girl Natalie was gone, along with her partner, Danny.  I’m sorry to see her gone, and not merely because she’s the only Maritimer.  I really liked her style, and it was neat seeing her adapt to the other genres as easily as she did.  Ah well…  someone has to go.  It’s the nature of the beast.

Into the realm of Top 12 we go.

SYTYCD Canada Top 18 Results

Published September 3, 2009 - 1 Comment

I’m so glad that the Canadian version of the show doesn’t drag on for an hour like the US version does.  Here, it’s wham! bam! You and You, you’re gone!  Get off the stage! Boot!

Now if only they’d get rid of that damn product placement in the main show.  “Let’s take a look backstage, brought to you by ________”  and here’s tonight’s recap, brought to you by ________ , (insert ridiculously awkward slogan)”  Can you say CHEESY???

*sigh*

OK, rant aside, last night’s show was quick and to the point.  It started off with a group Bollywood routine.  I’ve never seen Slumdog Millionaire, so I haven’t gotten sucked into the whole Bollywood phenomenon.  SYTYCD (USA) Season 4 was the first time I’d seen Bollywood, and I thought that it was quite interesting.  Then it showed up again in Season 5, and I thought that it was good, but not as interesting.  Then last night.. “Again?  Haven’t I seen enough of this?”  It colourful, sure.  But…

So then they announced the bottom 3 couples: Corynne and Anthony, Nicolas and Jenna Lynn, and Melanie B. and Austin.  Probably not much of a surprise.  The guys’ solos were good.  It’s unusual for me to like them more than the girls’, but all three of them were very entertaining.  I was a little surprised to see Anthony go.  I figured that Nicolas might be the one going.  Not that I wanted him to go.  He has great stage presence.  I was just leaning toward the judges picking him.  But hey, what do I know? 

When it came to the girls, I don’t think that anyone was surprised to see Melanie B. as the one to go.  If you’re in the bottom 3 twice in a row, you know that you’ve got a target on your back.  She was obviously NOT thrilled with the judges’ decision and was politely cut off by Leah before she could call them idiots.  “OK, let’s take a look at some of Melanie’s finest moments throughout the show”.

Sweet.

Top 16, here we go!

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 18

Published September 2, 2009 - 0 Comments

Sorry Paul and Jan, you might as well skip to the next post.

I sat down on the couch last night to watch SYTYCD Canada.  I missed a blog post last week because I had to watch both episodes late, and then figured that there was no point in posting anything. I was surprised to see Tatiana go.  Not as surprised to see Taylor go.

Last night was good.  Mary was there.  Mary’s awesome, even if she’s not quite as “vocal” as when she’s on the American version.  The kids were watching with me, and after one of Mary’s moments my 6 year old son looked at me and said “That lady talks too much”.  Heheh… Kids!

The dancing was great.  Rather than comment on all of them, these are the ones that stood out for me.

Tara-Jean and Everett’s salsa.  Probably had more to do with Tara-Jean than anything else. 

Amy and Vincent’s contemporary.  As completely demented as this was, I loved it.  I’m not sure what goes on in Blake’s (the choreographer’s) head, but wow. 

Natalie and Danny’s jazz.  This was jazz?  I guess that I don’t understand what jazz looks like, because this was not what I recognized as jazz.  I’d say contemporary, but I guess that there must have been “jazz hands/feet” in there somewhere.  Nice to see a “local” girl (Halifax is as local as we’re gonna get this year) make it.

Melanie B and Austin’s smooth waltz.  This probably would not have made it on the list of memorables had it not been for how hard the judges were on Melanie.  That poor girl did not look happy at all.  But hey, the judges are there to judge.  I didn’t see any of the problems that they did, but I’m no Jean Marc. 

Jean Marc is awesome.  I wonder if there’s a website out there with all of the crazy things that he comes up with when he’s critiquing.  Hmm…

Interesting to see how tonight’s result show goes.

Back in the High Life Again

Published August 27, 2009 - 0 Comments

Geeze, I’ve gotta be quicker on the draw! I’ve been working nights during the So You Think You Can Dance Canada shows this week, so I haven’t been able to watch either the performance or the result shows. Normally I could go for a few days without finding out the results, but apparently not anymore! Now, I’m watching the stats for the blog closely, and I last night I noticed several search engine requests for two particular names, with the words “voted off” in the search term! DOH! What a way to ruin it for myself.

I’ll still watch the two shows tomorrow night, but it won’t have quite the same effect.

Hopefully next week I’m a little quicker.