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Who Do You Think You Are?

Published July 17, 2010 - 3 Comments

I was watching So You Think You Can Dance a couple of weeks ago, and I heard a song come on that I had never heard before.  That’s not all that unusual.  It happens from time to time.  If I like it, I usually scribble it down on a piece of paper and then go look for it later.  And that’s exactly what I did this time.  It had an interesting title.. Jar of Hearts.  And some interesting lyrics…

And who do you think you are
Running around leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are

So the next day I bought the song on iTunes, and listened to it a few times.  It’s nice.  Different from what’s normally on the radio.  I really didn’t give it much thought again… until recently.

I noticed an article somewhere on the net about the singer, Christina Perri.  And that’s when it got really interesting.  Apparently she’s a 23 year old working in LA at a cafe, waiting for her big break…  an unsigned artist, presumably struggling to make ends meet… and one of her friends gave her demo tape to a SYTYCD choreographer (Stacey Tookey, from SYTYCD Canada!)  Stacey created a wonderful routine with the song, and it aired on the show…

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who went to iTunes to download Jar of Hearts, because suddenly the unknown artist has sold over 100,000 copies of that song almost overnight!   A few weeks ago she was working in a coffee shop.  Now she’s making television appearances, answering 100 emails a day, and finishing her EP.  She’s also supposed to be performing the song on SYTYCD  (I’m behind in my viewing again, so I don’t know if this has happened yet or not).  Not too shabby.  Not too shabby at all.

I like reading stories like that one…

(There is no video, as of yet, for the song.  This YouTube link is an audio-only performance.)

It’s Baaaaaaack.. So You Think You Can Dance – Season 7

Published June 22, 2010 - 0 Comments

I can hear the groans from here.  I can feel the eyes rolling.  Oops.. just lost another loyal reader… it’s ok, try as you may… you’ll be back!  You know who you are…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to the blog about SYTYCD.  First they were on their break for a few months.  Then when they did start back up, I’d been downloading them, but not watching them as quickly as I have in the past.  Other things just took priority, and that’s probably not a bad thing.  I have things that need to get done.  Can’t sit in front of the TV on my days off.  Life doesn’t stop.

I finally got caught up this morning, so it’s time to write my thoughts while they’re still fresh in my mind.  This season is quite a bit different than previous seasons.  Instead of a Top 20, they had been advertising a Top 10 (eventually “surprising” us with 11, rather than 10) and having this season’s dancers dance along side non-competing “All Stars”, who returned from past seasons.  I’m still sorting how out I feel about the new format.  Yes, the All Stars are amazing, and it’s nice to see them back.  And yes, it probably makes the 11 new ones even more interesting to watch.  And let’s be honest… most seasons, no one ever remembers the first few people who get cut anyway. They start with 20, and get rid of 2 each week.  Guaranteed later on when there’s a group number that requires all 20, you’re usually asking yourself who some of those people are because you’ve been concentrating on the remaining 10 or so anyway.  So this changes that a little.

This week we had 3 girls in the bottom three… that takes some getting used to.  I’m used to seeing 1 guy and 1 girl go home, but since there are only 11 of them, they can’t do that.  In previous seasons, I’m generally more impressed with the girls than I am the guys… this season might be different.  The guys appear to be stronger contenders than the girls… but it’s still early.  There is a girl who reminds me very much of someone who I think may still read here… it’s almost a little freaky for my poor little brain to see her on the screen, but I’ll work through it. I’m secretly crossing my fingers that the girl in SYTYCD goes all the way.

Sorry to see Alexie go home.  Poor girl auditioned for 4 seasons before she finally made it onto the show, and then she was the first one cut!  Something tells me, though, that she’ll be just fine.

Waiting for the next episode!

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 12

Published September 26, 2009 - 0 Comments

I think at this point, that I’m finally ready to start throwing out a couple of names for front runners.  I normally have my favs well before now.  This season has been a little harder.  There haven’t really been any huge standouts for me.  Not saying that I don’t like what I’m seeing.  Just saying that I haven’t really seen anyone breaking away from the pack.  I still stand by that, although I think at this point, I’m prepared to say who I’m going for.  And no, I still don’t vote.  It’s a little hypocritical, I know. 

On the women’s side, I think that Tara-Jean is the front runner.  She just seems to amaze me every week.  This past week, she and Everett had Theatre.  I don’t care how well they danced it (and apparently they did)… I just do not care for Theatre.  I’ve developed an odd appreciation for most of the styles on the show (don’t say it, Gary, Jan, and Paul…) but Theatre, and musicals in general, is just not my thing.  I’ll say this about the performance though.. it was filled with tons of energy.  They made it through without ending up in the bottom 3 couples.

Melanie would be my second pick.  She seems to have come out of nowhere.  For the first couple of weeks, I thought that she might have been in trouble, but she seems to have really come into her own.  I’m not a gigantic fan of her partner, Cody, and am curious to see how she does when they break the partnerships up starting next week. 

Of the girls who are left, there really aren’t any disappointments.  I was sorry to see Corynne go this week, but hey.. someone has to go.

On the men’s side, I think that Vincent is definitely the strongest.  His footwork is amazing.  I’m surprised that he’s been in the bottom three couples as many times as he has, but I think that it might be his partner.  He may benefit from the couples being split up next week.

If not Vincent, I’d say that Everett is probably the second best male dancer.  I think that he’s often over-shadowed by Tara-Jean, and will probably benefit, as well, from the new partnerships coming. 

I have to admit, I wasn’t really all that sad to see Daniel go.  He’s good, but he just didn’t stand out for me.  I almost wish that we could have gotten rid of a few others.. Emanuel and Cody would be next.  Sorry guys. 

We’re down to the Top 10… things should get really interesting now!

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.

So You Think You Can Dance, Montréal and Edmonton?

Published August 19, 2009 - 1 Comment

Ohh… Montréal… la belle province…   avec les belles danseuses… How I missed you so.  Actually, if it wasn’t for having to drive around that city and trying to deal with the parking dilemma, I enjoyed visiting Montréal very much.  But that’s another topic altogether.  Last night I sat down to watch the final auditions, which included Montréal and Edmonton.  Definitely was not disappointed! 

These auditions shows tend to blend together for me, so unless I sit there and take notes while I’m watching (or something completely stands out like SpandyAndy last week) I generally don’t have many specifics to talk about.  I either liked it (which I did), or don’t like it (which I did not). 

The hoop dancing was kinda different.  I don’t think that I’ve seen anything like that before.  We saw some of it in  Montréal as well as Edmonton.  I’m glad that they had a chance to showcase it, even if neither dancer got past the choreography round.

Tonight the Top 20 is announced.  Now the real show begins!

(Oops…  no Top 20 tonight.  Sunday!)