SYTYCD S5: 10 Couples Dance…   

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 20 contestants. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mike Ruiz/FOX

Yay! Finally we’re into the part of So You Think You Can Dance I love. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to sit down and write up my thoughts as I’m watching but I wanted to capture them tonight. Mostly because I know myself, by tomorrow I’ll have no memory of these dances. With 10 couples at this point only a couple are going to stand out to me and the rest will get lost. Especially since I can barely keep track of the dancer’s names at this point.

Anyway, I feel like I should admit upfront that I don’t watch any of the backstory/rehearsing crap. I just can’t sit through it. Hence why I prefer to watch this show AFTER it has aired and not live. Does that make me a bad person? I know it’d probably help me learn the names if nothing else but I have no patience for any of it.

Ok! On to my initial reactions to tonight’s dances. As I’ve said many times before, I know absolutely nothing about dancing. I only know what I enjoy and what makes me want to be a dancer. Those are the dances I like, regardless of whether the actual dancing sucked or not. Just warning you now.

Jeanine & Philip
Dance Type: Hip-Hop , Choreographer: Napoleon & Tabitha

Jeanine & Philip on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Thought it was great. Loved it. I liked the way the popping was built into the dance. Thought it worked really well. I do not, however, feel any chemistry between these two so I didn’t really think the “concept” came thru. Still I did love it.

Asuka & Vitolio
Dance Type: Broadway, Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

Asuka Kondoh (L) and Vitolio Jeune (R) perform a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Agreed with the judges here. It looked right… but I thought it was lacking something. The judges explained as them not showing enough personality or getting into the dance and I guess that works. I felt like it was almost like a beat too slow the whole time… but that could explained by them not really being into it so they were performing it well technically but it was missing a spark.

Karla & Jonathan
Dance Type: Cha Cha, Choreographer: Tony Meredith

Karla & Jonathan on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Ok, these guys definitely had the personality but I thought they lacked confidence at certain points in the dance. A few times they seemed to slow down at the more difficult pieces. (Spins or jumps.) I was watching it and thinking that this would probably be a great dance for them to do once they felt more confident in themselves because it is definitely fun and they bring that.

Randi & Evan
Dance Type: Jazz, Choreographer: Tyce Dioro

Evan Kasprzak (L) and Randi Evans (R) perform a Jazz routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Ugh. I love Evan but I did not love this dance. Some of it was the music. Love the song. Don’t love the song for a dance routine. Felt these two didn’t really have a “connection”? Sounds stupid. I just didn’t really respond to it all that well. This is where my inability to tell whether someone is great technically or not hurts me? Anyway. The judges had orgasms over these guys and this routine and it did nothing for me.

Paris & Tony
Dance Type: Hip-Hop, Choreographer: Napoleon & Tabitha

Tony Bellissimo (L) and Paris Torres (R) perform a Hip Hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Tony is such a long shot but I like him. I can’t help it. I liked the dance. Didn’t love it. It’s my kind of dance but it wasn’t so great that I wanted to dance it with ‘em. Paris was definitely the better of the two but I do want to see what these two can do with other styles.

Caitlin & Jason
Dance Type: Bollywood, Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan

Jason Glover (L) and Caitlin Kinney (R) perform a Bollywood routine choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Ok, that looked ridiculously hard. I thought they both did a great job here. I don’t love that Bollywood means more in sync dancing rather than actual interaction. I can’t imagine trying to do those moves at the same time as a partner. Yikes. Anyway. Thought it was great and I wasn’t so sure how Caitlin was going to do so I’m pleasantly surprised.

Janette & Brandon
Dance Type: Foxtrot, Choreographer: Louis Van Amstel

Brandon Bryant (L) and Janette Manrara (R) perform the Foxtrot choreographed by Louis Van Amstel on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Shallow moment… LOVED her dress. The way the skirt flew during that first lift? LOVE. I’m a classical girl so I love these dances. I couldn’t tell whether they were any good technically but I loved the dance. So beautiful. It looked awesome and made me want to be up there dancing with Brandon. Also, they aren’t kidding. Brandon’s definitely got muscles. I’m a fan, as I’m sure you can tell.

Ashley & Kupono
Dance Type: Jazz, Choreographer: Wade Robson

Ashley Valerio (L) and Kupono Aweau (R) perform a Jazz routine choreographed by Wade Robson on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Let me just say, Ku’tie is totally one of my faves but… the outfits here were seriously distracting and I didn’t care for the dance AT ALL. Doesn’t mean they weren’t good. I just… ugh. The judges loved it, tho, so clearly it’s just my issues with the routine itself.

Melissa & Ade
Dance Type: Contemporary, Choreographer: Mandy Moore

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Ade Obayomi (L) and Melissa Sandvig (R) perform a Contemporary routine choreographed by Mandy Moore on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
Love this freaking song. Also loved how light these two looked on their feet. I’m not sure I loved the dance so much as I loved the song and how these two look together. I just want to keep watching these two dance. I totally agree with the judges comments about being moved. Also, Nigel is right. I had no idea how much I was going to like Ade.

Kayla & Maksim
Dance Type: Samba, Choreographer: Louis Van Amstel

Max Kapitannikov (L) and Kayla Radomski  (R) perform a Samba choreographed by Louis Van Amstel on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting. Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

 
That. Was. Awesome. Did you see him move? Yikes! That man’s got to be good in bed. (What? Don’t look at me like that.) The only thing I didn’t love? I’m not sold on their overall chemistry together. BUT, this is a passionate dance and it’s the first time they’re dancing together so I think I’m just seeing them having to do a very difficult dance without yet really knowing each other.

Other Notes: Grrr, Mary’s obnoxious screaming is way too much for me. Did love her BOTOX moment. I love her as a person and a judge, if only I could mute her screaming. Adam remains adorable. Sometimes I wish we could have him as a judge every week. Nigel wasn’t too creepy tonight. Whew. And, as always, Cat Deely might be the best thing about this show. Amazing how much a host can make a difference.

4 Responses to “SYTYCD S5: 10 Couples Dance…”

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    Harper47 says:

    Aw, I disagree alot but that’s okay. As you say, its what you liked.

    I loved Evan and Randi’s dance, by far my favorite. And Kayla had very little hip action in that Samba, but fringe covers a lot of flaws. I think Adam goes too far over the top in gushing sometimes so that it cheapens his comments but he is nice to the dancers.

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    Ducky says:

    We had some differences of opinion here Rae! I looooooved Kupono and Ashley’s dance, outfits, all of it. I’m just damn happy to have the show back in our lives.

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    Rae says:

    I’m not at all surprised, Pixi! Haha but then you’re definitely a better judge here. :)

    Ducks (I have no idea why I keep calling you that), I figured I’d be one of the few who didn’t care for Kupono and Ashley’s dance. It was just a bit too far out for me. I can’t deny that they danced it well, but the dance itself didn’t do much for me. BUT! I’m happy the show is back too!

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    ColoradoKila says:

    You are not alone. I also didn’t care for Kupono & Ashley – which breaks my heart because I do want a piece of the Robson!