Ballroom Dance > Dancing on TV > So You Think You Can Dance Season 8

Discussion in 'Dancing on TV' started by RickRS, May 24, 2011.

  1. lacubs

    lacubs Member

    i think chelsie hightower can only do next week show, so if her get by next week i don't know what going do, but DWTS is not playing nice with this
  2. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    interestingly...the top 12 were all interviewed on which has been their hardest dance so far, and nearly all of them cited a ballroom dance. :)
  3. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    Interesting -- do you have a link?
    Really interested to see what Sasha can do now with partners who aren't Alexander.
  4. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

  5. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    "Make sure to show the Gatorade, you guys." (Thanks, samina!)
  6. BrownSkin818

    BrownSkin818 New Member

    i've been awol and missed the last 3 weeks. just now got caught up. this thread has certainly had some odd tangents.

    anywho, i was initially miffed by the number of contemporary dancers chosen this season. though i absolutely love contemporary, i wanted to see more diversity in the dance backgrounds. well it's totally taken its toll on me. seems i'm no longer moved by the contemp solos. i just watched the last dance-for-your-lives and all the contemps felt like repetitive and gratuitous leg extensions, leaps & spins. they dont seem to be doing much dancing. i didnt really think that about the contemp ppl in previous seasons. so either S8 is lacking or i'm just contemporaried OUT.

    funny thing is, my eyes brightened a bit to see sasha's solo b/c i thought... here's a chick who can do all the used-and-abused stuff, but she's taken a different approach. i totally liked and appreciated her solo! but then nigel goes and pans her for it. :/ i feel like im in the contemporary twilight zone.

    other misc thoughts, then ill shutup until i can be current (this week!) with the talks...
    -they panned chris scott good for that uganda piece. i was embarrassed for him. they may want to reserve him for group pieces only. ive been underwhelmed with his couples numbers.
    -that guest judge jesse tyler ferguson was hilarious, good fit.
    -also LOVED sonyah as a judge, moreso than nigel even.
    -that salsa the other week hurt my heart. of their 7 hours of rehearsal, they must have spent 5 on tricks, and 2 learning the actual dance. :/
    -good riddance to ryan. they took too long to boot her. ashley too.
    -how ADORABLE was it that jordan was so uncomfortable with the bed routine?? in the cutest and most apologetic kid voice she says... "im sorry i cant relate to strange ppl waking up in my bed! i sleep with pillow pets!" ROFL!!

    oye! on with it....
    my favorite gals: melanie, sasha, and jordan
    favorite guys: ? i like them all except mitchell. he turned me off back in week 1 when he shared his partner choice reaction, saying that the most important question was whether or not his partner would be pretty. so he goes to pick the name *drum roll & results* YAY! she's pretty! :? really?? i havent been able to get into him since.
  7. BrownSkin818

    BrownSkin818 New Member

    love this new format! we get a whole new batch of all stars next week?? SWEEEEEEET!

    my thoughts....

    marko & chelsea. samba w/ jason G.
    sorry marko, i didnt see you at all. im such a huge chelsea fan. :oops:

    jordan & brandon. contemp w/ dwight & desmond.

    this was all sorts of sick. nice to see a piece not need a story for a change. jordan did very well, but... i couldnt help but think that some of the other girls would have done even better. still thoroughly enjoyed it.

    tadd & comfort. hip hop w/ chuck maldonado.
    i never liked comfort. never saw why they pegged her as the best female hip hopper to have been on the show. hated the song choice. hated the routine. hated the wardrobe. tadd did what he what he could but when everything else is a bust.... :rolleyes:.

    mitchell & melody. broadway w/ tyce.
    sooooo unfortunate melody had to come back under a tyce piece. a lot of the current followers missed S1, so to have their representative come out to a sucky routine... :(. im not a mitchell fan so "whatever" on him. i love that the guest judge pretty much panned tyce, lol.

    caitlynn & pasha. arg tango w/ miriam & leonardo.
    i didnt get why the judges liked this so much. i thought her legs were horrible. she was too far apart from him pretty much the entire time.

    sasha & twitch. hip hop w/ c. scott.
    c. scott delivered on a couples routine just when i'd panned him earlier for falling short with that. this was the highlight of the night and maybe my favorite routine of the season. dont know why mary didnt put sasha on the hot tamale train. sasha was so waiting for it too, lol. i LOVE how twitch gave sasha props in the pre-package, saying he'd have to bring it in order to dance with her. *thumbs up*

    jess & kathryn. contemp w/ stacy tookey.

    jess did well but this didn't particularly move me.

    melanie & pasha. v waltz w/ jason G.

    pretty good. i was a bit distracted by melanie's hand positioning, but it was nice and flowy besides that.

    ricky & allison. jazz w/ tyce.

    love again how the all-star gave props to the contestant. loved this routine and my first thought as i realized it was good was.... "dang tyce, FINALLY!" lol. very strong showing for ricky. that one armed lift where he pulled her dead weight off the floor by her thigh was ridiculous.

    clarice & robert. bollywood w/ nakul.
    very well choreographed. very well performed. just wish clarice had had a different all-star. weird vibe with them.

    other thoughts....
    neil patrick harris may have just earned a recurring judge spot. A+ analysis from him.
  8. RickRS

    RickRS Member

    I missed commenting on the previous week completely, but just one comment (well, two actually):

    What weirdly bad luck for Alex Wong! Injured during auditions for another show the week before he would have likely been the star to see on SYTYCD?! I've never heard any other details beyond what Nigel provided, so if anyone has better information, please share.

    I loved the humor that Jesse Tyler Ferguson infused into the judges comments last week. And so far, the season's guest judges have been, for the most part, a good addition to the show's format.
  9. RickRS

    RickRS Member

    But no Chelsea, Pasha, or Twitch next week...:(

    Chelsea just smoked that number! The danger of dancing with an All-Star: you may be totally ignored.

    And it's not like two guys dancing hip hop is so awkward (think ballroom, or any couple dance). I can't think of another female hip hop that got into the top ten, or even top twenty, but maybe if there was one she will get a call to be an All-Star in an upcoming week and maybe she'll click with the producers and replace Comfort.

    Yeah, but Neil didn't break the SYTYCD Commandment to speak no evil of the choreographer. The viewer may not have recognized what Neil "wasn't feeling" included Tyce.

    And this is the positive thing about dancing with an All-Star - finally getting a partner that allows the contentant to just explode on stage with a unbelievably excellent proformance. And love that move where Sasha rose partway up from the floor as Twitch slid under her, caught her neck, and then pushed her upright. The trust that required between the two to pull that off!

    Tyce's broadway stuff hasn't had any zing lately and then this comes seemly out of nowhere. Kudos to Ricky; the guy is just a bubbly type personality but he was channeling the darkness of Mark Kanemura's performances from season 4 in this number.

    I'm still loving Jesse Tyler Ferguson, but I would like to see either of these two again.
  10. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i am a bit behind with the season... just watched sasha's paso with alexander and am BLOWN AWAY by sasha! holy cow...

    for a non-ballroom dancer, that is the best paso i've seen, the best *male* version and by a woman. couldn't take my eyes off her... good for her! she's extremely charismatic. i hope she goes far...
  11. Prestigious

    Prestigious New Member

    Chelsie said that she was only able to do one show, due to a conflict with her DWTS contract. She said that she was extremely grateful that they allowed her to do that much. Whether she is just saying that or they really did go out of their way to make it happen, i don't know, but it definitely was great seeing her back!

    I have to agree... even when i watched it back on YouTube (well, that was the only way i could watch it seeing as I am in Australia), i found it hard to focus on what he was doing. I did notice that his Volta's weren't as sharp as they could have been, and his bachacadas were mostly done in the leg, however he had very admirable hip action. It was quite well done.

    I did notice Chelsie called Jason Gilkison "Gilkinson" in the package... just a trivial thing :tongue:
  12. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Because it's Tango and it's HOT!
    Us ATers have known for a long time that the judges don't know much about AT, although they do have the names for the "moves".

    I really liked the choice of music here. I KNOW that song from somewhere. Maybe it was in the sound track of one of the tango films? To me it was classic Argentine Tango. Hope we hear more of that.
  13. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    Only two comments...

    The AT routine was ok, but yeah....she was too far from her partner most of the time, and the feet and legs were lacking.

    The VW....*sigh* Are we EVER going to see a real VW on this show? Still waiting for that.

    I'll add that I'm becoming bored with contemporary style dance. I really wish the judges would balance the field with more varied dancers. Like, for the top 20...lets say...5 contemporary, 5 ballroom, 5 broadway/jazz, and 5 hip-hop/krump/b-boy(girl)...or something like that. It would make the show more interesting IMHO.
  14. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    It was nice, but agreed that it lacked in VW-ness. And, once again, a total lack of any closed work. Props for the shadow turns, and the seamlessness of the lifts.
  15. duffypratt

    duffypratt Member

    I tend to agree with you, but it's pretty clear that the audience likes contemporary dance. This season, there have been 12 contemporary performances, and only one of them landed in the bottom (this week's dance by Jordan). By contrast, there have been 14 ballroom or latin dances, and 7 of those wound up in the bottom. That's pretty telling, and this season, if you got lucky enough to draw a Bollywood program, it's a ticket directly off the show. If the audience favors contemporary dance, then it makes sense for the producers to load the show up with dancers who are good at it.
  16. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    And if the show is loaded up with dancers who are specialists in contemporary dance, then it makes sense that the contemporary routines are at a higher level, and (therefore?) more popular with the audience. And around in circles we go. I can't personally speak to this season, though; after watching all the others starting with season 2, I got bored early this year and stopped watching.
  17. duffypratt

    duffypratt Member

    In general, I think I agree with this. But it looks like the non-contemporary dancers tend to be safe when they dance contemporary as well. When you put the non hip-hop dancers in a hip-hop routine, there is a good chance it will end up in the bottom three. Same goes for non-Broadway and non-Jazz. Those all are dangerous draws. But contemporary tends to be safe for everyone.

    I've only looked at these results a little bit. I bet you the show's producers are very, very familiar with how different things fare with the audience. Not only that, but they know more, since they have access to the raw numbers and we only get to see the bottom 3 or 4.
  18. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking the last few posts are correct, in that the public prefers contemporary dance...and, that is unfortunate. Ah well. The more contemporary the show becomes, the less I will watch. I'm down to recording it, fast forwarding through everything I don't want to see, and skipping the results show altogether. Bummer.
  19. Casayoto

    Casayoto Member

    I'm wondering if the public doesn't prefer contemporary dancing as much as they prefer good choreography. Maybe if the ballroom routines weren't watered down ballroom/contemporary hybrids, they would do better. The waltz last week just looked to me like a halfway decent contemporary piece. There were only 2 measures of actual waltz in it.
  20. NonieS

    NonieS Well-Known Member

    I have completely lost interest in this season.... I remember being enthralled by the Danny/Neil/Pasha/Sabra/etc season, and cannot for the life of me care about this season in any way shape or form. I think that there has just been a lack of performances that really moved me. They have all been rather generic, and the dancers seem generic... I have trouble keeping them apart and remembering who they are, with the exception of a select few.

    Plus the fact that I want to punch my eyeballs every time they do a "ballroom" or "latin" routine isn't helping any.

    I haven't watched the most recent episodes... I got bored after the second live week, so have only caught snippets whenever I walk in while my roommates are watching. From the looks of things, I haven't missed much.

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