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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SYTYCD Season 10: Top 6 Recap (Final 4 Announced!)

Forgive me, friends. Moving has taken up most of my time and all of my energy over the past several days, so I only have a short recap in me tonight. Each remaining competitor is dancing three times tonight: with an all-star, with a fellow competitor, and their solo. Here are my rankings for each type of dance tonight!

All-Star Performances:
  1. Jasmine & All-Star Neil - Contemporary (Tyce Diorio)
  2. Paul & All-Star Kathryn - Jazz (Tyce Diorio)
  3. Amy & All-Star Alex - Bollywood (Nakul Dev Mahajan)
  4. Aaron & All-Star Melanie - Broadway (Spencer Liff)
  5. Fik-Shun & All-Star Witney - Foxtrot (Jonathan Roberts)
  6. Hayley & All-Star Joshua - Hip-hop (Tabitha & Napoleon)

Solos:
  1. Fik-Shun (I had almost forgotton how amazing he is in his style!!)
  2. Aaron
  3. Jasmine
  4. Paul
  5. Amy
  6. Hayley

The Top 6 Pair Up!:
  1. Paul & Hayley - Contemporary (Dee Caspery)
    Fik-Shun & Amy - Hip-hop (Dave Scott)
    Aaron & Jasmine - African Jazz (Sean Cheesman) (Umm, did her legs just go 270 degrees?! Seriously!?!?!?)
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttt.

They were all amazing. I can't choose between them! And now the moment we've been waiting for...

Top 4 Dancers:
  • Amy
  • Jasmine
  • Aaron
  • Fik-Shun

Paul :( :( :(

Prediction:
Aaron and Jasmine will be Season 10 champs.

Quote of the Night:
"I'm going to keep this Carly Rae Jepsen short- it was amazing." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Same goes for this recap!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SYTYCD Season 10: Top 8 Recap (Top 6 Announced!)

Tonight's guest judge is Jenna Elfman- I didn't understand at first, but had no idea she was quite the dancer! How about that. This week, the All-Stars choreographed their performances, which makes me both excited (to see their talent) and nervous (because Uncle Nigel is sometimes hard on choreographers).

You can count on wardrobe & makeup to mess with Cat Deeley at least once during the season, and tonight's the night. I am not liking her slicked back hair, heavy eye makeup (she is too pretty for all that) and the weird pantsuit thing.

Not a suprise to see Hayley in the bottom for the first time, as she was completely overshadowed by Twitch last week. But man, I guess people really don't like Jenna. Poor girl. She's just misunderstood! Girl brought it home with her solo though, so it'll be interesting to see if the judges pick the dancer who keeps ending up in the bottom or the one there for the first time. I am a surprised to see Tucker in the bottom two after that special dance last week, but overall probably deserves to be there, as does Fik-Shun. 

How much is there to say about these dancers at this point? They are all amazing, any single one of them could win it all.

Aaron & All-Star Chelsie - Jive
Chelsie Hightower! She's a bigger star now than most (all?) of the winners, isn't she? Anyway, was it technically perfect for Aaron? I guess not, although I didn't notice quite as many things wrong as the judges did. I thought he was great as usual and should have no problem making it to the finale.

Fik-Shun & All-Star Allison - Contemporary
Part of me wishes we would have seen Allison partnered with a stronger contemporary dancer, because she is so amazing. But, she proved to be a smart choreographer and let Fik-Shun show off his strengths within the style.

Tucker & All-Star Courtney - Jazz
I love Courtney for incorporating all those lifts and tosses! I can't believe she's able to dance like that with MS. I'm not sure it was enough to save Tucker, but at least he'll always have that moment with Robert from last week.

Paul & All-Star Comfort - Hip-hop
This seemed like a really odd pairing and I was honestly worried for Paul- but I should have had more faith! I love this kid.

Hayley & All-Star Dmitry - Rumba
I enjoyed this, but was there really a whole lot of rumba-ing in this rumba? Oh. Apparently there was, and I don't really know what the international something or other rumba is. Dmitry Hayley looked incredible. 

Jenna & All-Star Mark - Jazz
How deliciously weird is Mark?! I love this quote: "I want to pull inspiration from so many different places that it's just an explosion of (pause) my head." And it absolutely was. Wow. I'm so glad he and Lady Gaga found each other. I hope he just saved Jenna. She deserves it, you guys!!!

Jasmine & All-Star Twitch - Hip-hop
A superhero dance! Of course I love it. Although, I don't love it more than the weird Mark dance. It wasn't a standout moment necessarily, but Jasmine will sail through to the finale so no worries there.

Amy & All-Star Travis - Contemporary
We already know Travis Wall is a beautiful choreographer, so it was fun to see him dance again for a change! And was it just me or was he channeling Ryan Atwood tonight? I was pretending they were Ryan Atwood & Marissa Cooper. And I mean this all in an amazing way. This was beautiful.

In case anyone is wondering, only two standing ovations tonight (Jenna & Mark, Amy & Travis).

The Elimination:
I'm bummed that the judges didn't save Jenna again- I thought her solo and the weird Mark dance would have done it for her- but I get it. And sending Tucker home over Fik-Shun isn't surprising either. I get both decisions. It's just an all around bummer at this point.

Favorite Performance:
I'm a sucker for superheroes and loved the Ryan & Marissa nostalgia (was it all in my head?), but I gotta give it to Jenna and Mark and all that amazing weirdness.


The Girls:
  1. Jasmine Harper
  2. Amy Yakima
  3. Hayley Erbert

The Boys:
  1. Paul Karmiryan
  2. Aaron Turner
  3. Fik-Shun

Who Should Go Home:
The easiest call of the last few weeks- Hayley and Fik-Shun. Jasmine, Amy, Paul and Aaron deserve to be in the finale.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SYTYCD Season 10 Recap: Top 10 Becomes 8, Now With All-Stars!

Cat's hair is perfection tonight. It looks amazing. You know what's not so amazing? That Makenzie and Jenna are the bottom two girls, along with Tucker and Nico. I am sad that one of my favorite ladies will be going home, but I did see that coming last week. Sniff. It figures that Nico would end up in the bottom when I finally come around on him and stop picking him to go home. However, we are skipping solos and going on with the show! I wouldn't have minded seeing all four perform individually, but YES! Bring on the All-Stars!

Amy & All-Star Brandon - Disco (Doriana Sanchez)
Disco is always so much fun, and this was no exception- between the lifts and that crazy drop where Amy ended up half a millimeter from the ground (I mean seriously, yowzas!), and of course, all the sequins, sparkles and glitter! I do think she was missing a little something that she had with Fik-Shun. That and the leadoff spot could mean she ends up in the bottom next week.

Aaron & All-Star Kathryn - Contemporary (Stacey Tookey)
Wow. Aaron just went to a whole different level. So beautiful, and I love the way Kathryn looked at him at the end. I really don't have anything else to say. Amazing!

Fik-Shun & All-Star Melanie - Jazz (Mandy Moore)
I understood the standing ovation for Aaron and Kathryn, and not that Fik-Shun and Melanie weren't great- they were- but I just don't think they (he) deserved one as well. Melanie, obviously, is amazing. She can do no wrong. I thought that Mandy Moore did the smart thing in putting most of the attention on Melanie. Fik-Shun has to go home sometime.

Paul & All-Star Witney - Cha cha (Jean-Marc Généreux)
I guess we're handing out standing ovations to everyone tonight, not that they didn't deserve it this time... if the last performance earned one, this one definitely does, but seriously, you can't just hand out standing o's like candy! Witney was one of my favorites last season and she made Paul dazzle too. I adore Paul and I hope this is still a standout performance by the end of the night.

Hayley & All-Star Twitch - Hip-hop (Christopher Scott)
I hate to say it but I was disappointed here. There was nothing bad about it, but with Twitch and Christopher Scott involved, I was holding my breath for a MOMENT that never arrived. I think Uncle Nigel might have jinxed her with that comment about her never being in the bottom- at this point in the competition, I just don't think there was enough here tonight.

Jenna & All-Star Neil - Contemporary (Mandy Moore)
OMG Neil! My favorite of favorites! Jenna got a great draw here. So great, it resulted in standing ovation #4! If she's safe tonight, I don't think she'll be in the bottom next week. We still have Makenzie coming up, but I have the feeling the judges will save Jenna. By the way, I love Neil.

Jasmine & All-Star Marko - Jazz (Ray Leeper)
Wow, I thought I was joking about all the standing ovations, but apparently not. I'm not sure this was quite as incredible as they made it out to be- individually they were great, but they weren't really as together as I thought they should be. But, it doesn't really matter. Jasmine's pretty much a lock for the finale.

Makenzie & All-Star Jakob - Broadway (Spencer Liff)
Beautiful, beautiful Makenzie. Why does America hate you!? :( Spencer Liff is becoming one of my favorite choreographers. And oh yes, another standing ovation. Now I just feel awkward for Amy and Hayley. Even if she's safe tonight, I'm afraid she'd undeservedly end up right back in the bottom again. I don't get it!

Nico & All-Star Comfort - Hip-hop (Tabitha & Napoleon)
Well, the judges stayed seated for Nico, but I actually really enjoyed seeing this other side of Nico. I didn't know he had this in him! I thought he might be horrible at this kind of hip-hop dancing, and he wasn't. But why don't the judges praise that as much as they would, for example, Fik-Shun dancing contemporary or ballrooom?

Tucker & All-Star Robert - Contemporary (Travis Wall)
Umm, serious goosies. This was a very special performance. I don't really know the story behind Travis and his brother Danny, and I only vaguely recall hearing about Robert being in a car accident but didn't realize how serious it was. Robert has been in some very special dances on this show. This standing ovation was certainly well-deserved and there is no way the judges can send Tucker home now. I hope he thanks Travis and Robert for making sure he sticks around at least another week.

The Elimination:
I'm with you, Uncle Nigel. I'm puzzled as to how my favorite girls end up in the bottom every week. I am super bummed that Makenzie is off the show, although I am happy for Jenna. Tucker over Nico, like I just said, was a pretty obvious selection at this point.

Favorite Performance:
Absolutely, Tucker and Robert.


The Girls:
  1. Jenna Johnson
  2. Jasmine Harper
  3. Amy Yakima
  4. Hayley Erbert

The Boys:
  1. Paul Karmiryan
  2. Aaron Turner
  3. Tucker Knox
  4. Fik-Shun

Who Should Go Home:
I'm going with the two gals who failed to get standing ovations: Amy and Hayley. For the boys, Fik-Shun and... sigh. I guess Paul might be the forgotten one out of the other three. Hayley and Fik-Shun will go home.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SYTYCD Season 10: Top 12 Recap (Top 10 Announced!)

The recap of last week has reminded me of how much I adore Anna Kendrick. It saddens me that she isn't back tonight. No offense, Kenny Ortega. He's alright.

The results include one big surprise, with Amy in the bottom six along with Malece and Jenna. The boys in the bottom are revealed to be Nico, Tucker, and Alan... hey! I guessed five out of six right (although my guesses for is actually going home are wrong, naturally). As much as I like Jenna, I am surprised that she is sent into the Top 10 ahead of Amy. I have to think Malece's run is over, and I wouldn't be mad about that at all (plus, Amy's solo was kind of great). I like both of these boys, though, and still wonder what the judges see in Nico that these two don't have. My guess here is that Tucker will be going home.

Hayley & Nico - Broadway (Sean Cheesman)
I did NOT recognize Nico!!! I was wondering who that random guy on stage with Hayley was. This really seemed like a Broadway-level performance- and even though I think these two are my least favorite pair, they are still pretty amazing. Those lifts- that crazy thing with Hayley's leg!? And oh, I guess now I do understand what the judges see in Nico. Touché, judges. Touché.

Malece & Alan - Jazz (Mandy Moore)
Oh, Alan. I just enjoy this big, dorky, emotional kid. I'm going to give Malece a compliment! The old Hollywood look is great on her. But, as a pair, something was a little off. I don't think Anna Kendrick would be telling them they should make a baby this week. Maybe she made things awkward for them?

Jenna & Alex Freakin' Wong! - Pasa Doble (Jean-Marc Généreux)
So happy for Jenna right now. This makes me so excited for the All-Stars to return next week! I'm a little sad for Tucker that he couldn't make Jenna look this good, and so maybe I am rooting for Alan to be safe over him. Jenna needed this moment going into next week... and I hope we see more of Alex!

Makenzie & Paul - Contemporary (Mandy Moore)
My favorites. These two are so pretty together. And I loved the choice of using the live version of "The Edge of Glory"- it was so organic, honest, impassioned.

Amy & Fik-shun - Viennese Waltz (Jean-Marc Généreux)
Remember last week when I said, and I quote myself, "Time for them to do something way different next week! How about the waltz or something?" Yes, I will pat myself on the back. Also, I love Cat's line: "Let's hope you end up like Bella and Edward, and not like Rob and Kristen." This also reminds me that I haven't watched Breaking Dawn Part 2 yet. Fik-shun's flaws couldn't totally be hidden this time, but he still had a couple of nice moments, like that lift at the end. Amy really is just stunning. There's no way she goes home over Malece.

Jasmine & Aaron - Hip-hop (Tabitha & Napoleon)
And we have the third standing ovation of the night! This partnership of dancers and choreographers had "awesome" written all over it before it even started. Definitely the best hip-hop number of the season. They're going to have fun doing that one all across the country on tour.

The Guys (minus Tucker) - Lyrical Hip-hop (Tabitha & Napoleon)
I didn't know NappyTabs did choreography like this! Aaron and Paul were standouts for me. Alan might have been the weakest link.

The Ladies - Contemporary (Stacey Tookey)
Seriously, these girls are amazing. There were no standouts because they are all stunning! Totally beside the point, I kind of chuckled at the end when they were all standing in a row, as Cat looked like a giant, just towering over them. Tall girls are funny.

The Elimination:
Awww. Poor Alan. I guess he had a little bit of a rough night, but I still didn't think they'd save the guy who couldn't dance over him. But, I understand. Malece was, unfortunately, doomed from the beginning of the night.

Favorite Performance:
Standing by my faves!


With the exception of the two heading home, my rankings don't change this week. For the record, all five of these girls would go ahead of boy #3 if I were to do an overall ranking.

The Girls:
  1. Makenzie Dustman
  2. Jasmine Harper
  3. Jenna Johnson
  4. Amy Yakima
  5. Hayley Erbert
The Boys:
  1. Paul Karmiryan
  2. Aaron Turner
  3. Fik-Shun
  4. Tucker Knox
  5. Nico Greetham

Who Should Go Home:
Bottom four next week... gotta guess Amy, Jenna, Tucker, Fik-Shun. Jenna and Fik-Shun go home!? I really don't think Jenna deserves it but that's what I'm seeing right now!?!? I don't like it. That can't be right. Hayley instead of Jenna? My girl Makenzie again? I don't know. There's no right answer. But I AM SO EXCITED for the return of the All-Stars!

Friday, August 2, 2013

July Instagram Round-up!

Apparently, I THINK I take a lot more pictures than I actually do. How do I only have ten Instagram photos to choose from in July when I had a super awesome vacation in San Diego which included Disneyland and Comic-con!? I suppose I had my real camera with me, but I am still highly disappointed in myself.

This month's theme is spectacular views!


This photo was taken on my birthday from my favorite restaurant, Marination Ma Kai. No filters, people. Nothing beats Seattle on a sunny day.


There were some pretty incredible mountain views on my flights between Seattle and San Diego.


The iconic Disneyland castle, all lit up at night after an amazing fireworks show. Stunning!

My goal for August? Have more than ten photos to choose from.