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So You Think You Can Dance Elimination – and now there were 16

Again reality raver only picked one out of the bottom three couples, I hope I do better in my works footy tipping competition.

Tonight the second elimination night showed how controversial this contest is going to be.
The three best girl dancers landed in the bottom three making it very tough for the judges.

However before the tears a few thoughts on the show:
Natalie Bassingthwaite looked hot tonight particularly her bling around her neck and fingers, but had JD pinched the matching earrings?
Bonnie Lythgoe finally covered her cleavage but unfortunately Jason Coleman was showing his;
Matt Lee was wearing a cap which said I heart VZ (sorry I did not get it) was it the initials of his boyfriend or girlfriend?
Also can the judges quit whinging about being so upset about eliminating two dancers and how they don’t want to do it – it is a part of the show – Nigel does not get a tremor in his voice Jason.

The opening number to a ?Michael Jackson song was invigorating, and it was choreographed by Matt Lee. It was pretty good. They were dressed in all white and it was a tribal type number.

The contestants were brought up three couples at a time.
First up were Demi and Jack, Camilla and Sermsah, and Kassy and Graeme.
Demi and Jack were told they were safe, however then the bad news was given to Kassy and Graeme. Kassy was speechless.

The next three couples were Marko and Stephanie, Jemma and Rhys, and Henry and Vanessa.
I was speechless when I found out Stephanie was safe for another week, she was easily the worst dancer last night.

They were all declared safe, but that was pretty obvious because of the way they set it up. We need more suspense guys.

Then the final three were brought on stage not looking happy as they knew the odds of being in the bottom three were now very high.
Kate and Hilton, and JD and Rhiannon were told they would be dancing for their lives. Popular couple Anthony Ikin and Laura were always going to be safe.

At this point I was a bit shocked as the three best female dancers were in the bottom three – this was later reiterated by Jason Coleman.

So you knew their solo’s were going to have to be sensational to stay.

Kassy came out first with a sort of hip hop jazz routine, she did her signature shake her arse to the camera and jumped around on stage, towards the end she did a few more kicks and turns. It was not smooth.

Graeme was next and his solo was good, but he really needs to work on his personality. I have seen footballers give more articulate answers to interviewers.

Kate was next and I felt she did not do enough in her solo it was a bit dull, and thought that might put her in danger.

Hilton came out flipping and twisting and gave good interview with Natalie at the end.

Rhiannon’s solo was next and again I was a bit disappointed with it she just ran around the stage with a few movements here and there.

JD did is signature smooth laidback hip hop, neither exhilerating or dull.

Jason then berated the solo dancers for their quantity over quality. I was glad when Natalie asked him what he meant. He said (and I am paraphrasing here) that they were not choreographed well, just lots of moves put into 45 seconds.

Then the judges with much teeth gnashing went off to decide who would go.

I think I mused in another post, about how soon it would be until an Australian Idol contestant would be on the show, so was not surprised at only week two that Guy Sebastian was a guest.

Guy who has just released a Blues album had his Memphis backing band with him singing blues covers of “Soul Man” and a song from the Blues Brothers movie. Maybe I have been watching to much American Idol but I thought his performance was “joyous” as well as being entertaining.

After the ad break time for the verdict.
Jason first said he was “shocked” at the three girls that were here before him. Clearly he thinks the voting public are morons.

The girls were to learn of their fate first.
Rhiannon was told she was safe, then Jason told them the final verdict was based on their solo. At that point Kassy knew she had the noose around her neck, and she was gone.

Then the boys were up. Graeme was given the good news first that he was safe, and then Jason went into this whole monologue about how they had decided upon the persons fate. He also said both decisions were not unanimous.

The boys fate was decided upon previous performances, what they had seen so far and who was best embracing different genres. And then as Jason’s voiced trembled (pull yourself together boy) Hilton was told he was going home.

I was a bit surprised by both decisions. I thought Kate may have been eliminated not because of her dancing but because of her age. Isn’t 29 the equivalent of 70 in dance years?

Also I thought Hilton was unlucky as I think he is a better dancer then Graeme. Also I think they kept JD in because he is the only hip hop male dancer left in the competition and they want to keep some diversity in it. However I thought JD did pretty poorly last night.

Poor Kate now has another new partner this week with Graeme so it will be interesting to see how that goes I am sure she would like a week out of the bottom three.


1 Anonymous { 02.25.08 at 10:25 pm }

I think the australian series is pretty crap. the american one is way better, the dancing, the choreograpy, the judges comments, the dancing in general. The dancers are clearly eliminated to keep ratings high, not due to their dance skills. They have removed some good dancers and kept some who were not so good so it seems personality is more important than skills in this series. i was a big fan of the american series and never missed an episode. nigel gives fantastic comments, jason does a fair job to imitate nigel but matt and bonnie’s comments are meaningless and non critical enough. they are always covering the dancings for dancing out of their style, but the fact is 80% of the time they would be dancing a style they are not used to. isn’t that the whole idea of the show? but the always covering up the dancer’s crummie performances. I still don’t know how a song from the veronica could be considered jazz music.

2 Anonymous { 02.25.08 at 10:31 pm }

Matt Lee’s hat has more personality then him…

3 Anonymous { 02.25.08 at 10:42 pm }

I have to say that I agree. Week 2 of performances and I still haven’t picked out any favourites or very distinct personalities. The dancers are good but the choreography has been a real let down, and the host and judges never stop grating on my nerves (with the occasional exception of Jason, who puts in a good critique).
I reaaallly hope we still get the American series this year!

4 Reality Raver { 02.26.08 at 2:50 pm }

I don’t think there have been any really memorable dancers yet.

I hope Kelley Abbey gets to do more choreography as I think she is great. In fact make her a judge as well.

I do think most of the males are just as strong as the US ones. Not sure about the girls.

That is why bottom 3 was not good last night all the good female dancers were bottom three

5 Anonymous { 02.26.08 at 8:18 pm }

VZ stands for VON ZIPPER =]

6 Reality Raver { 02.27.08 at 10:11 am }

Thanks re: the Von Zipper – just googled it.

Is Matt getting paid to advertise the brand or does he just like the hat?

7 Onadrought { 02.27.08 at 10:13 am }

Was surprised about bottom 6, but then when thinking about it maybe not. Aust public will not be voting for best dancers, but which dance they liked best., and on who is popular. For that reason Kate, although technically fantastic and a great performer, she will be in bottom 3 again as I think voters are going for younger ones, and the crowd pleasers. Then again, I was surprised Rhiannon in bottom 3 for this reason. I thought JD would get kicked out

8 Reality Raver { 02.27.08 at 10:15 am }

Interesting on the current poll over 60% of people are saying JD should have gone.

And over 60% are saying the judges got it right with Kassy being eliminated.

I still think they kept JD in because of his hip hop.