So You Think You Can Dance Australia – Top 20 Show.
What a difference 365 days make. So You Think You Can Dance Australia season 2 has improved 100 per cent. Natalie Bassingthwaite is so much better this year, no Quaalude eye action and a lot more warmth and confidence to make non-scripted comments. The dancers are fantastic, and they seemed to have weeded out the crappy choreographers.
The judges are a bit snappier this year, however they are still not rocking my world. Jason is definitely the Simon Cowell of the competition, not the nastiness but he is the one judge whose opinion the dancers want.
Also he gives the dancers a bit more critical feedback and explains dance techniques to the lay person at home.
Matt Lee is still a mini Jason Coleman in an Inspector Gadgets body. He tends to agree with most things Jason says, without adding to much else to the topic.
While Bonnie Lythgoe who has improved from last year needs to stop thinking about her Logie nomination for best new female talent, and to learn to talk in sound bites.
Considering this was the first show of the series the dancers and their routine were on the whole excellent.
Pania and Ben – Contemporary – The Presets – Talk Like That
Marko Panzic one of the season 1 alumni choreographed this routine for Pania and Ben. This couple is going to be a very strong partnership, she is extremely versatile, and he is a great dancer.
With the strait jacket type moves and the orange outfits the dance had a One Flew Over the Cuckoos Next mixed with a bit of Guantanamo Bay vibe going on.
It was a great routine to kick off the show. Solid choreography mixed with sold dancing.
Matt Lee said “Pania loved you in it. Didn’t look like you struggled at all.
Bonnie Lythgoe said “As a couple you were fantastic.”
Jason Coleman said ” What a great way to start a new year.”
Talia and Emmanuel
– Cha cha. –Smokey Joes CafÃ© – Hound Dog
Hip hop dancer Emmanuel should go out and buy a lottery ticket as Jason Gilkison the best ballroom choreographer in Australia managed to make him look good by ensuring he did not have him doing too much technical ballroom in the routine he choreographed for him and Talia.
Both of them played up the audience and it was a very entertaining routine. Talia is a beautiful dancer and I hope that her pairing with Emmanuel will not be her downfall.
Jason Coleman said to Emmanuel “slow down and listen” and “ballistically good”. Ballistic appears to be Jason’s favourite new word for this series.
He also liked Talia’s characterisation, but “synchronisation of the footwork was not good”.
Matt Lee said “I lost myself in the character so that I didn’t notice that your technique wasn’t that good.”
Lamb and Timomatic – Lyrical – Elisa – Rainbow
Travers Ross was the choreographer and the dance was about two best friends falling in love. I am so glad they tell us what the story is behind the dance as sometimes I have no clue.
The dance I really liked at the time but I had forgotten about it by the end of the show.
As Jason said it was lyrical hip hop which suited both their styles. Only criticism was the lift at the end was it botched or maybe that how it was meant to be done.
Jason Coleman said “Interesting routine – I wonder if the feeling in the room came across at home”
Matt Lee said “Same concerns as Jason” and “Great, great, great.”
Bonnie Lythogoe thought she was Oprah for a moment and asked whether there was anything going on between them. If so are they really wanting to announce it on national TV. They just giggled and looked coy.
Amy and Damien – Broadway – Adam Williams – Rufus Wainwright – Putting on the Ritz.
Adam Williams was the choreographer and to me the judges did not appear to like the routine.
Not sure about this partnership, they just did not seem to click together and this Broadway routine was a tad boring. I thought Damien my have overacted it, however I expect him to stay in the competition awhile yet.
Amy’s outfit was barely there so that will appeal to the three male hetro SYTYCDA voters.
Matt Lee said “It was a little bit old fashioned.”, and “Amy’s face very contrived.”, “Damien lift at beginning looked a little bit strained.” and “Great performance.”
Bonnie Lythgoe said “Great job with what you have been given”
Jason Coleman backed Damien by saying “I am surprised how hard it is to switch to what other dancers do so well done fella”.
Ash-Leigh and Stephen – Rhumba – Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On.
There should be know kissing on stage it is just too much to see, especially when there is not any passion between them. Jason Coleman was right when he called it “contrived”.
This Rhumba was choreographed by Sandro Catalano and it just lacked sizzle. I think Ash-Leigh is going to have a hard time staying in the competition as she was pretty stiff and it was her genre.
Bonnie Lythgoe said “Lacked togetherness,” and “Stephen really held it together.”
Jason Coleman said there was no connection and “it was the lowlight of the evening.”
Matt Lee mini Jason agreed with most things he said.
Penny and Charlie – Hip Hop – Beyonce – Single Ladies.
In Penny’s montage she said “she knows she is not as technical as the other dancers and to “Embrace the Penny”.
Tiana Joubert choreographed this routine and it rocked.
It was a routine about Vampires but I am not going to write any obvious Penny and sucking jokes.
How many pelvic thrusts per minute can one woman do? She definitely broke the world record if there is one.
Considering Charlie is a hip hop dancer I think Penny completely outdanced him.
It was one of my favourite routines of the night.
Jason Coleman said “That might be the top routine of the night”, “Penny adorable like Goldie Hawn.”, “Charlie so likeable.”, and “both probably the most likeable dancers in the competition.” WHAT?
Kat and Danny – Lyrical – Angelo Badalmaenti – Llorand (crying)
Debbie Ellis a Newcastle dance teacher choreographed this stand out routine, it even felt a bit Mia Michaelesqe always a positive thing.
Kat reminds me of last year’s Rhiannon, and Danny reminds me of Rhys Bobridge both are very good dancers.
The lifts were excellent, and the dancing superb.
Jason Coleman said “Favourite routine so far” and “Grips out of lifts seamless”
Max and Jesse – Contemporary – MGMT Kids
I like Max but I am still not convinced she is a good as dancer as the others.
Shaun Parker was the choreographer to the routine in which they had to dance in childlike wonder. Max seemed to get a little lost in the middle of it.
It looked like it was just a lot of moves put together.
Jason Coleman who doesn’t feel the love for Max at all said “Max your line in the lifts are way under, you have no core strength, it was a bit sloppy.”
Matt Lee thought ” it was disjointed.”
If Max is bottom three she is in trouble.
Gianne and BJ -Quickstep – Moulin Rouge Cast – Diamonds
BJ is looking miles cuter since he has had a make over. He will be vying for the teenage vote with Damien.
Leanne Bampton was the choreographer or better known as Dicko’s partner on Dancing With the Stars.
It was a fun well danced number with last year’s top 20 rejects. There was a very awkward lift in the end. Gianne is not a small girl. BJ looked like he had an eye injury from the tassles.
Matt Lee said it was “One of my favourite routines of the night.”
Chanelle and Loredo – Jazz – Lady GaGa – Poker Face
I am going to lose my credibility here when I say I didn’t get Clockwork Orange the movie and I did not get this Clockwork Orange inspired dance routine choreographed by Project Moda.
They had a disaster in dress rehearsals where Loredo while he was doing a slinky (technical term of throwing each other over in a somersault type move.) banged his head. They had the footage of the accident and it was sickening. Loredo was ok but slinky had to be removed from the routine.
I thought the routine was just ok as I thought it did not showcase Loredo’s and Chanelles’ talents.
My tips for the bottom three are Ash-Leigh and Stephen, Max and Jesse, and Lamb and Timomatic.
If you missed the show tonight you can see all the routines on www.dance.ten.com.au