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So You Think You Can Dance – Top 16 Show

Avoiding the bottom three depends on who your partner is and which choreographer you get.  Talia will have to overcome those obstacles to be safe tomorrow night. More on that later in the post.

It was a fairly solid show, there were no disasters but nor were there many routines that were sensationally memorable.

Chanelle and Loredo – Hip Hop -Bottle Pop – Pussycat Dolls

Now that Lara Bingle is leaving the Shire to move to Bondi is Chanelle trying to become the Queen bee of the the Shire?  She is certainly advertising her love for the enclave by wearing a I Heart the Shire t-shirt. They are a parochial bunch there and I am sure that t-shirt is a best seller.

I think this pair will be struggling to avoid the bottom three with this Andrew Sears I dream of Jeannie routine. Yes they both looked good but I they did not suit this genre.

Penny and Charlie – Contemporary – You Found Me – The Fray

Charlie got extremely lucky in this Kelly Aykers routine as he did not have to lift Penny.  I thought they danced it quite well, but I felt no emotion between the pair. Everyone elase seems to be embracing the Penny, but not me. I don’t find her a very graceful dancer. The judges loved the routine.

Why does Bonnie feel she needs to tell us again what the routine is about? She did it quite a few times tonight, she must think the audience are morons.

Gianne and BJ – Ballroom(Salsa) – Drop It On Me – Ricky Martin

BJ deserves extra points for lifting Gianne she is not small. Yes the lift at the end was laboured but at least they managed to do this difficult manourve. I would love to see her dance disco. She rocked it tonight and BJ just seemed like a minor player in the whole routine.  They should be safe. Jason was talking to BJ how he could see it in his eyes how much he wanted it, but which one of those top 16 dancers doesn’t want it?

Danny and Kat – Contemporary – Seven Nation Army – White Stripes

Last year’s contestant Marko Panzic choreographed a great contemporary routine. This was probably my favourite routine of the night. They played assassins which made a nice change from the usual unrequited love routines. The judges loved it , and the crowd loved it.

Talia and Emmanuel – Jazz – The joint is Jumping – Hot Shoe Shuffle.

The Adam William’s routine was about best friends forever, but I did not feel much a connection between the two dancers. Jason kindly pointed out to the viewers how hard it is for Talia having to dance with Emmanuel. I feel a bit sorry for her and hopefully we will get to see her dance sometime with another partner. Emmanuel has technique and counting issues. Add in a pretty standard Adam Williams jazz routine and it is difficult for them to avoid the bottom three.

Amy and Damien – Ballroom (Rhumba) – Stepping Stone – Duffy

Damien is no Henry Byalikov,  this ballrooom dancer was lucky he was dancing a Jason Gilkison routine as this might be the only thing between him and the bottom three, and then elimination. You cannot not shine in your own genre and expect to be safe. Jason Coleman was not kind and said he thought Damien had been outdanced by Amy.  This pair lacks charisma so have to really pop to be safe.

Pania and Ben – Hip Hop- Show me the Money – Petey Pablo

Pania and Ben were doing a Nacho Pop krumping routine. Krumping is a genre of hip-hop with started in the means streets of south LA and it has to be good to be interesting. I cannot stand it as a dance genre and the whole routine irritated me. I would be interested in hearing from any hip hop fans to know what they thought of it. I think Pania and Ben’s popularity will be the thing that will ensure they are safe. 

Lamb and Timomatic – Jazz – My Life Would Suck Without you – Kelly Clarkson.

The Squared Division  choreographed this jazz routine. I thoug ht Tim danced it quite well, and it was a fun routine however there were no memorable moves in it something which does not make the viewers pick up the phone. I think Lamb will be in difficulty if she makes it into the bottom three.

Bottom three predictions – Loredo and Chanelle, Talia and Emmanuel, and Timomatic and Lamb.


1 Anonymous { 03.01.09 at 10:58 pm }

You are not the only one who is not embracing the Penny. I cannot stand her – her personality, dancing, everything.

I thought Talia was *fabulous* tonight. I’m really conflicted, she is by far my most favourite female dancer in the competition, but I don’t know whether to vote for her to keep her safe, or let her slide into the bottom three to get rid of Emmanuel. Thing is, I don’t trust the judges to keep her. This year seems less about dance skill and more about personality – Penny is a perfect example, her technique is atrocious. I watched the episode with a bunch of friends from VCA and we were gasping for air when the judges were praising her technique tonight. Give me a break. Sheesh.

2 Dolph Ziggler { 03.02.09 at 9:44 am }

Penny’s the thinking man’s cheerskank. Bring on the Ralph spread.

3 Anonymous { 03.02.09 at 10:19 am }

What exactly requires thought about Penny? She’s ditzy and as dense as a freaking brick.

4 Reality Raver { 03.02.09 at 10:27 am }

Anon – Talia is a gorgeous dancer but the pairing with Emmanuel is not going to give her a breathtaking routine. They are just so different in styles. I think they are being nice about Penny because they want to keep Charlie in.

Dolph – you won’t have to wait long as there is a article today about how shocked everyone is that Penny will be in Zoo in provocative positions with little clothing. Clearly they were not reading my blog – as they would know there were already photos of her like that out there. Excuse me while I go look at previous post.

5 RRr { 03.02.09 at 10:54 am }

Top 16 night seems pretty even and I agree with you on the bottom three. I thought Lamb/Timomatic’s hip-hopish jazz was not polished, Chanelle/Loredo’s jazzy hip-hop was too flat, and Talia/Emmanuel’s broadway was frantic.

Has there been any standard ballroom this season other than quickstep? Is rumba easier to fake than other latin styles? Amy did a great job but I don’t remember seeing much rumba walk in that choreography. Speaking of choreography, why do the choreographers make Danny do the horizontal turn to the floor EVERY week?

I don’t feel sorry for Talia nor I dislike Penny. At this point, neither of them is my top three girls.

6 Reality Raver { 03.02.09 at 9:02 pm }

RRR I agree with your comments. A lot of the choreography seems to include the dancers original style.

7 onadrought { 03.03.09 at 8:33 am }

I loved Amy in that Rumba, one of my favourite routines ever.

As anon said above, I think the judges get it wrong about technique, eg the salsa this week was a shocker except for Gianne’s energy and sensuality. BJ was just camp. Go to any salsa club on a Sat night and you’ll see much better salsa by amateurs.

8 Gabriel { 03.03.09 at 1:33 pm }

I’m a salsa dancer but I missed the beginning where they said what the style was and actually couldn’t work out what they were meant to be dancing! Didn’t realise till they mentioned it in the judging. I think you can safely assume the judges know very little about salsa. It’s not a ballroom dance – it’s a “street” dance. It’s also very difficult, and has been noted there was very little salsa in that routine – it was mostly tricks. But then that goes for most of the Latin routines by the dancers who don’t have Latin experience. You see very little actual cha-cha-cha in the cha-cha-cha, for example. Don’t know much about rumba as my area is Cuban dance, and ballroom rumba is American.

9 Reality Raver { 03.03.09 at 9:37 pm }

Gabriel – I did not realise Rumba was an American style. It seems a bit saucy – I thought more South American.
Clearly the audience were not fooled by the pseudo salsa and did not vote for it.