So You Think You Can Dance – The Top Four Show
Now if I was a conspiracy theorist I would say the producers of So You Think You Can Dance were pimping for Talia to win.
Here is why:
- Two contemporary routines when she has barely had one throughout the competition,
- One of those routines had a pointe shoe in it. Pointe shoes have never been on a routine either here or on the US SYTYCD was always go to give the ballerina an advantage,
- She got the tango which is sexy, and she has no problems dancing in heels,
- Also got the lucky last spot in the solo’s so the last person we see dancing from tonight’s episode, and
- Jason Coleman was talking her up.
Not that I have a problem with that, as I think people should vote for the best dancer, as we don’t want to be embarassed as country in front of 14 million US SYTYCD viewers.
People should vote on the following criteria:
- Stage prescence,
- Sexiness, and
Now I won’t harp on about the judges AGAIN, however it would appear I am not the only one that finds Bonnie Lythgoe irritating. I swear I saw Matt Lee grimace when she started talking about the Talia and Ben Tango routine.
Also Sarah Boulter appeared to roll her eyes when Bonnie Lythgoe gave her a compliment.
And before Season 3 can Matt Lee go and see a hypnotist to stop him from say “As Jason said”…
The top four show is always the highlight of the competition, I did not think all the routines popped tonight but it was throughly enjoyable. Speaking of pop I notice Nacho was again sidelined tonight, with the hip hop routine given to Travers Ross and the group routine to Supple.
Talia and Charlie – Contemporary – Duffy – Warwick Ave
Debbie Ellis Linart choreographed a routine about a break up around a park bench.Mmmm is this a rip off from the Mia Michael’s piece where Travis and Heidi danced a routine around one but that was about finding love…
On viewing the US one it is pretty different apart from the prop.
Have a look at it here:
By the way Mia’s trip to Australia has been cancelled. (See the second last comment in this blog post.)
I thought Talia was brilliant in this routine, and Charlie did well dealing with all these lifts, but it was not a routine that really showcased him. It was a great dance to watch. Talia must have emotionally connected with it as she was teared up at the end.
Judges gave it the thumbs up, with amazing said three times, if anyone out there was doing the SYTYCDA drinking game. Yes chug whenever you hear the word amazing said. Beware you will be paralytic by the end of the show.
Talia and Ben – Tango – Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants
Fabia Robles choreographed this tango for this pair. Tahlia had no problems dancing in heels as she revealed last week in TV Week she only owns one pair of flats.
This tango sizzled, I must admit a bias as these are my two favourite dancers. I am not discounting Ben from winning this.
However Jason gave the routine to Tahlia as she was more intense than Ben.
Ben and Amy – Hip Hop – Kanye West – Coldest Winter
I want Amy’s jacket for winter. Are poms poms in this year? Just an aside saw a pair of ski pants on someone yesterday, that bought back some repressed memories. Poor buggers looked like they were going to melt with all their winter gear under the hot lights.
I was uninspired by the Travers Ross routine as can be seen by my thoughts on the upcoming winter fashions. I get the feeling the judges are not going to put the knife into anyone tonight. Sorry incorrect – good on you Jason for saying what I was thinking much more articulately than I could.
“It didn’t get me, it did not grab me, it did not go anywhere.” he said. Also he saw she hit her head on the floor.
Amy and Charlie – Samba – Sergio Mandes with the Black Eyed Peas.
Leanne Bampton This is the first time Charle and Amy have danced together in the comp. Sorry the Samba is meant to be sizzling and sexy and neither of this pair sell sex it was like a brother and sister dancing. Was Charlie wearing a Mormon uniform?
This routine is not going to help either of them win the competition.
Ben and Charlie – Broadway – Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
Cameron Mitchell did a routine which was a tribute to Gene Kelly. A pity one of them was not playing Donald O’Connor. Did anyone else feel this routine was laboured? Was it the choreography or dancers? Probably a bit of both. Actually I think it showed up Charlie’s weaknesses, Ben couldn’t really showcase himself either. Jason thought Ben was more effortless but he thought Charlie’s lines were better.
Amy and Talia – Contemporary – Adam Free Land & Sarah Vaughan – Fever
Sarah Boulter did this highly original, yet clever routine where they had to wear one point shoe and one stiletto. It was fantastic. Both girls were great. I just find Amy’s expressions on her face do not seem to come as naturally as they do with Talia.
Jason said Talia’s line is a little bit longer, but he said Amy has more maturity in the performanceship.
I really liked the idea of them having to randomly pick out a song for their solo’s, it gave it an added dimension.
Charlie’s Solo – Kings of Leon – Revelry
Mmm I am not a great lover of hip hop, but this could appeal to the younger voters. I feel a bit sorry for Charlie after a flawless competition he just seem to to hit his straps this evening.
Amy – Miley Cyrus
Amy’s routine showed her performance savvyness. Like Idol where they say big notes win votes, in SYTYCD the difficult technical moves get people picking up the phone, even though they may not necessarily be put together in a professional performance. I did like her routine, only issue for me is the same expression on her face throughout. No light and shade (sorry getting ready for Idol and quoting Marcia Hines).
Ben – Coldplay – Viv La Vida
I thought his choreography really suited the music. He also was smart like Amy and did moves that brings the applause from the audience particularly the flips and tumbles. He also seemed to try and connect to the audience.
Talia – Rhianna – Take A Bow
I thought she danced beautifully. However she did not do what Ben and Amy did, so had a nicely put together routine, however only a few spectacular moves.
Matt Lee, and Bonnie just gave their usual praise.
At least Jason Coleman decided to give them a critique of each one. Here is a summary of Jason’s thoughts.
Charlie – “A reality TV dream, you have done an amazing job in this competition.”
Amy – “Your an incredible dedicated, discipline dancer and performer who I have the utmost respect for.”
Ben – “I think of you as a thoroughbred race horse, your discipline and dedication to your craft”
Talia – “You have grown and grown since you started, and I think you have peaked in the last few weeks, as a good athlete does.”
I think anyone could possibly win it, but I think Talia and Charlie appear to be the favorites. Amy was done no favours tonight with a Samba and Hip Hop routine so will struggle. As I said previously Talia either lucked out tonight or their was some producer manipulation to ensure she was showcased favourably.