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So You Think You Can Dance – Season 5 – Top 20

The opening group number popped literally. It was a hip hop number that was fast and feisty, they did not say who the choreographer was.

I must have been in a semi-coma for the audition, and Las Vegas episodes as I recognised less than 10 of the top 20. Tonight the judges were the usual Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy with special guest Adam Shankman. I like Adam he is a bundle of enthusiasm and personality. However, hate the attempted comedic crap between Nigel and Mary.

First up were Jeanine and Phillip. Their choreographer’s were NapTab (Tabitha and Napoleon), which meant they were doing a hip hop routine. I always wonder whether NapTab ever get sick of each other considering they work and live together, maybe they give new meaning to the term co-dependent.

The routine was about a couple having to deal with anger issues before going to bed. I know some people think NapTab are the second coming in hop hop choreography, but I find them a bit dull. Except for the fantastic sci-fi opening routine they did this season for So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

However they danced it well and in unison. Also I must confess Phillip is an early favourite of mine. The judges loved it. Mary seemed particularly excitable this first episode.

Asuka and Vitolio were doing a broadway routine choreographed by Tyce DiOrio.  Asuka has ballet and latin ballroom so if she can get a fan base could go far.  Really loved these two dancers, however was not blown away by the routine, probably to slapstick for me.

One of the reasons I like Adam Shankman as a judge was he manages to articulate what he is thinking very well. He said “because it followed the previous emotional routine, this character performance felt a little artificial.”

Mary was disappointed, thought they played it safe. Nigel thought there personalities were not in it.

Karla and Johnathan – Cha Cha with choreographer with Tony Meredith to the music of Lady Gaga. They both looked like they were having such a great time, even though it was not technically excellant. This pair have likeability. And the teenage girls are going to go crazy over Johnathan as he is the David Archuleta of the competition.

I was a bit disturbed when Mary Murphy said she like her Cha Cha rough, “if it is not rough it is not fun.” I just don’t think of Mary in that way.

Randi and Evan danced a jazz number choreographed by Tyce Diorio.

Randi has auditioned three times and finally got through. Evan has personality and charisma, but he is short. They both danced beautifully. Evan is one to watch he reminds me a little tiny bit of Benji Schwimmer.

Paris and Tony got a hip hop routine with Napoleon and Tabitha. Does anyone else think Nap Tab routines are similar? It did not suit Tony’s hip hop style at all. All rather dull. As Mary said it will not be memorable.

Caitlin and Jason  were dancing a Bollywood number by Miguel .

SYTYCD Australia has a lot to answer for introducing Bollywood to the show, and now the US show has picked it up. Confession Caitlin is not my favourite dancer, in fact I think she does more “tricks” then actual dance. However her gymnastic’s background really helped in this routine her hand stand was amazing. As Adam Shankman said “You guys rocked!”

Janette and Brandon dancing the foxtrot to a LouisVan Amstel. Brandon has a huge fan base already if he does not make top 10 I will be gobsmacked. This was a nice routine well danced with their personalities coming through, but no mind blowing moments.

Mary is the only women in Hollywood to admit to botox. She also loved the routine

Ashley and Kupono danced a jazz routine by Wade Robson. The routine by Wade is as usual existential, about crash test dummies.  I love Wade he is such an amazing choreographer. Routine of the night. Costume and make up senstional as well. Could have watched it over and over. Wade was on SYTYCD Australia and he was given 30 seconds screen time. How wrong was that?

Adam Shankman thought Wade was “One sick puppy” and they were “technically perfect”.

Melissa and Ade danced a contemporary Mandy Moore routine. Amazing lifts that were done well. Lucky for ballerina Melissa she got a contemporary routine first up, as I think she could struggle in other genres.

Adam Shankman thought “It was so special” and Mary gave it a scream.

Kayla and Max danced a samba by Louis Van Amstel. Louis has known back from Max since he was 14 years old. It was fantastic, it sizzled on screen.  Mary put them on the hot tamale train.

Now onto the Elimination episode:

Bottom three were Tony and Paris, Asuka and Vitolio, and Karla and Johnathan.

Vitolio’s solo was amazing, Tony’s was entertaining but not much technique, and Paris lumbered around the stage. Asuka thinks she is a sex kitten, and Karla is a strong dancer. Johnathan thinks he is a mini Dimitri.

Paris and Tony were eliminated, and I am not unhappy with that. Tony has amazing charisma and stage prescence he will turn up somewhere.

Just one thing can we have Adam Shankman on every week?


1 TDK { 07.11.09 at 10:48 am }

I think Tony may do well in broadway with his personality and showy style; but not enough energy and technicality for SYTYCD.

2 Nelly { 07.11.09 at 11:11 am }

I am pretty sure that the choreographer for the opening group routine was Shane Sparks.

3 Injera { 07.11.09 at 8:38 pm }

+1 for Adam Shankman every week!

I actually liked Jeanine and Phillip’s routine, but mostly because I had low expectations that she’d be able to do it and was impressed by the synchronisation.

Have to confess that I can’t judge dancers – or anybody – obectively if they have eastern European/Russian accents, so was head over heels for Max as soon as he opened his lovely little mouth. Hot tamale train indeed.

Won’t mourn the losses of Paris and Tony – didn’t make enough of an impact for me to be able to remember them without recourse to recaps!

4 Reality Raver { 07.11.09 at 10:09 pm }

Nelly – Thanks for telling me it was a.
Shane Sparks routine, he is a great choreographer.

TDK – Loved your comments on the open post

Injera – I thought it was a pretty strong opening night. But it was good to see the weaker dancers go first week, instead of hanging about and taking out good dancers, by being paired with them.

Do you follow Adam Shankman on Twitter? A few weeks ago about being dumped and having a broken heart, etc. I find it weird when people divulge intimate details of their life on twitter.

5 Injera { 07.11.09 at 10:24 pm }

I’ll look Adam out on Twitter. Was going to respond to your comment by joke-tweeting something ridiculously personal, but thought better of it… which means 1. my tweet filter is probably better developed than his and 2. there are people who might see my tweet but who wouldn’t relate it to this post and might take it seriously.