So You Think You Can Dance – Top 16 Performance Show
Love her or loath her, Mary Murphy adds a positive energy to the judging panel on So You Think You Can Dance Australia her comic timing is great and she knows how to break a tense moment as she did when Carly was having a meltdown.
Natalie Bassingthwaite looked smoking hot tonight, and fulfilled the hosting role really well by keeping things rolling along nicely.
Again tonight showed if you get the good choreographers you are going to have a better opportunity to shine.
Nick and Grace – Hip Hop by Tiana Canterbury – Rhianna –Rude Boy
Both of these dancers have hip hop in their dancing past, so they both danced well, but I just hated the routine. Yes I know I have hip hop issues, but maybe Australia just does not have that many good hip choreographers, as it always seems to be a bit unsophisticated ie bit hip hop 101. However the judges loved it.
Jason told Grace he liked his hip hop to be a bit more of an effortless, but he thought it was a great routine.
Matt Lee thought Grace hit how it should have been hit. And he thought Nick was comfortable.
Mary Murphy put both of them on the hot tamale train. WTF?
Kieran and Carly – Walz by Aric & Marsha – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Hushaby Mountain
Do you really want to be doing ballroom the week Mary Murphy noted ballroom specialist is on the show? Now I think the waltz can be a bit of deathtrap for the unweary, butI thought it was enjoyable helped by an interesting song choice. How good lookng were the choreographers? Marsha looked like a European starlet.
Mary would have like to have seen more from Carly, but liked Keiran.
Matt Lee thought Kieran was the one to watch in the competition.
Jason Coleman wants her to open up her shoulders, but he upset her when he asked her how she felt about her shoe becoming caught in the skirt. But I think she was upset about being the weak link in the routine. He also said that he did not think that Kieran would be as good in the competition as he is. Hellooooo I predicted he would go top four from the beginning.
Jess and Doug – Jazz by Adam Williams – LadyHawke Delirium
This pair should be a strong partnership as they are both professional dancers. And this week they were better, but they still are not getting me to pick up the phone. I agree with Jason’s view that he thought it was an improvement but he still thinks they are part way there. I really get the feeling that Jason Coleman does not particularly like Adam Williams? Normally he acknowledges the choreographer particularly if the routine is good, but he did not. I am unsure whether it is professional or personal.
Phillipe and Renee – Contemporary by Debbie Ellis – Selena Cross Silence
A couple of weeks ago I had written a blog post on another site titled I Don’t Want To Be A Cougar. Phillipe I lied. My favourite routine of the night. Phillipe made those lifts look effortless, I am really starting think he is going to go a lot further than I thought he was going to. And I am not just saying that because he was not wearing a shirt.
Mary Murphy thougth it was powerful routine, and thought Renee can really dance. Mary’s head was also turned by the six pack and thought he was a star.
Jessica and Heath – Tango by Trent and Gordana – Muse – Undisclosed Desires
I did not think this routine was as bad as the judges said it was. Some of the lifts were abit clunky, but I did not find it unenjoyble. However someone should have raised the issu of Heath’s peroxide mullet, that definitely deserves a bottom three position.
Mary Murphy said she did not believe the chemistry between them. She thought it was not that great.
Jason Coleman thought they did an OK job. Matt Lee required more fire in the routine.
Matt and Jessie – Hip Hop by Travers Ross – Xavier Rudd Fortune Teller
All I could think of his how are they going to get Jessie’s dreds out. Also Jessie is an amazing dancer. Matt was not aas good as her but still OK. I really liked this hip hop routine, but it was called an earthy hip hop, so it was more a jazz number.
Jason hated the routine, and thought he had no idea what it meant. Really without being told in the pre-performance package what the “plot” of the routine is would we ever know what story they are telling. He also did not think it was accessible to the audience. However the other judges did like it.
Don and Issi – Contemporary by Sarah Boulter – Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heavan
Apparently Issi’s ribs are not great and the routine needed to be altered so Don did not have to do the lifts where his hands were around her ribcage. With all the alterations to the choreography I think this did not make Sarah Boulter’s routine quite so outstanding as they usually are. I suspect if Issi lands bottom three she will be sent home, the same probably for Don.
Matt Lee thought it fell short particularly Don as his eyes were on his feet.
Mary thought it showed Don’s weaknesses. She did like watching Issi dance and thought she was angel like.
Jason did not follow the story of the routine.
Robbie and Ivy – Jazz by Juliet Verne – Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
I think Robbie is loving dancing with Ivy, he was not unkind about Mikhaela, however you could tell he was relieved to have a change.
I really loved this routine I thought Ivy popped in it. She looked great in the blonde wig. They danced really well together. Robbie struggled a little bit on one of the lifts, but it was not as clunky as some of the other lifts going around tonight. Great news for Robbie fans.
Jason thought it was different, intense and memorable. One of the best routines of the night, along with Renee and Phillipe.
My bottom three predictions – Grace and Nick, Don and Issi, and Heath and Jessica.