Wow, I won't say I'm as emotionally or physically drained as our top 20 dancers but I would have loved for tonight's two hour show to be spread over two nights. There was so much going on.
But first, here are our top 20 dancers:
Comfort Fedoke (hip-hop)
Gevorg Manoukian (breaker)
Mark Kanemura (contemporary)
Katee Shean (contemporary)
Chelsie Hightower (ballroom)
Chris Jarosz (contemporary)
Susie Garcia (latin/modern)
William Wingfield (contemporary)
Kherington Payne (contemporary)
Kourtni Lind (contemporary)
Matt Dorame (ballet)
Marquis Cunningham (contemporary)
Joshua Allen (hip-hop)
Rayven Armijo (ballet)
Stephen "Twitch" Boss (hip-hop)
Courtney Galiano (contemporary)
Yay! I've already got some favorites. And I guess I might as well publicly eat crow now about Kelli Baker. They loved her technique but needed to see more personality. Oh well, maybe next year.
I've put the dancers styles in parentheses and if any of you caught the styles for the remaining dancers, please post it and I'll add it to my list. For some of these dancers, it only seems like we saw them for a moment so I couldn't tell all their styles. And I'll admit some I'm already finding forgettable so I hope they all remember we need to see technique and personality in order to vote for them each week.
Let's get started on tonight's festivities.
Over 200 dancers make it to Vegas week. Our judges (or jidges, as Cat says) are: Tabitha and Napoleon, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe..
Judges and hip-hop choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon are the first to put the dancers through their paces. Robert, the popping sensation, is already having his doubts. After Nigel calls him up on stage to perform his solo, which the crowd and judges go wild for, Robert decides to go home. Very disappointing.
150 dancers perform, 62 are eliminated. Anyone thinking they can coast through the first day of Vegas week has a very rude awakening. But it was nice the dancers got some downtime to play in the pool and otherwise relax. They probably should have been sleeping but only a few have been through this process before and know (or think they know) what's coming.
Lowlights Claire Calloway, who was sidelined with a foot injury in season 2 and had to sit out for season 3 as she was pregnant, falls apart during her routine. Debbie Allen calls her a "hot mess" and she's sent home.
As the first day comes to a close 203 dancers have performed and 129 remain.
The dancers are asked to dress "sexy and sassy" and are introduced to Tice DiOrio, who has choreographed a Broadway number for them.
My favorite comment of the night may have been Debbie Allen telling Susie Garcia she was fabulous but she'll still be fabulous if she puts some clothes on. Now don't get me wrong, even though I've made some comments about Susie I'm not at all down on her. She comes of a little bit trashy in her manner of dress in my opinion but if she backs it up with great dancing I'll totally stop making remarks. Probably.
Twins Anthony and Antwain Hart are split up when the judges put Anthony through to the next round. The brothers are sad to be separated but I agree with the judges here and think Anthony is the twin with more talent.
B Boy Philip Courter is cut. I'm sad to see him go because he was there both for himself and for Yese.
Side bar: Mia and Debbie in a faux catfight? Hilarious.
As the dancers break for lunch, their numbers are whittled down to 94.
Lowlights: Erica G., a contemporary dancer put through from the Los Angeles auditions, is shocked to be eliminated during this round. This being her third time to Vegas, she was so sure it was her time but the judges didn't see anything special in her.
I don't know the name, mainly because it wasn't given to us, but who was that extremely bitter and vulgar girl who implied that she didn't make it through because she wasn't attractive enough? I think the reason she didn't make it through was that horrible attitude. Some people just aren't gracious losers. And if they were, it's possible this show wouldn't be as dramatic. She should have been happy to make it as far as Vegas though.
Day Two, Part Two
After lunch Jean-Marc Genereux teaches the dancers the Fox Trot.
Hip-hoppers Joshua and Comfort are paired together. While they're not the smoothest couple on the stage the judges see enough potential to send them through. Can I just say that I enjoy when dancers get emotional? But not too emotional. I think it's kind of sweet when they break down and cry with joy when they make it to the next round. But I don't want to see too much crying. What, did I say that already?
Pageant girl Paige Jones and her partner Will aren't very good. Will is told he'll be dancing for his life and Paige is given the change to dance with another partner. Unfortunately, she doesn't do much better with him. But she tells us Jesus has a plan for her. I was pretty impressed with her poise until we see her later being not so poised. Maybe she should have gone to her room for a good cry. In private. Too mean?
At the end of the day five dancers must dance for their lives and only one remains standing: contemporary dancer Jeremiah.
But before the day is officially over the dancers will be put into groups and have to choreograph a piece based on the song they draw out of a box.
For this round the rules are this: if a dancer is asked to only take one step back from the line they are safe. Two steps back means they will be dancing for their lives and three steps means elimination.
Although the judges, and I wholeheartedly agree, think the first piece is abominable the only person in trouble in contemporary dancer Jason Glover. Twitch, being the Vegas veteran in the group, feels responsible. P.S. Did Twitch really say he was going into the Navy if he didn't make the show? Very interesting.
In the Angels & Demons group, Jessica and Derek disagree over the direction of the choreography. Derek seems to be saying the choreography is beneath him and their fight just intensifies as the night goes on. The good news is that the judges like their piece. Even better, we get to see Nigel use his "Hush Y'all" sign.
Only four people are cut from this round and one of them is single mom Courtney Pearson.
Day Three, Part Two
In the afternoon, Mia teaches the remaining dancers a contemporary routine. Have I mentioned that I'm a big Mia fan? I think she's incredibly hard on the dancers but at the end of the day she gets some really brilliant performances out of people.
At this point most, if not all, of the dancers are fatigued and their morale isn't great. At the end of the day 47 dancers remain with 9 dancing for their lives, including Twitch. He impresses the judges and makes it through.
Lowlights: Tapper Lizz talks back to the judges too much and talks herself out of advancing to the next round. I felt bad for her. I did think she let her mouth run away with her but I don't think she realized just how much she was talking.
Contemporary dancer Jeremiah, who you think would be in his element, loses focus on stage and storms off. His unprofessional show of temper gets him booted. I did like that he apologized for his behavior.
Contemporary dancer Dominic is dancing a little too desperately during his dance for his life. It's all moot though when Dominic falls and we later learn he's pulled a muscle. I really liked seeing the judges try to calm him down and help him. Every once in a while it's nice to be reminded they are human beings with the capacity for kindness.
The remaining dancers are asked to perform their solos, which will help the judges determine the top twenty dancers.
Random questions to ponder:
How crazy was it that Katee almost talked herself out of a spot in the top 20? And who is loving Natalie for being such a good friend to Katee?
Was anyone else shocked that Brandon Bryant didn't make the cut? Or Markus Shields?
Are you as sad as I am that Debbie Allen can't be a judge as long as her protégé William Wingfield remains in the competition?
Thoughts? Reactions? Theories?
I'm counting down the days until we get to see the top 20 perform for the first time. They'd better bring their A games.
Wow I wont say Im as emotionally or physically drained as our top 20 dancers but I would have loved for tonights two hour show to be spread over two nights There was so much going onBut first here are our top 20 dancersComfort Fedoke hip-hopGevorg Manoukian breakerMark Kanemura contemporaryKatee Shean contemporaryChelsie Hightower ballroomChris Jarosz contemporarySusie Garcia latinmodernWilliam Wingfield contemporaryThayne JaspersonKherington Payne contemporaryKourtni Lind contemporaryJamie BayardMatt Dorame balletChelsea TrailleMarquis Cunningham contemporaryJessica KingJoshua Allen hip-hopRayven Armijo balletStephen Twitch Boss hip-hopCourtney Galiano contemporaryYay Ive already got some favorites And I guess I might as well publicly eat crow now about Kelli Baker They loved her technique but needed to see more personality Oh well maybe next yearIve put the dancers styles in parentheses and if an