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So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 – Top 10 Week Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction
1:27 – General thoughts about the bottom 4 and voting
4:12 – Bottom 2 Girls routines: Audrey & Witney
7:35 – Bottom 2 Guys routines: George & Chehon
10:57 – Other routines: Tiffany, Cole, Lindsay, Will, Cyrus, and Eliana
22:45 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 23:42

As we move into the final set of live shows, the voting for this season continues to confuse us as Witney once again ended up in the bottom 2 girls. In particular, we’re unable to understand why she is not connecting with the audience (we think she’s fantastic!), but Tiffany, who’s been off the radar for us and seems to be an easy choice to send home, continues to avoid the bottom. We discuss the possible reasons for this, as well as what may have caused Audrey, George, and Chehon to also land in the bottom 4. Beyond the eliminations, we were extremely excited to see the return of all-star Jakob Karr, our favorite dancer to ever be on the show. We also discuss Cyrus and the way choreographers have been handling him this season, which brings up the question we asked at the end of season 8: should the show aim to choreograph/judge the dancers according to a universal standard, or should each dancer be considered individually according to his/her skill level? We should also mention that we loved the Eliana/Alex routine by Stacey Tookey, which demonstrated that with a proper partner Eliana is capable of amazing things!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! We’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance to deliver this series of podcasts, so check them out and interact with fellow SYTYCD fans! You can leave us a comment on Pure SYTYCD, on this blog, or tweet us. You can also visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 – Top 14 Week Podcast


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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Ballet boys as judges, and Ms. Tedholm’s Facebook comment
3:31 – General thoughts about the Mia Michaels episode
5:23 – The Door routine: Cyrus & Eliana
8:44 – Hometown Glory routine: George & Tiffany
11:23 – The Butt Dance: Will & Amelia
14:02 – The Bed routine: Dareian & Janelle
15:58 – Time routine: Audrey & Matthew
18:07 – The Bench routine: Chehon & Witney
20:41 – Addiction routine: Lindsay & Cole
24:45 – Bottom 6/Elimination discussion
30:05 – Wrap-up: Thoughts about Brandon/Amber elimination from Top 16 week, and thoughts on the live shows thus far

Episode Length: 32:24

The Top 14 week of So You Think You Can Dance celebrated Mia Michaels and her iconic routines from the show. Each of the dancers were called on to recreate some of her most beloved routines. Our feelings, along with many fans, were mixed on this approach. Should these routines be performed again, or are they only meant for the original dancers? Can an alternate, yet equally valid interpretation of the routines be presented? We discuss these questions, along with our thoughts on the somewhat shocking elimination of Amelia in this podcast!

We found it very useful to compare the original performances against the new ones. In the time stamps above we’ve linked to blog posts that have both routines embedded for easy viewing.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! We’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance to deliver this series of podcasts, so check them out and interact with fellow SYTYCD fans! You can leave us a comment on Pure SYTYCD, on this blog, or tweet us. You can also visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 – Vegas Week and Meet the Top 20 Podcasts


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Episode 48: “Vegas Week” direct download

Episode 49: “Meet the Top 20” direct download

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Time Stamps for “Vegas Week”
0:00 – Introduction
1:18 – The cuts during Vegas Week
13:36 – The major narratives of Vegas Week – Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
19:14 – Standouts during Vegas Week
22:34 – MIA dancers during Vegas Week
25:30 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Vegas Week”: 28:38

Time Stamps for “Meet the Top 20”
0:00 – Introduction
1:33 – First contemporary routine by Tyce DiOrio: Alexa Anderson, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas, and Amber Jackson
3:57 –  Ballroom routine by Jason Gilkinson: Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold
6:15 – Ballet routine by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden: Eliana Girard, Daniel Baker, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
8:36 – Jazz routine by Sonya Tayeh: Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janelle Issis (not in routine)
10:18 – Second contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey: Matthew Kamierczak, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, and Amelia Lowe
12:19 – “Mixed” routine by Chris Scott: Cole Horibe, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
14:14 – Top 10 girls routine by Travis Wall
15:35 – Top 10 guys routine by Sonya Tayeh
16:59 – Top 20 routine by Mia Michaels
18:36 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Meet the Top 20”: 20:07

Wedding planning has consumed a lot of our time, but we’re finally here with our “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” podcasts! We apologize for the erratic and delayed release schedule, and ask for your patience as we find time to record and edit these.

The “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” episodes have transitioned us from the audition portion of the show into the live competition. We found ourselves unsatisfied with Vegas Week, as many of our early favorites were cut, most notably Mariah Spears. The insistence of the producers to make a narrative out of the Vegas Week process for Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer also did not sit well with us, as this not only smacked of favoritism, but it also consumed so much television time that we barely saw the full routines for the different genre rounds.

We enjoyed the “Meet the Top 20” episode much more, as the remaining contestants that made it through the Green Mile are the ones we would have selected. The actual routines were quite good, with the routine by Chris Scott being a standout. Already we have some people we are excited for, including Cole Horibe and Witney Carson, and we also worry about the longevity of some contestants, such as Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janaya French. Finally, we urge the producers and choreographers to take care with how they place and feature Alexa Anderson. Between the Vegas Week episode and the choices in the Travis and Mia Michaels routines, we’re concerned that she will experience a huge backlash from the fanbase, very similar to Ryan from last season. Overall, we’re excited for the final cast of contestants and cannot wait to see the first live show tonight!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! We’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance to deliver this series of podcasts, so check them out and interact with fellow SYTYCD fans! You can leave us a comment on Pure SYTYCD, on this blog, or tweet us. You can also visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Week 4 First Reactions

Another week, another round of So You Think You Can Dance! Here are some initial thoughts before we get the podcast up tomorrow.

On the Performances
The reaction on twitter was mixed following the performance show. There were several tweets with people saying they were underwhelmed by the overall choreography. I have to disagree with that sentiment. There were several great pieces, along with a surprise for both myself and Meghan. The only weak performances were the Ashley/Chris salsa and the Sasha/Alexander hip-hop, we really liked everything else. Clarice/Jess and Caitlynn/Mitchell both stole the show with incredible contemporary performances, showcasing the variety that the genre can bring. We were also floored by the Ryan/Ricky performance in their Jazz piece by Chuky Klapow. They, especially Ryan, did great! We were so happy to actually see her connect with the piece and get the character correct. We’ve said it before, we love being proven wrong on this show. We rarely dislike a dancer so much that we refuse to change our mind when they pull out a great performance.

The show was also a showcase for a collection of new choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance. It was exciting to see their work and we’ll be discussing them more in the upcoming podcast.

On the Elimination
The elimination choice this week was not surprising. On the podcast we’ve been saying that Ashley should probably go home for about two weeks now, as she just hasn’t been connecting well in the partner work. It’s a shame, as her audition and Vegas Week work was phenomenal and it’s difficult to pinpoint what went wrong. Chris was a foregone conclusion after his poor performance in the salsa, much like what happened with Wadi in week two. Up until this week, I was willing to give Chris the benefit of the doubt as his technique had been good, but oh boy were there serious problems in the salsa, even when we take into consideration that the choreographers made it way harder than was necessary. No one else would have made sense.

We were actually surprised to see Ryan and Ricky in the bottom instead of Alexander and Sasha, considering they did so well this time around. Perhaps it’s a backlash from the past couple weeks where the judges (especially Nigel) gave them free passes and didn’t give constructive criticism. Maybe Sasha and Alexander have built a big fanbase that I’m unaware of. Either way, it didn’t affect the results in the end. I must admit, Ryan’s journey on the show is starting to remind me a lot of Kayla from season five, where it took a long time for her to build a fan base and she had many detractors. What she does next week is crucial.

The Podcast
As always, we’re planning to have the SYTYCD podcast recorded and uploaded sometime Friday evening. I also want to mention that we’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance, where we’re cross-posting our podcast links and summaries directly on the blog. We hope this partnership will result is getting our show out to a wider audience as well as enrich the content already featured on Pure SYTYCD. They have a great community going there, with thoughtful responses in nearly every comment thread for the performance and results show. I encourage everyone to check them out if they haven’t already!

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8: Top 20 Week, Take Two Eliminations Podcast

We talk about the double elimination from Thursday night and the impact it has on the competition with a focus on the judges’ rationale for who they kept. We look at the general reactions from fans and SYTYCD alumni from Twitter and various blogs and evaluate the bottom 3 couples in detail. We believe the judges failed on two counts:
1) Not eliminating two people the first week.
2) Their elimination choices don’t match up with what they said they were looking for in the E! Online article.

Since this show was completely dedicated to the elimination results, we did not get around to discussing any of the actual routines from Wednesday. Our next podcast, which should be up in a couple days, will be a more positive one where we discuss the actual performances. In particular, we were quite happy that Mitchell performed so well and justified his staying in the competition!

Time Stamps
0:30 – Recap of events leading up to the double elimination
1:52 – General fan reaction (via Twitter) to double elimination
2:57 – Reactions from SYTYCD alumni – Travis Wall and Jakob Karr
3:54 – Quotes from Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy regarding their decision
5:50 – Evaluation of this week’s bottom 3 guys
10:24 – Evaluation of this week’s bottom 3 girls
15:58 – Our frustrations with Ryan Ramirez’s performances on SYTYCD
22:18 – Do Nigel’s justifications in the E! Online article hold? How did all this affect the dynamics of the competition? Our conclusions and wrap-up.


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