Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14

Couple: Ashleigh & Jacob
Dance: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Nappy Tabs
Song: Whatcha Say by Jason Derulo
Wow, that crazy flip. Jacob looks like a hip hop dancer. I loved the routine, just not Ashleigh's facial expressions. She's just too much and overacted the emotion. But otherwise, wow, that was great. Jacob is amazing and has once again proven how versatile he can be, he's definitely a front runner on the show for me.

Couple: Karen & Kevin
Dance: Broadway
Choreographer: Spencer Liff (New Guy)
Song: If My Friends Could See Me Now from Sweet Charity (Christina Applegate)
It was a little slow and didn't have as much personality as I felt it should have. Karen wasn't sexy for once, and I think that really hurt her.

Couple: Noelle & Russell
Dance: Foxtrot
Choreographer: Eddy Simons (?)
Song: Baby You've Got What it Takes by Michael Buble
Cool flip over Russell, but it would have been cooler if they hadn't shown it in the pre-dance video. It looked like they were having fun. This was much improved from his first foxtrot! I'm sure it's a combination of being on the show longer, having a different choreographer, and having his actual partner. Is this really the 2nd most "deadly" dance? I guess with Disco becoming a show stopper with the speed and tricks, something had to take its place.

Couple: Channing & Victor
Dance: Jazz
Choreographer: Tyce D'Orio
Song: Blackbird by Bobby McFerrin
They really needed to get something outside of their comfort zone. I don't think they're really able to show off their talents and versatility. That was a very weird song to see danced too, cool though. I think the only way we'll really see Victor grow they way Nigel talked about is if he gets to do something like Hip Hop, Afro Jazz, or even ballroom. Overall, that was a very good dance and they are talented, but they're at risk of being forgotten by America.

Couple: Kathryn & Legacy
Dance: Paso Doble
Choreographer: Tony Meredith
Song: Pursuit from Ka (Cirque Du Soleil)
Cool beginning with spinning her around. I love the leg drags. I love the death drops in these numbers. I did not think Legacy could pull that off! Actually, I did not think Kathryn could pull off that intensity either. Wow, they both surprised me!

Couple: Elenore & Ryan
Dance: Contemporary
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: Your Ex-Lover's Dead Stars
Wow, that was my favorite routine of the night. Great song choice, great use of emotion. Ryan is just so strong, those lifts were so beautiful and graceful. Travis Wall has pulled out another great routine, that is not only my favorite of the night but most likely my favorite of the season so far. This song and routine will be on repeat for me.

Couple: Mollee & Nathan
Dance: Pop Jazz
Choreographer: Lorieanne Gibson
Song: Bad Romance Lady Gaga
The video overhyped it. I really expected more after the video and from Lorieanne since her "Battlefield" routine from last season is among my favorites. I thought it was good, but there were some weird moments that took me out of the routine.

This week had some great routines, some surprises, and a couple routines that I've already forgotten and I think America will too. My predictions for the bottom three:

Karen & Kevin - this routine fell flat. Without Karen's sex appeal, I'm not sure America will vote for them.
Victor & Channing - they danced well, but they are pretty one note so far. And that's not their fault, it's all in the luck of the draw.
Noelle & Russell - The foxtrot was solid, but not a show stopper. They did they best they could with the material, but this is the 2nd "deadliest" and the other routines were pretty solid. The only other routine that could be in the bottom would be Legacy & Kathryn, but their Paso Doble was such a surprise.

I don't know who's going home, it will really depend on the solos. My best guess: Kevin and Channing.


I'm sure you all have seen the DirectTV commercial with Chris Farley and David Spade. It just makes me uncomfortable to watch because it feels like it's robbing the grave to use his image to sell products now. It's just inappropriate and it looks like I'm not the only one who thinks so. Here's a parody, from the guys that brought us Mad Men in 60 Seconds, that takes DirectTV's tactics just a couple steps further:

[Found via Josh]

Horrible Turn

There are fans, and then there are Joss Whedon fans. My friend Brian wrote a great blog post about why he loves Joss, and it really sums it up quite nicely so you should read it HERE.

Well, this group of fans went the extra mile. Having no prior film experience, they created a prequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, called "Horrible Turn." It follows Dr. Horrible and The Hammer before they were archnemesises to find out just how their relationship and super-ness began. Watch it:

This is just part one, but if you enjoy it you can catch all ten parts on Popwatch's post about it.

Video Phone

This is "Video Phone" by Beyonce (featuring Lady Gaga), not to be confused with "Telephone" by Lady Gaga (featuring Beyonce). I like "Telephone" better, but "Video Phone" is pretty good, too. I love Lady Gaga, so much. In case you haven't figured it out yet.

In other news, she'll be at the local Best Buy here on Monday 7/23. If you buy Fame Monster or Heartbreaks there that day, you could get signed! OMG SO EXCITED!!!

UPDATE: You can listen to her WHOLE album through MTV.