Archive for the ‘So You Think You Can Dance 2009’ Category

So You Think You Can Dance, Final 4, Finale, August 5, 2009

August 6, 2009

Out of the 4 remaining contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ this Summer, I think they each stand a chance of winning.  Even though the judges nit-pick Evan quite-a-bit, I have a strong hunch he has been pulling-in more votes than Brandon.

Between Kayla and Jeannine, I think Kayla has more potential  to become an even better dancer because of her long legs and height.  I do think, however, Jeanine is a powerhouse and has had better solos than Kayla during the entire season.

I think Brandon deserves to win, but, I have a feeling he won’t.  I think his physical ability is mind-boggling.  I thought his extreme dancing abilities were especially noticeable when he was dancing side-by-side with Evan tonight. 

If I am going to name who I think will win ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ this season, I will choose, ‘Jeanine’.  I don’t have a strong feeling about this, that is just my gut feeling.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca


So You Think You Can Dance, July 29th, Top 6

July 30, 2009

As of now, I am thinking, my favorite Male Dancer this season is Brandon Bryant.  My favorite female dancer this season is Jeanine Mason.

I have a strange feeling, that Evan Kaspirzak has been pulling in more votes than any of the other guy dancers this year.  I think he has a huge following because his own personal style, when he does his solos, is so incredible.

Even though, Brandon is my favorite male dancer this year, I think, he doesn’t make a good impression every time he is asked to speak into the microphone.  I think he would make a better impression if he didn’t talk.  The time he said he was just seeing birds and clouds or something like that when the choreographer was trying to teach him the dance.  (What kind of a comment was that to make in front of The World).

I think Ade Obayomi has enormous potential and could become way better than he already is.  However, I think Brandon is better and I think Evan has more fans.  I think Ade will be the one who will get voted-off tomorrow night.

I like everything about Kayla Radomski except for her solos.  I think every one of her solos was only fast.  Tonights was fast and spastic.  I always think she needs a choreographer, otherwise, what she comes up with will just be all at a fast speed.  When she is matched with an incredible choreographer and partner, I think she is the tops.

I love everything about Melissa Sandrig.  However, I think she does not, WOW, the audience as much as Kayla and Jeanine do.  I have a feeling Melissa will get voted-off tomorrow night.

I think Jeanine is extremely talented and versatile.  She seems to be able to do everything.  I think she is really good at hip hop. Many of the females aren’t able to do the hip hop routines well.  I really like Jeanine’s solos.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, July 22, 2009, Top 8

July 23, 2009

Tonight, my favorite male solo performance was danced by:  Brandon Bryant;  my favorite female solo performance was danced by:  Jeanine Mason

My favorite couple performance of the evening was Brandon and Jeanine’s 2nd dance of the evening.  My second favorite performance was Ade and Melissa’s 2nd dance of the evening.  I thought their 1st dance of the evening was really good, but, Ade’s technique could be improved.

I thought Jason and Kayla’s 1st dance really sizzled.  I loved the music and style of choreography.  I think Jason has really been improving these past couple of weeks.  I thought their 2nd dance of the evening (the hip hop routine) was really good too.

I thought Evan and Jeanette both did a really good job with both of their dances.

I don’t even want to rank them this week because each one has really impressed me.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, July 15th, Top 10

July 16, 2009

I thought Brandon, Ade, Melissa, Jeanine, Kayla and Janette emerged as individuals who can seem to handle anything that is thrown at them.  I thought Evan held his own.  I thought Jason was much improved.  In my opinion, Randi didn’t shine as much this week as she has in past weeks and Kupono was not prepared for tonights competition.  He seemed like he needed much more time to prepare and he seemed like he lacked strength and energy. 

1.  Jason Glover & Jeanine Mason: 
     I thought this routine was the most outstanding routine of the night.  I
     loved the choreography and the dancing was incredible.  Jason seemed
     to be using much more of the stage.  He was moving about more
     fiercely.  He seemed to be in charge.  I think those qualities are what he 
     has been lacking up until now.  I think Jeanine is extremely well-
     rounded.  She seems to be able to carry-off being quirky, fun, sexy,
     quick, precise &  mysterious. 

2.  Brandon Bryant & Melissa Sandrig:
     I was expecting Brandon to do an incredible job and he did.  I was
     expecting Melissa to not lose her ballerina quality.  I thought she 
     wouldn’t be able to appear to be someone who is dancing a 70’s
     dance.  She pulled-it-off though.  She did seem very hippy-like.  I loved
     the costumes and Melissa’s make-up.

3.  Ade Obayomi & Janette Manrara:
     I thought without Brandon as a partner,  Janette might not shine as
     much.  Out of all of the girls who have been in this competition, Janette,
     is  the one who seems the most tom-boyish to me.  I don’t think she has
     the feminine and sensual qualities that Melissa has, consequently, I think
     she will lose votes because of that.  However, she can really dance and I
     thought she danced really well with Ade.  Ade’s solos last week and this
     week really impressed me.  As of now, I am thinking my favorite male
     dancer on this show is Brandon and my second favorite male dancer on 
     this show is Ade.

4.  Evan Kaspirzak & Kayla Radomski:
     I thought the red dress on Kayla was the perfect color for her to wear.  I
     thought she was just fabulous.  I don’t know how she could have danced
     any better.  Evan danced with her better than I thought he would  I 
     was glad she was partnered with someone who has enough strength to
     allow her to do the lifts she did.  Yeah, his footwork was not
     gliding across the floor; but, I think he has a huge fan base because he
     dances a lot like Gene Kelly and when he is dancing his own style, he
     is really incredible.

5.  Kupono Aweau & Randi Evans: 
     Kupono did not impress me tonight.  I think he should be the one who
     gets voted-off tomorrow night.  I felt bad for Randi, because she has
     done some really amazing dancing before tonight.  I felt like she and
     Kupono were not clicking.

I have a feeling Kupono and Randi will be voted off tomorrow night. 

I really don’t have a favorite female dancer this year.  I love them all.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, July 8th, Top 12

July 9, 2009

Tonight I have to say, my favorite couple was definitely Brandon Bryant and Janette Manrara.  Tonight I am going to try to rank the couples 1 through 6.

1.  Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
     They were awesome with both routines!!!

2.  Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig:
     I think she is exquisite and he adds extra personality and flavor to the
     dances.  He is not bland.

3.  Jason Glover and Caitlin Kinney:
     I thought they both improved this week.  I’ve liked her every week.  In the
     past I have thought he wasn’t keeping up with her.  I thought he closed the gap
     some tonight.

4.  Kupono Aweau & Kayla Radomski:
     I think Kayla is close to flawless.  I think Kupono’s creativity is great, but, he
     seems to lack physical strength sometimes.

5.  Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason:
     I was surprised the Judges were as excited about Phillip tonight as they
     were.  I thought he was looking unpolished.  I thought Jeanine was phenominal.  
     Jeanine has impressed me every week.

6.  Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
     I love Evan’s style of dance and quirkiness, yet, this week, it seemed like
     he wasn’t keeping up with Randi.  It seemed like many of his moves should have
     been bolder.  I think they will be in the top 10 this year because I am sure Nigel
     Lythgoe wants them to be in the top 10.  I thought Randi did an incredible job

I’m anxious to see who Brandon will be partnered with next week.  I’d really like to see him dance with Jeanine or Randi. 

Out of all of the females who are still competing on So You Think You Can Dance, I don’t know who should go home because I like them all.  Out of all of the guys who are still compteing on So You Think You Can Dance, I think Kupono is probably the weekest link.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, July 1, Top 14

July 2, 2009

This week, I am ranking 3 of the couples in the top group, 2 of the couples in the middle group and 1 of the couples in the bottom group.  I am unable to rank one of the couples because I was unable to view their performance.

Top 3 couples:

Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
WOW, they were both incredible.

Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig:
WOW, they were both incredible

Kupono Aweau & Kayla Radomski:
I think they are making an excellent couple.  Her legs are so eye-catching.  One of her advantages is her height and her long legs.  I thought he improved this week.  I really loved the choreography.

Middle 2 couples:

Vitolio Jeune & Karla Garcia:
That was the best Choreography I have ever seen for a quick step.  I agreed with Nigel Lythgoe, when he said Vitolio didn’t keep the up-down quick step movement going throughout the entire dance.  I was impressed with both of them.

Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney:
I really liked it, I thought they both danced it really well, especially Caitlin.  The Choreography was so unusual that I think this dance won’t appeal to all of the voters.

Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
I’m a big fan of both of these individuals, however, since these 2 short people performed immediately after Kayla was showing off her long legs.  They just seemed like they were unable to make a big statement with their movements.  It seemed like a lot of their movements were not expressed as dramitically as they should have been.

I am unable to rank Phillip Chbeeb and Jeanine Mason:
I was so excited when I heard they were going to be dancing hip hop.  I was really anxious to see it, then, I got a phone call that I needed to take.  I have a hunch they were awesome and I would have ranked them among the top Group.  Hopefully, I will be able to view it on or later.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, June 24th, Top 16

June 25, 2009

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

Once again, I am going to rank the Couples on So You Think You Can Dance in 3 categories because I really didn’t have a favorite.  There were 4 routines that I absolutely loved and they will all be in my Most Impressive Couples Category.

I am ranking the following couples in the Most Impressive Category:

Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig: 
WOW, that was hot and steamy.  I thought they were both phenominal and I loved the Choreography.

Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
Well, of course, I loved the choreography.  I love stuff that is weird, quirky and entertaining.  I thought they both danced it extremely well.

Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
I was extremely surprised by both of them.  They both danced hip hop way better than I thought they would.  They both had attitude.  They were relating to each other.  They were together.  I thought it was great.

Kupono Aweau & Kayla Radomski:
I loved the choreography.  I thought Kayla was breathtaking to watch.  I think this new partnership is a good one.  They seem to dance really well together.  I thought Kupono could have danced a little more masculine, but, overall, did a great job.  I really enjoyed watching this routine.

This week, I am placing 3 couples in the Middle of the Pack Category.

Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason:

I loved the choreagraphy for this dance too.  I thought Jeanine was awesome (a class act).  I thought Phillip was much better this week than last week, however, I thought he was dragging her down.  I really hope Phillip will be able to improve on these other dance styles because I would really love to see him do more hip hop and popping.  I don’t want to see him go home yet.

Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh:

I thought she was really fun to watch & I was impressed by her dancing.  I wasn’t getting as excited about him, though, and I am not sure why.  I know the judges were really pleased with him, yet, when I compare him to Ade, for example, I think Ade is leaps and bounds ahead of him.

Jason Glover & Caitlyn Kinney:
I thought she was phenominal.  I thought he was lacking posture and rigidity some of the time.  I got the impression that he needed more time to prepare for tonight. 

In my Not Quite-Up-To-Par Category, I am placing 1 couple:

Jonathon Platero & Karla Garcia:
They were not in synch.  They were not dancing together.  I got the impression that they were not comfortable with dancing hip hop.  I was disappointed because I thought the dance they did last week was really incredible.  Many of these dancers have not been able to get the hang of hip hop this year.  It seems like Phillip Chbeeb is the only one this year who can dance anything like Twitch did last season.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, June 17th, Top 18

June 18, 2009

Written by:  Dawn Perucca

The couples I thought stood out above the rest were:

Max Kapitannidor & Kayla Radomski:
     I think she is phenominal.  I thought he did a fantastic job, but, didn’t quite keep up with her.  I thought he wasn’t dancing quite masculine enough.  I totally loved the choreography.  It was weird, quirky and interesting.  This routine grabbed and held my attention.

Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
     As soon as they started dancing, I thought, Brandon is a natural at this style of dance.  He looks like this is what he has been doing for decades.  I assumed there would be some phenominal lifts in this routine because he is so strong and she is so petite and there was.  I thought she did a great job, but, Brandon was the one who really impressed me.

Jonathon Platero & Karla Garcia:
     I thought this routine was totally awesome.  They both looked like this is the style of dance they are experts at.  I thought they danced very well together. 

Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig:
     I thought this routine and how they danced it was awesome.  I thought it was great that Sonya gave the man a role that was challenging and he did a lot more than just lead her.

For me, the middle of the pack couples were:

Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
     I really enjoyed watching this routine, but agreed with the judges when they said Evan’s smooth dance style wasn’t appropriate for this routine.  I loved it when Evan jumped over Randi, I didn’t even see that coming.  I thought Randi did a great job.

Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh:
     I thought she was flawless.  I thought he was not quite smooth enough.  I did think they both did a great job with throwing emotion into the dance.

The couples who I thought weren’t quite as good as the rest:

Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason:
     I thought Jeanine was awesome.  I have always loved watching people dance ‘The Tango’ and I thought the choreography for this one was exceptional.  I was really glad Phillip had the opportunity to add his personal flare in the routine toward the end.  Unfortunately, Phillip didn’t dance as well as he should have.  I was disappointed, because, last week, he seemed unstoppable.  After last week, I was thinking, he would probably be one of the last ones standing in this competition.  I hope he will be able to shine in other ballroom styles.

Kupono Aweau & Ashley Valerio:
I thought she did a really good job, but, he wasn’t keeping up with her.

Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney:
     I enjoyed watching them dance this routine and I thought they both danced it well, however, it didn’t really seem very hip-hoppy to me.  It seemed kind of goody-2-shoes and cheerleader-like to me.

Dawn Perucca

So You Think You Can Dance, June 10th, Top 20

June 11, 2009

By:  Dawn Perucca

I had every intention of ranking the 10 couples on So You Think You Can
Dance tonight, but, I really didn’t have a favorite.  I absolutely loved 6 of the 10 routines.  I think I will just list my favorite ones in one category and the ones that I thought weren’t as good in a different category.  I am extremely impressed with all of the Top 20 Contestants.  Each of them has obviously put a lot of time, effort and passion into dancing.

The Dance Routines that I thought were phenominal:

Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason:
Phillip was extraordinary.  He certainly adds extra fare and personal style to the steps that have been given to him and I loved it.  Jeanine really did keep up with him. 

Evan Kaspirzak & Randi Evans:
I thought both of them were phenominal and they danced really well together.  They were both (non-boring).  They each added their own personal style to the steps they had been given.

Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney:
I loved last years Ballywood routine and I loved this years Ballywood routine.  I hope there are more Ballywood routines this season.  They are so interesting to watch.  I thought they both danced this extremely well.

Kupono Aweau & Ashley Valerio:
When I heard they were going to be dancing as crash test dummies, one broken-up and one new and sparkly, I was thinking, how the heck would someone dance like a crash test dummy, but, Wade is my favorite Choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance and I knew his choreography would be spectacular.  It was, and Kupono and Ashley danced it extremely well.

Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandrig: 
That was gorgeous to watch.  She was exquisite.  He had the strength to support her.  Everything flowed well.

Max Kapitannikor & Kayla Radomski:
Considering the fact that she has never danced Ballroom before, she was super-incredible.  I looked at her more than I looked at him.  I noticed he was doing his thing.  She was a firecracker.

The dance routines that I thought weren’t quite as good:

Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh:
I was thinking for a Broadway Routine, there wasn’t enough umph.  The entire dance was too much even-keeled.  I kept hoping for some spectacular moments, but, there didn’t seem to be any.

Jonathan Platero & Karla Garcia:
I thought she did a really great job, but, I didn’t think he was keeping up with her.

Tony Belissimo & Paris Torres:
I think I would have liked this one better if I hadn’t seen Phillip and Jeanine’s Hip Hop routine first.  I thought they did a really good job, but not nearly as good as Phillip and Jeanine.  I liked the choreography in Phillip and Jeanine’s Hip Hop routine much better than the choreography in this routine.

Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara:
The judges seemed to really like this routine.  I thought Janette was spectacular, but, I thought Brandon was boring.  I realized his strength was helping Janette be able to do all of those incredible lifts, but, I kept thinking he should be doing more.

Written by:  Dawn Perucca