SYTYCD: Step It Up, Guys!

June 18, 2009

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The Top 18 performances this week were not at the same level (in any form) as last week. It was kind of distressing to see them do such a good job last week and suck this week.

Come on … I’m especially aggravated by the hip-hop routines. The four they have had this season have all blowed … and they usually are some of the most memorable routines out of the entire season. I would blame the dancers, but the routines seem bland and recycled from past shows.
Let’s just get into the best routines … Personally, I thought Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi, Jonathan Platero & Karla Garcia and Max Kapitannikov & Kayla Radomski were the silver lining during this poor episode.

Jonathan & Karla truly redeemed themselves from their not-so-great Cha-Cha last week with a contemporary piece from Canadian choreographer Stacey Tookey. I completely agree with Mary Murphy … Jonathan is much better at contemporary than his own genre. Karla was beautiful and told the story of the routine masterfully. I am excited these two kicked up their competition … neither of them really got the attention they deserved during the auditions and I think they could be front-runners.

Ade & Melissa did a Jazz routine from quirky choreogrpher Sonya Tayeh that was dazzling in chemistry and dance ability. I think Melissa is spectacular and has proved herself in all the dances thrown at her. Sonya’s routines generally favor the men, however, I believe Melissa matched the strength of everything Ade did on that stage. Obviously, I give props to Ade … He has definitely proven to be more than just a prop to Melissa …

Kayla & Max did a routine by Brian Friedman that was really off-beat and fun to watch. I agree with the judges that Kayla has done nothing wrong since the auditions … she will be in the Top 10. Max can carry his own weight and I don’t believe he’s been given the credit he deserves. Both of the dancers really captured the essence of the characters and produced an entertaining routine … What more can you ask??

Jason Glover, Caitlin Kinney, Kupono Aweau & Ashley Valerio were given hip-hop routines and they all kind of sucked … I don’t believe it was all their fault … the choreography was kind of lame, but I hope viewers look at the dancers and realize how great they have been on the show thus far.

Phillip Chbeeb & Jeanine Mason did a Tango which was probably the worst routine of the night. However, Phillip has been such a powerhouse throughout the competition I doubt he’ll even be considered for the bottom.

Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrana did an extremely fast Disco routine, but I’m kind of sick of Brandon. I can’t really pin-point what it is about his personality that I don’t like … I just know that all my attention was focused on Janette.

Randi Evans & Evan Kasprzak performed a Jive routine that was good, but not as fun and enjoyable to watch as their last routine. Personally, I think these two are a great couple and I don’t see them going anywhere.

Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh were given the Waltz … They both performed it well, however, I feel like Asuka carried Vitolio during the performance. Last week, this couple landed in the bottom … I wouldn’t be surprised if they landed there again.

Honestly, I don’t know who is going in the bottom this week. I think everyone has an equal chance of landing in the bottom, but I don’t know who the judges would send home.

** Jason & Caitlin, Kupono & Ashley and Max & Kayla all landed in the bottom. I don’t know if I completely agree with this conclusion, but what can I do??

Ashley & Max were the unlucky dancers sent home. I figured they would be the dancers sent home because their solos weren’t as upbeat or exciting as the others. Hopefully, it’ll be better next week.

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2 Responses to “SYTYCD: Step It Up, Guys!”

  1. vickyvicks0 said

    jonathan needs to change styles!
    he was amazing in this one. he improves.. kinda shockes to be honest.

    • projectryan said

      I was shocked as well … He’s a very talented dancer and it sucks he’s been kicked off now 😦

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