Hiya Trashmi! Did you all have a happy 4th? We lost power for two days in my neighborhood which made for some crankiness here in the Mouth House. Also contributing to the crank? Assholes shooting off fireworks for three nights in a row, PMS, and NO fucking air conditioning. Other than that, my 4th was wonderful!
Ooooooooo, looks like Cat’s cranky too. Of course she prolly had her yearly BBQ with the SYTYCD dancers, judges, and other staff. Damn. Thinking about Cat having to entertain Nigel and Mary makes me ashamed of complaining about my power snafu.
Also……..how come you never invite ME, Cat?
Alright, enough complaining about a freaking holiday for crying out loud! Let’s get to the show. Our very first group number of the season is a piece choreographed by Sonya Tayeh – oh goody!
Excuse me while I go find some Bonine. What the hell, cameramen?????? I see we’re in for another seasick season of camera work. I don’t know about you all, but I am just overjoyed at the thought of constant nausea.
I don’t even know what to say about this number since I could barely even tell what was going on with the super crappy camera work that went on throughout. It certainly didn’t blow me away, that’s for sure. But I really wish I could have REALLY seen what was going on. Between the crap lighting and the crap camera work, I don’t feel like I saw enough of the dance to even have an opinion on it. So we’re already off to a great start!
We go through the dancer intros and then Cat comes out to let us know it’s the 200th show. Wow. Such little fanfare accompanies this announcement, but I have to admit that I’m thrilled that we’re not being made to sit through another episode milestone that involves Katie Holmes trying to dance.
Cat reminds us that we just finished up the callbacks and now we’re on to the performance rounds. But this season we’re switching it up just a little bit in that each dancer will be paired up with someone from their own style so they can really strut their stuff and show us what they can do. Hmmmmmm…..I might like this switch. Hey, Nigel has to get something right every now and then!
Coming from an idiot like you I take that as a compliment.
As always, Mary is also here and joining Beavis and Buttcrack at the judges’ table is Jason Derulo. Eh. I’d rather have Misty Copeland back. Or Twitch. Or anyone who’s not a singer that’s going to assault our ears later in the show.
Another thing that’s changed this year is the prize package. They’re still competing for $250k and the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, but this year’s winner also gets a part in the new Broadway revival of “On the Town”. I’m guessing it will be a part in the dance chorus, but honestly, I’m not gonna scoff at that one because HELLO! Broadway!
As is always the case, the show feels the need to cram some filler down our throats. SPOILER ALERT: they’ll be wishing they had some of the time spent on this crap back before the night is over. This week’s filler provides each dancer with 8 seconds to us something about themselves. Oh joy.
First up are Brooklyn and Serge…..
Now that we’ve gained a deeper understanding of what makes these two tick, let’s catch up with them as they join Dmitry in the rehearsal space. He’s choreographed a Cha Cha for them and tells us this dance is super fast and super steamy and hot. Serge will illustrate all of this by being super sweaty.
Eh. It felt very stilted to me. Also, Brooklyn should wear her hair back if she’s going to spend the entire performance eating it. I think Serge could do well paired with someone else, but I’m already putting Brooklyn on the bottom of my list and we just got this show started. I guess you could say I’m not a fan of the routine.
Naturally the judges do not agree with me. Mary thinks this is a great way to start the show this season, although she could tell that Brooklyn was nervous and gives her some constructive critique before we move on to Jason as Mary screams in his ears.
Nigel says they’ve uplifted the room with their energy. Damn. The poor man must’ve taken a bottle of valium before the show started if that performance gave him energy. He also tells Serge that he loves how strong and masculine he is and then tells Brooklyn that she’s a faking faker and needs to play more to her partner.
Out next pairing is Emily and Casey and I know you’re DYING to hear what they can tell us about themselves in 8 seconds each.
They’ll be performing a Travis Wall contemporary routine, so naturally it’s about a couple and the pushing and pulling in their relationship. How original.
So here’s the thing about this dance for me: while it was danced beautifully, it felt SOOOOOOO unoriginal. Yes, I know, I know, it’s not their fault Travis has run out of ideas. But it does affect how I feel about the routine as a whole, I just can’t help it. Stale choreography aside, they really did do a good job here of dancing it. I’m just not blown away by them is all.