We have quite a special treat for you tonight folks, a special treat indeed: we are actually in the same room tonight as we watch So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 (official) Episode 2, and we have a few very special guests commenting on the routines along with us. It’ll be like you’re watching right along with us! Isn’t that exciting?!
Kate: Cat’s outfit?
Erica: What do you think?
K: Um… She looks kind of like a post-sex mess?
E: Is this sort of loose-on-top thing popular now?
E: I’m not so in love with that. But I like her hair, makeup and jewelry.
K: Still think she looks like she just had a nice roll in the sack. Maybe she did. Hopefully not with Nigel.
E: Ew! Thank you so much for putting that image in my head!
K: Ooh spooky! I can’t wait for Halloween.
Connie (E & K’s mom, aka The Grand Duchess of Snark): This looks exactly like that Michael Jackson monster song.
E & K: Thriller.
Zoe (E’s daughter/K’s niece, for the two of you reading this who don’t know): It’s hard to dance outside!
K: I hate Marilyn Manson.
E: I feel like a lot of them could be a little tighter. Maybe it’s because the dance is so fast, it’s like they’re just trying to get to the next move on time. Is it a Sean Cheesman? (Answer I looked up later: No. It’s a Chris Scott.)
C: There’s too many of them on stage at once.
Introduction of Dancers & Judges
Z: Eliana and Cyrus loves each other! There are guys who are married!
E: Oh hey it’s Adam Shankmann! I was hoping we would see him, although I was hoping more as a choreographer but whatever.
K: There’s still time. I think he’s mad at me for my Rock of Ages post.
Lindsey & Cole: Jazz, Teeth by Lady Gaga, choreographed by Christopher Scott
K: Oh I love this song.
E: Sexy dentist, really? That’s the theme?
Z: That’s a bad dance!
K: I feel like I’m enjoying the routine mostly because I like the song, but it’s still kinda cute?
E: This is bizarre, I hate this. It’s not their fault that I hate this; it’s just a stupid concept.
Z: Don’t say that!
E: Sorry. It’s a foolish concept.
Z: It’s a stupid dance!
K: Well they aren’t dancing so much as running and jumping around, so okay I guess I don’t like it that much either. On to the next.
Amelia & Will: Contemporary, 3326 by Olafur Arnalds, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
K: I still can’t get over the similarity of her haircut to mine when I was four years old.
E: Goodness she’s pale.
K: She’s like, not serious enough. She’s smiling, isn’t this supposed to be sad?
E: Yes but look at her legs.
K: Oh they look great together when they are not touching.
E: She really seems to lead in the dances.
K: Okay so this was better than the first one but it didn’t knock my socks off.
E: I think it was good, they were very connected.
Amber & Nick: Tango, Tenguera by Sexteto Mayor, choreographed by some chick we can’t look up because we’re posting this so early!
E: Is he seriously getting another ballroom?
K: Looks like it!
E: They nearly missed a hand connection. See, he’s another one who knows how to perform sexy without actually being sexy; it’s a Mormon thing I’m telling you.
K: I don’t think he looks sexy at all; I think they both look ridiculous.
C: No he’s not good at all.
E: He’s a good dancer!
E: But the tango should be steaming hot, and this is not at all hot.
C: It sounds like polka music.
K: I am not impressed.
E: They’re also wearing way too much makeup. His looks bizarre.
K: I’m 0 for 3 on agreeing with the judges tonight. Mary Murphy’s shirt is making me very uncomfortable.
Audrey & Matthew: Contemporary, Here Me Now by Steed Lord, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
K: Wow they are using her a lot this year.
E: They’re not quite on the music.
K: This isn’t really even music.
E: I feel like they’re not hitting the beat right.
K: They’ve got some really cool tricks going on though. She’s so athletic.
E: Oh good, let’s talk more about what Nigel loves about the show he executive produces. What’s that? You love how dancers dance outside their genre? That’s great.
K: Well with no Lil’ C, someone has to fill the air with pointless jabber.
Janelle & Dareian: Hip-hop, My Girl by The Temptations, choreographed by Christopher Scott
C: Bad match of song and dance.
K: It doesn’t quite work, but it was a good try.
E: He’s sharper than a contemporary boy usually is.
K: Yes, I think he’s much better than her right now.
E: She’s too bouncy?
K: Yeah, but he’s great doing that old school Motown walk. I’m becoming a fan of his. But this Christopher Scott guy is doing too many cutesy dances.
K: A real kiss at the end! I love when they do that!
C: But that has nothing to do with dancing.
E: Well, their acting was pretty good, and that’s what the judges care about here.
Janaya & Brandon: Jazz, Bring On the Men by Linda Eder, choreographed by Sean Cheesman
E: I love this song!
K: I feel like this is more musical theater than jazz, and I do not like when there is more acting than dancing. Like, MOVE people!
E: This is dumb. It doesn’t really matter how they’re dancing, it’s dumb. She’s way over-acting.
K: Whoa, cool body roll trick.
E: Dumb. I don’t like Cheesman much as a choreographer.
K: Oh my god Cat said “cray cray”.
E: More than once.
Kate: Why do the judges refuse to say anything negative in Season 9 so far?
E: Very annoying.
Eliana & Cyrus: Jive, I’m Shakin’ by Jack White, choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
E: His lack of training is showing so much. I mean he’s so talented but they should have let him come back another season.
K: Yea, she’s smoking him right now.
E: He’s just not ready for this kind of competition. It’s almost a shame that they put him through this time.
K: I’ve seen the light.
C: I think it’s his hair. It’s keeping him off balance. Eww FEH what is in his ears?!
Alexa & Daniel: Contemporary, So Long My Friend by Yanni, choreographed by some guy we can’t look up because we’re posting this so early!
C: Dancing in and out of a bathtub.
E: I’m already annoyed with the choreographer and the dance isn’t doing anything to make me feel otherwise. They are just flailing beautifully and tragically.
C: In the bathtub.
K: Guys, I like it. And I don’t like her as a dancer at all.
E: I mean they danced it beautifully I just didn’t like the routine.
K: What’s the difference?
E: They delivered, their lines were fluid and everything, but the choreography was bland and unoriginal.
K: Well, this isn’t So You Think You Can Choreograph!
K: But look Adam agrees with you, sorta.
E: And there are times when I like the choreography but not the dancing.
George & Tiffany: Fox Trot, I Want To Be Loved By You by Sinead O’Connor, choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
Z: He’s not beautiful!
E: Oh but I like him.
K: This is kind of nice, but they seem a little shaky and unsure and you need to have serious control in a dance like this.
E: I think she’s overacting a little.
K: How do you overact a fox trot?
E: She’s just got a goofy grin.
K: So does your boy. The fox trot is kind of a goofy dance. They keep doing these almost-lifts, so that’s kind of weird and anti-climactic.
E: They got a wildly enthusiastic response for a fox trot.
C: It was the dress.
E: It’s kind of a cool dress.
Z: He is not beautiful because he does not have a beautiful dress and is not sparkly. But she does!
Whitney & Chehon: Bollywood, Tandav Music by Aatish Kapadia, choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan
K: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Bollywood!
C: That’s a nice outfit.
K: I think his technical perfection makes him amazing in this.
E: He’s very precise.
K: They’re both doing great I think.
Z: Can I belly dance?
E: Yeah they’re both doing a really good job.
Z: It looks like Jasmine movie!
K: This is my favorite of the night. He is perfect.
C: Great outfits.
Step Up Revolution dance
K: Weeeeeeee Twitch! Weeeeeeee I can’t wait to see this movie! Now I want to watch the Twitch and Alex dance.
E: So with Nick, Daniel and Chehon in the bottom for boys, and Janaya, Alexa and Whitney in the bottom for girls, I predict correctly that Chehon and Whitney will be saved.
K: Ugh thank God they kept Chehon. I mean, DUH, but thank god.
E: I’m sort of sorry to lose Alexa. It was so palpable how badly she wanted to be there and she’s technically wonderful. But whatevs, I knew from the start that these judges were going to just adore Whitney in everything she said and did so I’m not surprised.
K: Til next time!