+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: So You Think You Can Dance 8/3 Recap: Debbie Downer Does “Dance”

  1. #1
    Bitten Critical's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Fangtasia - The Bar With Bite
    Age
    45
    Posts
    15,664

    So You Think You Can Dance 8/3 Recap: Debbie Downer Does “Dance”

    Until tonight's epiosode of So You Think You Can Dance, I reserved most of my mute button usage and cringing to Mary Murphy. Tonight, Mary is downright tolerable in comparison to Mia Michaels, who seems to nurturing her talent for brutal honesty and back-handed compliments. There's very little time left in this competition and all of the judges are getting tougher with their remarks, but Mia is a step above. Maybe she's been taking lessons from Simon Cowell. At least he has the charming British accent.

    The show opens with tonight’s group number an edgy contemporary routine to “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and choreographed by Mia Michaels. Everyone is in black and tries to look sullen....probably a reflection of how they feel after having to work with Mia this week.

    Cat takes center stage to get started with the filler. As with last week, there was a record number of votes this week: 12.5 million. She quickly introduces the judges and then we head right into the lengthy video recap of last night’s show. If you missed any of the action, you can catch up with waywyrd’s recap.

    With that little bit of business out of the way, let’s get started with the solos. The results are already in, so these performances can’t change the vote. Fox still needs to fill the hour, so here goes…

    Girls, Girls, Girls
    Natalie is up first, dancing to “I Would Die For You” by Jann Arden. It’s her patented writhing on the floor, full body seizure, stomping on the floor bit. She also manages to blow a kiss to a tearful Allison in the crowd. Nigel tells her that the emotion was there, but the routine wasn’t all that great. He adds that while Musa wasn’t half the dancer that Natalie is, when he was eliminated he took away some of her magic with him. I have to agree with that. Mary tells Natalie that she has the looks, the personality and she’s a great dancer. Yes, she does get a bit too theatrical (um….hello? Pot. Kettle), but that’s part of her charm. Mia believes that, no matter what happens tonight, Natalie has a long career ahead of her. She tells Natalie that she needs to stop trying so hard: she already has “it.”

    Heidi takes the stage next with her usual hot ballroom routine, this time to “Hey Mama” by the Black Eyed Peas. She finishes up in the splits with her rear leg touching the top of her head. Nigel tells Heidi that, at the beginning of the competition, he definitely didn’t think she’d be in the top six. She continues to surprise them each week. If this competition went on for another five weeks, he could see Heidi winning the whole thing. So, because it doesn’t last for another five weeks, can we deduce that Nigel is not picking Heidi to win? Mary hopes that he show has taught Heidi not to underestimate herself. She deserves to be here and go all the way. Mia loved Heidi’s final position in tonight’s solo and says that she is definitely the most improved. BUT – she is shocked that Heidi is still here. Why? The show is about versatility and, based on her experience working with Heidi, she isn’t versatile enough. Meeee-ow. Nigel defends Heidi, mentioning the contemporary “sunflower routine” with Travis a few weeks ago and says it was one of the best of the season. He reminds Mia that they aren’t searching for America’s best technical dancer, they’re searching for America’s favorite dancer.

    Donyelle does a kind of hip hop, belly dancer/Middle-Eastern thing to The Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons.” I vaguely remember muting this song when they appeared on the show a few weeks back. It sounds better this time. One thing about Donyelle – the face is always working. Nigel says that she’s been getting lost in the partnership with Benji. Tonight she proved what a great dancer she is. Mary tells Donyelle that her eyes go straight to the soul. Perpetual wet blanket Mia opines that this isn’t about eyes, it’s about growth. While Donny came on like lightning in the beginning, she hasn’t improved much in recent weeks. Mary argues with her, pointing out Donyelle’s injuries and there’s almost a girlfight. Nigel just looks alarmed.

    Where the Boys Are
    Proving that he clearly has the best technique of the guys remaining, Travis performs his usual amazing contemporary solo to Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings.” Nigel mentions Mia’s earlier comment about America’s best technical dancer and tells Travis that if that was what this competition was about, he would have won already. He says that Travis is a stunning technician and a great dancer. He should be extremely confident: he’s brilliant. Mary tells Travis that he started out like dynamite but then flopped a bit. He definitely fought back. It’s not hard to tell who Mia’s favorite is. She says that Travis serves it with no apologies for what or who he is. He has an amazing work ethic and it would be a privilege to hire and work with him for the rest of her career.

    Ivan’s hip hop routine is next and he dances to “I Question Mark” by Wade Robson. He’s a great hip hop dancer, but this looks exactly the same as his routines earlier in the season. Nigel gives Ivan props for being the only untrained dancer still in the competition. He’s really grown in this competition. Mary compares Ivan to Seabiscuit again: he’s still in the race and she hopes he will keep going. Mia professes her love for Ivan. She had a blast working with him this week. He’s a dude, he’s raw, he’s vulnerable, he’s pure. For Ivan’s sake, I’m glad there are stalking laws in place.

    Last up tonight is Benji, who hits the stage to “Brown Derby Jump” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Benji sets some sort of record for covering the most amount of stage area is in the shortest amount of time. He finishes up his routine on his back under the stairs. Nigel recalls his remarks to Travis and tells Benji that if this was about being the best performer, he would win. Even when Benji is uncomfortable with a style, he performs it so well that we believe in him. Mary compliments Benji on his versatility and then launches into some weird speech about bones. Wishbones, funny bones, backbones….Mary is a loon. Debbie Downer says that, until she worked with Benji, she didn’t realize how many limitations he has as a dancer (OH, snap!). In spite of his limitations, he’s a star.

    Mute Button Alert!
    Entourage by Omarion. The less said about this, the better. The song went on forever. I managed to fit in a snack break and check my email. I got back in time to see – and unfortunately, hear the teenyboppers scream…… because that’s what they do.

    It’s almost time for the actual informational part of this show to start! The top six return to the stage and the girls join Cat to hear their fate. All three hold hands as Cat recaps last night’s show and reminds the girls of the judges’ comments. She then reveals that Heidi is safe. The girl leaving tonight will be….not so fast! In order to prolong the annoying suspense, she sends Donyelle and Natalie to sit down and calls the guys up. After a recap of last night’s events, Cat tells a relieved Travis that he is safe this week. He jumps around like a crazy person and hugs everyone.

    Finally, it’s time for the actual reason for this show. Cat breaks the news to Natalie that she will be going home tonight. She takes it like a pro, yelling “Opa!” and taking a bow. Everyone cheers for her and we watch her journey video. She thanks the judges for their comments and says that the other dancers have become like family. One thing’s for sure – this show is definitely going to lose some emotion without Nat boo-hooing every week.

    Benji and Ivan join Cat to hear their fate. They do not hold hands. Predictably, Ivan is going home tonight. He may not have held Benji’s hand, but he manages to smack him on the ass. After watching his journey video, Nigel salutes Ivan and everyone cheers. Ivan says the best part of this experience was meeting all the other dancers. He thanks the viewers and the judges and says that he’s grown as a dancer and hopes to continue that growth.

    Oddly, they seem to have packed this episode with so much filler that there isn’t time for a farewell dance. Ivan and Natalie wave goodbye and then we get a look at the final four.

    Tune in next week for the finals, where everyone will dance with everyone else. It will be a veritable dance orgy. The big question is who will lead – Benji or Travis?
    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov

    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

  2. #2
    FORT Fogey CupidGuest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    4,127
    What a great and very funny review! I thought I was the only one who uses the mute button with Mary. It actually made me stop watching the show! lol But your recap caught me up on alot of things. Thank you.

  3. #3
    Black Belt Beauty KarateGirl1387's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    27
    Posts
    88
    I always enjoy reading these recaps...great job! If Benji and Heidi end up being the last 2 dancers left, that would be VERY interesting to see!
    "Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire."

  4. #4
    Self Damage Beautiful_Caius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    210
    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    Until tonight's epiosode of So You Think You Can Dance, I reserved most of my mute button usage and cringing to Mary Murphy. Tonight, Mary is downright tolerable in comparison to Mia Michaels, who seems to nurturing her talent for brutal honesty and back-handed compliments. There's very little time left in this competition and all of the judges are getting tougher with their remarks, but Mia is a step above. Maybe she's been taking lessons from Simon Cowell. At least he has the charming British accent.

    The show opens with tonight’s group number an edgy contemporary routine to “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and choreographed by Mia Michaels. Everyone is in black and tries to look sullen....probably a reflection of how they feel after having to work with Mia this week.

    Mute Button Alert!
    Entourage by Omarion.

    Such a great recap, alot of giggles from me.
    "Walking on poetry...she's a monologue in shakespearean tragedy"

  5. #5
    Luscious Pichus Pookipichu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    413
    I for one, completely agree with Mia Michaels. I never cared for her prior, but it was refreshing not to get fallacious blathering from a judge. It wasn't brutal honesty, it was pointing out truth people would care to ignore. Heidi for all her bubbliness is not as technically proficient as Allison or Nathalie. Mia's programs are the hardest and she's seen what all the dancers can do.

    In Heidi's contemporary program, all she did was run from one end to the other while Travis did all the work. As much as I like Heidi, I abhor mindless praise and the fandom that is rampant on this forum. People start liking a character and have unwavering devotion or dislike a character and have unwavering disapproval, no matter the actual performance.

    Neither is Donyelle equal to Allison or Nathalie either. She just doesn't have the versatility, strength or flexibility and is more difficult to lift.

    Frankly, I found it completely off-putting that Nigel and Mary were trying to shut down Mia's criticisms, simply to pimp the popular dancers NOT being eliminated so that Ameriker would feel like it made the right choice. When they knew that Allison was being eliminated, they seemed to forget how they previously pegged her to win. Their comments are so calculated, so contrived that anyone above the age of twelve should be insulted at their heavy handed manipulation.

    In conclusion, thank goodness for someone standing up and telling it the way it is. Merit, not favoritism should prevail.


    Touch my bunny, stroke my cow.

  6. #6
    FORT Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by Pookipichu View Post
    I for one, completely agree with Mia Michaels. I never cared for her prior, but it was refreshing not to get fallacious blathering from a judge. It wasn't brutal honesty, it was pointing out truth people would care to ignore. Heidi for all her bubbliness is not as technically proficient as Allison or Nathalie. Mia's programs are the hardest and she's seen what all the dancers can do.

    In Heidi's contemporary program, all she did was run from one end to the other while Travis did all the work. As much as I like Heidi, I abhor mindless praise and the fandom that is rampant on this forum. People start liking a character and have unwavering devotion or dislike a character and have unwavering disapproval, no matter the actual performance.

    Neither is Donyelle equal to Allison or Nathalie either. She just doesn't have the versatility, strength or flexibility and is more difficult to lift.

    Frankly, I found it completely off-putting that Nigel and Mary were trying to shut down Mia's criticisms, simply to pimp the popular dancers NOT being eliminated so that Ameriker would feel like it made the right choice. When they knew that Allison was being eliminated, they seemed to forget how they previously pegged her to win. Their comments are so calculated, so contrived that anyone above the age of twelve should be insulted at their heavy handed manipulation.

    In conclusion, thank goodness for someone standing up and telling it the way it is. Merit, not favoritism should prevail.
    Umm... how about merit on ballroom dancing? You seem to have the impression that contemporary is the only style of dance that matters. This competition takes awesome dancers from all different styles and asks them to perform things outside their comfort zone. Heres a shocker -- Allison and Natalie were doing watered down ballroom just like Heidi did watered down contemporary. And heres another -- Heidi is BETTER than both of them at ballroom. As in, her ballroom TECHNIQUE is BETTER. I am so sick of these high-and-mighty posts acting like contemporary is the only thing that matters. And Mia should get over herself and her style of dance, because a lot of us enjoy all types of dance and don't feel that contemporary is superior to everything else.

  7. #7
    FORT Fogey aname's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    2,320
    Quote Originally Posted by ewokchic View Post
    Umm... how about merit on ballroom dancing? You seem to have the impression that contemporary is the only style of dance that matters. This competition takes awesome dancers from all different styles and asks them to perform things outside their comfort zone. Heres a shocker -- Allison and Natalie were doing watered down ballroom just like Heidi did watered down contemporary. And heres another -- Heidi is BETTER than both of them at ballroom. As in, her ballroom TECHNIQUE is BETTER. I am so sick of these high-and-mighty posts acting like contemporary is the only thing that matters. And Mia should get over herself and her style of dance, because a lot of us enjoy all types of dance and don't feel that contemporary is superior to everything else.
    Hooray!! THANK YOU! I agree completely. Mia Michaels showed her obvious preference for Travis and tried to influence the votes by her comments. Heidi is a terrific ballroom dancer and a pretty good contemporary dancer. No she probably is not as versatile as Travis, but definitely more versatile than the other girls (they were good at contemporary but could not pull off ballroom that well).

    As far as the men go, I personally think Benji is the most versatile as he has been able to do well at every style and Travis has fallen down a bit in ballroom (except the last two performances). However, my son (who has been a dancer), thinks Travis is the most versatile. Mia's comments about Benji were uncalled for in my opinion. Personally, I think the final two should be Benji and Travis - overall, they are the best and I would be happy if either of them one.

  8. #8
    Luscious Pichus Pookipichu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    413
    Quote Originally Posted by ewokchic View Post
    Umm... how about merit on ballroom dancing? You seem to have the impression that contemporary is the only style of dance that matters. This competition takes awesome dancers from all different styles and asks them to perform things outside their comfort zone. Heres a shocker -- Allison and Natalie were doing watered down ballroom just like Heidi did watered down contemporary. And heres another -- Heidi is BETTER than both of them at ballroom. As in, her ballroom TECHNIQUE is BETTER. I am so sick of these high-and-mighty posts acting like contemporary is the only thing that matters. And Mia should get over herself and her style of dance, because a lot of us enjoy all types of dance and don't feel that contemporary is superior to everything else.

    umm.. how about merit in contemporary dancing. Mia Michaels knows contemporary dance and points out what was already obvious... Heidi is very weak in contemporary dance.

    I am a ballroom dancer. Rather than suggesting that ballroom dancing is unimportant, I am suggesting that brainless fandom propels people like Heidi because people adore her and overlook her flaws relative to the other dancers.

    It's not so much that contemporary is a superior dance form, it's that Heidi is so bad at it. You talk about watered down ballroom but never has Mary Murphy or any of the other ballroom experts cited Allison for being weak in ballroom. If anything they have placed her ballrooms skills on par with the specialists. Is Heidi a better ballroom dancer than Allison or Nathalie... perhaps. But Heidi's weakness is far greater than her strength... and forget about hip-hop, she's flimsy. There's nothing "high and mighty" about calling out someone's weaknesses, but it is alarming when people try to shut down valid criticism just because they're fans of the person being criticized.

    I started off rooting for Heidi because she is likable and danced well. But likable is not enough for my vote when I feel others danced better than her.


    Touch my bunny, stroke my cow.

  9. #9
    FORT Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by Pookipichu View Post
    umm.. how about merit in contemporary dancing. Mia Michaels knows contemporary dance and points out what was already obvious... Heidi is very weak in contemporary dance.

    I am a ballroom dancer. Rather than suggesting that ballroom dancing is unimportant, I am suggesting that brainless fandom propels people like Heidi because people adore her and overlook her flaws relative to the other dancers.

    It's not so much that contemporary is a superior dance form, it's that Heidi is so bad at it. You talk about watered down ballroom but never has Mary Murphy or any of the other ballroom experts cited Allison for being weak in ballroom. If anything they have placed her ballrooms skills on par with the specialists. Is Heidi a better ballroom dancer than Allison or Nathalie... perhaps. But Heidi's weakness is far greater than her strength... and forget about hip-hop, she's flimsy. There's nothing "high and mighty" about calling out someone's weaknesses, but it is alarming when people try to shut down valid criticism just because they're fans of the person being criticized.

    I started off rooting for Heidi because she is likable and danced well. But likable is not enough for my vote when I feel others danced better than her.
    Well, I guess we are watching two different shows. Heidi's hip hop routine was not "flimsy" to my eye. I agreed that it looked cheerleadery, but that just means it lacked that certain attitude that hip hop tends to have. She performed the choreography well. And I am certainly not dissing on Allison, I love her, I am just pointing out that the choreographers are giving the dancers choreography that (they hope) will make them look good. I definitely never heard anyone say Allison is on par with ballroom dancers, they just said that she performed pretty outstanding what she was given. Put her in a competition with other ballroom dancers (to use Mia's unfair analogy of putting Heidi in a contemporary audition) and she would LOSE. On another note, from what we have seen, how on earth do we know Heidi is so bad at contemporary (other than Mia's word)? From what Mia chose to give her, she did a great job (as in, watching her routines were just as fun as watching Allison's great routines... I will always analogize her with Allison because they are my two faves), so who's to say that had Mia given her more to do she wouldn't have also done it great? Just look at her afro-pop routine, that is closer to contemporary than other stuff and I personally thought she did great. It wasn't without error, but hey, Allison got tripped up in that first (outstanding) Tango routine, so if we are going to nitpick lets do it to everyone.

  10. #10
    FORT Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Blaine, WA
    Posts
    29
    Quote Originally Posted by ewokchic View Post
    Umm... how about merit on ballroom dancing? You seem to have the impression that contemporary is the only style of dance that matters. This competition takes awesome dancers from all different styles and asks them to perform things outside their comfort zone. Heres a shocker -- Allison and Natalie were doing watered down ballroom just like Heidi did watered down contemporary. And heres another -- Heidi is BETTER than both of them at ballroom. As in, her ballroom TECHNIQUE is BETTER. I am so sick of these high-and-mighty posts acting like contemporary is the only thing that matters. And Mia should get over herself and her style of dance, because a lot of us enjoy all types of dance and don't feel that contemporary is superior to everything else.
    Yes, yes, yes!! Thank you. I, too, amd sick and tired of the ballroom and hip-hop dancers being dissed about their "limitations". The contemporary dancers are just as limited in the areas of ballroom and hip-hop. Sheesh.

    Well, Wednesday's voting will tell the tale......I'm betting on Benji.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.