Top 10 Favourite SYTYCD Routines

So You Think You Can Dance is one of my favourite reality shows. Getting to watch different styles of dance on my TV screen every week during the summer is quite honestly the best. The show as a whole doesn’t get nearly the respect and recognition it deserves, but over the years, it has provided us with numerous memorable routines, which has been justly rewarded with countless Outstanding Choreography nominations/wins. As such, for my April blogging challenge, I wanted to include a list of my 10 most favourite SYTYCD routines. It’s a simultaneously easy yet difficult task, because lists are simple but narrowing it down is the hard part.

1.) Season 2, Top 10 – “Ramalama (Bang Bang)”

Still one of, if not THE best group routines in the history of the show. It was one of the first times the show really showcased a dance that was very much out of the box, and it really brought out an artistic side to the show that we hadn’t seen before. Also, Wade Robson just kinda rocks.

2.) Season 2, Allison & Ivan – “Why”

This was a turning point for me, in terms of when I really started LOVING the show. Ivan, a hip-hop dancer, held his own, dancing with the incredible Allison in her style, which was Contemporary. Add to that, Annie Lennox’s gorgeous song “Why” and it was just perfection.

3.) Season 7, Alex & Twitch – “Outta My Mind”

Everyone loves Twitch; he’s a beast of a dancer. Everyone already loved Alex at this point, but to see him, who’s trained in ballet, KILL it in this routine next to Twitch, just threw him up to another level.

4.) Season 4, Katee & Joshua – “No Air”/ Chelsie & Mark – “Bleeding Love”

Tabitha & Napoleon had been dancing/choreographing long before SYTYCD, but when they were brought in for season 4, everything changed. They made an immediate impression with the “No Air” routine, then a couple weeks later, they solidified themselves in the SYTYCD world with “Bleeding Love.” We had some smooth hip-hop in the past, but for the most part, everyone thought of hard-hitting hip-hop on the show, so when NappyTabs came on and delivered these contemporary hip-hop numbers, it was just never the same.

5.) Season 8, Melanie & Marko – “Triptico”

Melanie & Marko are among my favourite SYTYCD pairings (next to Allison/Ivan, Katee/Joshua). Every single routine they did was wonderful, starting from their Contemporary “Turn to Stone” and even to their Disco “I Feel Love.” So why is “Triptico” my favourite? Well, I’m a sucker for the Tango, and even though it wasn’t perfect, they sold the performance. And that drop/flip/turn/lift (I have no idea what to call it) at the end? Gets me every time I watch it.

6.) Season 5, Top 12 – “Calle Ocho”

Season 5 was top-notch, in regards to the group routines. I mean, the competition numbers were really good too, but the group routines were everything. This number though was my absolute favourite for the entire season: NappyTabs choreographed with Dmitry Chaplin to make a totally awesome Latin Hip-hop fusion. What more could you want?! It was everything and more!

7.) Season 8, Top 12 – “El Fuego”

I just love this group number. I can’t even explain why. Maybe it’s because it’s a Flamenco-style routine that we just don’t see a lot on SYTYCD, plus everyone was on point, performing the hell out of it.

8.) Season 9, Top 10 & All-Stars – “Circle of Life/Nants Ingonyama”

Season 9 was very light on NappyTabs. At the end of the season though, they made up for it with this awesome Afro Jazz Hip-Hop set to music from The Lion King! The competing dancers alone were terrific, but add in the All-Stars and it just explodes.

9.) Season 7, Top 11 & All-Stars – “Ra”

Speaking of exploding, season 7 was the first season that introduced the All-Stars, and it has certainly helped in bringing out the best in the competing dancers. This was, once again, a finale number, but it definitely proved just how amazing the talent was. A competitive season as it was, with the best 11 dancers (was supposed to be 10, but they couldn’t help themselves and added in one more) instead of 20 competing, you knew they meant business. Like NappyTabs before, Chris Scott immediately made an impression with this genre-fusing hip-hop, and has been a regular choreographer on the show ever since. Bonus points for finding a way to include an injured Alex Wong into the number.

10.) Season 4, Katee & Twitch – “Mercy”

The Door. This routine showed that not all Contemporary routines had to be sad and overwrought with emotion. This was all kinds of fun and emotional in a different sense. Absolutely love it!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS*

*AKA my way of cheating and adding 5 more routines I REALLY REALLY like. My blog, my rules*

1.) Season 8, Top 10 Guys – “Velocity”

Season 8 was just SO GOOD, right from the very start. Chris Scott choreographed this Adjustment Bureau-themed contemporary hip-hop for the Top 10 Guys for the first show, and it was just so indicative of what the rest of the season was going to feel like.

2.) Season 8, Melanie & Tadd – “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story”

There was a reason Melanie won season 8; she’s an amazing technical dancer, who really knows how to sell the performance. Spencer Liff didn’t give us the typical Broadway routine that we typically see on the show, instead he choreographed a routine that was sexy and required Melanie & Tadd to really act.

3.) Season 9, Top 8 – “Run Boy Run”

Sure we have a steady rotation of choreographers creating wonderful pieces, but the show does not just rely on those geniuses. There are so many talented choreographers that it would be a shame to not showcase their work. So it was a welcome surprise to see the show bring the immensely talented Peter Chu to choreograph this group number.

4. ) Season 3, Neil & Danny – “Are You the One?”

Mia Michaels. Genius. A contemporary routine that required so much power from Neil and Danny. Just fantastic.

5.) Season 10, Jasmine & Comfort – “Run the World”

For years, I was constantly complaining that the boys always got the “fun” routines for the finals; they often got either a completely different style (see: Russian Trepak of S4, Malevos of S7, Steppin of S8) or a cool jazz or hip-hop routine. The girls always got Broadway/Contemporary/Jazz. So you have no idea how ecstatic I was to see this routine happen. Mind you, it wasn’t the final 2 girls (Jasmine and Amy) dancing together, but rather Jasmine dancing with All-Star Comfort. However, it doesn’t change the fact that we got a girls hip-hop routine! FINALLY! HALLELUJAH! More of this please!

There you have it – my favourite SYTYCD routines! The show returns for its 12th season – Stage vs. Street – on June 1st!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 Emmy Nomination Wish List

Emmy nominations are going to be announced tomorrow morning by Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Now while most everybody is busy compiling their predictions for who they think will get nominated or creating their dream ballot, I would much rather just list the names of people and TV shows I hope get called out tomorrow morning. Keeping it nice and simple. But then again, mind you, half the shows that do actually get nominated every year, are shows that I don’t even watch (or haven’t gotten around to watching) so it’s easier for me to rant now about who I want to see nominated than rant tomorrow about all the snubs. So if any or all of these names get recognized this year, consider me a very happy camper. If none of these names appear on the official nomination list, let’s just say I won’t be the most pleasant person to be around tomorrow. And you’ll probably still see me rant about these snubs.

  • Cat Deeley for Best Reality Show Host – When will they realize her total awesomeness???!!
  • SYTYCD for Best Reality Show Competition – Because really, American Idol? Or heck, DWTS? All SYTYCD ever gets nominated for, and wins, is choreography.
  • Speaking of choreography, the one routine that HAS to be nominated from SYTYCD last season? Tabitha and Napoleon’s hip-hop routine to “Outta Your Mind”, danced by Alex Wong and Twitch. It would be so wrong if it didn’t get nominated.
  • Fringe for Best Drama, Anna Torv for Best Actress in a Drama, John Noble for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama – It was the most insane/incredible/awesome season of any show. It would be absolutely criminal if the show did not get any recognition for the amazing work they did.
  • Courtney Cox for Best Actress in a Comedy, Busy Phillips for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – It’s way overdue for Cox to be nominated for her talents (how was she the ONLY cast member to not be nominated during Friends‘ 10 year run?) and Phillips just simply rocks as Laurie on Cougar Town.
  • Community for Best Comedy, Joel McHale for Best Actor in a Comedy, Danny Pudi for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Just one of the most creative shows on TV right now. Who does an episode in claymation? Fully recognized bottle episodes? Clip show featuring fake/new clips? Not to mention all those theme episodes? Only Community does.

So there, my Emmy nomination wish list – not asking for much. Cat Deeley and Fringe are my main hopes because it completely baffles me how they get overlooked year after year. Here’s hoping the Emmys took some pointers from the Critics Choice Television Awards.

Repost: Thoughts on Emmy Nominations

Back in July, when the Emmy nominations were announced, I was so incredibly excited the nominees that I wrote a note about in Facebook. Now the Emmys are on tonight so I just thought maybe I should repost what I wrote then, on my blog now.

AWESOME NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Choreography*
Derek & Julianne Hough are nominated for their awesome jive to “Great Balls of Fire”! SYTYCD got 4 noms for “Bleeding Love”, “Mercy”, “A Los Amigos” (Chelsie & Joshua’s Argentine Tango), and “Adam & Eve” (Will & Jessica’s Contemporary)!

Outstanding Comedy
Besides the usual suspects of 30 Rock, The Office, and Entourage, we got Flight of the Concords, Family Guy, and wait for it…HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER!!

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy*
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! i think that explains it all lol

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
and rightfully so, Jim Parsons aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory was nominated against Steve Carrell and Alec Baldwin. as much as I love Office and like 30 Rock…Big Bang Theory OWNED! pretty much thanks to Jim Parsons

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Justin’s nominated TWICE in this category…including one for Motherlover LOL!

Outstanding Host for a Reality TV Competition
Yes! for Phil Keoghan being nominated for hosting The Amazing Race! since he wasn’t nominated last year…and here begins his streak of wins just like the show winning every year in the Outstanding Reality Show category lol

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
AHAHA @ Jeremy Piven getting snubbed…this just means that Neil Patrick Harris will finally WIN!!! or Rainn Wilson, but c’mon, its NPH!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
yay for Kristin Chenoweth in Pushing Daisies!!

Not Cool Snubs

– Cat Deeley should have been nominated for Outstanding Host! Screw Seacrest! Cat Deeley is pure awesomeness…
– nothing for Chuck?! Zach Levi and Yvonne Strahovski are awesome. so is Adam Baldwin as Casey. totally underrated show
– The Big Bang Theory should’ve been nominated for Best Comedy over what was critically deemed as Entourage’s worst season
– despite opening the field from 5 to 6 nominations in most categories, Best Reality TV Show still only had 5 nominees…6th slot should’ve been So You Think You Can Dance! 

*denotes awards handed out @ the Creative Arts Emmy awards last weekend

I honestly can’t wait ’till the show tonight. Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Emmys means that it is already guaranteed that this years awards telecast will be FAR SUPERIOR to last year’s 5 host disaster. Plus with all the promises/rumours of lots of dancing (NappyTabs number featuring Maks & Karina from DWTS, and SYTYCD alums Joshua, Katee, Mark, Ryan, Hok), Dr. Horrible awesomeness, and the PC guy doing the voiceovers, it is going to be (as NPH’s HIMYM character Barney Stinson would say) LEGEN – wait for it……………-DARY! ahaha