Saturday, November 28, 2009
With the Thanksgiving holiday a few days behind us, hopefully everyone has recovered from their Turkkoma (question...do vegetarians get sleepy from tofurkey? discuss) and caught up on SYTYCD. The night started out with a great Alice in Wonderland-inspired group number by Nappy Tabs, and even with all the make-up, lights and crazy costumes, Jakob still stood out from the rest of the dancers. As I predicted, Victor and Karen found themselves in danger, joined by Mollee/Nathan and Ryan/Ellenore. I had no doubt Ryan and Ellenore would be safe, especially after Nigel expressed his frustration with the voting results; although, with 50% of the dancers in danger, there was bound to be a great couple in the bottom.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The stakes are certainly high going into tonight's results show, and last night you could tell. The dancers seemed to really step it up, delivering the best episode of Season 6 so far. I think I knew it was going to be a great night as soon as I saw Ryan not wearing high-waisted trousers during the intro, a definite sign of improvement. I also noticed a few new camera angles and less distracting lighting - the new stage did not bother me nearly as much as in previous weeks. In less-than-stellar news, we were still subjected to Megan Mullally's "Turn the Tub Around" commercial. Seriously? Make it stop!!!
Each couple performed two routines last night. I'm going to break the night down couple by couple to keep it simpler, and because that's how I organized my notes. I wrote down who I would vote for after the first round of dances to see if it changed after the second round. It didn't. But I'm pretty set in my ways.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
With the nationwide tour for SYTYCD Season 5 coming to a close last weekend, it seems appropriate that we are now arriving to the Top 12 episode tonight for Season 6. This week will be one of most nerve-wracking for our fabulous (and not-so-fabulous) dancers. Tonight we'll see the Top 12 dancers perform 2 routines each, and tomorrow two dancers will be sent home. This will be fifth elimination since we entered our Top 20, but this is one of the most pivotal since only the Top 10 will be performing on the tour. Yes, I realize that last season they allowed Phillip and (let's be honest, to keep an even number) Caitlin to join the tour, but unless hell freezes over, pigs fly and Jakob gets sent home, I don't really see this happening again.
Here are my predictions for where the dancers stand in their chances to making the Top 10. Obviously this could all change after tonight's show, but we shall see.
Photo courtesy of MyLifetime.comMy review of last week's Project Runway Season 6 Finale may be a bit late, but we had to wait 8 months for the season to even begin, so it seems slightly appropriate.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Start your engines! And may the best...woman...win!
Last year, RuPaul's Drag Race became one of my favorite shows. A show that truly benefited from word-of-mouth promotion, it seemed that by the season finale everyone I knew was talking about Bebe Zahara Benet, Nina Flowers, Ongina and villian Shannel. Despite it's low production quality and budget challenges, the show brought the good, bad, and HOT MESS of drag performance out of the shadows of gay clubs and into the spotlight.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Well, we made it. The Project Runway Season 6 Finale airs tonight, an end to arguably the worst season yet, one that had more drama off-screen than on. After Leanne's Season 5 victory, network/studio changes and law suits turned excitement for the next batch of designers into desperation. "It's all worth it," we told ourselves. "Runway is worth it." Oh, how I wish we had been correct. Season 6 has been a hodgepodge of lackluster design, inconsistent judging and vapid designers. While Ra'mon, Shirin and Epperson were auf'd, Logan, Christopher and Nikolas inexplicably squeaked by week after week. With the exception of Gordana's absence, we somehow ended up with a somewhat decent Top 3 for the finale: Althea, Irina and Carol Hannah.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Photo courtesy of Fox.Welcome to the Top 14! This stage of the game is always particularly nerve-wracking, as the dancers are painfully close to getting to the Top 10 and the SYTYCD national tour. It's also when we start hearing the word "growth" in both a positive and negative way. Many of the dancers are achieving at a level unimagined a few weeks ago, while others are plateauing or fading fast. For me, last night's show was a definite step up from what we've seen in previous weeks, and I'm excited to see what happens as our favorites keep getting better and better.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Did anyone else feel a little underwhelmed after last night's episode? Well, maybe not underwhelmed. Just whelmed? (10 Things I Hate About You moment..."I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?" "I think you can in Europe.") Don't get me wrong, there were some great moments...but they all seemed to come towards the beginning and the end - the middle was a little lackluster. There were some who surprised me, some who disappointed me and others who were predictably poor. Luckily, we are finally in on the game...we can vote! It's been a long time coming, and I'm glad to have a say in who can stay and who can pack their leg warmers and go home.
- The New Stage. I just don't feel as "up close and personal" with the dancers as in previous seasons. Some of the great dances of seasons past greatly benefited from that round stage (i.e. "Hometown Glory", "The Moment I Said It"...come to think of it, Mia Michaels really worked that stage), and the Season 6 routines could use some of its circular love.
- Ballroom Choreographers. I'm certainly not a ballroom expert, and I usually roll my eyes when the dancers pick out Foxtrot or Viennese Waltz because, let's be honest, they are usually a boring dud. The instances in which I find this untrue are more often than not when the routines are brilliantly crafted by either Louis Van Amstel (i.e. the only piece I ever liked Asuka or Vitolio in last season - the Enya Waltz) or, my personal favorite ballroom dream team, Jean-Marc and Frances Généreux (lest we forget Season 4's touchingly beautiful "A New Day" Viennese Waltz with Twitch and Kherington). This dynamic duo has been disappointingly absent from Season 6, yet it seems we have had more ballroom than ever! Bring back the crazy antics of Jean-Marc and the offensively orange hair of Frances!!! Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin have certainly given us some great routines in the past, but I think they're being spread a little too thin this season.
- Mismatched Pairings. I'll talk about this more when I get to the couples....but let me just say this: Channing should thank her lucky stars she is going to be paired with a real partner now. Poor thing.