So I Think This Is Why I Love This Show

9 Jul
Brandon and Janette SYTYCD Jazz Top 12

Booyah.

Okay, okay, fine, I’ll stop with the stupid “So You Think” wordplay in the titles of these posts.  It’s just that it’s so original, and hilarious!

Last night’s episode of SYTYCD was the best yet – there was some really great stuff, and a couple of routines that gave me the “hell yeahs” that I’ve gotten in previous seasons.  I don’t have too many specific thoughts – I thought Kayla was incredibly strong throughout, Brandon and Janette’s tango was ridiculously clean, Evan isn’t as strong as Randi (though his Hip-Hop was surprisingly good), and I’m pretty sure that Caitlin and Jason will go home, though Evan might, too.

The thing I wanted to talk about, really, was Wade Robson’s fucking awesome jazz routine.  Holy crap, that worked for me on every level – the music was rad, the costumes were perfect, the attitude was groovy, and Brandon and Janette just nailed it to the wall.  I had heard this week that Wade was one of Michael Jackson’s original young friends – he testified (maybe not in court, though) on Michael’s behalf during one of the trials, and was around when Macaulay Culkin was also spending a lot of time at Neverland.  He also turns up in some of MJ’s videos, and it was through Michael that he got his start in dance. That whole story made me more interested in the guy and the rest of his story, so I looked him up.

Turns out, he’s totally the shit, and turns up everywhere – he choreographed a bunch of ‘N Sync’s live routines (and anyone who caught them on TV knows that the dancing was without question the best part of the show), and he also did Britney’s badass video for Slave 4 U, which I recall as being her last great video, and also possibly the weirdest.  Not bad.

And really – his routines for SYTYCD so far have been outta sight. If you’re still a doubter about this show, check out the video of last night’s jazz routine (skip to about 1:20 for the actual dancing):

Hell.  Yeah.  THAT’S why I watch this show. For more detailed, thoughtful analysis of the dancers, as usual, I direct you to Vance’s great post at Tapeworthy, and to Joe at Low Resolution, who usually has a round-table up later in the day.

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5 Responses to “So I Think This Is Why I Love This Show”

  1. thesoniashow July 9, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    I love Wade’s routine last night. LOVED IT! I thought it was the best of the night, for sure. I also loved Mia Michael’s routine with Kayla and Kupono about addiction, as well as the awesome tango.

    I agree with you that Caitlin and Jason will probably be going home, but Evan is in serious danger. Evan looked ridiculous in his samba routine. I snickered throughout the entire performance, but at least he is trying and he looks like he is having fun. Meanwhile, Caitlin and Jason induce yawning in me. I find them completely dull.

    Yeah, so, it was probably the best night SYTYCD has had all season.

  2. thedavidshow July 9, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    This was the only dance last night that caught my eye. It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. I love the style and the music.


    Not the best quality YouTube video, but it was the best I could find.

  3. pinklacey July 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    I totally agree with you thedavidshow!!! It reminded me of that dance sequence as well!!! LOVE that part! Love Janette and Brandon as well!!!

  4. Vance July 10, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    Aw thanks again!

    Also, according to my sister via ohnoyoudidn’t from way back when, Wade was the reason JT and Britney broke up! He’s the OTHER MAN! But his dance stuff has won me over again and I’ve gotten over the ickiness.

    • Kirk July 10, 2009 at 9:00 am #

      HA – you know, I saw that rumor, too! Of course, he denies it, but I’ll bet it’s true. And yeah – whatever transgressions he may have made in his personal life he more than compensates for with the ass-kickingness of his routines.

      As for the results – bit of a surprise! Not totally shocked that Phillip went home, though – the replay of that Russian Folk routine was painful. I know the judges said that it wasn’t because of that, but it couldn’t have helped… I mean, he looked like an awkward 15-year-old out there. Yikes.

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