So I Think I Want Jeanine To Win

23 Jul
Jeanine+Brandon+PopJazz

Bam Bam Bam

Hey, remember when I said I’d take the “So I Think” jokes out of my SYTYCD posts because they were tacky and unoriginal?  ….yeah.  I actually kinda hoped you wouldn’t.  Anyway, after last night’s strangely paced show, I wanted to weigh in with some thoughts, as well as a prediction – the finals are gonna come down to Kayla, Jeanine, Brandon, and Ade, and Jeanine is gonna win it.

Basically, girl is H-O-T, cool as hell, a badass dancer, and an amazing presence onstage. Who knew? I’ve always thought she was a beautiful girl, and she seemed funny enough in her interviews, but it wasn’t until that (jazz?) routine she did with Phillip a few weeks back that I really noticed how she brought all of that together in her dancing to such great effect. Her routines since then have bourne that out – in particular, her stomping, slamming performance with Brandon in last night’s Pop Jazz routine.

Jeanine Top 8 Solo Routine

Beautiful.

But the thing that sealed the deal for me was her show-stopping solo routine near the end of the night.  DAMN.  That was good.  She’s got incredible strength, and can do some amazing things with her legs – some of the knee-twists and holds just knocked me out. In the past, I haven’t loved the solo routines that much (and I still just loathe the drums/soyouthinkyoucanDANCE at the end), but this year, I’ve found that there’s a lot to like, particularly when they’re good.  And Jeanine’s solo routine last was totally, utterly good.  It was the most well-paced, measured routine I’ve seen fit into whatever kinda 45-second window they gave them, and it spoke volumes about her maturity as a dancer and an artist.  Seriously. Check it out.

I’ve thought for a long time that Kayla is the strongest dancer, but I’m gonna make my prediction now – Jeanine, with her curves, attitude, humor, and strength, is going to win it all.

Janette is Hot!! like Miami

LOL

Other thoughts: Brandon is pretty incredible, but he was at times almost too strong, particularly during his solo routine.  I thought that Kayla looked great, especially in Shane Sparks’ awesome hip-hop zombie routine (which is, sadly, about as close as SYTYCD is gonna get to an MJ tribute), and that Ade was cool, but, as Jaegle rightly pointed out, maybe a little bit of an emotional vacuum. Janette was great, though her biggest contribution to the night was the outstanding sign they kept showing that said “Janette is HOT!! like Miami.”  HA!  Melissa is probably going home, since her solo routine was surprisingly weak, and Evan will probably accompany her out the door.  God love him, but he’s just not in the same league with the other guys.

I thought that the Breast Cancer Routine of Heartbreak was a bit much, particularly the over-the-top reactions from the judges, who have seen these routines several times in rehearsals, and no, I do not believe that my reaction makes me a heartless bastard.  And speaking of heartlessness, oh, my Lord, did I hate what they’ve done to Kris Allen’s version of “Heartless.”  They took a tune that was cool as a stripped-down acoustic cover and have utterly neutered it – the fucking indentikit “smooth latin” drums, the horrible vocal overdubs, the lack of ANY TYPE of punch or groove… Jesus, it sucked so hard.  I almost can’t believe that that’s going to be on his record. Laaaaame.

Oh yeah, and I love Ellen.  So much.

So yeah, it was a strangely-paced night with some truly outstanding routines, and a breakout show for my new favorite dancer/future girlfriend. As usual, I direct those of you looking for in depth discussion of all of the dancers and their routines to Vance’s outstanding post at Tapeworthy and Joe R’s roundtable over at Low Resolution.

Jeanine is on my hot tamale train

Word.

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5 Responses to “So I Think I Want Jeanine To Win”

  1. Jenna July 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Word.

    Except not.

    I think I’m on the Janette train, despite that the way she spells her name irritates me. Although, I totally agree about Jeanine’s solo last night. It was definitely the best of the night… And the worst was seriously Melissa’s. I’m not sure she did anything at all for 45 seconds.

    And I wasn’t gonna say it, but I’m so glad you did…. that whole breast cancer thing. GAWD beat me down. Sure it’s an important subject, but all that for that routine? The judges totally know the routines ahead of time, so all the tears and predetermined poignant speeches just annoyed me. Not to mention, I feel like it’s such a fake concern when TV shows do these things… Like just to show what thoughtful people they are. Meh. Just dance.

    And agreed on Kris Allen’s song. I thought the same thing…

    Nice commentary. Agreed.

    • Kirk July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

      Jenna: I dunno, Janette is great, and a really strong dancer, but something about her doesn’t quite connect for me, especially not in the same way as Jeanine has recently. I think she could be in trouble. Then again, I have no idea what the hell people vote for, so… take that for what it’s worth.

      Joe: Right? It’s not a surprise, I guess, since I’ve literally never heard a song from an Idol contestant’s debut that has been anything but airbrushed pablum, but still, you’d think they’d learn. It’s just all so shiny, it’s nauseating.

      What saddens me even more is that his whole record is going to sound like that, and most likely, so is Lambert’s. When I think about the fake-ass “rock” that Adam’s album is sure to be lousy with, it hurts me in the power chord.

  2. Joe Reid July 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    In all my excitement to actually hear it at all, I have to agree with you on the studio-ification of Kris Allen’s “Heartless.” The “Idol” machine has, without fail, done that to every one of my favorite performances over the last few years.

  3. thesoniashow July 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    I was sad to see Janette go. She had me at jazz routine she did a few weeks back.

    As for the breast cancer routine, I found it to be quite moving. I have a friend who said it didn’t register with him at all but he totally related to the addiction routine that Kayla and Kupono danced a few weeks ago. Different life experiences make the dance routines affect us in different ways, but that goes without saying. I’m just saying, the breast cancer routine made me tear up.

    • Kirk July 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

      Yeah, it was too bad to see Janette go, but like I said – I felt like she didn’t totally connect, so I guess I wasn’t really that surprised. She was so good, though – that Tango she did with Brandon a few weeks back was just ridiculous!

      As for the cancer dance, sigh. I’m not sure what else I got on it.

      You’re right, it was beautifully danced, though I have the suspicion that if we were to take away the story and the headscarf, it’d be a good/very good contemporary routine, nothing more. But there was the story, and there was the headscarf, and it was danced beautifully.

      I guess my issue was more with the reactions from a couple of the judges. Mainly Nigel. Like, instead of stepping back from something that was beautiful, he went on and on about how it was such a fantastic routine in the history of the show, and was all about how Tyce should win another Emmy for shining a light on cancer. Which felt kind of gross.

      But hell. I’m being too harsh. Perhaps that’s just how Nigel processes – through the lens of the show. With something as emotionally raw as cancer, it’s too much to expect perfect, poised, tasteful reactions from everyone.

      So, yeah. I hear you.

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