SYTYCD 2009 FInal Four

Our final four this evening are Jeanine, Evan, Kayla and Brandon. As I mentioned in my last post (posted about 1/2 hour ago), I think it's between Kayla and Brandon. We'll see how they do tonight!

They're in the Kodak Theater tonight--is that new for SYTYCD? Cat says it's an "amazing new set" and the "biggest live audience" they've ever had, so I guess so.

As they've done in previous years, tonight, each dancer with dance with each of the other dances. The guest judge is Adam Shankman. Love him!

First up is a group dance done by Wade Robson about two football jocks (um, Evan?) going after some cheerleaders who are too much for them to handle. The song is Boys Boys Boys by Lady Gaga. Cute routine--Kayla really put it all out there. I'm pulling for her tonight--time for another lady to win! Haha--they panned the audience and someone's grandma was covering her ears from all the noise.

Ooh! They just showed some amazing auditions from the upcoming Fall season of SYTYCD--can't wait!!

First couple is Jeanine & Evan doing a Sonya routine about a guy trying to keep his girl, who's not having it. Song: Heartbreaker by MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend. Both dancers were great in this. They maintained their characters the whole time and danced really strongly. Adam said it was great, and admitted that he underestimated Jeanine, and that he never saw Evan in the top 4, but the show wouldn't have been the same without him. He also gave props to Sonya, saying she choreographed to Jeanine & Evan's strengths. Mary thought Jeanine stood out a little more than Evan, but that Evan held his own. Nigel said it showed just how strong Jeanine has become in technique & personality. He told Evan to bring it tonight.

They next run through a one-on-one interview with Cat & Brandon. Brandon graciously gave a lot of credit for his success to his former partner, Janette. Here's my favorite performance of theirs:

Brandon then does a strong, electrifying and intense solo to Dies Irae by Karl Jenkins. WOW. Adam said "That is competing!" and said it was a "take no prisoners" performance. Brandon gave Mary goosebumps and she said he's born to dance. Nigel said he's amazing and that he "wiped out the opposition" (this was in reference to his board shorts).

Next, Brandon and Kayla do a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine to Bye Bye Love from All that Jazz (soundtrack). Ooh--it's a jazzed out version. Adam loved it and isn't surprised to see these two in the final four, and he said that getting to see them dance together is "heaven." Mary said they've been front runners from the beginning. Nigel said they were superb together and showed us why they're in the final four.

Jeanine's one-on-one. She started dancing when she was three, and hated the Russian folk dance (as we all did). OOh! She said that kiss between her and Jason on their beautiful contemporary piece was NOT choreographed. Ooh la la! Let's reminisce (dance starts at 2:30):

Jeanine dances her solo to Por Una Cabeza by The Tango Project (it's the tango song from Scent of a Woman that I love...note: if it ever comes up in a trivia question, this song also played briefly in Schindler's List. You're welcome.) Fantastic! I think that was her best solo ever. She danced with a flower in her mouth and I loved her piroutte that she seemed to come out of in slow motion. Standing "O" from the judges! Adam said, "Are. You. Kidding?!" He said she "killed it!" He said she just fought Brandon back. Mary said something about her doing it 100% every time (I wasn't paying attention). Nigel said it was a brave solo and that she pulled it off, and that she's in the Final Two as far as he's concerned. Hmm...it's going to be a tough vote! What I said in the earlier post about me being neutral on her? No more.

Here are Brandon and Evan doing a pop jazz routine by Laurieann Gibson. This story is about the guys being in a battle over the number one spot. Nasty by Janet Jackson. Great song! They come out in their leather jackets. I just can't buy Evan as the tough guy. He danced well, but not as strongly as Brandon. Adam said, "Evan, you got a little dusted on that one." Adam said Evan's natural sweetness never went away. Brandon went in and got nasty and dirty. Mary starts off with, "Evan, what's the nastiest thing you've ever done?" The audience goes crazy. He says, "That's a toughie--the list is so long." Touché. Nigel said that Evan's work ethic is beyond reproach, but there isn't a nasty bone in his body, so it was unfortunate that he got "Nasty Boy." He also said that Brandon out-danced him.

Kayla and Jeanine next do a Mia Michael's routine. It's about a journey, along the way, they shed layers of themselves. Mia says they have to dance out of their comfort zone. Song: The Four Sections: IV., Full Orchestra, Steve Reich. The girls were equally strong in this one. Adam said it was like watching two thoroughbreds racing. He wished them both good luck. Mary said they laid their heart and soul on the stage and that the girls were so well matched. Nigel felt the dancing was so strong and that Jeanine has peaked at the right time.

Evan's one-on-one. His favorite dance was the so-called "Butt Routine"-- that's my favorite of Evan's too. Take a look:

His solo was to The Best Is Yet to Come by Michael Buble. I love watching him dance his style. And he does an amazing split jump. It looks like he jumps a foot higher than his height! Adam said he took a calculated risk because it was a variation of his audition routine. Mary liked it and says he has excited millions of dancers into that Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire style. Nigel thinks Evan has the "Ahhhh" factor. However, he doesn't think Evan has grown this season as he would've liked. And, his solo wasn't as strong as Brandon or Jeanine's. See....that's going to get him sympathy votes. Voters will rebel against mean, old Nigel.

And now Kayla and Evan work with Tony Meredith & Melanie Lapatin to learn the jive. To: T.R.O.U.B.L.E. by Travis Tritt. The lighting production on this performance is horrible. Glaring lights everywhere. Can hardly see the dancers. It's giving me a headache! I don't know if they danced well or not--I was blinded by the huge spotlight at the back of the stage. Yikes. Adam didn't think it was a finale-level routine. Mary critiqued Evan pretty harshly, but said Kayla stole the show. (Meanwhile, I'm still seeing spots.) Nigel disagreed--thought they came out with their guns blazing. The 3000-people audience starts chanting Evan's name. Is that a tell-tale sign? Evan just might upset this whole thing.

Kayla's one-on-one. They showed Kayla's emotional grandpa...so sweet. Her favorite dance was the one about addiction. That was a good one, but my favorite of hers was the ghoulish one she did with Jason:

Kayla's solo is to the Eurythics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Man. It was good, but after seeing Jeanine's solo, I just wasn't wowed. Adam didn't think the solo showed who she really is, but he thinks she's one of the best dancers they've ever had on the show. Mary said she's been touched by an angel and is gifted and exquisite. Mary loved the solo. Nigel said that despite the judges praise for her, America might not vote for her, but he says she deserves their votes.

And finally, Brandon and Jeanine will dance the Paso Doblé, my favorite ballroom dance. The choreographer, Louis Van Amstel, says that as a couple, these two are amazing. They dance to Tetsujin from The Matrix Revolutions (soundtrack). Fantastic! What a way to end the show. Brandon played the matador to the hilt! I didn't care for the music, but the performances were amazing. Adam loved their intensity and movement. Mary said it was phenomenal and gave her woo-hoo scream. Nigel screamed back at her. Nigel said Brandon and Jeanine are front runners for him, and they're edging the other two out by *this much*. I'd have to agree. Jeanine really pulled it out tonight--it was so exciting to see.

I'm going to call in for the both of them, in hopes that one will win and the other will come in second. Hopefully they'll have a prize for the runner-up like they did last year. Can't wait to see tomorrow's show!

Cat put the judges on the spot to predict the winners. Adam wouldn't man up. Mary wouldn't (wo)man up. Nigel said it will be Brandon or Jeanine. Here's hoping he doesn't bring the same curse that Simon Cowell does....

1 comment:

Jeanene said...

I was all ready to vote for Kayla and then changed my mind to Jeanine while watching the show. I think Nigel was right that Kayla didn't really show us much of her personality, while Jeanine certainly did. I tried to call for Jeanine and Brandon, and couldn't get through for either of them! I hope that's a good sign. I just don't want Evan to win. I'm good with any of the others.

I have to say that I'm glad for this season to end. I was very underwhelmed. There are only a handful of routines that I really care to see again. I did not find Mia's VERY literal routine of shedding layers last night very memorable. And, really, how original was it to see the final 2 guys in yet another "fight" routine? I also was very disappointed with the vast majority of the hip hop routines and the Latin ballroom routines, which are always my favorite. My theory is that the judges, producers and choreographers were stretched thin this summer while trying to cast the fall show.