Very exciting!!! So You Think You Can Dance premiered tonight, yes tonight! I LOVE this show. If you're not familiar with the phenomenon that's earned it's own acronym, SYTYCD....here's the skinny. It's American Idol for dancers....3 judges, weekly competition, America votes, someone goes home. There seems to be more crying and jumping on this show when the judges critique the song....er, dance. AI is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and he does a great job....but he's no tall drink o' water like SYTYCD's hostess Cat Deely!
I'm not alone in my affection for this show. So a few of us bloggers (Christina, Courtney, Megan, Renee, and myself) are going to rotate a blog review each week. Get it? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Dance??? It all makes sense now, right? I guess I pulled the short straw having to post the inaugural review. So much pressure! Feel free to leave your opinions and comments each week...this dance card is big enough for all of us!
Tonight's premier began with auditions in Brooklyn, New York and Denver, Colorado. I have to say that I was pleased this time that there were far more GOOD dancers featured than ridiculously embarrassing "dancers". I feel badly for these unfortunate souls who have no one who loves them....at least not enough to tell them NOT to audition. These are the people that were probably told once at their sister's wedding that they were a good dancer by others who were so drunk they thought it would be funny to freak the mother of the bride. They should not audition. If your "formal" training consists of watching videos on MTV, you should not audition. Is this news to anyone? Apparently it is.
Ahhh I digress. Tonight's show featured the 2 regular judges, Nigel and Mary. Nigel cracks me up with his shaggy, kinda feathered hair and his attempts to be "down" by saying things like "stank face" and "you brought it" with his thick British accent. He does know his dance though, and he tells the truth! Did anyone else see when he imitated one dancer by pointing to his crotch and yelling "Why would you do that?" Gold! Then there's Mary. At least 3 sound techs per season are approved for workers compensation from her screaming soooo loudly. In New York she looked like she just got off her pirate ship and forgot to change out of her puffy shirt, while in Denver the rodeo barely ended before she had to be at the convention center. She, too, though knows her dancing! In New York, Nigel and Mary were joined by Tabitha and Napoleon, a married, hip hop dancing duo. They are too cute for words...I love how she looks at her husband as he's talking. In Denver, Nigel and Mary were joined by Sonya Tay....who is so cool she snaps her fingers instead of clapping!
As for the competitors...the ones to watch, I think are Gabby (she was the first to audition and is a carni, too!), Peter the Italian tap dancer, Chimizie the super cool hip hop guy and Natalie and Brandon who both almost made it into the top 20 last year. Ooooh, don't forget Kayla who was brought to the audition by her very proud grandparents!
How weird were the "mutation" dancers, Storyboard and Hobgoblin? How does one know that they can bend like that? I kinda liked it. I'm going to get me some Schmean. I also enjoyed the umbrella dancer guy... the umbrella worked. Some props that didn't work were light sabers, a mannequin, endless leg warmers, and too much see through mesh. I give credit to Tiffany who auditioned in spite of her horrendously debilitating long hair....er, I mean spinal dysplaysia.
Let me know what you think. Tune in next week for a review of the Miami and Memphis auditions!
*** I realize that STILL have not posted about Trey's first birthday. I swear that we did celebrate it. My computer won't let me upload or download or sideload pictures right now. Be patient!****