Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Aceon6, May 14, 2013.
Premiers with 1st audition show tonight. Can't wait!
I have to make sure I am taping. I like to FF through the bad auditions.
I was pleasantly surprised last year. They showed very few, and in a condensed block. Easy to skip!
I have to work!! BOOOOO!!!
wow, really? I had no idea it was already time - or really even if it was coming back this year
here's hoping this will be a good season
Very entertaining start.
So happy to see Cat again on my TV.
Androgynous guy was intriguing.
at softball girl and her injury.
I wish they hadn't added the sound effect.
Very few bad auditions!
That was a good show!
nice to have all decent auditions, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson is always a hoot.
Really enjoyed the first dancer, Fik Shun and his dubstep piece. It seemed about twice as long as the usual solo, but it was engaging - and we got the actually see the whole thing, no cutting back to the judges or completely useless reaction shots of other dancers watching (that happened a LOT during Armenian winner Paul's piece ).
Second chick was just typical contemporary, nothing special. Except for her name, which is MALICE pronounced muh-LEEESE That's up there with the urban legend of a baby girl named "feh-MAH-lay" aka Female
I did like Armenian Paul but I'm surprised he's allowed to compete in SYTYCD since he's already won one. Does this mean E-Man could come down and try out too? (yes, I know he didn't win.....)
Elijah with the tutu necklace was mesmerizing. Loved him.
Softball princess has only been dancing for a few months? Not bad, but damn, that knee
I wish Morris the B-Boy had gotten through - he was flying!!
Armin the Russian Hip Hop singer seems like an arrogant prick but he was very good.
nice highlight on the B-Boy trio...to be honest I don't see why they weren't sent through to choreography. They were certainly good enough to give it a try, even if they were unlikely to move forward.
Daniel Baker from last season tweeted that this is probably the last season of SYTYCD. Has anyone heard anything from other sources?
Fox is very closed mouthed about its plans. I follow Lythgoe on Twitter and he hasn't said anything (yet)
So did anyone from this board go to an audition show, or know anyone who went to an audition show?
How do they get the numbers down to who actually gets in front of the judges? On AI they show thousands upon thousands in ballparks waiting to audition (and I've read a few blogs about how that works), but on SYTYCD it seems to always be a manageable amount of people showing up at the theater. How many auditions do those kids go thru to actually get before the judges? Or is this show so focused on dancing that sucky people just don't show up (like they do for AI)?
its the exact same format as AI: thousands show up, they first audition for producers, who select a very small percentage of people who go in front of the real judges. Any time you see someone truly awful in front of the panel, they were selected by someone else to move on, purely for the entertainment/schadenfreude factor. I think that the auditions in front of the judges might happen on an entirely different day, but I'm not sure.
Even though we've seen plenty of awful or just plain deluded people in the SYTYCD auditions over the years, no doubt fewer people audition for this rather than AI, because there's a lot higher level of stardom to be had from singing than dancing.
The first guy tonight was just Timing, control, musicality - loved him!
I loved him, too.
It was nice seeing Twitch.
Yes, one of my good friends auditioned and she was also told that this would be the final season. She didn't make it to Vegas, but since she was in LA for multiple days, I wonder if she auditioned in front of the judges or not. She's a dead ringer for Arielle Coker, so if she appears sometime during any wide shots from LA auditions, I'd be happy.
There were several very good auditions last night.
I particularly liked the first dancer shown and the tapper.
as much as I love getting to see dance on tv, I'm fine with this being the final season. Nigel is a prat, and the show has fallen into the same formulaic pitfalls as AI. I barely even remember last season.
let's hope this is a good one!
I like seeing the dancers get opportunities, but ITA, last season, the routines were not memorable.
who won? I have no idea!
That I remember - Eliana and Chehon. The 2 ballet dancers.
From last season's finale:
Chehon and Eliana Ballet "The Nutcracker Suite - Pas De Deux"
oh yes! I actually really loved them both! I probably blocked it due to the stupid "best girl/best guy" format
I used to watch the entire season, but I cant seem to make it through anymore. Is it just me or are most of the dances contemporary? Mayben I'm misremembering, but I thought there was more variety in the first few seasons.
shan - there have always been a boatload of contemporary.
Well quite frankly most of the time there is a boatload of contemporary because they are almost always the best well-rounded dancers who do the best over all at all the styles.
Missed last night and : at it being the last season! Not only because I love watching it but because it has really inspired the kids in my dance classes. I teach at high school and a good portion of the students don't dance elsewhere and are not exposed to the dance world too much. This show has really helped them see more dance in an accessible format and I have seen a great increase in their willingness to take risks in expressing themselves.
Sorry-I just don't agree. I find MOST contemporary dancers who are on this show to be incredibly bland and mediocre at everything. Yes-there have been exceptions-I agree wholeheartedly, but the majority of kids who audition with contemporary-especially the girls, are just a huge snooze for me. They seem to have a very limited vocabulary of movement and if they don't stop rolling all over the floor in angst....I might die of laughter. Now really good contemporary dancers-Ailey, Lines, etc. are sensational, but that's on a professional level, and yes, those types of company dancers can do anything, but it's a whole different ballgame from what I see on this show. Just my opinion!!
My AD calls it "coupe, jete, kick yourself in the back of the head" dance.
I loved tutu boy and the two sexy ballroom dancers. I actually thought the contemporary girl whose father danced onstage was pretty good. I'd like to see her do some choreography that had more interest. I liked her body and commitment.
I'm just being witchy tonight, but I really believe the mediocrity of most contemporary/competition dance is killing this show.
I loved both shows of the opening week.. I really find this reality show holds my attention far more than the voice or even Idol.. I not only watched it but taped it.. I really hope its not the final season as this dance starved fan loves it
I agree with what you say above (except that I think Nigel & Co's making the format so formulaic and trying to outsmart the voters is what has killed the show) - but that's an entirely different thing than what chantilly posted, which is that the contemporary dancers tend to be the best at picking up the different styles. Not that they necessarily excel in every style, but most of them that get into the top 20 are able to pick up new genres more easily than those who've only studied ballroom, or ballet, or hip hop.
Of course, at this point, most of the dancers who make the show have studied just about everything, regardless of what style they are purported to represent I actually miss the early years when the competitors had a lot more personality and you could see both their strengths and weaknesses as performers.
But I'm right there with you on the contemporary solos, especially for the women.
I think the show is tailored towards contemporary/competition dancers more. Of the styles danced on the show, we've had contemporary, jazz, lyrical jazz, broadway, pop jazz... So in one season, a conteporary dancer is going to dance styles close to their training more often than a ballroom dancer, for example.
As to this year, I'll catch up with the auditions later. I tend to enjoy the show better if I don't get too involved at the beginning and just watch the good auditions later.
I think the show is tailored towards competition dancers because their numbers are legion as viewers in this country, and it's all about the dollar. Period. My husband was wondering why they were showing so many male dancers the first 2 shows, and then he said...oh yeah-it's mostly girls watching. Think about the female winners of this show. They've been very non-threatening and some downright androgynous...nothing wrong with that, but your sexier femmes haven't exactly been winners. I remember lots of top 10 very hot females, but they never won. Of all the female winners, my favorite was Jeanine, and she was really adorable but hardly mature - she was kittenish. (I loved her!) Last year's female winner was pretty and older and mature, but a wee bit horsey, and I don't mean that in an ugly way-I was her fan from day 1 and think she's one of the 3-4 best dancers ever on the show. BUT - she managed to be sexy when necessary in her dancing, but her interview personality was self-effacing and demure. Someone like Kayla is not going to win. Never has. I think your average tween and young teen female viewer, the base, wants a female to identify with, and that doesn't include Kayla and her ilk. Just my humble opinion!
If it's the last season, so be it. I'm going to sit back and enjoy it (despite Nigel).
I'd love to see Twitch added as a regular judge.
I liked Twitch's comments and respect for the dancers, as well.
I had the honor to meet Twitch and work with him for a couple of days at a dance festival - he was teaching hip hop - and I have to say, he is one of the loveliest gentlemen I ever met. And very handsome! He was so fun and gentle with the dancers, and they were so in awe of him. He posed for every photo, gave every autograph asked, and was in general just a delight the whole weekend. Even old granny Holley here had to have a photo taken with him. He's totally genuine, at least from that one experience, but I bet he's like that all the time. (I wonder where all those photos of him teaching got to? They're somewhere on the computer...)
Twitch as a judge? Absolutely!!!
I just like Twitch
I also like that they are putting through more of the pop lock/hip hop to Vegas without doing the choreography and they seem to be putting more of the generic contemporary dancers in the choreography round. Nearly everyone gets eliminated in Vegas so why not put through people who are so excellent in their styles. If they can't do anything else, there is plenty of time to eliminate them.
From the preview footage last week, it looks like the Exorcist dancer will be back.
What I find meh is that most of the genre dancers are so much better at their own style and so much more compelling movers even in styles they don't master than the contemporary dancers, who are interchangeable and who turn almost every other style into 50 shades of bland McDance.
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