By Jasmine Williams
We’re down to the final eight dancers and the finale is so close, you can practically smell it. My GBFF Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the panel last night, so everything is going to be 35.6 percent better than the average episode. Yes, I made that statistic up but the sentiment is totally valid.
Here are my favourite moments from this week’s episode:
1. Witney and Twitch’s Hip Hop
Although I wasn’t a fan of Witney’s puffy sleeves meets droopy pants concoction of a costume, I have to give props to Luther Brown (from SYTYCD Canada, what what!) for this hard-hitting East Coast hip hop routine. It was all kinds of stupid, and I mean that in the best possible way. Twitch can do no wrong and Witney brought just the right amount of sassy girl power to their paring. But what I loved most was that there was no crazy storyline, no awkward props, just straight up hip hop, and I loved it. Take notes, Christopher Scott.
2. Eliana and Ryan’s Quickstep
I don’t think a week has gone by where Eliana hasn’t been one of my favorites. Even dancing the “dreaded” quickstep, this girl shines. She was playing the role of a forgotten housewife, but she completely turned the tables on this routine, turning this somewhat stiff dance into something truly unforgettable. Even Mary Murphy, who always has some criticism for the ballroom routines, praised her form in this piece. Give this girl a first-class ticket to the finals!
3. Cole’s solo Read more…
After a week away from our television screens to celebrate the July 4 holiday, SYTYCD is back for its first “real” show of the season. The Top 20 dancers are all partnered up, styles have been chosen and their fates are left in the hands of the voting public. But this time around, the audience will be voting for individuals, not couples, since two winners will be crowned.
Here are the Top 5 moments from this week’s episode:
1. The Opening Group Routine — Working a daytime desk job for the summer, I can relate to the frustration of working in such a confined space. This routine, choreographed by Christopher Scott, exemplified this wonderfully. The dancers movements were so sharp and contained, and I loved the angular way they moved around the stage. The desk and coffee mug props were used well and throwing the papers up at the end was a nice touch. Doesn’t everybody wish they could do that sometimes?
2. Witney and Chehon’s Samba — Alright, so it’s not quite fair that Witney got her style right off the bat, but I guess that’s just the luck of the draw. She killed this flirty samba routine that was energetic, sassy, and right up her alley, and earned first class tickets on Mary’s Hot Tamale train. But what about her Read more…
Hear that? It’s the sound of hundreds of dancers’ hearts breaking. Vegas week is finally here and with it come the cruelest cuts of the competition. Favourites fall from grace, and underdogs survive and even thrive in the pressure cooker that is the Planet Hollywood Hotel.
Here are the top five moments from Vegas Week (in no particular order):
1) Hampton “The Exorcist” Williams bowing out of the competition: After receiving the longest standing ovation of the entire competition thus far, and leaving almost all the judges in tears, this beautiful creature of a popper decided to leave after being unable to hack Twitch and Comfort’s crazy fast Atlanta-style hip hop choreo. It’s sad but as Nigel said, this competition is meant for people who can adapt to other styles. ‘Tis the nature of the beast. Dragon House dancers Boris and Andre also found the hip hop round too tough, but last member Cyrus makes it all the way through and does an epic solo to boot!
Here’s his original performance:
2) Team Ballroom: Favourites Whitney Carson and Lindsay Arnold are not only blonde bombshell ballroom dancing divas, they are also childhood friends who have danced together since they were little. And coincidence (or maybe not), the two end up rooming together in Vegas! How adorbs! And it seems that there’s no cattiness between the girls as they support each other throughout the week and even make it to the very last round before the Green Mile! Let’s hope there’s room in the top 20 for both of them, the fact that they’re both so similar makes me a little nervous.
3) Alexa Anderson: Read more…
Last night I didn’t intend to watch So You Think You Can Dance but then they sucked me in like they always do and were CRUEL to me. My cry count ended up being a whopping three and I felt the tears coming at other points in the night too.
One of my shameless cry-fests happened when 29-year-old mother and dancer Bree Hafen auditioned for the judges. Of course, she retold her touching story about putting dance on the back burner while she was raising her two beautiful children. Although she feels guilty, she decided to take some time to realize her true potential [cue violins].
That had me going already, but then Nigel had to go and invite her two adorable kids to the judging panel so they could properly watch their mom perform and cheer for her while she danced to Ingrid Michaelson’s “So What.”
I’m not done. After they handed her a plane ticket to Las Vegas they let her two-year-old toddler dance on stage and she was beyond ADORBZ. She wore a pink tutu and made pretty much everyone cry, including Mary Murphy and Lil C (well, Lil C on the inside). It’s G-rated, Hallmark entertainment at its best.
Watch it here:
For the second week in a row, So You Think You Can Dance judges cut someone because of injury, not poor performance. Ashley Galvan was cut from the competition Thursday night because of her cracked rib, reports People.com.
As she was asked to set forward as part of the bottom three contestants for the week, Judge Nigel Lythgoe explained that he had talked with Ashley’s doctors and they had determined she would need at least three weeks off to recover from her injury. She must have seen it coming, but the dancer still broke into tears while thanking her fans.
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to go,” she told People.com. “It sucks.”
Judge Mia Michaels said that Ashley could have gone far in the competition and was a contender to win—not great news for the show. Last week Alex Wong, the clear favourite to win the competition, was cut from the show due to a serious injury to his Achilles tendon.
With top dancers being axed for reasons not relating to their dancing abilities, it’s a real question whether the most talented dancers will be the last ones standing or not.
So You Think You Can Dance contestant Alex Wong won’t be taking the stage anytime soon, reports People.com.
On Thursday night Wong announced that he will be leaving the show and will be out for some time following a serious injury to his Achilles tendon. He will have surgery on Tuesday followed by a long three months of rest before he can get back to dancing.
“I’ve had an amazing time and I can’t get that anywhere else,” he tells People.com. “Not ever from day one did I ever think I was going for the gold.”
He said his goodbyes on the show and received a standing ovation from the judges, live audience, and likely teary-eyed fans watching from home. With his incredible skill, Alex Wong was a favourite to win the competition, but unfortunately for him, someone else will take the title.
“Alex is such a gift,” says SYTYCD judge Mia Michaels. “He is one of the greatest dancers, if not the greatest dancer that has ever come through our stage.”
This may not be the last we see of Alex, though. He tells People.com that “It’s a lot to give up but I would love to be back,” continuing, “I haven’t finished my journey. I have so much more to learn.”
While executive producer of the hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe, has been fluttering around the news that the show’s upcoming season would see big changes for some time now, it is only recently that those changes have been revealed.
Here’s the low-down according to E! Online.com:
Each week, the dance contestants will be partnered with a So You Think You Can Dance All-Star, basically meaning that favourite dancers from past seasons will be back. The All-Stars will be put into a “pool,” as Lythgoe called it, and that is how partners and dance styles will be determined. “Instead of drawing the genre of dance out of a hat, contestants will draw a photograph of one of the All-Stars, and that will dictate the genre that they will be dancing,” Lythgoe told E! Online.
Other changes: instead of a top 20 dancers out of the Las Vegas boot camp week, it will only be a top 10. And each week, it will only be one dancer going home, not two. Each top 10 contestant will get a different All-Star (and therefore different genre of dance) every week. After the performance, the All-Star will exit the stage, leaving just the contestant left to face the judging panel.
“This will be the first time ever, apart from their solos, that they will walk forward alone to be judged,” Lythgoe said.
After three months of impressive performances, everything from hip-hop to jazz funk to contemporary and krump, Canada’s favourite dancer was finally announced in a two-hour finale last night.
And, like I have secretly predicted since the Top 20 were revealed, Nico Archambault– the 24-year-old sexy contemporary and hip-hop dancer from Montreal, Quebec–was crowned the winner.
“It’s too much,” he said the moment the results were revealed. “I can’t find words strong enough to express it – I’m just so happy.”
“I’m so proud of you,” said host Leah Miller. “You deserve this.”
And she is right. Sure it’s painstakingly obvious that Nico has it all physically (the smile, the body, the hair). On top of that, the boy is humble. But, most importantly, he CAN dance.
Every week, since his audition in Montreal, he impressed the judges and audiences alike. He was versatile, artistic and passionate. And, in the last few weeks, he performed every routine effortlessly.
For all those boys who get teased for taking dance lessons instead of hockey—Nico just made them super cool among their peers.
Nico also proved boys with Mohawks are still sexy. But besides carrying the title of Canada’s first favourite dancer, he also receives the prize of $100,000 and a brand new Mercedes C230.
Doesn’t get sweeter that, does it?
While Natalli Reznik won fourth place and Miles Faber won third, Allie Bertram, 19, made it to the bottom two. The second place winner was happy that Nico won. “I’m just so proud of Nico. He’s been so amazing since the beginning and he hasn’t had a bad week. He totally deserves it!”
Nearly 3.5 million Canadians cast votes to choose the winner. Earlier in the evening, the Top 20 reunited to perform two all-new group routines with the season’s top duets.
Special guest judges Mary Murphy, Rex Harrington, Mia Michaels joined judges Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Blake McGrath and Luther Brown.
In the end, Nico took a bow to a huge standing ovation from the audience.
And he deserved it. The win. The money. And the car. Although I wouldn’t mind a piece of it all.
It only seemed like a few weeks ago that Canada’s Top 20 dancers were announced. Now, in a few short days (Sunday to be exact), the country’s top dancer will be crowned.
This week, the Top 4 had to give it their final best. Not only would they perform duets as in previous shows, but also the girls would dance together, the guys would perform as a duet and each contestant would perform a solo.
It was time to bring it on.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux with guest judges, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.
Up to perform the first duet of the night were Natalli Reznik and Miles Faber. The two hit the hard-hitting hip-hop choreography but, halfway through, Miles forgot the movement and looked liked he knew he blew it.
“Do not get defeated. Wipe that look off your face right now,” Blake said to Miles. “You have two routines to come out here and blow it out of the water.”
The pair received a standing ovation from both the judges and the choreographers. “Canada loves you,” said Jean Marc.
And if you want to prove that love, vote for your favourite dancer.
Nico Archambault and Allie Bertram were up next. The lovely pair performed a beautiful contemporary piece, emulating the story of a male character going off to war while his lover shares special news with him.
Blake called it Stacey’s best piece yet. “It was just a breath of fresh air,” said Blake. “It was moving and effortless and technical and real.” Blake also said that he believed that one of them would win the competition.
I agree. Fingers and toes crossed.
“You got me going today, Allie,” Tré said, overcome by emotion. “You guys are brilliant. Thank you,” she said.
After performing their solos, Allie and Miles were paired up for a theatre routine. While Miles showed off some of his tight b-boy moves; Allie displayed her ballerina-flexibility abilities.
“Miles, thank you for rising and getting yourself back in the game,” Blake said. “I enjoyed myself a little bit, but I didn’t enjoy myself enough. Bring it harder next time,” he told the pair.
The girls took their duet to the stage with a go-go routine.
With both dancers dressed in sparkled bra tops, skirts and white knee-high boots, they looked the part but did they dance and act the part?
Luther wasn’t convinced. Nor was Blake or Tré.
“I thought it was pretty good,” said Jean Marc. “It was fantastic for me.”
Miles and Nico ended the night off with a capoeira routine. After the performance, which included energetic kicks and cartwheels, the two hugged each other. Aw, so cute. Bromantic love.
“I hope you guys inspire so many young male dancers,” Blake said, impressed.
“That was a lot of fun,” Tré said next. “You did it pure justice.”
SO WHO WILL COME OUT ON TO? Tune in for a live Finale show on Sunday, December 7 at 9pm (ET/PT). The rest of the Top will return to join the finalists to perform group pieces.
WEDNESDAY: PERFORMANCE SHOW
Last week, Arassay and Vincent were sent home. As the finale continues to draw quickly upon us, Canada’s Top 6 dancers were ready to dance for their lives.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux, while special guest judges Sean Cheesman (who has worked with Tina Turner, Britney, MJ and Cher) and ‘Queen of Scream’ Mary Murphy—judge on the American version of the show—also joined the panel.
Once again, the remaining dancers chose new partners. Each pair would perform two duets. Up first to perform were Natalli Reznik and Nico Archambault with the disco.
“It’s very hard thing to do to shake your buttocks properly,” said choreographer Melissa Williams. “I have a stiff bum,” joked Nico.
The pair, like always, managed to wow the audience and the judges with their 1970s number. With high kicks and complicated lifts, Mary was ecstatic.
“That was just great, for crying out loud,” said Mary. “This choreography needed polish and you did that. You were fabulous out there.”
“What a powerhouse couple,” Sean said. “I’ve been waiting for this team and it was worth the wait.”
Allie Bertram and Izaak Smith were up next with a hip-hop routine—choreographed by Luther Brown.
With their hard-hitting and aggressive moves, the pair took the stage with matching black toques and baggy one-piece jumpsuit that Allie later undid to reveal a pink satin bra.
Again, like EVERY week, the judges were not blown away by Izaak’s performance.
“Izaak, when you get a character, you really go for it, but when you don’t, you end up getting lost. You didn’t deliver,” said Mary.
“The routine that I saw was amazing, but the performance was just good. At Top 6, you can’t be just good,” said Tré. “You need to be a lot tougher. You need to give a lot more.”
Am I the only one who thinks Izaak’s stay is long overdue?
Lisa Auguste and Miles Faber were paired up once again. The duo performed an emotional contemporary piece that choreographer Blake McGrath dedicated to his recently deceased grandmother.
“It’s about a female who wants to see [her husband's] face one more time,” Blake explained.
“You know, every once in a while on this show a number comes along and really tugs at my heart strings,” Mary said, stating that this was one of those pieces.
“Your delivery was spectacular,” Jean Marc told the two. “This performance was priceless and will be memorable for a long, long time.”
For their second performance of the night, Natalli and Nico took the quickstep to the stage.
The duo performed with grace, elegance and tackled the quick footwork.
“Wow! Lemme tell ya, the quickstep is one dance you can’t fake and you guys really did it fabulously,” said Mary. “You guys are pure glamour out there,” and stated the two were her favourite couple of the night.
Tré was also impressed. “I know what I like and I loved that! You guys looked so graceful.”
Allie and Izaak got groovy with an old school jazz routine. Izaak starred as Prince Charming while Allie played the Cinderella character—in a white dress and pink sneakers. The high-energy routine actually impressed the judges.
“That number makes me want to go ‘aw.’ It was so sweet,” Mary said. “Allie, you looked like an angel out there on the dance floor.”
Jean Marc said that Izaak had a great night but added that he did not think it might be enough in the end. “I love you guys,” he added.
Lisa and Miles were up last with a cha-cha routine. The sultry routine included sharp hip movements. To end it off, Lisa ripped Miles’ shirt off.
Mary was blown away and gave the two the first class ticker to her Hot Tamale Train. “Woo woo!” she said, standing.
“All I have to say is that’s just fierce,” said Sean.
Jean Marc put Miles and Lisa on his V.I.D (Very Important Dancer) list. “You are very special people,” he said.
THURSDAY NIGHT: TOP 4 REVEALED
After Wednesday’s performance, Canada voted a recording breaking three million times. After the Top 6 kicked off the show with Tré’s step dance number, the girls and the boys each performed a solo.
At the end of the show, host Leah Miller announced that Lisa and Izaak would be heading home.
While I am disappointed that Lisa left, I think it was Izaak’s time to go.
“Those two are amazing,” said Jean Marc. “I’ve seen you both transform and do miraculous things.”
So Canada, here are your Top 4:
ALLIE Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary
MILES Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary
NATALLI Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto
NICO Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal.
Watch the Top 4 hit the stage in a two-hour final show performance Wednesday night at 8 p.m. E.T.
Canada’s favourite dancer will be revealed during a two-hour results show on Sunday, December 7 at 9 p.m. E.T on CTV.
It’s coming guys. In a couple weeks your favourite dancer will be crowned–that is if you freakin vote for him or her! I am quite disappointed with tonight’s results show (which we will get to later). I sound like a broken record–got it–but you need to vote. If I vote, so should you. Like host Leah Miller constantly points out, if you use your cell phone, it’s FREE!
WEDNESDAY PERFORMANCE SHOW
I had the pleasure of attending the Top 8 live taping show on Monday night. And I will admit. I had a bloody good time.
The atmosphere and excitement you sense from the comfort of your couch is immeasurable in the studio. The energy is untamable. The chemistry between the dancers is undeniable. It’s unreal.
But of course there is one thing that is misleading to you viewers at home. The stage. With great editing and creative camera use, the studio appears A LOT bigger on television than in reality. But to audience members, it means they are only so much closer to their favourite dancers.
Special guest judges Mia Michaels and Dan Karaty–judges and choreographers on American version of the show – joined permanent judges Tré Armstrong (who is breathtaking in person) and Jean Marc Genereux (whose accent is just as cool in reality as it is on TV).
Not only have the dancers chosen new partners at random, but also each pair will perform two different dance styles. Each viewer, however, must vote for his or her favourite dancer–not couple. The girl and boy with the lowest votes will be voted off.
Up first to perform the Samba were Allie Bertram and Miles Faber. Wearing Adam and Eve-inspired costumes (Miles shirtless; Allie barely clothed) the two blew the audience away with their challenging lifts and intricate footwork. The judges loved it.
“First of all, you need to always dress like this,” Mia said to Miles. I concur. I could see Miles’ abs from where I was sitting. Super nice.
“You guys owned the stage,” said Dan. “Phenomenal job, guys.”
Performing the Lindy Hop were Arassay Reyes and Izaak Smith.
While the judges were impressed with their lifts and flips, Mia felt the overall performance was a bit sloppy. While Mia said that Arassay was “amazing” she believed Izaak needed to up his game. “You’re adorable, but you should be more physical. The reality of your performance needs to step up.”
“It was a bundle of energy,” Jean Marc said. “It was like watching two kids have the time of their lives.”
Natalli Reznik and Vincent Noiseux teamed up with choreographer Lil “C” for a hard-hitting Krump performance. Pretending to be robbers, the pair hit the moves hard but, at one point, Natalli forgot the routine.
“You didn’t throw in the towel, you finished it,” said Tré. “You’re keeping it real under major pressure.”
Now for my favourite routine of the night. Although I am quite saddened that Nico Archambault is no longer with Arassay, his jazz-funk performance with Lisa Auguste oozes sexiness.
Blake McGrath choreographed the jazz-funk piece that had Lisa portray a superstar and Nico as her paparazzi (can we say Britney and Adnan?). “It’s gonna be hot, baby,” Blake assured the audience.
Oh it was.
With Lisa entering the stage with extensions and thigh-high boots, Nico followed with a camera. It was aggressive, passionate, sexual, raw and just darn good.
“Blake, you’re dirty, dirty, filthy!” Mia exclaimed. “Wow! You can’t deny the hotness of that. It’s so intricate. You hit it, it was amazing. It’s a great video piece.”
“Apparently you don’t have to censor much here in Canada,” Dan joked.
The crowd applauded. “You guys turned it on.”
Performing their second routine of the night were Allie and Miles with African-jazz. The two wowed the crowd once again with their performance.
“What a beautiful, beautiful, feel good piece,” said Dan.
Up performing the Tango were Arrassay and Izaak. While Arassay’s flexibility came through, Izaak’s strength was also essential for the many lifts.
“You are a sexy little bunny,” Mia told Arassay. “You were giving so much passion and fire. You were trying to connect, but when you’re doing partnering, it’s a marriage and it has to mesh together.”
However, Mia did not feel the same for Izaak.
“It wasn’t there for me,” she said to Izaak. “I want you to be at that other level. I want you to soar.”
Natalli and Vincent were up next with a breathtaking contemporary piece – my second favourite of the night.
Performed to Mika’s “Happy Ending” the pair truly captured the rawness and beauty of the dance.
“I don’t have a list or train and I’m sure as hell not going to throw you on a bus or a rocket, but that was the best performance of the night. That’s what we expect from the Top 8,” said Dan.
Jean Marc grew emotional and gave the two a standing ovation. “I love you guys,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much.”
The final performance of the night had Lisa and Nico dancing to hip-hop. Carrying black suitcases with dollar signs, Nico said that incorporating the props was tricky.
“The style was ridiculous,” Mia said after their performance. “I have nothing bad to say.”
Dan even had more powerful words of appraisal: “I judge around the world, and I have to say the Canadian show, especially the dancers on it, is second to none. From the moment you guys picked up your briefcases, I knew you guys were committed.”
As the judges made their closing remarks, Jean Marc made a strong point.
“If you think they’re safe, they are not. Nobody is safe unless you make them safe,” he said in reference to your favourite dancer.
THURSDAY’S RESULTS SHOW
Canada voted and tonight’s bottom four were: Arassay and Lisa; Vincent and Izaak. While Izaak has been receiving criticism from the judges for weeks, he was safe. Vincent was sent home as well as Arassay. Host Leah Miller was emotional reading the results and once again stressed the importance of having to vote.
So I will beat you over the head with it if I must. But please vote. Or cry with everyone else when they say their goodbyes prematurely.
WEDENSDAY PERFORMANCE SHOW
In three weeks, Canada’s favourite dancer will be crowned. But if you want to see your favourite dancer rise to the top, you need to do one thing:
Your Top 10 need you to call in or text five million times so that one of them, the one you want to see triumph over the others, can win.
Think of this as your civil duty. Be heard.
But back to the show.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux while special guest judges Blake McGrath and Luther Brown joined the panel.
As of this week–to mix things up–the format has changed. Not only have dancers changed partners, but all will also perform both duets and solos from now on. Instead of voting for your favourite couple, you will now need to call in to keep individual dancers from elimination. Gone are the days where there was a bottom three. Dancers with the lowest number of votes get automatically voted off.
So like I said before. Go vote.
Up first were Natalli Reznik and Izaak Smith. The two got grooving to boxing-inspired hip-hop choreography. While judges were impressed with Natalli, they expected more from Izaak.
“Izaak you did a good job. But this is Top 10, you don’t need to be good, you need to be great,” said Luther.
Performing the oh-so-sexy Mambo routine were Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Danny Arbour. The two lit the stage on fire and the judges felt the heat.
“Danny brought the mambo, Kaitlyn brought the Tabasco,” joked Jean Marc.
Even to this day, I still don’t fully understand his jokes.
Allie Bertram and Nico Archambault were ready to perform the waltz. While Arassay and Nico had unbreakable chemistry with their partnership, Allie and Nico were no different.
“You’re the perfect partner,” Luther said to Nico. “It was effortless.”
However, Blake was sad to see Nico split from Arassay. I concur. The two were a match-made in SYTYCD heaven.
“But what better new girlfriend than Allie!” Blake added. “It looked easy and effortless.”
Meh. Still like Nicassay better. Ooh, you like that portmanteau don’t you? Catchy. Move over Brangelina, TomKat and yeah you too Jenniyer
Up next were Arassay Reyes and Vincent Noiseux. The two were ready to strut their stuff through disco. With their fast and sharp movements, the two won the judges approval.
“You two are showing Canada what it takes to be in the Top 10,” Blake said. “You’re so seasoned professionally — like jerk chicken and spicy sauce. You’re saucy and I love it,” he said.”
Lisa Auguste and Mile Faber were ready to set the mood with contemporary. The sensual and emotional performance really moved the audience and judges. Well, some of them.
“I think you’re a great dancer,” Luther told Lisa. “There’s so much more to you. Show them everything.”
However, Blake thought otherwise.
“It fell a little flat for me,” he said. “Lisa, you’re so gifted,” but wanted her to push herself further. “I wanted to see more technique,” he said to Miles.
That’s all for the performance show ladies and gents. But who moves on and who goes? Find out…below!
THURSDAY NIGHT RESULTS SHOW
The results show started off with the entire cast dancing to Mia Michael’s choreography – a well-known judge on the American version of SYTYCD.
Let’s get it out there. Michael’s is the goddess of contemporary. Her routines are not only breathtaking but they take to you to a whole new world. I actually feel emotion when I watch her work – and, coming from me, that says a lot.
Which ladies and which boys were the bottom four? Natalli Reznik and Kaitlyn Fitzgerald well as Miles Faber and Danny Arbour faced elimination.
After all four performed solos that would not change the results, Natalli and Danny said their goodbyes.
Stay tuned next week to watch your Top 8!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: TOP 12 PERFORM!
Revealing the Top 10 is around the corner, but first lets have a look at Wednesday’s performance show.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux, while special guest judges Rex Harrington and Melissa Williams (who has worked with the legendary Prince, George Michael and err, Carmen Electra) also joined the judging panel.
While Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière agreed they enjoyed performing the theatre piece last week, the pair was eager to perform this week’s Afro-Cuban salsa number.
Rex, of course, put them on his ‘Sexy Rexy Rocket to the Stars.’
I, on the one hand, still prefer the ‘Hot Tamale Train.’
Tré called the routine “hot, hot, hot, hot” and claimed she got goose bumps during their performance. Jean Marc joked the two were the real cause of global warming.
I, on the other hand, beg to differ.
Moving to hip-hop were Allie Bertram and Danny Arbour. The two got down and hit Luther Brown’s choreography with oomph and passion.
Or so they tried.
The judges wanted Allie to get “a bit more gangster” and try harder. Melissa was impressed with Danny’s commitment stating: “You always approach everything with a reckless abandon.”
Up next were Lara Smythe and Miles Faber. The pair was not too pleased with their West Coast Swing performance last week but were ready to excel in the foxtrot.
“That was charming! That was beautiful. Bravo!” Rex told the couple – clearly impressed with the duo’s performance.
“You engaged me,” Tré said. “I embraced it and you made be a believer.”
Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith were set to dance the jive with Dmitry Chaplin choreographing. While Dmitry did warn the couple the jive was difficult due to the complicated footwork, Rex did not feel their legwork was quick enough. “It should be like you’re on top of hot coals,” he said.
Performing a jazz routine were Arassay Reyes and Nico (sigh) Archambault. Let’s get something straight. This couple exudes sexiness the second they step on stage and, when they dance, they set the stage on fire.
Yeah, they are that hot.
And the judges agreed.
“You are the leaders of this competition,” she Tré. “Amazing job.”
Dressed in white, red and black costumes, Lisa Auguste and Vincent Noiseux took the stage. The two were teamed up with Gwen Stefani’s choreographer — Sho-tyme — to perform House. The pair brought the routine to live with their high energy.
“You guys did that hands down,” Tré told Vincent and Lisa. “You guys were the best of the night!”
THURSDAY NIGHT: TOP 10 REVEALED!
Who were the night’s bottom three couples?
Lara Smythe and Miles Faber – who danced the foxtrot; Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière – who performed the Afro-Cuban salsa; and Allie Bertram and Danny Arbour – who showed off their moves to a hip-hop number.
After all six dancers performed their solos, the judges decided that Lara and Francis would not make it to the Top 10.
Tune in next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET to watch the Top 10!
Wednesday: Performance Show
And then there were 14…
After Joey and Tamina left last week, Canada’s remaining favourite dancers were ready to electrify the judges and audience members with their performances.
Special guests Rex Harrington – a former Principal Dancer with he National Ballet of Canada – and “Queen of Scream” Mary Murphy – judge on the U.S. version of SYTYCD — joined the judging panel alongside permanent members Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux.
Lisa Auguste and Vicent Noiseux were up first with a sexy samba performance, which was choreographed by Season 2 finalist on U.S. SYTYCD Dmitry Chaplin. “If they can cope with the speed, it will be great,” Dmitry said before the pair kicked off the show.
The judges were impressed with the couple’s commitment, passion and personality but said the two struggled near the end. However the pair managed to win the night’s first two tickets on Mary’s “hot tamale train” – which, as everyone knows–accounts for something.
Up next, to dance the West Coast Swing, were Lara Smythe and Miles Faber. The duo teamed up with Benji Schwimmer and both were ready to blow the audiences and judges away.
And they did. With their difficult moves and dedication, Lara and Miles nailed it.
Rex felt that, as a couple, the pair becomes stronger every week while Tré encouraged Miles to be more mindful of his hands while he’s dancing.
Next up were Arassay Reyes and the very talented and oh so scrumptious Nico Archambault. The twosome got down and dirty with a hip-hop routine. “They were my early Christmas gifts,” said choreographer Luther Brown.
Powerful and hard-hitting, the two were out of breath (more than usual) after their performance.
“All great dreamers become great achievers,” beamed Mary. “You’re artistic, you’re strong, you’re committed. You have that x-factor!”
On stage, Allie Bertram and Danny Arbour were brought the story of choreographer Paul Becker’s mother giving up his brother up for adoption years ago to life through contemporary.
With Allie’s beautiful lines and Danny’s partnering skills, the pair made both Mary and Tré emotional. “You two are brilliant dancer,” said Tré.
Although Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière danced for their lives last week, both were ready for a comeback with their theatre performance. While the pair may have not scored tickets on Mary’s hot tamale train, Rex did offer them a spot on the “Sexy Rexy Rocket to the Stars.”
Up next with the Hustle were Caroline Torti and Jesse Catibog. The dance focused a lot on partnering and spinning but the judges didn’t feel both dancers delivered the performance equally.
“It just didn’t work for me,” said Mary, who felt Jesse’s performance was not as strong as Caroline’s.
Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith jazz-funk(ed) and the two were convinced that their performance would get them back on top. Blake McGrath choreographed the routine that had Kailtyn dressed as a waitress-gone-bad while Izaak portrayed a sleazy businessman.
Mary expressed her enthusiasm through– you guessed it – her signature scream. “I thought what a great way to end the evening tonight!” she said. “You were hittin’ it and lettin’ it all out!”
“You are amazing dancers,” said Jean Marc.
Thursday: Results Show
As we head closer to the Top 10, the couples took the stage and waited nervously for their results. Here were the night’s bottom six:
Lisa and Vincent—who performed the samba; Lara and Miles—who danced to the West Coast Swing; and Caroline and Jesse who gave it their all with the Hustle.
So who headed home? After each dancer danced for their lives, the journey ended for Jesse and Caroline and both were sent home.
Tune in Wednesday at 8 pm for your Top 12!
From Krump to Cha Cha, Hip-Hop to Rock Jazz. Canada’s Top 16 dancers have spunk and they want to show it and want you to know it…oh yeah.
Last Thursday, Dario Milard and Romina D’Ugo said their goodbyes. This week, the remaining hopefuls had to step it up in order to avoid elimination later in the week.
Host Leah Miller welcomed permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux with special guest judges Paul Becker and Kenny Ortega – who has worked with music legends Madonna, Michael Jackson and Elton John.
Up first to krump were partners Lara Smythe and Miles Faber. While Miles was excited; Laura was nervous. “I want to blow them away,” Lara said. “It’s gonna be buc,” Miles (krumping lingo that means “hard-hitting.”)
With Miles’ chest popping and Lara’s cartwheels and flips, the pair managed to impress the audience AND the judges (which, to this date, doesn’t seem that difficult to do).
“You let it out with passion. If you can do this, there is no style that will fear you,” said Jean Marc.
Next, the dancers all revealed something unique about themselves. Here’s the juice on some of the dancers:
Miles not only can pop his chest but he can also ‘pop’ his ears (weird). Francis is studying electronics and robotics (nerdy cool). Jessie is a visual artist. Lisa and Caroline are ex-beauty pageant contestants (no surprise). Izaak is a compulsive winker (wink, wink) and when he was younger, Danny danced with his sister and ended dancing the female role because she was so much taller (holding in laughter).
But back to the show. Up next were Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith with the Cha Cha. Both received negative comments last week and had to step it up. Winner of the American SYTYCD Season Two and choreographer Benji Schwimmer worked with the pair. “It’s going to be a cha cha that is extremely caffeinated,” Benji said.
The judges, however, were not too impressed with the performance. Paul loved the choreography but said Kaitlyn overpowered Izaak and Jean Marc said their technique was lacking, even though he loved the emotional investment into the movement.
Up next to perform some African-jazz were Lisa Auguste and Vincent Noiseux. Both allowed the rhythmic drums of music flow into their footwork and their confidence electrified the judges.
“I don’t ever want to see you guys in the bottom three ever again,” said Tré.
Tamina Pollack-Paris and Joey Matt were up next with their hip-hop routine. While the judges seemed to overly enjoy their performance, I was not impressed. It didn’t matter if Luther’s choreography was hard-hitting. The routine was not executed with enough…spunk.
While Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière received positive reviews regarding their paso doblé performance last week, would this week’s rumba heed the same results?
The slow and sensual hip movements were powerful. “That dance made me feel hungry,” Paul said. “You guys rocked.”
Fan favourite couple (correction: my favourite couple) Arassay Reyes and Nico Archambault were next to hit the stage. The pair was excited to work with judge and choreographer Blake McGrath (ahem, but who wouldn’t be?). But perhaps they were too excited. During rehearsals, the choreography got so intense that Arassay accidently dislocated Nico’s nose.
Kenny agreed the choreography was difficult. “It can throw you off but instead you guys just jumped right into the deep end. It was beautifully acted,” he said. Tré added, “You’re one of our strongest couples, that’s a fact. Bravissimo.”
Up to perform some rock-jazz was couple Caroline Torti and Jesse Catibog. Caroline played a seductive devil and Jesses played the part of a corrupted business men. While the judges complimented Caroline’s strong performance, many agreed that Jesse needed to project a stronger character.
As the judges said their last words, the 16 performers awaited their fates in Thursday’s results show.
Top 16 Results Show:
Over a million Canadians voted but who was sent home after dancing for their lives? Tamina and Joey were the next to pack their bags and say goodbye.
Here’s a quick breakdown of who were the night’s bottom 3 couples:
Natalli and Francis who performed the rumba, Kaitlyn and Izaak who danced the Cha-Cha and Tamina and Joey who performed the hip-hop routine.
The judges decided that, although they loved her personality, they were unsure of Tamina’s technical strength. They believed that Joey had great technique but lacked connectivity.
The weeks are flying by quickly as the Top 20 is already down to 14. Tune in Wednesday for more of your favourite show!
While Canada’s Top 18 waited to perform for the biggest live audience yet, host Leah Miller welcomed judges Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath to the panel.
Before the dancers took the stage, Luther reminded the audience that “If you want to see your favourite dancer go through, you have to vote.”
Canada’s top dancers were ready to perform.
Prior to their mambo performance, Allie Bertram told the audience the best thing about her partner Danny Arbour was his work ethic, while Danny said he loved Allie’s smile.
The pair impressed the judges due their high energy and raw sexual chemistry.
“I love it,” said Luther, while Blake agreed it was a great way to start of the show.
Next up were Lisa Auguste and Vincent Noiseux, who performed a hip-hopping Raggedy Anne and Andy routine. Dressed as dolls, the two killed the performance.
“It was great,” said Luther and Jean Marc was amazed. “You act like professionals. You hit every single beat.”
Performing theatre were Arassay Reyes and Nico Archambault. The sexual chemistry during their performance could’ve set the stage on fire. It was hot. Very hot.
And Blake’s standing ovation was a clear sign that he and the other judges were impressed: “You delivered that story to the fullest,” he said.
Both Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière lost their partners in last week’s results show. The two were eager to prove that they belonged in the competition and got down and dirty with…the paso doblé.
The twosome blew the judges and audience members away with their sensual performance.
While Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith said she liked working with Izaak because he’s strong, she said he could be a bit awkward in rehearsals.
The judges loved Kaitlyn’s hip movement but felt that Izaak did not give it his all.
“I think you could be in danger this week,” Blake told Izaak.
Up next to show off their moves were Lara Smythe and Miles Faber with the Viennese Waltz.
Choreographer Amy Wright was eager to work with the couple, stating: “The Viennese Waltz is passionate and steamy and terribly romantic.”
While Miles and Lara excited the audience with their smooch last week, they once again ended their performance with an… almost kiss.
Dressed like soliders, Caroline Torti and Jesse Catibog gave it their best through their hip-hop routine. “I thought ya’ll killed it,” said Blake adding that Caroline’s lines were simply clean.
Up next were Romina D’Ugo and Dario Milard who performed the jazz pop.
“I think Romina’s a fighter,” Luther started. “You look like you’re dancing for your life every time you dance.” The judges thought that, although Dario is unique with his dance style, he needs to fight harder.
The show ended with the judge’s favourite highlights.
Thursday Night’s Results Show:
Let’s get straight to the point. Who will not move forward to next week’s competition? Romina and Dario were given the boot but watch the Top 16 perform next week at 8pm ET/PT time on CTV.
Canada voted and the results are in!
Last night’s live results show started off with a capoeira routine choreographed by Paul Becker. The Top 20 performed in grass skirts and wooden sticks, while they battled each other to tribal-like music.
After a brief recap of Wednesday’s performances, the 10 couples awaited their fate.
The first-ever bottom three couples were: Natalli Reznik and Kevin Mylrea—who performed a hip-hop routine; Breanne Wong and Francis Lafrenière—who performed a Smooth Waltz routine: and Romina D’Ugo and Dario Milard—who danced away to a hip-hop routine. But before the judges decided who to send home, each dancer was given the chance to dance for their lives.
After all 6 dancers tried their best to prove they deserved to stay, Breanne and Kevin—who appeared shocked to receive the news—were the first two dancers sent home.
Now, only 18 continue on the journey to winning the sought-after title.
Tune in Wednesday at 8 pm ET for more great dancing!
When last night’s episode began, I thought I was watching the U.S. version of SYTYCD.
The audience members looked overly ecstatic, the dancers looked energetic and confident (even though some were likely to bomb their performance) and from the looks on the judges faces — they wanted the Top 20 to blow their socks off.
Yes, everything reminded me of the SYTYCD.
Even the stage looked the same.
But when Blake McGrath joined judges Luther Brown, Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux, I knew I no longer was watching SYTYCD.
Because although the American version may have fan-favourites Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe, they don’t have McGrath.
And we do. Lucky us.
Speaking of fortune, not only will the winner be crowned Canada’s favourite dancer, but he or she will also win $100,000 and a brand new Mercedes C2-30.
Must be nice.
But first, the Top 20 must perform. The contestants were divided into couples. Each pair randomly selected a dance style out of a hat and worked with a choreographer. After all couples perform, viewers vote for their favourite. The three couples with the fewest votes dance for their lives during the results show the following night.
After strutting their stuff on stage for a short group dance introduction, the Top 20 headed backstage to get ready for their performance.
Salsa dancer Arassay Reyes, 21, and Nico Archambault, 23, performed a hot salsa routine. While Arassay felt more comfortable with the style of dance, Nico was not certain he would deliver.
So after the Cuban “hips don’t lie” routine, did the pair exceed expectations or did Nico’s hesitation overpower the performance?
“That was a great way to open the show!” exclaimed Luther, while Blake followed with “This is what it’s about!”
While it is hard for Canadian judges to negatively disapprove of performances, would Natalli Reznik and Kevin Mylrea be one of the first to experience harsh criticism?
The two worked with choreographer Tanisha Scott on a hip-hop routine that was out of Kevin’s element. While Jean Marc was impressed with the commitment of the couple, the two failed to impress judges overall (except for their military-inspired costumes).
Out to smooth things out were Breanne Wong, 25, and Francis Lafrenière, 28, with their waltz performance. While the routine seemed somewhat flawless, Blake wanted stronger lines.
Next to show off their moves were Allie Bertram and Danny Arbour. The two jived with choregrapher Melissa Williams. The two also wowed the judges.
“I love it,” said Luther. “This is the level we need to see!”
“This is what the show’s all about!” beamed Jean Marc.
Set to perform a flashy theatre performance where Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith.
The competition’s two youngest dancers brought mixed reviews for the judges. Tré loved Kaitlyn’s presence but felt something was missing from Izaak.
Up next were Lisa Auguste and Vincent Noiseux. Both mastered the technique and expressed the perfect amount of emotion.
Of course, the judges were blown away.
“I love watching you two dance,” Luther stated.
But would the same be said for Lara Smythe and Miles Faber?
With their disco fever routine, the pair surprised judges and audience members with a full-on kiss.
Although there were a few slip ups, Blake gave the pair the “fun award” of the night.
Romina D’Ugo and Dario Milard performed an ultra-sexy hip-hop routine. With Romina in a maid’s outfit, all eyes seemed to be on her and her performance.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off you,” Blake said to Romina and said to Dario, “You let her eat you alive.”
Tamina Pollack-Paris and Joey Matt performed the tango that, unfortunately for them, Blake said “looked a little bit messy.”
Last to perform were Caroline Torti and partner Jesse Catibog. Choreographer Clarence Ford taught the retro-jazz pop routine and while the dancers struggled with their lifts during rehearsal, the two believed they were going to “rock it.”
While Luther said the pair made a lot of mistakes, Tré, Jean Marc and Blake enjoyed the entertainment.
Overall the first performance was a success with minor bumps. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s recap to find out who gets sent home!
And yes, they were gone. For two weeks in fact.
And by “they” I mean the wonderfully talented dancers and the not-so-talented-but-wonderfully-embarrassing ones who either impressed us with their hip-hopping moves or made us pity the fool who told them they could dance.
Moving onto the recap.
Nearly 200 dancers packed their bags and came to Toronto for Finals Week in hopes of making it to the show’s Top 20. Of course, the pressure was on.
Host Leigh Miller introduced judges Luther Brown, Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux and Blake McGrath (sigh) before the dancers took the stage.
To start of the true competition (and thus the elimination) the first dance challenge of the week was hip-hop. Luther Brown (who has worked with Janet Jackson, Diddy and Brandy) got down and dirty with his killer and hard-hitting moves.
Some got it; others wish they did. While some were nervous wrecks, others felt confident.
But backstage, most dancers knew a quarter of them would be going home if they didn’t hip-hop like the smooth Luther Brown.
In order to continue in the competition, each dancer had to receive at least three votes from the judges. If the dancers received only two votes, they had to dance for their lives in a solo routine in hopes of continuing to the next challenge. Dancers who only received one vote or less from the judges were sent home.
Figure skater Emanuel Sandhu didn’t win all the judges over with his hip-hop performance but was given a chance to dance for his life. In his solo, he impressed judges once again with his triple-axle jump (which frankly, is getting very redundant and boring).
Arassay Reyes — whose Latin routine got her through to the Finals — took a risk and performed a contemporary piece. The judges were impressed, with McGrath stating: “Now that is dancing with your life” and Reyes moved on.
By the end of Day One, 56 dancers were eliminated.
The next day, remaining competitors had to perform to the dance style that John Travolta made cool in “Saturday Night Fever.”
Armstrong took the stage and told her dancers to “Think 70s.” Emotions flooded for many dancers who couldn’t grasp the technique.
Thien-Linh Truong made it through the routine, but suffered an injury a day prior that resulted in a swollen ankle. Even though a physician advised Truong not to continue dancing, she decided to stay.
You can’t tell Thien-Linh not to dance. Everyone knows that “no one puts Baby in the corner” or in this case Thien-Linh…
Moving on — again.
After disco, dancers were split into groups of two for the Foxtrot. Ballroom champ and judge Jean Marc Genereux taught this routine with his dance partner (and real life love) France Mousseau.
With the complicated footwork, some could not keep up. As for Joey Matt and Lisa Auguste, Jean Marc claimed the two “owned that stage” with their performance.
Many partners embraced one another as they awaited their fate. Some moved on while others had to go their separate ways.
Although it was a long day of performing, dancers had no relief as group choreography was next.
The groups had the night to create a routine that they would perform early the next morning. Would they crash and burn due to fatigue or would they give it all they had, regardless of their aches and pains?
While some felt their group members were the cheese to their macaroni, others needed better ingredients in order to produce some chemistry.
After some strong performances (including one group who portrayed judges Blake McGrath, Mary Murphy and Luther Brown while the rest acted as competitors) and some that resulted in complete utter disasters, those who stayed had to face the second final test.
Blake McGrath. And his boot-camp style contemporary choreography routine.
After all they had been through, would the remaining hopefuls be able to keep up with the very talented (and cute) McGrath?
“Half of you are cut after this,” warned McGrath.
Now those are words of motivation.
Thien-Linh, whose injured ankle didn’t hold her back previously, fell apart and was sent home. Perhaps you can put Thien-Linh in the corner.
Those who managed to survive McGrath’s choreo had to perform the final challenge – a solo performance.
Although judges would not give feedback, dancers knew it was their last chance to prove to Canada they belonged in the Top 20.
While some routines were “dope” (according to Luther Brown) others were just not good enough.
And in my best Tyra Banks-American’s-Next-Top-Model impersonation I ask:
“Who’s going to be on top?”
Well Canada, 20 of them will be.
And here they are:
Allie Bertram, Arassay Reyes, Breanne Wong, Caroline Torti, Danny Arbour, Dario Milard, Francis Lafrenière, Izaak Smith, Jesse Catibog, Joey Matt, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Kevin Mylrea, Lara Smythe, Lisa Auguste, Miles Faber, Natalli Reznik, Nico Archambault, Romina D’Ugo, Tamina Pollack-Paris, Vincent Noiseux.
Watch the very first live show Wednesday October 8th at 8pm ET/PT.
What’s the quickest (but not quite the most reliable way) to check if Canadians love SYTYCDC?
You check Facebook.
Granted it’s cliché but, according to the show’s fan webpage, the nation thinks Canadians are “bringing it”. For the most part, fans are impressed with what Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax had to offer.
But would Montreal and Calgary measure up to the high expectations?
In last night’s final cross country audition, judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong and Dan Karaty got settled into their seats. First up: Louis-Philippe Deslauriers, 23, from Richelieu, QC.
Beyond his super cool French name, does Louise-Phillippe have what it takes to possibly become Canada’s favourite dancer? After an impressive and charismatic ballroom routine, Louise-Phillippe receives his super cool ticket to the Finals.
But cutie Nicolas Archambault, 23, is not as lucky. Although the judges believe he performs a powerful solo, they (and I) want to see more and the Montreal citizen is sent to Blake McGrath’s gruelling choreography. (Spoiler: Nicolas proves he has what it takes to handle McGrath’s Choreography and is awarded the ticket to Toronto. Yay him!)
After more dancers were granted the ticket to the finales, others, in the words of host Leah Miller, were “shaking things up — but not in a good way.”
But Katie Lee was about to change all that. In her first audition ever (yes, EVER), the 25-year-old Toronto native amazes the judges with her hip hop moves and Katie is thrilled to be given the ticket to the Finals.
Although quite in awe (obsessed is a better word) with Dan, Jennifer St. Pierre does not have what it takes to move on with her contemporary solo. While some accept their defeat with grace, others like to look like pure swaggering jerks.
Tiger Son is Montreal’s prime example.
Tiger’s breaking moves get the judges excited, but they aren’t convinced Tiger’s routine had enough dancing to send him through. Tiger gets defensive and argues with the judges — stating he is by far the most superior dancer on the show. Jean Marc and Dan decide to give Tiger a second chance and send him to Choreography. Lucky for him, Tiger proves he has the moves and the judges give him his ticket — with a warning about his attitude.
In Calgary, Ashley Irvin inspires and brings guest judge Sean Cheesman to tears over her performance. She, of course, is given her Boarding Pass to Toronto.
Eileen “DJ Dove” Flomata has auditioned already in Vancouver and Halifax. Although not fully convinced the dancer deserves a ticket to Toronto, the judges send Eileen to Choreography — who later receives her sought-after Boarding Pass.
SYTYCDC will return on October 1st for Finals week, where the panel of judges will narrow down the dancers to the Top 20.