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For the intro, Tom refers to Ty as the "rhinestone cowboy" and they matte a clip of Ty riding on Chelsie's back over a western movie backdrop. Classy, that.The three finalists walk down the stairs, and there's nary a shirt to be found on these guys. I mean yes, we're doing a Paso Doble for the "face-off" dance, but seriously? We needed to see that much waxed, spray tanned and oiled-up chest? Yeesh.( Will the following three couples please take the floor...Collapse )
They're describing the four remaining contestants, and Tom uses the phrase "the girl next door" to describe Melissa. Dude, I don't know what neighborhood he grew up in, but the girl next door to me didn't look like Melissa Rycroft.We start with another pro routine, totally out of the blue. It's another awesome Louis van Amstel formation, to "Should I Stay or Should I Go", and features Louis, Dmitry, Genya (who we thought might be Alec-- there's never a close-up and they look/dance that similarly) with Chelsie, Karina and Aliona Vilani (thanks to the folks online who provided that name). Good, but huh?Standing on the floor, the Wife notices with annoyance Chelsie's nervous habit of pursing her lips. We're padding out the first half hour of the show by having the competitors do picture-in-picture commentaries over some memorable dances. Yeesh, this is lame.( Will the following four couples please take the floor... eventually...Collapse )
In tonight's intro, Tom refers to Chuck & Julianne as "star-crossed lovers". Clearly, this is one of those phrases that has become so overused that no one really remembers its actual meaning. They're also referring to this as the "home stretch", since next week's episode will be the Semifinals.For some damn reason or another, they start with a pro formation, sort of serving as a demo for the Smooth dances we'll be seeing the couples perform tonight. Of course, I'll never turn down a good pro number. Dancing are Jonathan & Anna, Dmitry & Kym and Louis & Lacey. Lacey's hair has gone highlighted light brown, so I don't recognize her until she comes back later. It's a fabulous formation, which you expect since it's Louis' choreography.( Will the following five couples please take the floor...Collapse )
It's time for Yet Another Gimmick Night! Sorry, Team Dance Night. Sorry, DWTS.Samantha's in another one of those HDTV-burning red dresses, and in the audience is Corky Ballas. They do the couple introductions and... Oh, no. Tony comes down the stairs alone and looking really shaken. There's a rousing round of cursing from where we're watching, knowing what that implies. And yes, Tom confirms that Melissa has aggravated an injury and will not be dancing tonight.( Will the following six couples please take the floor...Collapse )
I was out of town last week, so I'm working totally from the videos ABC posted to YouTube.Competition progresses, my scoring gets tougher.( Will the following seven couples please take the floor...Collapse )
Gonna try (I said try, okay?) to keep this short and sweet, considering I'm two weeks behind on my reviews. Expect choppy writing ahead.We're at the halfway point, and the Wife is calling tonight's costumes "insane, and not in the good way".( Will the following eight couples please take the floor...Collapse )
Damn it. Samantha Harris' voice is better. Opening of the show, yada yada. There are some really beautiful costumes going on tonight. I harp on the costumes because the designer who makes these costumes is one that my old studio would sometimes work with, but I never did get the opportunity to have them make something for me. Not, of course, that I probably could have afforded it. At judges' table, Bruno is already taking notes. On what is anybody's guess.( Will the following nine couples please take the floor...Collapse )