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So You Think You Can Dance 5, June 25 – You Have to Feel


It’s hard to turn on entertainment today. Just too much sadness there, and all we seem to want to do is flip on the news and catch the latest. A So You Think You Can Dance fan said today that it’s a shame there isn’t more time before the show tonight, otherwise maybe the dancers could have done some type of tribute. It’s time to forge on, though, and get on with the show.

The dancers take the stage tonight and dance to I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) by Pitbull, a number with jazz and Latin influences that has a a West Side Story snap. I’m not sure who the choreographer is tonight, but it’s quite interesting, as it now moves into hip hop with Latin influences. It turns out this was choroeographed but Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo.

After the judges are introduced, Nigel addresses everyone and says even though they always say they don’t like Thursdays, they really don’t like this particular Thursday. He goes on to talk about how things come in threes. He mentions the loss of Ed McMahan both on Johnny Carson and Star Search, and then moves onto the news of Farrah Fawcett, saying he was introduced to her by Alana Stewart last Christmas, as Farrah taught him how to make a pecan pie. He noticed her humor, strenth, and that she was forcing herself to live, and took Alana, Ryan, and Redmond on this trip of survival.

Add to this the news about Michael Jackson, and Nigel says he doens’t know where you even begin to describe a global superstar like him. He changed the face of music and dance, and it’s funny I was just saying the same thing to my kids. Nigel explains Jackson did so many types of dancing, and tried to bring the different worlds of dance together on his own. After he did the moonwalk on TV, Fred Astaire even addressed the wonderful talent he was. Nigel hopes the grieving is short, as this is a life to celebrate. This ia a life that remains inspiraitonal for anyone that listens to music or wants to dance. Everyone they’ve had on this show has said they started dancing because of Michael Jackson. That is the legacy he leaves us, and the best way they can pay tribute to him tonight is to show a few seconds of Thriller, the iconic video that changed everything. This is how we go into the break, as Nigel says he wants to forget all the sadness afterwards and go on with the show.

And on we go. The first five couples are brought to the stage. Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune are first up with their jazz routine. I’m a little surprised that they’re the first of the bottom three couples tonight. Janette Manrara and Brandon Bryant are next with their hip hop number that was more like rock and hip hop fused. They’re safe. Evan Kasprzak and Randi Evans and their “all about the butt” contemporary dance is next. Not so surprisingly, the poodle butt and her companion are safe. Jeanine Mason and Phillip Chbeeb are next after their couch on Broadway routine. Again not so surprisingly, they’re safe. Up last are Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig and their rumba. They have to be safe. I’m not worried for them at all. And of course, after the bad puns of Nigel’s, they’re safe.

Karla Garcia and Jonathan Platero and their hip hop are featured first of the last three. Adn they have to be one fo the remaining couples in the bottom. Even Nigel would have bet on it last night. Nigel would have won the bet. They’re in the bottom three. He doesn’t take pride in getting it right, as he’s wrong too often. He’s sorry they’re there, and he thinks they know why. They just didn’t get themselves together.

Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover and their contemporary are up next, and I think they could be the other couple in the bottom three. But first, Kupono Aweau and Kayla Radomski and their first dance together, as they did the viennese waltz. Sure enough, they’re safe, placing Caitlin and Jason as the other couple in the bottle three. Mary is surprised by one of the couples in the bottom tonight, but she doesn’t want us to forget these couples are still one of thousands that made it this far. Toni wasn’t suprised by one couple at all, and isn’t about to second guess America on their vote of the other two. NIgel wants her to name names, and she says she was not surprised to have Karla and Jonathan in the bottom.

Cat is giggling about the next guests form the world of dance as they line up, hiding being her cards. She hopes maybe some of these kids will be on the show in few years. A group of young kids dance to Feel It By Colby O’Donis & Mauli 0B. They’re doing a little hip hop, and their ages ages seem to range from around 9 years old or so to teenagers. There’s one move with the littlest one where he goes absoutely flying through the air across the stage. Looking at him toothless in the front at the end, he may not even be 9.

Up with the first solo tonight is Asuka dancing to Don’t Trust Me by 30H!3. She does well in her soloized version of ballroom. Her partner Vitolio is up next dancing to Viva La Vida by Coldplay, and he does a beautiful contemrporary number with lots of leaps.

Karla is up next, and I think she has to do mricales to stay. She dances to 15 Step by Radiohead. She does a really interesting African inspired thing. Hmm. It’s a possibility. Her partner Jonathan takes the stage dancing to The Hunted by Kodo, and he does those acrobatics that are such crowd pleasers, and it’s apparent he wants to stay, but I’m not sure if it’s enough.


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