Friday, August 22, 2008

America's Best Dance Crew And The Winner Is.....

The Las Vegas B-Boy group Super Cr3w, who staved off elimination at the bottom three times during the season, won the finale of "Randy Jackson Presents: AMerica's Best Dance Crew" Thursday

In doing so, they beat Houston's SoReal Cru, the mixed-gender group who defied and eventually won over their parents to become the first crew on the show to never face elimination. Until, of course, Thursday night.

A reported 39 million voted on the second season finale of a show that's stood out in the crowded field of TV dance competition reality shows because it concentrated on street level, self-choreographed and largely self-taught dancers.

Super Cr3w held attention all season for innovative and explosive stunts, that included a flying Superman in a routine that helped turn the corner for them.

As winners they get $100,000, a trophy, and the title "America's Best Dance Crew."

They'll also have featured spot on the fall tour, "America's Best Dance Crew Live" that starts Sept. 18 in Miami and includes stops in New York Sept. 23, Boston Sept. 25 and Albany Oct. 1.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Shimmy's SYTYCD Picks Part 2

Shimmy's SYTYCD Picks

Opening Routine with Top 20

Mary Murphy and Dmitry

Robert Muraine and Phillip Chbeeb

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America's Best Dance Crew Recap

Pac-Man and Pretty in Pink. He-Man and hightop fades. Don’t tell me you don’t love the ‘80s! There’s absolutely no shame in savoring the decadence and absurdity of the era – the fashions, the hairstyles, the slang (Totally!), the music, and the dance moves. I remember when I first learned to do the wop (1987) and the cabbage patch (about two years ago), and I can’t wait to take a further trip down memory lane.

This week, the three remaining crews are performing twice in two separate mini challenges. For the Groove Step Challenge, the teams must build a routine using retro steps from popular dance videos. On top of that, they each have an additional physical challenge to accomplish.

Crew: Super Cr3w
Master Mix: “Bust A Move” by Young MC; “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground; “Word Up” by Cameo

For this challenge, Super Cr3w must perform their chosen ‘80s dance style with only four feet on the floor. They decide they want to do the Humpty Dance (“People say you look like MC Hammer on crack, Humpty!”) and they accomplish this by creating two wobbly towers. Shane Sparks thinks they were “crazy” and was impressed by the one-handed hops one Cr3w member does on another’s chest. Lil Mama also loved their amazing stunts and believes they truly lived up to their name. JC Chasez is happy to see them going all out and showing a bit of everything in their routine: choreography, creativity, and athleticism. It was “a great way to start the show.”

Crew: SoReal Cru
Master Mix: “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe; “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D; “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown

SoReal Cru’s physical challenge is to start a chain reaction during their routine and they choose one of my personal favorite moves, the Kid ‘n Play. Lil Mama expected more from the crew but still had fun watching them. JC enjoyed seeing all the old moves, especially the high-blast running man at the top of the performance, but saw some loose choreography from crew member Andrew. Shane thinks they performed moves well, but lost energy throughout the duration of the routine. I’m still searching for the chain reaction. Did they even do it?

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She Loves You - Philadelphia




(Philadelphia – August 6, 2008) SHE LOVES YOU!, a concert and multi-media experience recreating the music of The Beatles -- performed live by former Beatlemania band members -- will make its Philadelphia premiere in the intimately distinctive setting of the Society Hill Playhouse (507 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia) beginning September 24 for a limited 10-week engagement.

Tickets at $45 are on sale now and available by calling 215-923-0210, online at, or visiting the Society Hill Playhouse box office, 507 S. 8th Street (open Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm). Groups of 15 or more will receive discounts by calling 1-888-4-SHE-LOVES. Performances include: Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; matinees on Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Philadelphia is only the second national touring stop for SHE LOVES YOU! “We chose Philadelphia because the Beatles played here twice, once in 1964 and again in 1966. Very few US cities had the distinction of seeing them live in concert not once, but twice,” said Philadelphia-born Rick Belzer, the show’s producer. “Philly loves the Beatles!”

SHE LOVES YOU! will take audiences back to the sights and sounds of the era of love, revolution, and music of the 1960’s. The live musical performance by band members includes a repertoire of 30 of the Fab Four’s greatest hits, along with an audio and visual multi-media retrospective of America during the 60’s era showing classic television footage, vintage newsreel clips, retro commercials and bits from variety shows.
A truly nostalgic retrospective that is sure to conjure up great memories.

SHE LOVES YOU! is guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages. The New York Times said “It’s all about Love for The Beatles!,” and the Connectiticut Post praised “For Beatles fans, She Loves You! is perfection!” Audiences are encouraged to dress in their best ‘60’s attire.

Band members include former Beatlemania cast members David Leon (John) and Alan LeBoeuf (Paul), along with John Brosnan (George) and Carmine Grippo (Ringo).

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So You Think You Can Dance Finale!!!

The long journey came to a close tonight on So You Think You Can Dance. The final four dancers, Joshua Allen, Twitch Boss, Courtney Galiano and Katee Shean came back tonight to find out which of them has won the title of America's Favorite Dancer plus a pot of $250,000.

To keep them company and to entertain us all at home for the two-hour broadcast, the rest of the top 20 dancers came back, many of them to reprise some of the judges' favorite routines. (Unfortunately, Jessica King was not in attendance tonight, likely due to her injury.) Along with these encore performances, there were many guest performers as well. This was by far the most entertaining episode of the entire season. I know rationally that it lasted two hours, but I didn't even notice the time going by. It was that entertaining. Read on to see what happened.

Well, here's the important news first. Courtney was eliminated first. Then Katee, but there was a surprise tonight. This year, the producers of So You Think You Can Dance wanted to award the top guy and the top girl, so Katee came away with a second place prize of $50,000. Not too shabby. So it was down to the two hip hop boys, and in the end, Joshua was crowned the fourth winner of So You Think You Can Dance.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Shimmy's SYTYCD picks

Katee and Joshua

Twitch and Courtney

Twitch and Joshua

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So You Think You Can Dance Top 4

I'm so incredibly excited for tonight's Final Four performance show. We've got four incredibly talented dancers who, I am positive, will bring out the big guns tonight and show us their most impressive routines yet.

Who are you pulling for? The nearly flawless Katee who has had a virtually perfect season thus far? Or her long time friend Twitch, possibly the least formally trained dancer of the season, but one who has showed enormous potential? Or how about Josh, he of the cute butt and amazing technical ability? Personally, I'm all for Courtney, the most improved dancer of the top 20.
Cat Deeley, wearing a shiny, shiny gold number and five-inch heels, welcomes the final four dancers out on the stage. She explains that tonight, everybody in the final four will be dancing with everybody else. She welcomes our....joodges! Mandy Moore joins Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe in the judges panel.

The first pair to hit the floor tonight are Courtney Galiano and Twitch Boss, dancing a Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo hip hop routine. This routine is about a crazy, deranged girlfriend going out to a club to look for her boyfriend. Courtney really takes to this character. They dance to "Church" by T-Pain, which is the perfect song choice for this fast-paced routine. Woah, Twitch spins with Courtney's body balanced on his head. Crazy! Normally, I love Twitch and Courtney, and I love the D'Umos, but I'm left wanting a little bit more. The judges shower them with high praise.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SYTYCD Spoilers

Taken from IDF

Judges are Nigel, Mary and Mandy Moore

Court/Katee- Tyce Broadway to instrumental version of the Trolley Song from Meet Me In St. Louis. Katee is in pink, Court is in yellow. ItLots of roses and wickety wack on the costumes, it's like a cross between a sheperdhess and a flamenco dancer, sort of. The dance uses a prop, white parasols, which the girls were both nervous about according to the package. Lots of jumping and synced up dancing.

Katee solo- to Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap, a quintessentially Katee solo. She wore this patterned silk hankerchief dress.

Court solo- to (I'm pretty sure) Special Two by Missy Higgins (it's definitely Missy, I'm just not totally sure on the song). She wore a low-backed bright yellow dress. It was a little more contemporary than we've seen from her, but still with lots of jumps and turns.

Twitch/Josh- Russian trepak by Yuri- I-can't-remember-his-last name to Nutcracker Suite. White shirt with blue trim and blue pants (Josh) and white shirt with red trim and red pants (Twitch), very traditional Russian costumes. Incredibly athletic routine, lots of jumping and turning by Josh, floorwork section by Twitch in which he is all on his knees the entire time.

Twitch solo- not sure on the music. No "T" shirt, but a "T" shirt used as a doo-rag. Lots of popping and hand movements, more than we've seen from him before, IIRC.

Josh solo- Red and blue striped shirt and jeans, he actually ran off the stage and jumped onto the judge's platform and started dancing. Lots of playing to the audience and to the judges, he does several sections of booty shaking and ends in the splits...


Twitch/Katee Waltz- Melanie and Tony to "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble. Katee is in an ankle- length sky blue dress with lots of fringe, Twitch is in a tuxedo. Twitch does some heavy lifting in this, including a full press over the shoulders in the middle of one that the judges went crazy for. Judges love it for the most part, Mary tells Katee that she could walk into the US Ballroom Championships in September because she is so good.

Courtney/Josh Jive- Jason Gilkin (Glikman?) to "Dirty Boogie" (I think) by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Josh is in jeans, white shirt, and burgandy leather jacket. Court is in tall boots with fringe and a burgandy leotard-almost dress that has short skirt of fringe that is accented with a fringe detail at the top. Lots of fast footwork and flicks, lots of lifts including an around the world with a flip kick sequence thing that the judges go crazy for. However, Nigel pretty much pans the number by saying that the technique wasn't really there. Mandy says it lost energy which suprised her. Mary went on and on about how difficult it was.

Courtney/Twitch Hip Hop- NappyTabs to a very popular song that I can't remember right now, but I know it was on the Step Up 2 Soundtrack if that helps anyone. She's the crazy demented girlfriend who is mad at him for going out to the clubs. They're both in light colors, him in a vest and khakis and a tie (I think), her in plaid pants and a beige-y shirt. Lots of isolations and accents on the music, including this sequence where Court mimes punching him in the face, chest, and "family jewels.


Josh/Katee Contemp--> Wade to John Mayer song that I didn't know. Wade says it's about love being hard work, and a couple who has a big fight and is now making up. Katee is in anther (darker) purple negliee, Josh is in a blue shirt and (I think) blue pants. I had a hard time seeing this one, and they didn't put it on the monitors because it was only being shot with one steady cam and one single light in a continuous, round shot. It should look cool on TV. There was a lot of floorwork and partner work, including this memorable bit where Josh kisses Katee's elbow.

Special Performances-->
Debbie Allen Dancers feat. Nigel- Tap routine to Boogie Wonderland mix with some other songs. Group of little dancers, and then Nigel comes in and does a sort of battle type thing with them. They all waddle of like penguins, it's very entertaining and "show-biz," if that makes sense. They did record a sound track before, so you should be able to hear the sounds.

Mary and Dmitry Samba--> I'm pretty sure it's to that "Danced with the DJ" song that Will and Court did. If not that song, then it's a song by that same artist. Dima is wearing black pants and a white, slouchy button down that he....wait for it.....gets ripped open by Mary. Mary is in a short red dress with three layers of fringe and a lot of rhinestones, along with silver t-strap heels that are rhinestoned, and four chunky, rhinestoned red and white bracelets. Lots of footwork in their samba, as well as some samba rolls. Mary has a very coquettish, subtle style which really surprised me- I thought she would be more aggressive and sharp like Heidi.

The Jonas Brothers performed their song Burnin' Up.

Group dance is a Scottish-inspired number by Mia, dancers are wearing kilts, guys are shirtless, girls have contrasting tartan vests and kilts. They use a burgandy curtain type thing in the beginning. Mia says the dance is celebratory of their time on the show. It's VERY athletic and quirky, lot of isolations and jerking and rebounding, as well as lots of jumps and partner work. The song is an instrumental, lots of bagpipes.

Past seasons contestants perform a group routine to Rihanna- "Don't Stop The Music"
with Season's Four Top 20

Season 1: Melody, Ryan
Season 2: Benji, Travis, Ivan, Allison, Dmitry
Season 3: Neil, Lauren, Dominic, Jaimie, Hok, Anya
Season 4: Top 20

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SYTYCD Returns For A Fifth Season

If there was ever any doubt, FOX has made it official that So You Think You Can Dance will return for a fifth season. The show has grown and into a big summer time hit for FOX, so its renewal wasn’t difficult to see coming. Both the Wednesday and Thursday telecasts of So You Think You Can Dance have ranked among the summer’s top five regular programs among adults between eighteen and forty-nine.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Shimmys SYTYCD Picks

Mark and Courtney

Twitch and Chelsie

Josuha and Katee

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America's Best Dance Crew Top 4

Last week a major upset occurred on America's Best Dance Crew when Supreme Soul was eliminated. The judges even said they expected Supreme Soul to be in the finals with Super Cr3w, and Lil' Mama called America out, telling them to vote out Boogie Bots. Did America listen?

Tonight's episode of America's Best Dance Crew features Missy Elliott as the final four crews perform to her songs and she even does a live performance herself. On a personal note, I'll be in Los Angeles over the weekend for the Teen Choice Awards, where America's Best Dance Crew is up for five awards, so hopefully I'll be able to catch up with some of the stars like Lil' Mama or even season 1 winners JabbaWockeeZ, themselves nominated for two awards.
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The show opens with the final four crews doing a ridiculously awesome routine while Missy “sings.” The fanny packs are back again, and they really need to win this competition, if only so MTV can use them to promote their new movie musical The American Mall, coming August 11 at 9pm. It features Autumn Reeser (aka Taylor Townsend from The O.C.) and So You Think You Can Dance's Neil Haskell. Plus, it's a musical set in a mall. I'm so there.

Missy is sitting in with the judges, and I hope she's as outspoken as the rest of them. The top two crews are safe while the judges vote off one of the bottom two. We learned that Boogie Bots are in the bottom two, and after last week's comment, they're as good as gone.


SoReal Cru – “One Minute Man”
It's smooth and good with some clock-inspired moves, but I realize now my problem with SoReal is that they're the only crew left without a hook. They're not ‘80s, b-boys or Transformers, they're just a very good dance crew. However, my fellow BuddyTV writer Leslie Seaton pointed out that SoReal Cru has something lacking in most crews, namely a mixed gender aspect. Most crews are all-male, so they have a broader appeal.

JC Chasez says they're not hard enough and Shane Sparks takes exception to that. There's something dirty about JC yelling, “Was it hard?” In the words of Michael Scott, “That's what she said.”

Super Cr3w – “We Run This”
After two weeks in the bottom two, they're going to bring it hard. It doesn't really matter as long as the judges decide, because they're so high on Super Cr3w that they would stay in over any other crew against them. They start with a human tower three people high, end with an amazing tableau of one guy extended in mid-air over the end of the stage and they even do the Carlton Banks stripper move from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If they don't win this whole competition, something is seriously wrong.

JC calls it “an amazing performance,” and he's not lying. Routines like this are the reason I have completely fallen in love with this show. Shane claims if they're ever in the bottom two again, he's gone. Missy even says Super Cr3w made her video look whack.

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So You Think You Can Dance Eliminations

So You Think You Can Dance narrows it down to the final four for the finale and as Nigel said last night, really anyone of them could be in the finale and they all deserve to be there. Cat Deeley in a beautiful shimmering blue dress sadly announces that the last two before the finale are leaving as she said that America has chosen. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance.

The opening number with the Top 6 all in white and set to Bette Midler’s, The Rose, was dynamic as always and it is indeed easy to see how this has been one of the best season to date on SYTYCD. After the number, Cat greeted the audience and once again introduced the judges from last night, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman. Cat talked about the plea to go to and Adam Shankman told of a new part of the winner’s prize would be a feature dance role in a Movie that he is directing. Nice! Again, this is a show with a heart.

Nigel gave a quick speech to the dancers about the rejection factor as a dancer. The speech was heartfelt and certainly again shows the heart of this show. Mary added her praise as well as she started to cry and Adam gave them advice to take the great experiences into their life and be gracious to their fans as they all have them now. The Top 6 then danced solos for the last time.

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