So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.17, “Week Six: Results”

 

Neil Patrick Harris: “I had an absolute blast last night, you sexy little minx.”

Cat Deeley: “I never thought Doogie Howser would ever say that to me.”

 

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.16, “Top 10 Perform”

 

 

 

Caitlynn Lawson. Jess LeProtto. Clarice Ordaz. Marko Germar. Jordan Casanova. Mitchell Kelly. Melanie Moore. Ricky Jaime. Sasha Mallory. Tadd Gadduang.

It’s been a long, hard road. There have been plenty of ups and downs (not to mention some side-to-sides, and a couple of sashays) along the way. But finally, here we are. The Top 10. Tonight, the Top 5 girls and the Top 5 guys compete for YOUR votes, America.

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.15, “Week Five: Results”

 

I will not sing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!” I will not sing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!” I will not sing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!”

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.14, “Top 12 Performance”

 

Well alrighty then, here we are at the last week with our established couples. After this all the surviving dancers will be split up and be repaired with a different partner AND a different All-Star dancer from previous seasons each week. So this time everything counts. This time the performances will serve as a farewell to what in some cases have proven to be remarkable partnerships.

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.13, “Week Four: Results”

 

The group routine that kicks of tonight’s festivities is a Bollywood number by veteran choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan, set to the song “Kata Kata” from the RAAVAN soundtrack. Bollywood is almost always fun to watch, even when it’s not done particularly well. Fortunately the Top 14 dancers all do particularly well. It’s fast, hyperkinetic, and there are interesting things for every one of them to do. For once I don’t feel like the group number is playing favorites.

As all the dancers sweat and wheeze their exhausted way off the stage, host extraordinaire Cat Deeley reintroduces us to our judges. Two bits of good news tonight: first, Cat has sex-hair again; second, Carmen Electra is MIA (as in not there, not as in she’s secretly the singer MIA… oh nevermind.)

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.12, “Week Four: Top 14 Performance”

 

Due to issues with our local FOX broadcast, I actually didn’t get to see the first few minutes of this episode. Sadly this means I missed what sounds to have been a pretty great group number by the Top 7 guys; something about the seven stages of grief, choreographed by Justin Giles and set to the song “Prague” by Damien Rice. And video of the performance is frustratingly missing from YouTube, so I just have to take everyone’s word for how great it was.

Cat Deeley, adorable as ever in a baby blue China doll dress, introduces us to our four, yes FOUR judges this week. Joining the usual suspects of Executive Producer Mr. Nigel Lythgoe and Hot Tamale Train conductor Mary Murphy is, for some strange reason, Carmen Electra. In light of how successful the guest judges have been up to this point I TRY to be open minded. But she happens to be seated right next to the ever-lovin’ Travis Wall in the fourth judges chair, which makes Ms. Electra seem even more pointless. Travis becomes, as far as I know, the first contestant-cum-choreographer-cum-judge in the history of the series. And (spoiler) he’s just as great at this as he is at everything else. Bastard.

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.10, “Week Three: Top 16 Performance”

Better late than never, right? Real life did it’s best to keep this week’s recap from happening, but you just can’t keep a good dance geek down.

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Follow-Up: It Was Called THE KILLING, What Did *I* Expect?

So THAT happened.

I came out early on this blog to defend AMC’s latest drama The Killing, an Americanization of the Danish “Nordic Noir” series Forbrydelsen, from claims that it was too slow, too bleak, too maudlin. I expressed a desire to see a story like this played out at a slower pace than your typical TV procedural. I have always enjoyed deliberate pacing, particularly when combined with darker, more atmospheric stories. And there’s no denying that “atmosphere” was a major component, practically a top-billed character, of the series. So allegations of it being slow I understand, but that never bothers me. Bleak, or as I called it, “atmospheric,” I also get. But again, it was part of the charm of the series for me. I’m originally from Seattle, so I’m drawn to stories set in those environs. And I’m a diehard Twin Peaks fan, and The Killing is, if not a spriritual brother to that kitschy 90′s classic, certainly a distant cousin.

As for maudlin? Well yeah. It’s called The Killing, so what exactly did people expect? However, in the wake of the season finale this past week, having experienced the story as a complete narrative (only not really, am I right?), and feeling my own frustration and disappointment with the show, I have to ask myself the same question…

It was called The Killing, what did *I* expect?

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.09, “Week Two: Results”

The warm fuzzy feeling of letting all Top 20 dancers survive past last week’s elimination episode inevitably had to give way to the crushing sadness of losing FOUR dancers this week. Everyone was all excited and giggly and dancing around with joy that no one had to leave the party so early. But you’re all singin’ a different tune now, aintcha?

*sigh*

Cue the dance nerd rage…

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So You Think You Can Gobble: 8.08, “Week Two: Top 20 Performance…Again”

 

You may have noticed I never got around to posting a recap of last week’s results show. Well I’m sure by now everyone knows that there actually weren’t any results resulting from the results show. For the first time in eight season, Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe and his cohorts on the judges panel, Mary Murphy and guest judge Megan Mullally decided not to eliminate anyone from the competition. Contemporary dancer Mitchell Kelly had been forced to sit out the night’s performances due to a shoulder injury, and seeing as it was the very first week I suppose Nigel and Co. felt that the audience deserved a chance to see the entire Top 20 all perform before anyone was cut.

And so, here we are. Week Two, and it’s time for the Top 20 Performance…again.

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