Category: Reality Dance Competitions

Despite the happy face departing contestants put on for the cameras, exiting DWTS is rarely a truly “happy” occasion, especially if you are among the elite few joining Dance Center by becoming the first eliminated contestant of the season. However, season 12’s first elimination was met with even more sadness and laughter than usual, with a tinge of regret and wondering what could have been, as Loveline co-host and officially the least known contestant “Psycho” Mike Catherwood graced the viewers with the greatest delight of the night (even more so than mocking Chris Brown’s subpar lipsyncing and his act’s glow-in-the-dark costumes). He had no shame and just left it all on the dance floor. Mike pulled out the big guns (literally speaking his beautifully sculpted biceps) and gave us every fabulous pelvic thrust and gyration move in his arsenal with inappropriate sexy faces to match. As host king Tom Bergeron so perfectly observed, “Mike saved all his best moves for the farewell dance!”

In that moment, I was instantly hit with regret that I hadn’t recognized his brilliance sooner and voted for him, to at least feel like there was something I could’ve done to keep him on the show longer because he seems like one of the coolest people ever and I would love to date him *wink wink*

I always think the farewell dance is a little awkward because if I was one of the departing contestants I would want to a. curse out my nonexistent fans for not voting and b. get those damn cameras out of my face so I can be free to wallow in my own self-pity.

Not only did Mike give us the best farewell ever by showing off his comedic props and hidden dancing skills, but also he gave a truly genuine and heartfelt tribute to his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer (not to say that every other contestants’ praise of their partner doesn’t feel genuine and not forced). “Lacey’s a beautiful person on the outside, but she is even more beautiful on the inside,” Mike gushed as I awwwed at home and wished I could comfort him myself.

Yes, his competitive dancing was not quite at the level that we and probably he himself would have liked it to be (certainly not what Lacey wanted either) but neither are most of the other contestants’ and I have to hope that had he revealed his awesomeness before his exit, many other viewers would have fallen in love with him as I did and kept him around for longer. Needless to say I think the judges were also impressed by his moves but alas we cannot rewind time, so we are just left with the exaggerated fantasies of what could have been and the emblazoned images of what was the most memorable DWTS exit in recent history.

What did you think of the first elimination? Was anybody else compelled by “Psycho” Mike’s departing dance and comments to feel that this may have been a big mistake?


FOX reported on Tuesday that former So You Think You Can Dance judge and ballroom dancer/choreographer Mary Murphy will be rejoining the judges panel for the show’s upcoming 8th season. The high-pitched judge is best known for her shrill screams and for coining the phrase “hot tamale train.” Murphy gave the following statement: “I am thrilled and already dancing in my seat to be back as a permanent judge this season, which I’m sure will be the best ever.”

Murphy started out on the show as a guest judge and choreographer in season 1 and was promoted to permanent judge for seasons 3 through season 6. For season 7, she was replaced on the panel by longtime So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Mia Michaels, who left in November after just one season as a judge. “Last year when I was sitting on the [judges] panel, I knew it wasn’t the right fit because I felt too glossy sitting on the panel,” Michaels told E! Online in November. “I heard they’re bringing Mary Murphy back and I’m really happy for her. I’ve sat in that chair, but I feel like that was Mary’s chair.”

Personally, I am delighted. Mary may be loud, but she is also fun and so invested in the show and the dancers. Furthermore, her critiques are always on point, constructive, and find the right balance between critical and congratulatory. SYTYCD was lacking her oomph last season. Michaels, though a brilliant choreographer, is a very harsh judge and her talents are better served in the dance studio choreographing brilliant contemporary routines for the contestants.

Co-creator, executive producer, and permanent judge Nigel Lythgoe expressed his content at welcoming Mary back. “I am delighted to have Mary back on the show. Her expertise in dance, coupled with her warmth, compassion and humor, make her an excellent judge and fun to work with,” said Lythgoe.

Rounding out the judges panel is film producer, director, and choreographer Adam Shankman (Step Up franchise, Hairspay, A Walk To Remember) who was promoted from guest judge on the show to permanent judge in 2009.

So You Think You Can Dance will kick off auditions for Season 8 on Feb. 2 in Salt Lake City. The show will also host auditions in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 25 and March 1, respectively.

The finale results day of Dancing With the Stars‘ controversial and shocking 11th season is upon us and as angry and bitter we still may be that Brandy exited the competition last week while boring Bristol made it the finale, we can no longer devote all our energy to griping about the robbery (as booted contestant The Situation would call it).

Last night, we saw top performances from the 3 finalists. Jennifer Grey never ceases to amaze (although we worry that her body will cease to give) scoring a perfect 60 out of 60. She not only killed in an aggressive yet sensual paso doble but also earned a standing O from Len with a hard-hitting, flips-abounding Freestyle with a Dirty Dancing theme and set to the tune of “Do You Love Me?” Kyle brought the funk and shook all the junk in his trunk with a hip hop Freestyle to “Tootsie Roll” in the style of Apolo Ohno’s winning performance circa Season 4. Even Bristol managed to step outside of her comfort zone long enough to dance inside a cage to Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango”, which was the lowest-scoring performance of the night — that was Mark’s bad for making Bristol imitate a famous jazz dance from an iconic Broadway production and movie. Did he not see the Season 9 finale when Dmitry’s “Hair” Freestyle cost Mya the trophy? Big mistake Mark, Bristol the Pistol might not be able to recover from that, even with her legions of Tea Party voters. Bristol’s performance was technically good and she even managed to get into character for the dance but it in no way resembled a Freestyle, which should be all-out fun and tricks.

The Freestyle has always been THE dance that determines the winner. The contestant who comes out with the best combination of technical precision and entertainment/fun has almost always been the one who gets to hoist the coveted Mirrorball high up in the air. If we judge the finalists on who should win based solely on how entertaining their Freestyle was, Jennifer Grey is hands down the most deserving, followed by Kyle (who came in very close to Jennifer), and Bristol in 3rd place. Poor Kyle is getting completely pushed to the side amidst the Bristol-in-the-Finale controversy but he gets major props for giving us loads of fun and enthusiasm every week. Jennifer did everything possible, this entire season and especially last night, to earn the trophy but we can’t all help but worry that Bristol’s Tea Party voting hijackers will steal the win for the “teen activist.” (I mean, was ANYBODY able to vote last night? I got nowhere trying to vote online.) In awaiting tonight’s finale, I feel both excitement (for the fact that Jennifer should take it all, hands down) and fear (for if Bristol ends up winning). Will you tune in despite swearing never to watch this show again after last week’s atrocity? You know you’re curious to see what happens…

As Emmy-worthy host Cat Deeley exclaimed Wednesday night on SYTYCD: the “Curse of Season 7” (aka injury) struck again for the third week in a row! Yes, after a serious injury took frontrunner Alex Wong out of the competition and left everyone in tears, followed by quiet contender Ashley last week, injury claimed another victim on Survivor: The Dance Off, as the show has been renamed by ExecProd Nigel Lythgoe. I almost could not believe it when in the opening sequence of the performance show on Wednesday I counted only 5 dancers and no Billy…why oh why?!

Billy Bell suffered a knee injury and though he was cleared by a doctor to dance this week, he smartly opted not to fearing that it would exacerbate the injury and jeopardize his future on the show, as well as, most importantly, his dance career. By resting his knee and giving it some time to heal, he would be able to perform in next week’s show without problem… if he made it through this week. The judges, harboring some contempt that I felt was uncalled for, underhandedly criticized Billy for CHOOSING not to dance.

Billy automatically fell in the Bottom 3, joined by b-boy Jose and the beautiful Robert. Despite landing in the Bottom 3 frequently, the judges could not have, in all fairness, sent Robert home. Robert attacked his solos and he delivered some great performances this week, although perhaps not the most memorable; personally I really appreciate a man who can samba like a pro! The judges could potentially vote Billy off because they disapproved of his decision, but why would they when Jose is so clearly unfit among all the brilliant dancers left? But the surprise of this week was not the Curse of Season 7 striking again, it was the judges’ shocking verdict in the results show—in an unprecedented move, the judges decided not to send anyone home this week.

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The summer is almost here and primetime is exploding with season finales, which means there’s not much in the way of premieres this week…except for The Bachelorette and So You Think You Can Dance! We’ll finally get to see SYTYCD put into action it’s much-talked about exciting new format featuring All-Star contestants from past seasons! In less exciting news, the cancelled FOX series about reincarnation Past Life begins burning off the remaining episodes this Friday. That’s right, the networks are getting lazy and giving us the second and third-rate crap that’s too low-performing for sweeps. So I recommend re-watching many of the explosive season finales, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost, that captivated us to the point of tears, screams, and anxiety.

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If you read my March entry that explained the drastic changes SYTYCD will undergo to make Season 7 the best season ever, then you are aware that Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe announced the most exciting change of them all – the introduction of the All-Stars! The All-Star Pool consists of America’s favorite dancers from the 6 previous seasons to act as rotating partners for this year’s top 10. Each ‘All-star’ specializes in a specific genre of dance. It only took Nigel three weeks (since March 30th to be exact) to reveal the entire cast of all-stars for Season 7 one by one via his Twitter account @dizzyfeet but alas the time has come!

The full cast of returning finalists from past seasons along with their dance genre:

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Season 4—Popping, Locking, Krump

Comfort Fedoke, Season 4—Hip Hop

Courtney Galiano, Season 4—Contemporary

Anya Garnis, Season 3—Latin Ballroom

Lauren Gottlieb, Season 3—Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary

Neil Haskell, Season 3—Contemporary

Allison Holker, Season 2—Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway & Cultural

Mark Kanemura, Season 4—Contemporary

Pasha Kovalev, Season 3—Standard & Latin Ballroom

Kathryn McCormick, Season 6—Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway and Cultural

Ade Obayomi, Season 5—Contemporary and Classical

Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval, Season 3—Hip Hop

A couple of thoughts: On a good note, the Ballroom power couple Anya and Pasha who occasionally choreograph for Dance is back though unfortunately not dancing together. The All-Star cast is quite heavy on seasons 3 and 4, it only has 1 each from Seasons 2, 5, and 6, and none from season 1! I just think it should be a little more spread out. Also, I’m upset that Nigel ignored my request to include Season 5’s Brandon Bryant and Season 6’s Jakob both of whom turn me on with their beautiful contemporary dancing. Fortunately, Nigel mentioned that he’ll bring on other favorites for the next season. Other than that, I’m really excited to see the highest quality dancing ever on the upcoming season, which will air during the summer—this information I obtained in January through a personal conversation with judge Mary Murphy when I saw her perform in Burn The Floor on Broadway!

Nigel recently clarified via tweet the speculation that the All-Star pros will choreograph like on DWTS: “The All-Stars will NOT Choreograph. They will only dance in their own specific styles. Partners are of the opposite sex and change weekly.” Unlike DWTS, the contestants will rotate with the professional partners based on the dance genre they are assigned. Now here’s an interesting observation, there are 12 All-Stars, 6 males and 6 females, but there will only be 10 contestants that they will be partnered with and 1 will be eliminated each week. This means that each professional will not have to dance each week but rather take turns as the contestants dwindle.

Are you excited by the list of All-Stars? Anybody who you wish made the cut? Are you more excited to see the All-Stars or the contestants on the new season of Dance?

America’s Best Dance Crew, MTV’s reality street dancing competition, is celebrating its 5 year anniversary by having its former champions, including this year’s winning crew, dance on the same stage representing people in their respective community doing great charitable work. Poreotix, the all-male robotic dance crew with hilarious moves from Westminster, CA was crowned Season 5’s America’s Best Dance Crew last Thursday as it faced off against the masterful Canadian technicians Blueprint Cru. The special ABDC: Champions For Charity episode featuring the five winning crews, all hailing from the West, will surely be a show-stopping event. When else are you gonna have the best street crews in the country perform with each other on the same stage for your free viewing pleasure? If you haven’t seen Season 1 champions JabbaWockeeZ perform then you are seriously missing out, it is imperative that you tune in at 10PM EST on MTV for this special dance event.

Read on for information about what charity each crew is representing, courtesy of

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SYTYCD has received a complete restructuring adopting a format similar to Dancing With The Stars with 10 contestants competing each season, only 1 contestant eliminated each week, and introducing professional partners called the All-Stars, which are top contestants from the previous 6 seasons of Dance. Sound fascinating? Scared to death about the future of SYTYCD? Confused as all hell? Read on…

A couple of weeks ago, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter to tease that some “shocking changes” were coming to the best dance competition show on TV. All week Nigel Lythgoe has held all Dance lovers in the palm of his hands as he announced drastic changes (one each day for the past week via his Twitter account @dizzyfeet) on the upcoming season that will change the very being of Dance as we know it. At first, the changes piece by piece didn’t seem to make any sense (how can only 1 dancer be eliminated each week, that would leave a dancer partnerless every other week?!) but once all the pieces were put together I saw a whole new vision for Dance, of how even more amazing Dance can be.

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The premiere of DWTS’s 10th season was very exciting with the most interesting and famous cast yet. I was ecstatic to see more difficult choreography right off the bat. Here is how I rank the 11 contestants based on last night’s performance, with the major difference from the judges being that I prefer natural rhythm as opposed to forced awkward hip movement. Evan and Nicole are the frontrunners this season (no surprise there): their movement is fluid and graceful and they nailed the choreography.

1. Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough (25)

2. Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya (23)

3. Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke (18)

4. Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel (18)

5. Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood (21)

6. Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas (18)

7. Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (21)

8. Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower (20)

9. Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani (16)

10. Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska (15)

11. Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa (14)

I loved watching Derek and Nicole being dorks together in the rehearsal footage. This is an insanely sexy partnership, I can’t wait to see more, especially the Latin dances—flashback to the awesome head bobbing in the crotch move from the mambo competition that Derek and Joanna won last season. Nicole wowed everybody except for the grumpy old man, picking up the first 9’s of the season (2 9s and 1 7 for a total of 25, the night’s highest score). She was amazing, as I expected, because even though ballroom isn’t the same kind of dancing she does for PSD (in her own words: chest pumps and booty shaking), she does have experience learning choreography and that is a huge advantage. Besides, the chest pumps and booty shaking will certainly please Bruno in the Latin dances. I’m appointing her the Mya of this season, although hopefully she has a little more spunk than Mya, who was too shy and lacking in personality to claim the trophy last season despite being the most technically gifted.

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Which celebrity is struggling to lose 75 pounds on camera while caring for his/her 8 lemurs? Who in the world even has 8 lemurs (lemurs are those adorable creatures from Madagascar)?!? Would you enjoy watching 3 hard-to-please judges berate mega-celebrities the likes of Evan Lysacek, Pam Anderson, Buzz Aldrin, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and supermom Kate Gosselin on DWTS’s most interesting season yet? Could you blame a high school chemistry teacher with terminal lung cancer and whose son has cerebral palsy for turning to a life of producing and dealing crystal meth to pay for his family’s needs? Or perhaps you would love to see TV with a healthy Oliver twist on food? All this and more in store for you this week in TV.

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