So You Think You Can Dance Review: Going GaGa

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Rob Marshall and Lady GaGa joined the So You Think You Can Judge panel this week, as the dancers put in 12 performances. Makes me tired just thinking about it...

Sasha & Pasha - Quickstep (Jonathan Roberts) - Their dancing was over exaggerated in the beginning. It looked like Pasha was holding Sasha upright and, if he wasn't there, she'd fall right over. The dance was done well, but will probably be forgotten. There was something tribal about Sasha's dancing, but it could have been because of the headpiece. My Grade: B+.

Pasha Kovalev and Sasha Mallory

Caitlynn & Ivan - Hip-Hop (Marty Kudelka) - Just like the song, the performance felt very 2004/2005 as if Ivan was a contestant instead of an all-star. Caitlynn fit perfectly during the routine, but the routine felt safe and cliché. My Grade: C.

Jordan & Ade - Jazz (Tyce Diorio) - Tyce proved again his Jazz routines are better than his Broadway. Tyce implemented all of Jordan's flexibility and sex kitten attitude to her full potential. The assisted lifts and jumps looked easy with Ade easily lifting and throwing her around. My Grade: B+.

Melanie & Neil - Contemporary (Mandy Moore) - While the dance screamed Mandy Moore (good but stereotypical choreography and songs that sound like they were from 80s Lite radio), the two did a wonderful job. The best part was Melanie's leap into Neil because of how much time she spent in the air before Neil actually caught her. My Grade: A-.

Ricky & Anya - Jive (Jason Gilkison) - The dance was fast and the flicks were in full effect. Usually Anya looks too mature for her partners, but the combination of her hair and Ricky's joy covered it up. Ricky lacked bounce and it was noticeable because of his height. The final lift looked sloppy and I was afraid that Anya's head would crack the floor. My Grade: B+.

Jess & Lauren G. - Lyrical Hip-Hop (NappyTabs) - The beginning with the rose wasn't the best and the some moves emphasized by the beat didn't work until the chorus section side-by-side choreography. The music ended so awkwardly that it left a bad taste in my mouth. My Grade: C+.

Tadd & Lauren F. - Jazz (Mandy Moore) - The Michael Jackson-esque opening worked well for Tadd (It wouldn't have for Robert) and Tadd gave it the right jazz touch. Tadd immediately lost his hat and kept going, and it would have been interesting if Lauren tripped on the hat. The choreography was fun and the concept of burglars made sense without Mandy's explanation. I wished that Tadd would have recovered the hat. My Grade: B.

Marko & Allison - Contemporary (Sonya Tayeh) - The dance was about not being judgmental and showed Marko channeling his inner pain. He dedicated the performance to his mother and you could see he was dancing with all the passion to prove to his mother his worth. The dancing was stunning and looked effortless. The couple worked as a cohesive pair and fed off of each other's energy. My Grade: A.

Caitlynn & Tadd - Foxtrot (Jonathan Roberts) - There was a lot of time wasted in the beginning to try to set up a story to delay the in hold dancing. The dancing looked okay, but Tadd's height or Caitlynn's lack of bounce on her knees was distracting. The final lift sequence worked perfectly and the dance ended beautifully. My Grade: B.

Marko & Ricky - Hip-Hop (NappyTabs) - For two contemporary dancers, the two did a good job capturing the swagger of a hip-hop dancer. The side-by-side choreography wasn't perfect and Marko's silly mugging faces were distracting. The tempo change proved that the two could keep up with faster choreography. My Grade: A-.

Jordan & Jess - Rhumba (Jason Gilkison) - The chair was an interesting distraction for less hold  like the foxtrot. The fact that Jordan didn't have shoes on and managed to keep a point to her foot was commendable. The dress wasn't the best for Jordan; the fringe better fitted a samba and while Jordan isn't fat, areas of her dress made her look like a ham tied with rope. Jess looked strong with his lifts and shouldn't be criticized for his lifts in the future. My Grade: B-.

Melanie & Sasha - Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) - Sonya wanted women portrayed as beasts and the dance started with the two girls colored like She-Hulk. I liked Sonya's interpretation of Dubstep because it brought out Melanie's precision and Sasha's primal dancing and both fed off of each other. The backhand walking near the end had so much power through such an easy movement. My Grade: A.


Sasha and Melanie are my favorites but me and my sister were laughing so hard at Melanie walking backwards, she looked like a pudgy little boy and she is usually so pretty.


they all did a great job and I was satisfied tonight who went home and who stayed. Still loving that tWITCH and Sasha routine from last week. I should move on I


These kids are terrific dancers. Melanie is strong and gentle all at the same time. She's my favorite. Gaga was a great judge, saying whatever she wanted and making good sense with her comments. I enjoy this show and watch it every week!


Gaga is a very intelligent woman who had the balls of a hulk to not kiss butt on the choreographers when it was a sucky routine that does not help the dancer at all in getting votes....Mary has significant knowledge of dance and her scream is just entertainment...wear ear far as does not imply the "N" when Indians are of a tribal decent as well so don't be um, "N" sensitive....we are all tribal and if she dances tribal it is the nature of the beast..if Sasha has no issue with it take your hurt "N" feelings elsewhere......and as for whores all of them, it takes one to know one and you are so far off base....thank you so much for your critiques....but when it becomes bashing with no common is better kept to yourself....none of us make the money or have our butts on that stage so keep that in mind when you sit in judgement.....good day.....and just saying


Nothing about Gaga? She grandstanded a bit, but she also had some actually insightful things to say. I wonder who will get to keep the "shoes". Mary's voice makes my ears bleed--I can only imagine what the sound engineers think of her--but when she does make a critique, it is quite interesting and obviously she knows a lot about dance.


How is it that all of Sasha's impressive performances managed to look "tribal" to the author? I guess "tribal" is the new "N" word huh?


whores all of them are whores

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