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Who Do You Think You Are?

Published July 17, 2010 - 3 Comments

I was watching So You Think You Can Dance a couple of weeks ago, and I heard a song come on that I had never heard before.  That’s not all that unusual.  It happens from time to time.  If I like it, I usually scribble it down on a piece of paper and then go look for it later.  And that’s exactly what I did this time.  It had an interesting title.. Jar of Hearts.  And some interesting lyrics…

And who do you think you are
Running around leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are

So the next day I bought the song on iTunes, and listened to it a few times.  It’s nice.  Different from what’s normally on the radio.  I really didn’t give it much thought again… until recently.

I noticed an article somewhere on the net about the singer, Christina Perri.  And that’s when it got really interesting.  Apparently she’s a 23 year old working in LA at a cafe, waiting for her big break…  an unsigned artist, presumably struggling to make ends meet… and one of her friends gave her demo tape to a SYTYCD choreographer (Stacey Tookey, from SYTYCD Canada!)  Stacey created a wonderful routine with the song, and it aired on the show…

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who went to iTunes to download Jar of Hearts, because suddenly the unknown artist has sold over 100,000 copies of that song almost overnight!   A few weeks ago she was working in a coffee shop.  Now she’s making television appearances, answering 100 emails a day, and finishing her EP.  She’s also supposed to be performing the song on SYTYCD  (I’m behind in my viewing again, so I don’t know if this has happened yet or not).  Not too shabby.  Not too shabby at all.

I like reading stories like that one…

(There is no video, as of yet, for the song.  This YouTube link is an audio-only performance.)

It’s Baaaaaaack.. So You Think You Can Dance – Season 7

Published June 22, 2010 - 0 Comments

I can hear the groans from here.  I can feel the eyes rolling.  Oops.. just lost another loyal reader… it’s ok, try as you may… you’ll be back!  You know who you are…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to the blog about SYTYCD.  First they were on their break for a few months.  Then when they did start back up, I’d been downloading them, but not watching them as quickly as I have in the past.  Other things just took priority, and that’s probably not a bad thing.  I have things that need to get done.  Can’t sit in front of the TV on my days off.  Life doesn’t stop.

I finally got caught up this morning, so it’s time to write my thoughts while they’re still fresh in my mind.  This season is quite a bit different than previous seasons.  Instead of a Top 20, they had been advertising a Top 10 (eventually “surprising” us with 11, rather than 10) and having this season’s dancers dance along side non-competing “All Stars”, who returned from past seasons.  I’m still sorting how out I feel about the new format.  Yes, the All Stars are amazing, and it’s nice to see them back.  And yes, it probably makes the 11 new ones even more interesting to watch.  And let’s be honest… most seasons, no one ever remembers the first few people who get cut anyway. They start with 20, and get rid of 2 each week.  Guaranteed later on when there’s a group number that requires all 20, you’re usually asking yourself who some of those people are because you’ve been concentrating on the remaining 10 or so anyway.  So this changes that a little.

This week we had 3 girls in the bottom three… that takes some getting used to.  I’m used to seeing 1 guy and 1 girl go home, but since there are only 11 of them, they can’t do that.  In previous seasons, I’m generally more impressed with the girls than I am the guys… this season might be different.  The guys appear to be stronger contenders than the girls… but it’s still early.  There is a girl who reminds me very much of someone who I think may still read here… it’s almost a little freaky for my poor little brain to see her on the screen, but I’ll work through it. I’m secretly crossing my fingers that the girl in SYTYCD goes all the way.

Sorry to see Alexie go home.  Poor girl auditioned for 4 seasons before she finally made it onto the show, and then she was the first one cut!  Something tells me, though, that she’ll be just fine.

Waiting for the next episode!

Father’s Day

Published June 21, 2010 - 2 Comments

Yesterday was Father’s Day.  Between working until 7am, sleeping for a few hours, and then going to see my Dad and my kids, there wasn’t much time left over to blog.  (Yeah, I did manage to squeeze out one about 123LinkIt, but even that was rushed)

I think that Father’s Day gets a bit of a bum rap (is that even how you spell that?  Looks kinda silly) compared to Mother’s Day sometimes.  It just doesn’t seem to have the same zing and pizazz that Mother’s Day has.  Hell, even where I work, you get an additional financial incentive for working on Mother’s Day (regardless of your sex and/or parental status)… what do you get for Father’s Day?  Nadda.  Try to figure that one out!

But that’s ok.  There are more important things than money.  (Seriously, yes there are.)  My kids surprised me with cards that they had made at school.  They were really well done.  My son’s was the typical boy-themed card.  Thanking me for the super-soakers I had bought them.. ice cream.. wrestling.. playing ball and watching TV.  My daughter’s was a little different…

Awww.. how well does she know me?  Meatballs, pop, black hat (I honestly thought it was blue until she wrote that.  So I asked someone.. apparently it’s black!), music videos, So You Think You Can Dance… and sleeping?  Hey now!  It’s not my fault that the kids won’t sleep in  past 6:30am on a Saturday!

Hope that all the Fathers out there had a great day yesterday!

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 Revealed

Published August 24, 2009 - 3 Comments

I sat down last night at 8pm to watch So You Think You Can Dance Canada.  I wanted to finally see who the Top 20 were going to be.  I flipped on the TV, settled in nicely, and…  on came Merlin. 

I don’t know what to think about that show.  Considering I used to play Dungeons & Dragons for years, you’d think that the story of Merlin would be something that would interest me.  It does not. Sorry.  And why is it on during So You Think You Can Dance Canada???

Apparently I got my times mixed up.  This was only going to be a one hour show, so it didn’t start until 9pm.  Fine.  It gave me a little more time to make supper.  Yes, I was eating late last night.

When the show finally DID come on at 9pm, I had great fun txting the results to someone who was unable to watch it with me because she was stuck in a car on the way to PEI.   “Tara-Jean is in!”  “Earth man didn’t make it…”  (Earth man was the nickname we gave one of the guys because his name was very difficult to remember, and he was very spiritual and in tune with his surroundings.  Great dancer.  Just didn’t really fit in with the choreography part of the show)

All in all, it looks like a good Top 20, but I really wish that the judges wouldn’t toy with them like they do.  If they made it through, just tell them.  Don’t start to tell them one thing, and then surprise them at the end.  It’s frustrating.

And this year we have someone from the Maritimes to cheer for!  She’s a crumper though… whatever the hell that means!

I think that the next show is Tuesday night, when we finally get to see them perform and vote for our favs.  No, I don’t vote.  I just watch and grumble when my favs get voted off.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20:

  • Amy Gardner from Calgary
  • Anthony Grafton from Calgary
  • Austin Di lulio from Mississauga, Ont.
  • Cody Bonnell from Unionville, Ont.
  • Corynne Barron from Edmonton
  • Daniel Dory from Montreal
  • Danny Lawn from Brockville, Ont.
  • Emanuel Sandhu from Vancouver
  • Everett Smith from Glen Morris, Ont.
  • Jayme Rae Dailey from Montreal
  • Jenna Lynn Higgins from Toronto
  • Kim Gingras from Montreal
  • Melanie Buttarazzi from Woodbridge, Ont.
  • Melanie Mah from Richmond Hill, Ont.
  • Natalie Lyons from Halifax
  • Nicolas Begin from Quebec City
  • Tara-Jean Popowich from Lethbridge, Alta.
  • Tatiana Parker from Toronto
  • Taylor James from Vancouver
  • Vincent Desjardins from Trois-Rivieres, Que.
  • So You Think You Can Dance, Montréal and Edmonton?

    Published August 19, 2009 - 1 Comment

    Ohh… Montréal… la belle province…   avec les belles danseuses… How I missed you so.  Actually, if it wasn’t for having to drive around that city and trying to deal with the parking dilemma, I enjoyed visiting Montréal very much.  But that’s another topic altogether.  Last night I sat down to watch the final auditions, which included Montréal and Edmonton.  Definitely was not disappointed! 

    These auditions shows tend to blend together for me, so unless I sit there and take notes while I’m watching (or something completely stands out like SpandyAndy last week) I generally don’t have many specifics to talk about.  I either liked it (which I did), or don’t like it (which I did not). 

    The hoop dancing was kinda different.  I don’t think that I’ve seen anything like that before.  We saw some of it in  Montréal as well as Edmonton.  I’m glad that they had a chance to showcase it, even if neither dancer got past the choreography round.

    Tonight the Top 20 is announced.  Now the real show begins!

    (Oops…  no Top 20 tonight.  Sunday!)

    Jeanine Wins So You Think You Can Dance USA

    Published August 7, 2009 - 3 Comments
    So You Think You Can Dance Winner 2009, Jeanine

    So You Think You Can Dance Winner 2009, Jeanine

    Yeah I watch the show.  So what?  I blame it on my ex.  She got me into it.  It’s all her fault  🙂

    I was getting pretty worried with Evan slipping through the last couple of weeks of eliminations.  He couldn’t possibly win, could he?  I really like his style, but to be America’s Favorite Dancer? Umm.. no.  But then again, I couldn’t believe when Janette got voted off a couple of weeks ago.  She wasn’t my favourite, but she’s the one who I really figured would win this thing.  I guess that it just goes to show you that when you’re dealing with the voting public, anything’s possible.  Hell, we still have Stephen Harper, don’t we?

    So last night it came down to final four, Brandon, Evan, Jeanine and Kayla.  I had a standing bet that Jeanine was going to win, but I honestly would not have been overly disappointed with either Brandon or Kayla.  Brandon’s solo last week was truly amazing, and I think that his “wow” factor outshine’s the others.  Kayla is just consistently amazing.  Evan is great at what he does, but he’s a one trick pony, and it was time to send him out to the pasture.  So when Kayla was the first one eliminated, I began to fear that I might never watch this show again.  I don’t believe that the best dancer is ever the winner.  The show’s not built on that premise.  I fully accept that “most favorite” does not mean “best”, and that’s fine.  But if Evan was somehow the “most favorite” then I would seriously have to question whether or not I could continue to watch.  I’ve given up on Big Brother and Survivor because I hated watching for an entire season, only to see someone who doesn’t deserve to win ride the coat tails of someone else, and squeak in.  That frustrates the hell out of  me, and after a few seasons of each show, I decided that I’d rather pluck my eyes out than sit through that again.  SYTYCD was different somehow.  Whoever won seemed to actually be deserving.  They might not be my favourite, but there was never anyone standing there at the end (or even in the top 20) who wasn’t extremely talented, and deserving of recognition.  Had Evan won…  well… that just might have pushed this show out of reach for me too.

    Thankfully that did not happen.  Evan was the next to go, coming in an overly-respectable 3rd in the contest.  Kudos to him.  Keep doing what you do best.  You’re great!

    That meant that it was down to the final two.  Brandon and Jeanine.  I don’t think that anyone was really surprised.  Brandon is awesome.  Jeanine has been quiet, but flawless.  Theirs was the final dance of the night prior; a paso doble (he says as if he has any idea what he’s talking about) set to the Matrix theme.  Wow.  I said when I first saw it that it was like the Top Two dueling it out.  They were both amazing.  And in the end, that’s exactly what it was.  It came down to the two of them.  We even got to see them perform the dance again, as one of the judges’ special requests of memorable moments from the season. I found it here on YouTube.  [Edited: Apparently YouTube removed the video, which is too bad.  It was awesome]

    Honestly, I was almost surprised that Jeanine won.  It just goes back to Brandon’s “wow” factor, and Jeanine being so quiet throughout the season. There’s no denying, though, that they both have long futures ahead of them.

    On another note, I finally got to see the (in)famous <depends on who you ask> Melissa and Ade “This Woman’s Work” contempory piece dealing with breast cancer.  I was half-asleep when it first aired, having come off my night shifts, and I really wasn’t totally “there” for any of the routines that night.  Because of how it was received by so many people, it’s been shown repeatedly in bits and pieces, but I had not seen it from start to finish.  I suppose that I could have gone to YouTube, but I didn’t think of it.  So last night I wasn’t surprised when they left it to the last.  Just before they announced the winner.

    Wow.  Had it been the first time that I had seen it, I think that I would have been more wowed than I was.  Even still, wow.  It was good.  Definitely something that people will remember, and I’d be shocked if the choreographer Tyce D’Orio didn’t win an Emmy for that. It was something special.

    So now that So You Think You Can Dance is over, we have a dry spell until the new one starts, right?  Nope.  For some reason I have yet to figure out, the new season is starting next month.  Sept 2.  I’m sure that there’s a good reason for it.  It’s just beyond me, that’s all.  And for those of us who can’t wait four weeks, So You Think You Can Dance Canada starts on Tuesday.  That’s a lot of dancing this fall!

    And one thing *I* know… I can’t dance.  I can barely walk in a straight line while chewing gum.