Friday, June 28, 2013

Real Eck Abode Convo - Part 937

On the phone with Hubs, mid-afternoon from work.

Me: What did you have for lunch?
Hubs: Frosted Flakes.
Me: Didn't you have that for breakfast?
Hubs: Well, yeah.
Me: I think you had Frosted Flakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday.
Hubs: Well, yeah. They're good.
Me: I hope you don't turn into a Frosted Flake.
Hubs: Me too.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SYTYCD - Top 20, Battle Commences

Happy Tuesday, my three readers. While the Hubster is killing deviant hordes on Defiance the video game, I am safely ensconced in the master bedroom ready for So You Think You Can Dance!

Song: Puttin' n the Ritz by Herb Alpert feat. Lani Hall
Choreographers: NappyTabs
Dancers exit from Bentleys, walk through metal detectors and begin to dance. Fluid motion shot from one camera. We see choreographers Tabitha and Travis, then Napoleon and even Nigel and Mary Murphy get in on the routine. Fun. Nice opening.

Kat Dealey is in a hot, hot, hot pink dress that matches her lipstick. Special guest judge is Wayne Brady. Huh? Isn't he the host of Let's Make a Deal? I hope they explain his dance background to make this a little clearer why he is a judge.

Mariah - her front teeth are fake and she sleeps with her eyes open
Carlos - he plays ping pong and sings falsetto
Choreographer - Jason Gilkison
Song: Get It Right by Fantasia (I so wanted to type Fangtasia... how True Blood sad is that?)
Great yellow outfits. She needs to stay higher on her toes, she's got a cute little body but not being light enough on her feet for the jive. He was great. Carlos was expressive, great arm movements.
Judges are being nice tonight. Work on your technique guys. But the correlation to the 60's Mad Men play is pretty spot on. (Side note, the way Kat says "Car-loss" is cute.

Jasmine M - Cray-cray about cats. She's got wild hair.
Alan - Not much of a personality... he likes the color blue. I want to cut his hair.
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: Can't Help Falling in Love (Live at Daytrotter) by Ingrid Michaelson
Blind lovers. Talk about a trust fall! (Or trust drop as Wayne coins it.) And a kiss at the end? It was lovely. Not particularly the most amazing Travis routine, but it was beautiful. I just hope Travis brings out a little bit more of the emotion as the season continues. (I'm sure he will. It's the first show. He's holding back.)

Malece - i heart her. Her hair is awesome and she hates feet.
Jade - Likes cats and terrified of clowns. You're good in my book. He should hook up with Jasmine M, the a crazy cat lady.
Choreographer: Travis Wall (again? Okay, so he had two this show.)
Song: Silver Screen (Shower Scene) by Felix da Housecat (what IS it with cats this episode? Srsly!)
Dressed like Great Gatsby. That is apparently the inspiration for a lot of folks this year. Ask my creative agency! Her lines are fantastic. That little booty shake shift she did was exquisite! Jade was great. Great job. Good line Wayne Brady, So You Think You Can Pimp. Pretty sure they are safe. I still think she will get to top 10. (Side note - standing next to Ket they are like little Oompa Loompas.

Jenna - she has a wacky laugh
Tucker - he wanted to be a mermaid?
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Song: That's All by Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea Soundtrack)
She's dressed in 40's war-inspired dress. I kinda want to steal that look for work. But only Emilie can pull that off. I really need to go shopping with her... Emilie that is. Though I am sure Jenna might be fun too.  Okay, it was a great Broadway routine, but it did Tucker no favors. He needs to come across very sexy and virile, but this was too... soft. He needed a different choreographer the first time out. She was great. And the both look great for Broadway. But he isn't going to win fans on this one.

Afro Jazz
Brittany - deaf in right ear and puts spoons on her face?
BluPrint - likes pigs ears and whistling like a bird
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Song: Drumming Circle by Professor Trance & The Energizers
Meh. They weren't in sync. They didn't get into it. They just weren't the right couple for this dance. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. BluPrint did great since he hadn't danced this style before. But Brittany kept a lot of her ballroom style, it was good, but not as good as the judges are saying. Like I said before, they are being nice tonight. Mark my words... a couple episodes from now they are going to come down on them for lack of technique and skills in other areas. Mary putting them on the hot tamale train confuses me. Did we watch the same dance?

Hip Hop
Alexis - She likes blue, just like Alan. And Beiber. Wow. But she's an amazing tapper.
Nico - He likes cupcakes and making bubbles noises. I think he's Colombian.
Choreographers: Christopher Scott
Song: Last Time (Knife Party Remix) by Labrinth
Where were all the flips that they showed in the preview? He looks like a Belieber. Alexis was more spot on than Nico. Nico gets the girlie vote though. There wasn't a connection or a great feel to it. Nigel finally gets his balls back and calls them out. The crowd doesn't boo is feedback, so... I'm just sayin.

Viennese Waltz
Makenzie - she likes vampires
Paul - he smiles a lot
Choreographer: Jason Gilkison
Song: I'm With You by Avril Lavigne (omg, srsly? this is going to be painful.)
Oh, you are so screwed. The waltz is the kiss of death on this show. Good luck ya'll. Pressing play. (Update: Hubs is NOT killing the hordes on XBOX but is, in fact, watching Reservoir Dogs. I came out strutting to "Stuck in the Middle With You" to get a refill on my drink. Nice ear cutting scene.)
It didn't suck! The bench and umbrella were great props to keep it fluid. I can see the tweens enjoying the love story. It could have been a train wreck, but it was actually enjoyable. Great job guys!

Jasmine H - has a twin and likes red
Aaron - onions make him puke, something about PeeWee Herman?
Choreographer: Sonya Tyia (i never know how to spell her name)
Song: Bottom of the River by Delta Rae
Damn that was sexy. Too tall drinks of hot chocolate. Her legs extensions were AMAZING! And Aaron was partnering with aggressive strength. This SOOOO made up for the last dances. Apparently, Aaron's dad is a singer in Vegas. Remember how Aaron was a bring back from the dude who broke his ankle? We are better for it.

Again. I wonder if the dancers on SYTYCD reads the blogs. If so, I'm entertained. Sorry for the lack of visuals my three readers, but I don't want to wait for screen caps before I post. 

Hip Hop
Hayley - wants a hedgehog
Curtis - talks in his sleep and has a pet (stuffed) monkey
Choreographer: Chris Scott
Song: Go by Delilah
The timing between the two was great but not enough connection. They should have had sex in order to get closer before the dance. Is that wrong to say? They needed that little extra swag between each other. Hayley knew how to exude the sex. Curtis... too timid. First dance, so we will see what is to come.

Amy - likes Christmas socks and turquoise
Fik-Shun - has 2 dogs and something something about red
Choreographer: Sonya Tyai (how the HECK do you spell her name?!)
Song: Elsa by The Valeria Project
BEST. DANCE. OF. THE. NIGHT! Now THIS is what the season should be about. It's why they were placed last. Absolutely perfection. I have no words, they are clearly the front runners tonight. So strong. Intense. Way to go!  Who knew that Fik-Shun is now a contemporary dancer?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Real Eck Abode Convo #710 - Chainsaws

Watching Catfish the TV show...

Hubs: You know what we should do?
Me: I don't know but I'm already concerned.
Hubs, ignoring me completely: We should make up a profile and have these guys come to interview us and when they do, I can jump out of the closet with a chainsaw.
Me: A chainsaw?
Hubs: Ya! Just imagine the looks on their faces when they get punked into thinking they walked into a serial killer's home!
Me: And why would this be a good idea?
Hubs: It'd be funny!
Me: A chainsaw would be funny?
Hubs: Well, I would take the chain off it, but ya!
Me: Im seriously concerned about your sanity...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SYTYCD - Top 20, Meet the Dancers

And a new season has begun! Watching live and giving you my Gfunkadee commentary on the dancers, choreography and the music... with some added snark as appropriate (or really, as I see fit.) Welcome my three readers to So You Think You Can Dance, season ten!

First up, hip hoppers minus Emilio that had an injury and had to resign before his star was born. Hope we see him next season.
Song: Ball by T.I. feat Lil Wayne
Dancers: Fiction and Mariah
Choreographer: Luther Brown
Mariah is expressive and stole the routine. Fiction is great, I think he has better personality in the interview than what comes across during the routine. Nigel apparently agrees with me.  Mary Murphy is still annoying. Lovahs on Stage (LOS) ... Cute!

Song: Goes On and On by Sleeping At Last
Dancers: Mackenzie, Jasmine, Tucker, Nico
Choreographer: Leslie Twokey (sp there I am sure)
I think this band did a Twilight song. Very well done. Tucker is crying. It was gorgeous. They worked well together. It reminded me of a performance by the SMU Dance grads to a Thelonius Monk tune, Epithropicus something or other. Mackenzie is the one to watch of this group.

Song: You Really Did It by Jason Mraz
Dancers: Alexis, Curtis, Aaron (who got in because Emilio hurt himself. Yay tappers! About FREAKIN time!)
Choreographer: Anthony Margarato
Damn. Go Aaron! Alexis has great arm expression. Curtis is full of love and smiles. Oh god Nigel, shaddup about Dizzy Feet already. I love threes and I want them all to go far.

Side bar, I wonder if the SYTYCD top 20 go online and read the reviews?

Song: Twigger by Kezwik feat. Mel Presson
Dancers: Jade and Blue Print
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Jade has the BEST facial expressions. He hit more of the marks and was spot on. Blue Print is talented and great, but needs to work on engaging the audience. Who cares if Jade is short, I sure don't.

Song: Stay by Rihanna feat. Nikki Ekko
Dancers: Haley, Carlos, Melisse
Choreographer: Mia Michaels (OMG it's about time she came back! Her work always makes me cry. Most involved and personal choreography routines... Only other I think competes on her level is Sonya.)
And that's what you call a performance. I have no words. Well, maybe a few. This is a threesome exploration of love and betrayal with a Mad Men theme. Perfection.

Ballroom / Jive
Song: Wings by Little Mix
Dancers: Britney, Allen, Jenna, Paul
Choreographer: Louis van Amsel
Like a dancing octopus. I have no idea who is who. But it is Mary Murphy's parade and I guess I'm on it. Just not the hot tamale train.

Song: Enjoy by Bjork
Dancers: Amy and Jasmine
Choreographer: Sonya Tye (HOORAY!)
This was almost ballet in the extreme. Stunning. I am very much looking forward to watching more from these two. Sonya even matching hairstyles. Loverly.

Now it is they guys routing and gals routine. I'm going to sign off and enjoy watching. See you next week.

Monday, June 3, 2013

And another for Music Monday - "Spotlight" by Leagues

Since I haven't posted, I'm giving you a two-fer.

Music Monday - "I'm Alive" by Michael Franti

This is the fun summer jam for 2013.