ALERT: YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BUY TOUR TICKETS FROM 10 -- 10 TODAY, ONE DAY EARLY!
PURCHASES ARE THROUGH LOCAL VENUES, VIA PRIVATE SALES, USING THE CODE "DANCE2011" I GOT AN EMAIL FROM TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA , MY VENUE, TO THIS EFFECT.
As an attendee last year, I assume I was on their list, but the code above MIGHT work for ALL VENUES, and those of you who haven't been before may be able to get great seats buy buying early.
They saved the best of the girls for last and the best of the guys for last in the first eight dances and in EACH case those were the ONLY dancers who got STANDING OVATIONS from all four judges (and Lady Gaga was CRYING when Marko finished!).
Rob Marshall said "Alison is a true, true artist," and I ALSO SO agree! PERFECT partner for Marko in this piece -- and PERFECT choreographer! I NEVER saw Alison before last season, SO MUCH MY LOSS!
The BIG ISSUE at this point isn't Final Four. That's set, in my opinion: Marko, Tadd, Melanie and Sasha. The big issue is will Melanie or Marko win this thing? I still think Melanie, but Marko is pretty darned good.
Ricky and Marko together in hip-hop? I figured Marko would wipe up the floor with him, but they actually looked fairly even, although it was far from one of the most inspired pieces I've seen NappyTabs do.
WOW again!!! Melanie and Sasha together?!? I felt like I was watching a Final Four routine TWO WEEKS EARLY!!! And they were SO CLOSE all I can say is TIE. I still prefer Melanie, but for THAT dance, TIE. Third Standing Ovation of the night (two of them for Sonya routines!). I disagree with Mary; not Sonya's best number ever... not elegant, or quirky enough, etc. But it was definitely the BEST POWER NUMBER she's ever done (Nigel says there's "a sliver of tissue paper between them" as to who's the best... I agree).
GUEST JUDGES: Rob Marshall truly IS something of a living legend, but I'm even more intrigued by Lady Gaga, in whom I had literally NO interest at first. It's really HARD to believe that only THREE YEARS AGO her VERY FIRST TV appearance was her performance on THIS SHOW during Season 4, at the age of 22 (she's still only 25, and has sold 67 million singles and 57 million albums!). I've seen a couple of her videos ("Telephone," with Beyonce, in particular, and they're quite impressive), but who I'm REALLY impressed with is Stephanie Germanatta (her REAL name). After I saw her interviewed on "60 Minutes," and saw how she was just any other struggling young musician until she re-invented herself as "Lady Gaga" and created this entire PERSONA that just keeps evolving, yet is still HER... She's a GENIUS of personal marketing, and her music ain't half bad, either. I don't really care for a lot of the "fashion statements" she makes that seem to become INSTANT FADS, but I'm ENTHRALLED with WHO she is, with her own self-image and self-confidence, etc., much of which we got to see on tonight's show.
Coupla final comments... I continue to agree with most of you that the addition of "All Stars" is the BEST decision Nigel has EVER made on this show (and the way he did it this year was much better). Also, I agreed with his comments about "Frodo" (my pet name for Lauren Froderman), who is to date the ONLY winner from ANY of the seven seasons to come on as an "All Star." (comments being that she's really "matured" since last year -- bulkier, better dancer [hat faux pas aside], looks older, bigger, even larger bust size, apparently). Lauren REALLY looked like "a little girl" last year, and frankly she HAD just turned 18 barely in time to be eligible for the show. At her age, a year or two can make A LOT of difference.
I agree that Jordan's time is likely up. Certainly either her or Caitlyn -- OBVIOUS by Nigel's comments. Of the guys, most likely Ricky, but Jess is probably going at Top 6 unless he gets REALLY LUCKY with the voting (there'll be 4 out of 6 dancers in the Bottom 4 next week, so Jess will have to be EXTREMELY POPULAR to not be in the B4, and I have a hard time imagining a world where Nigel and company aren't putting both Tadd and Marko in the Final Four with Sasha and Melanie. Caitlyn and Jordan have their moments, but they're just NOT up to the same standard.