Originally Posted by michaeltscott
I'll listen to the comments on my first viewing, then watch the performances two or three more times over the next few days, skipping the comments.
I watch the show the first time as if I'm at a show, just to enjoy it while it's happening. Only rarely will I replay a performance, if it's really special. Later in the week I'll spend serious time re-watching and listening to the comments as I edit the entire show with VideoRedo into clips "for posterity". Been doing this seriously and completely since Season 7.
Originally Posted by michaelscott
EDIT: After watching a third time, "Latch" is definitely my favorite from this week, followed by the African Jazz and the Argentine Tango, both of which I like a lot, but about equally.
These three were my favorites as well. They really stood out, as this week there were some surprising duds... justifiably called out by the judges.
But overall, there are really some very strong dancers this season. VERY strong. Putting aside the awful and childish and grating "learning more about the dancers" 8-10 second interviews from each other prelude to the shorter rehearsal bits this year (all an attempt to speed up the show I guess, with no more "dance for your life" solos either), there are some really good dancers. Ricky is probably the best male dancer, but Marcquet, Serge, Casey, Zack, I mean they're great.
Among the girls, I think Carly is terrific, along with Brooklyn, Jacque, Bridget, on and on. I won't mind if Tanisha, Valerie or Jourdan depart early.
Although the Benji Schwimmer number was pretty awful (and that choice of music?? 1/2 talking in the start of that "live" Aretha Franklin performance just had no rhythm for them to dance to for quite a while... my sympathies), Jessica kind of reminded me of Randi from S5 (i.e. "butt dance" with Evan, to Koop Island Blues). I like Jessica, but because this was a bad piece I really don't know if she's a really good dancer or not, but I like her nonetheless.
Can't decide who's my "favorite" yet, but Carly certainly had my attention in that surprisingly appealing and out-of-the-ordinary second Sonya Tayeh number (although I do wish she would stop having the girls do those giant legs-akimbo moves). I think Carly will look good and dance wonderfully, no matter what you give her. Elegant.
I think the opening Broadway group number was probably up there in the absolute top-3 of all time, with some Wade Robson stuff. Fabulous. These kids ALL danced like pros! Fantastic choreography by Josh Bergasse, and amazing what he got these 20 dancers to do and how professional it looked. Wonderful. You'd never know these are kids, and rookies.