Some thoughts/notes about tonight's show (I didn't start my notes until after the second dance, so I don't have style and choreographer info in the first two or three)...
First dance Jordan and Tadd -- Technical: 9 or so... Artistic: 8 or so: Connection to the performance? 5??? -- Looked to me like they were "going through the motions" of the dance.
Second dance: Sasha and Alexander -- I disagree with judges about their "connection": 9 -- Technical -- 9 -- Artistic 9
Third dance: Clarice and Jess -- the broadway boy got BROADWAY -- GO FIGURE, lol! Easy 9s across the board, I think...
Fourth dance: Ryan and Ricky -- Lyrical Hip Hop, choreographed by Christopher Stark... 9, 9, 7 or 8, maybe, on the "connection", since I, too, had a problem with Ryan's out-of-place smiles.
Fifth dance: Caitlynn and Mitchell -- Jazz choreographed by Sonya... (Mitchell replaced for the night by Robert Roldan from Season 7 due to elbow injury in rehearsal) -- Excellent performance by Caitlynn (senior in high school?!? -- WELL, her profile says she'll both graduate high school AND achieve an associate's degree SIMULTANEOUSLY this month, so... not too shabby for 18)) Nigel said "that was 10 across the board!" Who am I to disagree??? It was certainly SONYA HOT!!!
Sixth dance: Miranda and Wooo-Man Robert (she said her DREAM dance partner is Robert Roldan, because "he's ALWAYS THERE for his partner" -- she missed that by ONE dance tonight, lol) -- Latin, Jason Glikinson... They tried hard, but I think that's a BOTTOM THREE -- SHE had one earring FLY OFF during her first heavy movement... Standing Ovation, but I don't see it... lots of movement, but it was sort of like they were "fighting" to keep up with both the music AND the choreography. They still looked like they were having fun. 7, 8, 9 -- that's how I see it.
Seventh dance: Missy and Wadi -- Jazz by Sean Cheesman... KILLER! "The dancers are inspiring the choreographers to do better and better work, and Sean Cheesman, this is the best work I think I've ever seen you do!" Nigel. 10,10,10 (choreography/er likely helped a GREAT DEAL!)
Eigth dance: Melanie and Marko -- Contemporary by Travis Wall... 9,10,10 "It's the first week, and this could possibly be the first Emmy-nominated routine! As Mary said, the chemistry between Melanie and Marko is fantastic... There were a couple of times where it wasn't exactly 'perfect,' but that's why I liked it, because if it was, there's nowhere to go... Melanie, I think you're 'the Queen Bee.'" -- best girl dancer, possibly EVER! (Don't know if I'd go that far, yet -- glad Nigel validated my reasons for giving them a 9 in Technical -- just a few minor "bobbles" I noticed -- mostly when they were together, during transitions and stuff).
Ninth dance: Ashley and Chris -- Hip Hop by Christopher Scott... Missed the second half of the dance and the judges' critiques due to satellite issues -- jumped straight into a commercial (had started late and was watching DVR-delayed) -- storms in the area -- what I DID see looked a bit WEAK, weakest of the night, I thought.
Tenth dance: Iveta and Nick "Ballroom Blitz" by Jason Glikinson... And ONCE AGAIN a SPECIALIST gets her field (lucky break???) Whatever. I LOVED IT! (Nick's the tap dancer). Quick Step -- "dance of death on this show," as Nigel just said, but two better dancers couldn't have gotten it! Lucky break, or not... 10, 10, 10.
Final notes... As I said LAST WEEK, I'm MORE glad I'm NOT a judge on the show THIS season than any yet, because the overall level is higher and at least with this first week there wasn't MUCH to find fault with. Based on what of Ashley and Chris' dance I DID see, I felt they were the weakest pair of the night, but since I didn't get to see the rest of it, or ANY of the criticism, I have no idea if they "pulled it out" (don't really think so, though, based on how I've seen Nigel critique hip hop in the past -- it didn't look nearly "buck" enough, to borrow a phrase from Li'l C).
HOWEVER, if those two don't end up in the Bottom 3 couples, I have NO IDEA who's going home. If they DO, I would suspect it's them.
I was reading dancer bios during the show (well, during commercials), and ALMOST ALL of the older ones are teaching dance and/or working professionally. Now that they actually have their ages posted, I counted 9 out of 20 at either 18 or 19, with several more at age 20, and even many of THOSE already have a professional resume of some extent. The website is ALSO pretty rough, however. It's pretty obvious whoever put it together did a RUSH JOB since last week and that there's no EDITOR to double-check things, such as where they have Jeanine Mason listed as being from Season 1. Also (and I just tried this with ONE dancer, so far), they have "wallpaper" pictures of each dancer available for download in the various sizes. The only problem was, when you clicked on the link for ONE SIZE, you'd get A DIFFERENT SIZE (one of the sizes wasn't even available -- at least on that page -- two of the links went to the same sized picture), and only ONE of the links actually went to the sized picture it was SUPPOSED to. SLOPPY! I expect WAY MORE from a professional website for a professional show on a major TV network. (Trust me, they're going to get DIRECT feedback about this, too, lol).
At least the SHOW's great, so far!
I can't wait to see what the results are tomorrow!
Oh, one more thing. Anybody else try voting online??? I've clicked the link only... maybe... 100 times, or so... EVERY SINGLE TIME I get the FOLLOWING message:
THE SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A HIGH VOLUME OF ACTIVITY.
SORRY! YOUR VOTE WAS NOT SUBMITTED
PLEASE GIVE IT A MINUTE AND TRY AGAIN.
Note: I've been doing this for the past 2:40 minutes, roughly... Not continuously, but every few minutes I'll click the "VOTE" button and wait while it "attempts to contact Facebook" (the idiotic method they chose to require for voting -- can't vote without a Facebook account -- I actually OPENED my Facebook link after the first few tries, just to see if that would help -- it didn't). You can vote online up until two hours after the airing ends in Hawaii -- whenever THAT is. I'm betting that even if I stay up THAT LATE (probably NOT tonight) I'll NEVER get an internet vote through! Well, at least I got a few phone votes through for Teams 7, 8 and 10.
If they're going to DO SOMETHING, why not DO IT RIGHT?!?