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post #61 of 577
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

I didn't see it discussed here. Before one commercial break, they showed part of a scene of an angry lady threatening to call the police if the cameraman didn't turn off his camera. I was expecting a more complete explanation of that scene in the following segment, but NOOO. Anyone got an answer?

No explanation was given--it was just an irate mother/grandmother complaining about their attempt to interview someone. Maybe someone upset after having been rejected who didn't want to comment?
post #62 of 577
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

No explanation was given--it was just an irate mother/grandmother complaining about their attempt to interview someone. Maybe someone upset after having been rejected who didn't want to comment?

Probably the 'Hamster's' mama.... Now we know where his attitude comes from...
post #63 of 577
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Originally Posted by bobby94928 View Post

Probably the 'Hamster's' mama.... Now we know where his attitude comes from...

She said, "I'll have you arrested! Get the camera out of her face". Probably not Mr. Bad Attitude . (It's in minute 36 of my DVR recording, in a just-before-ad-break sequence).
post #64 of 577
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Originally Posted by JeffAHayes View Post

...The second dancer they really spent a lot of time with (at least that I noticed) was Hampton Williams, 21, Richardson, Texas -- When he first came out and rattled off what sounded like ridiculous BS about how his "invented Exorcist" style of dance would cleanse peoples' souls of fear and pain, etc., I thought he was as full of it as Nigel and Mary obviously did by their almost sarcastic reactions.


Then he danced.


I agreed with everything all three said afterwards, and maybe more. I have no idea if he can, or ever will be able to do any other styles. But what he did in his own style was in the realm of a Nijinsky or a Barishnykov, I think. You had to watch his feet very closely when he was moving sideways across the Some other floor to determine he wasn't actually HOVERING and FLOATING across the floor. And I'm usually not very big on hand movements as part of dance, but this guy is "the whole package." I certainly agree with Nigel that he very well may be a genius. I hope he can do other styles, because I'd really like to see more of this dude on the show!

I just watched it again (had to run it back to make sure I had his name and other info), and when it finished this time I got goosebumps... I still have them as Nigel is saying he doesn't give a BLEEP how he's going to get on in the show, that he'll pay for his ticket to Vegas, himself!...

Every year, I get excited about the show, but then I think to myself, "Am I really THAT excited about this again?" The first girl of the season gets up, does incredibly little, and yet, gets a standing ovation for a marginal perofrmance?

Meh. Maybe not.

Some other forgettable stuff happens, and then "The Exorcist" absolutely blew me away. THIS is what keeps me coming back, year after year. I'm a generally callous guy...shots of little kiddies doing supposedly "cute things" find me turning the channel, girlie flims about life, love, and death leave me laughing; the sickeningly-sweet crap forced down your throat makes my stomach churn. It's too transparent, too pathetic, just plain too much.

But...Hampton has this grown, hardened man in tears just a few seconds in. This sort of performance transcends the show entirely and etches its way into my brain forever. When we see a dancer up there like that; fully exposed, fully dedicated, and fully entwined within the piece, there is no better TV programming available today. Whether this guy does anything else in this competition or not, he WILL be remembered.

Also, I should note that the little girl dancing was, in fact, sweet...yet not overly so. For a 2 year-old, she's got skills!
post #65 of 577
The "exorcist style" specialist was amazing, and though I don't expect him to survive Vegas, I certainly expect to see him back in the finale, like Robert Muraine who came back to dance-battle Phillip Chbeeb and that little pop-and-lock dancing guy (Season 4?).

That 2 y/o is going to be incredible when she grows up . I was really impressed by how both she and her brother got up on stage in front of an audience and the judges without a moments hesitation or apparent nervousness. Obviously well nurtured and confident children.
post #66 of 577
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

I didn't see it discussed here. Before one commercial break, they showed part of a scene of an angry lady threatening to call the police if the cameraman didn't turn off his camera. I was expecting a more complete explanation of that scene in the following segment, but NOOO. Anyone got an answer?

Sex got cut again
post #67 of 577
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Originally Posted by domino92024 View Post

I didn't see it discussed here. Before one commercial break, they showed part of a scene of an angry lady threatening to call the police if the cameraman didn't turn off his camera. I was expecting a more complete explanation of that scene in the following segment, but NOOO. Anyone got an answer?

I was wondering THE SAME THING, Domino... Maybe that was just an "interesting out-take" they decided to run during the break to a commercial, and since the lady pitched such a fit, they couldn't use any more footage than that without a release, which I'm CERTAIN she didn't agree to for her "great-great-great-grandaughter," based on how the old crone looked and acted.

Or MAYBEEEEEEEEE that's gonna come up on one of the upcoming audition shows. I really think people standing in line to AUDITION for a PUBLIC television show are FAIR GAME to tape for the show, but if some girl's highly over-protective/hostile/neurotic/mentally unstable LIVING ANCESTOR who's obviously NOT aware of any technology OR related laws established in, like, the past 50 years, or so, came along to HOVER over her like some sort of SHROUD, well, then -- frankly, I find it QUITE entertaining, which is why I'm using all these adjectives to describe the event!

And yeah, like you, I hope we get to see "the full monty" of that, maybe next week. I wanna see her "going Sean Penn" with the cameraman while the local police show up and carry her off in handcuffs for such behavior, etc. Ohhhh, I'm up too late -- I'm getting WAY TOO MANY "giggles" thinking about this!
Jeff
post #68 of 577
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

Every year, I get excited about the show, but then I think to myself, "Am I really THAT excited about this again?" The first girl of the season gets up, does incredibly little, and yet, gets a standing ovation for a marginal perofrmance?

Meh. Maybe not.

Some other forgettable stuff happens, and then "The Exorcist" absolutely blew me away. THIS is what keeps me coming back, year after year. I'm a generally callous guy...shots of little kiddies doing supposedly "cute things" find me turning the channel, girlie flims about life, love, and death leave me laughing; the sickeningly-sweet crap forced down your throat makes my stomach churn. It's too transparent, too pathetic, just plain too much.

But...Hampton has this grown, hardened man in tears just a few seconds in. This sort of performance transcends the show entirely and etches its way into my brain forever. When we see a dancer up there like that; fully exposed, fully dedicated, and fully entwined within the piece, there is no better TV programming available today. Whether this guy does anything else in this competition or not, he WILL be remembered.

Again, Spyder, I'm REALLY with ya on "The Exorcist!" Although he didn't bring tears to my eyes, as he did yours, Mary's, and QUITE a few others, under the right conditions I think he could have. I know he had me TOTALLY TRANSFIXED, and when I watched him the second time (after I ran it back to make sure I had his name and location right), unlike a lot of dancers, who I'd have just FF'd back over, I watched his entire routine again, and the second time, I ended up with goosebumps -- even on the back of my neck, where I rarely get them.

I REALLY hope he can learn choreography. When "Twitch" auditioned we didn't know he was already a successful dancer (having had a fairly big role in "Hairspray"), so he DID already know how to do other things besides hip-hop. But what Hamilton did, that wasn't hip-hop... I don't know what to call it -- except, as Nigel said, GENIUS!
Jeff
post #69 of 577
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

That 2 y/o is going to be incredible when she grows up . I was really impressed by how both she and her brother got up on stage in front of an audience and the judges without a moments hesitation or apparent nervousness. Obviously well nurtured and confident children.

That was pretty impressive. My just-turned 4-year-old had her first dance recital a few weeks ago and that little girl was better and mroe confident ont he stage than my daughter or any of her classmates.
post #70 of 577
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Originally Posted by Kevin_Wadsworth View Post

That was pretty impressive. My just-turned 4-year-old had her first dance recital a few weeks ago and that little girl was better and mroe confident ont he stage than my daughter or any of her classmates.

Are you sure you don't want to go ahead and delete/edit this post before your wife sees it?
post #71 of 577
Sorry but I thought the "Exorcist" was more story than show. He's just a run-of-the-mill hip hop guy who won't survive Vegas. Had he not said anything about taking someone's soul, cleaning it, and giving it back, I can almost guarantee he would not have gotten the reaction he did. He'd have been sent to choreography at best, to make sure he could do other style and follow instruction.
post #72 of 577
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Originally Posted by bpeacock22 View Post

Sorry but I thought the "Exorcist" was more story than show. He's just a run-of-the-mill hip hop guy who won't survive Vegas. Had he not said anything about taking someone's soul, cleaning it, and giving it back, I can almost guarantee he would not have gotten the reaction he did. He'd have been sent to choreography at best, to make sure he could do other style and follow instruction.

He may or may not make it past Vegas, but I couldn't possibly disagree more. In fact, I kept thinking to myself that he was doing himself a disservice and crushing his chances by going on and on about his "soul-cleansing" style. I (along with the judges, no doubt) was thinking, "Blah, blah, blah. Here we go again. Some guy that thinks he's all that is going to fall flat on his face. Just dance, already!"

Then he put down on of the most unique and memorable performaces in SYTYCD history.

What I was even more impressed with was that he waited until AFTER he was completely finished to tell us the story of how his performance was dedicated to his friend that died in the Twin Towers and that it was the soul climbing from the rubble. Now, had he played upon the judge's emotions with that tale BEFORE he went on, I may be more inclined to see through your eyes. (The mom using her kids is a prime example of such a tactic.)

That performance came directly from the heart, and obviously, the judges saw and felt it same wasy I did.
post #73 of 577
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

He may or may not make it past Vegas, but I couldn't possibly disagree more. In fact, I kept thinking to myself that he was doing himself a disservice and crushing his chances by going on and on about his "soul-cleansing" style. I (along with the judges, no doubt) was thinking, "Blah, blah, blah. Here we go again. Some guy that thinks he's all that is going to fall flat on his face. Just dance, already!"

Then he put down on of the most unique and memorable performaces in SYTYCD history.

What I was even more impressed with was that he waited until AFTER he was completely finished to tell us the story of how his performance was dedicated to his friend that died in the Twin Towers and that it was the soul climbing from the rubble. Now, had he played upon the judge's emotions with that tale BEFORE he went on, I may be more inclined to see through your eyes. (The mom using her kids is a prime example of such a tactic.)

That performance came directly from the heart, and obviously, the judges saw and felt it same wasy I did.

Spyder, you and I disagree so often that it's truly refreshing to find an example where we actually DO find ourselves in 100% agreement.

Bpeacock, I also agree with Spyder that, if anything, Hamilton only HURT his chances of his performance/dance being taken seriously with all he said prior to his dance, and I, too, was expecting to see "all hype" and little else, and was similarly surprised. While I agree he may end up falling flat on his face attempting choreography of any other style, I nonetheless feel what he did is so incredible he'll still end up on the season finale as a guest IF he doesn't make it to "the show."
Jeff
post #74 of 577
I think he should be nominated for a choreography Emmy..... That was fantastic...
post #75 of 577
Unless I missed something, the exorcist dancer wasn't the guy who lost a friend in the Twin Towers. The Twin Towers guy was in the NY audition, and the exorcist guy was in Texas.

I thought the Zombie and Exorcist guys were interesting, but they won't amount to much in the show after this point. The rest of the show was yawn-inducing. I agree with the folks that think they should do a short 15 min montage of all the auditions and then spend a lot more time showing the Vegas portion of the program. It's far more interesting than the audition phase.

The little girl was a cute dancer though. She was far more interesting than her mother.
post #76 of 577
There are at least four more hours of auditions left; looks like two hours each in LA and Atlanta.
post #77 of 577
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

There are at least four more hours of auditions left; looks like two hours each in LA and Atlanta.

You forgot about Salt Lake City, which is Nigel's favorite stop.
post #78 of 577
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Unless I missed something, the exorcist dancer wasn't the guy who lost a friend in the Twin Towers. The Twin Towers guy was in the NY audition, and the exorcist guy was in Texas.

I thought the Zombie and Exorcist guys were interesting, but they won't amount to much in the show after this point. The rest of the show was yawn-inducing. I agree with the folks that think they should do a short 15 min montage of all the auditions and then spend a lot more time showing the Vegas portion of the program. It's far more interesting than the audition phase.

The little girl was a cute dancer though. She was far more interesting than her mother.

Appears that you are correct and that I misrecalled about the Twin Towers part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNHi7Wa7vpc

Regardless, Hampton was phenomenal.

I couldn't disagree more about the auditions vs. Vegas time, however. I like seeing these kids at their most raw stages, ala the auditions. It gives me an idea of just who these performers are as true personalities, allowing me to see some of their innermost characteristics and if they have skills beyond just acting out moves given to them.

I could care less to see the overly played-out, so-called "drama" of Vegas for the most part, nor do I care to watch dancers repeat the same choreography over and over again. To me, that's about as boring as it gets.
post #79 of 577
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

You forgot about Salt Lake City, which is Nigel's favorite stop.

I was thinking that, but hoping that there wouldn't be a fourth week with just an audition show. In past seasons, when they had two nights, they did audition shows twice in some weeks: Atlanta and SF on Thursday of the first week, then NYC & Salt Lake the following Wednesday and LA that Thursday, with Vegas callbacks on Wednesday of the 3rd week with "Meet the Top 20" on the following night. So by the 4th week of the season we're into the competition. The TV listing for tonight's episode says, "Auditions #2: Auditions continue in Los Angeles" and the entry for next Wednesday says "Auditions #3: Auditions continue in Atlanta"; perhaps there will be auditions in cities in addition to the ones mentioned in the listings--I just hope that we won't be 6 weeks in before the competition begins. As I recall, in season 6, the one year the show got put on the Fall schedule, they spent 8 weeks and 10 episodes in auditions and Vegas. I'm fairly certain that tactic almost completely lost their audience so I doubt that they'll try anything like that again, but I really hope that we're into the competition by week 5.
post #80 of 577
Don't they usually start the live stuff after July 4th.
post #81 of 577
There is also a brief break during the Olympics this year. Not sure if that will affect things.
post #82 of 577
Well, it's all repeats on ABC tonight, Dog in the City and repeats on CBS and Kings vs Devils on NBC. I can't imagine there being a large overlap in the demographics of Hockey fans and SYTYCD fans. And even among both hockey and SYTYCD fans like myself, if I were to consider watching this series, I'd first have to figure out which team I hate more than the other to determine which team I'd be rooting against, not for. I think a lot of other hockey fans are in the same boat with these two teams, So if the SYTYCD ratings are terrible again tonight, it's a really bad sign.
post #83 of 577
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post




What I was even more impressed with was that he waited until AFTER he was completely finished to tell us the story of how his performance was dedicated to his friend that died in the Twin Towers and that it was the soul climbing from the rubble. Now, had he played upon the judge's emotions with that tale BEFORE he went on, I may be more inclined to see through your eyes. (The mom using her kids is a prime example of such a tactic.)

That performance came directly from the heart, and obviously, the judges saw and felt it same wasy I did.

what I didn't understand was that he said after he got his ticket that it was his friend's dream as well to be on the show. But 9/11 happened in 01, over 11 years ago and this is only season 9. So how could it have been his dream when the show didn't exist?
post #84 of 577
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Originally Posted by zalusky View Post

Don't they usually start the live stuff after July 4th.

I don't know about "usually", but last year the first competitive performance show was on 15 June, the 6th episode in the 5th week; the season before that (7), the first performance show was on 16 June, also the 6th episode, but the 4th week (that was the year that they tried having only 10 finalists, though they ended up with 11). The first performance show of season 5 was on 10 June, again the 6th episode in the 4th week. I'm hoping that next week's audition show is the last and that Vegas will be on the 13th with the competition beginning on the 20th; the fall season's over, so maybe they'll get an extra evening in there somewhere if needed. Dragging the auditions out past 4 weeks will kill the audience.
post #85 of 577
The sooner they get to the performance phase, the better.
post #86 of 577
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

I couldn't disagree more about the auditions vs. Vegas time, however. I like seeing these kids at their most raw stages, ala the auditions. It gives me an idea of just who these performers are as true personalities, allowing me to see some of their innermost characteristics and if they have skills beyond just acting out moves given to them.

I could care less to see the overly played-out, so-called "drama" of Vegas for the most part, nor do I care to watch dancers repeat the same choreography over and over again. To me, that's about as boring as it gets.

Totally in agreement here. Not such a big fan of Vegas week, although any moment of this show is pure bliss for me. They could add another two hours every night the show is on, make it twice or three times a week, with just these auditions, and I would be perfectly delighted to drink it all in.

Not sure how that would play out to any other audience, and would not care except that ratings might ultimately affect MY being able to watch it, or might compel the showrunners to change what we have been getting these many seasons. I am perfectly perplexed at people not gravitating toward this show in huge numbers, it is SOOOOO delicious. Of course they would run out of worthy talent presenting much more than we get, but I find the show rapturously entertaining even when we might only see a smattering of genius along with the unique the touching the quirky the downright strange and extraordinary....
post #87 of 577
Vegas week is one of my favorite parts of the show. The auditions have a bit too many sob stories for my taste. Last night show was pretty pedestrian. No one really jumped out as anything special in a traditional dance sense. The circus performer was certainly interesting although I think he would have been better off at America's Got Talent.
post #88 of 577
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Originally Posted by spid View Post

Vegas week is one of my favorite parts of the show. The auditions have a bit too many sob stories for my taste. Last night show was pretty pedestrian. No one really jumped out as anything special in a traditional dance sense. The circus performer was certainly interesting although I think he would have been better off at America's Got Talent.

I agree about the circus performer - he might have been ebtter off on a different show. what he did wasn't "dance", but it was pretty darn impressive in it's own right. that said, he got his 10 minutes of fame, which is probably what he was looking for.

I thought the other "circus" performer (the woman who was with Alvin Ailey and Cirque du Soliel) was pretty impressive. And I liked the male martial arts dancer. He seemed to be what they show wants - different, memorable, and seemingly versatile.
post #89 of 577
Bleh, last night's show was just bad. Nigel, this isn't how you grow the audience and save the show.
post #90 of 577
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Bleh, last night's show was just bad. Nigel, this isn't how you grow the audience and save the show.

Completely disagree. In the past, the audition shows have tended to drone and drag on with even the judges looking bored. It seems to me that the show runners rediscovered the basic rule that a TV show must, first and foremost, entertain and last night's show did just that. There were clearly some excellent dancers show cased, but from a pure entertainment standpoint, the twins, the guy with the hoop, the "wacker" and all of the double entendres that "arose" (GROAN!) from that was just good television. They also showed enough of the dancers who weren't featured to allow us to predict that the final 20 will be a very strong field this season. Sometimes, I wish that people would accept a TV show for what it is and not what they would like it to be. The latest example of this is Smash. The howling that has gone on (and on and on) about the show has almost bordered on pathological. Some just can't seem to separate reality from the fantasy world that is television. Megan Hilty, a superb Broadway star ,is not really Ivy Lynn and vice versa yet there is so much screaming out there about McPhee's character advancing over her's that it makes you wonder. As far as SYTYCD goes, I've enjoyed the first two audition shows and they have stoked me for the Vegas round and the live perfromance competition.
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