9 items from 2015
I don’t think anyone would mistake So You Think You Can Dance‘s 12th season as its strongest — aside from viewers who were trapped in some sort of Footloose-esque, no-grooving-allowed nightmare for its first 11.
But while the Great Stage-Vs.-Street/Jason Derulo-Vs.-Descriptive-Adjectives Experiment of 2015 lacked something in diversity (whatever happened to ballroom and disco?), gut-busting emotional concepts (what I wouldn’t have given for one routine on par with “Addiction Dance“) and insightful critique (Mary Murphy and Misty Copeland, I missed you!), I’d be lying if I said summer TV still wasn’t the better for it. »
There are at least a dozen compelling storylines on which I could choose to focus my recap of So You Think You Can Dance‘s Season 12 performance finale.
We had Nigel Lythgoe’s oblivious (but nevertheless grotesque) attitudes about two guys dancing together — so deeply rooted in homophobia that even Kim Davis might roll her eyes and sigh, “Brit, please.” We had the judges working overtime to make sure that Hailee Payne’s dazzling display of artistry wouldn’t upend the long-supported Gaby-Jaja final two. We »
Crouching Geisha, Infuriating Elimination.
If this week’s So You Think You Can Dance had to be summed up by a twist on an Oscar-winning movie title — and let’s be honest, what major life scenario couldn’t/shouldn’t fall under those terms? — then what better way to express the joy of Gaby’s Japanese-inspired hip-hop number and Edson’s blow-to-the-gut exit at the exact moment he broke on through to the future all-star side?
I know not everyone was fully sold on the Season 11 Twitter Save, »
There’s a reason So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deely gets an Emmy nomination every year as Outstanding Reality-Competition Host — just don’t get me ranting about her lack of an actual win in the category — and she proved it tonight by referencing Edvard Munch’s “Scream” and Calvin Klein’s ad campaigns while praising Edson and Megz’s stunning contemporary routine.
A beautiful and completely unexpected thing happened on the first So You Think You Can Dance results show of Season 12.
No, Travis Wall didn’t renounce his usual mangling of the word “choreography,” nor did executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stop his nasty habit of trying to sway audience opinions via pre-performance packages.
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The good news, though, is that thanks to a new Twitter-save twist (borrowed from those social-media savvy cats at The Voice), we the people (obsessed with reality-competition series) were granted the ability to remove the most egregious at-risk dancers from the ever-capricious whims of Tweedle Weeee, »
The first live show of So You Think You Can Dance‘s 12th season has me quoting the immortal words of Mary J. Blige and Wyclef Jean: “Someone please call 9-1-1. Tell them I’ve just been shot down. And the bullet’s in my heart. And it’s piercin through my soul. Feel my body gettin’ cold.”
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Two years have passed since “Teen Beach Movie,” but just three months of time onscreen. And that offers about as much as anyone needs to know about the sequel, “Teen Beach 2,” which clearly feels no incentive to tamper with success. The only wrinkle, such as it is, involves reversing the first movie’s central conceit, bringing characters from a ’60s beach movie into the present-day real world, instead of vice versa. But all that – and the other plot threads stitched together from various sources – is a pretty thin excuse to reunite the gang to dance and sing again.
To its credit, Disney Channel’s commitment to live-action musicals introduces its audience to a genre that doesn’t gain much exposure elsewhere on TV, so the second-guessing should be kept to a minimum. That said, given that some parents will doubtless be lulled into sitting through these exercises with their kids, »
- Brian Lowry
I don't know about you, dance fans, but I really have only one thing to say: Whew! Totally excellent results. The "Dancing with the Stars" results are a huge surprise, but I'm fine with them. But let's talk a bit about the rest of the show first.
I'll be honest, most of this show feels like filler to me. The results shows often do, but I don't care much for most of the performances tonight. The "Almay Simply American Experience" routine has some fun choreography in it, but I do not like the singer's raspy, shouting voice at all. The VFX crew has way too much fun with the "Women of DWTS" routine, turning them all into robots and holographic images, but the dancing is mostly strutting and posing, drawing an extremely thin line between choreography and objectification. The "Teen Beach 2" number is very cute - and I have to confess, »
- Renée Camus
“Teen Beach 2″ will make its debut immediately before the series premiere for Disney Channel’s new live-action series “Best Friends Whenever,” which stars Lauren Taylor and Landry Bender (Disney Xd’s “Crash & Bernstein”) as time traveling best friends.
The Disney Channel Original Movie — starring the original foursome from the sing-and-dance hit, Ross Lynch (Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”), Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”), Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps — sees the cast reprise their roles, but this time, the TV movie is set in Brady (Lynch) and Mack’s (Mitchell) modern-day high school world with their 1960’s silver screen friends Lela (Phipps) and Tanner (Clayton) stuck in it. The entire crew must come up with a plan to get their friends back to their old-fashioned movie world before it’s too late. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
9 items from 2015
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