E: I had to get something in before the show finishes, didn’t I? Life’s been more than a bit overwhelming, but I have to say something, even at a rush. The performance finale was a night of swoony, swoony dances, of standing ovations and kisses and fanning and tears. It’s been a beautiful season and it’s too short and I just haven’t had enough time. If this is the end of my beloved show (which I desperately hope it’s not) at least it will go out on a high note.
Instead of a recap, I just want to look at some pertinent questions. Who’s going to win tonight, and which pieces will the judges choose to replay? What was the best of season 14?
E: There was some seriously fantastic dance going on here tonight. SERIOUSLY fantastic. Each week this show keeps getting better! I’m so grateful to have it back, I can’t even say. Like last week, I’m going at this out of chronological order, but I think it’s a bit neater that way.
As perhaps a nod to last week’s disco-glam, Cat wears an 80s-inspired long sleeved black mini-dress with sharp shoulders which is laced up on each side through wide grommets. She reminds us we’re going to lose one more dancer. Boo. But first, some great dancing. So yay!
E: Ladies and Gentlemen, we are officially underway. Welcome to the live shows, the high point of the season! It’s a little odd that we’re just starting this the second week in August, but as long as they don’t short change us on the goodness, then it’s all smiles from here.
You may have noticed that the editors totally snowed me with the last Academy Week episode; I guessed correctly on all the partnerships except the ones that got highlighted, and with those I was 0 for 3. I’m embarrassed and annoyed with myself, and also a little peeved. I guess those editors did their jobs well, though, amping up the drama where I hadn’t thought there was any before! Without delay, here are our pairs:
(Sorry, there clearly has been delay! Hence I’m bringing both pieces the top ten performed in each show, together. Routine 1 is from Show 1, and Routine 2 and the solo are from Show 2. Dance order comes from the first show. Spoilery info woven through the whole.) Continue reading
E: So far I think I’ve watched this episode 3 times all the way through, and many more through the full dances at the end. Drama, strategy, dance – this week had it all.
Oh, yes, and chemistry. Did I mention chemistry? Because holy cow.
E: Remember what I said in the last recap about my fear that individual All Stars were stacking too many amazing contestants on their teams? And how picking the wrong All Star could come back to bite you?
E: Hello out there! If you’ve been here before you know that I am thrilled through my entire being that this show has returned, and returned to something resembling it’s old format. Adult dancers for the win! I guess we’ll see how the All Star format works out (I can already tell that, even with a reduced, coastally-focused 2 city audition schedule, the cuts will still be brutal) but I will take it over nothing any day. It’s all about the dance! If nothing else happens this season, I could watch “Brand New” – the spectacular, 100 dancer flash mob that began this episode in true La La Land style – every day for the rest of the summer and that would be enough.
But I’m so glad we’re going to get more.
And, um, I know it’s lame of me to start so late in the season. Things have been a mite crazy for the last few months here in Sibling World. Much more than a mite, if I’m being honest. But the craziness is settling down (fingers crossed) and I really miss writing, so I’m going to try and get back to a more settled schedule. I did take notes on the audition episodes, in hopes of having the time to blog them; not only did I not have the time then, but I can’t find all my notes now, so I won’t have as encyclopedic a recall of the contestants as usual. Please excuse me if I forget names! I will do my best to give you all my oodles of joy in seeing this show return. I hope someone out there is glad I’m back, too. Ready to break this down?
E: Well, okay. After I took a break and the show took an even longer break, we’re left without two of the most talented contestants. And we’re stuck with the judges aggressively promoting the least skilled dancer in the bunch. On the one hand, I’m still trying my hardest to enjoy what’s left of what’s undoubtedly the last season of my favorite summer show. On the other, I really really wish it was going out on a better note.
In quick review, Cat wore a fabulously crazy outfit (gray long sleeve minidress), everyone danced with their All Star and in some version of their style. They also danced with one of their fellow competitors. The show welcomed Mark Ballas into its fold of choreographers. Tate was brilliant as ever, with Kida, Ruby and Tahani not far behind. The judges could not gush more over little J.T., and the producers can’t stop promoting him, giving him a second piece by Travis. (Of course, the piece — clearly inspired by this line of greeting cards — was not an unqualified success; rather to my surprise, Travis joined me in not liking it.) The best dances of the evening came from the All Stars (the opening number, a number for the boys plus Comfort, a number for the other four girls). And instead of having a bottom two and choosing to save one contestant, the show simply kicked of Ruby, the last remaining ballroom dancer and almost certain the second most skilled dancer in the competition as a whole. I’m not sure why we had that format change at 6 contestants instead of at, say, 5, but I suppose the show isn’t very consistent about applying it’s rules. Maybe they didn’t want us to know who the second most vulnerable person was? Or maybe they didn’t want to be held responsible for choosing between whomever their options were.
At any rate, I’m sorry this wasn’t a full fledged recap. I don’t want to abandon you, but I’m also just pretty frustrated with this season. And better to share a few thoughts than none at all, right?