It's rare that I find myself perched in front of a television in the evening hours during the week, especially during the summer months. Usually at a show, a friend's abode or perhaps a watering hole, last night, I stayed in thanks to a head cold, and found myself drawn into watching FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. Far be it from me to turn to reality programming, however, over the past few seasons of the show, it's one that I can always count on to entertain.
This season's "catch" is that the top 10 (now 9 and after tonight's results, 8) dancers are paired up with "all-stars" from previous seasons. For this music-minded telly-tuner-inner, however, it's the song choices that highlight some great, and some ooof yikes, choreographed numbers. SYTYCD has always had a solid rapport for choosing slightly "obscure for the general public" styled songs. (Think Roisin Murphy's Ramalama Bang Bang in Season 2.)
Now in its seventh season, last night's episode proved no different...although this go 'round, both the partner dances and individual solos were dotted with tunes known well throughout the land of blogs. If the show maintains this heightened level of musicality, you can assure I'll skip a few more venue gigs, stay at home to watch, then most likely embarrass myself by learning the choreographies.
Ladies and gentlemen, beasts, boys and girls...here are the blog-worthy routines, with video evidence.
Adechike & Lauren (hip-hop)
N.E.R.D. (featuring Nelly Furtado) - Hot-N-Fun
Ashley & Ade (contemporary)
Florence + The Machine - Cosmic Love
Billy Bell (solo)
Amanda Blank - Something Bigger, Something Better
Ashley Galvan (solo)
Crookers (featuring Roisin Murphy) - Royal T
Robert Roldan (solo)
Ray Lamontagne - Hold You In My Arms
Robert & Courtney (jazz)
M.I.A. - XXXO
Alex & Twitch (hip-hop)
Lil Jon (featuring LMFAO) - Outta Your Mind
I kind of just needed/wanted an excuse to get this Starsmith remix of N.E.R.D.'s Hot N Fun out to you. Thankfully, the video for the track is out now too, so it's like, fate or something. Oooooooooooh WAIT, as I type this, it's getting removed left and right. Well shucks, we roll on anyway.
In all truthfulness, I don't really mind the original song on its own legs. I'm a sucker for Nelly Furtado too, so her vocals on the chorus only help my case in support of the song.
Just watch the video. (No, don't...I wrote that before it got taken down. Maybe I'll update the post later when it pops back online. Maybe.)
But really, grab the remix, cause it is both hot and fun. Hooray for originality of opinions!