Okay, so some of them can sew. Some, like Leatha’ Stella, stud more than sew. But first? We Dance!
I loved last night’s final 6 on So You Think You Can Dance. I am SO glad I’m not in charge of who goes home. Okay, who am I kidding? I totally want to be in charge.
I loved all the dances last night, but some stood out more than others. Josh and Katee are reunited, and while the judges (Nigel, Mary, and Adam Shankman) were a wee bit tongue-bathy, I was honestly just as gushy fangirly, so I have to kinda shut up. Those two just possess something special together and I was firmly back on the Josh Train after their performances last night.
They got a Tasty Oreo contemporary piece (dancing to Celine Dion, and I didn’t even cringe, that’s how good it was) that was lovely bordering on spellbinding with the leaps and holds. When he catches her in full split? Yeah, I watched the whole routine twice. And we finally got a shirtless Josh on their paso, and I loved everything from the pounding score they danced to, to Katee’s bound and tattered looking dress. It wasn’t the most technically perfect, but it was riveting to watch. So they get my top marks, overall, for the night.
Next to them, were Mark and Courtney, who made a splendid pair as well. Their waltz was the first one all season that I even liked, and I did more than like this one. It was floaty and romantic and very, very well done. And the fact that it was dance to David Cook’s wonderful voice only made it that much better. It opened the show with a strong presence and I was happy to hear the judges praise Mark. Their second routine was a Whack Sonja jazz burlesque and strange it was, but they danced the hell out of it. I was thoroughly entertained. And I like how Sonja wasn’t shy afterward about how well she thought they rocked that.
Third for the night was Twitch and Chelsie. They got a very tough mambo, and while Chelsie did everything she could to save a lost Twitch, compared to the other dances, it did come up lacking, but only because the other two pairs were so dynamic. Still, on a night when we have to find our final four, I fear for Twitch here. Not sure if Chelsie is in trouble. I was excited when I heard they were getting a NappyTabs hiphop routine for their second go, but maybe it was me…very innovative mad conductor/orchestra piece which never got going for me, for whatever reason. I liked the concept, but it didn’t rivet me. And I think these two, Twitch especially, is in trouble.
They each did solos as well. Nothing that rocked my socks off. Twitch and Joshua always choreograph well. (Cat donning Twitch’s gold teeth and glasses was actually the highlight of that entire segment. Ha! Love. Her.) Mark was interesting to watch as usual. And I thought Chelsie’s green fringey dress thing made her body look longer and her legs even longer still and was very flattering. Katee and Courtney did their contemporary thing, but it was very samey samey to me. Not bad, but there wasn’t a James Brown WOW performance. (I hope Will gets to do something with that on tour. That was still all kinds of awesome, even if it didn’t save him.)
So…did Cat say whether or not it was a guy and a girl going home tonight? Or just two dancers? If it’s the former, I fear Twitch has come to the end of his run. For the girls, it would have to be between Courtney and Chelsie. Courtney has landed in the bottom numerous times, so the odds are on her, but based on last night, Chelsie would have to be at least a little nervous. All I know is tonight is making ME nervous! I can’t wait.
Okay, then there was Project Runway.
First, Ooompa Blayne Must Die. Seriously. He made Our Tim actually speak the words: “Holla at your boy.” Complete with street hand signage. Must. Die. And Tim? Don’t humor him!
Right after Oompa Blayne departs this world, we must ask what forces of nature have turned Sandra Bernhard into whatever the hell that creature was last night. What was that? Who was that? Seriously. Yikes.
Tonight the designers actually get some creative control and finally get to show us their aesthetic and point of view. They get a camera and a ride throught NYC At Night, snapping Photos of Inspiration. I am excited because maybe I’ll actually start to care about this season if the designers become designers and not the Caricatures of Reality Programming they’ve been up to this point.
Sadly, as I watch the creations take form, I’m…..not feeling an epiphany coming on. More like a vague sense of nausea. But perhaps the runway show will change my mind…. (not to mention give me Sandra Bernhard nightmares.)
First up? Keith and his precisely folded Bandanna of Ridiculousness. He does the Dress of a Million Scraps, and I don’t think getting a new model in the eleventh hour is going to excuse the fact that, even on the runway….it looks like s-crap.
Out next is Oompa Blayne his Dress of Neon Busy-ness. It’s essentially a Froot Loops on Crack Lil Black Dress as imagined by Carmen Miranda and worn by….well, no one would wear that. Not even Paris. Just say no.
Joe (it doesn’t say much that I don’t think I’ve even heard this guy’s name yet) does a bondage bodice dress that’s pretty sharp comparitively speaking. Which isn’t saying much, but at least this one is wearable. And has a passing resemblance to his photo. Not great, just okay, but in this group, that sets him apart. (Who cast this season?)
Emily’s Froot Loops On Crack Redux dress actually does more and is more flattering than Oompa Blayne, but it’s still too Carmen Miranda for me. All that was missing was the tropical fruit/head wrap montage. And why do the frills cut right across her boobs? Most unflattering.
Lilith Fair Leanne’s dress of many black layers….the skirt is awesome, but a little poorly fitted, and the top? I don’t know what that is, except a distraction from a not quite perfectly fitted but very cool looking skirt. 50/50, but at least she’s saying something we might want to hear. At some point. As long as we don’t have to hear it in her whispery whisperson little voice.
Next is Alice In Wonderland Jennifer’s….maternity smock? What the hell is that? It was based on a clock? Mmmmkay. Yikes. Squared.
Jerrell rocks it with a very flattering gown patterened after water fountains. It’s nothing particularly unique, but it’s the best looking thing to walk down this runway. Even if it is puce. (Puce, Jerrell?) Still, the intricacy alone is attention demanding.
But where is the creativity and innovativeness, people? No one is Making It Work.
And then Kelli’s model walks out and I can’t even describe what the hell she’s wearing except it’s all kinds of awesome freakiness. THAT is original, that is a point of view, and whatever the hell it was, her model totally rocked it.
Daniel’s dress was elegant. And looked three sizes too big for his waif model. (Oh, and it was in the news this week that Daniel and Christopher Robin (aka Wesley who was auf’d last week) are an “item.” Project Runway Romance!)
Kenley’s model has a really cool dress of bizarre tulle poufiness, but I liked it. Maybe not the fabric used (which I wasn’t exactly getting with her photo) but I did like the silhouette a lot, and her model totally sold it. I think the fabric pattern might haunt her though, with the judges. Still, the latter half of this runway show is making up for a seriously slow beginning.
Suede (who needs to stop with the third person referrals before we staple gun him to death) designed a dress that looks like it was attached with a staple gun. Did nothing for me and I thought it did nothing for her, but your mileage may vary. He seems to be a teacher’s pet. Still? Shut up, Suede.
Stella’s rocker biker chick model is sporting a bustier belly vest and itty bitty tight jeans and, well, it’s definitely Stella. And not easy to make pants like that in a day, so….we’ll see.
Korto’s model was wearing a black pantsuit. That’s it. Black. Pantsuit. Nothing else going on. Nicely fitted, but seriously. Target. 2001. Hunh?
Terri’s bohemian grafitti chick backless dress/pants ensemble was a stand out for me, and he rmodel rocked it in a big way. I’m undecided on whether it worked or not. But the model definitely sold it. She could be top three with that. She’s been consistently good so far this season, which is saying amazing things. Considering.
So, judgment time: Heidi calls out Keith, Kenley, Emily, Terri, Jennifer, and Leanne as top and bottom three. The rest are safe. These six are top and bottom. I’m sure Stella is relieved.
The love went out to Tulle Hip Kenley, Backless Dress Terri, Awesome Skirt Leanne
Not so much with the love for Bandanna Keith, Carmen Miranda Emily, Maternity Smock Jennifer
After the judges Little Chat (where Sandra is surprisingly lucid), we learn that Kenley is In as the winner. And…..Emily is Out. I might have sent Jennifer home instead, but it wasn’t a toss up that bothered me. I think I might have given Terri the win though, over Kenley.
What about you? What did you love? What did you hate? How soon must Blayne leave this show?
Dish the Dance, Dish the Fashion! And don’t forget to enter this week’s contest – details in Monday’s post. THREE winners announced right here tomorrow!