Monday, 31 May 2010
Simon reckons he'll be using the buzzer a lot ... I might too.
First out: Bollywood dancers Threebee: full of energy, nice Bollywood slant on the Bee Gees, a good mix of different styles, not as tight as maybe it should be - not sure it wil be enough but too soon to tell, Piers "you may have just danced into the final"!
Olivia Archbold next and I loved the song she chose last time - let's hope she doesn't go karaoke tonight. Ooh, Simon just said that! And it's a song not many people know - no, I don't know it but it's a confident performance, although her voice isn't as sweet as the first time round. She's very choked (it's a Kate Winslet song?) and I think that maybe affected her. Ah, the key change, singing from her chest as Simon and Amanda said. No, I preferred the audition performance.
Kevin Cruise *BBBBBBUUUUUZZZZZZZZ* Dear God Almighty, that took me back to holiday camps and not in a good way. And what was all that with the thrusting? Urgh. Amanda needs a shrink.
Stevie Starr: Now Amanda's paying the price, ha ha! If he does pull this off, I will be quite impressed. Although how do we know he didn't have that one prepared earlier? And still just another trick at the end of the day, has to be. See, brought up a phone he prepared earlier. Not something I relish seeing again.
Tobias Mead going for risky, something we haven't seen before. Great timing, super - loving the work with the ball, however that was done, very different, threw in a bit of pole dancing - excellent job, well done Tobias. Creative and inspired, says Piers. Outstanding, says Simon. My vote so far.
Sean Sheehan, a wood chopper? The sweat could make the chopper slip out of his hand and head for the judges. No worries, Amanda's got it covered ... *BBBBUUUUZZZZ* For God's sake buzz Piers, before he takes his hand off.
Josh Barry - again, song choice will be crucial and oh, he's gone for Neyo's Closer, brave, but not carrying it off, unfortunately. Picked it up a bit in the chorus, good dance moves, but vocally weak overall. Shame. Amanda's deaf as well as mad.
Spellbound - will have to go some to top their first performance - OMG - they just did, completely fantastic - the two girls at the front near the end, how on earth did they pull off that move. Unbelievable. Love the fire and ice theme too! It truly is spellbinding. Could we imagine you gracing the Royal Variety Show? Damn right! Sorry Tobias - have to make sure one of you makes it and trust the judges to put you through.
I'm watching Glee now, results will have to wait! So picking them up from Twitter - where would we be without it - Spelbound straight through, Tobias and Olivia up in front of the judges, Tobias goes through! But I missed Diversity, which is a bummer, so I'm off to hunt them down on youtube or the BGT website. Caio. Ok, found it on the BGT website - enjoy it again!
Article about Brian Fortuna and Burn the Floor, in which he's starring with Ali Bastian; interview with Brendan Cole; interview with Flavia Cacace. And another interview with Kristina!
Alesha and the Dance Fusion launch.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Trav wll also be covering the US version of So You Think You Can Dance with as much enthusiasm, watch out for the links!
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
I tuned in for the man and his music and found myself quite happily listening to him chat as well as sing. And happily just watching *ahem* ... from the dramatic opening of Cry Me A River, Michael showed all the aspiring Britain's Got Talent hopefuls what it actually takes to be a star.
Silky vocals, personality and showmanship held the audience in raptures - not just the women, I might add - as The Buble quipped his way through the evening, from agreeing with Dermot O'Leary that he was indeed not just massive, but universal, what with his good looks, intelligence and modesty, to Fern Britton reminding him of his reply "I'm your man!" to her invite to hang around for the This Morning piece on clitoral stimulation!
Musically, perrenial classics Feeling Good and How Sweet It Is were sung alongside the original Buble of Everything, Home and Just Haven't Met You Yet, and all in all, it's a wonderful advert for his live show. I might join you yet, Foxy: he's got me, he's so got me!
Friday, 21 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
James Jordan agrees with me about the furore over Arlene's departure, while Ian Waite says it is time for revamp; Kristina talks fashion.
Rumours abound that Pineapple Dance's Louis Spence will take over from Cisco Gomez on the So You Think You Can Dance panel.
An interview with Harry Shum Jr, Glee's amazing streetdancer, Mike Chang.
And finally - Trav's Thought's are in on the Dancing With The Stars Semi Final, show here, results here. I have to agree with Len on Erin and Mak's Paso, a bit funky for me! Very entertaining though. Stunning choreography in Derek and Nicole's Argentine Tango, I particularly loved the final lift. I don't know why they bother with a chair for Bruno, lol! Len sums up Evan and Anna's Paso; their foxtrot is a joy, I dare you not to smile all through it.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Fun streetomedy act from Britain's Got Talent, Twist and Pulse, tell of their connection to Diversity and Flawless, plus UTV have linked the video.
And Emma Bunton will host a new Glee-style reality show, airing on Channel Five, called Don't Stop Believing. This means as soon as Over the Rainbow has finished I'm going to migrate music over to this blog too, since it'll include both dance and music - and I need to cut down on how many different sites I'm adding to, before I start to post music links on Rochester People and tell all of you what's happening at the Cathedral this summer!
Thursday, 13 May 2010
MJ brings us a few snippets from Nigel Lythgoe as the US prepare for their new series of So You Think You Can Dance.
And Trav has changed his website! But he's still covering Dancing With the Stars in full, with videos of this week's star performers Derek and Nicole - incredibly musical numbers, Nicole's timing is so spot on with Derek's. A real pleasure to watch, I preferred the foxtrot which was pure joy from start to finish.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Then welcome to the National Dance Centres for Advanced Training! Professinal training for young dancers:
"I love my training, it is by no means easy, it's very intensive and it takes a lot of hard work, commitment, motivation and as the Fame movie says 'Sweat'! No matter how good you are if you don't have that passion & drive to want to do it and you don't work hard you'll never reach your full potential." The Place CAT, London Contemporary Dance School, male student age 17.
Is that you? So what are you waiting for? I'm waiting for the word 'young' to be deleted ...
Monday, 10 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
The production is also holding open auditions between 7th and 12th May at Dance Attic Studios, North End Road, London and the contract for the summer run of the show at the Southbank Centre is between 1st July and 15th August.
Monday, 3 May 2010
Brendan Cole interview with STV. He's half Scottish, don'tchaknow!
And a very interesting article on how dance is sneaking it's way onto the political agenda.
Gossip wise, Christine Bleakley is being touted as Tess' replacement on Strictly Come Dancing. But since Tess is signed to present series 8, it's going to be at least 15 months away and it's paper talk at the moment, so don't get too excited just yet. In fact, I'm wondering why I bothered to mention it at all really ...