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'So You Think You Can Dance' Vegas callbacks: 35 advance, Alexa Anderson gets singled out

There’s nothing like the “Vegas Callbacks” round to make So You Think You Can Dance look like a common pool party!

Thirty-five dancers moved on after a grueling Vegas Callbacks round. Contestants had to make it through four routines: Broadway with Tyce Diorio, Jazz with Sonya Tayeh, Ballroom with Jason Gilkinson, and Contemporary with season 2 runner-up and frequent choreographer Travis Wall. We barely saw any names on-screen (so I’m sorry I can’t give you the official list of 35), but the editors did make sure to give us one complete Vegas story arc: that of Blake Lively lookalike Alexa Anderson.

The judges pulled that sneaky move where they single out a contestant to over-criticize about “not connecting”…and then she has a major redemption scene and a killer full-length solo and suddenly she’s the most prominent dancer of the season in everyone’s minds. It’s almost like…they WANT HER TO WIN! Well, that would be fine with me.

Alexa, who was cut right before the Top 20 last season (the judges went with Ryan Ramirez) and has “learned to relax and breathe” since then, fell short in the Broadway performance, prompting perpetual chair sobber Adam Shankman to complain, “I’m sick of saving you. We’re debating putting you through because you are dead.” She died! Oh no wait. “There’s absolutely no light. Dance like you want it, honey. Connect with your partner because you can.” Later, Alexa turned it on and delivered a plethora of what I like to call “jazz faces” — the visual equivalents of “I’m having a blast and being sensual.” Suddenly the judges started writhing around in their seats, growling “Alexa!” “Ahhh!” “Alexa!”

“You’ve got a little star by your name,” Nigel Lythgoe assured the 19-year-old from Arizona. “This child could win,” trilled Debbie Allen (of course) during Alexa’s solo. Pretty big turnaround from the whole group.

Do you think the judges singled her out to pick on with an ulterior motive in mind or was Alexa really lacking in those first two dances?

Favoritism or not, I think she’s wonderful — practically perfect in every way, just like Mary Poppins. I kind of want to BE her. But then who would be me? I bet she’d be really dissatisfied with my mostly sedentary life and the last thing I’d want to do is make Alexa Anderson sad.

Who were your favorites tonight? Can Amelia Lowe a.k.a. short-haired Krysten Ritter eventually connect with a partner? Would Danielle Dominguez have survived the callbacks had she not been struck in the head by a foot? And were you as surprised as I was to see returning hopeful Adrian Lee go?

Stay tuned for EW’s full So You Think You Can Dance recap later on.

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PopWatch Planner: Girl power! 'Girls' finale, 'Brave' out in theaters, Fiona Apple release, and more

This week is all about strong women: a fiery Scottish princess; the powerhouses of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team; and a ’90s indie rock star making a major comeback. Plus, tonight HBO wraps Lena Dunham’s thought-provoking new series Girls. The week rounds out with a controversial new show on ABC Monday, Sin City week on So You Think You Can Dance, and hunky Matthew McConaughey joins Jimmy Kimmel for an NBA finals preview. Have a great week!

Sunday, June 17
Girls season finale, HBO, 10:30 p.m.

Whether you love ‘em or think they are entitled New York spoiled brats, there’s no denying that the girls on Lena Dunham’s Girls were the talk of the town this spring. Say goodbye to Hannah and her sisters-in-arms tonight on HBO. Crackpipe not included.  READ FULL STORY

What is your damage, Cat Deeley? Wrong 'Choice'!

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What’s your damage, Cat? Why are you slumming it as the host of The Choice, Fox’s dating-game answer to NBC’s The Voice? Well, not really answer. The Choice is like a phlegmy gurgle that The Voice quietly stifles for the sake of politeness. It is possibly the worst show I have ever seen. And apparently I have no choice but to watch it since you are the host! READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': Favorite audition?

The So You Think You Can Dance auditions hit Salt Lake City this week, and guest judge Adam Shankman could not stop swearing. “Shut the f— up, you are amazing,” he screamed at the very first contestant after she had not said anything. Mary Murphy brought back the Hot Tamale Train for the first time in season 9, and Nigel Lythgoe informed a young man he “could have someone’s eye out with those nipples.” Just another day in the ballroom!

Who was your favorite dancer tonight? Mine was Amanda Bynes (pictured). Just kidding, that’s Deanna “Dee” Tomasetta, the lovechild of Amanda Bynes and Sarah Chalke. And she wasn’t quite my number one…. READ FULL STORY

Debbie Allen vs. J. Lo: Who wore an 'I wholeheartedly approve of you' stankface better?

It’s our first-ever Reality TV GIF Battle! I’m pretty psyched.

On tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance auditions in Atlanta, guest judge Debbie Allen rivaled American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez in terms of wearing an “I wholeheartedly approve of what is happening onstage” stankface complete with dramatic head-jerks and an overwhelming sense of “bringing it.”

So who wore it better? Vote for your favorite dancing diva below…. READ FULL STORY

Which shows are 'exploding' in social media? Do you 'explode' onto social media while you watch TV?

I hope you’re not hurting yourself! A new study (DON’T FALL ASLEEP) suggests that social activity surrounding broadcast prime-time this April topped its level a year earlier by 194 percent. That means a whole lotta people were heading over to The Voice‘s “Sprint Lounge with Christina Milian” instead of heading over to the fridge for a snack.

You can read more about the numbers here, but I’m interested in reactions from those of you who never use social media at all. READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Radiobrain:

“If Lenny Kravitz was a Russian nesting doll, you’d be the little one inside.” 

– Jesse Tyler Ferguson on So You Think You Can Dance

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, May 30, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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'So You Think You Can Dance': Can Jesse Tyler Ferguson please be the permanent third judge?

I know he’s busy (or busy relaxing) and probably can’t. But he’s so wonderful! The Modern Family actor, who’d guest-judged last season to rave reviews, took a seat beside Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe to charm us again on tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance.

He’s not well-versed in dancing, but TV’s Mitchell Pritchett had tons of commentary regarding pure performance value — which is really at least half the battle on any televised competition. Ferguson (it feels weird to call him that) remarked on martial arts master Cole Horibe’s “intense and amazing” eyes and “major presence,” noticed Sam Lenarz’s “simmering sadness that came from underneath you in a beautiful way,” and even compared Cirque du Soleil dancer Eliana Girard to season 8 winner Melanie Moore — “she could draw you in just by being.” READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Hillary:

“Don’t touch my water. It’s vodka.” 

– Nigel Lythgoe on So You Think You Can Dance

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Thursday, May, 24, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Demi Lovato must be in la la land now that she and Britney Spears have joined the X Factor circus as judges for next season. The new stars will join music industry veterans L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the panel for the show’s second season, but are they shaping up to be the hottest crew to give their critiques on TV? Simon seems smitten with the pair of pop princesses, tweeting: “Can’t believe it’s finally happened. Very exciting! @thexfactorusa #xfactor #SimonBritneyDemiLa.”

Will Howard Stern give Simon a run for his money on FCC-friendly insults when he starts judging America’s Got Talent? And will Britney edge out Jennifer Lopez with saccharin-sweet compliments, or will her wild side get the best of her? Take our poll and let us know who’s the fairest judging panel of them all!

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