SYTYCD, top 12

November 25, 2009

I really don’t have any time to write this (I’m stealing time from cleaning), but I was so angry about something last night I had to write.

For weeks Ashleigh has been floating along on the fumes of Jakob‘s firey performances and last night was just the last straw for me. I think she was fine in the cha-cha, but here’s their first dance:

She LITERALLY walked and rolled around the stage while Jakob was incredible. Then he picked her up some. Then the judges completely praise HER over and over and over while the rest of the girls are killing themselves actually dancing, getting small fractions of the love they lavishly present to Ashleigh.

But I have no doubt she’ll get into the top 10. She’s like the Comfort of this season for me (seriously). I’m excited to see how she does with a new partner (mostly because I think she’ll be exposed for the talent moocher she is.)

Onto what I liked: Kathryn and Legacy‘s Waltz, Ellenore and Ryan‘s Broadway (the only B’way I’ve ever liked on this show.), and Karen and Victor‘s Tango, even though he creeps me out.

Even though it was fantastic, I think this couple is a shoe-in for bottom 3 because of the disasterous hip hop and they have (sadly in Karen‘s case) consistently been in the bottom.

Also in the bottom: Noelle and Russell, then who? I think it should be Mollee and Nathan. But we’ll see. Every week I’ve done predictions I’m 2/3, I feel like tonight will be the same way. That last couple could be almost anyone.

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The Pop Culture Essentials

October 4, 2009

by Andrea Burke

Oct 4- 10:

1. Zombieland– I’ve seen it but you have to!

2. An Education in theaters Oct 9. I hadn’t heard of this movie until I heard Fresh Air’s interview with writer Nick Hornby, who also wrote High Fidelity and About a Boy. The premise seems kind or ordinary, but I liked  Hornby in the interview so much that I’ll probably see it.

3. So You Think You Can Dance. I had to take a break from all the stupid auditions, but finally the best of the best journey to Vegas on Wed Oct 7!

4. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer winner debuts his first work of non-fiction Tuesday (Oct 6)

5. Away We Go on DVD Oct 6. John Krasinski (better known as Jim Halpert- see #6) and Maya Rudolph play a couple expecting their first child who travel around looking for the ideal place to set up house and home. It got an A- from EW.

6. The office. Its the wedding episode! Jim and Pam finally tie the knot! Thank goodness because this last episode was terrible. Oct 8 on NBC at 8:00

7. Classic of the week: My Man Godfrey comes on TCM Thursday Oct 8 at 10:15. I heart this comedy starring William Powell.

8. Music. If you didn’t know, every month Amazon puts 50 mp3 albums up for $5 . October features a wide array of choices including albums by Nina Simone, Roy Orbison, Third Eye Blind, Kiss, Taylor Hicks, the Noisettes and (the album I just bought) The Avett Brothers