Thursday, July 26, 2007

Judge Ali Weighs in....

This season of So You Think You Can Dance has taken some warming up to. Troy and I have been struggling to find a "favorite". After last night's show, I have come up with a few opinions/critiques that I would like to share:

JAMIE
I think Jamie is an incredible dancer, but she bugs the heck out of me! Her squeeky voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me. She is the type of person I could see 10 years from now living in an apartment, single, with 15 cats and unicorn posters adorning her walls. Does she have my vote? NO.



LACEY
Now Lacey...this is a tough one. There is no arguing that the girl can stinkin' tear it up on the dance floor. Plus, she shares my same religious affiliation. But does that mean she should get my vote? Hummm. I am bugged by a couple of things. First, couldn't you represent the Mormon religion a little better? I mean, do you have to do so many hip thrusts, crotch grabs, and seductive dances. How hard would it be to ask the choreographer for something a little less provocative. But part of me thinks she LOVES the attention. Second, have you ever noticed how much the girl tries to get camera time? sheesh. does she have my vote? probably not. (Sorry Patience....don't hate me)



LAUREN
Lauren has been kind of a wild card for me. I really like her and her personality, but until last night I was not convinced about her skills. I think her performance last night was awesome! I totally dig this girl. Would she have my vote? Yes. Do I think she will win the competition...NO.



SABRA
...and now this brings me to Sabra! I LOVE this girl! Talk about friendly, funny, sweet, humble, and bubbly. Plus, the girl can dance. But the clencher for me is the fact that she started dancing at 16! What? People train their entire life for talent like hers. I would love to see her go all the way. Does she have my vote? You bet your bottom dollar! Go Sabra!


By the way, I am undecided on all the guys. They all have something I like, and something I don't. Maybe after tonight I can finalize my male critiques.

So, who are you pulling for, and why?

22 comments:

Heidi said...

you know who I love. I am glad to see that sabra is on there. Yes, Lacey needs to put some clothes on and put her hands in better places.

merideth said...

i had no idea about this show until a few weeks ago when i was in reno. i don't know if i am watching it because it is summer and well there is nothing else on, but i am watching...i really like lacey and lauren, but your description is right on. i think deep down i would like to look and dance like these girls...of course i little more cleanly (is that a word?) well any way i do like sabra too, but i think i am pulling for lacey and lauren. maybe lauren a little more. i have yet to start voting though. and then about jamie you are so right on...there is just something about her that bugs.

Rob*Sheena*Jonah*Lucy said...

I'm so glad you did this! I've been afraid to open my mouth about it because I feel like EVERYONE is putting so much pressure on me to vote for Lacey and I just can't bring myself to do it. Lauren is my fav, with Sabra a close second....there I said it!!! I feel so liberated.
I'm so sucked into this show, and I sit there eating ice cream wondering if I'll ever look like any of those girls.....

Michelle Oler said...

I agree 100% with you Ali. Jamie is too flakey..I can't ever remember her name!! I didn't like Lauren until last week I used to think she was conceded but now i like her. Lacey and Sabre are my 2 favorites though. I think I would vote for Lacey if I lived in the States because I do think she is the best dancer but if she lifts up her shirt again, I'd vote for Sabre!! I don't know about you but I got so tired of watching that same routine over and over again that they all danced!! Oh! And who dresses Mia Michaels???!!!

Patience Roney said...

I do understand where you are coming from. Since I grew with Heidi, Benji and Lacey, and have been to the tappings and am still in contact with them, I do want you to know that they have actually asked them to change things. Though some of the things they do is for attention, but they are very active in the church. I think I will never understand the whole drama world. They do a lot of things that are different. But I think by far she is an amazing dancer.

Patience Roney said...

P.S. Remeber that they are doing choreography that someone else asked them to do. All the other people on the show are doing the same thing. It's just a dance. It's not like they are doing those things in real life. Benji returned home from an honorable mission, and they still attend church, even while they are in Hollywood. So I think that says a lot for them. They have done fireside's on how they have dealt with it. I guess you haven't heard the nasty stories that I have about all the couple's that are hooking up and out partying that I have. So I have the most respect for Heidi, benji and Lacey! Sorry to take up so much of your blog. But I hate the bad rap they get when people really have no clue what the other dancers are doing off the Camera!

Patience Roney said...

Didn't mean to get so pissy. I just feel bad because I know they are good people. But when it comes to technical dancer, I think Sabre and Lacey are awesome. I wish I could delete my comments. It sounded to mean. But I feel bad for them and what people say about them. Don't hate me Ali. You have all the right to feel that way!!!!

ali degraff said...

Patience. I expected that from you, and no, I don't hate you. It is always good to hear "the other side" of things. I still wish that some things were handled differently. I am just glad that I'm not the one who has to decide to show my american flag undies or not. he.

jana said...

AHhhhhh...I am hooked on this show too!
I totally love Lacey and I want her to win...I don't even care how seductive she is. I think it makes the dances a little less boring. She has georgous eyes, and she's an amazing dancer. Now that I know she's LDS I like her even more! (I thought sabra was the mormon one, since she's from utah)
Anyway besides her the only people I want to win are danny or neil, and mostly because they're hot!
(My husband loves jamie, I think it's the big jugs)

ali degraff said...

dude, my husband likes jamie too. what is it with guys and boobs?!

Patience Roney said...

There actually is a funny story behind that. I talked to Benji on saturday. They were actually in Florida. Benji didn't come prepared. When they all decided to hit the beach, he had nothing to wear. So he went to the store, he only had enough money for those speedo's. Then he threw them in a plastic bag. When he reached bag to CA, it had been a that bag for four days and stunk. Everyone teased him. So he wore them and showed them to the world. Would I do that..NOOOO. But it was a funny story when he told me.

Heidi said...

I think that even though the dances are choreographed by someone else who may not have the same standards, a dancer has a right to ask not to do something. Sorry, I don't mean to add fuel to the fire, and I'm sure they are good people, nobody said they weren't. If you have the guts to say something that makes you stand out more and speaks volume of your character. I love how Lacey looks when she dances minus the naughty stuff, she is quite entertaining and she is on my top 3 list.

TROY DeGraff said...

GUYS LOVE BOOBS BECAUSE BOOBS ARE AWESOME. AND YES, JAMIES HOT...I THINK? I'LL HAVE TO LOOK AT HER FACE TONIGHT TO MAKE SURE. PROPS TO MY MAN LEE FOR HIS GOOD TASTE.

TROY

Amy said...

This has been the most entertaining blog topic to read about. I love everyone's comments! Troy, you are freakin' hilarious!

Rob*Sheena*Jonah*Lucy said...

Wow Ali--you know how to pick good debate topics. I'm seriously sweating reading through this.

Ryan Southwell said...

Wow, good reading here. So, why don't they ever clog on the show? Injustice!
Call me when they do.

Heather said...

Who cares what the other people are doing off camera?

4 girls and a guy said...

Holy crow - I think I'll HAVE to check out this show. Such a heated topic.

hkd1975 said...

Niiiice Troy!!It must run in the family, and has already begun in the 3rd generation DeGraff boys-that's all I have to say about that. As for SYTYCD, I was really leaning the same way as Ali, but with more background info now on Lacey, the more I am able to separate the internal conflict I have had going on. But I was surprised that Lauren danced to Christian Rock last night? That scored some points for me that she is proud of her beliefs and faith and was not afraid to put it out there. I definitely think Sabra is the best technically, Lacey is the best overall performer and Lauren is now on my list, so we'll see.

amy cannon said...

Wow now thats something out of all these bog entries you finally got Troy to put in his opinion. Hum.. boobs huh! I'm with you in the clogging. I'm a fellow clogger myself. Many people don't know that but I actually used to be quite good.

chantel said...

It's funny I just looked you up on this topic 'cause you'd think Carl and I were the actual judges with how much we try to break down the dancers and their performances. I would have to say that while Lacey is amazing to watch, I've been more impressed with Lauren's dancing lately. Sabra, well, after all she is is "perfection in movement". I'd be happy with any of those three. Neil's my favorite guy because he's so goofy. I can't wait for tomorrow night's showing!!

Carl said...

I'm still trying to figure out which guys are gay. My Gaydar has been on the sketch now for a while. It's probably because I started going with the metro hair. I wish that Lauren had more jugs, because she would be a shoe in, but I am still pulling for her as the darkhorse. (see Lee and Troy's comments) I am still a little hurt that Jessie was unrightfully terminated, but she did seem to have some substantial mental issues. I'm fine with any of the remaining guys winning as long as I can see their boy/girl friends run up at the end to solve this dilema that's been keeping me up at nights.