Archive | September, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance taping report

19 Sep

So guess what I did yesterday! Went to the taping of the So You Think You Can Dance finale! And it was awesome! And now I shall tell you all about it.

So, the saga really begins a couple of weeks ago, when I found out that I was the winner of that week’s facebook lottery for priority tickets to the show. Unfortunately, I had just gone home for a couple of weeks. Figures. So anyway I wrote to find out if there was any way I could get tickets for after I got back instead, and luckily for me, they said yes! And the taping the week I was getting back (got back here Thursday) happened to be the finale. I’ve never had such good luck! Anyway, since it was a priority ticket, I could get to the front of the line as long as I got there before 3, so I did not have a line waiting experience. However, I did have a mini heart attack when I thought I wasn’t going to make it because 1) I left later than I meant to, 2) there was tons of traffic and 3) I came out of the parking garage at the wrong exit so I had to use my navigation to bring me to the intersection that was supposed to be super close and instead was half a mile away (now that all sounds more like my luck). But I made it, looking sweatily and breathlessly lovely I’m sure. I didn’t get to go to the front front of the line, but I cut in front of all the people waiting at the moment I got there (sorry people). Then I headed to where two people who worked for the show were standing giving out tickets. Now, I have absolutely no idea how they decided who would be standing and who would get seats, and even what section to put people in: they were both holding big stacks of tickets and when I walked up they kind of shuffled them around, to what purpose I could not tell, and then handed me one. Thank goodness it was for a seat, and it was for the second row! After I got my ticket I made my way to security. I knew that at some point my phone was going to get taken away, but they took it as soon as I got to security, which I was not expecting, and they also took my iPod. This was a little after 3, and doors didn’t open until 4:30, so my lack of entertainment meant I spent an hour and a half sitting around singing all of Wicked in my head to pass the time. Super fun. The most exciting thing that happened out there was when Twitch and Allison walked by (holding hands, it was super cute).
So finally, after a couple of times of a guy coming out saying there were “just a few minutes” until we would be let in (about an hour and 30 minutes before we were actually let in), we were brought inside the studio. I was in section A, which meant I was in front of the judges – section B was behind, and a lucky few got to sit next to/behind/near the choreographers and dancers in the audience. But I was quite happy with my seat, which was, like I said, in the second row, and right in the middle. The studio wasn’t really what I was expecting: it was kind of small, and the chairs were comfortable but only about a step or a step and a half up from folding chairs. There’s a section in front of the judges, a bigger section behind, and then two smaller groups that stand on either side of the stage. Before the show started a warm up guy came out, had us introduce ourselves to the people next to us, do some stretches, give the people next to us backrubs (tip: go with people you know), etc. etc. He also gave us instructions for the show. We had to stand up during every dance, applaud going into and out of every commercial break, and applaud going into and out of every video package. There was also lots of talk about how we needed to be the rowdiest audience they’ve had. We were reminded of how important our rowdiness was at every commercial break. The warm up guy also did a couple competitions during the commercials, one of which was for someone to spell tyrannosaurus rex. It took five people to spell it, and I discovered that I did not know how to either. But I just spelled it right on my first try, so thanks warm up guy, for making me learn!

So the show! It was pretty amazing. I’ve been fairly underwhelmed with this season, to the point that I don’t even remember the names of some of the top 10, and barely any of the bottom 10, which is pretty much unheard of for me. Usually I am like an encyclopedia of contestants. But seeing them all live was so great – they are all seriously fantastic dancers. My favorites were the opening routine, the new hip hop routine (though a camera was blocking my view the whole time they were at the table – luckily there were screens), Eliana and Alex’s dance, Audrey and Matthew’s dance (despite the fact that they were two of the ones whose names I couldn’t remember), and the last group routine. That one they recorded in the morning because of something about the set pieces, so they aired that one, but still performed it live for us. If you watch the aired show you can see that the people in the audience magically change! Our version was great regardless. And I was so happy to see Allison dance! My favorite part of the night was probably getting to see all of the interactions going on off camera during the show and during breaks. During Twitch and Witney’s routine, at the part where they do the waiting for the bus thing that Cat was talking about, I happened to look at her (she was standing in between my section and the standing people) and she was pointing at them and then started dancing along. It was so cute! She also was really jokey with the dancers, the judges, and the crew, which made me happy, and she and Will especially were adorable. She was also especially cute with her hair and makeup people – they were very dancey. She also had a twizzler and a diet coke very quickly during commercial breaks, in case anyone was wondering. I was also amused to see that when Lil C was introducing his dance pick, the other judges were looking at each other and laughing, and Debbie said, “I love him!” They also are obviously all very seasoned at live shows, because during some commercial breaks one of the judges or Cat or both would wander off and be talking to people and joking around and stuff, and they would get back into position with about 3 seconds to go. Sometimes I thought they weren’t going to make it! The cutest thing was after the last group routine, Allison waited for Twitch to come over before she went off stage and they went off together all coupley. Awwww.

Now, the winners! I was so so so happy that Eliana and Chehon won, since they were who I wanted. Eliana I was pretty sure would win, especially after being in the audience. Like I said, we have to stand during every dance, so generally when Cat says immediately after a dance “they’re standing!” or whatever, it’s pretty meaningless since we are told to stand, but after Eliana danced and then came over to talk to Cat, no one sat back down like we did after every single other dance. We stood until she went off the stage, which is why when you watch the show you can hear Cat saying to her, “They’re still standing,” because in that case it was unusual! For every other member of the top 4, we sat down once they went to Cat. But even though I was fairly certain, I was still very happy when she did, though I felt bad for Tiffany. During the video package before they gave the results they were both basically having nervous breakdowns on stage. Poor things. Also, in the interest of all the details, when Eliana hugged Tiffany she said “I love you so much,” which was sweet. I like seeing that they really all like each other! Also after everyone came out to celebrate I saw Allison say to her, “Everyone knew it,” so that was nice. But on to Chehon: I wanted him to win, but I was sure he would not win, especially based on audience reaction to him vs. Cyrus. But he pulled it off! He did it! People were seriously shocked. I looked back at the judges and Debbie was saying, “The best dancer won again!” all surprised and happy. Again, felt bad for Cyrus, but he got a very nice round of applause as he left. I would like to know who was the overall winner, but oh well. I also don’t remember if you could tell on TV but there was SO MUCH confetti – it got all over my hair and dress and there were just piles on the ground. I feel bad for whoever has to clean that up! Though the clean up crew during the stage was remarkably fast getting the glass from Twitch and Cyrus’ routine off the stage. In any case, I helped out by taking all the confetti I got out of my hair and off my dress as a souvenir 🙂

I suppose that’s about everything! I hope you enjoyed that novel. And now, proof that I was there (click to enlarge)!

Look! It’s me! On the right! I’m on TV!

 

Look! It’s my back!

 

Fall 2012 TV calendar & premiere dates

10 Sep

Now that premiere season is starting in earnest, here is a handy dandy chart for your television viewing needs. It provides both a daily calendar AND premiere dates! Wonder of wonders! New shows are in bold:

I left cable/non-US shows off, obviously, but in case you’re wondering, for the big ones (to me, anyway): Homeland comes back September 30 on Showtime, Game of Thrones comes back March 31, 2013 (UGH) on HBO, Mad Men is still TBA, and Downton Abbey is back on PBS on January 6, 2013 (it premieres this Sunday for UK/crafty people!).

Of the network shows, I’ll be watching/trying out: Castle, HIMYM, Ben and Kate, New Girl, the Mindy Project (though I wasn’t blown away by the pilot), Parenthood, Modern Family, Nashville, Last Resort, Parks & Rec, Fringe, and Once Upon A  Time. I’ll also be giving Gossip Girl and Glee an episode to redeem themselves. In other words, I am about to get very busy! September really is the best month.

Official Downton Abbey series 3 trailer

5 Sep

Well, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and I really don’t have an excuse other than that it’s summer so not much is on and also, I am currently enjoying a very brief summer break which, unless I get over my fears of public speaking and become a teacher, and/or never find a job, will be my last ever one, so I’ve been pretty busy with my schedule of sleeping, eating, reading, and watching movies. But now of course Downton is bringing me back. Because ITV just put out the official series (season) 3 trailer, and it is wonderful. Behold:

The Bransons you guys, the Bransons! I was giddy-hyper (…gyper? hiddy?) after I saw that. This is actually what I sent to my friend along with the video: “I WISH YOU WERE HERE SO I COULD SQUEAL AT YOU IN PERSON INSTEAD OF OVER THE COMPUTER I CANNOT CONTAIN MY FEELINGS.” Luckily I’m calmer now, but still excited! And also concerned as to why Branson would be crying as they do their little run and kiss thing. But they’re clearly happy! And getting real screen time! Which equals happy Stacey. And at the end Matthew is totally repeating the words of wisdom Branson gave him in a clip from another promo, so yay him for apparently repairing the relationship between the show’s main couple! I feel vindicated for always loving him and him and Sybil. Also, I am excited for this Edith and Strallan business, I still don’t care about Ethel or Bates, and I am, as always, pleased to see Robert upset.

My expectations for the next season are pretty much sky high at the moment, so I am really hoping that the show actually comes through and is more season 1 than season 2. But I think we all know that I will be an explosion of fangirlyness over it no matter what happens. Especially since I am reduced to a hyper 12 year old whenever Sybil and Branson (who I guess I should start calling Tom now) show up. Get ready.