Thursday, June 29, 2006

He spins us right round, baby. Right round!

[EDIT: Clip found and posted in the Video Collection!]

Benji played a love-lorn DJ tonight, to Donyelle's Dancing Diva. Lovely performance, as usual. I must admit that for the first time, the Benjyelle routine was NOT my favourite of the night. (It was still really really good though!) That honour went to Heidi and Whats-His-Face*. It was AWESOME to see this perky little blonde girl get all African funky. Those arm extension-y things, where she's crouching down, and her arm whips from the front, up over her head, and then over her back? The entire side of her body just snaps back... it's stunning to behold. Plus, her partner played her Bum Drum!!! Who can resist the allure of the BUM DRUM?!?! (Certainly not Nigel Lythgoe, who looked like a living ad for Viagra after the performance)

But yeah, like I said, Benjyelle did real real good tonight. I thought Benji did an admirable job keeping the 'bouncy flair' (my own awkward term) that comes so naturally to him out of the routine. I don't know why I didn't like it as much as usual, but I suspect it has to do with this "Pop-Jazz" business. Recall that the team that did this style last week (Heidi/Whats-His-Face) wasn't too popular either. I'm sure they'll be fine in terms of voting though. I LOVE how the audience goes nuts when Benji is mentioned. And what about that eyeliner!!! He's a good sport, that Benji.

Three more little things:
1) I have decided that Alex Da Silva's name is now to be Rrrrromerrro Da Silva. He looks much more like a Romero than an Alex, plus it's fun to roll the R's.

2) Methinks our boy Benj is developing a wee crush on that lovely lass Donyelle**. I mean, I understand friendliness, but all those sweet lil' pecks are starting to look a bit more than platonic***...

3) If Nigel is the posterboy for Viagra, then Aleksandra is the postergirl for depression. Someone get that girl a Zoloft or something. She looks about ready to off herself.



* Yes, yes, it's Ryan. I'm sure he's a very accomplished dancer, but when that duo gets on stage, I just can't pay attention to anything other than Heidi, you know? She just draws the eye!
** NO idea what is up with the faux-Irish. Faux-rish?
*** To be fair, I said that about pretty much every couple that performed tonight. I blame the low blood sugar. Oh, and the fact that they were all practically making out with each other. Sizzle...

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15 Comments:

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I wanted to show some friends how awesome benji can dance in that video where he dances for his life with Heidi. It says the video is no longer available. Do you still have it or do you have a link where I can view it? Thanks

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hello Anon, thanks for pointing that out! I found another, slightly more complete version and have posted it.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Cowgirl Warrior said...

Heidi kicked ass last night and finally connected with her partner. I was impressed with Ivan and whats her name in the killer dress. I honestly didn't think they had it in them.
What about Jaimz's face when he was told it was a love story...too funny.

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I also think that Benji has a little crush on his Donyelle. But I love them to pieces! You can tell that he is totally in to her just by the way he looks at her. My heart melts when I see them dance together. They really are the one couple that dance like they are ment to be partnered. I love them! And after watching Aleksandra's pathetic performance yesterday I really feel it should have been her kicked off last week. She really does dance like she has no soul! Her poor poor partner!

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

CW: Ivan was rather impressive, wasn't he? I was prepared to dislike him just because he was so obviously pretty-boy cute (what? I have issues, ok?) but he really did pull it togethre. They looked fantastic. I'm not sure that Jaymz likes girls...

Kat: Yes, I really think Aleksandra needs to go too, if only for her own sake. I think she might be the type to take criticism badly... all this stress can't be good for her. It was nice of Dimitry to try comfort her.

But Benjyelle! What a love story THAT would be, huh? "Dance healed his spirit, but it was his partner that healed his heart"... etc. Harlequin people, are you listening???

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger bookluver101 said...

Hey!!! i totally agree with you!!! I loved Heidi and Ryan's performance!! I really enjoyed even though I had no idea what it was. And I loved Benji and Donyelle's performance too though I had an issue with Donyelle's outfit. I really think there's something between Benji and Donyelle (I mean even Nigel thought so)!! Anywayz see ya!! I'll come back soon!!!

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hey Hannah, yeah her head-dress thing was a little freaky! But I guess the dance was supposed to be a little freaky too! ;)

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Cowgirl Warrior said...

I definitely think that Jaimz does not go for girls, that's why the look on his face was so funny.
Aleksandra definitely needed to go, she always looked so sad.
The new pairing of Dmitry and Ashlee will be interesting.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Cowgirl Warrior said...

I posted a new review by the way, the self tan lotion test is in progress

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

The problem with Benji and Donyelle being so good, is that they won't be in the bottom 3 ever and we won't get to see them dance more than once a week! I liked - no - loved Heidi and Ryan. (I can never remember his name either, but he's awesome!!)

I wish Alexandra had gotten to stay. I thought she did beautifully dancing for her life. Yay Nigel for apologising to her, and big yay for putting the smack on the audience, and Ben and Jaymz for giving the solos very little thought. These are supposed to be the best dancers in the country and to be the best, you have to prepare.

Less serious here... Benji and Donyelle's song is also a really great West Coast song, which is what he does mostly, and for me it was really bizarre to watch him dance not-wc-dancing to one of the songs that's played so much. I hated the choreography... maybe I just don't feel the music video pop jazz thing.

Oh, yeah, Ivan needs to go home. Yuck. Allison totally carries him, I don't see anything wonderful in his dancing. He just stands there, she makes him look, well, goodish.

Go Heidi, go Benji!! Miss Glitterati, thanks for the video hookups, keep up the lovely site!

 
At 1:18 AM, Anonymous The Glitterati said...

CW: Going to check it out right..... now! :)

Jennifer: I too thought it was really classy for Nigel to apologise to Aleksandra. And I loved the Stern Papa thing with putting the smack-down on the audience. Coasting won't cut it here! Maybe we'll eventually end up with an Allison/Dimitry pairing! That would be fun to see...

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Toya said...

There is *definitely* something going on between Benji and Donyelle. Actually, I think it's more on Benji's end - he clearly has a crush on her, while it looks like Donyelle realizes his crush but is trying not to encourage him too much.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Toya: I couldn't blame him if he did have a crush! She seems so warm and goofy but serene at the same time. All those endorphins from the dancing, plus all the physical contact and the pre-existing affection from their friendship ... whew, even *I'm* starting to feel a bit lightheaded! :)

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely agree. Benjiyelle really does exist and I keep seeing them get married at the end of the show. She needs to kiss him but if all she does is shake her booty at him...she has a friend for life

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe Donyelle is marrying that Tahir guy! I thought she liked Benji! I guess Benji's heart is broken once more. Poor guy!

 

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