My review for International Acts day:
Shaan - Waltz
Love this song from Maine Pyar Kya
! I am not a fan of that much smoke on the floor - it's distracting from the act!
. There was clear hesitation in the first lift; however, the second lift was much nicer in which Sneha feel on Shaan's hands and he held her up high - proud of Shaan at this part
. While dancing the Waltz, Shaan's posture was incorrect - the shoulders were not high enough
. The judges should have pointed this out.
Sneha's leap of faith was amazing
! My favorite part of the act was when Shaan slid across the stage during "jawab doo" - very genuine
and Shaan actually looked like he was enjoying himself, which was lacking throughout the act. The last position was beautiful on Sneha's part
and hesitant on Shaan's part
Drashti - Rumba
I honestly felt like this was a continuation of the story-telling act. The rumba movement was beautiful in the beginning
. "Ye dil" was hesitant on Drashti's part
. The split was really well done
. Drashti standing in one spot and being moved around was nice but hanging from Salman's neck was a step I had appreciated in an earlier act. When Drashti was holding her leg up and was being spun around, it looked really beautiful however, another stationary spin was not needed - I preferred the 2nd stationary spin over the first
In "meri sada me", there was clear hesitation in Drashti's part but when she was hanging on Salman, she kept the position held well.
"Ye Zameen" was similar to a dip that was done earlier in the act. The "asmaan" part in which she moved her body, was my favorite part as it was really clean and pleasing to the eye. The lift of "ab hame jaana kaha" looked really unclean
. The last "me waha tu jaha" with the end looked good
Sonali/Sumant - Salsa
Wow!! Sonali killed it and she was definitely the hero of the act for me!!
No one does lifts better than these two and real magic is when they are doing lifts
. However, their floor dancing, unfortunately, is pretty elementary. Looking at the act in a competitive state, the beginning lifts were crazy but the lifts after that have been repeated in IDS - copied exactly from their acts
. Sonali's leg moving about on Sumant's head, Sonali rolling while Somant holds her hand, Sonali sliding about around Sumant - we have seen all of them...The "baila baila" steps in the end were the same as what they have done earlier in IGT
Also, the judges had told the choreos of the kids over and over that stop with the lifts but in this act - all we saw were lifts..
That being said, Sonali literally danced her hair piece off!!
The end was awesome and these two are amazing!!!!!
God bless them!
Lauren - Street Jazz
loved the mix of songs and the look they both had
Lauren's (sorry - I tried to look at both of them but I kept on looking at Lauren) body language and facial expressions were just perfect in this act
! And I thought it was interesting that she was trying to lip sync "love me love me", even the guy's part
The moonwalk was perfect, the Billie Jean steps were ridiculous and the tilt was so clean
!! I tried and tried but I couldn't find anything wrong with the act
. I am so glad they did this act as it was a perfect tribute to MJ and another feather in their cap
Mukti - Broadway Jazz
Another song I used to love
! Mukti's expressions are always bang on
. The "tu jo acha samjhe" lift was done by them before
. I really liked the Chandni part
and I liked the part where Mukti was holding up her hands and Sushant was acting like a certain character
. But, each and every one of their lifts had been done before by them (as far as I can tell) - this I only noted as it was pointed out by the judges...
After watching the acts and doing my reviews, I noted that the judges were actually correct in saying that Mukti/Sushant repeated her lifts and the act was underwhelming. However, I also thought the judges not following their own advice by saying to Sonali and Sumant that "no more lifts" and then allowing an all-out Salsa with almost only lifts and not pointing out the flaws in Shaan's Waltz was disrespectful to Mukti.
Edited by Shelly1026 - 01 September 2013 at 11:56pm