S8 - Jess LeProtto: Hold Me Closer, Tiny Broadway Dancer
Posted Jun 10, 2011 @ 7:28 AM
ETA: as somebody who lives 15 minutes from his home town (Little Falls, NJ), it is the driving asshole capital of the world. Something tells me that's relevant to his personality somehow...
Edited by OwlsGo, Jun 10, 2011 @ 7:53 AM.
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Posted Jun 17, 2011 @ 7:20 AM
But when he dances I see no flaws. For such a little guy he has wicked control of his body. His center is phenomenal, his extensions are great, he has a lot more strength than I would have given him credit for. I think he's great.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 @ 11:12 PM
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Posted Jun 23, 2011 @ 5:10 PM
That was freaking epic, and random, and totally endeared him to me. And I already liked him.
I LOVE that he hand-doodles full orchestras.
I'm really worried for him tonight, though. They had a forgettable routine, they don't have a strong fan base, and it is way too likely that they'll land in the bottom with someone like Wadi (who sucked) or Tadd (who has gotten more fans recently, but let's face it, he did a ballroom routine) and both of them are so totally safe with the judges because anything else would be stupid.
The judges can only "save" one guy, and if he's up against anyone else than Alexander, Robert or Mitchell (possibly Chris, but Nigel seems to be a fan now) then I think he's a goner.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 @ 9:40 PM
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Posted Jun 24, 2011 @ 12:22 PM
From a half-arsed authority on the subject...two reasons. First, group numbers: he was stand-out amazing in the last Sonya number and was impressive in Chris Scott's top ten routine. He was as good as the others in Tyce's messy top 20 group number, which did no favors for anyone.
And if they can't be arsed to vote for him after an amazing Broadway routine, why would they vote for him after a vapid royal wedding piece filled with lumbering lifts?
Second, his lumbering routine was no better or worse than that belabored cha-cha, the slow as molasses M. Moore number by Melanie/Marko, the "not much dancing" performance by Chris the truly untrained hip-hop boy, and the Jordan/Robert barely passable waltz. (I didn't see the Catilyn/Mitchell piece, so I have no take on it.) The three routines in the bottom deserved to be there, but the ones which weren't were nothing to brag about.
Thought of a 3rd reason: His well-executed solo on his first trip to the bottom probably confirmed interest for some viewers as well.
Edited by imthatguy, Jun 24, 2011 @ 12:42 PM.
Posted Jun 24, 2011 @ 9:32 PM
Are Jess and Ricky roommates? I noticed that before he left the stage, he leaned towards Ryan and Ricky and said, "Rip it! You know what to do!" I can't be sure if he's saying that to one or both, but thought maybe the two of them were especially good friends or roommates. Just curious.
He also effectively hug mauled Ricky as soon as he was declared safe and stepped into the pit
Posted Jun 24, 2011 @ 9:41 PM
Posted Jun 26, 2011 @ 2:26 PM
He seemed even shorter than Clarice when they were standing for judging after the contemporary. I can't see how they could concievably do a ballroom.
Posted Jun 30, 2011 @ 1:26 PM
Posted Jun 30, 2011 @ 3:28 PM
I wouldn't call it broadway but it is more like the Fred Astaire musicals than serious ballroom. And that is fine by me. It is a lot more entertaining that way, and still contained more ballroom moves than most of the other "ballroom" dances we get on this show.
Posted Jun 30, 2011 @ 3:34 PM
the Fred Astaire musicals than serious ballroom
I think that's why I loved it. I grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies and I just loved that routine.
Posted Jun 30, 2011 @ 4:44 PM
It reminded me of how I felt about Danny and Anya's Foxtrot. There were lots of complaints of how their dance wasn't fully ballroom, but it was so darned entertaining, I remember not caring one whit. It still remains my favorite Foxtrot of all seasons, but this one by Jess and Clarice is now second.
I wouldn't call it broadway but it is more like the Fred Astaire musicals than serious ballroom.
Posted Jul 1, 2011 @ 3:44 PM
I mentioned in another thread that I've seen Jess in our high school plays and musicals. He has a large presence onstage, and I think he uses that persona and facial expression whenever he is onstage. I am so glad that the behind-the-scenes footage shows his sense of humor.
Needless to say, he is our local favorite. I am looking forward to seeing Jess get hip hop and kill it!
Posted Jul 1, 2011 @ 6:22 PM
I hope he wins the competition. He's amazing to watch. I'm looking forward to the hip hop. I hope he kills it.
Posted Jul 1, 2011 @ 8:07 PM
I really hope they get hip hop next...I want to see him just go crazy on it.
I'm looking forward to the hip hop. I hope he kills it.
Posted Jul 2, 2011 @ 12:30 AM
It's fine by me as well. I love that style of dancing, and would enjoy seeing more of it on the show.
I wouldn't call it broadway but it is more like the Fred Astaire musicals than serious ballroom. And that is fine by me.
I jumped on the Jess train as soon as I saw his audition because he's the sort of dancer I love to watch- both the genre, and the way he dances. I don't know how far he'll go on the show, but I really want to see him go far with his post SYTYCD career. That's what I'm really looking forward to seeing.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 @ 12:01 AM
Also loaded in 2009, "Charleston" duet with a slightly taller girl, showing that he could handle a few lifts without much difficulty. Terribly cheesy beginning, but he shows some really nice technique for his age in the rest of the routine:
A solo. Terrible film quality on this one, but it shows a great sense of humor:
I could see him getting a toe in the door for Broadway in the future, especially for parts that read "plucky guy" or have the word "chutzpah" within the character description.