*Last night, the Oscars folk released a trailer for its 2014 telecast with host Ellen DeGeneres, and it features the dancing daytime talk show host in – you guessed it, an elaborate dance number.
“So You Think You Can Dance’s” Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who doubles on “Ellen” this season as an occasional guest DJ, choreographed the group number, while “Bridesmaids” helmer Paul Feig directed the entire promo.
*Folks traveling on Virgin America will notice something a little different about the safety video.
The days of those hideous pencil-drawn, animated characters are over. On November 1, the airline will debut its replacement – a five minute music video featuring 36 dancers and former contestants from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” doing everything from singing to rapping to breakdancing to contortions, all while adhering to the FAA’s in-flight safety guidelines.
There’s even a nun.
“We knew how much our guests loved the fun and irreverence of our current video, but after six years we wanted to give them something unexpected, a fresh take on what a safety video could be,” creative director Jesse McMillin said. “Changing the game is what Virgin America is all about, and we hope our guests have as much fun boppin’ their heads to the new video as we had making it.”
The song has a Cee-Lo “F*** You” flavor to it.
Directed by Hollywood blockbuster film director Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Step Up 2″), we give you – the VX Safety Dance (a.k.a. the Virgin America Pre-Flight Safety Instruction Video).
Virgin America fliers can vie for a chance to be in a second, 2014 version of the video by submitting their own freestyle moves via Instagram video and tagging them “#VXsafetydance” to be voted on.
Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall, winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10
*He may not have had the best technique in the dances outside of hip hop, but his magnetic personality all but saturated his performances this summer – so much so that America voted Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall the male winner of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Tuesday’s live episode also saw contemporary dancer Amy Yakima crowned the women’s champ. The two have been dance partners from the beginning of the season, and Fik-Shun credits their pairing with helping him advance each week.
“It meant a lot. America got the chance to connect with us and our partnership together,” he toldTVGuide.com at Tuesday’s finale taping. “I feel like it proved how strong it was that we made it to the end. It just felt so right dancing on stage with her that I wouldn’t have traded in anyone else for her. It was supposed to be us.”
So You Think You Can Dance winners Amy Yakima and Fik-Shun with host Cat Deeley
Last night’s victory seems even more improbable considering Fik-Shun had never really seen the show before auditioning.
“I would honestly only watch the auditions, so I didn’t really know what else came after it,” he told EURweb during a set interview last month, adding that his goal was just to make it past the audition round.
“In my mind, it was more of a, if I do this, I can make it to auditions, then I would be satisfied to an extent, because I felt like that’s all I ever really grew up watching” he said. “But then when you find out you have to do so much more, there’s so much other talent on the show, and everybody’s really, really good.”
Below, Fik-Shun explains how YouTube videos of “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants inspired him to try out for the show.
Paula Abdul at the Annual Simon G. Soiree at the Tao Nightclub at The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
*Ratings are down this season on “So You Think You Can Dance,” but the FOX competition series is hoping to turn things around starting tonight with the appearance of Paula Abdul as a guest judge.
Abdul was a resident judge for eight seasons on “American Idol” back when it was the country’s most popular series by a wide margin. She left the show in a contract-renewal dispute.
Abdul also was a judge/mentor on the first season of “The X Factor,” when it brought in about half the crowd creator Simon Cowell had boasted it would average — and numbers “X Factor” would kill for now, notes Deadline.com.
Meanwhile, “Dance’s” overall audience is down about 27% this summer, compared to last.
*Before Keri Hilson performed her latest single “Lose Control” on Thursday night’s live broadcast of “So You Think You Can Dance,” [scroll down to watch] the starlet admitted that she’d also love to put in work on another popular Fox television show.
“Whether it’s me on it, or whether they just do an episode where they cover a song, I would be so excited to be on ‘Glee,’ because I actually do enjoy the show,” she said, adding that most young folks in her profession can relate to the series.
“We’re pretty much all theater kids and appreciators of art. And ‘Glee’ is a very great take on what it’s like to be that kid; what it’s like to have a passion and to be looked at in some ways as an outsider, as an outcast,” she said. “But then they create this own community where it’s okay, and we’re displaying that to kids. Now they’re taking music programs out of schools, art programs out of schools. I think some kids that are watching are living vicariously through that, but they’re also seeing the importance to have an outlet. Not only do I enjoy it, I think it serves a great purpose for our youth.”
As for her latest album “No Boys Allowed,” Hilson says she still finds herself having to clarify the title.
“It doesn’t mean that I like girls,” she explains with a laugh. “It’s kinda like a new age girl power thing. It’s just saying, ‘Look, we deserve men, not boys.
“It wasn’t designed to push fellas and guys away. It was designed to first of all show women what we deserve, and teach us to stop tolerating BS,” she says. “I wanted guys to know the difference, to know what we really like, to know what we really think and feel about certain things and to just stop it, you know. Women, if we tolerate it, they’ll give it to us.”
In the audio bonus below, Hilson tries to justify her expensive shoe habit, which at one point saw her shell out $2,000 for a pair.
*Although news broke early of Ellen DeGeneres being a surprise guest on Thursday’s finale of “So You Think You Can Dance,” the talk show host still managed to raise some eyebrows with her performance of the season’s most popular routine.
The comedian replaced injured contestant Alex Wong opposite All-Star tWitch to perform a hip hop number to “Outta Your Mind” by Lil’ Jon and LMFAO.
According to reports, Ellen and tWitch spent the past month secretly rehearsing the choreography, which was amended a little – okay a lot – to accommodate Ellen’s limited ability. But the crowd loved it anyway and the judges gave her a standing ovation.
When Alex hobbled out on crutches to congratulate her, Ellen said: “I have had so much fun and it broke my heart when I saw the injury. As a joke, I said it’d be fun to do [the routine] and it became a reality.”
The season 7 crown went to 18-year-old Lauren Froderman, with 18-year-old Kent Boyd in second place and Robert Roldan, 19, in third.
Below: Ellen’s version of the routine, followed by the original performance with ballet-trained dancer Alex Wong before his injury.