Pop My Culture
  • July19th

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the creepiest SYTYCD-er of them all?

    We know we’re in for a cool show when this is the first thing on stage. It’s exactly what you would expect if Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson (circa Thriller), and choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon engaged in some frisky Eyes Wide Shut style copulation. There’s even a gratuitous phallus!

    Tonight’s judges are Nigel, Mary (who had her shit together last week but looks like her dress is by Hefty tonight), and Adam Shankman. We’re reminded of the weird new format- the bottom dancers have already been chosen by last week’s votes, but that won’t be revealed until the end. Then, the judges will “save” one guy and one girl, leaving 4 dancers to pack their leotards and go.

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  • July14th

    Heather here, with your recap of the first live show of So You Think You Can Dance: Season 9. A frenetic Mad Men-esque themed opening dance kicks things off this week. The guest judge is Kenny “I Created Zac Efron” Ortega, director of the High School Musical trilogy, Newsies, and best of all, Hocus Pocus! Cat explains that two guys & two girls will be voted off this week, and each of the 20 dancers will be given nine seconds to rattle off interesting facts about themselves and/or freeze on the spot, saying nothing more than “ummm, ummmm, um— argh!”

    We’re off with a samba, danced by Witney & Chehon.- Mary puts Witney on the Hot Tamale Train, Kenny compares her to “Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, only hotter,” and Chehon is responsible for the first nip slip of the season.


    Tiffany & George are next with a sensual, romantic dance by Sonya Tayeh. Sonya wanted them to melt like butter, and they certainly did. Things get awkward when Kenny tells us the piece brought him “back to his youth”, and praised the pair by telling them “they spilled it.” We can only assume he’s reminded of his own sexual encounters with… tapioca pudding? Read More

  • July13th

    Full recap of this week’s episode of SYTYCD to come tomorrow, but first, an announcement!

    Studies* have shown that 42.6% of the fun in watching reality competition shows is trying to pick the eventual winner. This year, Pop My Culture is proud to further reward your brain’s pleasure centers with So You Think You Can Predict!

    There are two ways to claw and scratch your way to the top of the Pop My Culture heap. The show will eliminate one guy and one girl from each week of competition. Then, for the first time in the show’s history, it will bestow the honor of America’s Favorite Dancer to the top male AND female performer. You, dear reader/listener/person who got lost looking for cat videos on the internet, get points from correctly predicting each week’s bottom two, with bonus points awarded for picking the season winners. Admit it: you’re doing it anyway, so you might as well earn something for it! Protip- this philosophy also applies to supermarket reward cards and making sex tapes.  After the season finale, the So You Think You Can Predict Prize of the Century** will be presented to the victor/victoria.

    Entering the dance battledome couldn’t be easier! (Actually, it could, but then we would be overrun with rapid chimpanzees and faceless corpses and our insurance company frowns up that.) Post your predictions in the comments section of each week’s SYTYCD recap on popmyculturepodcast.com. Points will be given for correctly naming the dancers who are eliminated on the following show (with partial credit for picking someone who is in the bottom three but is not sent home). You can earn bonus points for correctly predicting the overall season’s winners. Change your answer as often as you want, but only the most recent guesses count, and the earlier you choose your favorites, the bigger the bonus point jackpot.

    Are you ready to piqué a winner?

    Onward, to the hot tamale train!



    (*my arbitrary estimations)

    (** pending, but will be more awesome than a gaggle of Gryffindors)

  • July9th

    Kathleen Rose Perkins interviewed on Pop My Culture podcast

    Kathleen Rose Perkins (“Episodes”) joins Cole and Vanessa to talk about Adele’s pregnancy, Katie Holmes’ Scientology stalkers, Game of Thrones, John Pankow, musicals, Bristol Palin’s Life is a Tripp, Matt LeBlanc, Alf, 33, dirty It’s A Wonderful Life, One Man Two Guvnors, Diablo Cody’s new movie, Ted Danson, and the longest conversation ever about The Secret of My Success.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (What was the first time you got in trouble and were sent to the Principal’s Office, and what did you do?) on our website for a chance to win a snuggly Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

    Freshly Popped


    You know our producer/sound guy who we never let talk and sometimes we’re mean to on the air? Two things- one, Vanessa married him. 2. A short film called “Sold” he wrote and directed was chosen out of over 15,000 to be top 50 in a competition run by Ridley Scott! If he gets voted in the top 10, he goes to Venice to open the Venice Film Festival with his short. If he wins, he gets a 500k grant for a feature. UPDATE: Voting has closed but you can check out the film HERE

    Kathleen Rose Perkins with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton

  • July9th

    So You Think You Can Recap

    Hello PMC fans- this is Heather AKA @HeatherRecently on Twitter (remember me?) welcoming you all back to the recap marathon that is SYTYCD! Can you believe it’s been a year since our TVs have bestowed upon us the joy of Lady Gaga’s flying footwear, Lil C’s lexicon, and Cat Deeley’s cavalcade of costumes? With the auditions and Vegas’ hell week behind us (so long, exorcist man; thanks for coming, alien spaceship girl; back to the studio, dancers whose 15 minutes of fame were reduced to a half-second clip in a brief montage), it’s time to meet this season’s competitors.

    Cat, who is herself stunning, struts out in a dress that appears to be inspired by the vomit & glitter-covered floor of a gay bar. Resident judges Mary “I Hope The Hot Tamale Train Is Hauling A Shipment Of Vicodin” Murphy and Nigel “Britain’s Age Of Consent is 16” Lythgoe are joined by actress Zooey Deschanel, but only barely. Zooey is disappointingly bland throughout the show and brings none of the quirk and adorkability she is known for.

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  • July1st

    Jake Fogelnest interviewed on Pop My Culture Podcast

    Jake Fogelnest (MTV’s Squirt TV, VH1′s I Love the 80s) chats will Cole and Vanessa about The Newsroom, Nora Ephron, The Choice, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Ann Curry’s firing, the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split, fictitious bands, Wilford Brimley, fake Studio 60 Twitter accounts, haunting Ryan Seacrest, alien encounters, True Blood and Jake’s fantasy role on Breaking Bad.

    Leave your answers to the firsts question (the first Broadway show you ever saw, and what you thought about it) on our website for a chance to win an official super-soft Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

    Freshly Popped


    Jake Fogelnest with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton