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This is it, guys. This is where everyone’s game steps up. This is where stars start to emerge from the pack. This is Top 10, ya’ll, with ALL STARS and I can’t wait to see some fantastic and memorable routines.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Season 12
Top 10 Perform

This has Sonja written all over it, it’s weird, it’s funky, it’s creepy, it’s rhythmic. The men are dress in weird skirt things which she loves. The song as a great beat, but I felt like the dancers could have definitely hit it harder. There’s room for improvement here folks. WOW ME Top 10! (Song: “Earth Intruder” by Bjork)

Cat tells us Team Street won today 51% to 49%. That was probably all my fault, the majority of my votes went to Ja Ja and Neptune. JJ is missing from the introductions because she hurt her ribs automatically putting her in the bottom. That’s a bummer. I like her. But she hasn’t been doing well so this doesn’t bode well for her.

All the solos tonight are danced to the songs from Empire. I’ve only seen the pilot to this series, but I haven’t watched the entire series. I know, I know I’m missing out, but there is So. Much. Good. TV to watch! Anyway, I’m very excited about the solos. I love seeing the dancers dance in their street styles. I’m especially excited to see the Street Dancers dance.

THE PERFORMANCES

SOLO #1
Who: Virgil – Team Street
Song: Conqueror” by Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett
Performance: It’s very b-boy-esque but there is actually a lot of substance to it. He shows a lot of range in his moves and it’s not just the same trick over and over again. It’s leaps and jumps and spins and floor work. It’s pretty fly. Rating: 7/10


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ROUTINE #1
Who: Hailee (Team Stage) and Brandon (All-Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Warren Carlyle
Song: “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Performance: First of all, Brandon looks so trim! He looks like he lost a lot of meat on those bones. Not that he fat or anything, he was just a meaty guy. He looks slim here. Must be that Britney Spears Tour Diet!  Second, these two were so in sync and so in step with each other it was just crazy! They both had the same energy level, same movements, they just worked so well together. And Hailee really stood out and it’s not just because of the shiny dress and shoes. She was really giving it her all in this piece. I enjoyed it. Plus if you can make your choreographer jump up and down then you know you’ve done good. Grade: A-
Judges: Hailee is great! I don’t remember what else they said, but it probably wasn’t important.


SOLO #2
Who: Neptune – Team Street
Song:Power Of The Empire” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz
Performance: I love the emotion Neptune gives on his face. And I love how he does his “bone-breaking” stuff. This routine has a lot of impact, style and personality. Rating: 7/10


_W5A8709_hires1ROUTINE #2
Who: Derek (Team Stage) and Kayla (All-Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: RJ Durell & Nick Florez
Song: “Got It” by Marion Hill
Performance: There was some killer killer choreography in this piece. I mean I loved everything that happened in it. There were intricate tricks and moves and Kayla was giving us smoldering looks and fierce hair whips. Derek, however, felt more like a prop, a way for Kayla to get from A to B. I’m not saying the steps he did weren’t right. I just didn’t feel any passion or emotion or sex appeal…ANYTHING from him. I didn’t really feel like he was into this routine at all. Derek is a great dancer, but he doesn’t connect, and this routine was his chance to do that because it had everything going for it. Grade: B
Judges: Paula his technique is flawless but he needs to convey passion. He was a different man today, and Kayla had a lot to do with that, but he needs to show more passion and performance.


SOLO #3
Who: Gaby – Team Stage
Song:Can’t Truss ‘Em” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz
Performance: I like how she uses different parts of her shows and different way in creating the beat. It’s a weird song to tap to like she admitted in the beginning of the show, but she did it well and showed off her personality. Rating: 7/10


ROUTINE #3
Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Comfort (All Star)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Song: “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations
Performance: This performance reminded me a lot of “Misty Blue” with Sasha and Twitch a few seasons back. It has a story, the song has a good grove, and so on. The dancing was great, Virgil has such personality and he was able to bring out a side of Comfort I’ve never seen before. I’ll say it again, I like Comfort so much better now than I did when she was on the show. I think they could have been a little sexier (there were a few parts that really showed off their chemistry) because at times it felt almost TOO CHEESY. But the dancing was incredible, I don’t know how Virgil was able to be on his knees so long and I just loved the way they used the stage and the props. Fun routine. Grade: B+/A-
Judges: Judges give it a standing O. Jason says the routine wasn’t over the top and Virgil is the one to beat. Nigel says though it appeared to be simple there were a lot of difficult intricacies. Paula talks a little crazy, so we will just move on now…


SOLO #4
Who: Ja Ja – Team Street
Song: Keep It Movin’” Empire Cast feat. Serayah McNeill & Yazz
Performance: That backwards hat is out people, you know what that means. Ja Ja came to kill it. And she does. Her performance is powerful, hard hitting, with some flirty looks in between. She’s fierce and I love seeing her dance in her style. Rating: 9/10


_W5A8938_hires1ROUTINE #4
Who: Megz (Team Street) and Marko (All Star)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song: “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai
Performance: Megz was so into this routine man. It was a really cool routine. It had a lot of energy and it was just fun to watch. You could tell Megz was having a BLAST. I love it when dancers just throw their all into a routine and that’s what she did. Those synchronized flips at the end were CRAZY! I just love the whole vibe of the routine. They had such a great vibe about them. Grade: A-
Judges: Nigel says Megz sticks out, Paula says she made her want to get up there and dance with her, Jason says she’s catapulted herself into being a true contender.


SOLO #5
Who: Jim – Team Stage
Song:You’re So Beautiful” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz
Performance: Jim has crazy legs. I just love the way he dances, he has such amazing feet and technique. The song is a happy song, which is perfect for him. Rating: 7/10


_W5A9086_hires1ROUTINE #5
Who: Edson (Team Stage) and Jaimie (All-Star)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: “Your Day Will Come” by Son Lux
Performance: Ugh, Travis Wall, you are just the worst. And I mean that in the best way possible. I can’t even with you. You are so frickin’ talented. I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath this entire piece. Everything about this piece was breathtaking, the lighting, the camerawork, the song, and the dancers just fell into the role completely connecting with each other and letting the rest of the world slip away. There was only one moment where they weren’t touching each other, but every other moment they were linked, flowing in and out of different body shapes. Edson was strong. There were a lot of crazy things happening in this piece and he never wavered. And that SCREAM man, it was like something just woke up in Edson. He appeared. He won me over in this piece. And Jaimie is just beautiful. Those legs man. The dancers really threw themselves into this piece adding electricity into every moment, even when they weren’t moving. Love love loved it. Grade: A
Judges: Nigel thought it was powerful and the best Edson has every performed. Paula loved his transitions and lifts and loved how he was there for Jaimie. She calls them magical. Jason calls it a breakout performance.


SOLO #6
Who: Hailee – Team Stage
Song:  “Nothing To Lose” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett
Performance: This routine was just explosive with energy and she even threw in a couple of hip hop moves. Rating: 8/10


_W5A9204_hires1ROUTINE #6
Who: Neptune (Team Street) and Jasmine (All-Star)
Style: Hip Hop w/ krump
Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “Milk Was A Bad Choice” by Yultron
Performance: This was actually a pretty crazy routine. I don’t know if it was the costumes or not but it didn’t feel clean. The movements were kind of a mess. That being said some cool things did happen in the routine despite it not being the sharpest or the cleanest. I loved the back crawl, I loved the tutting with the arms, I loved the krumping section and I loved just the overall theme and how much Neptune got into character. It could have been better, but it was fun. Grade: B
Judges: Jason thought the routine was crazy. Nigel loved the theatricality of the routine. He thought Neptune was “dope.” Paula thought he and Jasmine were a great couple.


SOLO #7
Who: Derek – Team Stage
Song:Drip Drop” by Empire Cast feat. Yazz & Serayah McNeill
Performance: He did a lot of tricks that had a lot of height to it. It was powerful movements, but was a bit off-putting with that smile at the end. He’s not my favorite but he gets a high score because of the powerful tricks. Rating: 8/10


_W5A9250_hires1ROUTINE #7
Who: Jim (Team Stage) and Jessica (All-Star)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Dee Caspary
Song: “Heal” by Tom Odell
Performance: I don’t know if Jessica and Jim had very good chemistry. Something was definitely missing from this piece. That being said despite a wobble here, they both danced it really well. Jim was strong and emotional and I felt like he was really connecting to what he was doing, but not necessarily to Jessica. I guess all that really matters is how Jim was doing but I wasn’t really able to connect to this piece. He danced it well…but yeah…you know? Grade: B
Judges: Nigel says there is nothing wrong with Jim’s technique, but needs to work with his chemistry. They all want Jim to focus on the story and Jason felt like he wasn’t enjoying it as much as he should have. Wow, again, I agree with Jason.


SOLO #8
Who: Megz – Team Street
Song:No Apologies” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
Performance: It was so short! Is that right? Whatever it was it was hardcore and passionate, just like Megz. Rating: 8/10


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ROUTINE #8
Who: Ja Ja (Team Street) and Alex (All-Star)
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Naacho Re” from Jai Ho (Soundtrack)
Performance: I love Alex “Freakin” Wong, I really do. He’s probably one of my favorite dancers ever along with Allison Holker and Travis Wall, that being said…I could not take my eyes off of Ja Ja. Girl had me scared from the package but she KILLED IT. Those knee glides around the gazebo was CRAZY. They were so smooth. And her facial expressions were killer. She just looked like she was having a lot of fun. This routine was probably one of Nakul’s best. It had high energy, lifts, stunts, tutting, and fantastic floor work. Great routine, great performance by Ja Ja. And this is not me being biased even though I am. Rating: A
Judges: Paula says Ja Ja can do it all. She’s so charming. Nigel says whoopi. In reference to Whoopi Goldberg. Who’s in the audience. Can you say random? He is amazed by Ja Ja’s ability to transform.


SOLO #9
Who: Edson (Team Stage)
Song:I Wanna Love You” by Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett
Performance: I’m a sucker for a good jacket and right now Edson has on a great jacket. He has some good tricks in there thrown in with some crazy sexy dance moves that’s fitting with the song and the jacket. He would have had an 8, but he needed just a bit more smolder. Rating: 7/10


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ROUTINE #9
Who: Gaby (Team Stage) with Joshua (All-Star)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographers: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “I’m Really Hot” by Missy Elliott
Performance: This routine was really dirty! In a good way. There was so much to love about it, even if the routine subject was super stereotypical. I love the fact that Gaby is in this dainty and sweet little geisha outfit with boots and she’s dancing all hardcore. I just love that juxtaposition. I loved Josh jumping over her legs, or them tutting with Gaby’s legs around Josh’s waist as she’s parallel to the floor. There were so many intricate things happening in this routine. It was surprising and fun and I love just how much Gaby committed to the entire thing. She is awesome. I loved her little “drop the mic” point she did to the audience after “breaking” Josh’s neck and bowing politely to the audience. Bad. Ass. Rating: A
Judges: Jason calls it amazing and didn’t know Gaby had it in her. Nigel says Gaby and JaJa are his favorites from both teams. Paula says she proves every week just how good she is at everything.

BOTTOM FOUR

  • Derek – Team Stage
  • JJ – Team Street
  • Megz – Team Street
  • Edson – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
I think his performance tonight may have just saved Edson. Derek is going home. As for Megz and JJ, I’m sorry to say she may be going home. I love the girl but she hasn’t had that breakout moment and the judges love Megz. Plus her performance tonight was really good.

ELIMINATION TIME
I totally forgot there was no Twitter vote! That blows. Cat tells us that Edson and JJ are going home.

MY THOUGHTS
That’s a big bummer for Edson. He did so well today. And seriously, who are all these people saving Derek?? Cat reminds us, JJ is “delicate” because of her injury and that’s a double bummer to go home when you’re injured and didn’t even have a chance to dance for the last time. So long JJ and Edson, you will be missed.

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND QUOTES

  • Cat: “I love it when Nigel talks street.”
    Cat to Gaby: I,” couldn’t love you more right now with every bit of my being.”
  • I always felt a special connection to JJ because she’s Asian and cute and has such great style – that dress she’s wearing tonight is amazing. I’ll miss her. Asians gotta represent! Has there ever been a female Asian Dancer on SYTYCD since Season 1 Melanie?
  • Love the dancers coming in for delicate hugs for JJ. Especially Marco, so sweet.
  • End goodbye: From that angle it looked like Nigel was trying to open mouth kiss JJ.

TOP 5 ROUTINES
(The top three are miles and miles ahead of 4 and 5)

  1. Gaby and Josh – Hip Hop
  2. Edson and Jaimie – Contemporary
  3. JaJa and Alex – Bollywood
  4. Virgil and Comfort – Hip Hop
  5. Hailee and Brandon – Jazz

RANKING THE DANCERS
(In terms of my preference, not necessarily skill or performance)

  1. Ja Ja
  2. Gaby
  3. Virgil
  4. Neptune
  5. Megz
  6. Jim
  7. Edson
  8. JJ
  9. Hailee
  10. Derek

FINAL THOUGHTS
The dancers and the choreographers really stepped it up this episode. There were so many good routines and the show was just a lot of fun. As the numbers dwindle down I’m only going to get sadder and sadder. I think Derek will find himself in the bottom again. As well as Jim, unfortunately. As for who else could be in the bottom? I have no freakin’ clue. All I know is I’m voting for Ja Ja and Gaby right now!!

Whoa, whoa whoa, I didn’t sign up for this…FOUR DANCERS are going home? That’s just crazy! Who is it going to be? Now that Asaf is gone, I have no idea!

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 12

Top 14 Perform & 4 Eliminated

The Top 14 routine showcases Derek’s crazy flips. It’s nice to see that his back is better and he’s able to pull out all the stops.  The costuming and the make up is out of control today. In a good way. It’s a fun routine focusing solely on the girls. It’s the styling that make this routine though, much more than the dancing. (The routine makes much more sense after I hear it’s choreographed by: Brian Friedman, Song: “100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters.)

Cat comes out wearing a gorgeous rainbow dress that’s designed by Matthew Williamson. It’s so flowy and gorgeous and her jewels are so sparkly! Cat tells us street won the week with 53% of the votes and also that the judges no longer have control. It’s up to America and Twitter. Tonight the Top 10 will be revealed.

THE ROUTINES

_W5A7255_hires1Who: Jim (Team Stage) and Yorelis (Team Street)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh (FINALLY)
Song: “Asht” by Nebulo
Performance: Okay see, this, THIS is why we all need Sonya back in our lives. And thank GOD she is. She really brought out the best in Yorelis. Girl was dynamic, and breathtaking, and captivating. In fact, the entire routine was captivating. Sonya really knows how to use the music and use the dancers. They created unique shapes with their bodies, used every single muscle they could and it was beautiful. I love watching pieces that just capture you and showcase the dancers. No gimmicks, no fireworks, just bodies moving to the music. I love Jim’s leaps, his jump onto Yorelis’ back where she had to support his entire weight, Yorelis’ pointed toes. Girl’s got some good feet and some crazy legs. Love love love. Welcome back, Sonya. Grade: A
Judges:  Nigel  thought this routine allowed Yorelis to shine. He loved the impact the music had on her body. Jim is the best technical dancer he’s seen and he’s brilliant. Paula loved the strength and athleticism of the dancer. She felt they complimented each other. Jason thought they were amazing.

_W5A7381_hires1Who: Ja Ja (Team Street) and Edson (Team Stage)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Misha Gabriel
Song: “She Came To Give It To You” by Usher feat. Nicki Minaj
Performance: It was a cool routine. Definitely different. Didn’t really feel like hip hop. I feel like I got to know Ja Ja really well during that piece, but not Edson. His personality didn’t really come out. They danced great together, but Ja Ja was just giving off a completely different vibe than Edson was. She was having fun, she was being creative and just grooving to the music. He was a little more technical, using more of his brain to complete the steps than his heart. It was just a missed connection. They didn’t have great chemistry and they never really felt like they were dancing the same routine. Grade: B-
Judges: Paula said she found Edson’s swag. Paula thinks Ja Ja is cool, feisty, fun and flirty. Jason thought it was a basic performance. Nigel wasn’t a fan.

_W5A7514_hires1Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Hailee (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Song: “Cellophane” by Sia
Performance: Say what you want about Tyce (that he seems full of himself, that I thoguth we were done with him from this show, that he likes the sound of his own voice), but the man has some BIG ideas. While his concepts can be hit or miss, when they are on they are ON. And they were ON with this routine. There were some BIG moments and the piece had a big emotional impact. I love Hailee twisting Virgil with her leg, love their musicality with the beats to the music, love that ending move with Virgil dragging Hailee by the legs with his legs. Though Virgil wasn’t happy shiny happy, he was still a joy to watch. You could feel his emotion and his heart and soul and passion bursting through this piece and that’s one thing that Tyce does well. He transfers his passion to the dancers. Hailee even stuck out for me. I haven’t really connected with her but I thought her performance was spot on today. I like seeing her darker side. Grade: A-
Judges: Jason loved seeing a different side of Virgil and loved the choices the dancers made in the piece. Nigel thought Virgil exposed his lack of technique (not true Nigel, you stop it), Paula defends them by saying he just has a different technique from Hailee – a different style.

_W5A7594_hires1Who: Alexia (Team Stage) and Ariana (Team Street)
Style: Burlesque Jazz
Choreographers: Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone
Song: “Circus Fish” by Vermillion Lies
Performance: It’s definitely a weird piece. I see what the choreographers were going for in there, but it felt like the dancers were having problems finding their footing. They’re both so flexible and have good mobility but it wasn’t as smooth and sultry as I wanted it to be. Alexis at least connected with the audience and had some good flirty and seductive facial expressions, but Ariana’s face was in perpetual smile which didn’t really fit the piece. It wasn’t great in my opinion. Grade: C+
Judges: It missed the mark for Nigel. Their smiles felt wrong and he wanted more darkness. Paula wish they brought sexiness to it and needs them to believe they can do it even when they are unsure. Jason thought it was rough and felt like the dancers didn’t like what they were doing and it was reflected in the piece.

_W5A7650_hires1Who: Megz (Team Street) and Derek (Team Stage)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Worth It” by Fifth Harmony feat. Kid Ink
Performance: Derek, Derek, Derek, you tried, but there is NO DENYING MEGZ! With the intro piece, the package, and the routine, Megz just made me fall in love with her. She is coming out of her shell. She’s hilarious, super cool, and was a band geek for crying out loud can this girl do no wrong? Derek was holding his own and for a little bit there he looked like he actually belonged in the piece, there were some awkward moments, but he was pulling it off. However, he was majorly overshadowed by the awesomeness of Megz, who brought her cool to the routine. Don’t mess with Megz! Grade: B-
Judges: Wow, the judges are just poo pooing everything today. Derek was awkward and uncomfortable and Megz thought Megz wasn’t as sexy as she could have been (what?!). Paula’s crazy comes out saying Megz should have a sax…um…that’s not Megz fault Paula. You Crazy. Jason thought it wasn’t her best performance. Derek needs to find his swag.

Who: Gaby  (Team Stage) and Neptune (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Ledisi (Selma Soundtrack)
Performance: Ok, there was this moment in this routine that made me tear up, Gaby had this heartbreaking expression on her face and Neptune scooped her up into this all encasing bear hug. It was just so beautiful and so pure. This piece is why So You Think You Can Dance exists. It’s definitely my favorite of the season. I gasped, I said WOW, I held my breath, I didn’t even notice it was all one single shot until Cat mentioned it at the end there. It’s like nothing existed in the world but these two dancers. One moved flowed into the other and the dancers literally threw themselves into it whole heartedly and it was just nothing but pure, unaltered emotion. So beautiful. This piece better earn Stacey Tookey an Emmy nomination. I’m going to watch it again. Be right back. Grade: A+
Judges: Jason calls the performance unreal. He’s so excited about it he can’t sit down. He said it’s a clear difference between someone who is living the performance and between someone who is just going through the motions. Nigel says Gaby shines no matter what she is doing.

_W5A7847_hires1Who: Kate (Team Stage) and JJ (Team Street)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Brian Friedman
Song: “A Different Beat” by Little Mix
Performance: Fun. But not memorable. That’s all I have to say about that. Grade: C
Judges: Nigel says the performance brought out Kate’s personality. Paula said some of the facial expressions were too on the nose and made it feel immature. Jason says to show variation in the facial expression.

BOTTOM SIX

  • Yorelis – Team Street
  • Ariana – Team Street
  • Alexia – Team Stage
  • Derek – Team Stage
  • Neptune – Team Street
  • Kate – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
NEPTUNE BETTER NOT GO HOME! I don’t even care anymore. PLEASE DON’T GET VOTED OFF! Sorry NOT SORRY for the caps. I think Alexia and Neptune should stay. Or maybe Neptune and Yorelis. Just Neptune stay PLEASE.

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Group Performance: Team Stage
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Song: “Life Me” By Bengsons
Performance: Such a great song. So powerful. Stand outs were definitely Gaby and Derek. I just loved how the breath of this piece, how the dancers moved as one. It was incredible. Miss you Sonya!
Grade: A-

Group Performance: Team Street
Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix
Song: “Dragula” BY Rob Zombie
Performance: It was pretty cool. I love the characters. Neptune is hard core. It definitely was hardcore and bad ass, but I felt like the dancing could have been harder and had more of an impact. Grade: B+

THE ELIMINATION

WHO IS SAFE?
Twitter Saves…Neptune (THANK YOU!) and…Derek (????!?)

MY THOUGHTS
WOW. WOW. I did not see that coming. Derek was a SHOCKER. I can’t believe 4 women went home too! That is TOTALLY SHOCKING. So happy Neptune is staying, but kinda shocked Derek is staying…and that’s not me saying he doesn’t deserve to stay. So long Ariana, Yorelis, Alexis, and Kate! You’ll be missed!

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND QUOTES

  • Twitch: “I’m making a wish on the rainbow dress.”
  • Why does JaJa keep getting performing in the beginnin?. We all know the primo slot is near the end! This is like 3 weeks in a ROW!!
  • I love the way Travis talks to his dancers.
  • Nigel to Ariana: “It was a but like a dead fish on a slab.”
  • Paula: “Okay, I’m going to come up with another way of putting it that might be helpful.”
  • Cat to Nigel: “Take that and have some chips with it!”
  • Did Nigel call Ariana Adriana? Don’t take that insult Ariana, He was talking about Adriana, whoever and wherever she is.
  • Paula: “Megz I’d like to see your pants a little tighter. A little sexier you know?”
  • (Megz looking confused.)
  • Cat to Megz: “Just take them off!”
  • Why I love Megz — Derek: “What’s your favorite food?” Megz: “Pizza, I’m a ninja turtle.”
  • Just when I think the camera work is a little weird this season the camera does this beautiful single take shot that ends with it going off into the light and I am breathless.
  • Why I Love JJ: JJ’s questions for Kate: “Last week when you saw Asaf shirtless were you thinking something dirty?”, “If Jason Derulo proposed to you would you marry him?”, “There’s two chocolate bar: one in toilet water the other on the floor in the dust, which one would you eat?”,  “Neptune’s Armpit or Virgil’s feet, Smell One?”, “You’re not going to marry [Derulo]? He’s going to be maaaadddd.”
  • Why I love Kate: Her Answers in response to JJ: “No.” “No.” “Toilet Water.” “Virgil’s feet.” “No.” “Then he better give me better comments.”
  • Travis to his in danger dancers:” This is more than a show it’s a family.”
  • Cat’s response to the eliminated contestants: “All these gorgeous women, what is wrong with you America?”

TOP 5 PERFORMANCES

  1. Neptune and Gaby – Contemporary
  2. Virgil and Hailee – Contemporary
  3. Jim and Yorelis – Contemporary
  4. Team Stage – Group Routine
  5. Team Street – Group Routine

MY TOP 5 FAVORITE DANCERS

  1. Gaby
  2. JaJa
  3. Virgil
  4. Neptune
  5. Jim

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall the routines were either not very good, or really really great. Contemporary really won the day with some great routines. I voted for JaJa, Gaby and Neptune with the majority of my votes going toward JaJa Who are you voting for? What did you think of the show? Did the right people go home? I, for one, am really glad Neptune is staying. Until next time my friends!

The show opens with a very weird, very plaid, very 80’s dance routine. It’s got a great vibe to it and it is high energy. It reminds me a lot of Sonya Tayeh’s choreography. The costuming and make up is totally on point, even with the creepy mannequin in the back. (Song: “Love Is Free” by Robyn & La Bagstelle Magiqur feat. Maluca. Choreographed by: Nick Florez and RJ Durrell).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 12
Top 16: Perform and Someone Is FINALLY Eliminated

Cat emerges to introduce the dancer and tell us that Team Stage won but only by the smallest of margins. 50.5% Team Stage, 49.5% Team Street.
I also notice after the intros that Neptune was all by himself. That means someone is missing. Who is it? Did someone get hurt? It’s Derek! He injured himself for the week, poor guy! If he isn’t in the bottom 6 this week he will automatically be in the bottom next week.

GROUP ROUTINES

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Who: Hailee (Team Stage) and JaJa (Team Street)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song: “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves
Performance: It’s definitely an anthem song. It’s a hard hitting piece and JaJa is the stand out. There’s just something that makes that girl stick out. The piece uses the dancers well, forcing them to rely on each other and stay in sync. There’s no crazy flips it’s just pure, raw, dirty fun. Grade: B
Judges: Nigel calls the girls powerhouses. Paula says JaJa keeps growing and Hailer radiates. Jason tells JaJa to work on her leg extensions which is surprisingly helpful.

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Who: Alexia (Team Stage) and Neptune (Team Street)
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)” by Rich Homie Quan
Performance: There were definitely some cool things that happened in this routine. Alexia’s back flip off the wall, or this weird spin flip she did that ended on his back. But as much as I like Alexia I felt like she was trying TOO hard. All her face pulling was totally distracting. You’re already in a leather jacket dancing hip hop, no need for the “stank face”. While Alexia’s dancing was labored Neptune danced with ease. He had this carefree, smooth, slick way about him that was totally appealing. Great choreography, great music, great concept, great dancing, poor facial expressions. Grade: B-
Judges: Paula loved it. Nigel said Alexia is getting better and Neptune is the dark horse.

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Who: JJ and Derek
Style: Argentine Tango
Choreographers: Miriam and Leonardo
Song: “Duo De Amor” by Astor Piazzolla
Performance: As bad as I feel for Derek hurting his back and being unable to compete, I don’t know if this routine would have been nearly as enjoyable as it was without him. JJ hit the jackpot being able to dance with her choreographer, Leonard. She really needed this moment to shine. And boy did she. The routine was intimate and sexy and captivating. JJ was alluring and totally connected to her partner. Her legs did crazy bends and lifts and twists. She didn’t look like a street dancer at all, she looked like she had been doing the tango all her life. It was a stunning routine and performance. Grade: A-
Judges: Jason calls it unbelievable and knows how hard she worked. Nigel brings back the hot tamale train and says the word “sensual” in a way that creeps me out. Paula calls her lovely and sensational.

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Who: Ariana (Team Street) and Jim (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary:
Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman
Song: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Lorde
Performance: I loved Jim rolling underneath Ariana as she rolled over him, I loved Jim’s flying leaps, I loved the use of those slanting tables. I loved the way Ariana wrapped herself around Jim, and I loved that ending final kick to Ariana aka depression Jim gave. This piece was really good, but at the same time it was missing something. I really wanted Ariana to attack Jim, wrap herself around him. I wanted more grit. See Mia Michaels Gravity. It was a great piece set to great music but there could have been more! Grade B-
Judges: Nigel acknowledges that Ariana hasn’t been able to connect with the audience (true) but calls her brilliant. Paula loves that the routine showcased their dancing ability. She is blown away. Jason calls her dancing unreal and calls Jim out on his excellent technique.

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Who: Virgil (Team Street) and Gaby (Team Stage)
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Al Blackstone
Song: “Where or When” by Sammy Davis Jr
Performance: Words cannot express how happy Virgil and Gaby’s package made me. It was totally hilarious! Their joyous and playful personalities really came out in their performance and it was just a lot of fun. Gaby looked stunning and a little bit like that one girl from Top Model, Analeigh Tipton. Virgil will always put a smile on my face. I loved the move where he picked himself up from the splits, I loved their high kicks, and I loved her dipping him. An overall fun, joyful routine. Grade: A
Judges: Paula calls Gaby impeccable, Virgil brings out so much joy. Jason says Virgl breathes life into everything and they were amazing. Nigel calls them brilliant.

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Who: Asaf (Team Street) and Kate (Team Stage)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheeseman
Song: “Braveheart” by Neon Jungle
Performance: Ok, seriously, it’s time for Asaf to go home. That fear and concern in Kate’s face was absolutely heartbreaking. She doesn’t trust Asaf. And then to see that all the lifts in the routine were taken out was really disheartening, that means he couldn’t get it together enough to pull it off. No Cinderella story for him. As for the routine and dancing in general, it was just okay, but maybe that’s because I was too distracted by trying to see if there were going to be any lifts or not. Grade: C
Judges: Compliments all around but I don’t understand it. Maybe I need to watch the routine again.

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Who: Marissa (Team Stage) and Yorelis (Team Street)
Style: Hip Hpp
Choreographer: Christopher scott
Song: “Let Go” by Kezwik feat Mimi Page
Performance: Marissa didn’t quite fit the part. Yorelis just has this presence about her that makes it look so easy. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t a memorable performance. Grade: C
Judges: More compliments and adjectives. YAWN. Jason says it falls short of other performances he’s seen. Wow. I actually agree with Jason.

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Who: Megz (Team Street) and Edson (Team Stage)
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Talia Favoa
Song: “You There” by Aquilo
Performance: I’m a fan. A total fan of this piece. There is something alluring about this piece. Megz is amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. She and Edson were like one. It was so beautiful so emotional and it was like they were in their own little world. I loved the way they connected and they just shut everything else out. I LOVE that Megz wasn’t in a baby doll flowy dress. Love love love this piece. Grade: A
Judges: I agree with Cat. It was fresh! Jason calls it the best performance of the night.

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Team Street
Choreographer: Luam
Song: “Commas” by Future
Performance: I miss seeing the dances dance in their own style. This routine really allowed their attitudes, their personalities, their swag to shine through. It was clean, it was wildly controlled, they all danced as one. Loved it. Grade: A-

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Team Stage
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: “Beautiful Friends” by Helen Money
Performance: So much to love about this piece. Camera work, lighting, music, dancing, make up, costuming and use of props. It was so creative! I love how the dancers worked with the camera and the tricky camera work and lighting allowed the dancers to really look like they were ghosts. So frickin cool! I loved how the music crescendoed as they all danced as one. Goosebumps people goosebumps. Grade: A

Team Routine Winner (In My opinion): Team Stage

BOTTOM SIX
JJ – Team Street
Derek – Team Stage
Ariana – Team Street
Kate – Team Stage
Asaf – Team Street
Marissa – Team Stage

MY THOUGHTS
Asaf better be going home. JJ and Kate better be safe.

Twitter saves: JJ and Derek

Judges Save: Kate and Ariana

Eliminated: Marissa and Asaf
MY THOUGHTS
While a less controversial elimination, I’m glad Asaf is gone. Also, I kinda wish Marissa was staying over Derek.

Top Five Routines

  1. Virgil and Gaby – Broadway
  2. Megz and Edson – Contemporary
  3. Team Stage Group Routine
  4. JJ – Argentine Tango
  5. Hailee and Ja Ja – Jazz

RANDOM NOTES

  • Love Cat laughing during the intro of Asaf, “He didn’t do that during rehearsal!”
  • Cat about Virgil, “Small but perfectly formed.”
  • JJ is adorable
  • This quote by Megz: “This piece is letting me be my true self.”
  • Nigel: “Finally a shirt came off for a good reason.”
    Cat: “So you say.”

FINAL THOUGHTS
In danger next week? Derek of course, but I don’t know who else! It only gets harder from here people. My vote is still for Ja Ja take the whole shebang! Should it be noted all the dancers are rallied against Marissa? And Asaf is all alone? Good riddance I say.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
SEASON 10 FINALE!!

Cat comes out on this Season 10 Finale looking absolutely fabulous. I love what she’s wearing, it’s reminiscent of armor fitting her shape really well. (Can you tell I watch a lot of Project Runway?) It looks so sleek and classy on her, and her bracelets are perfection.

The “Judges” or celebrity spectators with the best seats in the house are Twitch, Adam Shankman and Paula Abdul.

 

First up, we get the Top 20 Performance and it literally blows my mind twice. First when Cat says the routine is choreographed by Ivan Koumaev from Season 2. Not only did I not know he was a choreographer, but I have to say it was a pretty fantastic routine. It was so classy, done to a COVER of “Wonderwall” originally by Oasis, but covered by Paul Anka? Mind Blown again! It sent me on a Wikipedia search to see which came first even though I was pretty sure it was Oasis’ version and it was! Anyway back to the routine, I really wish that the camera had stayed mostly wide, but of course it went in for coverage which felt a little frantic to tell you the truth. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that tap was incorporated in it and was reminded just how much I miss Jasmine M, Curtis, and Nico. They were all pretty fabulous in this routine. All in all it was a great Top 20 Number, worthy of the finale.

As usual the judges, contestants and others pick their top routines of the season:

 

Paula’s Pick: “Edge Of Glory”—danced by: Mackenzie and Paul
This Mandy Moore pieces was where Makenzie really turned it around for me. She really connected with me in her performance. It felt a little less graceful this time around, but still beautiful I always love that look those two give each other near the end of the piece before they take off running. It reminds me of their electric chemistry. (Song by: Lady Gaga)

Jasmine Harper’s Pick: “Blurred Lines” — with All-Star Marko Germar
Jasmine picked this routine because she said it pushed her the hardest. It’s definitely a lot more relaxed this time around. The first time they were stiffer, but this time I feel like it was performed more the way Ray Leeper probably envisioned it. I really enjoyed it. And did Marko seriously jump like that the first time? Yowza! Fabulous! (Song by: Robin Thicke feat Pharrell)

Adam’s Pick: “Hello, Good Morning” – danced by Twitch and Fik-Shun
First of all I have to say the best way to start this piece was DEFINITELY Twitch stripping down and taking off his many many shirts to reveal those fantastic arms. Second of all, I’m so glad I got to see Luther Browns piece again. If possible it was just as crazy and hilarious as it was the first time around. I loved it and their “uncle dance.” (Remix by: Diddy Dirty Money feat Rick Rossand and Nicki Minaj)

Nigel’s Pick: The Tap Routine – with Alexis, Aaron, and Curtis
Anthony Marigerato’s tap choreography almost almost made my Top 10 performances. In fact, it probably should have because it’s really incredible. I love how happy and supportive Curtis was towards Aaron throughout the whole thing, and he stuck the landing! Great piece, it makes me so happy watching it! It was nice seeing him and Alexis back on stage just doing their thing. (Song: “You Really (Did It Live)” by Jason Mraz)

 

Twitch’s Pick: “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” — danced by Nico and Hayley Sean Cheesman
Fine pick Twitch, fine pick, I’m glad we get to see it again. I never thought of Sean Cheeseman as a Broadway Choreographer but if possible this piece felt more Broadway then other routines in the past few seasons. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just a great routine giving you that “feeling.” And for some reason the song reminds me of Ursula from Little Mermaid. They botched a lift but that’s all right, I’ll forgive them. It’s the finale. Crabby Nigel doesn’t give them a standing O. (Song From: Kiss Of The Spiderwoman Soundtrack)

Aaron’s Pick: “I’m Kissing You” — with All-Star Kathryn
It was a little different from the original, it lost some of its “innocence” but it was still elegant and beautiful. Stacey Tookey creates these beautiful flowy lines elevated by the arch of Kathryn’s back. She just has this fascinating grace about her and Aaron looks strong. (Song by Des’ree.)

Cat’s Pick: “Run The World (Girls)” – danced by Jasmine and All-Star Comfort
Of COURSE this is Cat’s favorite routine. She was just so enamored with it last week. Is it wrong I want to break this dance down piece by piece and figure out how I can dance it? I mean I’m sure there’s no way I’d look as good as them, but I have a flannel shirt and a bike I could rock, however mine has a basket. (Song by: Beyonce.)

Mary’s Pick: “Medicine” –danced by Tucker and All-Star Robert
I like this routine so much more now than I did when I originally watched it and I think it has to do with the fact that there was no intro package. Travis Wall has always had a unique of choreographing men and a way that doesn’t need to be super hard or super macho. It was just them dancing. And guys, Robert is amazing, he’s just so fluid in the way that he moves and this was the most graceful I’ve seen Tucker, usually he’s so stiff. I LOVE the move where they jump, then leap again a second later as if on a trampoline. (Song by: Daughter)

All Stars Pick: Mark’s Weird Routine – with Jenna and All-Star Mark
This song and this routine is so weird I can’t stand it. I absolutely love it. Mark is just so committed to everything he does. It’s believable. (Song: “I Am The Best” by 2ne1)

Amy and Fik-Shun’s Pick: “After Party” — The Bell Hop Routine choreographed by Nappy Tabs
Amy has this way about her where she could be dressed trashy and dancing trashy, but she has this grace and class about it. It’s a real rare quality. This dance, and the fact that Nappy Tabs choreographed it reminds me how incredible they were this season.

America’s Pick: “Wicked Games” – danced with Amy and Travis.
Seriously, if this routine didn’t win out of the choices there was something wrong with the world. Every time I watch this piece I feel like I hold my breath. I feel like they are the only two people on the dance floor and the rest of the world has disappeared. Just beautiful. (Song by: James Vincent McMorrow)

All-Stars and Top 10 Perform
Top 10: Jasmine, Aaron, Fik-Shun, Amy, Hayley, Paul, Jenna, Tucker, Mackenzie, Nico
All Stars: Marko, Robert, Neil, Allison, Kathryn, Witney, Joshua, Melanie, Comfort, Alex
That routine was so freakin’ fun. I love the retro feel to it and the adorable costumes. They all danced well together. And it’s seriously not a finale unless we get to see Alex Wong’s Abs, one last time. This routine was so Broadway it’s unbelievable, and those girls were hitting it hard. Especially Allison and Robert. I think I spotted all the All-Stars, but let me know if I missed any of them. Ok, time to go watch the routine again. So energetic, it just made me smile! (Song: “Rock Lobster [District 78 Remix]” by B-53s.)

 

Overall Thoughts:
Cat lets us know that the person who got the most votes was a girl and Nigel says that this is the first year where people have said I will be happy with whoever wins about the Top 4 and you know what, he’s right. I have a preference, but I won’t be mad if my preferences don’t win. While this season has some stunning routines I do feel like there is something lacking within these dancers. Just compare the final four to Eliana and Chehon last season, there’s something missing right? I’m not saying they’re not incredible, or they don’t deserve it, there’s just…something…missing…

 

The Boys:
I keep going back and forth between who I think is going to win. I really think that Fik-Shun is going to win, but I would like Aaron to win, I really would.

The Winner Is: Fik-Shun

 

The Girls:
This is much harder. I don’t know if I have a preference. Jasmine. No Amy. No Jasmine. I don’t know who it’s going to be, or who I want to be. Aah! Just tell me who it is Cat. Surprise me!

The Winner is: Amy

Amy Yakima And Fik-Shun Are Named America's Favorite Dancers On The Season 10 Finale

Final Thoughts:
I love how overcome with emotion Fik-Shun was when he won, I admit my eyes became a little misty for a moment there. Even though I wanted Aaron to win, I’m very happy for Fik-Shun. He really did become such a presence on the show and he brought something great out in Amy. As for her, I like that she won, but I wasn’t as “happy” for her as I was for Fik-Shun, I think there really is a part of me that was pushing just a bit more for Jasmine. I’m not disappointed, no, just…couldn’t the both have won!?

 

Random Thoughts:

  • I’d go see Battle Of The Year, only I don’t want to support anything with Chris Brown in it, so I may just red box it later…that being said, it was nice seeing Dominic Sandoval (Season 3) dance again. Everything I see his name I remember his chair dance.
  • Nigel announces that SYTYCD has been renewed for Season 11. YAY! I love that the cameras went straight to the choreographers and they’re so excited.
  • In the Top 10 Guys piece, I noticed Jade had returned. What happened to him? Was he late? I mean that LA traffic is a bitch…
  • Um the younger footage of Nigel is amazing. He’s had the same hair all his life apparently. Also Mary was gorgeous when she was younger.
  • Mary and Nigel dancing was so awkward and cheeseball I couldn’t watch it. Sorry. Awkward.
  • Aaron walks away with the hugest bouquet of flowers EVER. And Aaron is a big dude!
  • I love that we got to see Nappy Tabs “Putting On The Ritz” again. It was such an amazing feat and really a great way to open the show. Hopefully they can do something like this next season. We all love flash mobs people.

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 10
2 of 20 Eliminated…and it sucks!

The opening number was intriguing. It was weird but also kind of cool. Set to the song “The Heroic Weather Conditions of the Universe” from the Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack, the piece reminded me a bit of some of the other opening numbers, the quirky, mythical, ethereal quality to the choreography. It felt like something Sonya would do but I was surprised to find out it was Tyce’s work. Sometimes he does surprise me.

Cat comes out on stage and I don’t know what to think about her outfit. I like her make up. It’s dramatic and dark, but her outfit is a bit of a mess. It looks like a grass skirt combined with a weird bathing suit. It’s also one of the more risqué outfits she’s worn. Her earrings are rocking through. I want them.

 

The show kicks off with Cat revealing the bottom three. What? This is new.

Bottom Girls: Mariah, Brittany, Makenzie
Bottom Boys: Carlos, Allan, Jade

My prediction for elimination is Jade and Makenzie. I guess we will find out…RIGHT NOW?!? This is kind of awful. They’re going to reveal who’s been eliminated off the show at the top of the show. And to make matters worse, that dancer is still going to have to perform with their partners. Why are they doing it this way? Why change the format? (Check out this article of Nigel defending the format, while I get it, I still hate it.)

Makenzie and Alan are safe. That means it’s between Mariah and Brittany. I’m glad Alan is safe, as he should be. He performed so well last night, but I really think Makenzie should be the one going home, she does not have a personality. I don’t relate to her as much as I do Mariah and Brittany. But there’s nothing I can do, it’s between Mariah and Brittany and I can’t decide.

 

Solos:

Mariah
Song: “Hard In Da Paint” by Waka Flocka Flame
My thoughts: I have to say it is so refreshing watching Mariah do hip hop. Why I don’t’ think she showed off too many different moves or tricks she was still original and exciting to watch.

Carlos
Song: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
My thoughts: Carlos is such a strong dancer. And he does a variety of moves. While I think he relies too much on tricks, some of the things he does are pretty cool.

Brittany
Song: “Hacksaw” by Ooah
My Thoughts: I totally forgot Brittany was ballroom, that makes what she did yesterday all the more impressive. Her solo is typical ballroom, but she looks cute and that dress is fantastic!

Jade
Song: “De Bovo Adagio (Intro)” by Alicia Keys
My thoughts: This definitely isn’t has strongest solo. In my opinion, I think it is his time to go. Though I could never do what he did, I wouldn’t call what he did dancing for his life.

Based off the solos, I predict/want Carlos and Brittany will stay. As much as it hurts to see Mariah go. These two deserve to stay just a little bit more. Nigel is disappointed with the solos (ME TOO!). Alas, the judges save: NOT CARLOS AND BRITTANY? WHAT?

What the hell! Seriously! I did not predict that AT ALL! Why Carlos over Jade? I don’t understand!! I am yelling! And Brittany? These two dancers – ACK! I don’t understand. Brittany was fabulous last week. Now these two upset dancers have the awkward opportunity to dance with their partners. If Carlos and Brittany rock it this round and Mariah and Jade fail, I’ll be SO PISSED. Take it back Nigel, Take it back!

Okay, let me catch my breath. There’s some dancing to be had! Ugh this show frustrates me! And yet, I love it so, I really do.

The Routines

Couple #1: Hayley and Curtis
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Song: “Mama Knows Best” by Jesse J
My Thoughts: I have to say, even though Curtis is not believable as a bad boy, he dances this routine like a man. The routine is really sexy and Curtis apparently really loves grabbing Hayley’s butt. They have really great chemistry. Curtis’ lines are really amazing I have to say. His legs looked really long in this routine. Hayley was both tough and sexy at the same time. She snapped, crackled and popped showing off all her curves. It was a fun, hot routine. True, some of the butt grabbing was a bit awkward, but is there such a thing as not awkward butt grabbing?
Rating: B
Judges: Nigel thinks they were sensational and the routine was start. He couldn’t take his eyes off Hayley. Mary loved it. She calls Curtis a “giggle-butt” and loved how gritty he was despite it. Hayley has great technical merit. Christina forgot Curtis was a tapper and Hayley was insanely sexy. Christina felt like she wanted to feel more anticipation. More tension and build up. I agree with Christina.

Couple #2: Jasmine H. and Aaron
Style: Lyrical Hip Hop
Choreographer: Nappy Tabs
Song: “Tears Always Win” by Alicia Keys
My Thoughts: Aaron did a good job, but I think Jasmine was hitting it just a little bit harder. Jasmine is such a great dancer. She puts her all into everything. Aaron could have been a bit smoother, but near the end he came up to par with her energy level. Overall the routine was great, though some of the couch stuff was a little bit awkward. I was however, enjoying Aaron’s white tank top.
Rating: B
Judges: Mary felt Jasmine’s frustration. She thought Aaron was hot and sexy. Christina considers Jasmine one of the best dancers in the competition. She thinks they are the couple to beat. Nigel thought they gave a great performance.

Couple #3: Malece and Jade
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Radha”  Student of the Year (Original Soundtrack)
My Thoughts: It actually looked like a lot of fun and Jade seemed to be enjoying himself. He was all smiles despite the fact that he was also working really hard. Malece looked gorgeous, and they both had great energy, but I also think it could have been better. I wish they danced more in sync, instead in this piece they seemed to be dancing separately. It wasn’t a memorable piece and the performance overall was a bit lacking.
Rating: C
Judges: Nigel thinks Malece is great. She’s one to watch, but she needs to be perfect because all eyes are on her. Nigel is excited Jade picked it up quickly, but he didn’t get all the technical things correct. Christina doesn’t want to see Jade in the bottom again. Mary knows how hard Jade worked, and thought he looked like he was having a good time. Malece looks stunning.

Couple #4: Alexis and Nico
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Old Skin” by Olafur Arnalds
My Thoughts: I think Alexis needs to work a little bit on her personality when she performs other styles. There wasn’t enough emotion in her face. Watching Nico, I have to say he is an incredible dancer. I loved that he finally got a chance to show us his skills. He is so damn good. But I also feel like he needs to dance more like a man. He’s still dancing like a boy. Alexis though she had some great leg work, I felt like she disappeared. When she taps she has such a presence, but something was a bit absent or missing in this piece. She also needs to dance lighter, I felt like her dancing was a bit heavy for a contemporary. I love the idea of it being a sequel to Robert and Kathryn’s dance, but it also did it a disservice because I can’t help but think Robert and Kathryn would have done it better. The piece didn’t have the impact I wish it did. Nico was the stand out. He did the heavy lifting. I also think they lack chemistry.
Rating: B+
Judges: Nigel loved the music and he feels that Nico is getting better and better. He realizes that she had a tough job as a tapper to remain loose. Mary loved watching them dance. She thought Nico was fabulous and Alexis was honest. Christina thinks they were beautiful and that Alexis has “it”.

Couple #5: Brittany and BluPrint
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Spencer Liff
Song: “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Ice Princess (Original Soundtrack)
My Thoughts: My first thought: That dress Brittany is wearing is ADORABLE. My second thought: This is one of my favorite Broadway songs. Brittany is just so expressive in her face in this piece. She shows such a cute personality, and while BluPrint kind of fades away, Brittany shines which makes it all the more sad that she’s leaving. The routine was actually a very happy, fun, energetic piece, one of the better Broadway routines I’ve seen in a while. It’s sad that Brittany is leaving. BluPrint needs to show more personality. He needs to learn how to animate more in his face.
Rating: B-
Judges: BluPrint’s lines aren’t there. He needs to come to life more. Christina is sad to see Brittany go and is glad she was there to support her partner. She feels that Broadway is the one genre where you can be goofy and have abandon and BluPrint needs to do better. Nigel says BluPrint needs to believe what he’s selling. If he can’t dance, he needs to perform. Sell the story.

Couple #6: Jasmine M. and Alan
Style: Tango
Choreographer: Miriam and Leonardo
Song: “Escape from Slavery” By PP Music (UK)
My Thought: The routine was so intense. These two have crazy good chemistry together and I think oftentimes that helps elevate the dancing. They took to this style pretty well, if not more Alan than Jasmine. Sometimes Jasmine’s legs did weird things that didn’t make it look as graceful as it could. Alan on the other hand must be super strong to be able to do all those lifts back to back to back. It was really quite incredible. I loved the move where he pushed back across the stage on one foot. I also love that final lift where she twisted and turned over his shoulder into that final arabesque. It reminded me of the fantastic lift last season with Chehon and Allison, only not as great. Overall, it was a great, intense, exciting routine, and they gave in incredible performance whether or not it was the tango.
Rating: B+
Judges: Christina thinks they had a great, beautiful moment. Nigel loved the presage at the end. Okay he called it a presage, I call it an arabesque, who’s right? (Probably not me.) He doesn’t think anyone else (with the exception to Aaron) could have done this routine, and I agree. It takes a lot of strength. Mary thought they had a lot of passion. She knew how tough the routine was and the physicality of it.

Couple #7: Mackenzie and Paul
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Song: “Mannequin (Skeet and Tito remix)” by Trish
My Thoughts: This routine already has a gimmick. Mackenzie is a robot created by Paul. Again it reminds me of another routine, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately I can’t help thinking how much better Brittany would have done in this routine. Maybe it’s because she’s playing a “robot” but I feel like Brittany dances with a lot more light and personality than Mackenzie does. There’s still nothing about Mackenzie that stands out. She dances the routine well, but I’m not wowed by her. Paul on the other hand really upped his game. Last week it could have been anyone, this week, I feel like I’m beginning to know who he as. As a ballroom guy, he really was doing some incredible jumps and lifts and twists and turns in this piece. It was incredible complicated and he was really able to showcase his talents. Hopefully Mackenzie will have one of those standout moments for me.
Rating: B-
Judges: Nigel calls the routine naughty. He commends Paul on the lifts. He thinks it’s shocking that Mackenzie was in the bottom three and hopes America realizes she’s a star. Mary thought it was terrific and comments Mackenzie on who she is as a person, which I appreciate. I mean you can be a great dancer, but a pain in the ass in real life. Christina calls Paul, Patrick Dempsey from Can’t Buy Me Love. She wants Paul to loosen up a bit, but loved it overall.

Couple #8: Mariah and Carlos
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Dead In The Water” by Ellie Goulding
My Thoughts: As the routine started, I couldn’t help thinking that Mariah definitely is not a contemporary dancer. Again I just felt like she could have been lighter in this piece. But then something happened about 15 seconds in that just changed my thoughts on her so completely. It’s as if all the thought and heaviness switched off and she just became this dancer. I felt her pain and suffering on her face, I felt as if she had truly lost the love of her life even though he was in front of her face. Carlos, despite the fact that he was supposed to show no emotion, performed absolutely beautifully. He emoted so well with his legs and extension and lifting. This makes me all the more upset that he was voted off. There is no way America would have voted him off after seeing this routine. The two totally stepped it up. I loved the moment where it was like she was kicking him and holding him up with her feet at the same time. I also loved how he spun her around on the ground. At the end, when he realized who she was and she fell into him, my heart broke and my eyes welled up, I admit it. Such a beautiful, sad story.
Rating: A
Judges: Mary is sad to see Carlos go and thinks it’s America’s loss (it is). Mary thought Mariah went to another place. She felt her passion and thought everything was gorgeous. Christina thinks Carlos did a great job carrying Mariah. She loved their chemistry. She thought Mariah showed such grace and pain and beauty on her face. Nigel thought Mariah did a brilliant job emoting and she is growing so much.

Couple #9: Amy and Fik-Shun
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Nappy Tabs
Song: “After Party” by Dorrough Music
My Thoughts: I’m nervous if Amy can pull off hip-hop. She’s so innocent and so cutesy. This routine is great! They are gritty and low to the ground and just grooving to the beat. They also look like they’re having a lot of fun. Fik-Shun is amazing, getting to show his strengths in this piece with some animation moves. Amy surprises me. She’s hardcore and she showed more than just her smiley expression. She was totally believable as a hip hop dancer. They both showed a ton of personality and you can’t help but like them.
Rating: B+
Judges: Christina loved it and she thinks Fik-shun is special. She also thinks Fik-Shun brings her up. Nigel thinks they both light up the entire studio when they dance. Mary thinks they were a party on stage. They got down and they are totally likeable.

Couple #10: Jenna and Tucker
Style: Cha Cha
Choreographer: Dimitry Chaplin
Song: “I Like It like That” by Pete Rodriguez
My Thoughts: I am not a big fan of Dimitry’s choreography. I feel often times it’s very rudimentary. That’s okay, he’s pretty to look at. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to like Tucker. It’s not that he’s a bad dancer, there’s just something I find slightly off about him. Maybe he doesn’t seem genuine? I don’t know what it is. I feel like Jenna could flourish so much more with a better partner. Jenna is sexy and hot in this routine but Tucker doesn’t really have personality. I wish this routine was a bit more complicated and showed off more skill.
Rating: C
Judges: Mary thinks Jenna is a star. She thinks Tucker could have done more, he did a lot of guiding, but not so much technique. Nigel wishes the routine had more Cha Cha and wasn’t such a blend of other styles.

 

Routines In Order of Preference

  1. Mariah and Carlos – Contemporary
  2. Amy and Fik-Shun – Hip Hop
  3. Jasmine M and Alan – Tango
  4. Hayley and Curtis – Jazz
  5. Makenzie and Paul – Jazz
  6. Aaron and Jasmine – Lyrical Hip Hop
  7. Alexis and Nico – Contemporary
  8. Brittany and BluPrint – Broadway
  9. Jenna and Tucker – Cha Cha
  10. Malece and Jade – Bollywood

My Pick for Bottom Three Girls: Alexis, Makenzie, and Malece
My Pick for Bottom Three Guys: Jade, Tucker, Nico

 

Random Thoughts

  • I love Curtis’ laugh. His rehearsal package with Hayley is super cute.
  • Cat’s Happy Dance – Love It.
  • I really want to root for Malece, but she needs to pick it up. Come on GIRL!
  • Brittany was wearing a lot of masacara.
  • I want Jasmine’s earrings.
  • Mariah’s tears at the end of her routine were real. You could see her heartbreak for her partner Carlos. It was devastating. For both of them. Christina enjoyed it and was into the story. Nigel didn’t think the routine had enough Cha Cha and it blended too many other styles into it.
  • Nigel points out Melissa Sandvig from Season 5, who’s pregnant, in the audience. Apparently she has one week to go and immediately I’m scared she’s going to pop that baby out right in the audience with all that loud music.

Quotes

“SO Tabitha and Naopleon whats going on, you make a baby and are you trying to make another one?”

Cat to the crowd: “You’re noisy, we hear you.”

“That suddenly became even more beautiful and more poignant.” Cat on Carlos and Mariah’s routine.

Mary to Mariah. “I can’t say enough about you, they won’t let me.”

“Thank you to you, for doing that for her.” Christina to Carlos about Mariah.

Napoleon: “It’s okay, we’re gonna work on your freak.”
Amy: “Okay.”

Cat: “What’s this? Room service? This is not what I ordered.”

Nigel’s Creepy/Awkward Quotes

“You scraped into this series.” – Nigel on Aaron. (That’s just rude, Nigel)

Final Thoughts
I’d like to see Tucker and Makenzie go, but I have a feeling this will not be the case. I don’t know why, but I just don’t get a sense of who these dancers are. They haven’t shown me enough personality and enough dancing technique. I need that WOW moment so I can root for them. Eliminating people at the top of the show is going to be tough, though I don’t know what the solution would be. No actually I do, an elimination show. Come on FOX, you do it for Idol, you can do it for SYTYCD.

 

 

 

 

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 9
And The Winner Is…

The finale starts with reminders of the past 8 winners. I love seeing their old reactions. I forgot that Season 3 was against Twitch and Joshua. I always thought it was against Katee and Joshua. But that’s the past, and tonight we find out the winner…sorry winners of Season 9.

We are reunited with the Top 20 and they are sort of introduced in the order they were dismissed. Awkward. But it’s nice to be reunited. It feels great and slightly uncomfortable. Everything reality reunion shows should be.

Cat comes out lookin’ freakin’ adorable (I want her whole outfit) and introduces us to our panel of 6 judges. Lil C is back, where have you been all season?  Same goes for you Debbie Allen.  We also have Adam Shankman, Tyce DiOrio and the usual Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. I think I would be more impressed if the panel of 6 judges included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Applegate, and Rob Marshall, how cool would that be? But moving on, it’s time to hear the judges favorite dances of the season. You’ve already read mine.

But before that, we get a Top 20 reunion piece from Christopher Scott and Sonya Tayeh. And I like it! It has good tricks, good partnering, and it is crazy intense. Then again, any piece that involves a wind machine and a smoke machine is a winner in my book. Our Top 20 dances to the song “Torn” by Nathan Lanier and everything is working for them. Wardrobe, choreography, everything. It’s pretty cool. It’s no “Ramalama Bang Bang”, but honestly what is?

 

Judges Favorite Routines:

Nigel: Matthew and Audrey: Titanic Routine – a Travis Wall Routine
Thoughts: I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, first time performances are so raw. But it was nice seeing Matthew again.

Lil C: Witney and Twitch : “Swagography” a Luther Brown routine
Thoughts: I think I enjoyed it even more this time around. Witney just adds so much sass! It’s a fun routine.

Debbie Allen: Tiffany and George “Turning The Page” a Sonya Routine.
Thoughts: I forgot about this routine. But it’s rather beautiful. Tiffany has grown so much she dances the hell out of this piece and George is just an all-around beautiful, graceful dancer. I have a feeling I like this routine a lot better the second time around.

Adam Shankman: Cole and Lindsey, Paso Doble, a Jason Gilkinson routine
Thoughts: Without the pressure of the competition, I think Lindsey dances it with more intensity this time. Though the lame chest pounding in the beginning always gets me. Cole, as always, is his usual dramatic self.

Tyce: Will and Amelia, Alley Cat Routine, a Nappy Tabs routine.
Thoughts: Okay, so they call it “Lovecats” I call it Alley Cats. So there. I love this routine and it’s just as good the second time around.

Mary Murphy: Chehon and Kathryn, the dramatic Tyce choreography routine
Thoughts: That part where Kathryn stands on Chehon’s back gets me every time. Really quite exquisite, Tyce, and yes, I said that without sarcasam.

Cat’s Favorite Routine: Tiffany and Brandon, Disco by Doriana
Thoughts: Three Words: upside down splits

Contestants Favorite Routines:

Eliana : her routine with Alex Wong, “Bang Bang”
Thoughts: Not as great as it was the first time, but still lovely.

Chehon: his routnine with Anya, Argetine TAmgo
Thoughts: Liked it as much as I did the first time. Which is not so much. Too slow for my tastes. But Mary says it’s good so…I…believe….her…question mark?…?…

Tiffany: “Power of Love” routine with Ade
Thoughts: There’s a move where Tiffany grabs onto Ade’s leg that I never noticed before. I enjoyed this performance as much as the first time. You can really tell she loves this routine. And I like it when you can just see absolute joy on a dancer’s face.

Cyrus: his routine with Twitch. From…the last episode. Curious.
Thoughts: Will someone create me a wall of breakaway glass I can bust through? I’ll pay you $20. Also, I think Twitch has performed more routines in the finale than Cyrus has. I’m just sayin’….And…still love that wiggly ending.

 

Special Routines:

A Very Special Hip Hop Routine:

Who: Twitch, Comfort, Cyrus with Christopher Scott
Song: “Holy Ghost” Messinian
Thoughts: I find it slightly discomforting when choreographers join the contestants in their routines and I don’t quite know why. But nonetheless, this routine is pretty sweet. Christopher Scott is a genius. The tutting and isolations and creative use of suspenders is really quite mesmerizing. I kept finding my eyes drawn to Christopher because he’s just so out of place…and So. Damn. Good-looking.

 

 

Number One Audition Moment Dance

Who: The Dragon House with Brian Gaynor
Song: “Cryosleep” by Cyberoptics
Thoughts: I really admire the fact that Nigel gave the whole house a chance to perform together, even when some of the guys unceremoniously quit. With the addition of Brian Gaynor, the whole thing was sick. (Like in the way cool people say it.) My only question, why wasn’t Cyrus in there? My second question, who let Nigel think trying to do animation was a good idea?

 

 

“Brand Spanking New” Group Routine Choreographed by Nappy Tabs

Who: The Top 10 with 10 All Stars
Song: “Circle of Life” Lion King Soundtrack
Thoughts: It’s pretty cool actually. Very primal and high energy. A lot of leg work. And a different style than I am used to seeing from our new hip hop parents. (Are we ever going to see that baby?) It’s fun they included The All Stars.

 

 

 

Who the Hell is the Season 9 Winner Already?

We are starting with the girls and I have to say I am in love with Tiffany’s dress. I love that it’s like a mullet. Short in the front, long in the back. So white and pretty. I love they pulled up some never before seen footage from the audition period. Eliana’s face after the package makes me want to cry. And they’re like happy, hopeful tears but I still find my eyes welling up just the same. This is so crazy guys! Who’s it gonna be?

America’s Favorite Female Dancer is….Eliana!

And girl is genuinely shocked!! This is the absolute right decision. I mean Tiffany is great. She’s had a great season and hasn’t really faltered at all. But it just took so damn long to separate her from Audrey by that time it was too late. Tiffany will have no problem finding work, she’s young, and beautiful, and a fabulous dancer. I am SO STOKED Eliana won. It’s a total no brainer, but I’m glad that America made the right decision.

 

As for the boys, it’s anyone’s game really, but I still see Chehon as the underdog. Cyrus has such a huge fan base, but I really believe Chehon should be the winner. Cyrus has always tried really really hard, but we got to see Chehon grow physically and emotionally throughout this more. I want it more for him I guess. Does that make sense? I love hearing about Cyrus’ insecurities throughout the process, it just makes him feel much more human, and like an actual person. I don’t think we’ve had the chance to know him as well as we’ve gotten to know Chehon. Chehon has had more of an emotional time than from what we’ve seen from Cyrus. Both boys look great. I love Cyrus’ pink suit jacket. And I love the fact that’s he’s crying.

America’s Favorite Male Dancer is…Chehon!!!!!!! (wait let me add a few more) !!!!!!

And I swear, I just let out a little shriek. All the judges are so freakin’ shocked and looking at Nigel with the expression, “oh my god, are you serious?” I guess they didn’t know beforehand. Also, you can totally read Witney’s lips and she just mouthed, “I’m gonna faint! I’m gonna faint.”

 

Random Thoughts

  • Funny: Love Lil’ C brushing his beard.
  • Cat demonstrates” waiting for the bus” again. Amazing.
  • Who do you think is baby sitting NappyTabs baby while they are at this show?
  • Nigel tells Eliana about how Desmond Richmond wants Eliana for his company. Good form Nigel.
  • A hour and five minutes into the show and Cyrus is pretty much MIA….yeah….
  • Seeing the contestants play poker, makes me really want to play. And also crave a scotch and a cigar.
  • Things I fast forwarded: Carly Rae Jenson’s performance.
  • How was Chehon’s performance with Allison not one of the top performances.
  • During Cyrus package, anyone hear Cat’s mic that got left on? And the weird echo? Hilarious! They really are live people!
  • I know I give Cyrus a lot of “hate” but Nigel talks about his hunger to learn new styles and I do have to admit I do have respect for the dude. He hasn’t given up. He hasn’t half assed things and he always seems to have a good attitude.
  • I think Nigel just admitted he gave his support to Chehon to get more support for others for Cyrus. But in a sneaky political way.
  • Love that shot of Cyrus walking away with a huge ass bouquet of flowers.
  • Love Cat’s quite subtle, “you did it” to Chehon as everyone else is screaming around him. The way he is hugging Cat is adorbs.
  • Love Will separating Cat from the hugging and giving her a big bear hug lifting her off her feet.
  • Why does Christina Aguilera call herself “Xtina”? Oh whoops, sorry, wrong show. But I don’t recap The Voice so where else am I going to “voice”  (I’m so clever) my frustration about this fact?

 

The absolute right decision was made in making Eliana and Chehon the winners of this season, though I have no doubt in my mind that if there had been only one winner, it hands down would have been Eliana. Both these dancers have had some great performances on this show and have grown a lot. Well, Chehon more than Eliana, she’s always been spectacular. Do you agree with “America’s Decision?” Or do you think Tiffany and Cyrus should have won?

This season started out lackluster, but once the All Stars were brought in I believe some of the magic was brought back and there were more and more dances to get excited about. This just makes me more convinced that for Season 10 Nigel should do a Battle of the All Stars best of the best, bring back the Top 20 All Stars and make the duke it out for the Ultimate Favorite Dancer. I put it on the table Nigel, you’re move!

 

There’s no pressure tonight. It’s all just fun and games as the Final Four perform. With All Stars! How are they going to fill the two hours?

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 9
TOP 4 PERFORM

The beginning intro is so dramatic as each dancer talks about how they can’t believe they’ve made it to the final four. I feel like I’m watching the NBC Olympic Coverage. Cat tells us the dancers will be dancing 5 times. C’est impossible! I feel exhausted just hearing that. Our guest judge today is: Rob Marshall.

 

The Routines

Routine #1
Who: Cyrus and Eliana
Style and Choreographer: Paso Doble with Jason Gilkinson.
Rehearsal: So, the paso doble is about a matador and his cape. Usually the girl is the cape, but this time Cyrus is the cape. I want to be all negative and dramatic about reasons why, but if you’ve been reading my past posts then you already know what I think, so we will just move on.
Song: “The Game Has Chamged” by Daft Punk
Performance:  So…I don’t know. It felt slow, or not dramatic enough, or too many tricks not enough footwork, or…something. Something was off. It was pretty cool when Cyrus swept Eliana around the floor, but other than that…it was just ok. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Nigel says Cyrus deserves to be here, and Eliana as secured her place in the industry. Mary, ballroom expert, said he delivered. She said the cartwheel was awkward (which it was) and Eliana was on fire. Rob loved the way Eliana told the story.

Random Thought: Four words: Cat’s Blue Steel Face

 

Routine #2
Who: Tiffany and All Star Will
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Sonya Tayeh
Rehearsal: First thought, Will has hair! It’s weird seeing him with hair!  In this piece Sonya wants to show how far Tiffany has come.
Song: “The Time Is Now” by Moloko
Performance:  Sometimes I don’t understand what the costumers are thinking. Seriously. What is Tiffany wearing? I can’t stop looking at those strappy things on her butt. Maybe that’s the point. As for this routine, there is no doubt how good of a dancer Tiffany is. I think what this piece suffered from was the lack of chemistry between her and Will, but that’s Will’s fault not Tiffany’s. The piece was joyful and Tiffany danced light as air. Rating: 7.5/10
The Judging: Mary thought her dancing was great, Rob loved Tiffany’s extension. Nigel thought Will had matured and that Tiffany’s lines are strong and big.

 

Routine #3
Who: Chehon and Eliana
Style and Choreographer: Ballet with a choreographer who’s name I could never spell (anyone catch it? IF this were charades, I’d say it sounds like “Marrette Doquia”)
Rehearsal: This is what I have been waiting for: Ballet with our ballet dancers. And point work. Chehon talks about how they are rusty because with ballet you have to practice all the time and since the show they haven’t had time to work on their ballet technique. It looks rough, but exciting!
Song: “The Nutcracker Suite-Pas De Deux” by Bruton APM Studio
Performance:  So when they first showed Chehon and Eliana I was unsure what they were wearing. After seeing they were dancing to The Nutcracker Suite, I totally get it now. Moving on. There technique was so precise and everything was so elegant and perfect. That lift to the crescendo was so graceful and stunning. Though Chehon didn’t do much dancing he did a lot of supporting and it was still fantastic to watch. That bit at the end where it was 45 seconds of Eliana doing pirouettes, on point, with the support of Chehon was amazing! I just kept thinking “daymn” to myself. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Rob cannot believe their versatility. He says Eliana has such great extension, but no one knows how hard it is for the man, and Chehon was amazing. Nigel loves the fact that there are 2 ballet dancers in the finale and throws out a bunch of ballet turns they did. He tells Chehon he makes all the lifts look easy (I agree, the way he lifted her up with such ease! Amazing!) Mary calls it special and starts to tear up.

Random Thoughts:
– Loved their choreographer crying at the end of their routine.
– Also love the bit when Cat fixed Eliana’s dress after it popped out to create a handle.
– Eliana makes the best comedic faces.

 

Routine #4
Who: Tiffany and Cyrus
Style and Choreographer: Lyical Hiop Hip Tessandra Chavez
Rehearsal: Concept – the routine is about young love. Cryus is Tiffany’s first boyfriend and he broke her heart. She decides to move on and he wants her back.
Song: “Best Thinking I Never Had” by Beyonce
Performance:  Sometimes Tiffany’s dancing can come off as cheerleadery, I don’t know if that makes sense.  However there were a lot of intricate moves and overall it was…fine. Their acting, though, was spot on. I believed what they were feeling from the both of them. There were some good moments, but it could have been better. It didn’t make me jump up and down. Rating: 7.5/10
The Judging: Nigel brings up how the both of them have never been in the bottom. Mary calls Tiffany a beast and is proud of Cyrus. She says Tiffany hit it hard. Rob loves how they dance with abandon (yeah, I get that) and he calls the routine his favorite of the evening so far.

 
Top 4 Perform
We take a break in the routines to get a performance by the Top 4. I was wondering why they didn’t do one at the top of the show like usual. They dance to a Tyce routine to the song “Eine Klein Nachtmusik (District 78 remix) by KPM Studio Artists and its…interesting…to say the least. I have no clue what genre it is. Ballet? Contemporary? Hip Hop? And with the music and everything, Cyrus feels totally out of place. It’s a bit strange and I don’t know how I feel about it. I guess I just don’t get it. I don’t get you Tyce!

 

 

Routine #5
Who: Chehon and All Star Allison
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary by Stacey Tookey
Rehearsal: The concept is – Allison and Chehon are in a relationship. She has an opportunity to go somewhere, but she wants to hang on to him and the relationship. Chehon is choosing to let her go so she can pursue her dreams. Stacey admires Chehon during rehearsal and is amazed at the things he can do.
Song: “Leave” by Once Original Broadway Cast
Performance:  Seriously, Allison could dance with a paper bag and make it look amazing. She is seriously one of the best dancer/actresses. Her emotions feel really genuine. However, if Chehon is her paper bag, then he’s the best looking, best dancing, strongest paper bag I’ve ever seen. Okay, I need to stop with this analogy. This piece had so many WOW moments. With the help of the song, I really felt like Chehon was trying to let Allison go and she didn’t want to. Hey remember that time he dropped her? On purpose? WOW. Hey, remember that time he lifted her with one hand? WOW. Hey remember that time he did that spin jump that defied gravity? WOW. Hey remember that time he kissed her? Don’t tell Twitch… Rating: 9.5/10
The Judging: Mary lets out a scream. Yeah, she liked it. She called this number freedom. He is free at last. Rob says the height is unbelievable and Allison is fierce. Nigel tells Rob Allison should be an actress. He loves how she gets into character before the routine even starts and with Allison, was really able to let it all go and show his emotion.

Random Thoughts
– Loved how they were still in their ending “moment” when Cat started doing her thing after the piece. Then it got slightly awkward.
– Love Stacey Tookey cheering for them like crazy!
– Oh God, I see a pole on the stage….

 

Routine #6
Who: Tiffany and Eliana
Style and Choreographer: Pole Dancing I mean Broadway… with Ray Leeper
Rehearsal: Ray is taking Burlesque to Broadway. Hey remember how Eliana was known as the pole dancing girl way back in Vegas? She really has come full circle.
Song: “When You’re Good To Mama” Chicago the Musical – Broadway Cast
Performance:  This is the first time I have seen Tiffany dance so mature and I think that’s thanks to Eliana. For the first time, I didn’t look at her as this cute little girl. She was sexy and sure of herself. Eliana, was amazing and the pole wasn’t just a gimmick. (I can’t believe I just wrote that). Ray used it in a cool way instead of a skeezy way. That trick at the end where Eliana bent and twisted her legs around the pole and over her head was unreal. I can’t believe she contorted her body like that. Really, it was just amazing. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: So the minute I saw the poles, I knew that we were in for some creepy comments from Nigel…let’s see what he says. Rob says it was unbelievable and fierce. He doesn’t know how Eliana did that on the pole. Mary says they are extraordinary and the routine was fun and sassy. Nigel says it’s so hard to say anything that won’t get him in trouble.

Random Thoughts:
– Everyone is so excited!!
– Love Eliana walking toward Cat like she broke her back off that pole.
– Love Cat saying, “I know I’m going to regret this, but Nigel I’m coming to you first.”

 

Routine #7
Who: Chehon and Cyrus
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Sonya Tayeh
Rehearsal: They are excited to work with each other. Sonya is including a lot of lifts and she knows it’s a struggle for Cyrus.
Song: “Fangs” by Little Red Lung
Performance:  Okay, seriously? Sonya needs to get over these skirt-like things/big pants for the boys. What is her obsession with those? I am amazed at the ease that Chehon can even lift Cyrus. That boy must be super strong. Both guys are super strong and the routine has Sonya written all over it. She does strong male-partner choreography. I even think Cyrus did a good job he actually danced. Sonya did not let him off. Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Nigel thought both boys upped their level. He has nothing but nice things to say about Cyrus and tells him he’s gown as a dancer and is his favorite “person.” He tells Chehon he’s grown as a person and is his favorite dancer. Mary admires their fight and their journeys. Rob says he loves the camaraderie and he can tell the two guys get along and lift each other up, physically and literally!

 

Routine #8
Who: Eliana and All Star Alex Wong
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Travis Wall
Rehearsal: This is like the perfect trio. And I’ve always wanted Travis to choreography Alex. Looks like Eliana is going to have to be majorly flexible.
Song: “Without You” by Harry Nilsson.
Performance:  I’m glad we didn’t get a concept before this, I’m glad we could just watch it for what it was. What I love about this routine is that it seemed like Eliana and Alex were exploding off of each other. Both of these dancers have such great chemistry and they are just amazing to watch. And I swear Eliana is GUMBY because Alex was manipulating her legs in ways that seem impossible. It really was amazing to each and the song choice was perfect. Rating: 9.5/10
The Judging: Rob calls it poetry and calls Eliana amazing. He loves Alex and thinks they connected really well. It was Nigel’s favorite routine of the night bringing all his favorites together. Nigel calls Eliana her favorite of all time. I’d give that title to Allison, but Eliana comes pretty damn close. Mary says it’s great to finally see Alex dance after his injury when he was actually on the show. She calls Eliana’s passion extraordinary. She says her feet and ankles are great and she feels it.

Random Thought: Love the “WOW” Nigel mouthed when the routine was over.

 

Routine #9
Who: Chehon and Tiffany
Style and Choreographer: Rumba with Dimitry Chaplin
Rehearsal: Dimitry says the Rumba has to be passionate. I’ll be passionate with Dimitry. Oh wait, that’s not what’s happening here?
Song: “Love Me Tender” Adam Levy and Norah Jones
Performance:  Love this song. (Though, is it bad it makes me think of Princess Diaries too whenever I hear it?) It’s very romantic and flowy and sexy and honestly feels like a dream. I don’t quite know if it’s a rumba or not, but Chehon has now kissed two girls this episode. Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Mary didn’t believe in the chemistry (I disagree) but she says this Latin dance was perfect for him. She thought Tiffany had great Latin technique. Rob thought it was sexy. He felt like they had a connection and didn’t oversell it. He calls Tiffany stunning and Chehon smooth and elegant. Nigel calls this dance sexier than the pole dance.


Routine #10

Who: Cyrus and Twitch
Style and Choreographer: Animation with Christopher Scott
Rehearsal: There’s a lot of pressure on this. This is the first time this has ever been possible in SYTYCD History. They bring in an animation pro to help with the choreography. And there’s TWITCH! Cyrus says he’s so happy he could cry. I personally Can’t. Wait.
Song: “Like A Criminal” by District 78
Performance:  And it’s actually really cool, from the broken glass to the frozen end. It’s just so complex and detailed and unique. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. Love the ending where they stop but twitch (haha get it twitch?) as if they still have electricity surging through them. Dare I say Cyrus is better at animation than Twitch? Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Rob calls them superstars. He said it was crazy. Nigel tells me Twitch isn’t an animator, so I take back what I said earlier. Twitch I love you. Nigel tells them that Christopher Scott calls them world class. Nigel causes a big downer by saying he’s not going to vote for Cyrus after supporting him all this time. He says he’s supporting Chehon, but he says still, Cyrus is amazing and inspirational.

Random Thought: That was ballsy of Nigel to tell him he’s voting for Chehon, but I agree that dancers work their whole life to be recognized and to win means something different to Chehon than it would to Cyrus.

 

The Solos

Solo #1
Who: Eliana
Song: “Passacaglia”, by Johann Johannson
Performance:  Her solo was so beautiful and graceful. I love point shoes and we’ve gotten so much of the point shoes this episodes. Can’t help thinking, her toes must hurt!
Grade: A-

Solo #2
Who: Cyrus
Song: “Holy Ghost” by Messinan
Performance:  Insane, just insane. The ticks are really incredible.
Grade: B+

Solo #3
Who: Tiffany
Song: “I Believe” by Fantasia
Performance:  I am mesmerized by those feet shoes (socks?) she’s wearing. He solo is nothing special, but because I like her I give her a….
Grade: B

Solo #4
Who: Chehon
Song: “How It Ends” by Devotchka
Performance:  I loved that he started out holding that ticket to Vegas. I think this was the most free I’ve ever seen Chehon dance. He just looked like he was having so much fun out there. He was so relaxed. That fall backwards into a back somersault was pretty cool. And he picked such a great song I could listen to it, and watch him forever.
Grade: A

 

Routines in Order of Preference

  • Chehon and Allison
  • Eliana and Tiffany
  • Eliana and Alex
  • Eliana and Chehon
  • Twitch and Chehon
  • Chehon and Tiffany
  • Chehon and Will
  • Tiffany and Cryus
  • Tiffany and Will
  • Cyrus and Eliana

 

My Predictions for the Final 2
Eliana and Chehon (and rightfully so!!). Starting the night I could have guaranteed it would have been Cyrus who won, but I hope, pray, and believe it will be Chehon. He deserves this so much. And Eliana is a no brained. She’s had an incredible season.

 

Other Random Thoughts

  • Cat’s dress today had the opposite effect of last weeks for me, this week. The more and more I looked at it, the more I disliked it.
  • Mary is so sparkly and diamond studded, I would be seriously afraid for her if she decides to step outside that studio. She’d be mugged in a heartbeat!
  • I really liked hearing Eliana talk about how she felt overshadowed by Cyrus and it wasn’t till her performance with Alex that she felt like she was able to be herself.
  • I liked hearing Tiffany talk about her insecurities throughout the process because it’s also things we wondered about her throughout the show. She wasn’t featured throughout the audition process, she did look like Audrey. It was just interesting to hear her thoughts.
  • Love Chehon blushing when Nigel mentions his lack of shirt the entire show. I’m not complaining.
  • Love the phrase “nommy eminated” almost as much as I love “lord have murphy.”

 

Quotes
“This is what it’s like to be a matador? I feel like a mop.” – Eliana

“She had a handle for a second but we got a handle on it.” – Cat

Mary: First I have to too Stacey Tookey’s work, the three time nommy emanated…
Rob: Emmy Nominated?
Cat: She can’t even get the words out.

“You bamboozle me and I like it.” Cat to Cyrus

Nigel: Chehon when we can finally afford a shirt for you we couldn’t find the buttons? What’s going on?
Mary: Well Dimitry was the choreographer
Dimitry peeling open his shirt.
Everyone around him laughing.
Awesome.

Final Thoughts
After a shaky beginning few episodes I think SYTYCD really found its groove with the starting with the Final 8. Once we got past that awful Mia Michael’s tribute and started bringing in the All Stars things got really good. It made the show much more enjoyable learning about the dancers through their families, and hearing about their journeys. I wish there was some way it could have been incorporated earlier. I will miss SYTYCD and I hope it comes back next season, but for now, I will cast my vote for Eliana and Chehon. If Cyrus wins over Chehon I will personally hunt down everyone that voted for him and shake them until they answer me why. So in any case we’re in for a great recap next week. Until the…I wait for the winner results next Tuesday!

 

 

We are just one week from the finale. Seems like just yesterday we were meeting the Top 20. I can’t believe we are going to find out who the finale 4 are. Tonight!

 

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 9
Top 6 Perform / Top 4 Revealed

The Top 6 Routine has Travis Wall written all over it, that is, until I see a move involving flat feet and now feel like it’s all Sonya. The song doesn’t work for how everyone is dressed. (The girls are in coture ballerina costumes), and it’s not the best routine. Dancing to the song, “Scream” by Kellis, the routine feels very reminiscent of Lady Gaga.

While I love Cat’s hair and shoes, I’m not so sure about the dress. She she could come out in a paper bag and still look great, but the dress feels very Holly Hobby. However, the more I look at it, the more it’s growing on me. And Cat tells me I’m indeed RIGHT and Sonya did choreograph that routine. I’ll forgive her for this dress then.

Guest Judge this week is: Christina Applegate. Dear Nigel, if we’re going to have a repeat offender can it please be Jesse Tyler Ferguson? Nigel tries to make up for the fact that they kicked off Will last week by blaming it all on the choreographers, but I don’t believe it. He should have been in the final 6. I’m jus saying…

 

The Routines

Routine #1
Who: Tiffany and Benji (Season 2 Winner)
Style and Choreographer: Jive with Jean Marc Genereux
Rehearsal: First of all, I have to say, my two favorite people are back! I’ve missed them. I like goofy Benji, and I’ve missed the little French Man Jean Marc. The couple demonstrates how to do a 2 person cartwheel (Benji’s signature) and I love the look on Tiffany’s face as she prepares to take on Benji’s weight.
Song: “What I Like About You” – by Lillix
Performance:  I have to say. Tiffany is adorable. You know, Benji pulls his face a lot, which I guess is a common thing in ballroom dancing, but when Tiffany does it, it’s so believable and genuine. And it’s subtle. Subtle, people. Tiffany talked about how Benji and Jean Marc have a lot of energy, well so does she! She dances the hell out of pieces and this jive was no different. Honestly, I think it was the fastest I’ve ever seen performed on this show. It looked so technical and there was a lot more footwork involved then other jives I’ve seen that are riddled with tricks to avoided the complicated dancing. Tiffany was a sexy little rockstar. I will remember her today. It was a great first routine. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Nigel says they had unbelievable energy. Tiffany kept up with Benji really well. Mary calls it amazing and she loves everything about her. Christina was worry about Benji overshadowing, but they were equals out there. It was beautiful.

 

Routine #2
Who: Cole and Melanie Moore
Style and Choreographer: Jazz with Sonya
Rehearsal: This week Sonya wants to show a softer side of Cole since his previous roles have been so dark. In this piece, he wants freedom from a relationship that’s holding him back. Melanie calls Cole goofy and light and funny. It will be nice to see something else from him.
Song: “Too Close” by Alex Clare
Performance:  You know, Cole absolutely belongs in this bottom 6. I know last week, I was bummed about Will going home. And I still totally feel Will should be in the Top 6, but despite all this, that does not mean I feel that Cole should NOT be in the Top 6. He deserves to be here. He is a great performer and he showcases technique and acting ability in this piece. Sonya choreographed some great lines with this routine. Melanie and Cole were hitting some good formations, especially when she jumped up on his back year the beginning, or did the forward somersault over him. That move was definitely WOW moment. I feel like they could have had a bit more chemistry, but overall a satisfying routine. Rating: 7.5/10
The Judging: Mary calls the piece gorgeous and says it was very different. Cole commands attention on the stage and he carried the number off well. For Christina, Melanie gives her hope and Cole is masterful and powerful. Nigel loved that Melanie lifted Cole throughout the routine he loved seeing Cole’s vulnerable side.

 

Routine #3
Who: Eliana and Twitch
Style and Choreographer: Hip Hop with Christopher Scott
Rehearsal: According to Christopher Scott (who gets more and more adorable every time I see him) this routine is about a super hot ballet dancer, who has a crush on a super hot postal worker, and she writes him a letter but he can’t read it….until they dance. Yes, Christopher Scott, your concept is “very true to life” indeed.
Song: “Please Mr. Postman (District 78 Remix)” by The Marvelettes
Performance:  When this routine starts I can’t help thinking…man…I want Eliana’s shoes. Then I think, this song is so not hip hop. It was a little too sugary sweet for my tastes (I like it when Christopher Scott is a little dirtier…mmm….sorry I got distracted there) and for a good 30 seconds Eliana was sitting on the mailbox as Twitch walked around here. Really kids, this is hip hop? But after that it really started to pick up and I liked this routine more and more. Eliana is such a great dancer, she has amazing musicality, and she didn’t really look like a ballet dancer at all out there. True she could have been a bit funkier, but she danced the piece really well and I found myself focusing on her more than Twitch. Her side, handless cartwheel, was hot. The ending was also super cute. At first I thought she hit her nose on Twitch, but it was her coming to the reality that she’s hitting on him and backs off. I love that look she gives when she notices her shirts come undone. Super cute. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Christina says Eliana is so good, she can do anything. Nigel felt the routine relied too much on character and wished she could have danced more. He felt there was very little meat to it (I agree). Mary thought the number was fun and entertaining and that Eliana is memorable no matter what the routine is like.

 

Routine #4
Who: Chehon and Kathryn
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Tyce
Rehearsal: Tyce’s routine is about how people deal with losing everything. Chehon knows he always has a wall up and he hopes that he can be emotional.
Song: “Eli, Eli (A Walk To Caesarea)” by Sophie Milman
Performance:  You know, we give Tyce a hard time a lot, but man he does have a flair for the dramatics. And this piece was just that, dramatic. I thought Chehon and Kathyrn did a fantastic job. There were some really incredible moments in this piece: Kathryn standing on his back, Chehon lifting Kathryn up then dropping her down quickly, Chehon standing at the edge of the stage and Kathryn jumping onto his shoulders (dangerous, people), Chehon lifting her and she grabs the suitcases with her legs. There were just too many moments to name. Good work Tyce, and fantastic work dancers. Chehon definitely has my vote. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Nigel calls the routine really emotional. He says strength-wise, technical wise, and emotional wise it was all incredible. Then he thanks FOX. What? Mary can tell Chehon is touched by the piece (frankly he looks traumatized by it). Christina and Mary talk about Chehon’s leap to the suitcase which was indeed amazing and looks even more fantastic in slow motion. She compliments Chehon’s growth through the show and his growth emotionally.
  

Routine #5
Who: Witney and Marko
Style and Choreographer: Lyrical Jazz with Ray Leeper
Rehearsal: Oh Marko, I missed you. You look pretty good with a shaved head. The concept is about a couple getting married, but Witney wants out. She’s got cold feet.
Song: “No Nothing” by Curtis and Reinhard
Performance:  This is the first time we’ve seen Witney really act serious. And dude, that last pull of her arm and walk away? Totally harsh. But it was believable. I believed they were a struggling couple and that Marko was in love with her. Though this wasn’t so much lyrical jazz as it was just contemporary, it was a really well choreographed piece. I thought it was well danced and though with other dancers it could have completely blown me away, Witney did have some great moments. Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Witney had such attack and control, but you can tell Mary is in love with Marko. Aren’t we all? Marko was a great partner. Christina thought it was really beautiful. She also thinks she created the word hairography, but she obviously doesn’t watch Glee. Nigel is all business with saving and what not. Just tell her she’s a star Nigel and have that be that. Nigel thought she was committed.

 

Routine #6
Who: Cyrus and Comfort
Style and Choreographer: Dub Step with Christopher Scott
Rehearsal: Okay, seriously, has Cyrus done any ballroom at all? I’d like to see him do Bollywood please. He really lucks out here. He is totally in his element. Yes to be fair the contemporary folks are always in their element, but still…I’ll be quiet now and just stare at Christopher Scott’s blue eyes.
Song: “Cinema” by Benny Benassi
Performance:  I’ve never been a big fan of Comfort and I don’t understand what she’s wearing. The routine is okay….The tutting section is unreal! It was so intricate. It’s pretty amazing, but the actual dub step feels a little juvenile, even though I’d never be able to do it myself. I’m going to go get me some popcorn now. Rating: 6.5/10
The Judging: Of course the SYTYCD love child gets a standing O. You gave him the golden ticket, but I’m still bitter he took the place of my real favorite dancer. However, the way the crowd loves him is unbelievable. Christina thought it was fantastic. Nigel thought it was incredible and loved Christopher’s choreography. Mary says Cyrus is special and America loves him.

 

Routine #7
Who: Chehon and Witney
Style and Choreographer: Cha Cha with Jean Marc
Rehearsal: Jean Marc says Cha Cha is about hips and feet. Witney is in her element, but the Cha Cha is kicking his butt. He’s struggling with the lifts.
Song:  “Where Have You Been” by Rhianna
Performance:  Chehon is definitely working for it. I can see him thinking about it. Especially with that complicated lift section. But he kinda of lets lose when it breaks apart from partnering. Witney is of course perfect and there’s not as much face pulling from her which I am thankful for. The whole thing was just okay. Rating: 4/10
The Judging: Mary can tell Chehon is uncomfortable and he agrees in an adorable way. He struggled tonight, but Witney disappeared too because Chehon struggled. Christina didn’t notice anything bad. (Love her). Nigel wished he could have seen Witney’s hips more, but this routine was disappointing.

 

Routine #8
Who: Cole and Eliana
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Mia Michaels
Rehearsal: The piece is about hatred and Mia was inspired by rams? Cole calls the routine very physical. Honestly this is the holy trinity of dance. I’m excited.
Song: “Adagio for Strings” by Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Performance:  Oh. My. God. This is probably my favorite performance of the season. And may rank on my Top 10 of all time (most of which are Mia pieces). Even above “Bang Bang” (which was also danced by Eliana). Mia Michaels is a genius. Say what you want about her that woman can choreograph. This routine kept building and building and I felt like my whole body was getting tenser and tenser until they screamed at each other at the end. It was so powerful. I can’t even tell you the amazing moments in this piece because it was all one big amazing moment. I have to point out two things though, when Eliana was stretched to her limit as Cole held on to her arm, then she started to twist her body. And also the spin that went crazy out of control. Just amazing. I wish the camera had pulled out just a bit on a couple of moves, but moving in close for the scream was killer. Cole’s face will haunt me. Rating: 10/10
The Judging: Nigel thought it was brilliant. He thought Cole got the emotion and Eliana got the dancing. Mary had so many moments she liked. Christina calls Eliana the perfect dancer and finishes all her moves. She loved the both of them.

 

Routine #9
Who: Tiffany and Cyrus       
Style and Choreographer: Broadway with Spencer Liff
Rehearsal: It’s about a teenage daughter and her boyfriend who are left home alone. Apparently there’s a lot of touching, so says Tiffany.
Song: “Treat Me Rough (Crazy Girl)” by Debbie Gravitte
Performance: You know, it was cute. Tiffany is a good little actress. Honestly she had my attention the whole time. It was fun, and cute, and it had a lot of personality. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Christina thought it was a lot of fun. Nigel thanks god he has two sons because he’d never let his daughter come on the show. Tiffany is the girl next door and Cyrus is inspirational. Mary’s voice reaches that high pitch. You know what I’m talking about.

 

 

The Solos

Solo #1
Who: Witney
Song: “Malguena” by Brian Setzer
Performance:  Whoever picked Witney’s outfit got it just right, but unfortunately, there was something a bit off about the solo. I see what she was trying to do with it, but it had no crescendo and it seemed like it ended a bit incomplete. There were like 5 seconds left when she ended, it was a little strange.
Grade: C+

Solo #2
Who: Chehon
Song: “Way Back Home”, by District 78
Performance: So…I may be a bit biased for Chehon after seeing that package with his mother telling him, “You are the most wonderful child there is.” Her words were just so sweet and delicate. As for his solo, he wasted a few precious seconds in the beginning there, but this solo was much more dramatic and hard hitting. He leaps higher than any contestant on the show right now and he had some great tricks. I still think last week’s solo was the best I’ve ever seen.
Grade: B+

Solo #3
Who: Tiffany
Song: “Just the Way You Are” by Carmen Reece
Performance:  I really liked this solo, it was really beautiful and not at all your typical contemporary routine. Less reaching more dancing. And honestly I feel like Tiffany is one Jeanine Mason Dark Horse moment away from winning this whole competition.
Grade: A-

Solo #4
Who: Cole
Song: “Night Of The Wolf”, by Nox Arcana
Performance: Interesting. Dramatic. Captivating. Like usual.
Grade: B

 

Solo #5
Who: Eliana
Song: “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie
Performance: I love when she does ballet things without wearing the actual shoes, like dancing on her tipey toes. That front flip was amazing. My favorite solo of the night. (It helps I love that song)
Grade: A

Solo #6
Who: Cyrus
Song: “Harem” by Sarah Brightman
Performance:  I love the way Cyrus uses every beat and facet to the song he dances to. He really is like no one else. Everything is so clean and intricate, I just wish he could have brought that to the other genres.
Grade: B+

 

Eliminations
I’m pretty sure Cyrus and Eliana are safe. They are America favorites. I predict it will be Chehon and Witney going home. But I hope hope hope not Chehon. My Wish for the Top 4 are Eliana, Tiffany, Chehon and Cole. However, the top 4 are revealed to be: Tiffany, Eliana, Chehon and Cyrus which means the eliminated two are Witney and Cole. I knew there was no way Cyrus was going to be voted off but I’m sad to see Cole go. Witney was in the bottom so many times and the judges saved her a lot so it was obvious she was going home, but Cole had an incredible night tonight.

 

Top 3 Routines

  1. Eliana and Cole – Contemporary
  2. Chehon and Kathryn – Contemporary
  3. Tiffany and Benji – Jive

 

Random Thoughts

  • The costumers on this show are amazing. They are so good at distressing dresses. Allison’s wedding dress last week and Witney’s dress this week? Gorgeous.
  • Mary calls Witney Lindsey – whoops.
  • I saw a bunch of camera marks on stage during Cole and Eliana’s performance. Never noticed them before.
  • Love Eliana jumping up and down for Chehon. Chehon was genuinely surprised.

 

Quotes

“Put her down Benji, you’re going to hurt her.” – Cat to Benji about Tiffany

“Those cartwheels, how the hell did you hang on there?” Cat to Tiffany

“What do they say on Idol, ‘You could sing the phonebook’? What would be the equivalent to that? You could dance YMCA in front of me for hours and I’d be okay with that.” Christina Applegate to Eliana.

Witney: “My Dad is waiting in Utah with a shotgun and a bat.”

Marko: “Did you say shotgun and a bat? Um…”

“I want to play a game where I just throw pens through your ears.” I love you Christina. We should be best friends.

“Cyrus is definitely in his ‘comfort’ zone.” There’s something dirty in there. I know it.

“It’s so fast and you’re so adorable and we want this so much for you.” Mary to Chehon

 

Final Thoughts
Well America got it mostly right, I’m so glad my favorites Eliana and Chehon made it to the final four. I have a feeling Eliana will take home the gold. Fingers crossed. She had an amazing night and I’ve already watched Mia Michael’s piece 4 times. I’m going to go watch it again, in the meantime, did your favorite make it to the final four? What were your favorites routine?

 

 

Today’s episode had a lot of ups, and one major downer. We finally got to know more about our dancers which I almost feel was a little too late. But that didn’t stop me from tearing up at key moments throughout the episode.

 

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 9
Top 8 Perform / 2 Eliminated

We start the show with a lovely Top 8 routine to the song, “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid. Cat introduces the choreographer as Peter Chu, but I heard it as Peeta Chu and immediately started looking for Josh Hutcherson, but instead just saw an Asian guy. The guest judge this week is Jesse Tyler Ferguson, by far my favorite guest judge of past seasons. Yes, even more than Neil Patrick Harris. Jesse is always good for quotes, and man there were many this episode.

Cat’s dress is so adorable this episode and really her entire outfit works today. Tim Gunn would be proud. Today’s performances were all great. We got to know more about the dancers, there were moments to cry to, and it was overall a great night. Too bad the eliminations were not so fun. But first lets continue with the performances as if I don’t know who’s going to be voted off…and GO!

 

The Routines

Routine #1
Who: Witney and All-Star Twitch
Style and Choreographer: Hip Hop with Luther Brown
Rehearsal: What is Ratchet? Wratchet? Witney doesn’t know. No one knows.
Song: “My Homies Still” by Lil Wayne
Performance:  I didn’t think it was possible, but I barely even noticed Twitch in this routine…and I LOVE Twitch. But Witney, girl, I could not take my eyes off of her! She was really into it, hitting every note really hard. She seemed to get a little tired and winded near the end but she killed it. Sure at times it looked and felt awkward. For lack of a better phrase there were times she felt like a “white girl” doing hip-hop. But I really admire what she did here. Plus she’s just so damn cute. I also have to give it up for the choreography. It was so sassy and dirty, and just different. Yay for new choreographers! Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Nigel, after throwing out some probably offensive gang signs, says she brought it. It’s like he has been waiting for this performance the whole season. (And I know what he means). Mary thought Witney had it all. She loved Witney’s musicality. JTF takes a few digs at the Ballet Boyz which is awesome, and demonstrates to us how he waits for the bus. Then he says Witney is brilliant.

Routine #2
Who: Cole and All Star Allison Holker
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Sonya Tayeh
Rehearsal: This couple excites me. They both throw themselves into their character and Sonya is just the woman to bring out all their quirkiness. Cole is supposed to be a soul-less sadistic man, and Allison plays a desperate woman vying for his heart.
Song: “Possibly, Maybe” by Bjork
Performance: Wow. Just Wow. This piece had so many wow moments for me. It was crazy amazing. It was just seriously everything I hoped it would be. These two dancers are such great performers you could just see on their faces how immersed in the routine they were. I mean Allison had to get herself together at the end there. Wow Moments: Cole pushes Allison down his leg, she grabs on, sticking her legs out like a doll and he lifts her with one leg. He lifts her up with one arm. The upside down sequence, when Cole comes at Allison as she’s crawling away. That ending. Wow, just Wow. Rating 10/10. Yeah you read me. 10 baby. Now I’m gonna watch it again.
The Judging: Jesse calls Sonya a sick demented woman, with love. He calls Allison one of the greatest actresses of the show. He says the routine was so intense he’s shaking. Mary calls this routine the best Allison has ever done on the show. She calls Cole creepy, scary, and memorable. Nigel says it was quirky and scary and Cole brings that anyway to the competition. He is unique. He also says, Allison is so strong in her dancing, it’s hard to find someone who can match her level because she overshadows them always (I agree). However, for Sonya, Cole was the strongest partner Allison has ever had. Wow. That is a great compliment.

Routine #3
Who: Eliana with All Star Ryan
Style and Choreographer: Quickstep with Jonathan Roberts
Rehearsal: Eliana is a bored housewife who wants his attention. You guys, I don’t remember Ryan…is that bad? That is bad. Wait, was he on that season where there was a husband and wife dancing. Let me go look it up. Yes, I think that’s him, from Season 6, he was a ballroom dancer, so that would make sense. (Turns out there are a lot of Ryan’s in SYTYCD history). Carrying on…
Song: “That Man” by Caro Emerald
Performance:  I first heard this song on a boat in Spain and every time I hear it, it takes me back there. But that’s another story. The quickstep has always been the kiss of death on this show. I felt like there was something off with the routine, like it should have been faster in some parts. Those tricks were AMAZING though. I’m glad they weren’t shown during the rehearsal package because I was really surprised by them. Though I love Eliana, the quickstep could have been quicker. Rating: 7.5/10 but I blame the routine, not the dancer because I love Eliana.
The Judging: Mary calls Eliana spectacular. She says be careful of locking your arms and some other helpful things. She also points out the “waterfall” trick as she calls it. Jesse says, “Holy smokies, Lord Have Murphy!” I love you JTF. He also brings up her love of pole dancing. I love you EVEN more JTF. He calls her range and accessibility extraordinary. Nigel calls her top line the best he’s ever seen in a non-ballroom dancer. He says this show was created for her. She’s remarkable. (And HUMBLE, Nigel.)

Routine #4
Who: Lindsey with All Star Alex Freaking Wong
Style and Choreographer: Jazz with Sonya Tayeh
Rehearsal: The routine is about sexual tension.
Song: “Somebody that I Used To Know” by Goyte
Performance:  Alex has such great lines and he out danced Lindsey. Sure she may have had a bit more to do than he (except for those insane pirouettes!) but she had too much control. If the routine was supposed to be sexy and sultry, I didn’t get that. Alex let himself go a bit more and he tried to connect with her. I still believe if he had not been injured he would have won his season. The routine was great, but Lindsey didn’t live up to it. Also, I just got a look at what Lindsey is wearing. Honey, who dressed you? Rating 7/10
The Judging: Nigel thought everything technical was great, but he didn’t feel the sexual tension (I agree NIGEL!) He says Lindsey has the ability to be a great dancer if she can add on that second layer. Mary says the dancing is great and the partnership is fantastic, but it was missing the emotional element. Jesse is in Fan Boy Heaven with Allison and Twitch. He felt technically they were at 100 percent, but emotionally they were only at a 70 percent.

Routine #5
Who: Will with All Star Lauren (Ugh, her again?)
Style and Choreographer: Hip Hop with Christopher Scott
Rehearsal: Will doing Hip Hop. This should be interesting. Concept: Will has a lot of problems and has to dance his pain away. Will wants to show more of his serious side. Lauren represents his pain.
Song: “Dance My Pain Away” by Wye Oak.
Performance:  This might just be my favorite Christopher Scott routine. It was almost like a solo. You didn’t even need Lauren. (Sorry, I don’t know why I don’t like her). But the moments they dance in sync were actually pretty great. I thought Will did a great job. He showed so much emotion and was the good leading man for this story. I love all the intricate finger movements he did. I love the jumping on the couch section (Tom Cruise reference not included). It was great. Will has incredible musicality and he hit everything strong when he needed to, and soft when he needed to. He also danced with a lot of maturity, which I appreciate. I like this more serious side of Will. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Mary loved the routine. She thought it was intriguing. She thought Will was precise at articulate and he was tight and perfect. Jesse calls Will an adorable puppy. He feels like Will plays that up sometime. He also mentions the “dance saved my life comment.” Nigel thought Will contained his cheesiness. He loved the concept and thought Will did a great job.

Routine #6
Who: Cyrus with All Star Melanie Moore (Last Season Winner)
Style and Choreographer: Jazz with Mandy Moore
Rehearsal: It’s about two cool people strutting themselves through town. Cyrus has his work cut out for him.
Song: “Badder Badder Schwig”, Freddy Fresh feat. Fatboy Slim.
Performance:  Our 2011 favorite Ginnifer Goodwin, I mean, Melanie Moore is back. Melanie pulls her face too much doing this scrunchie pouty face and I find it distracting. Then I realize it’s because Cyrus isn’t really doing anything, but to his credit, it looks like he’s having a lot of fun. Minus the fists, I don’t really find it jazzy. It’s overall just a strange routine. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Jesse says Cyrus’ charisma and uniqueness will be memorable. Nigel calls him a people magnet. When Nigel realizes Cyrus doesn’t know who Bob Fossi is, he tells him he needs to do his homework. Start watching those Youtube videos Cyrus. Mary says though everything wasn’t perfect, he’s always dancing out of his own style. He blows her mind.

Routine #7
Who: Chehon with (the OG Hot Tamale) All Star Anya
Style and Choreographer:  Tango with choreographers who apparently shall not be named. (**Spoiler Alert** Edith and Leonardo their names)
Rehearsal: Chehon was confident going into it. Until he found out the Tango wasn’t all he thought it was. Anyone catch who the choreographers were?
Song: “Breathing Below Surface” by Jesse Cook
Performance:  I love that he gets his own solo moment in the beginning. I feel like he needs to get lower to the ground more and arch his back. His upper body is too tight…sorry I lost my train of thought. He does this lift where Anya is like floating and I’ve seem to have lost my train of thought again. The final trick though he does so seamlessly and all of the sudden the routine is over. How did that happen? I was completely mesmerized. Cat mentions how the audience was spellbound by that routine and the judges are standing up. Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Mary is excited. She said it was amazing and her favorite number of the night. If Mary liked it, then you know it’s good. She’s the expert. She puts him on the train. And really, it’s been a while since she’s done that. Nigel thought the lines were beautiful and classical. He said all of Chehon’s strengths were highlight in the routine and they had a fantastic connection.

Routine #8
Who: Tiffany and All Star Ade
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Mandy Moore
Rehearsal: Tiffany needs to…not sing. And I think Cat’s mic was left on because we can hear her laughing after the clip package. Adorable.
Song: “The Power Of Love” by Celine Dion
Performance:  First of all, Tiffany’s body is sic! It’s so sick is what it is. Second of all Ade’s partnering is so strong, so strong, I never knew when a lift was coming but when it did, it took my breath away. He didn’t have to work for it, it was as if Tiffany were an extension of him. That move where she jumped into his arms and he lift her up so she was over his shoulders was so seamless, I had to rewind it. The strength it must take to do that. And Tiffany was dancing her heart out. She was working for it. Even though she’s utterly forgettable, I think I will remember her after this routine. Rating: 8.5/10
The Judging: JTF calls the routine insane and the lifts amazing. Mary thinks Tiffany is extraordinary. She calls this routine her best performance of the season (which I agree). She praises Mandy Moore and I agree. This was one of her best routines. Mandy Moore really out did herself. She also calls Tiffany special, and tears up. Nigel takes Cat’s quote regarding one direction. Really Nigel? Really?

 

The Solos
This time around, everyone got a little intro package and everyone got a solo. Finally we get a chance to know these dancers better!

Solo #1
Who: Tiffany
Song: “I Was Here” by Glee Cast
Performance:  It felt like your typical contemporary routine. A lot of reach back to her body into a fist. A lot of kicking one leg up (What is that called ?A ronde?). She’s cute, and I feel like I got to know her a bit better from her package. She’s really close with her sister, but I also feel like it’s too little too late. She’s completely forgettable. Grade: B-

Solo #2
Who: Will
Song: “Better Man” by James Morrison
Performance: See I wish we had these “get to know you” clips earlier in the show. Will’s piece was utterly serious and I totally and completely related him. Plus when a crying Mom utters the words, “My son said, ‘Mom, I think dance saved my life,’” You can’t help but feel like you know this kid and you just want to hug him. I know exactly how he feels. But on to his dancing. I feel like he was dancing this peace for his mother. That last look, killed me. It was void of his cheesy face pulling and he was just dancing out there, showing us how long and limber he is. He danced like a man. Grade: A-

Solo #3
Who: Lindsey
Song: “Senorita”, by Bond
Performance: Her routine is strong. It’s dramatic and shows a different side of her. I enjoyed it. Also, she’s so lean. She’s so tiny, if that makes sense. Grade: B

Solo #4
Who: Chehon
Song: “On the Nature of Daylight”, by Max Richter
Performance: Damn. Chehon may be the best soloist this show has ever EVER seen, and this one took the cake. This was the most amazing solo I’ve ever seen. So much emotion. Such strength, such techniques. There were many many moments that took my breath AWAY. And to top it all off, it was introduced by this touching package about how Chehon is adopted and has been separated from his adopted parents for a while so it’s hard for them to see him dance. Cut to end of the solo and we see his Mom in the audience. Tears people. Tears. God, I love this show. Grade: A

Solo #5
Who: Witney
Song: “Where Have You Been” by Rhianna
Performance: First of all, best thing from her “junket” as JTF calls it. Witney’s Dad saying: “It’s hard to be a dad with an 18 year old daughter who’s a dancer.” Witney wastes precious seconds of her solo walking up from the audience and does things in her solo her father would not approve of. Also, I LOVE her red shoes. Grade: B-

Solo #6
Who: Cole
Song: “Arise” by E.S. Posthumus
Performance: Cole joined martial arts because he was bullied as a kid for being a social outcast.  You know what? Social outcasts, weirdo’s make the best dancers because you have so much to pull from when you dance. And I always find myself appealing more toward the weird quirky dancers rather then the cutesy pretty dancers. Thank God he fused martial arts into his routines because his solos are always great. Grade: B+

Solo #7
Who: Eliana
Song: “Infra 8” by Max Richter
Performance: Eliana looks exquisite with her black Tutu and pink ballet slippers. Whenever anyone breaks out those toe shoes, I am in complete awe. The strength it has to take…I’m immediately captivated by her solo and it’s over too too soon. Girls got legs man. And her slow pirouette reminded me of a music box. Grade: A

Solo #8
Who: Cyrus
Song: “Existence (VIP)” by Excision and Downlink
Performance: Even though I don’t think he’s as great in other genre’s as everyone thinks he is. He is FANTASTIC in what he does. I could watch his solos forever. But seriously, what’s up with the camerawork? Cutting off his feet like that? Seriously! This is a dance show! Show us dancing! Grade: A-

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The Bottom Four
After that great routine with Tiffany, it really brings the momentum down bringing everyone up for elimination time. Yuck! Lindsey and Witney are in the bottom two. The two best friends go against each other. Aaahh…drama drama drama, but I agree with America’s decision to put the two of them in the bottom. Will and Cole are in the bottom…which is surprising considering the amount of times I voted for Will…COME ON! To make matters worth, both these guys had AMAZING routines this week. Can Cyrus go home pretty please? I’m relieved Chehon is safe though. My prediction for who’s going home?  Lindsey and Cole are going home….

Eliminations
Witney says it is déjà vu that both the best friends are standing there. The judges save Witney and I think Lindsey knew it. It’s sad to see her go, but I wish she let go a bit more. As for the guys…Will is voted off. Cole is safe and. I. Am. Crushed. I am crushed!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Big, big big mistake. Big mistake. Cat says if I didn’t want him to go I should have voted. I DID VOTE, Cat. I did. Ugh. I can’t believe Will is gone. This makes me sad.

 

Routine Preferences

  1. Cole and Allison
  2. Will and Lauren
  3. Witney and Twitch
  4. Tiffany and Ade
  5. Chehon and Anya
  6. Eliana and Ryan
  7. Lindsay and Alex
  8. Cyrus and Melanie

Top 3 Solos

  1. Chehon
  2. Cyrus
  3. Eliana

Random Thoughts

  • JTF showed us a card telling us the producers gave him the names of the performers so he’d know who they were. Um…where was that card when the Ballet Boyzzzz were judging? Yes, I still can’t get over that people!
  • After Will’s solo they showed his father beating his chest out of love, when Cat pointed out his parents to him. Adorable!
  • Chehon has always been a man, a grown up, so mature, but when he was crying today because his Mom was here. He felt like such a little boy. And I loved it.
  • I love it when SYTYCD can make me cry.
  • Jesse called “ganchos” (a tango move), nachos. Love it.
  • Jesse does his own version of the robot after Cyrus’ routine. Hilarious!
  • Did Cat just quote One Direction? Perfect…until Nigel takes her thunder by repeating the comment. (I won’t repeat it because it was awful both times)
  • Allison Holker’s dress in her routine was SO ADORABLE. I’m hearing it was a vintage wedding dress.
  • Immediately after Cole and Allison’s routine, Cat softly said, “Oh Cole,” but it was so hauntingly soft as if she had just found her four year old son with a severed birds head in his hand.

Quotes

“You’re not trying to be street over there are you?” – Cat to Nigel

“Do all 18 year old young morman girls dance like this?” – Nigel

“How you did it in those diaper pants, I’ll never know.” – JTF to Witney

“See how I can just sneak in here and hug you and it’s all fine?” – Cat to Will after his solo.

“Thank goodness I know you’re such a nice guy because you’re going to be in my nightmares” – Cat to Cole

JTF: I’m shaking and I need a cocktail.
Cat: We can sort that out for you.

“I feel like I know you, and I don’t, and I know that that’s weird…and creepy, but I love you.” JTF to Eliana.

“Creepy is the understatement of the century.” – Cat

Cat: I have never see you jump so high or try so hard why would that be?
Chehon: Because my Mom is here

“Will you are an adorable puppy covered in puppies, with stickers all over you that say ‘adorable puppy’, wearing a hat with puppies on it.” – JTF

“I don’t think you’re cheesy at all. I think you’re a loveable puppy.” – Cat to Will.

Witney’s Mom: He doesn’t like the hot tamale thing so much.
Witney’s Dad: No I don’t.

“It’s fists, fists! I was very confused.” – Cat

“That was gorgeous. There are going to be tons of little girls going Mommy I want to be a ballet dancer after watching that.” – GIVE CAT HER EMMY ALREADY!

Will: I dance because I have to.

“You’re laughing like a girl.” – Cat to Cyrus

 

Final Thoughts

Well one more week to go until we meet our top 4. My votes are for Witney, Eliana, Chehon and Cole, but chances are Cyrus will be there. America loves him more than I do. I’m so disappointed Will was voted off. This blows. Especially since he killed it this week. What do you think of this week? Do you agree with who was voted off? Are you as infatuated with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as I am? Do you wish he was the permanent fourth judge?

 

 

 

 

 

All Stars are back y’all! And I could not BE more excited! (Did you have Chandler’s voice in your head when you read that? Because I had his voice in my head when I wrote it.) Hopefully these All Stars will ignite some much needed fire into our season 9 dancers.

So You Think You Can Dance
Season 9

Top 10 Perform avec All Stars

 

The show opens with The Top 10 Performance. It’s Broadway. Hey, is that Tyce out there dancing? Where’s Cole? Ruh-Roh. Someone got injured. I’m worried. Cole comes out at the end. What happened? Cat calls him slightly injured, hopefully he’s able to perform tonight (Spoiler alert: he is!) 

Guest judge for today is Ben Millepeid, otherwise known as Natalie Portman’s new hubby. He’s also a ballet dancer, so he knows a lot about dancing. Then again supposedly so did the Ballet Boyz. Let’s hope Natalie Portman’s New Hubby did his homework.

Cat tells us there are only 3 weeks left till the finale. Really? I thought we’d have more time. But there’s No time! There’s never any time! Because it’s time for the Top 10 performances with some of our favorite All Stars. I’m so excited. I’m so scared!


Routine #1

Who: Tiffany with All Star Brandon (from Season 5)
Style and Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez, Disco
Rehearsal: They talk about all the lifts (there’s 11) and I’m excited. I love lifts! And SYTYCD has had some awesome disco routines.
Song: “You Make Me Feel” by Cobra Starship feat. Sabi (Disco Remix)
Performance: Okay, I can’t help thinking of Tiffany as a little pageant girl with that sparkly outfit, her high Texas-style hair, and her cheesy face pulling. But then she does this awesome move where she leaps into splits grabbing one foot as Brandon catches her and spins her around and I forget all about that…for a while. They do a lot of lifts, and perform most of them seamlessly. There are a few lifts where you can see them struggling, but for the most part they pulled it off. (I say as I sit on my couch debating whether or not I have the energy to get up and get a glass of water.) Grade: 7/10
The Judging: Mary and Nigel think they had a great connection, though Nigel can’t judge the dancing since Tiffany’s feet was barely on the ground. Mary thought Audrey held her own against Brandon and Benjamin was impressed by their ability to maintain their energy throughout.

Routine #2
Who:  Witney and Nick Lazzarini (Season 1 Winner)
Style and Choreographer: Jazz with Travis Wall
Rehearsal: They are ghosts, which explains Nick’s zombie make up, haunting an abandoned lounge. This routine will allow Witney to bring out the “ballroom” and be sexy.
Song: “Sing It Back” by Moloko
Performance: I can always find things to like about Travis Wall’s routines, even when he has pieces that I’m not that big of a fan of. I liked this piece, but I felt like Witney was weak. There was no connection between her and Nick and I feel like she almost brought too much “ballroom” to her face with all the dramatic inhaling and not enough to her dancing. Nick’s moves were fluid where she was more angled and sharp (if that makes sense). There was a move where they both collapsed into each other and she does this kick off him before they fall to the ground that was pretty amazing. But overall, it wasn’t haunting enough. I felt like it could have been sexier and sadder. I’m mean they’re ghosts right? Rating: 7.5/10
The Judging: Benjamin loved the release and tension. He said it was fun to watch. Nigel felt she was committed and sexy. Mary says “Lord have Murphy!” Someone is on the crazy train and I love it!


Routine #3

Who:  Cole and All-Star Anya (from Season 3)
Style and Choreographer: Cha-Cha by Dimtry Chaplin
Rehearsal: That was Dimtry I saw in the audience next to Travis! God he’s hot! But I digress. This rehearsal is kicking Anya’s butt, which means it’s difficult because Anya is a rock star. Cole wants to make the hot tamale train. Can he do it? He has an open shirt on so there’s a good chance.
Song: “Glad You Came” by The Wanted
Performance: Anya tries to make him look good, but it feels a bit AWKWARD. Not awkward, but like he’s trying too hard. I feel like he needs to bend his knees more. He’s trying his hardest, but maybe being “slightly injured” is hurting him. There was a move where he kicked his leg at Anya and she caught it bent back. At the end of the routine, I see my boy Matthew in the audience. He should be up there. Grade: 5/10
The Judging: Mary says his moves were clean, but his feet are a bit sloppy and the chemistry was not very believable. For Benjamin, Cole needed to show more variety in his movements. Nigel said he was trying to connect with the audience more than he was with Anya, but that it wasn’t bad for his first cha-cha.

Lindsay Arnold and Jakob Karr Broadway So You Think You Can DanceRoutine #4
Who:   Lindsey with All Star Jacob (Season 6)
Style and Choreographer: Broadway with Spencer Liff
Rehearsal: Jacob is Lindsey’s shadow, but they can’t see each other. I’m very intrigued. If they can pull it off, this could be amazing.
Song: “Dancing Dan (Me and My Shadow)” by Fosse Original Soundtrack
Performance: It’s cool, but the whole time I’m just thinking how good Jacob is. I mean boy is really, really good. He looks so agile and flexible, while she looked stiff. The shadow sequence was pretty darn cool. I thought the timing worked well, but overall the energy level was a bit off. Maybe it was too simple? (I say as I still have not been able to get off the couch to get that glass of water). This felt more like Jazz than Broadway. Rating: 7/10
The Judging:  Nigel calls Jacob’s feet fantastic. He’s such a neat dancer. He calls her magnificent, which I disagree. Jacob overshadowed her, figuratively and literally! He says she needs more extension (that I agree with). Mary puts Lindsey on the hot tamale train. (Really she hasn’t even broken a sweat!) Benjamin says Lindsey executed it well and was on top of the beat.

 

Routine #5

Who:  Will and All Star Kathryn (Season 6)
Style and Choreographer: Bollywood with Nakul
Rehearsal: Kathryn is a snake, Will is her charmer. And he’s enamored with Kathryn. Will is doing Bollywood, guys. I can hardly contain myself. This is going to be great! Hopefully.
Song:” Ooh La La”, by The Dirty Picture Soundtrack
Performance: Will is so awkward. And I mean that in a totally awesome, endearing way. He looks like one of those guys that have absolutely no rhythm but you know when you get him to the club you will have the best time dancing with him because he doesn’t have a care in the world. Only, Will has rhythm. He’s a big, loveable, dancing teddy bear, that I can’t help smiling goofily at. I wish Kathryn were smiling a bit more because Will just looks like he’s having so much damn fun. But she’s a snake and snakes can’t smile. Right? Anyway, as for technique, dare I say Will was out dancing Kathryn? He just had so much energy but he took every movement seriously. Their chemistry was spot on. Despite a few awkward moments, they more than pulled it off. Rating: 9/10.
The Judging: Mary mentions Step Up 4, as she should. Mary calls Will the most likeable guy of the competition. Ben says Will has a unique style. He took advantage of expressing himself throughout the routine. Nigel says such great things to Will I have to give the whole quote: “Will there are times when I want to say to you just calm down a little bit. Take things a bit more seriously. But then I think oh shut up Nigel, because what you do is bring personality to everything you do and that is a blessing in itself.” (Sweet.)


Routine #6

Who:   Cyrus with All Star Jaimie (Season 3)
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Travis Wall
Rehearsal: The world has ending and Cyrus and Jaimie are the only survivors. The story is epic, the partnering is major. I’m interested and excited to see Cyrus pull it off. Let’s hope all the saving the producers did for Cyrus that he lives up to it. This could be his breakthrough moment, or a big disaster. I want to be blown away.
Song: “Outro” by M83
Performance: There was some very striking imagery in this piece. The beginning and ending were so dramatic with images that were everlasting. The routine, or rather the choreography was amazing. Travis out did himself, but I couldn’t help thinking, I really wish Allison Holker and Twitch were performing this piece. Honestly, Allison would have KILLED. Not to say Jaimie didn’t do a good job. There was this move where Jaimie brought Cryus to her with just one leg that was pretty cool, but Cyrus didn’t do much dancing. He did a lot of carrying, a lot of lifting, and he had one leap where he jumped in the air and brought his legs together, but it wasn’t fluid enough. I feel like he wasn’t dancing with enough confidence or hitting all of Travis’ lines. However, he did better than I expected.  He dances with a lot of humility and he’s very likeable. Rating: 8/10
The Judging: Benjamin says Cyrus has compelling raw energy that is very exciting. Nigel says a lot of things, complementing a lot of people, but he basically says Cyrus with a lot of help, did great in this routine. Mary says Travis didn’t hold back and really challenged him. He had great transitions and reminds me these dancers only have a few hours really to work on the routine. It’s true. And now I feel bad. I’m going to get my water….

Routine #7
Who:   Chehon and Lauren (Season 3)
Style and Choreographer: Lyrical Hip Hop with Dave Scott
Rehearsal: Chehon is neeeervous.
Song: “Pretty Things” by Maxwell
Performance: Chehon really just let it all loose. You know he said time and time again he went on this show to learn other dance styles and really to just let himself go and see what else is out there. And I think, with this routine, he’s finally doing that. He still had such a joyous smile on his face, but he was able to break himself down and not be so stiff and controlled. He just danced and it was lovely to watch. I’m not a big fan of Lauren. Personally I think she showboats a lot and she’s too smiley, but I feel like she brought something out of Chehon. She kind of took the lead and she brought something new out of him. It was a great routine, with a lot of isolations, something Cryus would have killed in. I think, the fact he was nervous, the fact it was new, he had no choice but to let it all go. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Nigel –  “I’ve gotta thank Dave because he’s sort of taken that stick out of you.” (OH NIGEL! Cringe That was mean. It’s not a stick. It’s control!) Nigel said it was warmer, and lovely to see that smile on his face. Mary said it could have been funkier, but that Chehon accomplished a lot. Benjamin (who says “and all that” a lot) says he brought a lot of looseness to the routine and that he is very charismatic.


Routine #8

Who:   George with All-Star Allison (from Season 2)
Style and Choreographer: Broadway with Tyce D
Rehearsal: Something about a train. Something about Paris. George is distracted by Allison. Tyce says the phrase “breaking all the rules” mixed with the word “raunchy” and I black out.
Song: “Bahamut” by Hazmat Modine
Performance: George has a lot of control, whereas Allison just dances with abandon. Even when he scissors his head with her legs, he still can’t let go. Then near the end of the routine something just changes and he starts acting more and letting the music move him. Strong routine, great dancing, but George needs more personality. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Mary though the routine was a lot of fun as Allison looks for her friends in the crowd. Benjamin calls George and amazing mover and that he has a good connection with Allison. Nigel is not as big a fan of it as everyone else. He says George has good technique, but he didn’t bring enough character into it (I agree). He wasn’t raunchy enough. I think Nigel just likes the word raunchy and the crowd seems to agree as Mary has to FORCE them to BOO Nigel.


Routine #9

Who:  Eliana with All Star Alex Wong (Season 7)
Style and Choreographer: Contemporary with Stacey Tookey
Rehearsal: I’ve died and gone to heaven. Alex Wong is back. Speak of the devil. Two ballet dancers dancing contemporary? I would have LOVED to see them do a Pas De Deux with Desmond Richardson. What a missed opportunity. But that’s okay. I’m glad to have Alex back and glad Eliana is being partnered with someone besides Cyrus. This routine is about an on and off again relationship. Stacey wants Eliana to be less perfect.
Song: “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra.
Performance: Oh. My. God. She is fantastic. There’s something about this music and the slow dancing that just captivated me. I was mesmerized. Holding my breath practically. Eliana danced so gracefully slowly stretching all her limbs and muscles. I love the way she crumpled her legs to the music “bang, bang”. I would kill for her feet. Finally we got to see her dance, forreal. And Alex – it was just a joy to have him back. He has so much strength, and he has so much emotion in his face. Eliana needed a bit of that on her face. But really, overall, the performance was fantastic I could have watched 10 more minutes of that. Rating: 9/10
The Judging: Cat calls it kind of amazing. That’s how you know it’s great, when Cat says it first. And the judges, slowly get to their feet. It’s about damn time. Nigel says Eliana has great maturity in movement and is has favorite girl (Really Nigel? I thought that was Lindsey). Mary is talking in this high pitched voice, which is how we know she likes it. She calls Eliana the perfect tiramisu: a lot of layers and delicious. Benjamin says it was very passionate and everyone felt it.

Routine #10
Who:  Audrey with All Star Twitch (Season 4)
Style and Choreographer: Hip Hop with David Scott
Rehearsal: It’s about a 400 year old couple who love and hate each other. Audrey is scared and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Twitch thinks all she needs to do is just let go.
Song: “Sincerely, Jane” by Janelle Monae
Performance: Audrey is too cutesy for this routine. She and Tiffany have the exact sae problem. Also Twitch is so dynamic and has so much personality. He over shadowed her. There were some moments she got down, and hit those hip hop beats, but she wasn’t on the same energy level as Twitch. It’s like they were dancing too different routines. That ending was cute. Rating: 7/10
The Judging: Benjamin says Twitch took over. He wanted more from her.  Mary was engaged, she says she held her own. Nigel wanted more character from Audrey and wished she was crazier.

 

The Bottom Four

It’s time for the bottom 4. I hate this part. In the DANGER ZONE is: Witney and Audrey. I’m pretty surprised by Witney honestly. I have a feeling its Audrey going home. The bottom boys are: Chehon and George. George is going home. Chehon can’t go home. He did so well today, and I really like him. It’s George’s time after being in the bottom so many times. (PS: I’m glad my favs Will and Eliana are safe).

 

The Solos

Solo #1: Witney
Song: “You’ll Find A Way” by Santigold
Performance: Like the dress, don’t like the song. Yuck. There’s no denying Witney isn’t sexy, I wish she brought what she’s bringing now to her earlier routine. Girl’s gotta be safe though. Less stripper moves, more depth please. Grade: C+

Solo #2: Audrey
Song: “And I Am Telling You” by Jennifer Holliday.
Performance: Really, any other version of this song besides Jennifer Hudson should never be played. But that rant is for another day…He routine shows a lot of technique and it crescendos perfectly. She really did dance for her life I think, more than Witney. And the song was fitting. She’s telling you she’s not going Nigel. Will you listen? Grade: A-

Solo #3: Chehon
Song: “Til Enda” by Olafur Arnalds
Performance: He shows so much height and power, and he does this cool leap that lands into a one legged pirouette of sorts. He showed a lot of control and also a bit of reckless abandon he learned. Amazing! This IS dancing for his life and if he goes home after this routine the judges are CRAZY! Grade: A-

Solo #4: George
Song: “Brotsjor” by Olafur Arnalds
Performance: Can’t help noticing this dude is being used a lot for solos. But I’m digging it and George is really showing his musicality. It’s very modern. And he does this cool roll from the floor into a handstand. Whoa. Grade: A-

 

Eliminations

The judges are not unanimous. They save Witney and Audrey knows it. I think Witney knows it too, but her reaction… “reaction” did not seem genuine. We are reminded of Witney’s neck farts (Yay) and the fact she sleeps in glasses and a retained (Yuck). Audrey is crying, but hopefully Matthew will comfort “comfort” her later. As for the boys, Nigel calls George’s solo, the greatest he’s danced. I agree. He talks about how they both have trouble connecting with the audience. They save Chehon and he seemed sincerely worried. I think George knew it was time though. The judges (and choreographers as Nigel reminds us) got it right this time. *Whew*

 

Routine Preferences

  1. Eliana and Alex – Contemporary
  2. Will and Kathryn – Bollywood
  3. Chehon and Lauren – Lyrical Hip Hop
  4. Tiffany and Brandon – Disco
  5. Cyrus and Jamie – Contemporary
  6. George and Allison – Broadway
  7. Witney and Nick – Jazz
  8. Lindsey and Jacob – Broadway
  9. Cole and Anya – Cha-Cha
  10. Audrey and Twitch – Hip Hop

Random Thoughts

  • Love the way Will rubs Kathryn’s back and gives her a little supportive kiss on the forehead during judging.
  • Anyone notice Benjamin’s fake standing O for Eliana and Alex’s routine. He was off in his own world till he noticed Nigel and Mary standing, then he stood with a cheesy grin on his face. Not. Subtle. At. All. Natalie Portman’s Husband.
  • Cat mentions the Ballet boys calling Twitch Titch. Adorbs.
  • Love how Kathryn and Twitch are so humble and grateful for everything the show has done for their careers. DON’T LOVE have Nigel rubs it in. Almost as if he’s saying, “Look how good we are, Ma.”
  • The All Stars come out on stage to say goodbye as well– which is awkward. Lauren is  smiling – which is inappropriate. Sorry peeps, not a fan.

Quotes

  • “Lord Have Murphy!” – Mary
  • “That looked kind of amazing from where I was standing.”
  • “There’s no reason you can’t out do him.” Bejamin about Audrey and Twitch. Best thing he said all night.

 

Well another one bites the dust. I enjoyed this episode much more than the last episode. What was your favorite routine? Who are you voting for? I cast my votes for Will, Chehon, and Eliana. 3 weeks left guys! Can you believe it? Until next week!