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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!!

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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

Top 4 Perform

Our Top 4 comes out in all white and they look AMAZING. I love Jasmine’s pants. Cat is in a flapper dress and I have to say for some strange reason I love it. Even if it makes her look flat-chested and gives her no shape at all, I like it. I can’t explain it. I also want her black oval pinky ring.

The dancers are performing 6 times tonight which is JUST ridiculous to me. I mean I won’t have it any other day, but it makes me feel tired for them already and the show hasn’t even started. Guest Judges today are Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas and I-don’t-know-why, Paula Abdul. Nigel, if you’re going to repeat a judge, can it be Anna Kendrick? Come on dude, THINK!

 

THE ROUTINES

 

Aaron and Amy
Jazz with Choreographer Ray Leeper
First of all I have to say Amy looks pretty damn sexy in that outfit. She looks like she’s wearing nothing but black tattoos but really it’s a flesh colored suit and it’s wonderful to see another side of her. The routine is high energy and fast paced and the dancers do a really great job. It reminds me of something Sonya would do. I love Aaron’s leaps. I feel like his pointed feet have been getting better and better and Amy is looking super sharp. I’m still not a fan of her pulling face, but at least it’s something different from the constant smile. Also, I have to say I feel like when Aaron lifts he gets the girls higher than anyone else can, and not just because he’s tall. The judges like it and think the dancers are super strong. Paula calls Aaron a generous partner. (Song: “Primitive”, by Richard Visson vs Luciana). Rating: B+

 

Jasmine and Fik-Shun
Contemporary with Choreographer Travis Wall
What movie is this song from? I love it. I really do. Travis always has spot-on song choices. That being said this dance was so delicate. I really did feel like I was underwater, just like Travis wanted. The couple floated and moved across the stage and it reminded me of the way jellyfish move, pulsing in and out so gracefully and smooth. Jasmine is such a marvel, manipulating her legs in ways that I just can’t understand. This routine is probably the best Fik-Shun has ever performed in this style. I believed him. From the get-go he was totally immersed in this piece and that starting look on his face was so genuine. I never wanted this routine to end. It was SO gorgeous and the fact that Jasmine is taller than Fik-Shun was NOT even an ISSUE. Travis Wall how do you even EXIST right now!? Everybody loves it. Mary though Jasmine would “eat him alive” but thought he was amazing. The think Jasmine’s lines are perfect and extend beyond forever. (Song: “Spiegel Im Spiegel” by Angela Yoffe and Vadim Gluzman). Rating: A

 

Aaron and All-Star Melinda Sullivan (Season 7)
Tap! With Choreographer Anthony Morigerato
The dancers get to pick their own style as one of their routines and of course Aaron picks Tap. YAY! You know, I’m so used to high energy tap it was a nice change of pace to see the gentler side. And I got the storyline without it having to be explained to me. I also LOVE LOVE that the camera FINALLY stayed on that fancy footwork without going in for distracting close-ups, it was truly about the tap and the intricacies of the footwork. And having to ACT out a story while doing it, while staying on beat, I mean I can barely walk and talk, let alone remotely do what they did! It really was remarkable. Also, I LOVE Melinda’s outfit. She just looks so classy. I want it. Cat gets it right by calling it “modern” and “cool”. It was a nice change of pace having Tap when we see a lot of contemporary, etc. They think Aaron is a great storyteller, even with just a simple “tap” of his foot. (Song: “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno MarsRating: A-

 

Jasmine and All-Star Comfort
Hip Hop with Choreographers Nappy Tabs
Jasmine chooses to dance Hip Hop with Comfort, this should be exciting. I can’t wait to see these two super-cool dancers bust a move! OMFG! It was everything I thought it would be. How in the hell are the judges not standing up for this? These girls straight up killed it. I’ve never really been a fan of Comfort but she’s won me over this season first with that dance with Nico, then the routine with Paul, but this routine just took her to a whole other level! These girls were sexy! They were hitting it hard and they totally looked the part. Absolutely gorgeous. I can’t tell you how much I love this routine, that it was an all-girls routine, and that it was choreographed to this song!   Juuusttt perfect! Love it. Killer. Also, I want Comforts gloves. Nigel gets it right when he says, she chose to dance outside her style to show us she’s great at any style. The judges love it, see her fight, and think she’s a total bad ass. (Song: “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyonce) Rating: A

 

Amy and Fik-Shun
Tango with Choreographers: Miriam and Leonardo
This piece was SO WELL choreographed and the lifts were completely crazy and dramatic! A lot of twisting and turning especially on Amy’s part. It definitely wasn’t perfect as the moments they had to hit their pose they wobbled and slipped. But seriously, if I were in heels like those, I’d be “tippy tumbles all” over the place. It was hardcore and I felt like I was holding my breath in anticipation in some places. Amy was the standout. She’s like dynamite, a slow burn into a bright and loud explosion. The judges agree that while Fik-Shun was not quite strong enough, Amy was sensation and equal to Jasmine. (Song: “Hazardous/Zero Signal” by PP MusicRating: B

 

SOLO: Jasmine
I really love Jasmine’s solos. I always feel like she gives it her all. I’ve totally loved seeing her confidence build in this show. She still seems timid and shy like in the beginning but there’s a definite confidence inside her from where she started. I wish they didn’t have to bring up the whole Cyrus thing. But whatevs. She’s great. Nigel reveals that Jasmine wasn’t originally in the Top 20. WHAT? Is that supposed to make her feel good? Because it comes off as s**tty. I LOVE LOVE that he says that Cat put her foot down and made them put Jasmine off. That’s why we love Cat. (Song: “Ready For Love”  by India.Arie)
Rating: B+

Jasmine and Aaron
Samba with Choreographer Dimitry Chaplin
Aaron always seems to have this extra spark in him when he dances with Jasmine. I thought they did fine, but Mary doesn’t seem quite so happy. I guess give me something shiny to look at (like that dress!) and I am fooled. I loved that jump off the stairs into Aaron’s arms. Gabby and Paula try to keep it light, but of course Nigel brings it down. He says they didn’t have chemistry, but I disagree. They both had chemistry, the dancing was just ok. They’re doing 6 routines tonight at your hand Nigel, what more do you want from them!? Yes, I’m biased towards these two, so sue me! *wink*  (Song: “Can’t Touch It” by Ricki LeeRating: B-

 

SOLO: Fik-Shun
Even though I am SO OVER this song, his solo was funny, original and had a lot of personality. Mary says it right, “Fik-Shun, you make me happy.” He does! There’s just something about him that’s so infectious! (Song: “Gangnam Style” by PSY)
Rating: B+

SOLO: Amy
Amy’s sister looks exactly like her. I swear, they could be TWINS. How long do you think Amy was holding her leg like that until the song started? Her solo is pretty damn amazing I have to say. I adore the fact that it had a beginning and an end. I mean sure the song helped it. And sure the song reminds me of this amazing routine, but still you have to admit. The girl has it. Like whatever IT is. She has IT. IT. I am obsessed with the way she just throws her ALL into everything.  All the judges ADORE her. (Song: “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers).
Rating: A

Fik-Shun and All-Star Twitch
Hip Hop with Choreographer Luther Brown
This is what dreams are made of folks. I’m pretty two these two guys were MADE to dance with each other. Fik-Shun matched up with Twitch PERFECTLY. I mean he’s like a mini-Twitch. (I wrote it before Nigel said it, I swear!) It was just so evenly matched. They are both electric, conveying this energy that makes us believe no one else could pull it off. And it’s true. Talent and personality to match. It is amazing. Fik-Shun looked like he was having the Time. Of. His. Life. It was so freakin’ cool. Is it bad though that it made me think of this…and this….and this….?(Song: “Hello Good Morning”, by Diddy Dirt Money feat Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross). Rating: A

 

SOLO: Aaron
I’m pretty sure the perfect way to end the solo was Cat laughing with glee off stage, “I was so mesmerized by your feet I almost missed my cue!” That leap at the ending took off to some new heights. Aaron just has style. He has this way about him that’s so appealing. Even when he doesn’t do that well, you can’t but help like the guy. While neither Fik-Shun nor Aaron were as strong as Chehon was last season, I do hope Aaron will take home the GOLD so to speak. (Song:” You And I Both” by Jason MrazRating: B+

Amy and All Star Robert
Contemporary with Stacey Tucci
While it was a beautiful routine, I felt like I was waiting for something the whole time. The crescendo, the climax, the WOW factor. I loved the bit where Amy leaned back for what felt like FOREVER until Robert rolled backward and lifted her up with his back. I also love the bit where she just about fell off the stage (on purpose) and Robert caught her and dragged her back on her tip toes. While these didn’t two connect like she did with Travis, it was still a great piece. I just felt like it was missing that moment where you gasp for breath or your heart beats just a little faster, like another piece I loved with a similar theme. I did love at the very very end when it was all over Amy ran to Robert and hugged him. It was total rom-com movie. (Note: Upon a second look, I really did like it.) The judges believe the emotion mixed with the dancing was intoxicating and Amy goes the extra distance. (Song: “Say Something”, by A Great Big WorldRating: A-

 

Fik-Shun and Aaron
Broadway with Contemporary Tyce DiOrio
Okay, I’m going to say it, while I’m not that big of a fan of Tyce as a person, the use of the conveyor belt in this routine was GENIUS. GENIUS. It just added so much to the piece which was actually well choreographed and a ton of fun. While okay, these guys could have had a bit more energy and chemistry together, it’s been a long night I get it. They got to do some really cool things like leaping off the conveyor belt, Aaron spinning Fik-Shun around and then pulling him up by his feet. It was a unique, Broadway-y routine. I liked it! Seeing something fresh always makes you feel energized. (Song: “The Jitters”, by Big Bad Voo Doo DaddyRating: B+/A-

 

Amy and Jasmine
Jazz with Choreographer Mark Kanemura 
This song is one of those songs you BLAST in your car during stop-and-go traffic so everyone looks at you weird, but you’re just rocking out to it. It’s so freakin’ odd and I LOVE IT. That being said, the dance was strangely good, and also just strange. I kind of felt like they were dancing with those animal cones you put on dogs around their waists. I think I liked it, but I’m not sure. I love how cookey and crazy and out there it was, but I felt like they could have been more precise. Almost as if they weren’t taking it seriously. This is one of those routines you have to be uber-serious out about because it’s so outrageous. That being said, I’d love to live in Mark’s brain for just a day. I think I’d have a lot of fun. Of course the judges don’t really connect with the craziness of it all, but they thought it was fun. (Song: “The Diva Dance” by Eric SerraRating B

 

Thoughts:
I agree with Nigel, I have NO IDEA who is going to win. Seriously anyone could take it and I’d be happy. They all deserve it. After Jasmine’s performance with Comfort, I was for SURE convinced I wanted Jasmine to win. But after she danced with Robert and her solo, I’m still loving Amy. I can’t decide. I can’t decide at all. I’ll be happy with whichever girl wins. I really want Aaron to win for the guys even if he didn’t WOW me a much as Fik-Shun did today. But if Fik-Shun wins I won’t be mad, maybe just slightly disappointed.

Routines In Order of Preference

  1. Jasmine and Comfort – Hip Hop
  2. Fik-Shun and Twitch – Hip Hop
  3. Jasmine and Fik-Shun – Contemporary
  4. Amy and Robert – Contemporary
  5. Aaron and Melinda – Tap
  6. Aaron and Amy – Jazz
  7. Fik-Shun and Aaron – Broadway
  8. Amy and Fik-Shun – Tango
  9. Amy and Jasmine – Jazz
  10. Jasmine and Aaron – Samba

 

Quotes

Cat telling Mary how she has goose bumps from Travis’ routine, “I got them! They’re unattractive, slightly chickeny. Weird.”

Cat to Comfort and Jasmine on the bikes, “I just have a question, please can I be in your gang?” How much would you love to see Cat in an outfit like that on a bike?

“If these two girls ran the world, our world would be really fun.”  – Paula

Paula: “Amy, it’s hard to comment on perfection.”
Cat: “So let’s not.”
I don’t know why this made me laugh so much!

Nigel to Aaron: “Fate brought you to us for a reason.”
Cat: “Fate may have brought you here, but you worked damn hard at it.”
She always says the right thing.

Paula – “I don’t know how to say this Mark, but I finally feel I’m home.”

Mark – They need to “lip sync for their lives through their bodies”

 

Random Thoughts

YAY for Aaron being the first tapper into the finale.

Love Cat saying “Cheeky” after shaking her butt next to Fik-Shun’s. Get it? Cheeky? Oh those brits!

When is Cat going to finally get her Emmy? She’s so gracious with the contestants and always manages to make them look good.

Final Thoughts:
Cat had us choose between two of Travis’ dances and HELLO his routine with Amy is a NO. BRAINER. Especially because I wasn’t really a fan of Malece and Jade, or that routine really. The winner of SYTYCD is really anyone’s to lose. I’m looking forward to having the Top 10 Back. I’d LOVE to see Nico and Hayley’s routine again where he throws her over his head by her foot. Do you have a routine you’d love to see?

 

 

 

 

Despite the sadness I feel for the show losing Mackenzie and Nico, I’m also reminded one of my favorite dancers Allison Holker who may very well be SYTYCD’s best dancer EVER, didn’t make it to even the Top 6 of her season. She’s been back on the show as an all-star since season 7 and has KILLED it in every routine since. That just goes to show, America doesn’t always get it right, and our favorite dancers will come back even if they don’t win.

Moving on, I am super jazzed that the All-Stars will be choreographing the routines today. Plus, I can’t wait to see Travis Wall dance. I loved watching him dance on All The Right Moves, so it’s about time he takes the SYTYCD Stage again as a performer.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
SEASON 10
Top 8 / 2 Eliminated…Travis Wall is a Genius!

The opening number is weird, and creepy, and sexual, and just overall strange – in a good way. Weird is interesting. It reminds me of Wade Robeson’s work but it’s actually Mia Michaels choreography. (Song: “Move To The Ocean” by Brick and Mortar.) Unfortunately, I’m distracted by the fact that I don’t see Aaron. I HOPE Cat doesn’t say he’s injured because that would just be awful. However, she doesn’t tell us what happened, instead it is business as usual with Jenna Elfman as the guest judge this week. (Apparently this is why Aaron Turner didn’t dance on the opening routine. Glad he didn’t get penalized.)

 

Bottom Four Dancers
Fik-Shun, Jenna, Tucker, Hayley

Thoughts:
Honestly? This is the right call. The dancers that walked off the stage should be in the Top 4. Well, Hayley could make it instead of Amy and I’d be okay with that.

 

SOLOS

Fik-Shun
I forgot how much I LOVE Fik-Shun’s solos. It’s just so adorable, and a lot of fun, and well, super cool. You can tell the audience is totally into it. I mean I sure was! He’s a performer, that one. (Song: “If You Crump, Stand Up,” by Edit)

Hayley
All throughout Hayley’s Solo, I couldn’t help thinking of Anna Kendrick telling her if she had her body for one day she could do anything. Girl’s body is KILLER. Her dancing is so graceful too. She lands so delicately. I also can’t help thinking she’s the dancer version of Rachel Bilson. Doesn’t she look like Rachel Bilson? (Song: “Skin and Bones”, by David J. Roch)

Jenna
It’s hard to judge a ballroom solo, and I keep forgetting this girl is a ballroom dancer. The solo is a lot of mouth opening and leg flicks but she looks great. I know there’s not much else she can do, solo in her own style wise. (Song: “Greyhound” by Swedish House Mafia.)

Tucker
Still not a fan of Tucker and I don’t know why. That’s not to say he’s not a talented dancer, there’s just something about the way he dances that doesn’t sit well with me. It’s as if his movement doesn’t have purpose. I don’t know how to explain it. He performs well and does a lot of tricks, but I also wish he had some subtle moments in there as well. (Song: “Beautiful Child” by Rufus Wainwright.)

My Prediction:
Jenna and Tucker will be going home. It’s time. The audience keeps telling you, Nigel. It’s their time to go. Nigel could throw us a curveball and vote off Fik-Shun, but it would be a shame.

 

THE ROUTINES

Aaron doing the Jive with Chelsie Hightower
Ok, no such luck Aaron getting paired up with Allison like I wanted, but I guess he can’t get Contemporary two weeks in a row. I’ll take Chelsie though. She’s probably one of the best ballroom dancers (aside from Benji) the show has ever had, and plus she brought the world this. The piece started out really well. It was high in energy and had some really incredible moments. Aaron’s split leap over Chelsie was definitely a WOW, but nearing the end I felt like the energy level wasn’t the same and that Aaron was losing confidence. There could have been more heat and chemistry between the two. Chelsie was going for it, but I wanted a bit more LUST in Aaron’s face and performance. I know they were trying to keep it 50’s but still! Dance wise I feel like he may have missed a hand connection and a lift, but overall it looked jivey to me! Mary mentions there were some bits where he failed a hand move (which I noticed) and his shoulders were high in some parts, but mostly she enjoyed it. Jenna is impressed with him and gives some great constructive criticism and Nigel thinks he’s done enough to make it into the Final Four. (Song: “Great Balls Of Fire”, by Million Dollar Quartet)
Rating: B+

Fik-Shun dancing Contemporary with Allison Holker
I thought the piece was choreographed pretty well, unfortunately I feel like Fik-Shun was pretty weak in the piece. He fumbled this essential lift that just looked painful and well, dangerous and it just didn’t flow like I wanted it to, or knew that it could. There was a really great section though, where Allison and Fik-Shun were flipping each other over and over again and that was really great. And another great moment where Allison did two pirouettes into an arabesque and Fik-Shun caught her. Unfortunately the piece could have been a lot better with a stronger dancer. The judges give high praise for Allison, her dancing and her choreography, and for Fik-Shun being a light in what he does, but there’s nothing specifically said about the dancing in this piece. I can tell the judges are just grasping for straws, but I wish they were a little more honest with him. He’s a great guy, but he can do better. (Song: “Skinny Love”, by Birdy)
Rating: B-

Tucker making Jazz hands with Courtney Galliano
I don’t know how I feel about this piece. No offense to Courtney, but I felt the choreography was a bit immature. Maybe it was the funky song choice, maybe it was the weird lifts, I don’t know, something was just off. In the beginning I thought Courtney and Tucker had great chemistry together, but once it broke off into the up tempo it felt a little forced or maybe frantic? That first lift where she jumped feet first at him was incredible. Nigel tells us the story how Courtney was diagnosed with MS and how she also went partially blind at the end of the last year, and to him be so supportive of her is really touching. She gets a standing-O and honestly I tear up. They don’t say much about the dancing; they say more about the choreography and Courtney. (Song: “Clarity” by Zedd feat Foxes)
Rating: B

Paul Hip Hopping it with Comfort
Paul’s rehearsal with Comfort? Adorable. Watching her teach him how to do the hip hop “bounce” makes me happy. I have to say, Paul really pulled it off. He so impressed me in this piece. He got down and dirty. Comfort’s choreography was pretty impressive. I really liked it and thought it was a lot of fun. Paul did this series of backflips that was unfortunately cut off as the camera operator was focused on Comfort, but that dude is just amazing. He also did a breakdancing move in there! Okay so maybe he could have been a bit lower to the ground and grittier at some parts and honestly no one believes he’s hardcore with that adorable baby face of his, but come on, he did a fantastic job. Mary calls Paul versatile saying he got down and got the double bounce. Nigel is impressed with him. So glad he didn’t find Paul’s hip hop dancing unCOMFORTable. (Song: “Dum Dum” by Tedashi Feat Lecrave)
Rating: A-

Hayley doing the sultry Rumba with Dimitry Chaplin
Oh Shirtless Dimitry, my how I have missed those abs. I have to say this is probably my favorite routine of his that he’s choreographed for the show. There was something so raw about it and still so sexy. I love how he spun Hayley around with just a flick of his hands. And Hayley was super sexy, I don’t know how this girl could have any insecurities. She’s gorgeous, and a great dancer and she had so much emotion in this routine. I really felt her anger there at the end when she threw her engagement ring at him. Nigel eats his words about saying he sometimes doesn’t like the way Dimitry choreographs and you know we always love when he eats his words. Mary praises Hayley’s technique. (Song: “Meant” by Elizaveta)
Rating: A-

Jenna being all Jazzy with Mark Kanemura
During rehearsal, Mark says he wants to bring out something new and weird and Jenna and I think that’s just what she needs. I’m ready. Bring it, Mark. The beginning feels very 80’s and very European and a little bit Bollywood and I’m digging it. The routine is weird, original, and really creative. You can definitely see Sonya and Lady Gaga’s influences in Mark’s dancing. I can’t help feeling how AMAZING this piece would be with 20 dancers dancing it on the stage. That being said, I felt like Jenna held back. Dancing next to Mark she was a lot more restrained. Nigel loved how quirky it was and he really loves Jenna. They all love how fresh and new and strange the routine really was. (Song: “I Am The Beat” by 2NE1)
Rating: B+

Jasmine and Stephen “Twitch” Boss dancing Hip Hop
Say no more. I know this routine will be amazing. I’m imagining a Sasha like moment. Fingers crossed. While I’m not 100% convinced about the choreography, Jasmine danced it great. There was a cool energy between the two and some of the moves were pretty cool. While the routine never quite took off for me, there is no denying Jasmine’s talent. The judges thought she held her own up against Twitch. I didn’t enjoy it as much as they did.(Song: “The Power Distict” by 78 feat Cheesa)
Rating: B-

Amy contemporizing with Travis Wall
Yeah, this piece was definitely a rewinder. Travis is so freakin’ amazing, I have to tell you. He choreographs lifts like NO OTHER and his music choice is so fantastic. Amy did an incredible job this routine it was so great to see a different expression on her face and I believe this is the best she has ever danced. Things I loved about this routine: Travis’ punch into Amy’s stomach then he lifts her up and over bending her legs, Travis spinning her up toward him, Amy’s almost dolphin like dive back out of his arms, Travis pulling her up toward him with one arm and her leaping at him off the floor with this perfect arch in her back. SO amazing. SO much abandon. So so fantastic. It was like…magic! I have a feeling this will be the most memorable routine of the season. The judges are both enamored with Amy and Travis. Nigel calls Travis a genius, which he is. Mary said it right about Amy, “I don’t think anyone has gone where you went tonight.” (Song: “Wicked Game” by James Vincent McMorrow)
Rating: A+

 

The Elimination
The judges are late coming back to the table because they were having a difficult time making a decision. Jenna and Tucker are voted off. And it was the right decision. They both seem at peace with this decision and honestly, I think it was a long time coming.

 

Routines In Order of Preference

1. Amy and Travis
2. Hayley and Dimitry tied with Paul and Comfort
4. Aaron and Chelsie
5. Jenna and Mark
6. Fik-Shun and Allison
7. Tucker and Courtney

 

Quotes

Cat about Jenna before her solo, “Here she is and she’s brought a skirt with her.”

Chelsie coaching Aaron, “If all else fails Fred Astaire.”

Cat: “Chelsie Hightower actually taught me how to tight a knot in my mouth with a maraschino cherry.”

Cat resting her head on Aaron’s shoulder: “You’re the perfect height for this.” Aaron, accusingly, “You’re the perfect height for this!”

Cat after Nigel saying touching things to Courtney, “Mary, I challenge you to pull it together.”

Jenna to Dimitry, “You can call me Mary.”

Mark: “I’m totally not a vegetarian when it comes to dancing.”

Mary: “We love a little crazy on this show.”
Cat: “We love a little cray cray.”

 

Random Thoughts:

  • Anyone think Cat looks like she just got out of the shower while wearing her make-up? Her eye shadow is out of control!
  • Love the moment Aaron looked down and realized one of the buttons came undone and the look on his face when he was buttoning it up with one eyebrow raised. Love. Him. Adorbs.
  • Cat pointed out that Chelsie mentioned her dress getting caught during one of Aaron’s “mess-ups”. I like both Cat and the All Stars sticking up for the contestants.
  • Anyone notice that moment when Cat was introducing who was dancing next and Allison leaned her head against Fik-Shun? Then he became super serious and looked off in the distance and nodded his head? What was THAT about?
  • How could Bon Iver let Birdy cover their song? It’s not the same as the original. Bon Iver’s version is SO MUCH BETTER.
  • Seeing Tucker’s Dad talk about him is super sweet.
  • Those tears in Amy’s parents eyes? I can’t take it.

 

Total Number of Times I Teared Up?
3 (Tucker’s supportive Dad, Courtney’s MS, Amy’s parents)

 

Final Thoughts:
My prediction/hope is that the final 4 will be Aaron, Jasmine, Amy, and Paul and I believe with Amy’s performance this episode she will have secured her position. While I felt last week’s performances were better, Travis’ piece at the end saved the night for me. Finally it’s our decision (America’s decision) who goes home next week. Things I want to see next week: Mia Michaels choreograph a routine, Allison Holker perform with Aaron, the dancers also dance with each other (I want to see Aaron dance with Jasmine again), and JESSE TYLER FERGUSON! Yay! Until then…

 

 

It’s here. All-Stars! And I can’t wait. This is where the men get separated from the boys and women from the girls. It all comes down to this…okay, not really, but I needed something dramatic to write there.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
SEASON 10
TOP 10 with All-Stars/Wrong 2 Eliminated

We open the show with a beautiful contemporary number consisting of rocking chairs. Jenna and Aaron stand out, probably because the camera did a lot of focusing on them. I personally think it’s unfair to the other dancers, but whatever. There’s this leap, where Aaron jumps up but leans back at the same time and I’m amazed at how light and graceful it is. Aaron never ceases to amaze me. I’m not surprised that the routine was choreographed by Christopher Scott. He has been on fire this season with excellent routines. (Song: “The Gravel Road”, from The Village Score Soundtrack)

Guest judge today is Debbie Allen and I can’t help but say…FINALLY. I always love it when she guest judges because she comments on all the dancers like they are her babies and I just can’t help but find new things to obsess over about the dancers from her critiques.

Dancers in the Bottom:
Jenna, Mackenzie, Tucker, and Nico

Thoughts:
My vote would be for Jenna and Tucker to go home. It’s not to say they aren’t fantastic dancers (though Jenna seems to be more versatile than Tucker) it’s just they haven’t connected with me as much as Mackenzie and Nico have. Mackenzie has grown so much from the first few performances and Nico is the total definition of the underdog. Time after time he’s been beaten down by the judges only to prevail with excellent performances. Nigel says he doesn’t want to see anyone solo because we’ve seen them solo. Have we seen Nico solo? I don’t think we have. So…I’m pretty sure Nigel is just saving time. Come on NICO, I’m rooting for you!!

 

 

THE ROUTINES

Amy and All-Star Brandon
Disco with Doriana Sanchez
It wasn’t perfect , but I have to say the routine was incredible. There were so many lifts and cool and difficult things happening there and it was a lot of fun. Brandon really allowed her to shine (I’m mean I’d even go so far as to call him the king of lifts) and I think Amy pulled it off. One thing I noticed – this is the first routine in a while where we’ve actually been able to see her legs and I definitely saw some wobbles and slips. I also thought the song choice was strange, it did not fit with the routine. Also, Amy’s cheerleading smiley face went into overdrive, which has been getting annoying. Again, it wasn’t perfect, but was high energy and exceptional choreography. Mary agrees with me that the song was a strange choice, but she loved the routine and what Amy did with it.  (Song: “I Will Always Love You (Hex Hector Radio Mix)” By Whitney Houston)
Rating: B+

Aaron and All-Star Kathryn
Contemporary with Stacey Tookey
Where do I even begin? How about…what did Kathryn say to Aaron at the end of that routine? It’s like she said, “It’s okay,” or something like that. (I’m partial to this explanation, myself.) I don’t know what or why she said that because the routine was FLAWLESS.  If that’s even what she said. Kathryn’s dancing has matured so much. Her talent is breathtaking. There was one lift where Aaron reached back and lifted her up with one hand on his back hip, then he placed her down on her tip tip tipey toes (with no toe shoes mind you) and she balanced there. It was just so…perfect! Aaron was such a great partner. Every breath she took or move she made, he moved with her and they blended together. This piece took my breath away…literally because I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath throughout. It’s easy to forget that Aaron is not a contemporary dancer and that just makes this piece all the more amazing. Also, I LOVED the song. It always makes me think of Romeo and Juliet, so there’s that too. Nigel mentions, in probably what I consider his most sincere moment ever, that the way Kathryn was looking at him after the routine made him realize just how special Aaron is. (Song: “I’m Kissing You” by Des’ree)
Rating: A+

Fik-Shun and All Star Melanie
Jazz with Mandy Moore
I have to say, Fik-Shun shocks me. Usually come Top 10 Time, there’s always that one guy that hangs around that you know doesn’t have “it” but that the judges keep GUSHING over. And on this show, you’d think that person would be Fik-Shun, but it’s not. I truly believe he deserves to be in the Top 10. Do I think he could have pulled off what Aaron or Brandon did before him? No. But at the same time, I also don’t think Aaron and Brandon could have pulled off what Fik-Shun brought to this routine. He has a certain je ne sais quoi. Maybe it’s his personality, maybe it’s just what’s naturally in the kid. He truly dances with all his heart and I believe when he does dance we are seeing the real him. He immerses himself in character and just dances with heart and passion like he could be doing it for the rest of his life. And the kid is humble to. There’s nothing showy about him. Sure, Mandy’s routine catered to Fik-Shun’s abilities, and Melanie could dance with a paper bag and make it look good, but there’s no one like him and I’m glad to be watching him every week. (Song: “Feeling Good” by Jennifer Hudson)
Rating: B

Paul and All Star Whitney
Cha Cha with Jean Marc Genereux
Sometimes Jean Marc Genereux’s routines can be hit or miss for me. This routine was good and it gave Paul a lot of things to do, but something was just off. I don’t think their chemistry was as hot as everyone raved it was. I’ve never been big fan of Whitney (how is she an All-Star…I mean really? Where is Chelsie Hightower when you need her?), and even though she looked ravishing and super skinny in that dress that was held together by string and shiny paperclips, she’s just o.k. for me. The routine wasn’t perfect, they missed a hand grab or two, but I still love Paul. He’s a wonderful dancer and just seems like an overall sweet and humble dude. Can we put Paul back with Mackenzie please? Thank you. (Song: “Live It Up” by Jennifer Lopez)
Rating: B-

Hayley and All-Star Twitch
Hip Hop with Christopher Scott
I don’t know how I feel about this routine. First of all the song was an ODD ODD choice, but something else was OFF and I can’t put my finger on it. While there were some cool parts like when Haley jumped on Twitch’s back and did some tutting, her tutting was just not up to par with Twitch. It was too…girly. Maybe that’s what was missing, some grit. It was too cutesy for me. And I thought Hayley did just okay. She didn’t really have much chemistry with Twitch. This is the catch to the All-Stars, while they bring out the best in the dancers (or worst) they can also overshadow the current contestant. Such was this case, because Twitch is THE. BEST. PERIOD. Nigel thinks Hayley is a dark horse. (Song: “Locked Out Of Heaven (District 78 Remix)” by Bruno Mars)
Rating: C

Jenna and All-Star Neil
Contemporary with Mandy Moore
I’m not saying she’s a bad dancer, because she’s not, but I don’t think Jenna’s a very good performer. She just doesn’t know how to connect with the audience. This routine could have potentially been that moment. That moment when that dancer just takes your breath away, but she didn’t have it in her. While her dancing was beautiful, she doesn’t let it consume her. It’s too calculated. I want to see her dance with a more abandon. The routine was beautiful and sad, but I want more out of Jenna. I want this. Nigel commends her on her strength acknowledging how hard it must be to be voted in the bottom three every show and having to perform knowing she could be voted off. (Song: “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Mark Masri)
Rating: B+

Jasmine and All-Star Marko
Jazz with Ray Leeper
Jasmine was created to dance. I’m convinced of it. And this Jazz dance gave her the chance to shine. Up until Marko did his fantastic leaps and jumps I completely forgot he was even in this routine, mesmerized by the way Jasmine moved her body. I loved the concept that instead of doing partnering work they just danced together in sync. And in sync they were. They were Justin Timberlake, JC, Chris, Joey, and Lance. Totally in sync. It was a fun routine, very precise. I feel like Jasmine may have lost a little bit of energy nearing the end, but it was a lot of fun. I also loved Ray’s face at the end of the routine. His “oh my god” was perfect. The judges say Jasmine stole the show and rightfully so. She did. You go girl. (Song: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat Pharrell)
Rating: B+

Mackenzie and All-Star Jakob
Broadway with Spencer Liff
Man! Girl knows how to work a red dress. She made that long red dress look hot hot hot. Mackenzie’s legs are fantastic, I have to say. This routine was so much fun. It felt less Broadway and more Jazz, but whatever, it was a great great routine. Like Mackenzie, I always felt that Jakob had great feet, too bad they were both covered up for both the dancers. That being said, Mackenzie showed a lot of personality in this routine which I loved but also great technique. Her extension is beautiful. Something I wish Jenna had more of. Mackenzie looked like she was letting loose the party girl in her. Nigel says the thing about loving their feet and I just want you all to recognize, I said it first. (Song: “Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)” by Ella Fitzgerald)
Rating: B+

Random Thought: Cat tells me Nico is up next doing a hip hop routine with Comfort and unless he’s totally amazing, I think that is going to be the nail in his coffin. I have never been a fan of Comfort and well, you saw what happened last time Nico tried to do hip hop. It’s like he is being set up for failure. Come on, Nico, I hope you pull it off man.

Nico and All-Star Comfort
Hip Hop with Tabitha and Napoleon
I liked it! I really did. Nico let something go. It’s almost like he just said “eff it, I’m just gonna do this.” And he did. He let it all hang out. He was gritty and dirty and sure at times he looked like a white boy doing hip hop, but you know what, that’s what he is! He got into character, he hit it hard, and he kept up with Comfort. It was MILES and MILES above the last time he tried it. Nigel, the old hard ass, of course, had to knock it down, but I loved the routine. It was super creative and weird and crazy and Nico did an outstanding job. You know Nigel has been calling for quirk all the time and finally he gets it and he’s Mr. Cranky pants about it. Cut the kid a break Nigel, we know he has to go home, but you can still say good things about him even if you’re sending him home. (Song: “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott)
Rating: B+

Random Thought: Okay, so, Tucker got Travis Wall and Robert Roldan? Yeah, yeah…I see what you’re doing Nigel. I SEE What. You’re. Doing. And I don’t LIKE IT. Random my ass. (In case it’s not clear to everyone else, hooking Tucker up with a popular choreographer, doing an emotional contemporary piece that is close to home for the dancers that the judges will no doubt love is…well “tipping the scales” in Tucker’s favor.)

Tucker and All-Star Robert
Contemporary with Travis Wall
I have to say the look on Tucker’s face when the routine ended was utterly heartbreaking. You could tell both guys were caught up in such emotion. I feel like it’s a bit of a cheat that the judges know so much about the dancers and what they’re going through and the emotions they’re playing off of and us, as the audience, are left in the dark about it. Of course they are going to find the piece especially poignant because they know the deeper darker story behind it. Basically what I’m trying to say is, what happened to Robert Roldan? (Nigel said it was a fall…but I found this.) But my indifference to Tucker really holds me back from truly loving this piece. I feel like I’ve been manipulated into loving it.  While it was a really great piece, I would have much rather seen Travis and Danny dance it. It was after all choreographed about him. I know I didn’t talk about his dancing, which was great, but the dancing was overshadowed by something bigger. Second Look: Okay upon 2nd look, this really was a great piece. If you strip away the back story, the dramatic “rehearsal period” and the stories of the two dancers and just watch them freakin’ dance, this piece is a really special piece. I was definitely feeling more emotion from Robert. He’s a really extraordinary dancer. Tucker was graceful, but there’s something about the way he dances that doesn’t appeal to me. The ending look on Robert’s face just before he gives Tucker a real genuine hug is devastating. (Song: “Medicine” by Daughter)
Rating: B+

 

My Prediction:
Well, after listening to the judges critiques I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Jenna and Nico going home.

 

The Eliminations:
OH. MY. GOD. Seriously? Seriously!?! Jenna over Mackenzie?! SERIOUSLY?!?!?! First of all let me just say it is rude telling the contestants that everyone unanimously felt Tucker deserved to stay more than Nico. Especially when Nigel constantly shoves it down our throats that the choreographers put in their two cents about who they want to work with more, I find it insulting and in poor taste. I mean Nico obviously already knows he’s going home, but to say that the choreographers wanted him to go as well is just RUDE. Second of all, seriously? Jenna over Mackenzie? Why? WHY? Can someone explain to me why? Can we do like a jury type thing where we bring all 15 people out who voted and see who said Jenna and who said Mackenzie? Then later I’ll ask them, why? Why? Why??? Argh! I’m so frustrated right now! What does Jenna have on these people? Okay, that’s not fair. I’m being unreasonable, I know. She’s a good dancer. I mean put me next to her and I’d look like this, only probably not as good. She’s obviously talented and a hard worker, but Mackenzie is the better performer.

Performances in Order of Preference (Best to Worse)

  1. Aaron and Kathryn
  2. Mackenzie and Neil
  3. Amy and Brandon
  4. Jenna and Neil
  5. Tucker and Robert
  6. Nico and Comfort
  7. Jasmine and Marko
  8. Fik Shun and Melanie
  9. Hayley and Twitch

Dancers in Order of Preferance

  1. Aaron
  2. Paul
  3. Mackenzie
  4. Jasmine
  5. Nico
  6. Amy
  7. Fik-Shun
  8. Hayley
  9. Jenna
  10. Tucker

Quotes:

Cat to the dancers: “It all comes down to your performances tonight, so eye of the tiger babies.”

Cat to Brandon re: Jenna: “There are no strings on this girl. The only thing whizzing her above your head were these guns here.” Points to Brandon’s muscles.

Cat regarding Brandon: “He’s even covered in gold sparkles from Amy’s hair. It’s kind of ridiculous.”

Cat regarding Melanie: “She knows how to work a dress that one doesn’t she?”

Mary to Hayley: Your hands were flat as pancakes which I can’t eat anymore because I’m on this diet. I loved it.
Cat: I just love how out of left field Mary Murphy is.
Mary: I’m hungry, Cat. I’m hungry.
Cat: I know you are. Drink some more water it will fill you up!
Nigel: That’s not water.

Nigel: “All those candles on stage I knew it was Paul’s birthday I didn’t know it was Mary’s as well.”
Cat: “You’re crusin’ for a brusin’. She’s on a diet as well so it’s going to be awful.”

Random Thoughts:

  • Love Cat’s little “terrible” at her spelling out the words D.I.S.C.O. and B.R.E.A.K.
  • Love the shot of Amy’s Dad crying in the audience. Makes me think back to the auditions where he was super supportive of her.
  • Love the cute/excited scream between Fik-Shun and Melanie at the end of the routine.
  • Neil got skinny!
  • For a second I was totally distracted by the red marks Hayley’s shoes left on the dance floor during her routine.

 

 

Final Thoughts:
Seeing Nico’s sad sad sad face is so heartbreaking. He had to go sometime, I know. I mean there was no way he was going to be in the final four. And I know my love for him is getting in the way of the reality that the fact he has been unable to connect with the judges and the audience has to say something. But it still burns. Mackenzie over Jenna, however was the absolute wrong choice. And remember how at the beginning of the season I didn’t like the girl? She really worked hard and turned it around. If Mackenzie wasn’t voted off I would have said she, Jasmine, Aaron, and Paul would be in the final four. But now who? Amy? Probably Amy or Hayley could be the dark horse. I really am sad to see the both of them going. It’s going to take me a bit to get over this one. I guess all my voting for Nico didn’t work! Boo! Until next week when the All Stars choreograph! Nigel, if you want to make this up to me…have Anna Kendrick back okay? And also pair Allison Holker with Aaron, thanks.

 

 

 

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?