'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 18 Dance and 2 Go Home
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 18 Dance and 2 Go Home
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It's time to board the So You Think You Can Dance hot tamale train once again! Last week's show had some surprises in store when the bottom six dancers were announced at the top of the show. The judges, who were able to bring one guy and one girl to safety, saved Makenzie Dustman and Alan Bersten. The four remaining dancers then danced for their lives, with the judges opting to send Brittany Cherry and Carlos Garland home.

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The bitter twist? The eliminated dancers still had to dance their weekly routine with their partners even though they were eliminated. Awkward! This decision was not popular with fans, so Judge Nigel Lythgoe announced another change to the format. 

Beginning tonight, the bottom six dancers will be revealed at the beginning of the show, with the judges once again choosing one male and female dancer to save. The remaining dancers will then dance for their lives before all the couples perform with their partners. And just when the suspense is intolerable, the judges will announce the eliminated dancers at the end of the show.

Joining our resident judges, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, are guest judges Paula Abdul, (formerly a judge on American Idol) who is an Emmy-award winning choreographer, and Erin Andrews, who is a FOX Sports broadcaster. It sounds like a real party at the judges' table tonight!

Did your favorite dancer get enough votes to stay? How will this new format impact the eliminations? What surprises are in store for us tonight?


Get ready. This is the So You Think You Can Dance live blog!

First up is a group dance, which is dramatic and athletic, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott. I am getting a heaven and hell type vibe.



Our hostess, Cat Deeley, looks lovely as she delivers some bad news. Jade Zuberi has a torn meniscus and requires surgery. I am so sad! He has to leave the competition.

Now here are the JUDGES! It is Nigel Lythgoe's birthday tonight, so that explains this judging dream team.

And here come the results.

The Bottom 6 Dancers

Jasmine Mason
Dorian "BluPrint" Hector
Jenna Johnson
Curtis Holland
Alexis Juliano
Jade Zuberi

Saved

Curtis Holland
BluPrint

No guy is going home because Jade has to leave the competition. All three girls will dance for their lives.

Solos

Alexis Juliano performs an energetic tap routine. Jasmine Mason's solo seems to lack spunk. Jenna Johnson's solo is sizzling.

So, now the partnered routines begin.

Amy Yakima and DuShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall
Paso Doble choreographed by Jean Marc Genereaux

This Paso is fast and furious! It is also really dark and mesmerizing. I love it and so does Mary Murphy. Fik-Shun still has some improvements to make technically, and Amy gets raves. Paula Abdul tells Amy that she is a "power-house and force to be reckoned with." Paula also knows Fik-Shun from when he appeared on her show. 



Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner
Broadway choreographed by Spencer Liff

Jasmine and Aaron's dance is based upon a crime scene, where Aaron is a detective and Jasmine is a murder victim. Cheery! I like this routine, but for some reason I feel a lack of connection with the performance. Erin Andrews loves Jasmine's legs and Aaron's grace. Paula Abdul would like to be re-incarnated as one of Jasmine's legs. I sense a theme here.



Makenzie Dustman and Paul Karmiryan
Contemporary choreographed by Lindsay Nelko

This dance is emotional and beautiful. The subject of the dance is love and the fear of losing a loved one to illness. Nigel Lythgoe is impressed by the number but depressed by the subject matter. Once again, Mary Murphy is crying.



Jasmine Mason and Alan Bersten
Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman

This number is about royals having tea. It is quirky and well-danced, but it is not my favorite routine of the evening. Mary Murphy would have liked some more craziness, and references Prince Harry in Las Vegas as an example. Oh, my!



Jenna Johnson and Tucker Knox
Hip-Hop choreographed by K. and M. Madrid

Wow, there are a bunch of new choreographers tonight. This seems like a strange hip-hop blend. The judges call it "hip-hop jazz." They compliment both dancers for their performance, and Nigel Lythgoe states that it is one of his favorite performances of the night.



Malece Miller and Marko
Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

Malece dances with All-Star Marko, who takes the place of Jade Zuberi. Malece shines in this piece, which is suitably dark as a Sonya Tayeh routine should be. Jade cheers them on from the audience, and Sonya is dancing and jumping around. The judges give Malece positive feedback, and Nigel Lythgoe feels that she has matured as a dancer. 



Hayley Erbert and Curtis Holland
Samba choreographed by Jean Marc Genereaux

This dance is breezy and fun. Nigel Lythgoe tells Curtis that he has to step up and be a stronger partner for Hayley. Mary Murphy loves Hayley's performance.



Alexis Juliano and Nico Greetham
Jazz choreographed by Spencer Liff

I think this routine is steamy, and Alexis and Nico have chemistry to spare! Alexis hypnotizes Nico to seduce him, and the routine is flirty. Paula Abdul playfully hits Nigel, the birthday boy, before kissing him. Happy birthday, indeed!



Mariah Spears and BluPrint

Hip-Hop choreographed by Luther Brown

This new couple, whose So You Think You Can Dance partners were both eliminated last week, catch a break by choosing their style. Their routine is entertaining, and they kill it! Mary Murphy tells BluPrint that he needs to be more animated in his facial expressions. Paula Abdul feels that BluPrint is holding back his personality, and Nigel Lythgoe agrees.



So now it is finally time for the results. Which girl is leaving tonight?

The Bottom 3 Girls

Jasmine Mason
Jenna Johnson
Alexis Juliano

Eliminated

Jasmine Mason

Jasmine Mason is leaving the competition tonight.

Saved

Jenna Johnson
Alexis Juliano

Next week, the bottom three girls and guys will be in danger of going home, so vote to save your favorite dancer!

Note: So You Think You Can Dance will not be on next week, but resumes on July 23.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

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