The top 20 performers who were chosen among the more than 200 dancers who went to the Vegas callbacks got a chance to perform tonight on So You Think You Can Dance
for the very first time. Each girl was paired with a guy, and they randomly chose which style of dance to perform.
It was an amazing two hours of performances, which ranged from the stately waltz to funky disco, and each of the top 20 really shined. Plus, we at home finally get to have a say in who sticks around and who must dance for their lives tomorrow night in the results show. Read on to see how the night of So You Think You Can Dance
went, and which couples I liked best
1. Katee Shean and Joshua Allen - Hip Hop
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Katee and Josh's hip hop routine was my favorite of the evening. The story behind the performance was about an enlisted soldier telling his girlfriend that he has to ship off tomorrow. It was so beautiful to watch. These two danced flawlessly side by side, and really poured all of their heart and soul into the performance. I was already a fan of Josh's before tonight, but I became sold on Katee too.
2. Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura - Contemporary
Mia Michaels is notorious for choreographing hauntingly beautiful but extremely difficult routines, and tonight's contemporary dance was no exception. Things looked a bit iffy during rehearsal for Chelsie and Mark, but they really stepped it up and brought down the house with their "bride of Tim Burton" dance. The judges had nothing but glowing praise for these two tonight.
3. Kherington Payne and Twitch Boss - Broadway
Twitch is probably the most well-known dancer at the beginning of this season of So You Think You Can Dance
, and his performance tonight with Kherington undoubtedly earned him more fans. "Twitchington," as the pair will be known henceforth, danced a Tyce Diorio routine to a song from Kiss Me Kate
that was fun and immensely entertaining. These two will definitely be sticking around for a long time.
4. Courtney Galiano and Gev Manoukian - Disco
I love Courtney and I love Gev and I love disco, so obviously, I loved their performance tonight. I thought it was fun and funky. Nigel didn't care for it so much, but I think that everyone has to agree that they Courtney and Gev achieved a high level of entertainment tonight.
5. Rayven Armijo and Jamie Bayard - Hip Hop
The night started off very strong with a solid hip hop performance by Rayven and Jamie. Neither of them is a hip hop dancer, but they were able not only to pull of the moves, but to do a great job with it too. Nigel was worried that their performance wouldn't be memorable by the time the evening came to a conclusion, but I think that these two were still able to hold their own.
6. Susie Garcia and Marquis Cunningham - Waltz
I have to admit that I did not give Susie enough credit when she auditioned. Maybe it was her outfit, but I didn't see her as a great dancer. She continues to prove me wrong. Susie and Marquis danced a very challenging watlz tonight that started off slowly but really became great in the second half. There was a tiny stumble in a very difficult lift, but all in all, they brought it.
7. Kourtni Lind and Matt Dorame - Jazz
Kourtni is definitely a sentimental favorite this season, so it came as a bit of a surprise when she and Matt didn't knock their jazz routine out of the park tonight. There were some awkward moments, especially while they were doing a lift, and it may have been because they are both so gosh-darn tall. But I think they have enough of a following that they'll stick around and improve.
8. Comfort Fedoke and Chris Jarosz - Jive
Comfort proved herself to be a little firecracker tonight. She is one hilarious girl and Chris (the dude with the personality of a tree according to Nigel) better thank his lucky stars for being paired with her. Technically, their jive wasn't the greatest tonight, but Comfort made up for that with her entertaining spirit and attitude.
9. Chelsea Traille and Thayne Jasperson - Cha Cha
I disagreed with the judges a lot on Chelsea and Thayne's cha cha. I thought it was competently executed, but a little bit safe. Mary thought they deserved two tickets on her imaginary hot tamale train. What does everyone else think?
10. Jessica King and William Wingfield - Tango
There were a few slip ups made by Jessica in her three-inch heels during the tango tonight, but Jessica and Will's tango was good enough to elicit a shriek from Mary Murphy. Nigel Lythgoe and Dan Karaty were a bit more measured in their feedback, but they were still solid.
Tomorrow night on So You Think You Can Dance
, we'll find out the results of tonight's vote, and three dancers will have to dance for their lives.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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