We are so close to finding out which of the dancing hopefuls on So You Think You Can Dance
will make it to the top 10.
Last week, the couples each performed two routines each. Kourtni Lind
and Matt Dorame
faltered and were shown the door. Who will shine this week? Who will stumble? How many times will the judges get booed tonight?
I'll be here with my live thoughts throughout the entire two-hour performance show. Keep checking back!
Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance
Tonight, Cat Deeley is dressed in a filmy, fluttery mutli-colored pastel dress. She welcomes our....joodges! Mia Michaels joins Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe tonight. Oh sigh. I love Mia's choreography, but I hate her commentary.
and Mark Kanemura
have a very hip salsa routine tonight. Wow, the top half of Chelsie's outfit consists of basically a tiny piece of fabric that barely just covers her boobs and one shoulder. Nigel's going to have a field day with this one. I think they do a great job, especially when they dance together. Spectacular lift at the end! Nigel points out that Mark's upper body was too tight, and as predicted, he loves Chelsie's outfit, and makes some creepy, pervy comments her direction. Mark gets mixed reviews from all three judges.
and Thayne Jasperson
have a Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umo hip hop routine for their first performance tonight. Comfort is excited to be doing her own style, but Thayne has a hard time not smiling and looking tough. They dance to "Can We Chill" by Ne-Yo. Comfort is really good, she hits things as hard as they should be and has style to burn. Thayne isn't too bad, but he could be a bit sharper. Nigel has harsh words for both of them, mostly commenting on the lack of personal connection between them. Cat Deeley tries to stick up for them, but Nigel thinks that they'll be in the bottom three again. Mary thinks it was just good, but Mia thinks it was a little bit more than good, but just barely.
Another couple who are no strangers to the bottom three are Jessica King
and William Wingfield
. They have a Tyce Diorio contemporary routine that evokes the garden of Eden. They dance to "Silence" off the Unfaithful
soundtrack. It's a beautiful piece with beautiful haunting wordless vocal music. Jessica and Will seem so intertwined together, and it doesn't hurt that they are both pretty hot tonight too. Their performance really is art; they look like two sculptures dancing together. Of course, Nigel makes a comment about how erotic it was. Nigel has high praise for Will and even throws some positive comments Jessica's way too. Mary shrieks.
The next pair to dance are Courtney Galiano
and Gev Manoukian
. They have the cha cha tonight, and they were coached by So You Think You Can Dance
alumni Pasha Kovalev
and Anya Garnis
. They cha cha to "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna. Courtney's teeny-tiny outfit is made entirely out of gold paillettes, another winner for Nigel. Courtney and Gev are so cute. They have tons of sass and cha cha attitude, and they are so entertaining. Nigel loves it, even though it wasn't technically great, but he loves the two of them together. Mary screeches that they are on her hot tamale train. There's also extended discussion about Gev's chest hair, which is just adorable.
and Twitch Boss
, who are collectively known as Twitchington, must dance the krump tonight. We'll see how much gangsta Kherington has within her. They dance to "2 Buck 4 TV" by The J-Squad, and Kherington shows that she actually does have a lot of buck in her. They are not entirely in sync with each other at times. Nigel says that it feels like constipation (umm, OK...), but he says that Kherington did a damn good job. She faltered in the last 16 bars, though, losing her energy and getting out of sync. Mary admits that this is the first time.
and Joshua Allen
are the final couple to perform in the first hour. They've got a Viennese waltz choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux, in which Josh is supposed to be a ghost, floating and gliding. These two are such great dancers, they have such strong chemistry, and their lifts are amazing. The judges give them probably the first negative comments this pair has gotten all season. Nigel complains that Joshua was too bouncy for his taste.
Chelsie and Mark picked Broadway for their second routine, by Tyce Diorio. It's a sultry, sexy, bluesy routine that evokes a game of cat and mouse. They dance to "I'm A Woman" from Smokey Joe's Cafe
. These two are really good at getting into character, especially Chelsie. They are so hot. Nigel gushes over Chelsie's legs. Mary loves the routine as well, and Mia makes comments about Mark's lack of technique. She says that his performance quality is brilliant, but needs to get the technique up to snuff.
Comfort and Thayne have a contemporary routine from Mandy Moore for their second performance of the night. They dance to "A Different Corner" by George Michael. I have to say, I'm loving the contemporary selections tonight. There are such intricate movements and shapes that the dancers are creating. It's a visual spectacle, and you can really appreciate how strong and controlled these dancers are. I thought that they danced it well, and had a better connection between them, but Nigel isn't too happy with it. He wishes that another couple could have danced it. Mia condescends Comfort about faking her technique.
Jessica and Will have the dreaded quickstep next, which is the kiss of death style on So You Think You Can Dance
. Hm, Will starts the routine off with some acrobatics, which I don't think really fit in with the style, but that's a bone to pick with the choreographers. Nigel likes everything about the routine except for the actual "quickstep" parts. Mary, the resident ballroom expert, comments on Will's jacket, which interfered with his shape and carriage. She says that the whole dance was too heavy. Woah, Mia is mean
. She tells Will that he looks tired carrying Jessica and looks like he needs a new partner.
Courtney and Gev have a jungle-themed jazz routine from Mandy Moore. They dance with a map as a prop because they are supposed to be lost in the jungle. Ooh, I love their safari outfits. And I love these two! They are one of my favorite couples. This routine was super-cute and very entertaining. Nigel thinks the dance wasn't substantive and merely just fun, but Mary thinks it was great. I can't believe I'm agreeing with Mary!
Twitchington have the tango for their second style. Jean-Marc Genereux choreographed the routine to be like a Mr. and Mrs. Smith
-type fight, and one of them dies at the end. And in fact, they dance to the "Assassin's Tango" from that movie's soundtrack. I'm not feeling Kherington so much tonight. I think her turns don't have as much energy as they usually have. Twitch as well. Nigel comes down hard on both of them. He says that Twitch wasn't honest, and Kherington lacked passion.
The final performance of the evening is by Katee and Joshua. They will be dancing Bollywood tonight, and it's the first time we've seen this style on So You Think You Can Dance
. I'm so incredibly psyched for this because I love Bollywood. There was one time when I went to this club in Seattle that has Bollywood and bangara nights on Saturday nights, to which the recently transplanted Indian software engineers from Microsoft attend in droves. I went once, and this guy asked me if I was trained in bangara because I "looked like a professional." Hee. Anyway, back to Katee and Josh. Wow! Amazing! I hope we see more Bollywood on this show! Such cool knee spins! Mary puts them on the hot tamale train, and Nigel adds that they are on the Vindaloo Express too.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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