Last night on So You Think You Can Dance
, we witnessed the final round of performances before finding out which dancers will make up the final 10, the 10 who will be going on tour beginning this September. Just like last week, each couple performed two dances each, and we saw the usual diversity of styles that we've come to expect on So You Think You Can Dance
, including the first ever Bollywood routine, performed by the judges' favorites, Katee and Josh.
Tonight, we'll see which couples were America's favorites, and which three couples will have to dance for their lives. Keep checking back; I'll have live thoughts throughout the hour-long results show.
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Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance
Tonight's group performance is a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop routine danced to Ne-Yo's "Closer. Woah, it's cool! The lights turn off, and all the dancers have glow-in-the-dark stripes on their sleeves. Neat effect.
Cat Deeley comes out on stage, all sleek with a black sheath. Her hair is too poufy, though, with a big black poufy thing on one side. She welcomes our....joodges! Again, Mia Michaels joins Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Nigel gives some updates on the battle that he mentioned last week. Phillip Chbeeb will indeed be battling Robert Muraine in the finale of So You Think You Can Dance
The first two couples to learn their fates are Comfort Fedoke
and Thayne Jasperson
, and Katee Shean
and Joshua Allen
. As expected, Katee and Josh are safe, but Comfort and Thayne are the first couple to be named in the bottom three, their fourth time.
The next two couples to be brought out are Jessica King
and William Wingfield
, and Chelsie Hightower
and Mark Kanemura
. Jessica and Will had both my favorite and least favorite routines of the night, so it'll be interesting to see how the votes went last night. Well, it looks like the votes didn't go Jessica and Will's way because they are the next couple in the bottom three. Chelsie and Mark are safe.
Two more couples left to get their results: either Courtney Galiano
and Gev Manoukian
, or Kherington Payne
and Twitch Boss
will be in the bottom three. And it's going to be Kherington and Twitch. Courtney and Gev are safe.
Three members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater take the stage to perform to "Sinner Man." Ooh, I absolutely adore the Alvin Ailey troupe. This first dude is amazingly athletic and exciting. Two other dudes join him after a spell, and it's remarkable how uniformly they dance together, as if they are one organism.
Now it's time for the solos. First up, Comfort, dancing to "Oh Timbaland." She seems really frenetic and desperate tonight, maybe because she has been in the bottom three so many times. I'm not entirely impressed with her solo.
Thayne comes out and dances to OneRepublic's "Come Home." His solos haven't changed very much these past weeks. He still has the same softness in his dancing, which is beautiful but sometimes a bit boring.
Jessica comes out and dances to Adele's "Best For Last." I'm not thrilled with her choreography at all. She shows a lot of technique in her short solo, but it's not as aesthetically pleasing as some other solos.
Will comes out wearing just shorts and dances to "Daraijan" by Kodo, an instrumentally piece of mostly drumming. His solo is amazing. Really, really inventive choreography, with tons of speed, leaps, and style.
Kherington dances to OneRepublic as well, this time, the song "All We Are." She looks like she worked on her solo last night. There are lots of turns and beautiful lines.
Twitch comes out and hip hops to "We Gonna Win" by Miri Ben-Ari. I love his dancing because he incorporates so many fun and different moves. He does this one thing that is somewhat evocative of Irish clog dancing too. After his solo, he tells Cat that his inspiration for the solo was the painting, "The Maestro."
The three judges file out of the auditorium to make their decision on which two dancers to cut. While they do that, Katy Perry comes out and sings "I Kissed a Girl." Katy Perry is really adorably cute tonight, with a super-short yellow mini-dress and a yellow flower in her bouncy, bouncy hair, but I'm not a huge fan of her voice.
After the break, the judges are back, and Nigel gives the verdict. Kherington is safe. Nigel tells Comfort that he liked her solo, but he was disappointed in Jessica's. However, Jessica is safe because of her stunning contemporary routine last night, so it's Comfort who will be heading home.
And now the boys. Nigel tells Twitch that his unique style and musicality are outstanding. Twitch is safe. Nigel tells Will that he wouldn't be out of place with the Alvin Ailey dancers. Will is safe. That means that Thayne must say good-bye, even though Nigel wishes that he could have kept all three boys tonight.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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