The performances from the So You Think You Can Dance
top 20 were amazing, and there was one big twist: The eliminations happened at the top of the show!
The judges saved two dancers, Makenzie Dustman and Alan Bersten, from the bottom six. Then, Mariah Spears, Brittany Cherry, Carlos Garland and Jade Zuberi had to dance for their lives. The judges saved Mariah Spears and Jade Zuberi. Sadly, Brittany and Carlos danced to support their partners even though they were no longer in the So You Think You Can Dance
competition. That is true grace under pressure. Let's attempt to gaze into the future based on this week's performances.
The Best of the Night:
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My favorite So You Think You Can Dance routine of the night was, without question, Amy Yakima and DuShaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall as hip-hop bellhops. (Love it!) They brought both swag and star quality to the NappyTabs routine. Amy and Fik-Shun even danced on a luggage cart. It was the feel-good performance of the night. Nigel Lythgoe even predicted that they would both be in the finale if they continue to dance this well.
A close second was the Stacy Tookey contemporary piece that was danced by Mariah Spears and Carlos Garland. The routine was about a man who loses his memory in an accident, and the impact it has on his lover. Carlos, who was eliminated earlier in the show, danced beautifully. However, the real revelation was Mariah's performance: poignant and emotional. What a way to bounce back from being in the bottom six!
Rounding out my top three couples we have Makenzie Dustman and Paul Karmiryan who performed a jazz routine about a mad scientist who creates a female robot. This Sean Cheesman piece was sexy and dramatic. The audience went wild, as did the judges.
Who is in Danger?
This is a tough call. Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner performed a lyrical hip hop routine also choreographed by NappyTabs. The judges liked the performance, but I felt a disconnect between the dancers and the dance.
Although I enjoyed Malece Miller and Jade Zuber's Bollywood routine, I have to agree with the judges that they need to improve technically.
Alexis Juliano and Nico Greetham's contemporary dance, choreographed by Stacy Tookey, was another performance that was just sort of middle of the road. It was not a bad performance, it was just a bit underwhelming.
I think that any of these couples could be in danger of being in the So You Think You Can Dance bottom six. Again, there were no terrible performances just a few that seemed to lack a certain connection or technical edge. Is that enough to send someone home? Tune in to find out!
So You Think You Can Dance airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX
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