'So You Think You Can Dance' Predictions: Which Top 16 Dancers Are Safe?
'So You Think You Can Dance' Predictions: Which Top 16 Dancers Are Safe?
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The performances from the So You Think You Can Dance Top 18 were jaw-dropping. We were also treated to a super-size judging panel when Emmy-winning choreographer and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul and FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Also adding to the tension was another change in the show's format. The bottom six dancers were announced at the top of the show. Sadly, Jade Zuberi tore his meniscus and had to withdraw from the competition.

Since Jade had to withdraw, no male dancers were sent home, which spared Dorian "BluPrint" Hector and Curtis Holland from having to dance for their lives, as Jade was also in the bottom six. That left Jasmine Mason, Jenna Johnson and Alexis Juliano to dance for their lives and a place in the competition. After the night's routines were performed, Jasmine Mason was cut from the competition by the judges. So let's try to glimpse the So You Think You Can Dance future based upon this week's dances.

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The Best of the Night

Several duos had stand-out performances, including Malece Miller. She danced with All-Star Marco since Jade's injury forced him out of the competition. Malece brought this Sonya Tayeh routine to life. It was dark and moody, as a Sonya Tayeh piece should be, and Malece gave her best performance so far.

My second favorite routine was the Spencer Liff jazz routine performed by Alexis Juliano and Nico Greetham. It was sexy and flirty, and I loved the premise of Alexis hypnotizing Nico to seduce him. I thought that this routine really showcased this pair's chemistry and connection. I loved it.

Makenzie Dustman and Paul Karmiryan's contemporary dance, which dealt with the subject of terminal illness and fear of loss, was beautiful. Period. It was emotional and spell-binding. On a side note, the fact that it was Nigel Lythgoe's birthday, and the dance made him depressed, was sort of amusing.

Who is in Danger?

This is difficult to predict because there were several performances which were fair or good but not amazing. I think that Jenna Johnson and Tucker Knox's hip-hop routine fell into this category. Although the judges enjoyed this jazz and hip-hop fusion, I felt frustrated because there wasn't very much conventional hip-hop in the routine.

Another couple who may be in trouble is Hayley Erbert and Curtis Holland. Their samba routine was fun, but at times the two dancers did not seem connected. This could count against them with the voters.

The quirky Sean Cheesman jazz routine performed by Jasmine Mason and Alan Bersten may have been a bit too quirky for my taste. (Yes, that is possible!) The premise, about royals having tea, did not gel in my opinion. Since Jasmine was eliminated, this routine could spell trouble for Alan Bersten.

Again, there were no terrible performances, just a few that fell short technically or due to the dancer's lack of connection. I think that any of these dancers could be in the bottom six and perilously close to being eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance.

Did your favorite dancer do enough to stay in the competition? Keep watching and find out!

So You Think You Can Dance resumes on July 23, and airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

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