'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 18 Dance and 2 Go Home
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 18 Dance and 2 Go Home
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Are you ready for another exciting night of competition, So You Think You Can Dance fans? Last time we were forced to say goodbye to ballroom dancers Malene Ostergaard and Nick Garcia. It seems too soon to be losing dancers, but such is the nature of this show, and it must go on!

This time we also have a live musical performance from A Great Big World, performing their hit "Say Something."

Now we face some other burning So You Think You Can Dance questions. Is your favorite dancer safe? Will anyone get a ticket on the hot tamale train? And, of course, what will our hostess Cat Deeley don tonight?

Get set. This is the So You Think You Can Dance live blog!

The show kicks off with a wild group number with the dancers dressed as chess pieces on a chess board. It is kind of weird, and I kind of love it. It is choreographed by two members of the crew Academy of Villains: Christopher "Pharside" Jennings and Krystal Meraz.

Now it is time to welcome our esteemed JUDGES! Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are joined once again by ballerina Misty Copeland.  We will also find out the most surprising things the dancers have learned about their partners. Here come some results:

The Bottom 6 Dancers

Bridget Whitman
Emilio Dosal
Emily James
Stanley Glover
Jourdan Epstein
Teddy Coffey

Jacque LeWarne and Zack Everhart, Jr.
Hip-Hop choreographed by Keone and Mari

Jacque reveals that Zack loves swimming. We find out that Jacque is obsessed with Rudy. This information comes from a very reputable source -- Rudy. This routine has a lot of intricate hand moves. I really enjoy this performance and the chemistry between Zack and Jacque. Mary praises the routine and their connection. Nigel praises their versatility.

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Jourdan Epstein and Marcquet Hill
Contemporary choreographed by Dee Caspary

Marcquet was surprised at how often Jourdan likes to work out. Marcquet is a member of a hip-hop crew. This routine is all about connection. Some of the lifts are splendid, but I don't feel very much emotion from this duo. Nigel isn't sure why he isn't connecting with either Jourdan or Marcquet. Misty thinks Marcquet is missing something with the grounding of his feet which causes him to wobble during some of the lifts.

Jessica Richens and Stanley Glover
Jazz choreographed by Tyce Diorio

Jessica lets us in on the fact that Stanley is an aspiring model. Meanwhile, we find out that Jessica likes to surf. This dance, about a magic carpet ride, is in the dancers' wheel house. Although the dance is supposed to convey the movement of the flying carpet, I am not sure that it did. Misty feels both of the dancers overuse their facial expressions. Mary enjoys the routine, but Nigel is still concerned about Jessica's facial expressions and Stanley's core.

Bridget Whitman and Emilio Dosal
Jive choreographed by Anya and Pasha

Bridget shares that Emilio has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Bridget's secret is that she enjoys Renaissance Fairs and has a magic wand. The performance is light and fun. Mary likes this jive, but thinks that Emilio didn't quite catch on as much as Bridget as far as technique goes. Nigel praises both dancers and is sad that they are in the bottom six.

Emily James and Teddy Coffey

Contemporary choreographed by Tyce Diorio

So what have Emily and Teddy discovered about each other? Namely that Emily is a spear-fishing ace, and Teddy is super competitive at board games. This routine, about a desperate love relationship, is moody and emotional. Nigel gives raves to both Emily and Teddy. Misty feels that Emily was "stunning," and she is shocked that Teddy is a hip-hop dancer. This is one of the best performances of the night, in my opinion.

Brooklyn Fullmer and Casey Askew
Jazz choreographed by Bonnie Story

Casey shares that Brooklyn likes to skateboard, while she confesses that Casey has a pretty serious wardrobe. This routine about a prom is breezy and flirty. Mary finds the performance enjoyable, while reminding Brooklyn about some technique issues. Mary feels that Casey was "on fire," and Nigel cautions Brooklyn to move up to Casey's level.


National Dance Day

Cat reminds us about National Dance Day, which is July 26, and Mary Murphy will be at Universal City in L.A. creating a huge flash mob. That sounds fun!

Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda
Viennese Waltz choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer

Ricky explains that his partner, Valerie, is obsessed with pigs. We find out that Ricky dressed as his high school mascot, a barracuda. Yikes! I loved the romance, elegance, and tenderness of this dance. Nigel gives this duo a standing ovation, and finds their performance "magnificent." Mary warns Ricky about his leg action, and reminds Valerie about her top line. Mary is so excited that she spills her drink!

Carly Blaney and Serge Onik
Hip-Hop choreographed by Luther Brown

Serge is best buddies and room-mates with ballroom pros Maksim and Val from Dancing with the Stars. Carly is a member of her college dance team. In this routine Carly and Serge are creepy skeletons. Their performance is amazing and full of swag. Nigel feels that the routine will not motivate people to vote, even though he feels this couple worked hard. Misty is impressed, and she feels that Carly stole the show. Mary agrees with Misty, and compliments both dancers.

Tanisha Belnap and Rudy Abreu
Broadway choreographed by Warren Carlyle

Tanisha spills that Rudy has a crush on Jacque. We seem to have a romantic connection here, folks! Rudy lets us know that Tanisha comes from a huge family. This dance features canes as a prop. Both Tanisha and Rudy are stellar in this dance, which has a classic Broadway feel. They even earn a standing ovation from all three judges. Mary thinks she will remember this routine at the end of this season, which is high praise, indeed. Both dancers get raves all around. Cat doesn't let Rudy get away without finding out who brings out the best in him--Jacque! Rudy even confesses that she is "perfect." Who doesn't love an actual show romance?

Musical Performance

A Great Big World performs "Say Something" with a children's choir. It is a nice performance.

Now on to more results!

The Bottom Six Dancers
Bridget Whitman
Emilio Dosal
Emily James
Stanley Glover
Jourdan Epstein
Teddy Coffey

Eliminated:
Jourdan Epstein
Stanley Glover

The judges decided to go with America's vote from last time. Jourdan is tearful while Stanley thanks everyone at So You Think You Can Dance.

Go to Fox.com/Dance or use the Fox Now App to vote to save your favorite dancer from elimination.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on FOX

(Image courtesy of FOX)


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