'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 16 Dance and 2 Go Home
'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: The Top 16 Dance and 2 Go Home
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Get ready for another exciting night of competition, So You Think You Can Dance fans! We said goodbye to ballerina Jourdan Epstein and contemporary dancer Stanley Glover last time. Will your favorite be going home after last week's votes? I have to say that I miss the solos, giving dancers the chance to "dance for their lives."

Besides a night of jaw-dropping dance routines, we will also have a singing performance from Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars.

Are you ready, dance fans? This is the So You Think You Can Dance live blog!

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We kick off with a group contemporary routine choreographed by Mandy Moore.  It is colorful and steamy.

Now welcome your JUDGES! Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are joined once again by ballerina Misty Copeland. Our hostess, Cat Deeley, is in her sparkly finest, as she should be.

Here come some results!

The Bottom 6 Dancers

Bridget Whitman
Marcquet Hill
Brooklyn Fullmer
Serge Onik
Tanisha Belnap
Zack Everhart, Jr.

Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda
Bollywood choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan

This week, the dancers reminisce about their first dance performance. Valerie, as a 4 years-old, performed her first tap routine, and her Dad danced with her. Rudy's first performance was a contemporary dance at 12 years-old. Ricky really shines in this routine, but Valerie seems hesitant at some points. Mary appreciates the energy of the routine, and compliments both dancers. Nigel thinks both dancers are safe from elimination next week.

Bridget Whitman and Emilio Dosal
Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall

Bridget's first performance included tripping because she was distracted by the Vaseline that her Mom put on her teeth so she would keep smiling. Yikes! Emilio was 19 years-old at the time of his first performance. This routine, which is about a person struggling to put their past behind them, is moody and dark. The dancers are dancing between the headboard and bottom rail of a bed. I like the emotion and athleticism of this dance. Nigel compliments Travis's choreography, Bridget's performance, and Emilio's growth. Mary calls the performance "special," and gives raves to both dancers. I heartily agree.

Tanisha Belnap and Rudy Abreu
Hip-Hop choreographed by Dave Scott

Tanisha first performed onstage in a group performance when she was 9 years-old, and her routine featured pom-poms. Rudy performed a salsa for his first onstage performance. This piece is about a deadly vixen with a poisonous kiss. This routine is slick, sexy, and very entertaining. Misty thinks both Tanisha and Rudy were amazing. Nigel agrees and tells Tanisha that she held his attention. Cat takes this opportunity to find out where Rudy last took Jacque on a date. I am a hopeless romantic, so I love that this year has a romance.

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Jessica Richens and Marcquet Hill
Foxtrot choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin

Jessica's first performance featured her tapping, and wearing a frilly pink dress. Marcquet first performed before an audience at a ballroom competition. I think that Jessica and Marcquet have some chemistry, but the dance also seems awkward in some sections. Mary thinks that Jessica did a fairly good job, but is unhappy with Marcquet's technique. In fairness, this is Marcquet's first time dancing American smooth. Nigel also calls out Dmitry on his choreography, and comments that Marcquet made him feel "uncomfortable." He also thinks that none of Jessica's performances have lived up to her first dance in the live shows. Ouch!

Carly Blaney and Serge Onik
Contemporary choreographed by Mandy Moore

Carly first danced in a tu-tu on her family's back deck. Serge performed in a suit at a ballroom competition. This routine, which is about desire, is simple and beautiful. Nigel is a fan of the performance, and tells both dancers that they are growing each week. Misty agrees, and tells them that she loves their partnership. I have to say this is my favorite routine of the night so far.

Emily James and Teddy Coffey
Salsa choreographed by Oksana and Jonathan

Teddy's first performance was with a tap trio, and he had honed his trade mark eye brow raises even then. Emily's first dance, in a ballet class, showed her independent spirit. Emily's foot slips but she recovers well. I think this salsa seems rough in parts. Misty feels that Emily seemed uncomfortable with her foot work. Mary thinks Teddy's performance was strong. Nigel reveals that Emily dislocated her shoulder this morning. Wow. She is a trouper!

Jacque LeWarne and Zack Everhart, Jr.
Jazz choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

What was Jacque's first performance? She danced in head-to-toe pink during a recital. Zack's debut performance was a tap routine. This piece is about a couple who had a fling in their past and decide to rekindle the flame. The routine is sexy and physically demanding. Zack kills it in this number. Mary likes the slinky routine, and both performances. Nigel calls the dance "remarkable."

Brooklyn Fullmer and Casey Askew
Hip-Hop choreographed by Will "Willdabeast" Adams

Casey was 8 years-old in his first hip-hop performance, and he had frosted tips in his hair. Brooklyn's first dance was in a tap routine. This number lacks swag, in my opinion. Nigel comments that both dancers need to get lower. Mary thinks the second part of the routine was strong, and that Brooklyn really stood out. 


Group Routines

Now we have two different group contemporary routines.

Brooklyn, Casey, Emily, Emilio, Tanisha, Serge, Valerie and Zack
Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

This number is about wounds that people have, and how they express themselves from the inside out. It is dark and brooding. I can't believe how physically demanding this dance is. Misty singles out Tanisha as standing out. Nigel loves the entire routine.

Bridget, Marcquet, Carly, Ricky, Jacque, Rudy, Jessica and Teddy
Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall

This piece is about outlaws and features aggressive movements and amazing lifts. I really like this number. Nigel gives this routine raves. Mary is a fan, as well, and stands up and gives a yell.

And Now for Something Completely Different

Lucy Hale sings her new country song, and it is a good performance.

The Bottom Six Dancers


Bridget Whitman
Marcquet Hill
Brooklyn Fullmer
Serge Onik
Tanisha Belnap
Zack Everhart, Jr.

Eliminated:

Marcquet Hill
Brooklyn Fullmer

Marcquet Hill and Brooklyn Fullmer have been eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance.

The judges have, once again, gone with America's vote. Next week four dancers will be eliminated.  Go to Fox.com/Dance or use the Fox Now App. to vote to save your favorite dancer.

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

(Image courtesy of FOX)


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