So You Think You Can Dance: Top 18 Performance Show Recap
So You Think You Can Dance: Top 18 Performance Show Recap
The talent level of season of So You Think You Can Dance was high, if not a little shallow.  The cream of the crop was incredible, but it lacked depth.  The 2007 version of So You Think You Can Dance is remarkable in its all-around depth.  Everyone brings something to the table, and the talents are unique.  We are seeing an unprecedented crop of dancers who are able to branch out from their strengths and admirably perform routines light years away from what they're used to.  I have no idea which couples will be in the bottom three and I have no idea who will be eliminated tonight.  That's how close the dancers are right now.  I don't think the judges have a clue either, and if they thought last week was a hard decision, it might end up being the easiest they have all season.

Here's a look at each of the couple's routines from last night's So You Think You Can Dance:


Lauren Gottleib and Neil Haskell - Hip/Hop

Lauren and Neil's hip-hop routine was choreographed by newcomer Dave Scott, who has worked on You Got Served and whatnot, and his routine is a fun one.  It makes Neil's acrobatic ability a big part of the dance, and he does this crazy dive/somersault over Lauren, traveling about twelve feet in the process.  Lauren is still solid, but she was outshined by Neil on this one.


Jessi Peralta and Pasha Pkovalev - Jazz

Perhaps my favorite routine.  The dance that Tyce DiOrio ends up concocting is a “tribal jazz” thing and the two dancers are up to the challenge.  Jessi is my favorite female dancer up to this point and Pasha has been impressive with his adaptability.  The judges, especially Mia Michaels, love the routine.


Jaimie Goodwin and Hok Konishi - Samba

The samba is just okay, at least to me, and I don't think Hok is going to make it much further in the competition.  His fellow B-Boyer, Dominic, has fared much better with transitioning into other styles of dance.  Nonetheless, the routine isn't bad and Jaimie has some big potential, although she could go home tonight, given how stiff the competition is.  Nigel isn't a huge fan of the choreography, saying it veers too much from classic samba.  Oh.


Sabra Johnson and Dominic Sandoval - Contemporary

Sabra and Dominic seem to be this year's sentimental favorite.  Dom has never partnered or had any formal training, and Sabra only began dancing a couple of years ago.  They perform a contemporary routine in which they portray birds and a beast and some other stuff that attempts to tell a story that I didn't at all pay attention to.  Dom performs as well as you could expect a guy who has never done this before to.  Mia has an almost tearful moment praising Dominic, and the judges love the both of them.  It'll be interesting to see if Dominic can continue improving. 


Faina Savich and Cedric Gardiner - Foxtrot

The foxtrot is notoriously difficult (or, at least I think it is, maybe I just made that up) and Cedric falls victim to its treachery.  Cedric is not a ballroom/formal dancer and it shows during and awkward routine on his part.  The judges beat him up a little bit, but do mention that Faina was quite good in a genre that was right up her alley.


Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron Bink - Broadway

These two are turning into one of the power couples already.  They have good chemistry and have now managed two good-to-great performances in a row.  Lacey shows her pedigree again.  Although, she does try to be sexy and it only half works.  Kameron is a solid dancer and has kept up with Lacey in both routines.  I'm worried that they'll struggle when they get a dance like hip/hop.  We'll see.


Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell - Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz is a slow dance, and these two manage to perform it admirably.  I only thought the routine was okay, but I have an irrational bias against waltzes, it seems, because the judges love it.  Mia loves Danny's hands, which I think is a weird thing to comment on, but that's why she's Mia Michaels and I'm not.  Anya is another one of the many girls left in the competition who are incredible dancers. 


Shauna Noland and Jimmy Arguello - Hip/Hop

I have a feeling that the judges want to eliminate Shauna this week and, in fact, that they wanted to eliminate her last week, but she wasn't in the bottom three.  I don't think she'll be in the bottom three this week, which will force the judges into a difficult decision, once again.  The routine last night featured some “stepping” which was cool, as was the entire routine.  Both dancers handled themselves well outside of their preferred genre.


Sara Von Gillern and Jesus Solario  - Paso Doble

Jesus was good here in the Paso Doble, but the real story is Sarah, who actually cleans up quite nicely once out of her B-Girl gear.  This was the first time she had ever danced in heels and couple that with the fact that she's had zero formal training, then you can understand just how impressive she was.  I hop she makes it far in the competition.


-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer


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