So You Think You Can Dance: Top 12 Performance Show, Live Thoughts
It's already down to 12 on So You Think You Can Dance, and the competition is what you might call "fierce".   The fat has been trimmed from the contestant pool and only very able dancers remain.  The word on the street is that Wade Robson will be the guest judge this week, putting an end to the celebrity judge phenomenon.  Who will make an impression tonight?  My prediction is that Hok, again, comes up short in his partner routine and gives the judges no choice but to send him home.  As for the ladies, it's all up in the air.  I'll be here throughout tonight's 90-minute edition giving updates as the show moves along.

Why, hello, Cat Deeley.  Looking rather fetching tonight, aren't we?  I don't care that your nose is a bit crooked. 

Silly solo intro time!  Nothing of interest to report. 

Cat drops the news: this is the last time these couples will dance together.  After tonight, couples will be randomly selected on a weekly basis.  Also, this is a big week because everyone who advances gets to perform on the So You Think You Can Dance tour.

Nigel got a haircut.  Wade Robson is the guest judge.  Cat compares the So You Think You Can Dance tour to Beatlemania.  Overstatement of the year?

Mary uses the phrase “runaway horse.”  Wade says he doesn't want to see a dancer up there on stage, he wants to see a human.  Whatever, hippie. 

Sabra and Dominic will kick off the show with a Jive routine...after the break.

In the pre-taped segments, the couples are talking about what they like and dislike about each other.  I'm pretty sure they all like each other, or will be edited to make us believe that. 

Dominic doesn't seem to enthused about dancing the Jive.  Let's see how they do. 

I'll say this much: if you didn't know Dominic's background, you wouldn't guess that he was a B-Boy.  Also, you can't fake the chemistry these two have.  An energetic, well-danced routine.  Really good, fun choreography as well. 

Judges love it.  Mary has a couple minor gripes.  Nigel calls these two the best couple since Heidi and Benji.  High praise. 

Jaimie and Hok are next, performing a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine.  This is a very important dance number.  If Hok isn't great, he may be going home. 

Jaimie likes “the whole idea of Hok”.  Hok likes Jaimie's hair.  They seem to have a pretty weird relationship. 

Travis Wall is assisting Tyce in teaching the routine to the couple.  There's some sort of story here, but I'm not paying attention.  Hok plays an old man or something. 

It's a slow, smooth piece that's performed flawlessly, to my eye.  It seems like an easy routine.  But I could be wrong.  I enjoyed, it was different and cool. 

Wade didn't get that Hok was an old man.  He didn't think they connected with the story.  Mary agrees, and has a lot of criticisms for Hok.  They all love Jaimie, as they should, but this might be the nail in Hok's coffin. 

Sara and Pasha will be dancing a Jazz routine tonight.  I'm a big fan of both these guys, especially Sara, so I hope they do well.  Their routine is choreographed by the other Mandy Moore.  There's a lot of Jazz hands in this routine.  Well, alrighty then.

This is straight out of the 80s.  They look dressed up for an 80s fitness infomercial, and are dancing to a Queen song.  Saying that, this was an awesome routine.  They made creative use of their matching suspenders.  It was fun, retro, sexy.  Wade loved it.  Mary and Nigel have minor qualms, and question whether it was enough to keep them out of the bottom three.  But, on the whole, they all loved it.

Lauren and Neil will be encompassing a Mia Michaels contemporary routine tonight.  These two were great last week, let's see if they can keep it up.  Lauren is getting beat up physically in practice with Mia. 

Oh, man.  I don't know how to explain that one.  They were wearing goggles and matching short sleeve dress shirts with ties.  And colored gloves.  They were robots, or bobblehead dolls, or...I don't know.  It was strangely entertaining and weird.  They weren't totally in sync at points, but well-executed. 

The judges liked it, although they all admit that they didn't understand it. 

Anya and Danny are up next.  A lot of people love Danny.  I know he's a great dancer, but it doesn't have a lot of life in my mind.  But, then again, I don't know anything.  They'll be dancing the Foxtrot tonight. 

Well done, Danny and Anya.  That was right up Danny's alley and it was, admittedly, incredible.  His best performance of the season.  It was elegant and beautiful.  The judges absolutely love it.  Mary gives them a scream and me a headache.  Nigel calls it the best Foxtrot he's ever seen on the show. 

Lacey and Kameron will finish up the show tonight with a hip/hop routine from Dan Karaty.  This could be pretty awesome.  They're both pretty excited about doing a little hip/hop.  The routine is a boy/girl story.  We'll see what that means.

So, first off, they're dancing to a Fergie song, which is distracting because Fergie songs are really, really bad.  On this particular atrocity, Fergie has sampled a Temptations song, which hugely offensive. Anyway, I wanted to like this routine more than I did.  Lacey played a dirty girl and Kameron a nice guy.  It was suggestive, but somewhat weak.  The judges are all pretty down on the routine, and Kameron especially.  Wade has a lot of critiques.  I agree with the judges.

All right, that's the show.  Tomorrow's going to be interesting.  I have absolutely no idea which couples will be in the bottom three.  Who do you think should be sent home tomorrow?

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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