So You Think You Can Dance: Top 8 Performance Show, Live Thoughts
We're down to the final eight on So You Think You Can Dance, and the quality of the remaining dancers is ridiculously high.  Everyone is both talented and unique, and it should make the rest of the season exciting to watch.  Tonight, each new couple will be performing two couples routines, doing away with the ill-fated Wednesday solos that plagued last week.  Who will the partners be?  Who will rise to the occasion?  I'll be here all night, updating live throughout the 90-minute show.

I don't even want to talk about the silly intro solos any more.  So, I won't.

Wow, Hairspray director/choreographer Adam Shankman is back on the judges panel.  Didn't expect that.

Danny and Sara are coupled up, which is interesting.  They'll be dancing the Argentine Tango and Hip/Hop.  I'm guessing they do pretty well tonight, I like those genres for them.  They kick off the show with the tango.

And I was right.  They kicked that tango's ass, at least that's how it looked to me.  It was about as sexy a dance as you will find on this show.  They did this crazy pretzel move at the end which was sweet, but the whole thing was great.  Shankman goes nuts over the whole routine, giving huge props to both of them, even calling Danny the best male dancer ever on the show.  Mary and Nigel love it too.  That's going to be tough to beat tonight.

Dominic chooses Lauren out of the hat, and they'll be dancing Krump and the Rumba.  They should be damn good at Krump, but I'm not so sure about the Rumba. They start with Krump.

Hmm.  I'm not all that impressed with the routine, although I wanted to be.  They performed it well, they were together, but it didn't look too difficult.  But, they played the parts well, and I can't really fault the dancers for anything.  The judges echo my sentiments, I think.  They like it okay, Nigel didn't like the song they performed to, which was a 50 Cent track.  Lauren is hot, by the way.

Mary cleavage!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Neil and Lacey take the stage next.  They'll be performing a Latin Jazz routine first, with a contemporary routine later on.  They're doing a crazy lift during this routine.  Let's see if Neil drops her.  Neil is performing shirtless, if that does anything for you.  The routine is solid.  They dance okay together, and they had some undeniably sensual moments.  Shankman didn't like the disconnect between the partners.  Mary didn't see any chemistry in the routine and though there were some awkward moments.  Nigel didn't like the performances, thinks it lacked passion. 

Pasha and Sabra are teamed.  Thye've got Broadway first, followed by the Quick Step.  This could be a good partnership.  Pasha has been great with every partner he'd had.  The routine was somewhat cool.  There was a lot of running around on stage.  Very energetic.  They did about as good as you could hope.  Shankman didn't think he was going to like it, but ended up loving it, especially Sabra.  Mary screams her approval.  I wasn't quick enough with the mute button.  Nigel loves it as well, giving Tyce DiOrio props for creating the routine. 

Sara and Danny are back up to perform their second routine of the night.  It's a Shane Sparks hip/hop routine and I'm really looking forward to it.  They dance to Salt and Pepa's “Push It”, and it's not all that good.  Sara is really good, but Danny isn't.  The judges are pretty down on the routine, and they should be.  It was sloppy, and just shows Danny's lack of versatility.

Lauren and Dominic hit the stage to perform the Rumba.  I know that Lauren will be up for it, and I hope Dominic does well.  Damn.  That was sexy.  Besides the fact that Lauren was wearing a ridiculously hot dress with very little fabric, the routine was incredible.  Shankman didn't think it was really a Rumba.  Mary has some minor complaints that I don't really care about.  Nigel is not happy with the choreographers, didn't think they were challenging the dancers.  Maybe the routine wasn't that great and I was just blinded by Lauren's hotness.

It's Mia Michaels time.  She talks about how this dance is about Mia reuniting with her deceased father in heaven.  It involves a lot of flowers as well.  I don't know, man.  I feel like this is going to get a lot of praise just because of the subject matter.  How can you say anything negative about this, given the subject matter?  It was very good, and they performed it awesomely, but the degree of difficulty didn't seem too high.  But, what do I know?  Shankman says it will go down as one of the all-time great dance routines on television.  Mary is crying, and Nigel says that Mary is going through some personal times at the moment (he's dead serious).  Nigel gives them a ton of props. 

Pasha and Sabra end the night with a Quick Step.  This is always a very hard style of dance.  Sabra has a difficult time in rehearsal.  I'm betting she figures it out.  And, they knock it out of the park.  As far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't look like they've messed up, you've done a great job on the Quick Step.  Shankman is in love with Sabra.  She's been incredible tonight.  Mary and Nigel loved it.  Nigel calls them the best couple of the night.    

That was a good night of dancing.  We'll be back later tonight with a full recap.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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