'SYTYCD' Top 11 Recap: It's All About the Boys
'SYTYCD' Top 11 Recap: It's All About the Boys
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The best reality show on TV is back and So You Think You Can Dance performances are here.  After last week's brilliant intro show, the bar has been set incredibly high for season 7, so the Top 11, the All-Stars and the choreographers have their work cut out for them.

Who will rise to the top and which dancers are in trouble for week 1?  Let's look at the Top 11 dances.  This is So You Think You Can Dance!

Kent Boyd is getting even cuter going for the open shirt sex appeal vote while Cat Deeley is sporting a massive hair bun big enough to sop up all the oil in the Gulf Coast.

Billy Bell and Lauren Gottlieb
Broadway choreographed by Tyce Diorio

They dance to "Footloose" and my boy Billy Belliot (my pet nickname for him) smiles and rocks out the whole time.  It's absolutely impossible not to be happy watching this talented dancer destroy the stage.  I'm basically in total love with Billy Bell right now after how much sheer enjoyment he just gave me, and the only complaint the judges have is that it was too boyish and young, but I don't know what else you'd want to see in "Footloose."
Prediction: 100 Percent Safe

Cristina Santana and Mark Kanamura
Jazz choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

This snake number was fine, but for me, it kind of emphasized one of the big problems with this season: some of the dancers may be upstaged by their all-star partners.  Cristina was perfectly acceptable and proficient, but there was nothing special as the snake dance and her snake partner swallowed her whole.
Prediction: In the Bottom, Maybe Going Home

Jose Ruiz and Comfort Fedoke
Hip-Hop choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon

Could the b-boy be any luckier?  Getting a hip-hop number with Comfort is an easy way for him to get his feet wet, and Nappy Tabs let him show off all his crowd-pleasing b-boy moves with a fun animal number that earned a Twilight shout-out from Cat and a True Blood reference from Nigel Lythgoe.  The judges were too busy making some of the most God-awful puns I've ever heard to make much sense.
Prediction: 100 Percent Safe

Adechike Torbert and Kathryn McCormick
Jazz choreographed by Travis Wall

Adechike was my prediction to go home first, but that's changed after the fact that he got a killer Travis Wall routine.  It's all about a businessman's dream come true as a sexy woman wanders into his office, and the judges are ultra-cruel about Adechike's total lack of sexual chemistry with her which is warranted because this is the most unsexy hyper-sexual dance ever, no matter how hard Kathryn works.  Based on their comments, Adechike could be in trouble, but Travis Wall's routine was so memorable that it could help a lackluster performance.
Prediction: Maybe in Trouble

Melinda Sullivan and Pasha Kovalev
Jive choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin

I predicted Melinda to be the last girl standing, which I seriously need to reconsider.  She got the worst possible luck in week 1 with a Jive routine with Pasha because she seemed very unsure of herself the whole time and it made me worried.  This is the polar opposite of what she can do and it was obvious.  This routine emphasized everything she can't do, which is sad, because there's a lot she can.  Give this girl a Nappy Tabs routine and she'll kill it.

On the bright side, she played Zoe Finn on As the World Turns, and a quick Google search reveals that she played a kidnapper who tried to rape her gay captive to become pregnant with his heir.  In other words, Melinda Sullivan was awesome.  Also, since the captive was Luke, played by Van Hansis, she's very lucky.  That's reason enough to vote for her, and it's definitely reason to watch ATWT if that kind of stuff is happening on a regular basis.
Prediction: In the Bottom, Maybe Going Home

Alex Wong and Allison Holker
Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh

They dance to Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah."  On American Idol, singing this song is a guarantee for safety, and the same can be said for So You Think You Can Dance.  The song is so damn good that it makes the dance seem absolutely beautiful.  The judges freak out about how brilliant it was and Mia Michaels calls it the best dancing ever in the history of any SYTYCD franchise anywhere.  Let's not go overboard.  For me, there's a little too much overacting and odd jerkiness that fights against the beauty of the song.  Hate me if you want, but I think the judges were carried away by the power of the song.
Prediction: 100 Percent Safe

Alexie Agdeppa and Twitch Boss
Hip-Hop choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon

Alexie was once judged by Adam Shankman on Star Search as part of the Hip-Hop Kids.  Sadly, she still looks and dances like a cute little Hip-Hop Kid.  Also, performing after Alex Wong, who made the judges redefine their expectations, is as unlucky as getting Jive the first week.
Prediction: In the Bottom, Maybe Going Home

Lauren Froderman and Ade Obayomi
Pop jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore

This is my kind of weird, a surreal date with two people falling all over each other on a couch.  Though Nigel saw no chemistry, I kind of like these two together with his massive grace and her cheerful tininess.  It was fun, if not great, but she should be fine.  Still, the judges rake her over the coals for being too superficial.
Prediction: 90 Percent Safe

Kent Boyd and Anya Garnis
Cha-Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin

Holy crap, Kent Boyd just won this whole competition.  Not only did his cuteness factor jump when he revealed that he was Homecoming King (against just 14 other boys in his class), but he nailed the Cha-Cha.  He came out looking a lot older, a lot sexier and a lot more confident.  If Kent can do this well in the first week with a ballroom number, there's no limit to what he can do.
Prediction: 100 Percent Safe (for the next nine weeks, at least)   

Ashley Galvan and Neil Haskell
Contemporary choreographed by Tyce Diorio

Getting a beautiful contemporary routine by Tyce with Neil is like hitting the Triple 7 on a slot machine and even though Ashley may not have the emotional depth yet to pull it off, she certainly was strong enough to avoid being drowned out by the power of the song, the dance and her partner, which was no easy feat.
Prediction: 100 Percent Safe

Robert Roldan and Courtney Galiano
African Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman

There's something very free-spirited about this number and Robert is definitely better than I gave him credit for being.  Nigel calls him the dark horse, which might be true, but I don't see him beating Kent.  Or Billy.  Or Alex.  Or maybe even Jose.  He's a little too bland and generic, like Craig Bierko.  In fact, I'm not 10 percent sure he ISN'T Craig Bierkio, or at least his younger brother.
Prediction: 100 Percent Sage

The Final Verdict

This is definitely the year of the boys, with Billy, Alex and Kent delivering my favorite performances while the girls are mostly at the bottom.

My Bottom 3 Prediction: Cristina, Melinda, Alexie
My Elimination Prediction: Cristina Santana

(Image courtesy of FOX)