'SYTYCD' Performance Recap: Only Four Remain
'SYTYCD' Performance Recap: Only Four Remain
Tara Spicer
Tara Spicer
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Last week was a week of finalities: Billy Bell's final dance. Jose Ruiz's final dance. And also the judges' final say in whatever happens from here on out. Which probably isn't good news if your name isn't Kent Boyd (I think I can safely say that he's safe from tomorrow night's elimination.) Tonight he, along with Lauren Froderman, Adechike Torbert, and Robert Roldan, will be dancing for a spot in the final three. Let's see who might be in danger of saying goodbye soon.

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Introduction

Cat Deeley is looking more sparkly than a Vegas lounge singer, and she opens the show with a dramatic video montage of the four remaining contestants. We're reminded (again) that the judges are powerless. They don't seem to mind too much, but maybe that's because they're excited to be sharing the judge table with Emmy-winning choreographer, Tyce Diorio.

Performances

The evening opens with a snappy broadway routine. All four dancers are dolled up (pun intended since this is a "Guys and Dolls" number), but I'm totally distracted by the back of Lauren's polka dot dress which is literally flapping the entire time. Following the performance, Tyce Diorio declares that, in working with all four dancers, Kent Boyd is the one who stands out the most. Shocking. 

Lauren Froderman and Pasha Kovalev
Style: Argentine Tango
This steamy dance wasn't Lauren's best (in my humble opinion), but the passion between these two can't be denied. Nigel Lythgoe declares that he wants to dance with Pasha himself, and Mia Michaels tells Lauren, "you just became a woman." Creepy.

Adechike Torbert and Lauren Gottlieb
Style: African Jazz
Hmmm. Did this dance remind anyone else of a keyed down Lion King number? While it was colorful and upbeat, I agree with Tyce Diorio when he says it needed to be bigger and better. At this stage in the competition, Adechike should be worried. He can't really afford a mediocre performance.

Robert Roldan and Anya Garnis
Style: Viennese Waltz
Anyone else think it's grossly unfair that Robert keeps getting stuck with the ballroom dances? I'm tempted to start spouting conspiracy theories, but I'll save it. I thought Robert and Anya were perfectly elegant, and Tyce Diorio says it best when he tells Robert that he wore the dance like a suit. Do I think he's safe? Nope.

Kent Boyd and Courtney Galiano
Style: Disco
Kent should probably be feeling grateful that he drew such an over-the-top dance style out of a hat because his cheesy grin might have gotten him in trouble otherwise. I'm so not impressed and neither are Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman. However, I won't go as far as Mia in saying it was the "worst performance of the season." Maybe she's having a bad week.

Lauren Froderman and Ade Obayomi
Style: Jazz
Holy. Crap. Lauren is amazing. Definitely my favorite performance so far. She may be the last girl standing, but I would be happy to see her as the last contestant standing. Her technical skills (read: crazy flips) in this routine are almost as fierce as her sparkly black widow costume. Adam Shankman pays her the biggest compliment of all: "I want to hire you!"

Adechike Torbert and Kathryn McCormick

Style: Contemporary
Ho hum. I found this dance a little on the boring side. I agree with the judges when they say that Adechike has grown a lot since the beginning of this show, and his solos have showed us his ability to be strong and fluid. This dance didn't show off any of his abilities.

Robert Roldan and Dominic Sandoval

Style: Hip-Hop
Holy creepy clowns, Batman! This dance was like a weird circus dreamscape, and Robert actually outdanced the all-star (when does that ever happen?) Nigel Lythgoe calls him "brilliant," Adam Shankman calls him "sick," and America better call in now so he's safe tomorrow.

Kent Boyd and Neil Haskell
Style: Contemporary
Looks like the best dance came last tonight. Kent reaches amazing heights in this routine (literally)! Tyce Diorio is dumbfounded ("Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?"), Mia Michaels breaks down crying, and Adam Shankman tells Kent that if this were the finale, he would have won the show. Translation: Kent Boyd is 150% safe tomorrow.

I'm guessing that Adechike may be the one to say his farewells tomorrow, but that's only my opinion. I want to hear from you all now. Opine away:




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