'SYTYCD' Top 8 Performance Recap: Two Times the Dancing
'SYTYCD' Top 8 Performance Recap: Two Times the Dancing
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're down to six boys and two girls on So You Think You Can Dance and the Top 8 are ready to dance twice as much. Each dancer gets two routines this week, one with an All-Star and one with a fellow competitor. After Alex Wong's brilliant Hip-Hop last week, we'll get even more same-sex dances that will hopefully be as creative and stunning as that one.

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Also, Thursday morning brings the Emmy nominations, which means the results show this week will hopefully pay homage to whatever dances from seasons 5 and 6 are recognized for Outstanding Choreography. I predict at least three nominations: Tyce Diorio's "cancer dance" with Melissa and Ade, Nappy Tabs' "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" routine with Legacy and Ellenore, and Travis Wall's beautifully sexy contemporary routine between Jeanine and Jason from season 5's Top 10 week. And even though it's a different show, I'll add in Derek Hough's futuristic Paso Doble with Joanna Krupa from season 9 of Dancing with the Stars, because it was genius.



Uh oh: Alex Wong is hurt! He can't perform tonight, and Nigel Lythgoe tells us that Alex is automatically in the Bottom 3 this week and if the medical reports come back and say he can't perform next week, he'll be eliminated. Sad!

Lauren Froderman and Pasha Kovalev
Cha-Cha choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux and France

It's a solid routine, but like everyone who dances with Pasha, she doesn't quite keep up with him, but it's still a nice and different kind of Lauren thanks to her Edyta Sliwinska-esque costume.

Jose Ruiz and Lauren Gottlieb
Contemporary choreographed by Mandy Moore

Thanks to Billy Bell, we all know that Jose is obsessed with Lauren's booty. I love the fact that this a serious, sensual dance, which means Jose can't fall back on his smile. He's deadly serious in the best way possible and does a blistering and hot dance. This is easily the best he's been so far.

Kent Boyd and Comfort Fedoke
Hip-Hop choreographed by Dave Scott

This is exactly what I predicted for Kent, so I'm pretty awesome. Sadly, the dance is not. Kent does as well as he probably can, but I honestly think Billy Bell was more convincing at Krumping. However, the judges all praise the fact that he was Justin Timberlake-esque. He was JT in the same way that O-Town is the same as N*Sync.

Adechike Torbert and Courtney Galiano
Jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore

I predicted these two to take on Broadway, but this is close enough. They perform a sexy flirtation at a bar, and I feel like he has the same problem as he did in the Top 11 where there isn't a whole lot of connection. Maybe it's the choreography, which doesn't give them a lot of work together, but I was hoping for something a little dirtier. However, I'll give him a pass because he lost a contact during the dance, but Mia Michaels absolutely HATED it. Wow, it looks like Mia and Adam Shankman have formed a secret alliance against Nigel and are setting the stage to eliminate Adechike tomorrow.

Billy Bell and Katee Shean
Broadway choreographed by Spencer Liff


It's an acrobatic routine that forced Billy's original partner, Allison Holker, to get sidelined due to a rib injury. It's pretty clear that the partner swap caused some chaos, but Billy nails the attitude of a cat burglar (with a song from Cats, which amuses me) that lets him prowl the stage. The judges praise the heck out of him, probably to avoid having him wind up in the Bottom 3 again.

Ashley Galvan and Dominic Sandoval
Hip-Hop choreographed by Nappy Tabs


Finally, Ashley is being challenged, and this is the exact style and pairing I predicted. They play a pair of ninja assassins and it's certainly the most entertaining performance I've seen in a long time with a wicked sense of humor. Ashley is pretty good at this style, doing the hardcore and comedic moves nicely.

Robert Roldan and Kathryn McCormick
Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman


This is right in Robert's wheelhouse, playing a Ken doll in a surreal jazz piece. He does a good job and Robert gets to do some overly exaggerated faces. Nigel spends most of his time pleading with the voters to stop putting him in the Bottom 3.

Adechike Torbert and Not Alex Wong
Bollywood choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan


This was supposed to be Alex Wong, but he's out so Nakul's assistant joins him. Adechike slaps a smile on his face and jumps around doing his thing. Nigel finds criticism because he felt Adechike wasn't sticking to the Bollywood style. Mia suggests that it felt more African than Indian, and I agree. Cat Deeley speaks up for Adechike by calling out the fact that the judges praised Jose for doing his own thing for Bollywood but they hate Adechike's version. Mia essentially admits that Jose is more likable, so she doesn't care.

Kent Boyd and Lauren Froderman
Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall


This show just reminded me why I miss the old format, because this was the best of the night so far. The story of two high school kids after prom fits with these two, and they have an intense emotional connection that brings out the best in both dancers. Kent Boyd isn't annoyingly silly, he's actually sensitive and romantic. However, Lauren wins my vote because she is scared of Bieber-style blowback of teen girls angry that she gets to be with Kent.

Robert Roldan and Ashley Galvan
Quickstep choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux and France


I'm glad to see Ashley being challenged this week, but the Quickstep is the dance of death on this show. I'm so distracted by the fact that they dance to a big band song with lyrics from the movie Labyrinth, which is unbelievably cool. If Robert was sporting as big a bulge as David Bowie did in that film, this would've been awesome. However, there's a reason it's the dance of death and that's because there are so many technical elements that these two just can't pull off. Please, SYTYCD, STOP MAKING PEOPLE DO THE QUICKSTEP!

Billy Bell and Jose Ruiz
African Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman


I predicted Billy would do African Jazz, but I thought he'd do it with Lauren Froderman.   In this dance, Jose is the hunter and Billy is a jaguar. So he goes from a cat burglar to a jungle cat, awesome. Billy has a lot of intense movement to handle and even though he's more Broadway, as Nigel says, he's still very good. On the other hand, Jose isn't very strong. Mia doesn't care that Billy wasn't tough, she still loved his animal and wants one in her house. Comment of the night goes to Cat, however, who says Billy should be in an emo band for his strange hair after the dance.


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