June 13, 2007 10:12 PM by Joe Blackmon
To kick off the performance show for the top twenty So You Think You
Can Dance contestants, host Cat Deeley introduced the three judges: Dan
Karaty, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. After a recap of the journey
to date of the top twenty dancers, the contestants danced in pairs.
The first pair of Jaimie Goodwin and Hok Konishi danced hip-hop to Tambourine by Eve. Dan Karaty said “I appreciated the effort.” Mary Murphy said “I’m afraid maybe at the end of the day this might be slightly forgettable.” Nigel Lythgoe said “I find you more exciting than some of the choreography that was there this evening.”
The second pair of Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell danced jive to Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne. Dan Karaty said “That just looked too easy, and I mean that in a good way.” Mary Murphy said “Just amazing.” Nigel Lythgoe said “You two as partners look fantastic.”
The third pair of Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron Bink danced to Dancing by Elisa. Dan Karaty praised Lacey but called Kameron, “a bit of a prop.” Mary Murphy said “You brought the hair right up off my arm.” Nigel Lythgoe said “I think without question Lacey, you were the star of the routine.”
The fourth pair of Sabra Johnson and Dominic Sandoval danced disco to No More Tears by Donna Summers & Westlife. Dan Karaty said “It was good. I didn’t think it was great.” Mary Murphy said “It was really, really good.” Nigel Lythgoe said “I think you both did a great job.”
The fifth pair of Ashlee Langas and Ricky Palomino danced the Argentine tango to Sentimiento Tanguero by Trio Federico-Berlingieri. Dan Karaty said “It wasn’t that sexy.” Mary Murphy said “You guys absolutely looked sizzling, but the dancing wasn’t sizzling.” Nigel Lythgoe said “We weren’t sure who was leading who.”
The sixth pair of Sara Von Gillern and JesÃƒs Solorio danced to Cabaret Hoover from the Triplets of Belleville soundtrack. Dan said “You hit it. It was great. Mary Murphy said “It was twisted, demented, and spectacular.” Nigel Lythgoe said “We were delighted at trying to figure out the different styles.”
The seventh pair of Jessi Peralta and Pasha Kovalev danced a smooth Waltz to Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. Dan Karaty said “I feel like you just floated around the stage and it was so beautiful to watch.” Mary Murphy said “It was classy. It was elegant.” Nigel Lythgoe said “I don’t know many young ladies in the audience tonight that wouldn’t love to be in that gown, dancing in Pasha’s arms.”
The eighth pair of Faina Savich and Cedric Gardner danced hip-hop to Get It Shawty by Lloyd. Dan Karaty said “I felt like it was two soloist out on the floor dancing.” Mary Murphy said “Great job for your first time.” Nigel Lythgoe said “It became from Faina a little bit like dance by numbers.”
The ninth pair of Lauren Gottlieb and Neil Haskell danced Salsa to “Friday Night Rhythm” by Mazerati 5. Dan Karaty said “The dancing was good. The performance didn’t match the dancing.” Mary Murphy said “Neil, it was a little bit like a cheerleader doing this routine.” Nigel Lythgoe thought Lauren was hot but felt Neil needed to get “down and dirty.”
The tenth pair of Shauna Noland and Jimmy Arguello danced Broadway to “Ease On Down The Road” from The Wiz. Dan Karaty said “I thought you guys had a blast out on the stage, and it was fun to watch.” Mary Murphy said “Congratulations, welcome to the big stage.” Nigel Lythgoe said “Shauna, I don’t think you’re helped by that outfit. I thought you looked a little bit frumpy and dumpy in it.”
When the judges were asked who was in most danger, only one of the judges answered the question. Nigel Lythgoe said last year’s winner Benji Schwimmer was in danger because the new dancers were going to wipe the floor with him. Mary Murphy said she didn’t know who was in danger, but she knew Anya and Danny were safe. Dan Karaty said that unfortunately Ashlee and Ricky were in a little bit of danger.