June 16, 2010 08:15 PM by Nancy Floyd
Tonight on an all-new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance, the competition kicks off as the top 11 take the stage. Teaming up with the returning all-stars, the top 11 take on routines choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon, Tyce Diorio, Mandy Moore, Travis Wall and more. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s episode…
Season seven ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance is officially underway as the Top 11 take the stage for the first night of competition. For the first time inÂ So You Think You Can Dance history, the performance show is going to be completely LIVE!! That means dancers won’t have the luxury of redos or editing. Let’s hope they hit their marks right the first time. Cat Deely, looking gorgeous as always, introduces the Top 11 competitors and the judges, Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman.
The first dancer to take the stage is Billy Bell, teamed up with contemporary All-Star, Lauren. They’ll be working on a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. A Broadway routine for this pair? Â Sounds like an ace in the hole. I’m not sure what my favorite part of this routine is. The song choice (Footloose), the locker props,Â Billy Bell’s leather jacket/crazy hair combo, or their amazing dancing. Safe to say they’d make Kevin Bacon proud. Not surprisingly, the judges love Billy & Lauren’s routine. The only constructive criticism the judges have for Billy is that Mia would like him to dance less like a boy and more like a man and Adam Shankman would like him to do a better job staying in character.
The next couple to take the stage onÂ So You Think You Can Dance is Top 11 contender, salsa dancer Cristina Santana, joined by All-Star Mark from season four. The couple is teaming up to do a snake-inspired jazz routine from Sonja Tayeh. The dark dance includes a lot of lifting, slinking around, and Sonja’s trademark sharp movements. Nigel Lythgoe thought Cristina was “brilliant,” Mia Michaels called it “awesome and unexpected,” and Adam Shankman was “stunned.”
Breakdancer Jose Ruiz will be partnered with All-Star Comfort for an animalistic hip-hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. As expected, these two both thrive in their own genre, especially when given a supercool performance from NappyTab to work with. The judges are impressed with Jose’s dancing ability and his growth thus far in the competition.
Next up, contemporary dancer Adechike Torbert is working with All-Star Katherine for a Travis Wall jazz routine. They’ll be doing a sexy secretary fantasy dance to an awesome cover of “Addicted to Love.” The choreography is amazing and Katherine looks super hot (although I’m concerned with how a person’s legs can bend at those angles), but Adechike doesn’t shine quite as much as expected. He performs the moves well, but lacks chemistry with his partner. All in all, he leaves the judges wanting more.
The fifth couple to take the stage on tonight’s episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance is tapper Melinda Sullivan and ballroom All-Star Pasha dancing a jive routine from Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin. Melinda is supposed to pretend to be in love with Pasha during the routine. Um, how hard could that be?! I’m in love with Pasha right now. Their high-energy, over-the-top performance doesn’t quite win over the judges. Probably because Pasha never took his shirt off.
Ballet dancer Alex Wong and contemporary All-Star Allison are working on an emotional routine with Sonja Tayeh to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. The dance, which is probably one of the most beautiful routines that Sonja has choreographed for the show, showcases the brilliant technique and talent of the couple and demonstrates once again how crazy freaky strong Alex is. The performance gives Cat Deeley the first chills of the season and has Nigel Lythgoe saying Alex has set a new standard forÂ So You Think You Can Dance. Mia Michaels goes so far as to say that the routine is the greatest dance ever performed in the history ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance. These extravagant compliments bring Alex to tears and probably cause him to pee his pants (although that part isn’t shown on TV).
Alexie Agdeppa is teaming up with Twitch for a steamy hip-hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. It’s hard to watch Alexie when Twitch is on the stage but I think she does ok. Every now and then when I glance over at her, she hasn’t fallen down or anything. The risque routine earns mixed reviews from the judges. Overall, Alexie is just too cute. In life, cute is good. In dirty hip hop, cute is not necessarily the goal.
Contemporary dancer Lauren Froderman will be doing a Mandy Moore pop-jazz routine with All-Star Ade. They’re dancing a sexy routine to the Twix song, Oh Yeah. The choreography includes a lot of moves that require Ade to throw Lauren all over the place and/or require Lauren to do crazy variations of the splits. Technically, Lauren is deemed flawless, but performance-wise, she could use a little work.
The next couple hitting the floor is contemporary dancer Kent Boyd and ballroom All-Star Anya for a cha-cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin. I’m already nervous to see how this adorable small-town boy is going to do when partnered with the sultry Anya. This is the kid who, just last week, said he wanted to end up with a woman like his mom. I’m guessing Mama Boyd wouldn’t be caught dead in the skimpy pink fringe number than Anya is shaking. Somehow, precious little Kent pulls out a great performance and wins rave reviews from the judges.
Ashley Galvan is pairing up with All-Star Neil for a contemporary routine by Tyce Diorio. The emotional performance–based on the greatest gift anyone can ever receive: love (Tyce’s words, not mine…I would never say something so lame)–involves a lot of amazing lifts and moves where Ashley flings herself across the stage at Neil. The judges were wowed by Ashley’s talent, but hoped for more emotion.
The final couple to take theÂ So You Think You Can Dance stage is Robert Roldan and All-Star Courtney. They’re performing an African routine from choreographerÂ Sean Cheesman. The judges absolutely loved the technical performance. Nigel thinks Robert is the dark horse in the competition, Mia Michaels might possibly want to date him, and Adam Shankman thinks Robert might be the best male contemporary dancer in the history of the show.