July 07, 2010 08:21 PM by Nancy Floyd
Tonight, on a brand new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance, the top 8 dancers are taking the stage…twice. Each finalist will perform one routine alongside a So You Think You Can Dance all-star and another routine with one of their fellow competitors. And that’s not all…one amazing dancer is forced to sit out this week after sustaining a major injury during rehearsals. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s incredible performances that include African jazz, the quickstep, and Bollywood…
On tonight’s new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance, the top 8 dancers will take the stage not once, but twice. Each dancer will pair up with an All-Star dancer they haven’t worked with in the past, as well as one of their fellow competitors.Â Cat Deeley takes the stage and immediately shares some upsetting news. During rehearsals yesterday, ballet dancer (and the most brilliant contestant this year)Â Alex injured himself and is unable to compete tonight. His fate is uncertain; he’ll definitely be in the bottom three tomorrow and if he continues in the competition but hasn’t recovered by next week, he’s automatically disqualified. I’ll begin the mourning process now. Bring on the sackcloth and ashes.
Ok, onto the competition.Â Lauren is the first dancer to perform and she’ll be pairing up with my boyfriend (Pasha) for the Cha-Cha, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. Their sexy performance, set to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” is made that much more risque by Lauren’s skimpy outfit. Her lady parts are only covered by a few rhinestones and some strategically placed white fringe. Pervy oldÂ Nigel Lythgoe clearly likes the costume (and maybe the dance too),Â Mia Michaels calls it “murderation” which I think is a good thing, andÂ Adam Shankman is so into the routine I think he might consider becoming straight.
Jose is up next doing an intimate contemporary routine with All-StarÂ Lauren. The performance about soul mates destined to be together allows Jose to get “close and personal” with Lauren, which he certainly doesn’t seem to mind. All three judges love the performance and praise Jose for his ability to bring honesty, joy, and humility into his routines. Their kind words move Jose to tears, somehow making him even more adorable and endearing than he already was.
Next,Â Kent is tackling hip hop with All-Star Comfort. The routine, choreographed by Dave Scott, is smooth, funky, and a little flirty. The small town boy, who normally looks like a deer in headlights, actually manages to look cool as he channels his inner Justin Timberlake. All three judges were pleased with his performance and compliment him on his growth thus far in the competition.
AdeChike is partnering with All-StarÂ Courtney for a sexy, seductive jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore. The entire routine takes place on and around a bar with AdeChike playing the role of bartender and Courtney playing a flirty temptress teasing him. Nigel Lythgoe calls it one of AdeChike’s best performances, but Mia Michaels thinks the dance was empty and mediocre.
Billy takes on Broadway next. His routine, choreographed byÂ Spencer Liff, requires him to be a burglar making his escape. He was supposed to be partnered with All-StarÂ Allison, but when she got injured during rehearsal, season 4 fan favorite Katee steps in to take her place. Yes!! I love that girl! The slinky performance is fun and mysterious. Nigel Lythgoe thinks this is the best Billy has ever danced, Mia Michaels calls Billy “fabulicious,” and Adam Shankman loved it.
Ashley and Dominic team up for a Tabitha and Napoleon hip hop routine. Assuming the roles of ninja assassins, the two perform a hard-hitting and upbeat routine that ends with a near attack on the judges. Nigel Lythgoe loved it, Mia Michaels thought Ashley was “hardcore,” and Adam Shankman thinks she set the stage on fire.
Next,Â Robert andÂ Kathryn are playing dolls come to life in a quirky jazz routine byÂ Sean Cheesman. Robert and Kathryn do well as Barbie and Ken who break out of their boxes and have some fun. Nigel Lythgoe loved the concept and called the routine “terrific,” Mia Michaels thought it was the perfect routine for Robert, and Adam Shankman deems it a great performance.
Now that the finalists have performed with their All-Star partners, the top 8 competitors (minus Alex) are pairing up with one another for a second set of dances. AdeChike is up first. He was supposed to perform a Bollywood routine with Alex, choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan, but since Alex is injured, AdeChike is taking the stage with Nakul’s assistant. The routine is insanely fast-paced, but AdeChike manages to hold his own. When Nigel Lythgoe critiques AdeChike for putting too much of his personal style in the routine, Cat Deeley comes to AdeChike’s defense since the judges praised Jose for doing the same thing in his Bollywood routine a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, Cat’s defense doesn’t sway the judges. Mia Michaels has nothing kind to say to AdeChike and Adam Shankman agrees with his fellow judges that the performance was weak.
Lauren and Kent are pairing up next for a contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall. Lauren and Kent are playing young lovers forced to say goodbye to one another after the prom; perfect for all the teens that are in love with with these two young performers. The sweet and pretty routine is crowd-pleasing and ends with a kiss, certain to send the 12-year old female voters into a tizzy. Lauren’s probably going to get her tires slashed by Kent’s diehard fans. Nigel Lythgoe has nothing but praise for Lauren and Kent, Mia Michaels thought it was brilliant, and Adam Shankman thought it was honest and raw. So honest and raw that he felt a little embarrassed watching it.
Next up: Robert and Ashley. They’re playing a couple fighting for power in a quickstep routine choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. The routine is high-energy and fast-moving (in typical quickstep fashion), but it’s also fairly entertaining (not so typical of the quickstep). Technically, the judges didn’t love it, but performance-wise they thought it was great.
Jose and Billy are the final pair to take the stage, performing an African jazz routine choreographed by Sean Cheesman. In the performance, Jose is playing the hunter and Billy will be his prey. The dance is quirky and unusual but this unlikely couple pulls it off. There is one awkward moment where Billy is forced to straddle Jose. Could’ve done without that. The routine earns mixed reviews from the judges. Nigel Lythgoe didn’t think it was powerful enough, but Mia Michaels thought Billy was brilliant and amazing.
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