July 14, 2010 08:42 PM by Nancy Floyd
On tonight’s new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance, the top 7 dancers partner up with the All-Stars and one another for two exciting performances each. Unfortunately, only six of the finalists make it to the stage after another devastating injury this week. Plus, there are two So You Think You Can Dance firsts tonight with the introduction of a Tahitian routine and a B-boy performance!Â Keep reading for more details on which dancer is forced to sit out this week and how the other finalists performed…
It’s down to the top 7 dancers on an all-new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance! During the opening introductions,Â Ashley is noticeable absent and it doesn’t take long forÂ Cat Deeley to announce that there’s been another injury this week. That’s right…after Alex Wong was forced to leave the competition last week because of a lacerated Achilles tendon (I’m still mourning, by the way), Ashley is in the same boat. Sort of. She started experiencing rib pain earlier this week and has been advised by the doctors not to dance. That means she’ll automatically be in the bottom three tomorrow night.
In a So You Think You Can Dance first,Â Lauren will partner with All-StarÂ Mark for a Tahitian routine choreographed byÂ Tiana Liufau. Tahitian dancing is basically like doing the hula while wearing an obscene amount of feathers on your head, arms, hips, and legs. Lauren is surprisingly adept at shaking her backside and the judges are impressed with the energetic performance.Â Nigel Lythgoe called the routine fun,Â Mia Michaels likened it to a duck in heat (which is supposed to be a compliment in Mia speak), andÂ Adam Shankman thought it was amazing and spectacular.
AdeChike is up next doing the salsa withÂ Anya.Â The complicated routine is choreographed by Liz Lira and during rehearsals, AdeChike and Anya seem to be struggling to keep up. Once they take the stage, the pair manages to pull off the tricky, competition-style routine. The judges have minor critiques for AdeChike, but overall they’re impressed with his strength, ability, and drive.
Next up,Â Jose andÂ All-StarÂ Courtney are teaming up for a Broadway routine choreographed by Joey Dowling. In the fun and flirty piece, Jose plays a stagehand desperately trying to get the attention of a glamorous showgirl played by Courtney. This is the first performance for Jose where he hasn’t had the chance to showcase a big personality, a major hindrance for him since his appeal is typically in his charm and cuteness. Since the routine downplays Jose’s personality, it allows the judges to focus that much more on his dancing which certainly needs more work. Mia Michaels is almost brought to tears as she delivers her harsh critique to Jose.
Robert is the next dancer to take the stage, working withÂ All-StarÂ Allison for an emotional contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall. The beautiful piece, set to an awkwardly edited version of Coldplay’s Fix You, was inspired by Travis Wall’s mother and a recent health crisis she endured. The judges give Robert and Allison a standing ovation and everyone is brought to tears. Nigel Lythgoe has nothing but love for Travis, Robert, and Allison. Between sobs, Mia Michaels calls it the best Robert has ever danced. Adam Shankman thinks it’s Emmy worthy and one of the greatest routines this season.
Billy is joining Anya for a jive choreographed by Louis van Amstel. Typically, I’m not a big fan of the jive but the routine actually works. Surprisingly, I even like the music choice of Meatloaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. Nigel Lythgoe is impressed with Billy’s hard work and partnering. Mia Michaels calls it a stellar performance. Adam Shankman calls it one of his favorite performances from Billy thus far.
Next up:Â Kent and All-starÂ Neil. They’re taking on a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. The fun and whimsical routine has Neil and Kent as baseball players dancing and flipping across the entire stage. Not surprisingly, when these two adorable boys finish, the crowd goes wild. The judges go wild too, giving nothing but praise to the two dancers. As an aside, it’s quite astounding how many baseball analogies can be used to describe dance. Neil and Kent hit a home run! The performance was a grand slam! Kent hit it out of the park!
Now that each of the top 7 dancers (minus Ashley) have performed with an All-star partner, it’s time for them to pair up with one another. Billy and Lauren are the first couple to partner up to work on a Mandy Moore jazz routine. The piece is inspired by the idea of two pairs of shoes meeting one another and wanting to dance. Donning sparkly Chuck Taylor sneakers, Lauren and Billy deliver a strong and fun performance to Boogie Shoes. Nigel Lythgoe thinks it’s adorable, Mia Michaels calls it quirky and groovy, and Adam Shankman deems it “happy-making.”
Since there were an odd number of contestants this week, Jose is actually partnered with an All-star for his second routine. He’ll be partnering with Dominic for the show’s first-ever B-boy routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. So You Think You Can Dance season 6 finalist, Legacy, is assisting the choreographers on the routine. Not surprisingly, the performance is super cool and the guys dance it well. All three judges love the routine and think that Jose definitely redeemed himself from his earlier Broadway performance.
AdeChike and Kent are working together are on a contemporary routine choreographed by Dee Caspary. The premise of the piece is that AdeChike is trying to get Kent out of a troublesome relationship. These guys are both such brilliant contemporary dancers that it should come as no surprise that they nail the routine. All three judges have amazing words of encouragement and adoration for both AdeChike and Kent afterwards.
Lastly, Robert is taking the stage for a disco routine choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. He was supposed to be partnered with fellow competitor, Ashley, but due to her injury, he’ll be performing with All-StarÂ Kathryn. In typical disco dance fashion, the routine is high energy, full of lifts, and requires Robert to wear a white polyester suit. There are a few rough spots but that’s to be expected considering Kathryn only had two days to learn it! The judges give Robert slightly mixed reviews, but all in all, they loved it.
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