July 21, 2010 08:14 PM by Nancy Floyd
On tonight’s new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance, the top 6 dancers take the stage three separate times. They’re each pairing up with both a So You Think You Can Dance All-Star and a fellow competitor in addition to performing solo. Everyone except one dancer, that is. Another injury has forced one of the finalists to sit out of the competition this week. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s episode…
It’s down to the top 6 dancers on a new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance!Â Cat Deeley gets the show started by introducing the remaining finalists and yet again one dancer is noticeably absent.Â Billy is missing from the lineup due to yet another So You Think You Can Dance injury. I think one of these competitors is pulling a Tonya Harding every week. It’s the only way to explain the injuries claiming the most talented dancers in the competition week after week.
Cat Deeley takes a moment to introduce the judges,Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman, who are joined by dancer/choreographer/director/producer/personal friend of the late Michael Jackson, Kenny Ortega. I can’t focus on the judges one bit because I’m so distracted by Cat Deeley’s dress. It looks like she lost a battle with her drapes before stepping out on stage.
Lauren is up first, joiningÂ Twitch for a Wild West-inspired hip hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. As is typical for Tabitha and Napoleon’s routines, the dance is cool, fun, and super entertaining. Adam Shankman thought Lauren was “hot, hot, hot,” Mia Michaels thought it was aggressive and sexy, Kenny Ortega calls it “fantastic, and Nigel Lythgoe tries to use hip lingo by calling it bad, buck, sick, and nasty.
Next,Â Jose is joined by All-StarÂ Allison for a contemporary routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. Allison seems thrilled to work with Jose, her secret crush. The emotional routine is danced entirely on the edge of the stage as Jose and Allison represent a couple falling in and out of love. The routine itself is unique, sweet, and one of the best I’ve seen from Sonja Tayeh. All four judges thought the choreography was brilliant, but have a difficult time actually critiquing Jose. Overall, they enjoyed Jose’s commitment and passion during the dance.
Robert is partnering with All-StarÂ Lauren for a sexy jazz routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Given how much flirting and gushing is going on in rehearsal, I don’t thing these two beautiful dancers are going to have a hard time seducing one another in the routine. When you combine Lauren’s lingerie apparel, Robert’s dominatrix get-up, and the steamy moves (which includes a lot of grinding, straddling, and Robert licking Lauren’s leg), I feel a little bit like a creeper witnessing a private moment between these two. All four judges love Tyce Diorio’s choreography and Robert and Lauren’s execution of it.
In addition to dancing with partners, the finalists will each take the stage for a solo tonight.Â AdeChike is the first dancer to perform his solo and he dances a strong and moving contemporary piece.
Next,Â Kent is excited to have the opportunity to work with beautiful All-StarÂ Kathryn. They’re working together on a high-energy jazz routine from Sonya Tayeh. She works them to death in rehearsal but it pays off when they take the stage. The crowd goes wild for the fun, lively routine. The fans weren’t the only ones to love Kent’s performance, the judges are impressed too. Kent’s only bit of criticism comes from Mia Michaels who wants Kent to tone down his cheesy facial expressions.
Robert is the next dancer to perform his solo. Not surprisingly, his contemporary piece is brilliant and beautiful as he leaps, flips, and twirls across the stage. Also, today is Robert’s birthday. He’s 20. And achieving his dreams in life. Good for him. I feel old. Lauren’s contemporary solo is up next and she does great as always.
AdeChike will be working withÂ Comfort for a lyrical hip-hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. The routine is intense, emotional, and amazing and AdeChike and Comfort are brilliant in it. Afterwards, AdeChike is moved to tears by the power of it. Adam Shankman was in awe of the performance, Mia Michaels calls it “absolutely unbelievable,” Kenny Ortega thought it was honest, heartfelt, and beautiful, and Nigel Lythgoe thought the entire routine went to another level.
Jose performs his solo next. The routine is just like Jose: cute, fun, and full of energy. After Jose’s solo, Kent takes the stage to perform his. He dances to End of the Road by Boyz II Men and I can’t help but wonder if he was even alive when this song came out. I feel even older.
Next, the finalists will be partnering with one another for one more routine. Lauren and Robert are pairing up for a sexy samba choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin. The routine is quick, flirty, and fun. Lauren and Robert do an amazing job of pulling it off and all four judges have nothing but rave reviews.
Good pals, AdeChike and Jose are thrilled to be working together, but they’re quite shocked to learn that they’ll be performing an all-male Paso Doble for the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history. The routine is choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin, assisted by So You Think You Can Dance alum, Legacy. In the routine, the guys will assume the roles of dueling matadors. They come out shirtless, swinging capes, and begin battling across the stage. Nothing like a good dance battle to get the crowd going. All in all, the judges commend AdeChike and Jose for making a great effort, but felt as though the performance overall was a bit lacking.
Kent is the final dancer to take the stage. He was supposed to partner with Billy for a step routine choreographed by Chuck Maldonado. Since Billy injured his knee this week, Kent will be performing alongside Twitch. Adding pressure to the performance is the fact that certain parts of the stepping are done acapella. The judges are blown away by Kent’s performance and his chemistry onstage with Twitch. Mia Michaels gives him the ultimate compliment telling him he’s the one to beat this season.
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