SYTYCD 7: Top 4 Performances Recap

We are back with another episode of SYTYCD and there are only four dancers left yet we are being forced to watch another two fucking hours of dancing. Pardon my French but are you kidding me?! There are only four people left to dance; how many routines can you possibly be forcing them to dance to fill TWO HOURS. Enough, Skeletor, enough. THIS ISN’T EVEN THE FINALE – THAT’S NEXT WEEK!

We’re left with Kent, Robert, AdeChike and Lauren. The only good news about tonight’s episode is that America is FINALLY going to be making the decisions instead of the nonsense (and lame) judges hand picking who they want to win. I would love to see the format of next season be America’s choice for the entire program, similar to American Idol.

Each dancer will be performing THREE times tonight. WHY?!

LAUREN, ROBERT, KENT & ADECHIKE

The show opened with a Tyce Diorio Broadway top four group routine, performed to The Crapshooter’s Dance from Guys & Dolls (50th Anniversary Cast Recording). Man was this a load of crap! I really can’t stand Broadway. I am just in a foul mood right off the bat due to the excessive length of tonight’s performance show. Ya’ll know we’re going to have to suffer through a mediocre Fox Trot or Cha Cha that will make you want to poke your eyes out. I was literally watching this piece and kept thinking to myself, ‘which one of these things is not like the other…which one of these things just doesn’t belong…”

LAUREN FRODERMAN

On to the next routine! Lauren was up first with all-star Pasha to learn a Tango (UGH) from two choreographer’s whose names were so long there was no way in heck I was going to be able to type fast enough to include them. The piece was performed to Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla. While I was expecting this routine to be impressive simply due to Lauren and Pasha being the pair, I was constantly left waiting for the music to speed up and in turn the dance to truly begin. Slow Tango routines appear to be nearly impossible and completely horrendous to watch. Definitely not a great way to start the night…

Then in an AWFUL twist of production, we were forced to watch a series of nonsense filler to learn more about each of the contestants. SERIOUSLY America, simply shave half an hour off the show!

ADECHIKE TORBERT

We are literally at the 30 minute mark and the second routine of the night is finally taking to the stage; AdeChike was paired with all-star Lauren to learn a Sean Cheesman Afro-Jazz routine. The piece was performed to the incredible beats of The Path by Ralph MacDonald. I really liked AdeChike’s top in this number. Woof. Of course Lauren was stellar in this piece, but I am still sitting here wondering how it is possible that AdeChike made it to this point while Billy Bell is sitting somewhere in the bleachers watching. Sigh, America, when will you learn? Definitely one of the routines from the night that I will be forgetting. Best part of the routine; Cat’s commenting on AdeChike’s top – heck yeah – and citing that Britney Spears would be proud of it! HA!

ROBERT ROLDAN

Up next on the stage was Robert joining all-star Anya taking on a Jonathan Roberts Viennese Waltz. The piece was performed to Lost by Anouk. YES! Finally an amazing song at least so I can at least manage to watch the routine! Wow. I pretty much ignored that entire routine as I realized I will be flying home next week during the finale and will have to wait to watch it until midnight. EFF! This show is ticking me off tonight. Sorry Robert, nice job, Skeletor thought you did well so I’ll leave the critic at that.

KENT BOYD

My boy Kent was next to the stage, and he is only one week from winning the entire competition! His first performance of the night was with all-star Courtney to take on the kiss-of-death disco routine. WHY IS THE NIGHT STARTING THIS WAY?! Has there been a disco routine in the past three seasons that anyone remembers? NO! Kent didn’t even know what decade this style came from, that’s how terrible this style is! Thankfully the piece was performed to the BRILLBALLS song, When Love Takes Over by David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland. Yikes was this routine terrible. For once I think Kent was truly trumped by a style. He just didn’t get it and you could see it in almost every single step of the routine. Take this nonsense style out of the hat. The only good part of the routine was the spin with Courtney laid out across Kent’s shoulders. ONLY PART.

Side note: Did anyone else see Kent in his soccer shorts?! His jiggly bits!!

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LAUREN FRODERMAN

Lauren was back on the stage working with all-star Ade to perform a Sean Cheesman Jazz number for her final performance of the night. Lauren was playing the roll of a black widow spider in this piece. That’s right folks, a spider. The piece was danced to Hide U (John Creamer & Stephane K Remix) by Kosheen. Wow, this routine was FANTASTIC. Ade was epic. Lauren was flawless. The TUTTING insert was INSANE! And don’t even get me started with the reverse lift to back bend!!!!! WHAT?!? I loved this routine! Definitely worth watching more than once!!!

ADECHIKE TORBERT

Up next was AdeChike to perform his final piece of the night. He was dancing with all-star Kathryn to perform a Desmond Richardson & Dwight Rohden piece. This to-be-epic number was performed to Fearless Love by Melissa Etheridge. Sadly, I didn’t feel the connection to the piece. I think this was a case of music gone wrong. If this would have been danced to a slow, heart-wrenching or haunting tune I feel it would have be mystifying. Instead, I was waiting for it to end so Kathryn could step away from her lame partner. Sorry AdeChike, you just weren’t up to par tonight.

ROBERT ROLDAN

Robert was third up paired with all-star Dominic to tackle a Tabitha & Napoleon Hip Hop routine. Playing miserable clowns, the piece was performed to Scars by Basement Jaxx ft. Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk. EFF, before this piece even started it was automatically the creepiest concept to date. WHO LIKES CLOWNS?! The choreography was just okay (I think it had to do with the clown theme) and with Dominic looking a helluva lot like the Dark Knight Joker was too much for young children. Nigel wanted to put this routine in the touring show, so for everyone who has already bought tickets try to get a refund now!

KENT BOYD

The last routine of the night was left for my boy Kent to leave a last impression. He was partnered with all-star Neil to perform a Travis Wall Contemporary piece. HOLY EFF this piece is about to rock my world, I can just feel it. The number was performed to How It Ends by DeVotchKa. Can we say gay love romance coming to an end? (Oh wait, sorry, you have to watch the intro clip to understand the reference). Eff it. HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! Nigel Lythgoe EAT YOUR WORDS DOUCHE! That was THE routine of the year and it had TWO men in the choreography! The plot combined with the caliber of dancers to perform this piece was absolutely incredible. For once I listened to Skeletor’s critic and of course he made no reference to male-with-male dancing. Naturally, a beautiful homo-erotic piece shown to mass America and by the sounds of it, THEY LIKED IT! WHHHAAAA?!?

What a way to end the night. Mia was in tears. Adam was in tears. Kent and Neil looked absolutely incredible. What a way to end the season. I’m taking that as Travis Wall’s F U right back at Nigel for his slander earlier in the season. Thank you Travis, thank you.

After the performances tonight, if I get my wish it will be AdeChike leaving the competition tonight placing Lauren, Robert and my boy Kent in the finale next week.

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  • Robyn

    Great recap Dan.
    I’m on holiday in a house without a PVR. Except for the last 2 dances, that show was torture. After the sneak peak of Robert as a clown I was worried, but I liked the hip hop routine. Again, Travis Wall (who can do no wrong in my eyes) killed it. Killed. It. And Dan, don’t hate me for this but I found myself wishing it was Robert and not Kent dancing that routine with Neil.
    What was up with Tyce’s hair? Practically a jheri curl thing going on… yikes. Oh, and telling Kent to do research on the disco style was ridiculous. Hopefully he’ll never have to dance that again.

  • Tim

    Great review, Dan – as always!

    Yesterday, between watching a re-run of Ellen and Oprah’s Liberace-styled magazine cover photo shoot and this episode of SYTYCD, it was like Gay Christmas for me.

    Adam turning the show into a No H8 rally while making Lythgoe his bottom was disturbing and timely.

    As much as I hate a cock tease, I found the tango piece quite good. I loved that it just simmered the whole time. Damn foreplay always testin’ mah nerves!

    Mia admitting to being a voyeur was a highlight. With Mia’s, Cat’s, and Adam’s comments this whole season they will have SYTYCD moved to Showtime in no time.

    I squeal whenever Afro Jazz is mentioned as it means my chain-smoking man Sean is going to be on the show. He really needs his own commercials as the The Queen your Queen could smell like. (Old cigarette’s and vermouth.)

    Loved loved loved that Jazz number! I’m on a whorse!

    Kent/Neil… one of my fav routines of all time. FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. I will continue to rewind that one for a long time to cum (sic?).

    Tim

  • Dan

    Robyn – BITE YOUR TONGUE! Kent was the perfect partner in that routine. I just re-watched it and that piece will forever be my go-to when discussing dances I loved about this season and show in general.

    Tim – You. Are. Hysterical! Where did you come from with your brilliant commentary!?

    I refuse to watch any of the judging commentary except for those odds sound bites when I’m still typing my feedback and don’t get to the PVR Fast Forwarding enough. Although your mentions are hysterical and I do love me some Cat Deeley I just can’t bring myself to listen to a lot of the useless babble!

  • Jack Scribe, Palm Springs/USA

    I’m a big Kent fan and was a little worried when it was announced he was doing ‘disco.’ Like with AdeChike’s draw of ‘Afro-jazz,’ dancers shouldn’t be thrown such big curves at this stage of the competition.

    Won’t dwell on Kent’s disco…just very pleased that he hit it out of the park, later, with the Travis Wall masterpiece, and Neil as his partner. This was a double-yum moment and I was in tears (move over Mia) at the conclusion.

    Thanks for mentioning Kent’s jiggly moments in gym shorts. I’m going to watch the best parts tonight.

    Next week will be an awesome conclusion. Three strong performers and the door is open to all…depending on the finals. I must say that Robert has come on strong.

    BTW, Dan, would I be correct in assuming you and your crew live in the Vancouver area?

  • Kevin

    I absolutely loved the performances this week. I loved both of Lauren’s dances and I LOVED Robert’s hiphop.

    I know you’ll hate me for saying this, but I have to say that i didn’t care for Kent’s dance. I enjoyed the dancing, but I’m just growing sick of contemporary in general. Something that used to be a blessing to watch is now just a tedious dance style that is losing it’s magic. Every single time I hear the word “EMMY!” from the judges for a contemporary dance, or see them crying over an overdramatic sad contemporary story I gag.

    I like watching more fun performances, like Lauren’s jazz and Robert’s hip hop, which is why I liked them more.

    I also agree, Adechicke needs to go home.

  • Hi Jack,

    We’re all over the place. Some of us are located in Los Angeles, Toronto, Amsterdam with the majority in Vancouver.

  • Dan

    Jack – See Donovan’s reply above. (Thanks Dono!)

    Kevin – GASP! WHAT?! How can you even say those words?I feel the complete opposite. There is something so impressive about a contemporary routine that tells a dramatic story, paired with haunting music that can leave a lasting impression on my mind.

    Broadway, Jazz and Tango for example, I just can’t find the same connection. I can barely remember the pieces or musical accompaniment of the aforementioned numbers, yet with a contemporary piece I am often running to my iTunes during the show to download the complete track. Love, love, love contemporary. I would be content with a show titled So You Think You Can Contemporary Dance.

  • Jack Scribe, Palm Springs/USA

    Kent and Neil’s performance transcended contemporary. I thought it could be better categorized as modern ballet. That leap of Kent was almost gravity-defying.

    BTW, here’s a shameless plug. I’m a hosted author on Gay Authors – a quality site that features gay-themed stories. http://jackscribe.gayauthors.org/index.php
    Would be honored to be in your “go see” listing.

  • BrianM

    Get recap as always !!!

    The best part of Kent’s disco routine was his ass in those pants –WOW !!!!!

    Loved the Travis Wall Routine with Kent and Neil – Just like the baseball routine – danced really well together !!!

  • QT

    I loved Kent’s contemporary. He’s such a cutie. Had to go and look at the “jiggly bits”. I think lil man is packing!

  • Tim

    Dan – Tanqueray writes my commentary.

    And Tyrell is the reason I came here. (And now I stay for your reviews. Keep them coming!)

    Tim

  • Dan

    I’ll make sure I give Tyrell a high-five next time I see him for the recommend. Glad you enjoy them!

    There’s only one more left this season!

  • Jace

    What the f*** are you talking about? The routine done by Robert was probably one of the best routines of the season. Definitely top 5. I have my ticket, and I’m glad I do because I’d love to see the performance again and again if I could. If you’re gonna judge someone’s performance, at least know what you’re talking about.