Alright folks, we’re back for another week of So You Think You Can Dance, and yet again we are about to witness another change to the shows format that we haven’t seen before at this stage in the competition. Each competitor will be dancing one piece with an all-star they have yet to be paired with as well as dancing a second routine with a fellow contestant. Doing quick math, we’ll be seeing two boys dance together TWICE! Sit back, grab your potato chips (or carrot sticks if you prefer) and get ready for an incredible night of dance with a total of 12 performances!
In an unbelievable turn of events, Alex Wong hurt himself in last nights rehearsals and will unfortunately have to sit out for the performances show. Still awaiting the test results he was forced automatically into the bottom three. Should he survive the eliminations round based on the other bottom two on Thursday night and unable to compete next week he will be automatically disqualified from the competition! NO WAY! I love a little drama on the SYTYCD stage!! Naturally the boy pulled on heartstrings with his waterworks so I imagine he’ll be safe this week regardless!
The show opened with the contestants picking their partners and I am DEVASTATED to hear that Alex and AdeChike were set to do a Bollywood routine! NOOOOOO!!! Damn you Alex and your weak ankles!
After those announcements the routines were set to start with Lauren and Pasha working with Jean-Marc and Frances to learn a ChaCha routine. The performance was danced to Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce! HECK YEAH IT WAS! Lauren KILLED the routine and once again Pasha was a stellar ballroom partner. Man he is really acting the part of sex-on-legs this season and I like it! The song definitely helped to enhance this routine and style allowing the audience to connect with the piece. Nice work team!!
The second pairing to take to the stage was Jose and all-star Lauren dancing a Mandy Moore Contemporary routine! Eeks and okay all at the same time! The piece was performed to Never Tear Us Apart by INXS, and I have to admit the piece definitely caught my eyes. Mandy played off Jose’s strength as a B Boy and constructed moves to match his body and style. Speaking of body, HELLO abs! Jose should definitely play the open-shirt role a little more often. He was an impressive partner in the routine; however, I felt that Lauren did the majority of the actual dancing. Just my opinion though! With that said, he definitely gave it his all and I have to give him kudos for his efforts.
We quickly jumped to the third routine of the night; my boy Kent dancing with Hip Hop all-star Comfort in an attempt to get buck wild! The routine was performed to You’re Not My Girl by Ryan Leslie and I have to admit I was anticipating disaster for Kent this week. This definitely wasn’t a great routine for Kent but I was somewhat believing his swagger attitude, especially next to Comfort who appeared to let all of the rhythm leave her body. WTF Comfort? Cat compared Kent to Justin Timberlake and I definitely think this was the perfect reference for this piece!
The next routine to hit the stage was AdeChike and all-star Courtney dancing our second Mandy Moore routine of the night, this time jazz. The concept is around closing time at a bar (AMAZEBALLS) and was performed to Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? (Rae & Christian Remix) by Dinah Washington. Yes, that really is the name of the tune. I definitely thought the routine was interesting but I was constantly thrown off by the endless ups and downs as the dancers moved around, on and in front of the simulated bar and stools. I just didn’t get the need for the endless level changes, and I don’t feel that AdeChike deserved the praise that he received from Skeletor before I started fast-forwarding.
Side note: I do love that Cat ordered a dirty Gin Martini with three olives as the routine came to a close. Hot girl with a hot drink!
The next couple to take to the stage was crowd favourite BB (Billy Bell) who was originally slated to dance a Spencer Liff Broadway number with all-star Allison. As Donovan mentioned earlier this week (and explained further in the episode), Allison started suffering from an injury to her rib cage. THANK GOODNESS her replacement was BRILLIANT dancer Katee from season four. This lively acrobatic routine was performed to Macavity: The Mystery Cat from Cats (original Broadway cast). Man were these two good for one another. Katie was absolutely stunning in this number and Billy Bell matched her step for step. The technique was near perfection and absolutely insane, outside of the one out-of-sync spin near the end of the routine. The only noticeable flaw! Mia even referred to our BB as FAB-U-LICIOUS. Gay much?
The sixth couple to take to the stage was Ashley dancing alongside all-star Dominic in a Nappy-Tabs Hip Hop routine. This Ninja-infused sassy routine was performed to How Low by Ludacris. I have to start right off the bat with Dang it I loved the outfits! Ashley’s pants were literally blowing my mind they were so awesome! And the fall-split from standing that Ashley pulled off – EPIC! Seriously, she SMASHED herself onto the stage with a smile on her face! I loved this concept and it was danced absolutely fantastic! Ashley is getting better and better each week and really starting to shine as one of the front runners in this competition.
Robert was up next dancing a Sean Cheesman routine with all-star Kathryn. Performing as dolls emerging from their boxes, this routine was choreographed to Sinking Feeling by Roisin Murphy – the go-to artist for this year’s season apparently! I absolutely LOVED Robert in this piece! I also loved the HUGE mess that these two were as partners! Kathryn literally fell on her butt after her forward flip, and the spin through Roberts legs to what should have been a death swing was more heavy than pretty. Skeletor gave him props and ignored the fumbles of the routine in an attempt to keep him out of the bottom three again. Maybe that’s the kiss of death?
Alex Wong and AdeChike were supposed to be the first of the boy-with-boy couples (yes, I want to use the word couple so I’m going to) to take to the stage. With Alex’s injury mentioned earlier, AdeChike took to the stage with the assistant choreographer from the practice sessions, Marla. The piece was performed to Mourya Re by Don The Chase Begins Again (soundtrack). Now I don’t think AdeChike should have been punished for Alex’s injury, I definitely feel it was unfair for him to be allowed to perform with a professional from the style while the rest of the dancers were left to work it out between the two of them. Granted, this Bollywood routine was some of the most incredible jumps in SYTYCD history, I didn’t understand his need to remove his vest part way through the piece. I don’t think Bollywood and stripping go together, it just doesn’t feel like the culture. Then out of NOWHERE during the judging critics Cat Deeley jumps in to stand up for AdeChike as Skeletor was telling him off for putting his own flavour into the routine and essentially falling short whereas only a few short weeks ago he was boasting with praise for Jose who had done the exact same thing. YOU EFFING GO CAT DEELEY! I love when you call the old douche bag out for not staying consistent in his comments. Boo Mia Michaels as well who tried to justify the comment and blabber on about missing Alex Wong and his performance in this piece. The judging panel is really starting to come across as a biased group of individuals who has picked their favourites and it appears to be nearly impossible to change their minds. I’ll leave this for Adam to discuss at some point in the near future.
Side note: I WISH I had the west coast feed to see if there was any form of editing to Cat’s remarks to appease Gramps Lythgoe…let me know if you saw that feed!
LAUREN FRODERMAN & KENT BOYD
Up next was my boy Kent and my girl Lauren taking on a Contemporary routine from Travis Wall. Thank GOODNESS Travis came back after Skeletor’s bull comments a few weeks ago. Roll playing two high school students experience a crush, the piece was performed to one of my all-time favourite songs; Collide (Acoustic Version) by Howie Day. Sigh. x3. This routine made my night. I’ll even go a far as to say it made my season. I literally sighed an audible WOW three times during this routine. Travis Wall you’ve done it again my friend. There was one part where the two dancers moved from the left to right of the stage in perfect synchronicity and I was literally left breathless. For once I agree with Skeletor as he simply stated that these two dancers are two of the strongest of the season. Thank you for finally seeing what I have been witnessing all season long. Idiot.
ASHLEY GALVAN & ROBERT ROLDAN
Up next were Ashley and Robert performing a Jean-Marc and Frances Quick Step routine to Man with the Hex by The Atomic Fireballs. Man do I despise this style! After all of the modern dance styles we saw tonight (outside of the ChaCha) this routine really stood out like ‘which one of these things is not like the others’, Sesame Street-style. I really wanted to fast forward this whole routine but was worried I might miss a critical error that would cause the judges to rip into the dancers. I didn’t necessarily love the routine and I wouldn’t pick up the phone for this piece.
The final routine of the night was our true boy-with-boy routine with Jose and Billy Bell taking to the stage together dancing a Sean Cheesman African Jazz routine. Definitely a good style for two men to tackle together! The piece was performed to The Hunt by Mickey Hart. I secretly loved that Jose played the near naked hunter while Billy played the fully clothed jaguar. The home-erotic feeling of this routine, although completely unintended was literally OOZING out of bits of the choreography, especially when Billy ended up on top of Jose while he was lying on the floor. YUM!
Bottom Three based on these performances:
Alex Wong – guaranteed
Robert – he seems to have a standing spot in the bottom three
Billy Bell – I feel these two men will be competing against each other again
The person leaving the competition will be Robert as the judges will save Alex, and I speak from the blatant hard-ons they appear to have for him each and every night.