So we’re back for another night of performances on So You Think You Can Dance with the top nine contestants taking to the stage after Cristina was sent packing last week after her sub-par Paso Doble with all-star Pasha. After the dancer introduction and Cat Deeley presented us the panel of Skeletor and his minions, the show was sent to begin.
Side Note: CAT HAD LIPSTICK ON HER TEETH! WTF?! Did her stylist fall asleep tonight?
A SHOCKER in tonight’s episode, the FIRST man-on-man routine with Alex and Twitch dancing a Nappy-tabs hip hop routine! Hey Adam, is this the two man routine you were hoping for in the show’s format? DISCUSS!
First up was AdeChike dancing Hip Hop with all-star Lauren (one of my fave girls) performed to Hot-N-Fun by N.E.R.D. featuring Nelly Furtado. Heck yeah the concept was a nerd Hip Hop routine! Then what? The nerds start to strip as Lauren shows of her stunning bedazzled purple bra and AdeChike bares his jacked body. NIIIIIICE! Too bad the song was ineffectual with helping the routine and pump up the energy. Overall I felt this routine was pretty flat and definitely not a strong way to start out the night.
The second dancer to take to the stage was Ashley performing a Contemporary routine from a new choreographer in the SYTYCD family, Dee Caspary with all-star Ade. The routine was performed to Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine (hot damn I love this group). EFF did Mr. Dee Caspary NAIL his virgin performance! Ade is the picture-perfect partner when it comes to contemporary and Ashley matched his talent to a tee! Absolutely stunning and definitely something for Ashley to be proud of; a guaranteed sail through to safety this week.
Another fact of the night that I wasn’t aware of is that each dancer will be performing a solo in their own style tonight (whoops PVR’d over that earlier in the show). Up first was Billy Bell performing to Something Bigger, Something Better by Amanda Blank. I’m not going to comment on these routines as clearly they should all be epic. Actually, scratch that, if the routines end up being terrible I will be ripping them apart accordingly!
The third couple to the stage was Robert dancing alongside all-star Courtney to a Sonya Contemporary routine! EEKS! The routine was performed to the wicked-good song XXXO by M.I.A. Yes, yes, yes! And the costumes were SPOT ON! The routine itself was definitely eclectic, to say the least. I loved the contrast between hard jerky moves and the slow, controlled skills blended together. Definitely a fantastic piece! The judges were nodding as I cruised past their critic at triple speed, so I think they enjoyed it as well!
The next soloist to take to the stage was Jose performing his Street/Breaking style to Super Bad by James Brown. Definitely a strong solo routine, and a true stand-out-as-different piece!
The next couple to take to the stage was contestant Melinda with all-star Pasha dancing a Fabian Sanchez Salsa routine, performed to Magdelana, Mi Amor (Quimbara) by D.L.G. This was literally a recipe for disaster as poor Melinda got stuck on her dress early into the routine and needed to pull the snag off her heel. She definitely recovered well and was complimented nicely by daddy-hotness Pasha in his all white ensemble. Unfortunately her upper body seems really stiff, her legs just aren’t moving fast enough, there appeared to be a botched lift in the middle of the routine and the ending all sort of fell apart. I feel like we were watching the lift Baby missed in Dirty Dancing when performing for the first time with Johnny Castle at the Sheldrake Hotel. I sadly think this will spell the end of the road for our dear girl Melinda…
Up next in the solo category is my body Kent dancing his own style to Down (Candlelight Remix) by Jay Sean. Welcome to my iPod playlist! Hot damn is Kent talented. I LOVE THIS MAN! We’re dating, it’s final.
Alex Wong was up next performing his solo (a ballet/contemporary number) to Rule the Planet from the Planet of the Apes (soundtrack). The boy is definitely good at what he knows!
Up next was my favourite female contestant Lauren who selected all-star Neil to dance with and performed a Broadway routine to Let Me Entertain You by Debbie Gibson. Man are these two a cutie pie couple! These two definitely danced the piece well; however, I just can’t stand Broadway, especially mixed with all the contemporary numbers dazzling the audience. Then BAM! Wardrobe malfunction and Lauren’s taataa nearly popped out of her dress! Thankfully there was no nip exposed, but seriously! Listen up wardrobe, GET BETTER ATTIRE! Of course Skeletor went creepy sexual with his comments which forced me to puke in my mouth and dash for the remote.
Up next was another solo routine was Ashley performing to Royal T by Crookers ft. Roisin Murphy. It was just meh for me, even though I loved the song pulled from the performance show last week. WINK! Don’t think I wouldn’t notice girl!
Billy Bell was next to the stage dancing with all-star Kathryn performing a Stacey Tookey Contemporary routine. I literally sighed when I thought of this idea. The piece was performed to Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri. Wow, I love this song instantaneously. Double WOW, Billy Bell is contemporary brilliance. As is Kathryn, as I definitely don’t want to pay her a disservice. The only part I didn’t buy out of the routine was the partner connection, which I’ve never truly felt with Billy Bell and his female partners. I just don’t see the look in the eye that I would expect at this stage in the competition.
The next solo routine was from Robert performed to Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne. Definitely worth watching and paying attention to…
Up next on the stage was Jose dancing a Salsa routine with all-star Anya choreographed by Demitri! Note to readers, my exclamation point is for Demitri, not Jose performing Salsa. The routine was performed to Long Time by Shakira. What a disaster. Starting with Jose’s shirt. Then was his inability to look the part of a true Salsa dancer due to his lack of training and technique. Thank goodness for anya in the routine as she ROCKED this routine. A perfect solution to tonight’s episode would have been Anya dancing with Pasha while the two newbie contestants watched from afar.
Sadly, Melinda was up next to perform her tap solo danced to Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down by Alicia Keys. At this point Rich’s comment was simply, cute dress. Really the only good part of this routine was her outfit next to the song choice. Yikes.
Up next was my boy Kent again! Performing with all-star Allison, they were tackling a Mandy Moore Jazz routine. During the preview clip Kent was forced to walk manly and literally won the next season of America’s Next Top Model simply on his fierce runway walk alone. But I digress. The piece was performed to Heartburn by Alicia Keys. All I can say it was HOT in here with the chemistry oozing between these two dancers! I friggin’ LOVED the dual aerials. Seriously! Effing talent smashed on the floor tonight from start to finish. Skeletor then went off on a nonsense tangent about Kent’s personality and I literally wanted to punch him in the face.
AdeChike was next to the stage performing his contemporary solo to Ruthless Gravity by Craig Armstrong.
Lauren followed suit with her contemporary routine performed to Unchained Melody by Cyndi Lauper. Man was this routine needed tonight, especially at the end of the night. This was one of the most beautiful pieces of the night.
The final routine of the night was Alex Wong performing alongside MALE all-star Twitch. They tackled a Nappy-Tabs Hip Hop routine. This definitely sounded interesting, but I definitely had to worry right off the bat for Alex. The routine was performed to Outta Your Mind by Lil Jon & LMFAO.
INSERT RANDOM QUOTE: Rich was over watching the show and asked the room if anyone thought Napolean was cute. I thought he was but was quickly shut down by Katie who responded with, he looks like Mr. Jay combined with Ms. Jay (their boy child) from America’s Next Top Model. (Seriously, enough with the ANTM references)! BRILLIANT!
Seriously, this was one of the best routines of the night, if not the season! Alex worked his ass off and definitely got the Hip Hop moves down (other than his hardcore face) and his combined movements with Twitch were near perfection. Then, of course, Nappy-tabs played off Alex’s strength and added in specific ballet moves to compliment their doper, harder moves. Literally fan-effing-tastic! Brilliant concept and I really hope they continue this streak throughout the season. EFF YEAH! ALL THE JUDGES WERE ON THEIR FEET!
After that brilliant routine, it was tough to narrow down my final three for the night. With that said, my predictions are:
Melinda – Her disastrous Salsa routine just wasn’t strong enough
Jose – His disastrous Salsa routine just wasn’t strong enough. Wait, déjà vu.
AdeChike – I couldn’t remember a second of his routine or even what the style was until I went back and read my commentary. I figure America will feel the same.
If Melinda doesn’t go home tonight there is a spirit somewhere watching over this girl and keeping her in the competition.