Howdy folks, I’m back in the driver’s seat again after Adam took over the reins while I spent over two weeks gallivanting around Europe and dancing to my heart’s content CC Blooms in Edinburgh, complete with an epic “Call Me Maybe” CRJ dance off! A HUGE thanks to Adam who killed the reviews each week, and may actually be a little better than I am at recapping these episodes. Could it be so? Perhaps we should both do the recap each week and see how our comments flush out without knowing each other’s responses first? Thoughts folks?!
I have to admit, I just blew threw the last two recap articles to learn who did what, and who managed to squeak through to the top six performing tonight. Due to all the disruptions this season with both the airings and the new format, I really haven’t connected with any of the new dancers and find myself routing for Alison each week as if she still has a chance at winning. Believe me, I wish that were the case. Sadly, I think this is the last season for the show, as my this point Nigel is usually boasting about the next season already being picked up and talks of where the auditions will be held. Stealing the words from a lot of the comments last week, it really pisses me off that the judges are still deciding who stays and goes. This has now become, “So Nigel Thinks You’re The Best Dancer”. Lame to the max.
The night started off with Cat Deeley looks weirdly bohemian chic in her getup, reminding us that next week is the performance finally and only four dancers would be making it through. Let’s not forget the other ridiculous twist this year; there will be two winners. Co-winners. That’s right. Haven’t you always wanted to be there person that said you were the co-best? Especially when this competition is supposed to be based on the total number of votes, and the odds if it actually being a tie is almost impossible? Yeah, cool, me too. Joining Skeletor and Screamin’ Mary on the judge’s panel this week was Christina Applegate AGAIN. Clearly Gaga wasn’t available.
We kicked off the night with the typical group routine with all six dancers hitting the stage and right out of the gate I didn’t see myself really routing for anyone tonight. My early predictions are Cole, Whitney, and Cyrus making it through to the finale. The last spot is a wild card that I’d like to see go to Chehon and the show finally do something original by putting three boys through. Too much for old, biased Skeleter? I’m willing to bet it won’t be a shocking announcement at the end of the episode!
Also, is anyone still fooled into thinking the opening number is actually performed live and the dancers are able to make it back stage, strip of all the crazy make up and costumes and get into their street attire to run out? Yeah, me too. The performance was to “Scream” by Kelis and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.
UGH. Cat then immediately went on to ruin my night by announcing the final six would be dancing THREE times each tonight. I seriously want to scream at the TV with the amount of nonsense being crammed into these episodes! I won’t be commenting on their solos, as I just don’t have the patience and I feel each dancer deserves to give it their all without me harping all over them. And I’m hella lazy.
Song: “What I Like About You” by – Lillix
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Généreux
Okay, this is absolutely the WORST way to start off the night in my opinion. COME ON! For all you Canadian readers, could there be anything worse that listening to Jean-Marc ramble on and on again?! I thought we were rid of him when SYTYCDC ended. Anyway, on to the critique. Tiffany was lucky to have season two winner Benji as her partner, as I’m sure a ton of viewers from seven years ago are still watching and willing to cast another vote her way, simply by association. Man oh man; I really have nothing nice to say about this routine. It was incredibly forgettable, and better suited for Dancing with the Stars, IMHO. The judges were on their feet as someone had lit their chairs on fire (that’s the only reason I can think of them getting up).
Whitney then took to the stage to perform her ballroom solo.
Song: “Too Close” by Alex Care
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Cole once again pulled the lucky straw out of the bag, landing last season’s winner, Melanie as his partner to tackle a Sonya Tayeh Jazz number. Ridiculously awesome. From this routine I was instantly reminded as to why Melanie won it all last year. Her style and technique is absolutely out of this world, and she was built to embody Sonya’s complex dance characters. Unfortunately, I don’t feel as those Cole rose to Melanie’s level this week. He tried to bring out a softer side and it just didn’t work. Was I the only one?
Chehon was the next soloist to take to the stage and remind everyone why has made it this far.
Song: “Please Mr. Postman” (District 78 remix)” by The Marvelettes
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Hot DAMN do I love me some Christopher Scott. I’ll admit, I was excited to see what he would put together for Eliana and Twitch from season four. The concept for the dance itself was a little goofy, but actually worked really well once the two dancers was in character. I’ll give the classically trained ballerina some credit; she really pulled off the choreography. There were a few times when she pointed her toes when I wish she had been a little harder in her step, but then Twitch popped and everything was right in the world again. Eliana also killed her side aerial flip. Epic routine from my dance crush. Job well done to the trio!
Side note: I could care less about what the judges have to say at this point. Let me know if there were any gems I should have listened to…
Tiffany was up next to perform her Contemporary solo. I loved her song choice.
Song: “Eli, Eli” (A Walk to Caseara) by Sophie Milman
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Wow, did Tyce overdramatize the meaning of this routine. Tradegy and emotion, combined with a suitcase. The best part of this whole routine was Katherine’s performance. While not as full bodied as her lead role in Step Up Revolution (heck yes I threw in that reference), she nailed the character she was forced to portray in this dance. I found myself watching Katherine the entire time and thinking, well that boy is doing a great job of lifting and partnering. Chehon could have easily been replaced by Cole and that piece would have looked the same. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t buying the forced emotion of this piece. Just because someone tells me something is sad and revolves around devastation doesn’t mean I’m going to cry if the story isn’t relatable. And the fact that Mary was crying (oh I paused when I saw her blubbering), pretending to relate to a story about poor people living out of a suitcase while she’s rocking and enormous amount of pearls made me want to vomit.
Cole was up next to perform his martial arts-infused solo.
Genre: Lyrical Jazz
Song: “No Nothing” by Curtis & Reinhard feat. Blaire
Choreographer: Ray Leeper
Holy SMOKES! I almost didn’t recognize Marko from last year. He looks WAY different with a shaved head, and I was genuinely excited to see him dance again! Sadly, I wasn’t impressed by this piece. The music and styling/costumes didn’t match the apparent theme that was to depict these two dancers getting married. Why was Whitney in a pink short dress at her apparent wedding? More importantly, why was this choreographer brought onto the show?! This was one of the worst performances of the night and could easily spell the end for Whitney. My earlier prediction of Whitney making it through to next week could be way off.
Eliana was up next to perform her solo. It was by far my favourite of the girls for the night.
Song: “Cinema” (Skrillex remix) by Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Okay, if this routine wasn’t put together to single handedly get Cyrus through to the finale call me a unicorn and paste a horn to my head. This was so obviously produced, I want to scream. Clearly Skeletor wanted a chance to bring back Cyrus’ roommates and crew, and look like a hero for doing so in the finale. Over the production influence; however, I was still ridiculous stoked to see this routine. I also loved that SYTYCD alumni Phillip was in rehearsals to help Chris Scott teach the routine. Yeah yeah! The music for this piece was CRAZY! For me, the best part of this whole routine was the tutting section right in the middle. Sick was that part hot. The rest of the routine came across as slightly under-rehearsed and a little off sync. Once again the judges were on their feet, in large part due to the confusion induced by Skrillex.
Up next we had Whitney and Chehon coming together for their final performance of the night.
Song: “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Généreux
No no, Cha Cha. No no, Cha Cha Cha. This style of dance on this particular program is absolutely the kiss of death for most dancers. For Whitney, it was her saving grace. Whit needed to perform her own style to have a fighting chance (regardless of Skeletor’s drooling), and she definitely shined in this routine. Sadly, I can’t say the same for Chehon. His technique just wasn’t up to Whitney’s level, and his tank top/flared pants combo simply added insult to injury. This routine just didn’t work, and clearly the dancers were asked to do too much this week, and Chehon wasn’t able to master all of the different styles.
Cyrus was up next to perform his solo. It looked a lot like his performance with Comfort. Just saying.
Cole and Eliana were up next and pretty much won the jackpot with a Mia Michael’s Contemporary routine!
Song: “Adagio for Strings” by Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Okay, Mia Michaels is really starting to look like a human cat. Seriously pause the video when she’s on the screen and I dare you not to see it. Mia based this routine on hatred and was inspired by the way rams butt heads. Genius or crazy? I say genius, at least on Eliana’s part! She danced this routine from her head down to her unbelievably flexed toes! Eliana has officially become the dark horse in the competition that everyone now needs to fight to compete with. I had to go back and watch this routine a second time just to see Cole and watch his part of this piece. This was hands down my favourite routine of the night.
Tiffany and Cyrus were up next to take on a Broadway routine. I don’t have a lot to say about that…
Song: “Treat Me Rough” (Girl Crazy) by Debbie Gravitte
Choreographer: Spencer Liff
…or do I?! Of course! I love trashing hot mess routines! The best part of this routine was Tiffany’s cropped demin jacket complete with shoulder pads. I’m sure there are millions of people out there who enjoyed this routine. I, however, was not one of them. I just don’t buy this style, regardless of how sexual a choreographer tries to make it. Plus, Cyrus just hasn’t truly mastered any style outside of his own and this routine really showed that it’s ridiculous that he’s still in the running.
After all the dancers were finished for the night and before we learned the results, Sebastian Grub and Joel Brown took to the stage to perform an incredibly unique dance piece. One of the performers was confined to a wheel chair, and this routine did an excellent job of showcasing how a human disability can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art. Adam, thoughts? I’m going to leave this wide open for you…
Up next were the results! The girls were up first; Whitney, Tiffany and Eliana. Cat rattled off the routines from last week prior before revealing that Tiffany would be making it through the finale! Wow, I did not see that coming! Either my early prediction, Whitney, or the unofficial dark horse, Eliana, would not be making it through. Dang. Cat then went on to reveal that Eliana would be joining Tiffany in the finale, sending Whitney out for her final curtain call.
Up next were the boys; Cole, Chehon and Cyrus. Wow, I just realize thats alliteration. Random. Anyways, the first boy to learn his fate and making it through to the finale was Chehon. Would it be Cole or Cyrus joining Chehon? DUH! Cyrus! I was spot on with the boys this time around.
There you have it folks, the final four dancers. If I were in Vegas I would be going all in for Cyrus and Eliana to take the final two winner spots. Mark my words.