SYTYCDC Season 4: Top 14 Performances

Hey everyone. Tonight, Dan is taking a night off and I am going to fill in for him tonight. I am excited to take a stab at the show tonight as I have a majority of friends in the competition this year. With that bias aside, I will do my best to judge accordingly (even when it may be tough).

To start, we have a ton of judges at the table tonight. Dan Karaty is back on the panel and is joined by Melissa Williams, Rex Harrington along with resident judges Tre Armstrong and Jean-Marc Genereux. Once again, the dancers are swapping partners and swapping styles, so let’s see what everyone got.

Jordan Clark and Francois Pruneau

Genre: Samba
Song: “Chillando Goma” by Fulanito
Choreographer: Gustavo Vargas
Francois is in his element but Jordan is not. However, Jordan is a beast and has been able to smash everything that has been thrown her way so far. This piece was no different. While some of the moves didn’t feel as smooth as other and Jordan had moments of awkwardness in her ballroom heels, I thoroughly enjoyed the piece. These two are quite the competitors and I think they have a clear shot at Top 10 if not Top 6.

Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo

Genre: Contemporary
Song: “Gasoline Rainbows” by Amy Kuney
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
I love everything that Stacey ever produces and this was no exception. With both dancers in their element, this piece was nothing but spectacular. I also loved loved loved the concept of the piece and thought it translated fairly well. Joey is such a strong dancer and even thought I thought it was Geisha’s best dance of the season, Joey very much out danced her.

Yuliya Zavadska and JP Dube

Genre: Hip-hop
Song: “Give Em What They Askin’ For” by Busta Rhymes
Choreographer: Sho-Tyme
I met Yuliya in Halifax when I auditioned for Season 3 of the show. This girl is amazingly talented and will work so hard to get the style she is given. This clearly showed in this routine tonight. While JP had the natural swagger, Yuliya held her own. Some of her moves didn’t hit as hard but sometime, neither did JP’s. Overall, it was great to see JP in his element and Yuliya really go for it.

Lindsay Leuschner and Christan Millette

Genre: Jazz Funk
Song: “Blow (Circuit Remix)” by Ke$ha
Choreographer: Blake McGrath
Usually, Blake sits at the judges table more often than he choreographs but this year, we’ve been treated to a lot more of his stuff. This week, he choreographed a super fast jazz/funk routine. I really loved the concept and thought that Lindsay was a beast. The choreography was fast and sometimes I feel like certain moments lacked transition. However, how can you not love a routine with this song as it’s backdrop, right?

Denitsa Ikonomova and Matt Marr

Genre: Cha Cha
Song: “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull feat. Neyo
Choreographer: Francis & Claudia
Denitsa is finally right where she belongs and she is bringing Matt along for the ride. Matt has proved to be a very strong partner in these types of genres and this was no exception. He held his own against Denitsa quite well performed the hell out of the routine. These two also look so great together and really pulled together as a duo. I can see these two in Top 6 as well.

Carlena Britch and Shane Simpson

Genre: Contemporary
Song: “Wise Up” by Aimee Mann
Choreographer: Sabrina Matthews
Carlena is also a friend of mine. She is one of the best female hip hop dancers I know, therefore dreading the day she got contemporary… and here it is. However, I have to say that I am SO PROUD of her. Sabrina choreographed it so smartly to support her dancers instead of single Carlena out and make her look week. Is she as strong as Jordan or Melissa, no, but she performed it so well. Shane was just awesome.

Melissa Mitro and Adam LoPapa

Genre: Hip-hop
Song: “Buyou” by Keri Hilson feat J Cole
Choreographer: Luther Brown
Melissa has proven to be quite the competitor receiving standing o’s for her past three routines. After watching this routine, it’s no wonder that she received yet another ovation from the judges. This is some of Luther’s best choreography that I have seen in all of the seasons of the Canadian version. It reminded me of Jayme Rae and Daniel’s piece in Season 2 to “Pucker Up”, but turned up to 11. So good!

After all is said and done, here is who I think will be in the bottom three couples:

  • Carlena & Shane
  • Jordan & Francois
  • Yuliya & JP

Who is coming home? As much as it pains me to say it, possibly Carlena & JP. However, with the voting from Canada, who knows what will happen. It could all change tomorrow.

What did you think of last night’s show? Who do you think will be in the bottom and who do you think will be going home?

  • Dan

    No videos Tyrell?! Dang! I was hoping to get to watch them in the article as my PVR decided not to record the episode!

    I am totally checking them out online and watching the two contemporary numbers. I am DYING to see Geisha and Joey’s routine, and really curious to see how Carlena tackled the style.

    Melissa got ANOTHER standing ovation for her Hip Hop!? That’s CRAZY! The judges need to be careful with this as often when the dancers get too high of praise Canadian’s start thinking they are safe and switch their votes to other dancers…