SYTYCDC Season 4: Top 8 Performances

We’re getting ever closer to crowing the season four winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, with the top four couples taking to the stage in this week’s performance episode. Would Melissa receive her seventh standing ovation? Would we be forced into walking a ridiculous amount of filler?! The universe knows I can’t stand a night full of nonsense, so hopefully we’re in for some awesome performances from the remaining eight contestants!

Thankfully the judging panel was paired back to only four experts; Jean-Marc, Tre, Blake McGrath and screaming Mary Murphy. I’ll be skipping over most of their nonsense to focus on the dancing. This week each performer will be taking on the standard couples routine, a solo, and a group number. Excellent idea, instead of asking them a ridiculous question!!

Jordan Clark & Adam LoPapa

Genre: Hip-hop
Song: “Say It With Me” – Chris Brown
Choreographer: Luther Brown

The first new pairing of the night was Jordan and Adam, taking on a Hip Hop from Luther Brown. I’ll admit, I’ve opened my mind and heart to Luther after his Black Eyed Peas routine from earlier in the season. The song choice was sick – Say it with Me by Chris Brown. To start, Jordan looked unbelievably sexy in her black leather pants and her long red tresses bouncing around the stage. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Adam. I felt the collared shirt made him a little too stuffy for this routine and he just wasn’t hitting the moves hard enough for my liking. Jordan absolutely nailed the choreography and for an opening performance, I really enjoyed it! Kudos to Luther, and I have a sneaking suspicion these two could be safe this week…

Melissa was up next to dance the first solo of the night, after a gut wrenching intro story/clip. Naturally this routine was packed with incredible moves and amazing power. If she doesn’t win this entire competition I will be genuinely surprised.

Matt quickly followed suit with his solo and equally gut wrenching intro story. I have always found Matt ridiculously sexy and his performance tonight sealed his fate in my book of crushed. His song choice and lack of shirt were the perfect decisions!

Lindsay Leuschner & Shane Simpson

Genre: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Uninvited” – Alanis Morissette
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

Following the solos Lindsay and Shane were the next new pairing to hit the stage. They were fortunate enough to select a Stacey Tookey Contemporary piece from the hat, and I was SHRIEKING with excitement before it even began. Then the first two chords of Uninvited by Alanis Morissette rang out and I got chills. This song is one of my all-time favourite ballads, and I love Stacey Tookey even more (if that’s even possible) for choosing it. Wow, Lindsay was absolutely fantastic in this piece. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, and I loved every single movement. Simply due to the fact that I didn’t get Shane fair attention, I went back and watched the piece again. While Lindsay definitely out-danced Shane in this performance, he held his own and was a strong partner when Lindsay needed him. These two rightfully earned the first standing ovation of the night from the judges. I absolutely loved this routine, and will give Lindsay the title of ‘dark horse’ in this competition, which could sneak up in the next few weeks and steal the spotlight (and title).

Christian was up next with his solo for the night, and I love any time this man takes to the stage with his shirt wide open. Like seriously, to quote fellow cast mate Kevin, this man is sex on legs!

Denitsa was up next with her solo, and I hate to admit it but I feel like this is the same performance we see week-in and week-out, when she’s dancing for her life. I think we’ll be seeing her do it all over again in Tuesday’s eliminations episode.

SIDE NOTE: I DIED after Denitsa’s solo when the camera cut to Jean-Marc and he was swaying all over the stage with random sunglasses on. If you pay attention, you can actually see Tre look over at him and mouth the words, “What the hell?!?” Priceless.

Denitsa Ikonomova & Christian Millette

Genre: Samba
Song: “Tambourine” – Eve
Choreographer: Gustavo Vargas

The third new pairing for the night was Christian and Denitsa (who are dance partners in real life = unfair advantage), naturally taking on a Samba. Sigh, could these ballroom dancers pick a style outside of their genre for once? If these two don’t nail this routine I’m going to absolutely FREAK OUT. They have been handed a silver platter. Okay, I effing LOVED Denitsa’s pants. The pom-pom tassels on the sides were so sexy and distracting, I could hardly look away! As for the dance itself, I didn’t love the performance. I felt Christian had an awkward arch to his back for a lot of the steps and therefore looked a little too feminine (and the shoes didn’t help). As for Denitsa, she was strong but definitely struggled through a few of the lifts, and overall the piece was a little too sloppy for this stage of the competition.

Lindsay was the third girl to perform her solo, and I loved that she chose Imogen Heap as her musical accompaniment. I loved this stripped down solo, and truly felt her emotion pushing through. Brilliant. (The judge’s were once again on their feet for Lindsay…just sayin…)

Up next for his solo performance was Shane, and similar to Denitsa, I feel like this is a solo that we’ve seen several times already this season. Hopefully this doesn’t come back to haunt him and he’s still able to pull in the votes.

Melissa Mitro & Matt Marr

Genre: Jazz
Song: “Nobody’s Perfect” – Jessie J
Choreographer: Melissa Williams

The final couple of the night was Melissa and Matt (HOORAY), tackling a Melissa Williams Jazz piece. EEKS! I was SO excited for this piece before it even began, and then Jessie J starting playing and I was absolutely giddy. If you watched this routine then you were probably BLOWN AWAY by the chair leap by Melissa onto Matt’s back. Are. You. Kidding. Me. This piece was danced to perfection by BOTH Matt and Melissa. I loved the integration of the chairs, as for once the prop integration was an incredible support tool instead of distracting from the number. The only thing I would have changed was Matt’s outfit. And yes folks, Melissa received her SEVENTH straight standing ovation of the season. This girl can do absolutely no wrong. Equally impressive, Matt has never seen the bottom three this entire season! Can he make it another week?! I hope so!

Jordan was up next to dance the last of the female of the solos of the night. No question, this piece was simply stunning and hot damn this girl is gorgeous! It’s going to be a tight race for the ladies right down to the end.

Adam was the last guy to hit the stage and perform his solo. The smarted decision of this routine was when he stripped off his shirt and went into a SICK pirouette spin! INCREDIBLE! Well done bud!


Genre: Jive
Song: “Land Of 1000 Dancers” – Union Of Sound
Choreographer: Danny Arbour

The night wrapped up with a group routine showcasing all eight remaining contestants. The group tackled SYTYCDC alumni, Danny Arbour, Jive routine. Sigh. This is not how I wanted to see this incredible night of dance come to an end. At least the costumes were smoking sexy, as the rest of the routine fell really flat. The music was too old school and while the steps were performed well, there wasn’t anything that made me want to jump up and scream. Sorry folks!

After all the performances, I think it’s going to be extremely hard for Canada to vote and decide which two dancers would be safe this week. My guess would be Melissa and Matt sailing through to next week’s performance show. If that is the case, Christian, Shane, and Adam will be the bottom three guys; and Jordan, Lindsay (sad face) and Denitsa as the bottom three girls.

If my predictions are true, I have a strong feeling it will be Denitsa and Shane leaving the competition this week…

  • Robyn

    Dear Melissa, Matt, Jordan, Lindsay… I’m so sorry you have to put up with the ridiculous judges (seriously, were Mary, Blake and JM doing lines together at the commercial breaks?!), fake host(Shut.Up.Leah… for the love of god….), and crap costumers (“I know, we can sew some stuff on this bra and make it a top”).
    You are all fantastic dancers and in spite of the production disaster this show has become, I love watching you dance.
    PS: Dan, great recap as always. I agree with everything and the music choices this week (other than the group number) were so great!

  • Mason

    Jordan remains my favourite, but Lindsay is right up there. She is the best solos choreographer–assuming they do their own–and is hands down the best at interpreting abstract choreography (which may explain my first point.)

    Judges also need to take a math course. Of those who can’t refrain from announcing favourites, each has predicted at least 5 dancers in the Top Four.

  • Dan

    Robyn! Spot on with your commentary. I can’t handle the judging panel. Mary’s comments are as useful as rocks in the desert.

    Mason – TRUE! The judges definitely have poor math skills!!

  • mason

    I wondered at one point whether Luther liked Mary as much as he seems to. I was thinking the same about Blake last night. Then I find out (McGrath tweet) that he has invited both Luther and Mary to his cottage!! Guess I have my answers 🙂

  • Dan

    You follow Blake on Twitter? Yikes! I would get annoyed too quickly I think…

  • mason

    No, I just happened upon it.

  • mason

    Check this out, Dan:

  • Dan

    Holy shit! Mary Murphy in a bunk bed! I never thought I would see the day!

    Thanks Mason, this absolutely made my day.