“They’ve got to bring personality out now,” Nigel said, because the dancing has been of an “equal standard and someone needs to come through and standout!”
Well, someone did. Realizing that it’s never too late to shine even brighter, Brandon stole the show with a jaw-dropping solo. Midway through the episode, dawning nothing but muscles and short shorts, he utilized the passion and power of Carmina Burana to give a memorable one-man piece that not only garnered a standing ovation from all three judges but had Nigel calling it “one of the best solos we’ve ever seen on the show!”
But he didn’t stop there, also nailing a challenging and emotional contemporary piece by SYTYCD Canada’s Stacey Tookey with new partner Kayla. Lil C called him a “formidable” partner while Nigel expressed sadness that thee pair had only come together just now. A flashy disco number by Doriana Sanchez got even more love for them — so much so that a normally tame Nigel jumped out of his seat afterwards, dancing around the audience and cheering, “this is what this show is all about!”
Jeanine drew Ade out of the hat and they got a sexy samba from Louis Van Amstel for their first routine, but what should have been the hottest pairing since fish and chips, it didn’t win the judges over. Their hip-hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon was thankfully much better — with resident hip-hop expert Lil C handing them a signature “buck!” and Nigel telling them, “You got down!”
Melissa and Evan performed a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine that kicked things off in his style. While Nigel said it “wasn’t that demanding technically,” he did admit that it brought a lot of that much-needed personality to the table. Sadly, their quick step sadly fell apart somewhere in the middle and lost energy, according to the judges. But again Evan got back some points (as usual) with another fun solo this time set to “The Lady is a Tramp” by Sammy Davis Jr.
After last week’s shocking elimination of judges’ favorite Janette — thanks to an incredible and inspiring Tyce Diorio piece by Ade and Melissa — fans were left with some tough decisions. — Jed Dreben
Tell us: Who did you vote for? Who do you think should go home? And who will with this season of So You Think You Can Dance?Kelsey McNeal/FOX