SYTYCD: Seven Couples, Two Dances Each–Who Impressed You?
The seven remaining couples in the competition had the tough task of learning not one but two routines on last night’s So You Think You Can Dance. Here’s how the night went down:
First up, Jessica King and partner Will Wingfield, who kicked things off with an energetic jive that caught guest judge Tabitha Dumo’s eye. For their second dance, the duo picked an expressive lyrical jazz routine which appeared to be just what the dance doctor ordered. The judges loved it, with Mary handing them tickets for her Hot Tamale Train even though others on the panel felt that Jessica weighed down Will.
Next, it was Comfort Fedoke (who lost her partner Chris Jarosz last week) and Thayne Jasperson, whose former partner Chelsea Traille fell off the Hot Tamale Train for good. This new pairing seemed to quickly find their connection in a stylish Broadway piece. While judges Tabitha and Mary gave kudos to the duo, Nigel felt the routine just “wasn’t good enough.” Hoping for redemption, Comfort and Thayne mastered a smooth waltz that the judges unanimously agreed was good. Despite positive marks from the judges, Kourtni Lind and Matt Dorame found themselves in the bottom three last week when America felt that they danced in black & white rather than living color in their comic book-inspired contemporary piece. This week the pair performed a smooth hip-hop number that choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon felt just didn’t have it. Next, the two danced a spicy mambo that, according to the judges, came off more mild than burning hot.
Still riding high on a sensational hip-hop routine the week before, Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura— dubbed “the couple to beat”– performed a difficult jazz piece that was embraced by all the judges. In their second routine, a fox trot, the duo kept the momentum going, suavely showing the mostly satisfied judges how they just love to dance–and dance well.
Kherington Payne and Stephen “Twitch” Boss, who have consistently wowed the judges, had their work cut out for them when they took on a white-hot paso doble (wearing matador costumes and capes to boot). Judging team Dumo both agreed that it started off a little slow, but were very pleased with how it grew. Moving from a stylish Latin dance to an imaginative Mia Michaels’ contemporary routine, it was Twitch’s shirt that came off this time around as these two battled it out on a mattress for the judges’ approval … which they unquestionably got!
This week, the dynamic team of Katee Shean and Joshua Allen performed a powerful Mia Michaels’ contemporary number that truly put their dancing passion to the test. Tabitha and Napoleon were blown away by their “command of the stage,” adding that they just “embodied” the piece. So could they kill it one more time in their second routine? They were certainly going to try, performing season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer’s groovy West Coast swing. And, yes, it wowed the entire judging panel.
The final two, Courtney Galiano and Gev Manoukian, took on a fun hip-hop routine to the tune of Mr. Cheeks’s “Lights, Camera, Action!” The routine got mixed reviews, with Napoleon saying it could have been a little stronger, while Nigel thought it was “fun” and “funky” but that the piece was a little more funky than it was hip-hop. The final routine to close this impressive night would be a quirky Broadway number that didn’t really wow the judges but was enough to earn them some solid props. –Jed Dreben
Tell us: So whose performance impressed you from last night’s SYTYCD? Who do you think will be sent packing?
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