So You Think You Can Dance – 7/15/09

The top ten dancers on SYTYCD last night were overall amazing. This is the best group of dancers on this show to date. The other seasons have all had very talented dancers, and a few very strong dancers with stage presence. This season’s Top 10 dancers all have such strong skills, and okay, so maybe they aren’t as charismatic as Twitch or Benji, but the level of talent is refreshing. [Note from Jenny: Benji is my favoritest ever. I <3 him.] More after the jump.

Last night, the Top 10 danced as couples, did solos, and two group performances (one guys, one girls), all of which were good with a few low points. So let’s get started with the good.

The girls’ group Bollywood performance choreographed by Nukul Dev Mahajan was awesome. They all did an amazing job and looked beautiful. No one girl stood out over the others so I was impressed with their ability to work as a team. I enjoyed the routine a lot.

The guys danced an African routine choreographed by Jeffrey Page. It was wicked! I was most surprised by Evan who really held his own during this performance, and was a great sport about being poked fun at about his lack of six pack abs. lol. I applaud the boys on learning this, making it look so easy.

My favorite routine of the night was by far the contemporary choreographed by none other than season two’s Travis Wall. It was danced to perfection by Jeanine and Jason, making it an emotional ride to watch. I was in awe of the choreography, but was more floored by the fact that both Jason and Jeanine were phenomenal this week. Up until now Jason has never really caught my eye, but tonight I couldn’t keep my eyes off these two! The routine was about two long-time friends who are debating getting together for the first time, and the routine really brought forward the passion, the hunger and the doubt behind such an act. Jason was so strong tonight, he was a force to be reckoned with. Jeanine definitely held her own, she was fierce and brought such raw emotion to the floor that by the end of the routine I was in tears. The kiss at the end was hot as well! The most awe inspiring part of it was that it made Mary Murphy speechless, I think I liked that sound a lot. 😉

In fact, I loved it so much I had to share! Here’s a clip of the routine, you can get rid of the red text box by clicking the triangle in the bottom right hand corner and choosing turn off annotations 🙂 Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE15sSA5oxo

The big shock of the night for me was how well our vertically challenged, Evan partnered with the lovely and tall Kayla. They danced a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, and it was actually very good. Was it technical perfection? No, however Evan was there every step of the way for Kayla as a strong partner and let me tell you, there is nothing little about his dancing. He was so strong and supportive when he performed those lifts, I forgot for a moment how much harder it must be for this couple with their height difference. Speaking of height difference, the wardrobe people got smart and put Evan in shoes with heels and had Kayla, flat footed, wise choice! I believe that both these dancers proved their versatility and perseverance last night and I was impressed.

As far as solos go for the night, my favorites were Evan and his broadway routine, so wonderfully classic. I enjoyed Kupono and his very original and primal solo, and I really enjoyed Janine’s solo. Her solo was very strong and well thought out, bravo.

Okay, that was the good, now the not so good. There were two routines that I didn’t really enjoy and the first was Randi and Kupono’s Paso Doble choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. Wow, it was really terrible, from Randi’s hair extensions to the dancers lack of passion it was just awful. I know that this dance isn’t the easiest, but it demands passion and fierce dancing, neither of which I felt these two brought out last night. It’s kind of sad because I really like Randi and I think she’s a great dancer, but she was fumbling with this number. And Kupono, ouch, he went from a strong solo to a very weak performance, he wasn’t strong enough for his partner, and that really hurt this routine. I predict both of these two dancers will be in the bottom tonight.

The second routine that I didn’t enjoy was the Broadway number by Brandon and Melissa, choreographed by Tyce Diorio. It was a version of Aquarius from the great musical Hair. It wasn’t bad in any one way, but it wasn’t outstanding. They both looked great, and it was a decent partnership where both dancers strengths were well matched, I just didn’t feel a whole lot for any part of it. Was it terrible? No, it just wasn’t riveting. Although, I do highly doubt that either of them will end up in the bottom tonight as they both have large fan followings.

I was not impressed by Janette’s solo, I mean we already know she’s hot, but why does she have to dance her solo as if she’s on a stage with a pole? Sorry, but really it was kind of over the top last night. The other solo that wasn’t that great was Kayla. It’s redundant to say she had beautiful lines, she always does, but her solo seemed chaotic and scattered. I just didn’t enjoy it.

I think the bottom two girls will be Randi, and Kayla, the bottom boys will be Kupono, and unfortunately Jason. We’ll see tonight. Also on tonight’s results show we’ll see a performance by the Black Eye Peas 🙂 Tune in tonight at 9 pm on Fox!

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3 Responses to So You Think You Can Dance – 7/15/09

  1. Megan says:

    I am actually really happy this week that Jason didn’t go home last week, because I got a chance to fall in love with him and a chance to enjoy this amazing routine! The only reason I said Jason will be in the bottom is because a lot of the other boys have such a following. Just thought I’d share that 🙂 Oh and Jenny, I loved Benji too, but one of my favorites was always Travis.

  2. Jenny says:

    Awww, I like Travis, too, but Benji is just… *love* 😀

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