So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 (again) – 6/23/11

Last Thursday night on So You Think You Can Dance, the judges couldn’t pick who should go home, so they made it a non-elimination round. Good news aside, the dancers are going to have to work even harder this week, because instead of just 1 boy and 1 girl going home, there will be 2 girls and 2 boys. I don’t have any strong favorites yet, but I’m hoping after the performance show, I’ll be able to pick a favorite.

This week, the fabulous Debbie Reynolds will be guest judging. I love her. She was a great dancer in her time, and I’ve loved her in everything she’s done, especially Singin’ in the Rain. Let’s jump ahead and take stock of the performances.

Ricky and Ryan
Jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore
My Thoughts: These two have about as much sexual chemistry as oil and water. This was the wrong routine for this couple, but there were some fierce moves. It was a great routine, just not right for them. The sexual awkwardness aside, they were technically good.
Judges:They were super nice again. Nigel loved it, and Mary thought it was hot. Debbie thought it was fantastic and sexy.

Caitlynn and Mitchell
Contemporary choreographed by Stacey Tookey
My Thoughts: I loved the use of the chairs and the choice of Turning Tables by Adele for the music. These two are really powerful and graceful dancers, and I loved watching them. Mitchell is great a portraying emotion while dancing, and Caitlynn is just mesmerizing. It sucked that Caitlynn got punched in the nose accidentally and was bleeding.
Judges: Mary was happy that Mitchell got to stay so we could see them dance. Debbie thought they were beautiful, and she joked that Caitlynn gave it her all, even her blood. Nigel thought it was a flawless routine.

Missy and Wadi
Cha-Cha choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux
My Thoughts: I wanted to love the routine, because I think Wadi is amazing, but I just couldn’t. It looked awkward to watch. Missy did a really convincing job, but Wadi was all over the place.
Judges: Debbie thought they did a great job. Nigel thought that Wadi was a great partner, but his technical skills were weak. Mary thought that Missy was really good at the Cha-Cha but that Wadi was really weak.

Iveta and Nick
Bollywood choreographed by Nicol Dev Mahajan
My Thoughts: It was a decent routine. As always with Bollywood, it was entertaining. Iveta looks beautiful no matter what style she’s doing. Nick was a strong partner and did a good job keeping up with the high pace. Overall, it was a good performance, although not as good as years past.
Judges: Nigel thought they did well, but that it wasn’t as strong as Katie and Joshua. Mary thought they did a good job, and Debbie was just pleased to be here.

Miranda and Robert
Hip-Hop by Napoleon and Tabitha
My Thoughts: A routine based on a woodpecker? Only NappyTab would think of that. Those are some hardcore birds. The tricks were pretty cool, and I think that Miranda did a great job of keeping up with Robert. I enjoyed the costumes and thought this was the most entertaining routine of the night so far.
Judges: Mary thought it was an amazing concept, and that Robert stepped up to the plate with the choreography. Debbie thought they were tough and great. She then did a Woody Woodpecker impression that was awesome. Nigel was shocked by Miranda and thinks she was amazing. He thought Robert did a fantastic job as well.

Clarice and Jess
Contemporary choreographed by Stacey Tookey
My Thoughts: It was a beautiful routine, but I think the lifts looked a bit awkward. I’m not sure if it’s the height difference or the lack of strength on Jess’ part, but they need extreme work. I love the character that Jess is, and he really does strong pirouettes. Clarice is an elegant dancer who has wonderful lines, but I don’t always feel connected to her when she’s performing.
Judges:Debbie thought it was beautiful, and she offered to take them home. Nigel didn’t think they pulled it together as a couple. Mary thinks Jess had some strong control, and that Clarice has amazing lines.

Jordan and Tadd
Viennese Waltz choreographed Jean-Marc Genereux
My Thoughts: Loved this routine. It was really romantic. The lifts were really strong and there is definitely some chemistry between these two. She looked fabulous. I can’t believe how amazing Tadd did with this.
Judges: Nigel thought it was beautiful and thought that Tadd was fantastic. Mary admits that Tadd is the biggest surprise of the season, because of his tenderness and ability to pull off the waltz. Debbie said they were as beautiful and she was mesmerized.

Melanie and Marko
Jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore
My Thoughts: Marko is a really strong partner and he’s always there for her with the lifts. I really enjoyed them together and think that they made the routine work because of their chemistry. I didn’t love the actual routine, but I enjoyed them dancing it, if that makes any sense. 😉
Judges: Mary thinks it’s a great partnership. Debbie called them musical stars. Nigel thinks it’s a perfect combination and they are stars.

Sasha and Alexander
Hip-Hop choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha
My Thoughts: It’s such an emotional topic of the soldier coming home, and they really did a great job of portraying the emotions. They have a great connection as partners and that came across during this routine. The dancing itself was second to the story for me, and that’s okay.
Judges: Debbie was crying, and she loved it. Mary was an emotional mess. Nigel thought it was fitting that the broadcast was delayed tonight due to the President announcing the troops coming home in 2012. He enjoyed it.

Ashley and Chris
Broadway by Spencer Liff
My thoughts: That was a hot routine. Chris doesn’t look as strong as he really is, because those flips and lifts on the bars take a lot of strength. I have to be honest that this is the first time Ashley’s personality didn’t annoy me. Overall, this was a super routine, and I really enjoyed watching it.
Judges: Nigel thought that Spencer was genius for this routine. He also thought they danced it fabulously. Mary put them on the hot tamale train. Debbie thinks they were sensational.

The dancers all really did a great job tonight, but there were a few that just didn’t make the cut for me. The bottom three couples for me are Ryan and Ricky, Missy and Wadi, and Iveta and Nick.

Tune in to FOX tonight at 8/7c to see which two boys and two girls go home.

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2 Responses to So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 (again) – 6/23/11

  1. Claire says:

    Did you mean Singin’ in the Rain? That’s one of my favorites, too!

  2. Megan says:

    Ooops, yes thank you. All fixed.