So You Think You Can Dance Top 16 – 6/29/11

Tonight, the Top 16 take to the stage, and hopefully, they plan on bringing their all. We have our always rambling Lil’ C judging tonight, along with Nigel, Mary and a very special guest judge, Kristin Chenowith (Glee). I love Kristin. She’s amazingly talented and always amusing.

The dancers will be dancing one dance with their partner, and then there will be two group numbers with 8 dancers in each. Let’s see how they bring it tonight.

Group #1
Choreographed by Tyce Diorio
My Thoughts: Those girls were fierce and really had a lot of great moments in this routine. The guys held their own, and Tadd really stood out for me. Loved the use of the chairs, very well orchestrated.

Sasha and Alexander
Contemporary choreographed by Dee Caspary
My Thoughts: Sasha looked beautiful in that dress–so feminine, almost fairy like. The routine was really great. Sasha danced with such abandon, but Alexander seemed to be holding something back. I loved the ending with her hands reaching through the piano. It was so poignant.
Judges: Nigel thought Sasha was beautiful, but that Alexander needed to connect more. Mary thought Sasha was beautiful to watch. Kristin thought Sasha was fabulous, and she loved Alexander. Lil’ C thinks Sasha is above perfection, and loved it.

Caitlynn and Mitchell
Samba choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereaux
My Thoughts: Their facial expressions were distracting, but the dancing was good. Mitchell is a lot stronger than he looks. Caitlynn is gorgeous, and she really looked natural doing it. My only advice is stop with the strange facial expressions. They didn’t look sexy. They looked like they were in pain.
Judges: Mary thought it was spectacular. Kristin said “Shut the front door, shut the garage door, shut every door.” She loved it. Lil’C actually kept his words normal and said they “murdered” it, and in this sense, it was a good thing. 😉 Nigel thought it was fabulous.

Miranda and Robert
Broadway choreographed by Tyce Diorio
My Thoughts:The lifts were really well done. I don’t know if it’s inappropriate to say that Miranda did a great job playing a “lady of the night.” She was really convincing. Robert managed to keep up with Miranda. Overall, it was a really entertaining routine to watch.
Judges: Kristin thought they killed it. Lil’C said of Miranda, “with legs like that, who needs arms?”. Nigel thinks Miranda has grown the most from all the dancers. He thinks Robert is really improving. Mary thinks they are a great couple.

Melanie and Marko
Lyrical Hip Hop by Tabitha and Napoleon
My Thoughts: From the first moment, this dance had me teary eyed, and it was fabulous. They were amazing. What a kiss! The beginning part was so smooth and effortless, and Marko was adorable.
Judges: Lil’C thinks they are a power couple, and they were extra buck. Nigel can’t judge them individually, because they were so in tune. Mary thinks they were tremendous. Okay, Mary and Nigel kissing is something I don’t need to see again. Kristin is very moved and touched. Then she kissed Lil’C, which was funny. Then Nigel kissed Lil’C. How much of it was staged?

Ashley and Chris
Jazz choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
My Thoughts: It was a strange routine, but I actually enjoyed it. The make-up was awesome, and they made awesome zombies. It wasn’t as exciting as last week, but it was a decent routine. I think that Chris did amazing for a hip-hop dancer. His leaps looked almost as good as Ashley’s, and that’s something to be proud of.
Judges: Nigel said he didn’t connect, and he said it was the wrong song. Mary thinks they pulled the synchronization off. Kristin admits this number isn’t her thing, but she was in awe of their talent. She admitted that Ashley was her favorite so far. Lil’C thinks Ashley is a silent assassin and that Chris is buckness.

Clarice and Jess
Fox Trot choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereaux
My Thoughts: I really enjoy Jess. He makes me smile. He does surprise me with his strength for the lifts and how light he is on his feet. Clarice looked beautiful and she was very good during this performance. Her movements seem to go on forever. I really enjoyed this episode.
Judges: Mary thinks it was beautiful. Kristin said it was her favorite performance of the night. She thinks these two together are perfect. Lil’C thinks Jess is a phenom. Nigel thinks Jess is a master of his style.

Ryan and Ricky
Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
My Thoughts: What an interesting idea for a routine. I really loved the use of the fabric to connect them. It was a difficult routine to watch in some ways, because the pain was so evident. I can’t really talk about the dance moves, because there isn’t one that stood out. It was perfection. I may not like Ryan’s personality, but during this dance, she was great.
Judges: Kristin thinks it was beautiful. Lil’C thinks it was phenomenal and buckness. Nigel thinks choreographers are using their lives to inspire the dancers. He’s happy he kept them. Mary thought it was wonderful.

Jordan and Tadd
Hip Hop choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon
My Thoughts: That was an amusing routine. I loved the part when Tadd put his pants on. That was slick. Jordan was adorable, and they were both hitting movements well. It was a cute routine.
Judges: Lil’C loved it. Nigel thinks they’re safe because of that number. Mary thought it was wonderful. Kristin thought that was dessert.

Group #2
Contemporary by Dee Caspary
My Thoughts: What a cool routine. I love the fact that women are choreographed to be the strongest of the night. Melanie really stood out to me. So did Jess. Great routine all round, and it was entertaining to watch.

There you have it. Now it’s up to America. It’s hard to choose a bottom three tonight, because there wasn’t a single routine I really disliked. I guess if I had to pick a bottom three, it would be Ashley & Chris, Ryan & Ricky, and Miranda & Robert. Tune in to FOX tonight at 8/7c to see how America voted.

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