So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Recap: Top 18
Did you tune into So You Think You Can Dance this week? No?
If you didn’t, you missed Nigel’s continued struggle with how to deal with his cancelled elimination episodes. FOX decided last year that SYTYCD didn’t need to be a two night event anymore. That’s a loss, because Nigel used to bring in dance companies from all over the US for episode filler, and give them a platform on National Television. Taking that away was a loss for dance companies, and a loss for audiences.
Reduced to one episode a week, Nigel moved eliminations to the end of the next week’s episode. Everybody danced like they were competing. Then Surprise! Some of them went home instead. Audiences felt cheated. This season, Nigel is announcing the results at the beginning. Now we eliminate the contestants up front, but, because their partners are competing, they still have to dance for us anyway. There’s no good solution. FOX needs to give Nigel his results episodes back.
Let’s see the opening number.
Then we go right to the bottom six: Alan, Makenzie, Mariah, Jade, Carlos and Brittany. The first two are sent to safety. The latter four dance for their lives (here and here.) Carlos and Brittany are eliminated. They will dance, but are ineligible for voting.
Let’s get to the competition pieces. Christina Applegate is our guest judge.
Hayley&Curtis: Jazz Hayley is super awkward trying to do splits in the heeled boots. Curtis is more comfortable in the routine. If I didn’t know he was a tap dancer, I would never guess with his oozing into the moves. But she is drawing all the focus, for good and ill.
Jasmine(H)&Aaron: Lyrical Hip Hop Since she is a hip hop dancer the moves come more naturally to her. The places where they are supposed to be in sync, she is sharper and crisper, whereas he is a quarter beat behind and sloppier. But the lifts are fabulous and they have great chemistry.
Malece&Jade: Bollywood Bollywood is a really difficult theme to draw. Malece’s response is to treat it like an odd contemporary piece. Not a bad choice. She needs to hit her poses harder. Jade is just struggling to keep up. Poor kid.
Alexis&Nico: Contemporary This piece is a sequel to a Season Seven piece that Robert and Kathryn danced, and they show up in rehearsal to “pass the torch.” Both Nico and Alexis get solos at the top before executing a lovely pas de deux. She’s a little loose in her lines, but their lifts are gorgeous.
Brittany&BluPrint: Broadway Ugh. Brittany the first of our two eliminated contestants to have to dance tonight. She’s going through the motions, but her heart isn’t in this. They need to move the elimination back to the end. Meanwhile BluPrint is klutzy in the big lift and struggling in the turns. He’s not comfortable in this genre at all, and she’s not interested in helping.
Jasmine(M)&Alan: Argentine Tango Tangos are so sexy. This one is slightly slow when it’s on the floor. It does pick up speed here and there, but it only serves to emphasize how slow the other parts are. But those lifts. Those! Lifts! Only the second one has a small hitch in it. The rest are just breath taking.
Makenzie&Paul: Jazz Paul is in his element here. Every flip he does is magic. So impressive. I can’t tell if she’s good or if he’s making her look good until we reach the three-quarter mark and she does this upper body bit with her hands and head that might have been a throw away moment on another dancer, but on her is fierce. That cinches it. They’re both fabulous.
Mariah&Carlos: Contemporary He’s already eliminated, and she only survived by the skin of her teeth. Unlike Brittany, Carlos is giving this his ALL. Mariah should thank him. He’s making her look amazing. The emotion of this piece is so melancholy and beautiful. The two of them are all but in tears at the end of it. The heightened emotion of knowing this was his last time on stage helped this piece enormously. It’s moments like this that Nigel was hoping for when he moved the eliminations to the beginning. But I’m still not sold on it.
Amy&Fik-Shun: Hip Hop She’s not comfortable, but because this is his wheelhouse, he helps her along where she otherwise might fail. (Think of it as payback for her helping him last week.) His commitment helps her loosen up. He’s having the time of his life up there, dancing with a wild abandon. It’s fabulous. He’s turning out to be my favorite dancer of the season. (Oh, and I love that he tries to get Cat to tip him when they roll up at the end for judgement.)
Jenna&Tucker: Cha-Cha Let’s end the night on a sexy Cha-Cha with my other favorite male dancer of this season. Tucker is so good. But Jenna is a ballroom dancer, and this ends up feeling a bit more like ballroom than cha-cha. That’s ok though, because unlike last week where she just wasn’t able to keep up, this week she matches him move for move. Yes, it’s a bit of a cheat, but they are so much fun to watch, I don’t care.
If you didn’t tune in tonight you missed one hell of a Cha-Cha. How many other shows can you say that about? Please tune in next week. If we’re ever to get the results shows back, this show needs your support.
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