So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Recap: Top 16
Welcome back to So You Think You Can Dance. I hope you tuned in, because it’s always fun to see Nigel do damage control on live TV. (He makes Cat do it.) The eliminations are back at the end of the show, where they belong, after the fan outcry about putting them first last week. But in order to make sure we know who we might not get to vote for, the bottom six are still announced at the top of the show, and the bottom four dance for their lives.
On with the show!
The damage control was not completely needed anyway. Jade is missing from the opening number. He was injured in rehearsal and has withdrawn. He was in the bottom last week, and most likely would have been this week after the terrible Bollywood routine. But it’s always sad to see them go out that way. The rest of the bottom six are BluPrint and Curtis, Jasmine M., Jenna, and Alexis. Since Jade’s fate is sealed, only the girls dance for their lives (here.)
There are two guest judges this week. The first is Nigel-chosen Paula Abdul. (He’s trying to do right by her after she was dumped from Idol.) The second is FOX-insisted Erin Andrews, who apparently is joining some FOX sports show that requires promoting. Moving on to the dancing!
Amy & Fik-Shun: Paso Doble: (Paso doble? Show us this . . . paso doble!) Amy will show us this paso doble, and carry FikShun along with her. He’s not as clean and crisp in his moves as one would like, but for an untrained dancer, the lifts are hella impressive. OH! Paula gives away he has trained–on her short lived Live To Dance show, where he appeared under his given name, Dushaunt. I KNEW IT.
Jasmine H. & Aaron: Broadway: This might be one of the best Broadway routines I’ve seen on the show in years. It helps that it’s not a mugging silly piece, but a dramatic crime scene with Jasmine as a ghost. Aaron’s tapper background gives him the edge, and he helps her along. They are still my favorite couple.
Makenzie & Paul: Contemporary: This was like watching an all-star with a contestant. Not to say Makenzie was bad, but Paul was just so good. And he made her look good.
Jasmine M. & Alan: Jazz: This was an odd one. Very stiff. It was supposed to be comical, but the two of them played it serious. I felt like they didn’t get it. Nigel called it quirky, but it left me cold. They did a very good job with the movements: clean, sharp, on point, and there was nothing wrong with it. But I can see why Alan was in the bottom last week and Jasmine this week.
Jenna & Tucker: Hip Hop: This didn’t feel like hip hop. It felt like the ’80s. These guys don’t know hip hop, and they don’t have a place to pull from. So they pulled from what they knew, and ended up with a weird hybrid. Nigel calls it “Hip Jazz.” Paula calls it “Hipster Jazz.” I’m with Paula. She excuses it that since the track was Michael Jackson,and he pulled from jazz, this is okay. It wasn’t a bad routine because they stuck to what they knew, but not what was advertised.
Malece (with all-star Marko): Contemporary: The rehearsal footage is with Jade, and is presented as being something of a disaster. Malece lucked out this week with Jade’s injury. She’s not a strong enough dancer to carry this on her own, let alone carry him. But paired with Marko, who needs nothing from her except her best, she gives it. This performance might get her into the Top Ten. If she had stayed paired with Jade, that would not be nearly as sure a thing.
Hayley & Curtis: Samba: Was Curtis onstage? The only time I noticed him was in the lifts, where I was mainly holding my breath he didn’t drop her. Otherwise, it was ALL about Hayley. She nails it with the hips and the shimmies and the strength. (The costume didn’t hurt either.) He just fades into the background. It’s like he’s convinced she’s better than him, and is watching her as he dances instead of dancing for us.
Alexis & Nico: Broadway/Jazz: The first thing I see is her fail to get those legs up in the opening section, and it’s downhill from there. She’s supposed to be controlling him in the routine, him mirroring her, but he’s hitting the moves and she’s not. He’s loose like the controlled doll he’s supposed to be, but she’s not strong for him to reflect. Nor are they in sync. The judges ignore this and go on about how she shouldn’t have been in the bottom six.
Mariah & Bluprint: Hip Hop: When I first saw Mariah was now paired with BluPrint I felt really bad. They’re both hip-hop dancers, and if they got, say, Quickstep, they’d have been up a creek. Lucky for them, they drew hip hop. Since they’re in their own wheelhouse, they can just dance. Mariah is stunning in this routine. She outshines him. BluPrint, meanwhile, looks like he’s having fun for the first time all season. This should keep him safe for another week. (Until they pull Quickstep. Or Bollywood. Or Tango.)
Elimination time! Jade is already out. As for the girls, Jenna is sent to safety first. That leaves Alexis and Jasmine M. Considering that the panel went on about how Alexis shouldn’t be in the bottom this week, it’s not surprising Jasmine is eliminated.
Still, splitting it around the performances like this gives us the feeling this week was taken into account along with last week. Good work, Nigel!
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