So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Recap: Top 14
Welcome back to So You Think You Can Dance. Sorry about the two-week break, but this is where FOX’s contract with baseball starts ruining the ratings of everything that airs around it. It’s hard to get into a show when it randomly disappears from the air with no warning. But FOX’s contract says they have to drop everything and air our country’s national pastime from the nineteenth century whenever their baseball overlords say so.
Now that we’re back to our regularly scheduled program, let’s see what you missed by not tuning in.
Love the outfits being pulled off.
This week’s guest judge was CarlyRae Jepsen. Nigel and Mary did their best with her, but she should have stuck to writing earworms.
Our bottom six from the performances two weeks back are Mariah, Alan, Makenzie, BluPrint, Jenna and Curtis. Only Jenna is sent to safety right off the bat. The rest dance for their lives before we go to the duets. I’ll admit when Alan picked up the cape, I laughed.
Let’s get to the competition dancing.
Alexis & Nico: Jive Proof: jive is hard — there were stunt doubles to train them in rehearsal. Nico is has the kicks and the leg work, but the lifts scare the shit out of me that he’s going to drop her. He’s obviously scared, too, because they noticeably slow down during them, and that kills the momentum.
Jenna & Tucker: Contemporary: Jaw drop. Jenna stole the show on this piece. Tucker did he best to keep focus, but she essentially was doing acrobatics and dancing, while he was just dancing. The focus was completely on her. I assume Nigel and co. had seen rehearsal for this, and why they didn’t bother have her dance for her life tonight.
Mariah & Bluprint: Jazz: Our hip-hoppers finally have to tackle a different genre together. Luckily it’s jazz, which is hip hop’s grandfather. That being said, Mariah carries this as best she can, but Bluprint can’t keep up. He’s a half step behind her at all times, so for the top half they’re out of sync, and by the back half it has dissolved into a sloppy mess. I panicked at the final lift, convinced he would drop her. Thank god they got through it.
Malece & Alan: Hip Hop: Malece is back with a contestant this week, and the two of them are stuck with hip hop, which Alan cannot handle. Malece proves that Nigel has been underrating her this season by pulling off her half. Too bad Alan is uselessly uncomfortable behind her, painfully stiff, and out of sync because of it.
Hayley & Curtis: Contemporary: Dances With Ladders. Hayley doesn’t really have to carry Curtis for once, because there’s a ladder. She’s dancing off a ladder, and he’s clinging to it. The piece substantially improves when they reach the floor. I feel like the week off helped Curtis regroup. That may be some of the best work I’ve seen from him. But then they get back on the ladder, and it all goes to hell again.
Amy & Fik-shun: Broadway: Mugging time! That opening bit was way to long, but played to Fik-shun’s hip-hop strengths. He does great on the lifts, but Amy is stronger in the legs and the poses. It’s more about their personalities than the steps in this piece, which helps him through the less crisp moments. They are clearly having fun and being silly together, and that helps, too.
Makenzie & Paul: Hip Hop: Is this a Broadway piece? What was that opening? It improves when they stop acting and start dancing. Paul won this show in his home country for a reason. I’m not sure Makenzie would have been able to pull this off with a different partner. Nigel notes that there are bits of the Charleston mixed in for reference, which also helped them find an entry point to this piece.
Jasmine & Aaron: Quick Step: Someone finally drew the quick step, and it was our favorite giant couple. Anyone else, I’d be worrying about a train wreck. With these guys? No sweat. His tapping background gives them a grounding to the piece. When he flipped her in a windmill, I squealed. Her legs are such an asset on this piece, especially on that last lift. Fan-fucking-tastic.
Time for eliminations. Alan is scolded that what he does in his solos doesn’t come out in the partner work. Curtis’s inability to take notes is harped on, again. And yet BluPrint is the one going home. Curtis is once again really lucky. I think that’s partly because they decided they’re sending Mariah home in the girl category, and they didn’t want to saddle anyone else with BluPrint. Farewell hip-hoppers! Too bad we’ll never see you train wreck in a quick step.
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