So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Recap: Top 10
It’s our last week of dancers dancing in pairs. Next week the All Stars arrive and we see who can handle the transition to semi-professional partners.
Let’s start with Bollywood for everyone!
Once again, we’re short a boy in the opening number. Did you notice? Tucker is apparently sitting this week out with an infected knee. Also, he is in the bottom this week. (What is it with the ones in the bottom getting ordered not to dance?) Also with Tucker in the bottom are Alan and Nico. (That’s the fourth time for Alan, and after his best performance ever.) The girls in the bottom this week are Jenna (again!), Malece, and Amy (WOW!). Once again, the judges are forcing Jenna through by sending her and Nico to safety. She’s been in the bottom more times than either of the other girls, and yet, Nigel’s decided he’s going to make her happen, like fetch. The rest of the bottom four (including Tucker) dance for their lives here.
The guest judge this week is Kenny Ortega. Let’s get to the last pairs of the season.
Hayley & Nico: Broadway: I hate the music, but the choero is surprisingly better than I expected. Lots of tricks. Nico’s flips are an unexpected treat, as are the insane lifts. They’re not as facially hammy as some Broadway routines, but they don’t need to be. The dancing was hammy enough without being silly.
Malece & Alan: Jazz: Alan does much better with this routine then some of his others forays out of ballroom. Jazz is close enough to his wheelhouse for him to do well. It’s also close enough to contemporary that Malece keeps up. It’s their best routine as a couple this season.
Jenna (with Alex Wong): Paso Doble: Tucker looks to have been doing okay in the rehearsal for this piece. That makes sense since he’s not actually injured from dancing, he has an infection. That being said, I love that we get to see this paso doble with an All Star. It helps us see Jenna’s strengths and weaknesses clearly. In some of those lifts, for instance, she looks KLUTZY. Unlike the last two who danced with All Stars, this is the first one where I don’t feel like the partner was given a boost from it. If anything, it proves she should have been made to dance for her life.
Makenzie & Paul: Contemporary: Makenzie does the best she’s performed all season with this routine. For once I don’t feel like Paul is carrying her, or that we are merely waiting for him to be freed from her. This is the most balanced they’ve been as a couple. For once I don’t think Nigel is wrong to have been forcing her forward.
Amy & Fik-Shun: Viennese Waltz: It’s one of the dances that can be the kiss of death for a couple, and Amy is already in the danger zone. He is far better than I expected, but this sort of ballerina elegance is not really her forté. The worst part is actually the waltz section, where the footwork is clearly not there. That being said, damn, those lifts. The last one was stunning.
Jasmine & Aaron: Hip Hop: There are times when couples cannot do NappyTabs properly. Aaron and Jasmine do not have that problem. This is THE routine of the night, silly camera filters and all. Boys who have trouble with transitioning to hip hop, take notes here. Aaron has it down. There’s no need for Jasmine to do anything to carry him. She can just kill it away next to him without worrying. It’s fantastic.
Since we only have six routines in two hours, it must be time for filler group numbers
Top 5 Guys: Hip Hop
Tucker’s infection had flared up before this rehearsal was recorded. Meanwhile, Aaron does two NappyTabs back-to-back. Their first routine was better. Maybe after this he should switch to hip hop. Alan shouldn’t. He’s stiff as hell. Paul, Fik-shun, and Nico do well though.
Top 6 Girls: Contemporary
Seriously, there’s a fountain of youth on stage. When Stacey gets overly literal, she gets annoyingly literal. But there are some really beautiful images within the dance, especially in the lift portions. Also, there’s no one who clearly isn’t keeping up.
Let’s get to the eliminations and find out who won’t get to dance with the All Stars (or make the tour) next week.
Nigel admits he loved all four solos, and strongly suggests that those who don’t make the tour go as alternates. But Alan’s been in the bottom four times, and there’s no way Amy is going home, since she and Fik-shun have been one of the favorite couples. Sorry Malece and Alan.
Next week our top ten get to dance with the All Stars. This year we get:
- Neil Haskell (S.3)
- tWitch (S.4)
- Brandon Bryant (S.5)
- Jakob Karr (S.6)
- Robert Roldan (S.7)
- Marko Germar (S.8)
- Comfort Fedoke (S.4)
- Kathryn McCormick (S.6)
- Melanie Moore (S.8)
- Witney Carson(S.9)
Six guys, four girls? Hmmm. Which guy did they decide shouldn’t be doing pair work with a female? Curious . . .
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