This week's So You Think You Can Dance will determine who will be in the finale next week at the Kodak Theater. The pairings were mixed up again, but each dancer still got at least one repeat dance (or in Kayla's case her fourth contemporary/jazz dance, and in Jeanine's case, her third Nappy Tabs hip-hop). Which begs the question - where are all the choreographers this year and why do we keep getting the same dances?! No Krump, no Mambo, no Salsa, no West Coast Swing, no Lindy Hop, no Country Two-Step. Actually, that last one is a good thing. :)
Guys Group Dance - "True Romance" by She Wants Revenge, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
They were really in sync in this routine, and some of those tumbling and turning moves are really hard to get in sync.
Jeanine/Ade - Samba, "Lovegame" by Lady Gaga, choreographed by Louis Van Amstel
I thought this was awkward, especially the samba rolls, and more cha cha than samba. Ade, especially, looked all kinds of wrong here. His sexy was more cheesy, and it looked especially odd next to Jeanine's smoldering faces. Ade's posture and stance were odd as well.
Kayla solo - "You Found Me" by The Fray
Another bland solo by Kayla. Her solos leave me so cold. And they're pretty predictable as well.
Melissa/Evan - Broadway, "Get Me To The Church On Time" from My Fair Lady, by Matt Dusk, choreographed by Tyce Diorio
I'm sorry - I couldn't get past Evan's grandpa sock suspenders. These two have personality to spare, though, and that's great for Broadway numbers.
Ade solo - "18th Floor Balcony" by Blue October
Another good song choice by Ade and one of his best solos. Less trick-laden, but yet just as impressive, just in a different way. His spins were more in control than ever.
Kayla/Brandon - Contemporary, "All I Want" by Ahn Trio, choreographed by Stacey Tookey
This was the best dance of the night, and their emotive ability really stood out to me. They are both under 20 years old, but they danced this so maturely, especially for their age.
Melissa solo - "I Put A Spell On You" by Nina Simone
Melissa was trying to put a spell on the audience to hide the fact that there wasn't a whole lotta dancing there.
Jeanine/Ade - Hip-Hop, "Move (If You Wanna)" by MIMS, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon
The dance is about being evicted. So naturally, the song used is called "Move", and there are boxes used as props (with sad faces drawn on them). Oh, Nappy Tabs. Never change. This is Jeanine's third hip-hop this season, and Nigel was going on about how amazing it is that she can dance out of her genre. Dude, it's hip-hop, not Quickstep.
Brandon solo - "O'Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)" by Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg & Kurt Prestel
The fact that he's already done this in auditions, took away what should have been a ZOMG moment. It still was a little bit, but the wow factor was diminished because I've seen it before. But still ... amazing. He is a POWERHOUSE. The judges gave him a standing ovation, and Nigel even commented (they're not supposed to for solos) that it was one of the best solos they've ever seen on the show. I'd have to agree.
Melissa/Evan - Quickstep, "As Long As I'm Singin'" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra, choreographed by Louis Van Amstel
Another piece that plays to Evan's personality. This was better than I was expecting, but despite their attempts to mask Evan's shortness, Melissa still dwarfed him, and I outwardly cringed when he did the death spiral because I feared he would drop her. Glad he didn't.
Jeanine solo - "Feedback" by Janet Jackson
This was probably the best solo of the night amongst the girls, but also her weakest so far this year. I was underwhelmed.
Evan solo - "Lady Is A Tramp" by Sammy Davis Jr.
Much better than last week's solo. Loved the turns at the end. He's great in his own style but not so much in others.
Kayla/Brandon - Disco, "Dance (Disco Heat)" by Sylvester, choreographed by Doriana Sanchez
Doriana throws everything but the kitchen sink into her disco routines, and she keeps upping the ante with each subsequent routine. It's just trick, trick, trick, dance, trick, trick, trick. Kayla just looks so awkward whenever she's doing these fun numbers. It seems so unnatural! And they should never put her in white. Nigel went WAY overboard with that jig he did.
Girls' Group Dance - "Kick It (Stereoheroes Remix)" by Nina Martine, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Superhero dance. Very cool concept, but those costumes were half cute (at the top), half heinous (at the bottom). I liked the makeup. And I am still trying to figure out what the heck Lil C was trying to say. Mary singled out Kayla, and she was certainly good, but so was Jeanine. I noticed that Melissa was hidden in the back. Again.
Who should go?
Melissa and Evan
Who will go?
Melissa and Ade