Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SYTYCD8 Top 20 Dance Again

Thanks to Nigel Lythgoe's "everybody's safe" show last week, the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 all lived to dance another day, with most of them not receiving the luxury of dancing in their own style. As a result, we saw lots more uneven routines and, for me, only just one instant-classic standout routine.

This week, Debbie Reynolds served as a guest judge, and even if she didn't offer any criticism, at least she was funny. Playing the Betty White dirty old lady role, Debbie was suggestive, offering to take Wadi and then Jess and Clarice home. AND she did a Woody Woodpecker impersonation. Amazing!

Ryan Ramirez/Roderick Ricky Jaime - Jazz, choreographed by Mandy Moore
"Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer (Amazon | iTunes)
A Mandy Moore 80's routine! Now Season 8 has officially begun! Nigel felt like this routine was dripping with sexual tension. I felt like Ryan was vamping to the camera too much for it to be as steamy as Nigel said. It was danced well, but I kept noticing Ricky looking at her and her not so much looking back. I didn't totally feel the connection between them.

Caitlynn Lawson/Mitchell Kelly - Contemporary, choreographed by Stacey Tookey
"Turning Tables" by Adele (Amazon | iTunes)
Another stunner from Stacey. She's one of the best choreographers SYTYCD has ever had, and she always picks such great pieces of music. I was most impressed by the acting from these two, especially from Caitlynn, although maybe getting accidentally punched in the face could have contributed to her pained faces. Heh. I'm going to go out on a limb right now and call her a dark horse to make the finale. She's wonderful. 

Missy Morelli/Wadi Jones - Cha Cha, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux
"Cannibal" - by Ke$ha (Amazon | iTunes)
I don't know what Jean-Marc was thinking when he gave them what he called the most difficult routine he's ever choreographed on this show. Missy handled it fairly well, but Wadi was stiff and awkward. I think he's more of a Twitch in the ballroom genre than he is Joshua.

Iveta Lukosiute/Nick Young - Bollywood, choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan
"Baawre" from Luck By Chance soundtrack (Amazon | iTunes)
It's hard for me to fairly critique Bollywood routines because a) I don't know the dance and b) I'm SO sick of it on this show that I almost automatically hate it. There were times when I thought their dancing should have been sharper. Nick once again showed more energy and more spring to his step than Iveta.

Miranda Maleski/Robert Taylor Jr. - Hip-Hop, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon
"Break Ya Neck" by Busta Rhymes (iTunes)
Miranda was doing way better than I thought she would ... until she stumbled short on the back tuck and nearly fell on her face. Prior to that, though, she was hitting it pretty hard. I would not call her the best contemporary dancer who's done hip-hop though. Ahem, Lauren Gottlieb and Courtney Galliano, to name a few!

Clarice Ordaz/Jess LeProtto - Contemporary, choreographed by Stacey Tookey
"Cathedrals" by Jump Little Children (Amazon | iTunes)
Ooh Stacey is evil - she gave the little man lifts to do! Props to him, though, for not dropping her! But I did agree with Nigel that they danced well separately but not as much together.

Jordan Casanova/Tadd Gaduanng - Viennese Waltz, choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux
"Fade Into Me" by David Cook (Amazon | iTunes)
OK maybe Nigel was onto something last week when he said Tadd could go far if he continues to pick up the choreography. I scoffed then, but I'm starting to become a believer. This kid is good. His flow was nice, he did discernible rise and fall, his lifts were strong. If Wadi is Twitch, Tadd is most definitely Joshua. And we haven't even see him breakdance yet. The dance was beautiful, and I love how this show continues to remain on the cutting edge of music. This song isn't even available yet - it's a track on David Cook's upcoming album, which comes out next Tuesday.

Melanie Moore/Marko Germar - Jazz, choreographed by Mandy Moore
"Sing With A Swing (Raf Marchesini Radio Edit)" by DKS (Amazon | iTunes)
These two are terrific dancers, and they really command the stage, especially Melanie. This wasn't the most exciting routine of the night but their showmanship really enhanced the routine. The lift combined with the immediate arabesque was gasp-inducing. Marko probably could have done without picking up that hat right before the lift - it was a bit clunky.

Sasha Mallory/Alexander Fost - Hip-Hop, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon
"Coming Home" by Dirty Ditty Money & Skylar Grey (Amazon | iTunes)
The routine is about a couple reuniting after coming home from Afghanistan. Maybe it's because I was expecting something completely different, but this routine did NOTHING for me. It was too jerky, and I really just didn't get what they were trying to say.

Ashley Rich/Chris Koehl - Broadway, choreographed by Spencer Liff
"Please Mr. Jailer" by Rachel Sweet
It was a little hard to get into the routine because of the bars, but there were some good moments there, like Chris's impressive reverse planche on the bars in the opening and Ashley's high kicks.

My guesses for Bottom 3 couples:
Missy/Wadi
Clarice/Jess
Miranda/Robert

From this group, I think they would save Missy and Wadi. Wadi was dancing way out of his genre, and they liked Missy tonight. Plus, they weren't in the bottom 3 the week before.

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