Fox’s hit reality series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” will narrow the field down to its top 10 dancers tonight. But who will that be?
That is a hard one to answer this year because there literally weren’t any throwaway dancers in the top 20. Week after week, the show has been forced to delete dancers that anywhere else might have walked away with a win. That’s just how good this year’s crop of contestants really are.
While a few have stood out from week to week, others have bided their time to make their move just when the top 10 were ready to be sealed into place. Consequently, tonight’s elimination show is definitely one worth watching.
Last night each couple had to dance twice. On top of that, they learned it would be the last time they would dance together as a couple. Beginning next week, it is a whole new ballgame. Nonetheless, here’s how it all fell out last night:
Melissa and Ade kicked off the evening with a light and lively disco routine choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. I thought it was a lot of fun but a far cry from the excellent routines this couple has put out week after week. Will it land them in the bottom three?
For their second dance, they drew a waltz. It was another perfect dance to highlight the elegance and grace of ballerina Melissa as well as the strength and partnering abilities of Ade. But was it enough?
The judges loved the couple’s disco and applauded their waltz although no one was convinced either was among their best routines. Still their natural chemistry, individual charm and combined energy is undeniable. Good choreography doesn’t hurt either.
I’m afraid this couple may find themselves in the bottom three tonight simply because they didn’t draw the dances that dazzle like some of their competitor’s did. I still think this is a strong couple and doubt either of them will actually be eliminated.
However, anything is possible. We’ll just have to wait and see if everyone else is as in love with Melissa as I am and if Ade can turn up the wattage on his solo.
Kayla and Kupono danced a contemporary routine choreographed by the great Mia Michaels. It portrayed addiction with Kupono representing something that Kayla simply could not resist.
The dance was magnetic, powerful, beautifully acted, and danced perfectly. Kupono finally broke through to deliver the performance the judges had been waiting for.
Next the couple danced a Broadway routine to a song from “West Side Story.” It had moments, but overall it lacked any real presence. Could this couple find itself in the bottom three once again?
I think that is highly possible. Neither dancer seems to have connected well with the viewing audience and has repeatedly found themselves in danger of being cut. Of the two, Kupono is in more danger than Kayla who continues to be the judges’ darling.
Up next were Jason and Caitilin, doing an elegant fox trot. Caitilin never looked lovelier or danced better and even Jason turned on the charm to prove he could do ballroom with the best of them.
They danced beautifully without missing a step, impressing the judges, the audience, and me. It was one of my favorite ballroom dances of the season.
For their second dance, the couple drew a lyrical jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore. Both dancers were happy to finally be dancing in their own element and seem destined to deliver one of the best dances of the night.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The dance was good, but it didn’t connect with the judges or the audience. Since both dancers seem to suffer that lack of connection week after week, they could find themselves in the bottom once again.
Jeannine and Philip were the first couple to draw a Russian folkdance. Although they both gave it their all, the results left mixed feelings among the audience and the judges.
However, they came back strong with a fast, fun, and flirty jive. The judges were excited by the fact that Philip was able to deliver something so far out of his comfort zone with strength and believability and they couldn’t say enough about how good Jeannine was.
I agree. After a disastrous first dance that wasn’t really their fault, the team came back strong to deliver once of the best routines of the night. Hopefully the viewing audience will recognize that and keep them out of the bottom three.
Up next were Randi and Evan doing a hip-hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. The pair danced it beautifully in spite of the fact that neither of them was familiar with the dance style. I loved this unusual version of hip-hop with which I could connect. I think many others did as well.
For their second dance, the pair did a samba that was choreographed by former SYTYCD contestants Pasha and Anya. Unfortunately, the dance lacked passion, pizzazz, and performance. It was good; just not great on an evening where great was a necessity.
It is hard to say if Randi and Evan will find themselves in the bottom three. I think they will but sometimes the viewing audience is fickle so we will just have to wait in see.
Up last were Janette and Brandon doing an Argentine tango. It was near perfect; crisp, clean, snappy, and hotter than a firecracker. The judges proclaimed it the most flawless dance performed on the SYTYCD stage. They just might be right.
For their second routine, the couple pulled a jazz number choreographed by Wade Robeson. It, too, was brilliant beyond belief. If there is one couple that should be unequivocally safe tonight it should be this one.
Taking all of that into consideration who will be going home tonight? That is hard to say but I’ll go out on a limb and say the bottom three couples will be Caitilin and Jason, Melissa and Ade, and Randi and Evan.
From those, if my predictions are correct, I think that Randi and Jason could be the ones chosen to go home. However, I don’t want to see any of those predictions come true. Someone has to go and, unfortunately, it is going to be one of my favorites.