It’s a mystery as perplexing as Mary Murphy’s mystical “gold leaf” upholstery dress, and as troubling as the sea of blank-eyed Nigel Lythgoe masks shown during the “National Dance Day” segment, but I feel oddly detached from Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance (aka My Reliable Summer Reality Addiction).
Has it been one Sonya Tayeh relationship piece too many? Is it a case of runaway front-runners (Amy and Fik-Shun, obvi) who somehow seem above serious criticism — and beyond catching by their competitors? Do we need a Russian Folk Dance or some Disco or a Waacking exhibition to refuel the tank? Perhaps I just need a guarantee that Dancing With the Stars has already hired my beloved Alan Bersten for their fall lineup (the better to relieve tension when he keeps winding up in the Bottom 3)?
I can’t put either of my left feet on it, ubut how about this radical suggestion to shake up the next couple weeks of competition? First, a Top 12 Week in which Uncle Nigel employs only new choreographers. (Heck, to make it even more interesting, why not draw from a pool made entirely of former contestants?) And second, take a cue from American Idol and give us one — and only one — theme night, where all of the remaining dancers must perform in the same style (say, Hip-Hop or Ballroom or maybe even Bollywood). It might give us a chance for serious head-to-head comparison before we’re down to just eight or ten hoofers — and basking in the glow of the All-Stars.
Anyway, maybe that’s just my vicious summer cold and fever speaking — I’ve now progressed to the “fever with chills” portion of this infection. And because I seriously need to sleep for like 72 hours straight, let’s cut to the Top 16 results and a rundown of the week’s routines:
BOTTOM 6 (BASED ON VOTES FROM LAST WEEK)
(What the what? I ranked Makenzie and Jasmine among last week’s Top 3 routines!)
SENT IMMEDIATELY TO SAFETY
NOT DANCING FOR THEIR LIVES (Nigel said they’d seen enough)
Curtis (benched due to injury)
DANCING FOR THEIR LIVES
Alexis: A routine that lacked content at the start, but gained momentum with some nifty en pointe work before finishing out a little sloppy
Jasmine: An explosive, very sensual piece set to a swampy Dianne Reeves blues jam. This gal might have a future as a choreographer — if female contestants ever got invited back as choreographers, that is.
ELIMINATED AT THE END OF THE SHOW
Curtis & Alexis
And now my quick take on the night’s eight competitive routines.
BEST OF THE NIGHT | Jasmine H & Aaron (Justin Giles, Contemporary)
BEST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP) | Hayley & Leonardo, subbing for injured Curtis (Miriam and Leonardo, Argentine Tango) Could this chick become a front-runner paired with someone other than Curtis? ALSO: How hot would it be to see her partner with Alan?
WORST OF THE NIGHT | Jenna & Tucker (Luther Brown, Hip-Hop)
WORST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP) | Makenizie & Paul (Sonya Tayeh, Jazz) I know the judges loved it, but to my eyes there was almost no sexual chemistry happening in what was a rather salacious routine
WIDEST GAP BETWEEN PARTNERS | Malece & Alan (Jonathan Platero, Salsa) (Sorry, judges, but Alan DOMINATED that!)
MOST IMPROVED| Alexis & Nico (Sonya Tayeh, Contemporary) It was still Alexis’ time, though.
MOST IN NEED OF A NEW SHTICK (EVEN IF IT’S NOT ENTIRELY THEIR FAULT) | Amy & Fik-Shun (Christopher Scott, Hip-Hop)
SHOULD BE BOTTOM 6
Jenna, Makenzie, Malece, Tucker, Paul, Fik-Shun
WILL BE BOTTOM 6
Jenna, Makenzie, Malece, Tucker, Alan, Nico
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Source: TV Line