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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Top 14 Perform"

Season 5, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The Top 14 dancers perform.
Original Air Date: Jul 1, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: Top 14 Perform Season 5, Episode 12

As we whittle away the dancers to make it down to our Top 10, I think we all want to see the 14 remaining step it up and impress us. Vitolio, Jason, and Karla have something to prove to us this week if they want to stick around. Let's see what they've got.

As today is my first day of vacation and I was up before the sun, I'm hoping to keep this short. As always, your comments and critiques are encouraged and welcomed. Here is my random weekly comment about Cat: love the color of her dress and always adore her.

This week's question asks each couple to review their experiences and performances so far. I really feel no need to recap as I think we're all up-to-date.

Janette and Brandon

Choreographers/Dance: Jean Marc and France Genereux/Cha cha
Rehearsals: They need something sexy and sassy; straight Miami. The piece is fast and dangerous. There were a lot of falls and missteps, which makes me nervous about the performance.
Title/Artist: "Hush Hush Hush Hush"/The Pussycat Dolls
Performance: Nice slow start then they crank it up. Since this is a Latin dance, I'm expecting a lot from Janette, but perhaps that's unfair. She's totally delivering though. Brandon is selling it for me big time. Their movements are sharp and crisp. Great technique. Totally sexy and giving us great face. I love this couple.
Judge's critiques: Nigel thinks this is possibly the best cha cha he's ever seen on the show. Mary can hear the hot tamale train coming, and they're both on it. She screams. Mia sees so much ability and talent in Brandon and tells Janette she's on fire.

Kayla and Kupono

Choreographer/Dance: Sonya Freya/Contemporary
Rehearsals: Vampire quality. Kayla's character is struggling against death and Kupono is pulling her towards it. Dark.
Title/Artist: "Eyes on Fire"/Blue Foundation
Performance: Weird and I already like it. It's the perfect song choice — so interesting and different. Great form and technique. Nice jumps and lifts. I'm glad to see them dancing their style so beautifully. Great pairing.
Judge's critiques: Nigel is wowed and enjoys this trip to the dark side. Mary finds them alive and kicking and tells them Sonya really played to their strengths. Mia thinks this is Sonya's best piece ever for the show and tells them their performance is amazing.

Randi and Evan
Choreographer/Dance: Joey Dowling/Broadway
Rehearsals: It's about a toxic relationship. Not going well, and Joey thinks she's being easy on them. Randi and Evan are kind of freaking out.
Title/Artist: "Rich Man's Frug"/Sweet Charity (2005 Broadway revival cast)
Performance: This is Evan's style and he's doing pretty well. The piece doesn't really have the energy I would like to see, but I am enjoying it. Randi is keeping up. It's ery enjoyable but something is missing.
Judge's critiques: Nigel calls it a great homage to Bob Fosse but is a little disappointed in Evan. Mary enjoyed it and thinks both Evan and Randi were in character most of the time. Mia says the choreography is there but they didn't take it to the next level.

Jason and Caitlin
Brian Friedman/Pop jazz
Rehearsals: Caitlin is playing an alien that is looking to procreate with the last man on earth. She has to be dominant for this piece to work.
Title/Artist: "Creator"/Santigold
Performance: Weird and cool and I'm kind of enjoying it. They're giving us some nice technique. Totally strange but fun to watch. I like the jumps and lifts.
Judge's critiques: Nigel says Brian is from another planet. They had to commit 100 percent and they both did that. Mary didn't think the piece played to their strengths. Mia calls it out of box and refreshing. She went for the ride.

Jeanine and Phillip
Tabitha and Napoleon/Hip-hop
Rehearsals: NappyTab want to show what the kids go through on the show, and they choose a very appropriate prop: a chain. It might be more trouble than it's worth though as it's causing a lot of problems in the piece.
Title/Artist: "Love Lockdown"/Kayne West
Performance: Phillip is killing it, of course, and Jeanine is keeping up. I'm finding it very visually interesting. And now the chain is so distracting, it's taking me out of their performance. I still like it though. How lucky are they to pull this dance this week?
Judge's critiques: Nigel tells them if they keep dancing like that they'll be dancing together for life. Mary calls is a fabulous routine and incredibly inventive. Mia says the concept is there but she got caught up on the prop, which took away from their movement.

Melissa and Ade
Thordal Christiensen/Classical pas de deux
Rehearsal: Romeo and Juliet. It's always been Melissa's dream to play Juliet so she's in heaven. Thordal doesn't want them to play the characters, he wants them to be the characters.
Title/Artist: "Romeo and Juliet: Prokoflev's Suite No.1 Op. 64b, 6th Movement"/Orchestre De La Suisse Romande and Armin Jor
Performance: Melissa is beautiful and technically impressive, as she should be. I'm totally believing them as Romeo and Juliet. Ade is there for Melissa, but his feet are distracting me just a little. Another couple that has incredible luck of the draw.
Judge's critiques: Nigel tells them it was beautifully danced. This piece is a really big first for the show. Mary calls their chemistry flawless and says it put her in a dream-like state. Mia is so excited to celebrate classical dance and calls them brilliant.

Karla and Vitolio
Choreographers/Dance: Jean Marc and France Genereux/Quick step
Rehearsal: Vitolio is a statue in a museum. Jean Marc is great about giving them metaphors they can use to improve their technique.
Title/Artist: "Puttin' on the Ritz"/Rufus Wainwright
Performance: They're having fun with it, which is really nice to see. I think the technique looks good but isn't quite where it needs to be. Very enjoyable, considering I can't say I'm a fan of the quick step. Great job.
Judge's critique: Nigel says there are so many good things there. The personality is finally there. Mary says how this dance is usually the kiss of death but they bring it to life. Mia calls Jean Marc a genius and calls the piece crazy good.

Overall, I am really happy with the quality of dance we saw tonight. I'm ecstatic Mia is finally a member of Brandon's fan club. It's about time. And is it just me or did both Phillip and Jeanine and Ade and Melissa win the lottery with drawing those styles out of the hat? Very, very interesting.

If I have to pick the bottom three couples, they would be Jason and Caitlin, Karla and Vitolio, and possibly Randi and Evan. I really enjoyed Jason and Caitlin's piece, but when Kayla and Max got his choreography, they ended up in the bottom. I'm not sure voters really get him, and Jason and Caitlin have been in the bottom before. I enjoyed Karla and Vitolio', but I think this isn't a dance voters will get that excited by either. And they've been in the bottom a lot, so I think they'll be there again. I'm sad to put Randi and Evan in the bottom, but Broadway can be hit or miss. Although I enjoyed their performance, there was something missing.

And finally, I want to briefly mention the Dizzy Feet Foundation. With the arts on life support in this economy, it's so nice to know that there are people out there who want to encourage underprivileged kids to dance. Check it out at

In other news Katie Holmes will help the show celebrate it's 100th episode on July 23rd with a tribute to Judy Garland choreographed by Tyce Diorio. Can't wait. But in the meantime, what did you think of tonight's show?

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As we whittle away the dancers to make it down to our Top 10, I think we all want to see the 14 remaining step it up and impress us. Vitolio, Jason, and Karla have something to prove to us this week if they want to stick around. Let's see what they've got.

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