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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Top 16 Perform"

Season 8, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The Top 16 dancers perform.
Original Air Date: Jun 29, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: The Top 16 Perform Season 8, Episode 10

The Top 16 dancers must move on after losing four of their own in last week's traumatic elimination show.

To help them overcome their loss is guest judge Kristin Chenoweth, of Broadway and Glee fame. We have faith in her. She always makes things better. Oh, and apparently her first country album is dropping on Sept. 13. Wait, Lil C is also here! It's chaos! Four judges! The show is also switching it up with two group numbers as well. Let's get down to it:

First Group Number
Choreographer:
Tyce Diorio
Song:
"Hit the Road Jack," Ray Charles
It's classic Broadway with the girls looking sexy in sunglasses and wielding these freaky underlit chairs. Why would you need lights under a chair? That's not flattering. The routine is pretty violent with the boys showing off their tumbling skills after getting flung around by the girls. It's a fun and cute number.

Sasha and Alexander, contemporary
Choreographer:
Dee Caspary
Song:
"Belong," Cary Brothers
Alexander's character is mourning his love through his piano playing. Sasha suddenly appears out of the side of the (fake) baby grand and they dance. Nigel's got it right: The girls are beasts this season. Although Alex does a decent job, my eyes are drawn to Sasha and her power and elegance. It's a lyrical treat with limbs leaping, pushing off the piano, the keys, the bench. The beautiful routine has a creepy ending though, when Sasha's hands sneak out from the inside of the piano and start playing the keys. Some concepts just need to stop with a prop on stage.
The judges say:
Nigel praises Sasha's movement, but says Alex needs to "act" more in order to control the audience's mood. Mary agrees, but thinks they pulled it off. Kristin jokes about being peed on by a frog (she was a tulip in a recital) and then gives props to Sasha's noiseless feet and Alex's performance (in your face, Nigel!). Lil C says it was effortless and mellifluous.

Caitlyn and Mitchell, samba
Choreographer:
Jean-Marc Généreux
Song:
"Put It in a Love Song," Alicia Keys featuring Beyonce
Hips as speakers? That's the way it's been explained to us. Woof. Or should we say subwoof? Actually, I'm impressed. The lifts are a little clunky to begin with, but both of them have great hip and leg work. Caitlyn is good, but Mitchell is loose and can really move. I'm a believer
The judges say:
Mary says they blew the speakers out and calls them both hot tamales, but there's no mention of a train. Kristin is just gold. She just goes on: "Shut the front door. Shut the back door. Shut the garage door. Shut all the doors. Shut your legs, open your legs ... I'm just sayin', 'Shut the front door.'" No explanation beyond that, but do you need it? Lil says they "murdered it," while Nigel says the samba exposed Mitchell's strength. He even calls him the "Chris Rock of So You Think You Can Dance" because he's so entertaining. Um, OK. Caitlyn gets praised for her articulation. And then Nigel pulls out his Prof. Higgins impersonation.

Miranda and Robert, Broadway
Choreographer:
Tyce Diorio
Song:
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," Sophisticated Ladies soundtrack
She's a classy working girl, and he's a groovy cat who lets music move him. This was definitely more Miranda's time to shine with her great legs and fast moves. Hip-hop dancer Robert keeps up, though, especially after the tempo speeds up. He's still a bit on the hammy side, but it works in this routine. They're both appropriately light on their feet and do their best with their characters. It's slightly off chemistry-wise for me, but other than that, no real complaints.
The judges say:
Kristin says she's got nothin' (critiques, that is).  Lil C is into Miranda's gams: "With legs like that, who needs arms?" He also calls Robert's personality a "treasure." Nigel says Miranda has changed the most and he is happy that Robert didn't get eliminated early on since he brought it tonight. Mary says Miranda was great in character and that Robert caught fire after the Charleston section.

Melanie and Marko, lyrical hip-hop
Choreographer:
Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo
Song:
"I Got You," Leona Lewis
I'm so excited to see this couple get NappyTabs after killing it two weeks ago with the emotional statues number. The story: Groom Marko is left at the altar and pretty sad about it until he realizes he is in love with his best friend, Melanie. Aww! Give that boy an Emmy because the pain in Marko's face at the opening is killing me. This is my first favorite number of the night. The emotion is perfectly telegraphed, alternating between Melanie physically supporting Marko (a sweet switch in partnering) and synchronized triumph. And, whoa, they actually full-on kiss! And it looks completely convincing and passionate. This is where rom-coms need to go for their material.
The judges say:
Lil C knows his hip-hop and he says this was "extra buck." He then compares them to limited edition Swiss Army knives (it's a whole tool metaphor). Nigel says they're a true power couple because they move and breathe together. They're the couple to beat. Mary was moved by Marko's emotions and Mel's nuances. As Mary's about to ask about their kiss, Nigel lays a big one on her. Chaos! Kristin says this is the epitome of the language she understands and "I want to be in your play." Then she kisses Lil C. Nigel kisses Lil C. Cat Deeley puts a stop to it before they go for tongues.

Ashley and Chris, jazz
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Song:
"Lights Go Down," Telepathe
They're supposed to be zombies or Beetlejuice-inspired, and there are deliberate jerks and pauses in their movements. I'm not really feeling it, though. The music makes it almost feel primal and animal, not undead. As with last week's prison routine, Ashley shines more than Chris.
The judges say:
Nigel calls it: The music created a disconnect for him and the feeling wasn't zombified enough for him. Mary focused on the technical side and pointed out that they had sharp movements and good synchronization. Kristin admits that this wasn't her thing but she was nevertheless enthralled by the performance. Lil C calls Ashley a sleeper cell, a silent assassin and then acknowledges Chris' buckness.

Clarice and Jess, foxtrot
Choreographer:
Jean-Marc Généreux
Song:
"Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra
The story doesn't really matter, but they both looked at home in a Fred and Ginger movie. Jess is light on his feet and the consummate performer, while Clarice is gorgeous and graceful. I still had issues with their connection, but it was pretty to watch regardless.
The judges say:
Mary says it hit everything; it was gliding, sophisticated, and jazzy. Jess can do solos no one else can do, she says. This is hands-down Kristin's favorite routine of the night. She praises Clarice's arms and says that every one of Jess' movements is specific. She also compares him to Gene Kelly. Lil C says they put a smile on the face of Généreux's heart.

Ryan and Ricky, contemporary
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Song:
"With Every Heartbeat," Robyn
To represent a couple whose relationship is about to end, the two dancers have a long sash as a prop. At times, it winds around and unwinds from Ryan as she moves away from Ricky. It's a tether that is sometimes taut, sometimes airborne. It's actually pretty impressive what they can do with it dance-wise while still making their spins and leaps effective. Ryan thankfully does not have her signature smile on her face, and I feel the pain more. Ricky really is the one that delivers, though, and gets amazing air in his jumps.
The judges say:
Kristin says they perfectly conveyed the emotion and that she envies Ricky's turnout. Lil C says they're another power couple. Nigel is glad they saved Ryan last week and says he couldn't take his eyes off Rickey. Mary praises them on dancing beautifully with the prop without getting tangled.

Jordan and Tadd, lyrical hip-hop
Choreographer:
NappyTabs
Song:
"Memories," David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi
My second favorite routine for a totally different reason. This is NappyTabs at their most sprightly and fun. It's the morning after for Jordan and Tadd, who play two college students who wake up in bed together. There's a flurry of putting clothes on (really, it's suspicious how quickly Tadd slips in and out of his jeans and sweatshirt) along with flirting. It's clever how they incorporate Tadd's b-boy moves and humor. Jordan does pretty well, but isn't quite all there with this style of dance. Totally a fluffy and entertaining piece.
The judges say:
Lil C tells them to push through the movements more, but other than that says it's "greatness." Nigel says the story overwhelmed the dance, but it was great fun and that they were likely to be safe to the next week. Mary warns that no one should put pants on like Tadd did unless they have b-boy certification and says the couple have great stage presence. Kristin reiterates and gets the audience to say it with her: "Shut the front door. Shut the back door. Shut the garage door. Shut all the doors." She compares the dance to a dessert, of which she loved every bite.

Second Group Number
Choreographer:
Dee Caspary
Song:
"Poison & Wine," The Civil Wars
This is my beef with the choreographers: Don't be so literal with your song choices. Just because the lyric matches your dance concept, that doesn't mean it will match the music itself. Medieval women poisoning their men? OK, I'm game. While the individual movements were beautiful, especially with the strong girls, the story got lost. Perhaps it should have been shot from overhead, a la a Busby Berkeley number since most of the action radiated out from a round table.

Which were your favorite performances of the night? Who do you think should go home? Was Kristin Chenoweth adorable or what?

 

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The Top 16 dancers must move on after losing four of their own in last week's traumatic elimination show.

To help them overcome their loss is guest judge Kristin Chenoweth, of Broadway and Glee fame. We have faith in her. She always makes things better. Oh, and apparently her first country album is dropping on Sept. 13. Wait, Lil C is also here! It's chaos! Four judges! The show is also switching it up with two group numbers as well. Let's get down to it:

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