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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Top 6 Perform/2 Eliminated"

Season 9, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: The Top 6 dancers perform with All-Stars from previous seasons, and two more are eliminated. Also: a performance by the AXIS Dance Company.
Original Air Date: Sep 5, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 6 Perform Season 9, Episode 13

It's down to the Top 6 on So You Think You Can Dance, and Up All Night star Christina Applegate is back as a guest judge. Tonight, the panel can no longer save their favorites, but only offer up their infinite wisdom to sway the voters at home.

The contestants will each perform one solo and two paired dances (with an all-star and a fellow contestant) tonight. No wonder there are so many injuries! Will this be the week that Cyrus' lack of training or his charisma prevails? Who will make it to the Top 4? Here's a breakdown of the paired dances:

Tiffany & Benji
Choreographer:
Jean-Marc Genereaux
Song:
"What I like About You," Lillix
Season 2 champ Benji Schwimmer is back to bring the energy and pair up with Tiffany, who surprisingly keeps up with him. It's a fun, frenetic jive to kick off the evening.
The judges say:
Nigel gives credit to Tiffany for doing a tremendous job, hopping around in heels. Christina says her flicks were fabulous and that she didn't seem like a contemporary dancer.

Cole & Melanie
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Song:
"Too Close," Alex Clare
Yay! Melanie is back, and she's confining and controlling Cole (even lifting him a several times!). He just wants to break free from the relationship already. He has the moves down, but seems a bit low on energy and fumbles a catch. A pretty routine, but didn't live up to the potential of the choreography.
The judges say:
Mary says it was "different" and that Cole was able to draw her eye away from Melanie. Christina says he's masterful about embodying characters and doesn't care that his feet are terrible in his pirouettes. Nigel also acknowledges that Sonya's choreography broke down the gender norms and that works for Cole.

Eliana & tWitch
Choreographer:
Christopher Scott
Song:
"Please Mr. Postman," the Marvellettes
The story is that a hot ballerina wants to dance with postman tWitch before she delivers a letter to him revealing her feelngs. We love seeing Eliana do hip-hop because she brings so much personality and funkiness to the routine, but this routine is a little too fluffy.
The judges say:
Christina says Eliana could just do the "YMCA" dance for hours and she'd be happy. Nigel reiterates that Eliana is his favorite dancer, but there wasn't meat to the burger in this routine. Mary also says it was entertaining.

Witney & Marco
Choreographer:
Ray Leeper
Song:
"No Nothing," Curtis & Reinhard feat. Blaire
It's Marco and Witney's wedding day! It's a lyrical jazz number that's unlike any wedding day (or night!) that we know. Witney delivers a good performance, but can't quite do all the turns and leaps required for the routine's more dramatic beats. She's much stronger when she interacts with Marco.
The judges say:
Mary gives Witney credit for some of the strange turns. Christina says there's too much hairography going on. Nigel says that Witney committed to the routine.

Chehon & Katherine
Choreographer:
Tyce Diorio
Song:
"Eli, Eli," Sophie Milman
Katherine joins Chehon in this emotional dance about loss immigration and a suitcase. It's a gorgeously bleak dance with lots of leaps, dives and endless yearning. We didn't know Tyce had this depth in him. Chehon does pain well and his partnering is strong. Very believable.
The judges say:
Nigel thinks the performance and technical aspects were both terrific, and even thanks Fox for allowing this type of storytelling through dance. Mary gets verklempt and calls it "an honor" to watch. Christina says that no one comes close to Chehon technically, but that his performance is visceral, painful and masterful.

Cyrus & Comfort
Choreographer:
Christopher Scott
Song:
"Ceian  skrillex remix  - benny rembennanid
It's the series' first-ever dubstep routine! How dirty and filthy can it get? Well, Comfort is back to pair up with Cyrus, so we'll see. It's the perfect showcase for Cyrus who gets to show off his "Animation" style, incredible isolations and control of his limbs. He totally owns this routine, and there's no way to say he didn't have the techical aspects down.
The judges say:
Christina says that the routine is made for Cyrus, who is fantastic. Nigel thinks the choreography shows mathematical genius and that Cyrus is lovable. Mary thinks the pairing is perfect and goes all punny, declaring that Cyrus is in his "Comfort" zone.

Witney & Chehon
Choreographer:
Jean-Marc Gendereaux
Song:
"Where Have You Been," Rihanna
It's a cha-cha, which should be Witney's wheelhouse, and she can certainly deliver the leg and hip action. Chehon tries his best to partner and although he seems a bit tentative, he's definitely improved enough to show he's having some fun.
The judges say:
Mary is disappointed in Chehon's Latin dancing but at least says it's better than his samba. As a result Witney didn't get shown off to advantage. Christina thought it was all sexy and didn't notice awkward hips. Nigel says the lift fell apart, and that he wanted more hips from Witney.

Eliana & Cole
Choreographer:
Mia Michaels
Song:
"Adatio for STrings" BRNO Philharmonic Orchestra
It's all about hatred and inspired by rams fighting in nature. There are a lot of trust moves, where one relies on the other to not fall. Eliana does an incredible leap of faith with Cole, and we just want this to be longer. We were clenched the whole time. The best part is the vein-popping silent scream at the end. Eliana's strength + Cole's acting + Mia's choreography = Magic.
The judges say:
Nigel says they both captured the audience with the routine. Mary says it's mesmerizing and that they're powerful. Christina is freaked out by Eliana's hips.

Cyrus & Tiffany
Choreographer:
Spencer Liff
Song:
"Treat Me Rough," Debbie Gravitte
Retro time! Tiffany is a 1950s teenager who has her boyfriend Cyrus over, and things get a little steamy. She's a great little actress, which means we feel a little uncomfortable with how aggressive she is, but Cyrus seems to like it. He certainly delivers even if his dancing is a little off.
The judges say:
Christina loved it. Nigel says Tiffany is the girl next door, but talented. Mary's voice reaches new heights as she coos how cute the two of them are.

It's elimination time. The viewers have voted, and sadly, Witney and Cole are going home. That means that Tiffany, Eliana, Chehon and Cyrus have made it to next week's performance finale (which moves to Tuesday by the way).

Did the right dancers get the boot? Which boy and girl do you want to win?

 

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It's down to the Top 6 on So You Think You Can Dance, and Up All Night star Christina Applegate is back as a guest judge. Tonight, the panel can no longer save their favorites, but only offer up their infinite wisdom to sway the voters at home.

The contestants will each perform one solo and two paired dances (with an all-star and a fellow contestant) tonight. No wonder there are so many injuries! Will this be the week that Cyrus' lack of training or his charisma prevails? Who will make it to the Top 4? Here's a breakdown of the paired dances:

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