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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Top 4 Perform"

Season 9, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The final four dancers—Eliana Girard, Tiffany Maher, Cyrus Spencer and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp—perform with All-Stars from previous seasons. Also: a performance by one-legged break-dancer Jean Sok. Choreographer Rob Marshall is the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Sep 11, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 4 Perform Season 9, Episode 14

It's down to the wire tonight when the Top 4 dancers perform. Choreographer Rob Marshall guest-judges the performance finale, which allows each dancer five separate chances to hit the stage. With the competition out of the judges' control, it's up to you now to decide which guy and which girl will earn the title of America's Favorite Dancers next week. So how did they do?

Eliana and Cyrus
Choreographer: Jason Gilkenson
Style: Paso Doble
Song: "The Game Has Changed," Daft Punk
Cyrus never fails to impress with his versatility and partnering skills, but when dancing next to Eliana, it's clear he still has a long way to go. Eliana once again is flawless and completely embodies the matador character. Was it the best way to start the performance finale? Ehh... it was nothing to write home about, but there were no complaints.
The judges say:
Mary commended Cyrus for his passion and drama, but Nigel remarked that he still had some technical issues to work on. Eliana, on the other hand, was beloved all around.

Tiffany and Will
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Style: Jazz
Song: "The Time Is Now," Moloko
The moves were pure Sonya and both Tiffany and Season 4's Will danced them perfectly. Though it was only their first dance together, Tiffany and Will's connection was fantastic to watch (though her strange bondage lingerie proved distracting).
The judges say: Mary couldn't help but gush about Tiffany, while Rob made a vague reference to 9/11. Nigel made his creepy comment of the night, expressing his regret that there were no girls next door like Tiffany in his neighborhood growing up.

Eliana and Chehon
Choreographer:
Marat Daukayev
Style:
Classical Ballet
Song:
"The Nutracker Suite — Pas De Deux," Bruton Apm Studios
After so many weeks, it's strange to see this pair in their element. Both dance beautifully, as to be expected, but the routine lacks any real "wow" moment for those of us that can't appreciate the more technical aspects.
The judges say: All three judges are on their feet when the performance ends. Rob praises the pairs' versatility. Nigel says Eliana and Chehon made the difficult routine look easy. Mary calls the dance both a triumph of the show and a triumph in ballet.

Tiffany and Cyrus
Choreographer:
Tessandra Chavez
Style:
Lyrical hip-hop
Song: "Best Thing I Never Had," Beyonce
Tiffany holds her own in the swag department next to Cyrus (who always oozes swag). However, he does overact a little in the end.
The judges say: Cyrus' ability to pick up choreography continues to blow the minds of the judges for the billionth week in a row. Rob compliments the pairs' ability to dance with total abandon, calling the routine his favorite of the evening.

Cheon and Allison
Choreographer:
Stacey Tookey
Style:
Contemporary
Song:
"Leave," Once — A New Musical
Watching Chehon and Allison dance is almost painfully good. Both dancers put so much emotion into each movement that I feel as though I am reliving every breakup I've ever experienced. Plus: that one-handed lift! Oh-em-gee, chills!
The judges say: Mary gives her signature screech while choking down tears. Nigel remarks that when partnered with Allison, Chehon finally lets go and connects with his own emotions and the audience. Testify!

Eliana and Tiffany
Choreographer:
Ray Leeper
Style: Broadway
Song: "When You're Good to Mama," Chicago — The Musical
I can't help but cheer along with Eliana and Tiffany at the sight of the pole, but surprisingly the routine isn't as sexy as I had hoped. In fact, I find the prop much more memorable than any of the dancing.
The judges say: Nigel loves it (no surprise there). Rob chuckles imagining Queen Latifah performing the acrobatic routine and Mary appreciated the sass.

Chehon and Cyrus
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Style: Jazz
Song: "Fangs (District 78 Remix)," Little Red Lung
Wait, they're dancing? I'm having trouble focusing on anything other than their abs.
The judges say: Nigel makes a bold statement, calling Cyrus his favorite person on the show and Chehon his favorite dancer. Mary and Rob second Nigel's remarks. All these compliments are making for quite the anticlimactic performance finale.

Eliana and Alex
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Without You," Harry Nilsson
Eliana and Alex are, without a doubt, my favorite pair of the season. Every slight movement of their bodies has the power to send chills down my spine.
The judges say: "Poetry," Rob calls it."Spectacular," Mary gushes. "My favorite routine of the night," adds Nigel, before declaring Eliana his favorite dancer not just of the season, but of all time!

Tiffany and Chehon
Choreographer:
Dmitry Chaplin
Style:
Rhumba
Song:
"Love Me Tender," Adam Levy and Norah Jones
This routine is almost a little too sexy for the romantic nature of the song. And once again, Tiffany gets the short end of the costuming stick, with what appears to be the world's tackiest wedding dress. Or underwear. Who can tell nowadays?
The judges say:
Mary notes that Chehon finally found his niche in Latin dance and though she didn't quite buy the chemistry, his technique was more than enough to impress. Nigel says the routine was even sexier than the pole-dance number earlier in the night.

Cyrus and tWitch
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Style: Animation
Song: "Like a Criminal," District 78
Cyrus and tWitch together at last! I feel like the entire season has been building up to this moment. The routine even somehow beat the stripper pole as the best prop use of the night when the hip-hop stars kicked their way through a glass door at the beginning. Even though animation isn't the most dynamic dance to watch, the routine as a whole stood out from the fairly forgettable previous performances of the evening.
The judges say: It was hard to understand Mary through all her screaming, but from what I can tell she told Cyrus he stole the show. Nigel was a little more reserved than his left-hand lady, bringing down the mood, telling the animator that Chehon had his vote that night. Nigel explained that as a dancer, he couldn't ignore the hard work and technique that Chehon displayed, but that without a doubt, Cyrus had a future in dance.

Which guy and which girl do you hope come out winners next week?

 

 

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It's down to the wire tonight when the Top 4 dancers perform. Choreographer Rob Marshall guest-judges the performance finale, which allows each dancer five separate chances to hit the stage. With the competition out of the judges' control, it's up to you now to decide which guy and which girl will earn the title of America's Favorite Dancers next week. So how did they do? read more

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