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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "Top 20 Perform, Part 2"

Season 9, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The Top 20 dancers perform for a second time, but two males and two females will be eliminated. Also: a performance by the cast of the 2012 film "Step Up Revolution."
Original Air Date: Jul 18, 2012

So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 20 Perform, Part 2 Season 9, Episode 8

The Top 20 danced their feet off again this week on So You Think You Can Dance, but it will be a bloodbath when it comes to elimination time. Based on last week's votes, the judges will only be able to save two dancers from the Bottom 3 girls and Bottom 3 guys. Yup, that means a whopping four dancers will be beating feet off stage tonight.

But let's not mourn quite yet. On to the dancing!

Lindsay and Cole
Choreographer:
Christopher Scott
Dance style:
Hip-hop
The routine:
Dentistry never looked so stylish! It's kind of a jerky routine, and although Cole gets to show off his more athletic and comedic skills, I don't feel much from Lindsay.
The judges say:
Nigel feels Lindsay is a little immature and vampy, but Cole nails the character. Mary agrees, but had fun watching. Adam is freaked out.

Amelia and Will
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Dance style:
Contemporary
The routine:
It's all about making it out of the dark, literally and figuratively, so we expect powerful emotions, and we certainly get it from Amelia, Miss Silent Movie Star. Will has great movements and is strong as hell. Overall beautiful.
The judges say:
Mary gives props to Amelia's trust in Will and then talks about elevators. Adam gives a standing O. Nigel says Sonya's style has matured and that the dancers are lucky and brilliant.

Amber and Nick
Dance style:
Tango
The routine:
There is passion in the acting department. I'm actually surprised by Amber's skills. Something feels a bit heavy for me though.
The judges say:
Adam says Nick partnered the hell out of it, but vanishes in the face of Amber's awesomeness. Nigel and Mary give props to both dancers.

Audrey and Matthew
Choreographer:
Sonya Tayeh
Dance style:
Contemporary
The routine:
It's kind of futuristic and aggressive with lots of skin showing. Is Audrey wearing a Princess Leia-insprired gold bikini and side braid? That aside, there's lots of weird angular limbs flung about and flashes of light. I kind of love this.
The judges say:
Cat is just a host, but she says she loves the guyliner. I agree! Nigel says this is "twofer" choreography because it's two-for-two tonight for Sonya and he loves the darker style with "stank steps." Mary says they maximized everything.

Janelle and Dareian
Choreographer:
Christopher Scott
Dance style:
Hip-hop
The routine:
It's all sweet and old-fashioned, Dare trying to propose to Janelle, so it's very sweet, and dare I say, cute? But meh, super mediocre.
The judges say:
Adam isn't feeling the story or Janelle, but likes Dare. Nigel is uninspired with the choreography and the interpretation. Mary says it was sweet and "just OK."

Janaya and Brandon
Choreographer:
Sean Cheesman
Dance style:
Broadway
The routine:
Janaya gets turned on by a book and then attacks Brandon on a park bench. Nice use of a prop, and it was properly dramatic with lots of tumbling (and this weird thing where Janaya hooks her feet over his shoulders and flips backwards). Her shoes come off! Fun, fun, fun.
The judges say:
Adam says Brandon improved and that Janaya can handle comedy. Nigel says she really brings out the performance aspect. Mary agrees that they improved from last week.

Eliana and Cyrus
Choreographer:
Melanie Lapatin and Tony Meredith
Dance style:
Jive
The routine:
Eliana brings the sass and hip shakin' to the number. Cyrus is just ... there. It's clear Mr. Glitch is  not comfortable with these movements. He doesn't quite sell it. Even a heel click seems uninspired.
The judges say:
Mary giggles and then can't quite figure out how to compliment Cyrus. Instead she picks apart his technical skills and then says, "You got through it." Ouch. She calls Eliana a phenomenal dancer. Adam tries to draw a zoo analogy and pretty much agrees with Mary. Ditto Nigel, except for that zoo business.

Alexa and Daniel
Choreographer:
Dee Caspary
Dance style:
Contemporary
The routine:
The sadness! The tears! The bathtub! Somehow, they manage to wear more clothes in this lyrical number, considering they just climbed out of the tub. Moody but strangely sterile.
The judges say:
Adam says it's beautiful but a tad chilly. Mary and Nigel cosign on this oddly emotionless routine.

Tiffany and George
Choreographer:
Melanie Lapatin and Tony Meredith
Dance style:
Foxtrot
The routine:
It's a solid number that excels when they're apart or doing lifts. It looks purty.
The judges say:
Mary gets all shrill and happy because the footwork is gliding and the topline is well done. Adam is "madly in love" with it and thinks it harkens back to the Fred and Ginger days. Nigel says they really connect to each other as a couple.

Witney and Chehon
Choreographer:
Nakul Dev Mahajan
Dance style:
Bollywood
The routine:
No story, just endurance. Leaps, fast feet, deep knee bends and hand gestures. I'm getting tired just watching. I think Chehon was a bit more successful keeping up than Witney, but they both seem to have fun.
The judges say:
Adam says it's pure delight and that Chehon did way, way better than last week with the dismal samba. He brought the joy. Nigel was impressed with this week's performance as well.

In the end, the six dancers who couldn't earn enough votes and in danger are: Janaya, Alexa and Witney for the girls, and Nick, Daniel and Chehon for the guys. Nigel says that after the night's performances, the judges don't need anyone to re-dance. Seems pretty clear then... the safe ones are Witney and Chehon, which means Janaya, Alexa, Nick and Daniel are going home.

Did the right dancers get eliminated? Who got a raw deal with choreography?

 

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The Top 20 danced their feet off again this week on So You Think You Can Dance, but it will be a bloodbath when it comes to elimination time. Based on last week's votes, the judges will only be able to save two dancers from the Bottom 3 girls and Bottom 3 guys. Yup, that means a whopping four dancers will be beating feet off stage tonight.

But let's not mourn quite yet. On to the dancing!

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