This week’s episode of So you think you can dance began the true competition for this set of sixteen dancers. All they have done over the last four weeks has brought them to this point, and now it is up to America to decide who will continue on past next week’s show.
The sixteen dancers were paired randomly and each pair randomly selected a style of dance to work on during the week that followed. The male chose his partner by picking her name out of a hat, and the female then chose the style in the same manner. Because of this completely random selection process, we were allowed to see some interesting match-ups between the males and females. One such match-up being between Snow and Allan.
Before we even reached the dancing, the first half hour of tonight’s episode consisted of dancer introductions. They were each interviewed – both taped and live on stage. This allowed us to learn more about each of the individual dancers: who they are, where they come from, and their dance background.
Once this part of the show ended, it was time for the dancing to begin. We watched the selection process for each couple first. Once the pairing was set, we were able to see them work in the studio with individual choreographers. Some familiar faces from boot camp returned, including Alex Da Silva and Mary Murphy.
The dancer’s chose from four different types of dance: hip hop, mambo, lyrical and the jive. Their choices could go totally against their own preferred style of dance, but they had to step up and still perform. Some succeeded, and some failed.
Two couples that immediately come to my mind as being quite superb this week were Blake and Destini and Ryan and Melissa. Both earned high praises from the judges – Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Nigel Lythgoe and Dan Karaty – and they definitely impressed me as well. Blake has a dominant appearance on stage, and you can see he definitely has talent when it comes to dance. Ryan, who we know has no formal dance training whatsoever, also stepped up and did an excellent mambo with his partner Melissa. He even changed his hair style to fit the choreography.
Once all the couples were done performing, the judges then chose the bottom three couples for elimination. These six dancers then had to perform once again for America. This time solo and freestyle to a song of their own choosing. This time they weren’t dancing for the judges, but America and for their spot on the show. The bottom six this week were: Allan, Artem, Snow, Jonnis, Michelle, and Sandra.
This group of six definitely tried to step it up a notch knowing their position to continue on was at stake. However, in my opinion, the guys stepped it up just a bit more. It made it hard for me to choose who to vote for out of the guys. Out of the girls, Michelle had my vote. Snow and Sandra didn’t impress me with either of their performances.
This week’s show was two hours long, and I was a bit concerned about the length making things drag on, but this show was fast paced for the most part. The introductions took the longest, but once we got to the dancing itself this show moved right along. Seeing a bit of the process that each couple went through to prepare also made this show interesting. The judges were definitely tough on each pair, and some just couldn’t handle the criticism. Jonnis spoke up to the judges following their critique of his mambo performance with Michelle, and this probably landed him and his partner in the bottom six.
I’m definitely excited to see who will stay and who will go out of the bottom six chosen this week by the judges. The pairings were random and fun to watch. Who has your vote? Let me know.Powered by Sidelines