The competition gets even hotter on this week's episode of So You Think You Can Dance as the top ten performs for America's vote. First off, we said good-bye to two of the four dancers picked for elimination on last week's episode. America voted, and they sent Snow and Allan packing.
Allan has been a fan favorite, and it was sad for many to see the dancer affectionately called "Big Poppa" go home. However, in my opinion, it was the right decision for America to make. With each week that passes, we're going deeper into the competition. When it comes to technique, Allan just didn't have it outside of his chosen dance style of hip-hop. Now the technique must be there, and all Allan had going for him at this point was his personality.
Once eliminations were handled, competition began. However, a new twist was added. Instead of the couples performing once, they would now perform twice. Selection of partner and dance styles fell to the females.
With the high number of performances, we saw a greater variety of dance styles. In the first set of competitions, we saw pop, the tango, lyrical jazz, the quick step, and the samba. In my opinion, the two couples that stood out the most in this first set were Ashle and Blake, and Kamilah and Nick. The men of these two couples have performed well week after week. Blake and Ashle were paired up last week, and this couple shines together on stage. They were definitely my favorites here.
In the second set of performances, we once again saw pop, lyrical jazz and the quick step. This time around the addition of the foxtrot and hip-hop were added, giving another dimension to the competition. In this set, Destini and Jamile stole the show, and their performance by far was the best of the night - in both my opinion and the judges'.
It is clear to see that the dancers are stepping up their performances a great deal. They are working at their technique, and they want to win. With each week that passes, the judges are raising the bar with their critiques - with good reason. The dancers are expected to improve considerably and the judges are looking for those improvements. Each and every dancer left in the top ten deserves to be there.