SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 6 Perform
July 31, 2008 by Kath Skerry
(I’m sorry for not posting the videos of last night’s dances. No one put them on YouTube and I’m out of luck with RedLasso since it’s been shut down byt the big bad mean networks.)
The top 6 perform tonight and damn it’s going to be strange not to see Will performing tonight. As I was traveling last week and didn’t have the chance to comment, I must say that I was disappointed to see Will go. My money was on him being one of the last guys standing. But at this point in the competition it’s so tough to see anyone leave (except for Comfort) that there is really no good choice.
But let’s keeping the elimination talk until Thursday night when the final two dancers are sent home setting us up for next week’s finale. What? The finale? Seriously, this season flew by.
Joining Mary and Nigel tonight is one of my favorite “jidges” – Adam Shankman. How I love the Shanks!
Courtney & Mark – Viennese Waltz by Jason Gilkison
Talk about some beauty up on that stage. Mark and Courtney exuded chemistry and they both danced beautifully and effortlessly. I don’t know what I’m always looking for in these ballroom dances, but when i think of the Waltz I always want that feeling of floating on air and I certainly saw that tonight. I loved it! Shankman was a big fan. (Oh look Paula is in the audience). Mary Murphy, our resident ballroom expert, thought it floated across the floor and was very pleased. Nigel thought it was beautifully romantic.
Chelsie’s solo – I’m glad that Chelsie never had to dance for her life because her solos are always so weak. I think tonight’s had more energy that her past solos but they really are lacking. She just does the same move over and over again. And I know it’s hard for a partner dancer but look back to what past contestants like Heidi from S2 did. Her solos were fantastic. But I guess the solos don’t matter all that much at this point in the competition.
Twitch’s solo – Now that Will is gone, I definitely look forward to Twitch’s solos more than anyone else’s. He always brings something so special to his routine and tonight was no different. He’s just so entertaining. Ok enough about Twitch, can we talk about Cat Deely in those glasses and fake teeth? I thought I had fallen as deeply in love with her as I could and then she goes and does that. Brilliant.
Katee & Joshua – Contemporary by Tyce Diorio
Before we get to the dance, can I just apologize to Tyce because I’ve been spelling his name wrong for three seasons now. I always right Tyce D’Orio and it’s Diorio. I feel like such a fraud. How has no one called me out on that? Sorry Tyce.
Ok, on to the dancing. Katee & Joshua were reunited and it felt oh so good. Like damn good. Mad kudos to Tyce for choreographing a gorgeous routine. Some of those lifts were banoodles. how about the one where Katee jumped into the air and Joshua caught her under the legs? Are you kidding me? These two are the only two dancers in the competition that could have pulled off this routine. Not only because of their strength as dancers but because of the trust level that is so obviously there. Both Adam and Mary thought it was he best routine of the season. All three judges gave it a standing ovation (although it was a bit forced upon by Nigel).
Twitch & Chelsie – Mambo by Tony & Melanie
This is right in Chelsie’s wheelhouse so I’m expecting big things. But for Twitch, well, he’s struggled with ballroom all season. And as the two took the floor there was a ton of energy and a lot of sexy shaking of the hips. Twitch was really working it. But as the routine went on it got sloppy. There were a few missed connections on the turns and on some of the dips. I couldn’t tell if Chelsie was early or Twitch wasn’t there for her, but it was noticeable. The judges certainly had some issues but the good outweighed the bad, and all the judges gave props to Twitch for performing at the level he did.
Katee’s solo – Katee was up next with her solo. She always delivers. She was great. I’m not sure what else there is to say.
Joshua’s solo – Joshua solo was incredible, but the battle in the battle of the Hip Hoppers the torch goes to Twitch who just owns the musicality of his solos.
Courtney & Mark – Jazz – Sonya Tayeh
I think that Mark should work with Sonya for the rest of his dancing life because he so just gets her quirkiness. Or maybe she gets him. Either way it was a fantastic routine for both of them. I worry that it might be a little too out there for the voting audience but I thought it was sick. There was so much going on and so many sassy moments. Both dancers really brought out the characters, although Mark took it to a whole other level. I LOVED it!! Shankman thought it was ‘so sick’ – he went crazy for it. All the judges were really excited about the dancing and the choreography. Courtney and Mark both needed big nights tonight as their competitors are such fan favorites, but they did what they needed to do and perhaps more in both their routines. Yay!
HAPPY DANCE!! HAPPY DANCE!!!
Katee & Joshua – Paso Doble by Jason Gilikson
Now that’s the Paso Doble I’ve been waiting for all season. It was intense and dirty, just how I like it (um, in a choreographed routine on SYTYCD). These two are just fantastic together. What a pairing! Joshua is so strong and Katee always brings so much to ever routine she does. She looks like this little girl but then she gets out there are just owns the dance floor. The music was crazy perfect and really set the tone for the routine. What a great night all around for all the dancers. And the judges…well they were all crazy excited for this routine.
Courtney’s solo – Courtney’s solos have been my favorite of all the ladies this season. She brings so much to it and leaves it all out on the dance floor and tonight she didn’t disappoint.
Mark’s solo - Mark’s solo left me wanting a bit more, but not in a good way. I think he wasted some precious time on the stage
Chelsie & Twitch – Hip Hop – Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo
You can’t help but wonder if this routine wasn’t inspired by one of Twitch’s solo routines earlier in the season. Both were tales of a hip hop conductor and there were certainly some similarities. I really liked this routine. What a story it told. Both Twitch and Chelsie really sold their characters. The judges were big fans.
All around a pretty incredible night of dance. There really wasn’t a weak routine all night. What a way to enter next week’s finale.
My final four. The four dancers that I want to see in the finale? This is a really tough one. Much tougher than in past seasons. Honestly I don’t think I can choose. My gut says that the final two guys should be Joshua and Mark, but that means Twitch would leave us and I hate to think of a finale without Twitch. But if Twitch stays then Mark would go and he has been incredible all season long and he deserves to be there.
For the girls, I’m equally as stressed. Katee is a shoe-in. Leaving Courtney and Chelsie. A few weeks back I would have picked Chelsie hands down, but I’ve really grown to love Courtney. She’s really come so far in the competition and has shown such growth.
Ugh…it’s just too hard to choose. And you know what? I’m not going to. Let’s see how it plays out on Thursday and we’ll go from there.
What were YOUR thoughts on last night’s performances? Who do YOU want to see in next week’s finale?