Debbie Allen returned as guest host against this week on So You Think You Can Dance. I didn’t really like Cat Deeley’s dress this week. The colors and the sparkle are good, but the pattern looks like a bad paint-by-number painting.
This is the last show before the finale. Each dancer will again perform two couples dances and one solo dance. Don’t forget that the tickets for the SYTYCD tour go on sale this Saturday. Details at Fox.com.
Lacey & Pasha
Hip-Hop: Choreography by Dave Scott
Lacey was a mannequin and Pasha was tasked with getting her to wake up. Pasha looked goofy with his glasses and mannerisms, though I guess he was supposed to. Lacey barely danced the entire first half of the routine. Once they actually started dancing together it was okay. Lacey was better than Pasha and when they both danced, his lack of skill in the area showed more.
Nigel thought that they brought their characters to life. Mary said that Pasha was “crazy good” and thought Lacey was great as well. Debbie thought it was a “great opening number.”
Smooth Waltz: choreographed by Hunter Johnson
This was a very pretty routine, although, admittedly, I cannot tell a good waltz routine from a great one. I enjoyed watching it and it is clear that both of them are wonderful at ballroom routines like this.
Nigel thought the flow and the lines were beautiful, but Lacey’s hand flopped at the end of her arm too much. Mary thought it was “dreamlike” and even though the movements were very tough, they had passion throughout. Debbie thought it shows how versatile you have to be on this show and thought they were both “beautiful.”
Lauren & Danny
Contemporary, choreographed by Mia Michaels
Mia said that this routine was inspired by aliens, because Mia thinks that they are cooler than people. I really liked this routine. It was much faster paced than a typical Mia routine. I thought that they were great together, using the whole stage, and did some incredible movements and leaps.
Nigel called it “incredible” and said that Lauren finally reached her potential. Mary screamed and said it was “a special routine.” She said that they were on the “bullet” hot tamale train tonight. Debbie said that they were “every choreographer’s dream.”
Disco, choreographed by Doriana Sanchez
This routine was a lot more complicated than previous disco routinues, but it was missing something for me. I am not sure what. Maybe the complex maneuvers slowed it down a bit? It just didn’t have that spark that I was hoping for in a disco routine.
Nigel said it was a tough routine and that disco makes him happy to watch. Mary liked it and thought that Lauren looked like “the 70s goddess” and they “really pulled it off.” Debbie said that they are a good pair.
Sabra & Neil
Jazz, choreographed by Mandy Moore
The theme was an “80’s jazz power lunch.” (?) It meant that Neil’s hair was very flat and they used a table as a prop throughout most of the dance. I thought that this a very creative routine and was very impressed by both the choreography and their dancing. They had a simultaneous spin that was great. There was also a great part where Neil flipped over top of Sabra while she was laying on the table.
Nigel said that the dancing this week has been incredible and he hopes that the finale can live up to this. Mary said, “I’m still smiling.” Debbie said, “that’s how I like it. Give it to me hard. Give it to me strong.”
Paso Doble, choreographed by Tony Meredith
This was a really fun routine and I just loved Sabra’s red dress. I thought that they were both fantastic.
Nigel said “that was absolutely stunning.” He thinks that either of them could win the competition. Mary said it was first time there has been a series of twist-turns on the show and that the choreography was very challenging. Mary said that they are back on the hot tamale train. Neil pointed out that it was his first time “on the train.” Debbie said she was “thrilled,” to watch the routine, even though she thought that they did not really need to see another paso doble routine.
I find it hard to judge the solos because it seems like the dancers do basically the same thing each week. That is why I liked it when they were given solo choreography because then at least it was something new.
Sabra: I thought that her routine was very good, although similar to what we have seen her do in the past. She is definitely my favorite dancer left in the competition.
Pasha: He had a headless mannequin on the stage with him wearing a blue ball gown. It was strange. I was so distracted by the mannequin that I do not even remember how he danced.
Lauren: A lot like her other solos, although she added more spins this week, which I thought were done well. I also wish she would not smile all the time and would not worry so much about where the camera/audience are.
Neil: He had some great leaps and spins as usual, as well as one big filp. There was a girl in the stands that had a sign that said, “Neil, you make me squeal.” Funny.
Lacey: There was a lot of focus on her hips and butt in this routine. I was happy to see some new choreography in a solo for a change. She also had the best outfit of the night: a cute black dress with fringe.
Danny: He has finally stopped being annoying to me. He had one part of the solo where he sprawled on the floor and then smiled into the camera. Normally I would have been irritated by such antics from him, but I actually found it endearing.
Reminder: The results show will NOT be airing on Thursday. It will air on Monday because Fox is choosing to show football Thursday night instead.