We are down to the final 10 dancers this week on So You Think You Can Dance. This is where the competition gets even more difficult with the addition of solos. Mia Michaels is the third judge this week. Ordinarily it would be a good thing for the contemporary dancers to have Mia pulling for them in the voting. Since the judges no longer have a say in the voting, I guess it does not matter who the third judge is. Mia wore a strange military/marching band-like jacket that reminded me of either Michael Jackson or The Music Man. I can’t decide which. Cat Deeley looked great again this week. Maybe she has finally met with a stylist. She wore a bluish/purplish off-the-shoulder dress. (A mini-dress of course. I am not sure if she intentionally buys mini-dresses or if all dresses look short on her because she is so tall). I didn’t love the black sash/belt thing, but the color of the dress made the dress a winner overall.
Starting this week, all of the couples have been mixed up. Additionally, all the dancers will perform the same solo, choreographed by Wade Robson. It makes sense to have them all do the same routine, because then you can truly compare all the dancers to one another. Wade said that dance is about peace and the war. It is about doing what we can to change the world. They each chose a word to spray paint on their T-shirts, such a patience, love, and communication.
Here are my thoughts on the performances:
Pasha and Lauren
Hiphop: choreographed by Shane Sparks
The routine was just okay to me. They wore skeleton shirts and acted a bit robotic. I thought Lauren did well, but Pasha looked stiff. Nigel thought the routine was great. He called Pasha the “best Russian hip-hop dancer in town.” Mary thought they “clicked” as a couple. Mia thought Pasha was “excellent” and that Lauren is “blowin’ up.” Maybe they expected so little of Pasha that they were easily impressed by him? Or maybe I just don’t know what I am talking about?
Kameron and Sabra
Contemporary: choreographed by Tyce Diorio
I thought this routine was absolutely beautiful. They were both very fluid and Sabra had some magnificent leaps. Nigel said it was “really well danced,” but he did not believe Kameron’s emotional journey. Mary agreed and said that they did not have the magic between them. She said that Kameron’s extensions were left short, but that Sabra was “pure perfection.” Mia said that Kameron was “exposed” tonight and his technique was “immature.” (This probably just means that more people will vote for him. I almost wish that the judges would not say anything at all at this point).
Danny and Lacey
Samba: choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin & Heidi Groskreutz
This routine was pretty hot. This was the first time that I actually saw Danny showing some emotion/passion toward his partner. Maybe he just didn’t like his old partner, Anya? Nigel said that Lacey needed to use Danny more during the routine. He said that what Danny lacked in technique, he made up in performance. Mary said it wasn’t her favorite for Danny because it was lacking in technique. She said that Lacey’s technique was “fabulous.” Mia said it was the sexiest dance so far this season (I actually agree with Mia!) She called Danny a “stallion” and said that Lacey was “hot” and “ridiculous.”