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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/17, Top 10, Elimination Recap

Girls’ Number

The second group number, choreographed by Mia Michaels, features the girls in beige corsets and white eyeshadow smeared out to their cheekbones. The number itself is an overwrought religious piece involving the girls writhing around on the floor. We know it’s serious because they’re not wearing any eyeliner.

Bottom 2 Girls Announced:

Comfort and Kherington.

Guys’ Number

Nigel Lithgow is the “mystery choreographer” of the excellent and entertaining 5 Guys Named Moe number, which blatantly stars Will.

Bottom 2 Guys Announced:

Mark and Gev.

After the jump: results.

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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/10, Top 12, Elimination Recap

Bottom Three Couples Announced

Comfort & Thayne are out on stage first, along with Katee & Joshua. HMM, I wonder which couple is in the Bottom Three? No on is remotely shocked to learn that it’s C&T. Mia, who sounds stuffed up, says America has been sending these two a message for weeks, and they haven’t gotten it.

Jessica & Will and Chelsie & Mark are a more intriguing combination, but I think we all feel pretty sure that Jessica & Will will be dancing for their lives, and yes, as it turns out, they are. Mary, who’s on the brink of tears, says her heart is aching to see them up there in the Bottom Three.

Courtney & Gev are paired with Kherington & Twitch. Look at little Courtney & Gev, they’re so bloody adorable! So adorable, in fact, that they’re safe. Nigel thinks Kherington & Twitch will be safe this week, but wants this to be a lesson to them.

Alvin Ailey Dancers Perform!

“Revelations” is a brilliant piece, and it doesn’t hurt that these dudes are comprised exclusively of twisted steel and sex appeal.

After the jump, solos and departures.

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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/9, Top 12, Recap

Chelsie & Mark

First style: Salsa

Why is Chelsie spotting the floor? She looks fantastic and effortless except when she’s turning, at which point her lips tense up and her eyes go down to her toes. When she shakes her ass, the turquoise feather on the tail of her costume quivers; it’s very hot-peacock. I love watching this girl. She’s so confident and entertaining.

Nigel calls Alex da Silva “a Brazilian Bono.” He liked the footwork and Mark’s acting, and he’s licking his chops over Chelsie in a particularly gross way. Mary criticizes the way Mark’s torso doesn’t move independently of his bottom half, but she loves the way he partnered Chelsie. Like Ginger Rogers, Mary says, Chelsie is “beautiful dynamite.” Mia says she wants to stab Chelsie, she’s so gorgeous. There’s something awkward about Mark in this dance, she says, but she can’t put her finger on it. She sensed a little insecurity.

Second style: Broadway

They’re dancing to “I’m a Woman,” and Chelsie’s in an unbeatable blue dress. I don’t think I’ve really looked at Mark once during the course of the competition. It’s impossible not to keep your eyes pinned to Chelsie.

Nigel says he’s just returned from Vegas, where it was 110 degrees, but it wasn’t anywhere near as hot as that routine. He praises Chelsie’s long legs. Mary says it was sultry, sexy, and bluesy. “Wow, Chelsie, what attitude,” she says. She loved the death fall and the trust in Mark it demonstrated. Mia says they told the story well, but for her the piece revealed Mark’s lack of training and technique. His performance quality carries them past that, but she wants him to work on his legs. She didn’t see “enough movement” from Chelsie, a rather vague remark. She’s lukewarm and struggling to explain why, I think.

Comfort & Thayne

First style: Hip-hop

Rehearsal footage reveals Thayne completely unable to stop smiling, and the problem carries over to performance. Comfort, who’s wearing a fuzzy white half-vest and high sneakers, is making Thayne look like crap.

Nigel, whose hair is flat this week, says Comfort didn’t relate to Thayne at all, except right at the beginning and right at the end. He saw her performing the steps without adding to them. Mary says she didn’t see any chemistry. There were great nuances, she says, but it was “just good.” Mia says “it was a little bit more than ‘good,'” sounding like the words are being dragged out of her. She loved the choreography on the stairs, but when it got to the floor it fell off. Mia says she’s a big fan of Comfort and has been pushing hard for her, but now she has to back off because Comfort is just riding. Thayne felt thin to her, she says–not enough meat and potatoes.

After the jump: BOLLYWOOD!

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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/3, Top 14, Elimination Recap

Kourtni and Matt are technically more accomplished than many of the dancers still in the running, but during their most recent performances, a pall hung over them. Matt looked cheerful but disconnected, like a wayward balloon; Kourtni looked unhappy. If this were another kind of reality show, we’d get to see exactly how tortured and unhappy their rehearsals have been, or learn about the problems dogging Kourtni’s family. Since it’s SYTYCD, however, we just get to see their perfectly respectable solos.

Kourtni Lind (eliminated):

Matt Dorame (eliminated)

After the jump, the other four in the bottom three: Courtney, the ridiculously entertaining Gev, Thayne, and Comfort.

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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/2, Top 14, Recap

Jessica & Will

First style: Jive

Jessica and Will struggled in rehearsal, but they look OK in performance. Correction: Will looks fantastic; Jessica moves like a sack of potatoes. She’s losing her spot and she seems scared under her smile. Napoleon says Jessica’s performance picked up after they nailed the trick. Mary saw “missed connections right and left.” She praises Will’s technique, but says Jessica wasn’t quite there. Nigel says Jessica’s weight was too far back. Their retractions were sharp, he says. He calls Jessica “a little lazy.” I’m sure she’s not, but her performance had the appearance of laziness.

Second style: Lyric jazz

Will has his shirt off, and I think I’ve diagnosed America’s objection to him: he’s too perfect. The choreography is sexy; they’re playing a couple in their PJs, rolling around and taking a shirt on and off. Tabitha and Mary share a hysterical moment over Will’s body. Napoleon says Jessica’s holding Will down. The movement was there, but the emotion wasn’t. He saw a few dead moments when she dropped her character. Mary is ecstatic. She’s putting both of them on the hot tamale train, and she apologizes to Jessica for misjudging her. Nigel asks the audience to put their hands up if they want to dance with Will, and everyone screams with longing. He tells Jessica to stop worrying and realize she’s a wonderful dancer. He praises her lines and says everything was perfectly in place on those death-defying throws.

After the jump, Will with his shirt off.

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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: 6/26, Top 16

The opening number is a Gothic clowns/sinister circus/black-and-white-costumed melodrama choreographed by Mia Michaels. It’s warm and sunny out, Fox, and we’re coming up on the birth of our nation; could we get something a little cheerier, by any chance?

The top of Cat’s dress looks like the bottom corner of a fussy bedspread.

Bottom 3 Couples Announced

Chelsea & Thayne are, indeed, in the Bottom 3. The producers are smart to get this out of the way, since we all knew it was coming. Katee & Joshua are up next. They’re safe, of course. They’d better be, after Joshua’s incredible performance last night. Chelsie & Mark are safe, too.

Kherington & Twitch are, I think, the best-looking couple on the show. They’re safe. Courtney & Gev are up next. Will America shock the judges and put them in the Bottom 6, as I suspect they will? Nope. They’re safe. Comfort & Chris are in the Bottom 3. It’s unfair–I think the judges and the viewers responded to the choreography, not to the way the dancers performed it. Let me call it now: Comfort’s going home tonight. Nigel’s had it in for her for weeks.

Kourtni & Matt are up, and suddenly I’m nervous. What if people didn’t grasp the choreography? Jessica & Will are on stage, and oh my goodness, it’s Kourtni & Matt in the Bottom 3. Nigel tells Kourtni she was in the top 5 throughout the audition process, but she’s falling behind now because she doesn’t have a twinkle in her eye the way some of the other girls do. He tells Matt he’s not acting enough, and does a German accent and a French accent to demonstrate. And he gets in a dig at Michael Caine, saying that only Caine can get away with doing the same shtick in every role.

Quest Performs

Mad science is the theme, and the boys and girl are wearing khakis and white button-downs. Dominic, bless his pretty heart, blows Cat a kiss after the routine ends.

Bottom 6 Dance for Their Lives

Chelsea’s dancing to “A Song for You.” Perfectly respectable, although she seems to be phoning it in a bit. Here’s Thayne dancing to “Always,” by Bon Jovi. The judges won’t be able to complain about lack of emotion. “When the chips are down, bring out a bit of the Jovi,” Cat says. Amen, Cat. Comfort’s dancing to “Just Fine,” by Mary. It doesn’t matter that she’s killing it; she’s done for. I don’t care what song Chris is dancing to, because I’m sick of him.

Kourtni’s dancing to Ani Franco. When she leaps, we can see her red underpants. Strong performance, and it felt like a unified whole. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz is Matt’s song. He looks good, and his technique is so much stronger than Chris’s.

After the jump, RESULTS!

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So You Think You Can Dance: 6/25, Top 16, Recap

Adam Shankman is the guest judge tonight, thank the lord. He jokes that he almost wore the same outfit Cat has on and tells her she looks cataclysmically great. He also tells her he just finished working on Adam Sandler’s new Christmas movie, Bedtime Stories. It sounds terrifying. Nigel says nice things about the late Cyd Charisse, going on and on about how tall she was (she was 5’6″). We see a clip of her from Singing in the Rain.

Tonight, the question for the dancers is: What doesn’t America know about your partner?

Couple #1: Kherington Payne & Twitch Boss

Style: Hip-hop

Kherington interviews that Twitch laughs like a bear. Twitch interviews that Kherington has a shopping problem. We see her strolling around, shopping bags in hand, wearing Twitch-style neon green frames.

Kherington says she thinks she can dance hip-hop, but she really can’t.

The conceit of the routine is a prison break, and they’re dancing to “Don’t Touch Me Now,” by Busta Rhymes, which I’m hoping is a sneaky shout to the Adam/Chu Dance Crew. Kherington really holds her own, and she’s bursting with energy. Too much smiling from her, as usual, especially in the context of this routine.

Kherington has her neon glasses on for the critique. Nigel adored the routine. Mary makes a Ten Most Wanted joke; she loved it too. She cites “an ancient old Murphy proverb that’s been passed down from generation to generation,” which turns out to be a twenty-second shriek. Adam says he thinks this couple has a long future on the show, so he wants to give them some advice for the future. He tells Twitch to help Kherington with her stops if they draw hip-hop again. He praises them for hitting it sometimes and holding back at other moments. He also notes–God he’s great–that Kherington dropped character when she ran behind Twitch to do the handstand.

Couple #2: Courtney Galiano & Gev Manoukian

Style: Rumba

Courtney tells us that Gev looked like a little girl when he was a child. Gev tells us that Courtney is going to school to be a special ed teacher, which shows “her soft side.” Courtney interviews that she dislikes doing her own style, as she did last week, because the expectations are higher. We see footage of them rumba-ing into the studio as Melanie and Tony look on in horror. Courtney is nervous about the choreography, which involves Geb grabbing her butt.

Oh, no, they’re dancing to “Wishing on a Star.” The routine starts with Courtney going bump, bump, bump down Gev’s leg. The choreography is so boring. So very very boring. The audience is silent. The piece ends and it’s as if it never began. Nothing happened.

Nigel: “I am very, very happy with that routine.” He is? He felt passion and connection from Gev. “I’m so pleased the wardrobe budget could only afford half a dress,” he tells Courtney. Mary thought it was “a beautiful, beautiful routine.” The judges are all drunk. America, will we stand for this? Adam begins his critique by saying he thinks Mary looks like “a really pretty disco ball.” He explains that when the routines are going well, the judges are on the stand grabbing each other in excitement. He tells Gev he’ll need to think about his hands and his reach, elements that aren’t stressed in hip-hop. He tells Courtney her arabesque attitude didn’t quite come up in the back. He’s going on a bit, and Nigel and Mary lean against each other and feign sleep, snoring loudly. How dare they! I love Adam’s remarks. He’s the most technically-minded judge, which makes him the most satisfying for dancers to watch.

Couple #3: Comfort Fedoke & Chris Jarosz

Style: Jazz

Comfort says Chris mooches food from everyone. We see footage of him eating from another dancer’s plate. Chris tells us that when Comfort was younger, she was in a beauty pageant. We see pictures of her in Jon Benet mode. Comfort interviews that she was really excited about krumping, since it’s her genre, but it wasn’t at all what she expected. O ho! That explains it. She hated the choreography and wasn’t trying.

They’re dancing to “Beautiful People,” by Marilyn Manson. There’s an African tone to the movement and the costumes that’s really working. Comfort’s engaged in a way she wasn’t last week. Towards the end of the routine, they do some sliding around on sheets meant to represent mud.

Nigel says he’s not sure Comfort and Chris have the right to feel confident. He was disappointed that the sheets weren’t used more, and he hints that the choreography wasn’t up to par in general. He disliked the power they were putting behind the routine. For him, Chris’s softness didn’t match the propulsive beat of the music. Comfort explains that they were representing African warriors, and Nigel says the dancers should have been more animalistic. WINCE, but Mary chimes right in saying she, too, wanted the routine to be more animalistic and wild. And moving rapidly away from the overt racism, we go to Adam, who says he saw the aggression in their movements, but not in their faces. He finishes with this line: “There was a chain, but it was a little more on the chain than off the chain.” Comfort gives him ironic, you’re-a-dorky-white-guy finger guns. Embarrassed, Adam says, “I was trying to be–” This is so uncomfortable.

Couple #4: Jessica King & William Winfield

Style: Disco

Will tells us that Jessica goes by Ariel, because her psychotic mother thinks she looks like The Little Mermaid. Jessica interviews that Will is a perfect gentleman. She’s a peach, but she does that I’m-a-little-girl, Meg-Ryan-in-1990s-romantic-comedies voice. Will defends Jessica’s hip-hop performance, as he should, because she was great.

Doreanna is really hard on Jessica during rehearsals, which is, according to Will, because she wants Jessica to shine during performance.

The routine starts with a really pretty turning lift. Jessica looks voluptuous in her sparkly white dress. Oh God, Will just dropped her right on her hip. She looks heavy. Oh no, oh my God, it’s going to pieces.

Adam laughs because Will fell over on his last pose, and Jessica put her hand on the floor to match his line. Nigel praises Doreanna for having a go at Jessica. He says two or three things went wrong, but they didn’t let that spoil the routine. Mary agrees that they pulled it off. She thinks it was a turning point not only for Jessica, but also for Will. She notes the concerns about Will’s lack of personality and says we can all stop worrying about that after this routine. Adam emphasizes how hard the lifts are. He tells Jessica she’s incredibly beautiful and so talented. He loved the moments when she just let go and danced, and he wants her to do that more. He thinks she’s getting in her own way because she doesn’t realize how good she is.

Sorry; no. That performance was a hot mess. Jessica looked great, but also uncomfortable and floppy. Most of the lifts were near-disasters, and the footwork was muddy.

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