Now that the 1 boy, 1 girl eliminations are gone, we get to see how the SYTYCD voting population really feels and the answer is: they don’t like the ladies. Seeing as how the SYTYCD audience is mostly women, this disturbs me on a deep level, but we’re not here for that. We’re here to get down to our top ten dancers. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance!
The group number this time is a fun jazzy hip hop thing by new choreographer, Tessandra Chavez. I look forward to see what she has to bring to the performance shows. It gives a couple dancers like, Jose and Melinda a chance to shine. It’s a great dance, but I wish the all-stars were onstage with them.
A my name is Alice and I live in Alabama
Cat looks like a stunning 40’s Scottish screen star and is still pissed that Nigel is making her salute to him at the top of each show.
Oh, I’ll give you a salute you’ll never forget you old horndog.
Then, Nigel announces that July 31 is going to be Dance Day in America. Um, says who? It’s really important, he says, for everyone to get up and move on that day. So, basically he thinks Americans can only get off their asses once a year? The cool thing is, NappyTab is putting up a routine online to learn. You know as soon as I finish writing this recap I am learning that dance. Nigel says everyone should figure out what they want to do for the day. Yes, Nigel, we should all have our own choices on what to do during your fake holiday.
The first four contestants to be brought onstage to find out their fates are Kent, Lauren, Robert, and Alex. I’m glad that Alex went first since there was no chance in hell that he was going home.
Oh yeah, remember this? You’re not going home tonight.
Next Robert is safe. Between Kent and Lauren, you knew Kent was safe, but it turns out Lauren is, too!
Anyone notice that the live show is getting to Cat? She keeps yelling at people to get off the stage before they’ve even had a chance to take a step. Calm down, Deeley. You’ve got time.
Next up is Melinda – who is, unsurprisingly in the bottom three. Nigel is excited for her solo. Billy is obviously safe. Next up are Alexie and Ashley. I was sure Ashley (who?) would be the one in the bottom three, but alas, it was Alexie. Both danced well, but I think Alexie’s personality trumps Ashley hands down.
The final three up are Jose, Adechike, and Cristina. I am sure it’s going to be Adechike who left a lot to be desired in his dance with Kathryn last night. But no, my dear Cristina is in the bottom three! WTF?!? America, this is messed up. It was so surprising, that Cat has to remind the audience to cheer for Adechike.
Before the solos, we get an amazing dance performance from the Broadway show, Come Fly Away. The dancers are incredible and it’s unfair the girls have to follow Tony Nominee Karine Plantadit who is one of the most powerful female dancers I’ve ever seen. Keith Roberts is amazing, too, but I’m not sure why he’s chewing gum.
Ladies, this is how you do it.
I can’t help but wonder if the people who are in the audience for Come Fly Away in New York are totally pissed that they spent $200 a ticket and the two leads are missing and performing for a bunch of 14-year-old girls. I would be.
Melissa’s solo is up first. Her tapping skills are tops, but she does some weird stuff with her arms. I see now how that translated into her jive last night.
I couldn’t find the perfect still, but trust me, her arms look wonky.
Alexie’s solo is one we’ve seen many many times before. Beautiful leaps, turns, reaching out towards the heavens. It’s all lovely, but doesn’t make me want to jump up and down, because that is what I do when I love a dance. I jump up and down.
Please save me from elimination
Finally, we have Cristina, who has the unfortunate task of dancing a ballroom style alone. She does a great job, though, clearly “leaving everything on the dance floor,” as they say.
You aren’t gonna get rid of this, right?
Then we get a guest performance from Usher. He sings his ubiquitous hit, OMG. I am so sick of this song. It’s on the radio every other minute. He does a nice job, though, and I’m always glad when they bring on performers who are real dancers.
Little girls, if you work hard in dance class, this is what you can aspire to.
Then Usher introduces the world premiere Justin Bieber video. Oh, my 14-year-old self is all atwitter! Let me tell you a story. When I first heard the song “One Less Lonely Girl” on the radio, I thought it was a girl singing a love song to another girl and I was so impressed that the music industry has gotten so progressive. And then the announcer said it was a boy singing and I felt old. And then, I saw Justin for the first time on TV and I felt really old.
Finally, we are about to find out who is eliminated. I don’t want any of these girls to go, but if I had to choose based on last night, it’d be Melinda. Nigel tells Melinda she has to find more warmth to personality and fire to her solo. He tells Cristina that her choreography was just okay, but she was the only one dancing for her life. Finally, cute Alexie danced too cute and is going home.
Um, you know he’s 16, right?
Poor thing tried out so many times, finally made it to the SYTYCD stage and is the first person eliminated. She wouldn’t have been my pick (I would’ve rather seen Adechike go), but I don’t speak for all of America. Oh well, we still have an amazing group of dancers. I can’t wait to see what happens next week! Thanks for letting me sub in and Potty Mouth will be back next week!