This week we finally find out the top twenty for this season. Dancers will leap for joy! Hearts will be broken! Fakeouts will be lame! Mollee will still be annoying!! I just hope my best friend that I just met on TV last month doesn’t get cut. I would be devastated!! THIS! Is So You Think You Can Dance (dance…….dance)!!
My BFF Russell. What!?!? He’s like totally my best friend. Doesn’t matter that we haven’t met.
You don’t need to actually meet someone to be their friend.
stalker future wife.
We start tonight’s episode with Cat giving us a brief recap of the Vegas rounds and making sure to tell us how fabulous this group of dancers is (best ever) and how tough the competition is going to be (toughest ever).
They corral the dancers into the backstage area and there is talk about how nervous some of them are. Also? Legacy tells us his pits are like waterfalls.
Ewwwwwww. Shut up.
We’ve got the same six judges we had in Vegas: Nigel, Mary, Adam, Debbie Allen (heart), Sir BitchyPants, and….
It’s Mia, Bitch
You know, I have to say that I think I prefer her head shaved this way. I had some serious hate going on for her Edward Scissorhands ‘do. I think this may be an improvement.
The dancers will be waiting backstage until Cat sends them into a smaller holding room that at least has a comfy couch rather than just folding chairs. From there they will head out onto the stage where the judges will fuck with them for a while before finally telling them if they have made the top twenty or not.
First up? Nathan Trasoras. He reminisces about how his first audition wasn’t even for this season, it was for season five. Remember when Nigel gave him a ticket straight through to Vegas for this year? He tells us he needs to start growing up now; he’s just turned eighteen and this is his time to shine.
He really is such a cutie. Mia asks how he is. Nervous, duh! Mia blathers on for a while about how difficult the show is both physically and emotionally. Blah blah blah babycakes, he is in the top twenty.
And all the tween girls at home swoon
I’m glad he’s made it in, and I love how happy and sweet he is about their decision. Seems like a really good kid. I can’t wait to see what he does on this show.
Cat tells us that the next half hour was nothing but bad news. It would have more of an impact on me if I had ever seen these people before.
Who is this guy?
Never seen him
Sir BitchyPants wants her to continue on her shining journey – no more powder for you missy!
Next up is David Hovaicantspellhisnameseum. You might remember seeing clips of him throughout the auditions and Vegas. Or perhaps you remember his yellow mustard diaper.
Uh, David? Your circumcision is showing
I never noticed his package before which is sort of odd considering his attire. Mary asks how Vegas was for him and he talks about how hip hop is a different world from ballet. But he did his best and he is really excited to be here.
Try to contain yourself
Mary says they are so grateful that so many ballet dancers came out, especially him. Why especially him? Personally, I’d have been happier to see Alex Wong back again. They adore him, but it’s the end of the road for him.
Kathryn McCormick (who?) is up next and Cat tells us she is hoping for good news. As opposed to everyone else who is sitting around hoping to get cut. Kathryn is a cute looking girl, but she has an unfortunate affliction. When she gets emotional her voice gets higher. And higher. And higher.
Next thing you know she’s sitting on the couch with Cat who wants to know how Vegas week was for her. Incredible. It helped her grow as a person. Just as her voice starts to rise on up, Cat is saved by a knock at the door, and so Kathryn heads on out to the stage.
Mia wants to know how the experience has been so far for her. Oh, Mia. You asked for it. Kathryn starts off by thanking the judges and telling them what an amazing week it has been for her, and as she does that voice it is a rising again. I’m sure all the dogs within a ten mile radius can hear it.
After some new age “open your arms to receive this” bullshit, Mia tells her she’s made it. She cries. Again. You know, she does seem like a sweet kid, but they are going to have to keep her from talking as much as possible. She goes backstage to share her news with everyone.
What’s up with Bianca???
Next up is Channing Cooke, the contemporary dancer who works at Dairy Queen and likes to do cartwheels on the beach. Guess what? She’s nervous. I really hate the outfit she’s got on. It’s some sort of shorts jumpsuit, but it’s made out of satin
sheets. And she’s wearing black pumps with it.
Tales of a Teenage Hooker
Nigel is not going to beat about the bush. Ooooo, I am just holding my tongue on that one. He says she is exceptionally strong, but she needs to work on her chemistry with a partner. But she’ll get the time to do that because she has been unanimously voted into the top twenty. Unanimously? Really? Huh.
A couple more girls get into the top twenty, but the show doesn’t feel the need to show us more than a snippet of their time on stage. Congrats to both Arianna DeBose and Ellenore Scott.
I guess getting the pen thrown at you was worth it after all.
Please stop being such a ham.
Time to check in on wittle baby Mowee. Cat tells us that seeing all these contemporary girls making it through is making wittle baby cwy.
She might just need to be burped
So apparently Mowee made friends with Noelle Marsh in Vegas when they were roomies, and now they’re bestest friends for like forever and ever and ever. Or until both of them like the same boy.
I just wanna squeeze you til your head pops off!
Cat wants to know why they think one of them will get through and not the other. Mowee says she watches every season and they always have a dramatic separation at the very end. Ummmm, Mowee? I don’t think your month long best friendship has quite the dramatic flair that brothers or roommates do. Jeesh! Self absorbed much?
Thankfully we’re leaving them now and moving on to Billy Bell. Billy’s zits are threatening to take over his face. The stress must be really getting to him.
I didn’t know they made Members Only jackets in green leather! The green of the jacket really brings out the red of the zits. So festive!
I really don’t know what this kid is stressing out about; he’s in the top twenty for sure. I mean, between all the judges creaming over his lines and Adam hyperventilating while watching his solo, I can’t imagine him not getting in.
Debbie asks him to tell them how he’s feeling right now. He’s happy to have come this far. DUH, Debbie. She talks about how awesome his dancing is, and how great his technique is, but unfortunately he still is a student, right?
Billy goes to Julliard. Holy Crap! I gotta say, I’m just a little impressed by that one. Debbie wants to know if they’re willing to let him out or will he have to drop out. He has already spoken to them, and they will let him out for a period of time AND hold his scholarship. YAY Julliard!! Debbie thinks that’s nice.
“Unfortunately, you will really have to ask them to do that.”
And this is why I hate the lame fakeouts. That didn’t even make any sense. “Unfortunately you’ll have to ask them to do what they already said they would do because we’re lame and can’t just say hi, you made it into the top twenty.” GAH. Billy doesn’t even care about the lame fakeout; he’s just happy to be in.
Now that we’ve had some good news, it’s time for more cuts of people we don’t know.
Hey! It’s the guy that I thought was Nathan! Wow. He doesn’t really look like him now that I look closer.
I think this guy got cut last year. And right about the same time. That sucks.
And now it’s time for Amber Jackson. Remember her? The judges loved her technique in her audition, but not so much her performance, with Nigel calling it shit. Whenever she is on my TV I am distracted by her upper lip line. The way her lip is really makes it look like she’s missing her top teeth underneath it all. SO distracting.
Put your dentures back in, Granny!
She doesn’t make it, but Mary tells her that they want her to know they really believe in her. Yep, that makes it all better. When she goes back to break the news everyone is in shock. Cat tells us that with amazing dancer after amazing dancer getting cut, Russell Ferguson is shitting a brick.
He tells us that if he makes the top twenty it will be the first time a krumper has made it that far on the show, and he’s excited to be a part of history. He seems to be in good spirits as he heads out onto the stage.
Mia asks how he’s feeling. Good. Anxious, Ready. Mia says when she first saw his solo she was blown away because it was so authentic (no empty steps), and she was hoping he could do other things, even at one point saying she hopes he makes it to the top ten.
Mia says that she hasn’t had a lot of things go her way lately (WHAT is that all about????), but it’s really cool to know it is going her way today. He’s in the top twenty. YES!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!
Funny how it doesn’t bother me when he cries.
Debbie tells him to go call his mama. Hee! So cute. Cat wonders if there’s room in the top twenty for hip hopper Kevin Hunt what with the krumper making it through. Yes, there is!
And he’s so excited, he jumps right out of the picture.
Can we talk a minute about these new credits? I’m not really digging them. First of all, I think they look a little cheesy. The whole 3-D thing? Looks cheap. And although I like them both, I’m wondering how Ade and Chbeeb got featured spots in the credits, and yet there’s no sign of Evan. Anywhere. Nigel must really hate him. Unless I missed him? Did I miss him?
Anyway, back to the results. Tap time. Cat wonders if this is finally the year that a tapper makes it into the studio show.
Still rewriting history, I see.
Bianca says obviously she’ll be happy if she makes it, but she’ll also be happy if one of the guys makes it because they have good people representing REAL tap. Hmmmmm, I wonder if that’s a dig at Sandra?
And with that, Bianca’s up. She says now is the time for a tapper and she wants to be the first tapper. Well, Bianca, you will have to settle for being the SECOND tapper.
When she gets out to the stage Nigel says he’s going to be quite frank with her. If they were just basing this on her solo and tapping, she would be in the top twenty. No question. But they have to base their decision on how much she is going to grow in other areas. He says he thinks that this is a very controversial decision.
Translation: You’re the reason Mia quit.
Of course she has made it through. Haven’t you heard? It’s the year of the tapper. Continuing on that theme, Phillip Atmore heads out onto the stage to find out his fate. Remember Philip? He was friends with Ryan. I don’t know what it is, but something about this guy bugs me. It did during his audition round as well.
Interestingly, we cut over to him pulling attitude with the judges during the group round of Vegas. See? I knew there was something about him. He’s a talker backer. Hate that.
That shirt’s not helping either.
When Mia asks him about his journey he does admit to getting defensive right away, and says he told himself he needs to shut his mouth. Yep. You do. Nigel says it was like a wall went up and he couldn’t even take any criticism. Debbie thinks he was just trying to explain himself. Nope. Adam goes with defensive as well. Debbie, you’ve been outvoted.
Of course this defensive attitude is going to keep him out of the top twenty because you really need to shut up and listen once you’re there, right? Nope. He makes it. They have no one but themselves to blame when he starts backtalking.
Our last tapper, Peter Sabasino is up now. His chances of getting into the top twenty just went downhill with the addition of Philip the Backtalker. The news doesn’t get any better as we find out that from the first solo (votes: three yes, three no) and throughout Vegas week, he struggled to stay in.
Mary tells him he should be proud to have made it this far. Oh, and by the way? Top twenty!!
eye candy tappers!
Three tappers?!? That’s pretty great. Hopefully we’ll get to see some awesome tap dancing. Before Peter leaves the stage Nigel tells him he really needs to pull up in other areas. I hope he does.
Feeling happy? Good. Time for more bad news. Don’t be too sad. We don’t even know half these people.
Oh no! Poor Hart twin.
Good call – who knows whose NOSE she would have crunched next.
Next up is Victor Smalley. I’m guessing that after showing us five cuts, he’s going to get in. Adam says he was one of the most talked about dancers in Vegas. Apparently they gave him shit about his hair. Ugh. That is so annoying. They did it last year to Kupono, and I really think it’s a load of crap. Mary was doing that all the way back in season one with Ryan and her comments about his hair. Shut up.
Adam tells him he dances with the kind of confidence a guy that thinks he’s a good dancer should dance with. Nigel pipes in saying that the guys were the strongest contemporary dancers they’ve had in all six seasons. Which means it doesn’t always work out so well. Unless you’re Victor. Because he’s through.
Victor is immediately joined by Jakob Karr.
Exactly. Have we seen more than five seconds of this guy throughout Vegas week? I do know he was in the group round with Russell and Paula, so from what I remember, I think he’s really good.
Let’s check back in with the besties, shall we? Hey listen, I don’t want to either, but if I have to suffer through them, you have to suffer through them.
Blah blah wah wah we’re so nervous
Mowee is up.
Nigel tells her she’s a really good dancer, but a lot of the work is very mature and she dances like a fourteen or fifteen year old. That is why people on the panel have said they don’t think she should be in. (Hmmmmm……..Mia, ya think?) But Nigel doesn’t really give a crap about what anyone else thinks, and so Mowee is in the top twenty. She handles this news with great maturity.
Will Mowee’s BFF Noelle make it as well? Time to find out. Noelle tells us she’s wanted this since she was three. I’m guessing she means she wanted to dance since she was three, not be on this show since it didn’t exist back then.
She has never questioned her love of dance, and she feels like so few people in this world live out their dream. It’s called having a mortgage darling. Her family told her they are proud of her no matter what. Well, I would hope so.
Oh wait. We’re not finding out about Noelle yet. They’re going to leave her crying on the couch for a little while so that we can jump on over to Pauline Mata. Remember Pauline? She hurt herself during the Broadway round of Vegas and couldn’t dance that round or her solo?
Adam says not being able to see those dances was a disadvantage. To the TV audience. She’s in!
You like me! You really, really like me!
NOW it’s time for Noelle.
Oh, go make out somewhere and get it over with
And more bad news………
Oh shit. Legacy’s up next which means he’s sure to have made it. Bleh. Mary tells him in any other year he would have gone right into the top twenty. And…..he’s in. Double bleh.
Aahhhh, the sweet smell of douchebag.
Paula van Oppen is next up.
Sir BitchyPants thinks she’s fantastic. As do all the other judges. She is totally in, and tells them that this means the world to her.
We’re down to the last four dancers, and there are only two spots left. Oh, the humanity! As we head into the break, Cat teases us a little telling us that once the dancers think the top twenty is complete, they will be in for the shock of their lives.
So the last two guys are Ryan and Gene, both ballroom guys. Gene had the crazy eyebrows and skeevy aura during his audition, Ryan is married to face licker Ashleigh. People seem to think Ryan is hot, but quite frankly I don’t see it. At all. Do I really need to go over this again?!?
I mean, really? Does this even BEGIN to compare
To THIS ???
After some circle talk by Mary, Ryan is told he has made it through. I’m not surprised by this at all. I didn’t think Gene and his crazy eyebrows were gong to make it. Time for the last two girls to head onto the stage. We are down to Karen Hauer and Ashleigh the face licker, again, both ballroom.
Nigel tells Ashleigh that Ryan made it through and she immediately breaks down crying. Sweet. Still can’t stand her though. Nigel says it’s been really difficult to decide which of the two girls should move on. He tells Karen she didn’t put a foot wrong all week, but Ashleigh started out weak and grew. So which is going through to the top twenty?
Awww, Ryan is so sad
Until he hears Ashleigh is in too
How did this happen, you ask? Well, it turns out that Paula turned down her spot in the top twenty, having been offered a contract for a movie. They don’t tell us here, but the movie is called Burlesque with a cast list including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci. Good for you, Paula.
Not so great for us
And with that, Gasmi, we have our top twenty. So what do you think about the top twenty? Are you all as happy as I am to see Russell in there? As annoyed about the inclusion of Legacy? Mowee? Ashleigh? Any partnerships you’re hoping to see?
Monday we have a special episode to meet the top twenty in which they get to dance their own styles. I hope they brought Ryan over to choreograph the tap number. Interestingly, they’ve recategorized three of the girls to be jazz rather than contemporary. That Nigel, always so tricksy.
Then on Tuesday we have our normal top twenty show, but with one difference. The judges will decide at the end of the show which two dancers will go home. The same thing will happen for the top eighteen show (the judges sending people home, not the performance show). Thanks to Flipit for forwarding me a copy of the press release from Fox with that info.
What do you all think about this new twist? I like the idea of the meet the top twenty show, it will be nice to see them all dance their own style once before they start getting the boot. But I absolutely HATE the fact that the judges will be picking who goes home the first two weeks. They have a bad habit of pushing their own agenda as it is, but without having ANY audience input on the bottom three for the first two weeks? Well, all I can say is we’re definitely going to be stuck with some people (coughLegacycoughcoughMoweecough) for a while.
But enough of what I think – tell me what YOU think!