'So You Think You Can Dance': The seven final dancers wow America

sytycd-top11-320x180.jpgLast week, favorite Alex Wong had to bow out of "So You Think You Can Dance" because of a serious injury. This week, another dancer, Ashley, is relegated to the sidelines because of a broken rib. What are they doing over there at "SYTYCD"?!

It's tough to imagine the competition continuing without Alex in the mix (because he was one of the top dancers without question), but the show must go on as they say. Still, I can't help but think how much different things would have been tonight had Alex and Ashley both been 100%.

Like last week, the dancers will be performancing two routines, one from a random draw and the other with an all-star. With Ashley's injury, This means she will be in the bottom three tomorrow night.

Performances:

1) Lauren and Mark, "Jungle" by Last Voices
(Tahitian; choreographer: Tiana Liufau)

My first thought: Look at those crazyy headdresses! It was hard to look beyond the feathers and grass on the costumes but once the routine began to take shape in the middle of it, it got heated. Still though, unsure of the choreography itself but anything with all-star Mark warrants another look!

2) Adechike and Anya, "Oyelo Que Te Conviene" by Eddie Palmieri
(Salsa; choreographers: Liz Lira and David Davalos)

The part where Anya went down several times seemed a bit trying, but other than that, it was a sexy dance. Kudos to the pair for achieving a super hard routine. The posture was a bit suspect in some parts but very entertaining number nonetheless.

3) Jose and Courtney, "Mister Cellophane" from the "Chicago" soundtrack
(Broadway; choreographer: Joey Dowling)

Love the song (and movie) so it can't be hard to act the part in the performance. I'm not sure I buy Jose in the routine, but at least the choreography featured him so clearly. If he was having trouble getting into the part, the music really acted as a fortunate aid. Nigel and the judges give Jose a hard critique, but I have to agree with Nigel's observation. I do think the judges should stick with constructive criticism for all dancers, and thankfully Adam gives us more of that than Nigel or Mia.

4) Robert and Allison, "Fix You" by Coldplay
(Contemporary; choreographer: Travis Wall)

Everything looked so effortless. My favorite contemporary routine so far. Kudos to Travis for a beautifully-choreographed piece (and fantastic accompanying music too).

5) Billy and Anya, "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf
(Jive; choreographer: Louis van Amstel)

Oh Billy and your awkward laugh. Fun routine; it takes a man to pull off hot pink! This performance makes me want to pop in "Grease" or "Footloose" ..

6) Kent and Neil, "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO" from "Damn Yankees"
(Broadway; choreographer: Tyce DiOrio)

Seeing Neil and Kent is like seeing a man and a little kid. It's quite hilarious! It's a pretty great pairing, if you think about it. Neil was known for his gymnastics tricks and Kent is similar in that sense -- and you really get a sense of their ability to jump and do crazy flips during the routine. A fantastic performance; a clear crowd favorite!

7) Lauren and Billy, "Boogie Shoes" by KC & The Sunshine Band
(Jazz; choreographer: Mandy Moore)

How come they couldn't do this all season long? Seeing two competitors paired together and performing is what I loved from previous seasons because you really got a sense of their growth or lack thereof. Absolutely fun performance and I'm a fan.

8) Jose and Dominic, "Battle for the Beat" by District 78
(B-boy; choreographer: Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo)

Oh man, sorry Jose, but Dominic is clearly the better b-boy. That's all I gotta say about that.

9) Adechike and Kent, "You Only Disappear" by Tom McRae
(Contemporary; choreographer: Dee Caspary)

Lovely and simple routine. I'm really becoming a fan of Dee's. What I didn't appreciate was Nigel saying that Kent has a great shot at being champion since Alex is now out of the competition. Can't you let America judge for themselves?

10) Robert and Katherine, "Instant Replay" by Dan Hartman
(Disco; choreographer: Doriana Sanchez)

Decent performance but definitely not one of my favorites. It just felt off.

First Impressions:

By far the best "SYTYCD" episode of the season (so far).

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