BWW Recap: All-Stars Dance & Choreograph the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top-8
So You Think You Can Dance, FOX
As I said in last week's recap, despite one of the most talented Top-20 in recent memory, I have been a little underwhelmed at times with this season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. However, it wasn't until I saw this BuzzFeed list that I realized that many of my problems have come from interesting but uninspired choreography; at least in comparison to the sheer amount of brilliance in previous years.
That's why I was really excited last week when Cat announced that not only would the Top-8 again dance with All-Stars, but that, for the first time in SYTYCD history, their partners would also be their choreographers. Just as I had hoped, this influx of fresh, young talent brought us one of the most exciting weeks of the season. From Mark and Jenna's jaw-droppingly bizarre jazz routine to Travis and Amy's sexy contemporary number, this week's choreography was fresh and had a creative life that had seemingly been missing for much of the season. While both of the eliminated dancers left after their best performances of the year, I have no idea how any of the six remaining dancers are going to be eliminated next week.
Just a random question, but did Cat just get out of the shower right before the show started?
Top-8 Group Performance
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Music: Movie to the Ocean (Baauer Remix) by Brick and Mortar
Three Word Recap: Aaronless, Creepy, Sexy
This week's guest judge was sitcom darling Jenna Elfman. I suppose in light of recent news, it is far better to have Dharma than Greg on the show right now, but who knew that Jenna had such extensive dance training?
Nigel let everyone know that this would be the last week that the judges would have any say in which dancers stay and which dancers go home. This week's top vote getters will advance to the finale, and, as always, the voters will determine who becomes America's Favorite Dancer after next week's show.
Dancers in Danger
Boys: Fik-shun, Tucker
Girls: Jenna, Hayley
All four in danger will be dancing. After seeing those solos, tell me in the comments below or on Twitter who you think should be saved. In my opinion, Fik-shun was extraordinary; Hayley was beautiful, but uneventful; Jenna is at a disadvantage because it is tough for ballroom dancers to dance solo, but she finished really strong; and Tucker's solo was jam-packed.
Performance #1: Aaron Turner
(for some reason FOX did not upload a picture of this routine)
All-Star/Choreographer: Chelsie Hightower (Season 4)
Music: "Great Balls of Fire" by the cast of Broadway's "Million Dollar Quartet"
My Opinion: Aaron announced via his Facebook account this week that he had a somewhat serious rotator cuff injury and had to have an MRI to determine if he could continue competing. Eventually he was given the option of taking the week off or dancing through the pain. Considering how late in the game it is, taking a week off, even as the current male favorite, could have ended Aaron's run on the show. That being said, it was fairly obvious that his shoulder hampered him at times during the spins and transitions, but his quick feet and personality should have done enough to keep him safe for another week.
Performance #2: Fik-shun
All-Star/Choreographer: Allison Holker (Season 2)
Music: "Skinny Love" by Birdy
My Opinion: Many critics have said that Fik-shun has been the same, smiley character every week. However, while his contemporary technique left a little to be desired, his performance this week was so moving and real that, for the first time, I saw him as a complete performer. The story of the number highlighted Allison's real-life interracial relationship with fiancé and fellow All-Star tWitch, and I felt that Fik-shun broke through and created a fully realized, moving character. I'm not sure if it should have been enough to push him past Tucker, who displayed outstanding technical prowess this week, but it definitely showed that Fik-shun has commercial potential beyond his natural hip-hop style.
Performance #3: Tucker Knox
All-Star/Choreographer: Courtney Galiano (Season 4)
Music: "Clarity" by Zedd featuring Foxes
My Opinion: I haven't been the biggest Tucker fan throughout this season, but the last two weeks he has shown as brightly as any dancer remaining on the show. The sheer technical brilliance he displayed in Courtney's death-less take on "Romeo and Juliet" was, in my opinion, one of the best performance of the season. He was able to mix beautiful artistry and powerful dancing to deliver his signature moment on the show. In my opinion, this should have been enough to not only save him from elimination, but to propel Tucker into the finale. Additionally, Nigel revealed that the gorgeous Courtney had recently been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and, for a time late last year, had gone blind in her left eye. While she was always one of my favorites before, I will be rooting for her even more now; in fact, I think that means I might have to start watching HIT THE FLOOR.
Performance #4: Paul Karmiryan
All-Star/Choreographer: Comfort Fedoke (Season 4)
Music: "Dum Dum" by Tedashii featuring Lecrae
My Opinion: Paul, who took a giant step forward last week, started the routine extremely "clean" for a Hip-hop number. Honestly, as the final guy of the night, the way he was performing early, I thought he might be on his way to elimination next week. However, when he and Comfort moved away from the cartoon-graffiti wall, his performance transformed from squeaky clean to downright dirty. I think Aaron is pretty safe to make it to the finals, but right now Paul has to be considered his chief rival. Fik-shun had two great performances this week, so you never know what the voting public will do, but in terms of dancing, Paul definitely deserves to be in the finale.