BWW Recap: SYTYCD All-Stars Join Top-10
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For many "So You Think You Can Dance" fans, this week's addition of All-Stars to the performances was a boost of excitement to an otherwise impressive, but not always remarkable, season. The All-Stars are some of the most beloved dancers in series history, and this week's crop didn't disappoint. However, that might primarily be because the choreographers forgot that the All-Stars weren't actually competing, and gave them the bulk of the action in many of the routines. That being said, this week proved again, that in terms of talent, Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance" might be the deepest in series history, despite the fact that there has yet to be a breakout star this year.
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Top 10 Performance:
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
A somber number complete with rocking chairs kicked off the night. While Christopher Scott had some interesting gimmicks with the chairs, the most impressive moment of the routine was when the five remaining male dancers came together to carry Jenna across the stage. I understand that for many fans, the emotional numbers are the most impactful, but I wish there was more of a variety in the styles the dancers got to experience in the group numbers.
After the unnecessarily long recap of last week's Top-12 Performance show, we get to the four dancers in danger.
Boys: Tucker (injured last week) and Nico
Girls: Makenzie and Jenna
After the Bottom-Four announcement, Nigel says that instead of "dancing for their lives," the contestants in danger would just be focusing on their performances with their All-Stars.
Amy Yakima and All-Star Brandon Bryant (Season Five)
Choreographer: Dariana Sanchez
Music: "I Will Always Love You (Hector Mix)" by Whitney Houston
Dariana said that this season's first Disco routine was going to be full of sparkle and a dangerous new moved called the "Disco-lation." If any contestant was going to draw the fast-paced style this week, working with a new partner for the first time, Amy was the perfect one. Her expressive faces and loads of personality (not to mention her technical prowess), made the dreaded Disco routine rather enjoyable, despite a few sloppy transitions. I'm not sure if it was the "Disco-lation" or not, but the final move saw Brandon give Amy the Death Drop of all Death Drops that left me wondering whether she hit the floor and was actually unconscious at the end of the routine or not. Afterwards, Cat was literally on her knees praising a spinning overhead lift the pair pulled off to perfection.
Aaron Turner and All-Star Kathryn McCormick (Season Six)
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Music: "I'm Kissing You" by Des'ree
Along with Amy, Aaron is my pick to win this season (this week at least). His consistent ability to thrive in whatever genre given to him, is truly impressive. As the only tapper to ever make the Top-10, he has to abandon the short, staccato movements of a hoofer and adopt more fluid and artistic movements, especially in contemporary routines. Despite the fact that I am a long-time Kathryn fan, I couldn't take my eyes off of Aaron during this routine. His charisma pours through the screen and there is no doubt that he is going to be there in the end.
Fik-shun and All-Star Melanie Moore (Season Eight)
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Music: "Feeling Good" from "The Roar of the Greasepaint- The Smell of the Crowd" by Jennifer Hudson
Fik-shun has undoubtedly been one of the stars of this season, but paired with one of the most special talents in "SYTYCD" history, he was simply out-shined. It didn't help that Mandy Moore's choreography didn't give him a lot to do, but even when he had moments to take the lead, Melanie just overpowered him. While I don't think this will be enough to get him eliminated next week, if Fik-shun wants to go head-to-head with Aaron in the finale, he needs to step up his game in terms of technique, or Paul might just steal his spot.
Paul Karmiryan and All-Star and "Dancing with the Stars" pro Witney Carson (Season Nine)
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Généreux
Music: "Live it Up" by Jennifer Lopez
For his 22nd birthday, Paul probably couldn't have gotten a better present. Not only was he able to dance in his own style, but he got to dance with "Dancing with the Stars" vet, Witney. For some reason, in the pre-dance package, Jean-Marc was dressed like a mad scientist and worked on the equation to create a "hot cha-cha." While Witney is undoubtedly one of hottest contestants in show history, Paul was able to keep up with her for most of the routine. At times he looked like he was Witney's equal, but she had to wait on him for partnering moves a little too often. All-in-all, even if Paul doesn't win "SYTYCD," this performance might end up on his "Dancing with the Stars" audition tape.
Hayley Erbert and All-Star tWitch (Season Four)
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
Music: "Locked Out of Heaven (Distrcit 78 Remix)" by Bruno Mars
For a hip-hop routine featuring tWitch, I was really hoping for something a little more special. However, this routine's shortcomings didn't really have much to do with either Hayley or tWitch. Christopher Scott's choreography seemed slow, and while Hayley was in sync with her All-Star throughout the routine, Christopher just didn't give her opportunities to be "hard," "dirty," or any of the other hip-hop keywords that Nigel routinely throws out. This late in the season, with a dwindling number of dancers left, the All-Star and choreography that each contestant is assigned is going to play an even larger role. Hayley has deservedly been a fan-favorite all season, but, like Fik-shun, if she doesn't kick it in gear next week, she might not make it to the finale.