SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE- Semifinals Recap with Photos!
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Something was a little off in tonight's semifinal episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The Group Performance, which normally opens the show, was moved until after the judge's introductions, and then Cat mentioned that "America's Favorite Dancers" would be crowned in two weeks. That doesn't make any sense, there will only be two boys and two girls left at the end of the night, are they taking a Day-After-Labor Day Holiday? Why won't Cat explain what's going on to us?
After a few performances, I realized that Cat wasn't giving numbers to call in and vote. Now, I had some DVR issues, so perhaps I missed it, but I am assuming that next week will be the Final-Four performances, and the following week they will crown the champs.
I understand that since last season's move to crown one male and one female champion, the traditional SYTYCD schedule is a little bit wonky, but it seems oddly unsatisfying to be at this point already. To me, it feels like we are only a little more than halfway there; like we should have at least a couple more weeks with the All-Stars. While I am on record as saying that I think this year's Top-10 (and even Top-20) could rival any in the show's history, in terms of talent at least, it almost feels like they haven't yet been given the full opportunity to grow as dancers. What do you think? Am I off-base and simply nostalgic for the grind of the previous, one-winner seasons? Let me know in the comments below.
(Like I said, I had some DVR issues, so I think I might have had some things out of order, but it is all there... finally)
The single most entertaining SYTYCD guest judge in their arsenal is back; Broadway speller-turned-TV star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, without his signature bowtie. He didn't disappoint either, landing a knockout punch to former guest judge Carly Rae Jepsen.
Top-6 Group Performance
Choreographer: Shawn Cheesman
Style: African Jazz
Music: "Hlohonolofatsa" by Soweto Gospel Choir
Three Word Recap: Joyful, giving, spiritual
This is the best African Jazz number I can remember in show history. An extremely elegant, flowing number that highlighted all of the dancers' performance ability.
Performance #1: Paul Karmiryan
All-Star: Kathryn McCormick (Season Six)
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Music: "Tied Up" by Yello
Three-Word Review: Fierce, Sexy, "Kickurific"
While I am not a huge fan of Tyce's choreography, this was one sexy number. In this routine, I have to say that Paul is one of the luckiest men in the world, because Kathryn was en fuego. This routine had a handful of really impressive kicks and Paul again displayed the intensity that has made him worthy of being a finalist over the last few weeks.
Solo Performance #1: Amy Yakima
Music: "Anna's Theme" from THE RED VIOLIN Soundtrack
Three-Word Review: Mesmerizing, Violent, Elegant
Performance #2: Hayley Erbert
All-Star: Joshua Allen (Season Four)
Choreographer: Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo
Style: Hip Hop
Music: "Work Hard, Play Hard" by Wiz Khalifa
Three-Word Review: Dirrrrrrrrty, Hard-Hitting-ish, Metaphoric
Amy and Jasmine have been the presumptive female favorites for this entire season, but over the last few weeks, Hayley has come on like a ball of fire. She is, by far, the most improved contestant of the season, and this "Rocky" number exemplified her underdog status. While her hip hop was a little too fluid to be defined as hard-hitting, it was exceptionally dirty, and I think really showed that Hayley can be a commercial dancer in nearly any style.
Solo Performance #2: Fik-shun
Music: "Look at Me Now" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
Three-Word Review: Fastest Animation EVER
Performance #3: Aaron Turner
All-Star: Melanie Moore (Season Eight)
Choreographer: Broadway Veteran Spencer Liff
Music: "Faith" by George Michaels
Three-Word Review: Destiny, Character, Drop
I know that Aaron is extremely well-rounded; he is a DJ, he sings, and he can probably do a lot of other things, but if he doesn't end up on Broadway, I will be shocked and disappointed. There have been many SYTYCD alums to tread the boards, but I honestly believe that Aaron could be the show's first Broadway leading man, he has so much charisma and personality. This routine didn't have the most exciting choreography, but Aaron and Melanie's acting chops were mesmerizing; so much so that even an inadvertent drop felt in character.
Solo Performance #3: Jasmine Harper
Music: "Outro (Amazing Grace...Dedicated to Andretta Tillman)" by Destiny's Child
Three-Word Review: Graceful, Beautiful, LEGS
Solo Performance #4: Paul Karmiryan
Music: "Mamba Negra" by Huecco
Three-Word Review: Swively, Fiery, Non-Creepy-Faceish
Performance #4: Fik-shun
All-Star: Witney Carson (Season Nine)
Choreographer: Jonathan Roberts
Music: "Sexy Silk" by Jessie J
Three-Word Review: WhereAreTheMoves?, Uh-oh, Ups