So You Think You Can Dance 8 – VEGAS ROUNDS

The Drama! The Talent! UNCLE NIGEL. It’s all here, in the Vegas rounds! I won’t be liveblogging tonight, but watch for videos and a recap later.

The judges: Robin Antin, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. (Jason Gilkison fills in for Adam Day 2)

Sasha and Natalia Mallory are the centerpiece of tonight’s drama. There seems to be no question of Sasha advancing. But, her sister Natalia–a big girl with diabetes who can nevertheless, dance her ASS OFF faces obstacles at every step. Will her partner be able to lift her during their Jive routine? Will her blood sugar go out of control, keeping her from dancing with her group and performing her solo? And in the end, will she beat the odds and move on? Check out the videos below.

Season 6 winner, Jeanine Mason’s little sister Alexis is sadly, cut.

Also, vids from standouts Iveta Lukosiute, Wadi Jones, and Clarice Ordaz, and an impressive group number. Plus, a sad, but hopeful goodbye.

The Rounds:

Solos

Iveta Lukosiute – Ballroom Dancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FrY6UAxVH8

Wadi Jones – B Boy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU_6L9MXQDQ

Hip Hop (Napoleon and Tabitha)

Sasha and Natalia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGBRj6xKohM

Broadway (Tyce Diorio)

Ballroom (Jason Gilkison)

Will Natalia get through the Jive? Sasha Can’t Keep her Legs Closed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IX2R959jc0

Natalia gets another chance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpXL9EB4Fzk

Groups

Natalia Breaks Down before her Group Performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG6lZSTDcUc

Bridget, Caitlynn, Ricky, Clarice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxFHRfHUZcU

Natalia’s Group Performs – After DRAMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm6VsMhuO6w

Contemporary (Travis Wall)

Natalia heads to the Hospital – Sasha performs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoqEaqvEqpA

A sad but Hopeful Goodbye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdxlbT_eU-k

Solos

Natalia dances once more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN06VlNYMT8

Clarice Ordaz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBkSeWnnCQ

  • MayMirabella

    They sure are focusing a lot on that Chynna girl from UT.
    They seem to want to give her a lot of chances, probably due to her personality and that she is super peppy and perky.

    I hope she does not make top 20..I find her annoying.

  • musicality

    So much talent this season! Even more exciting is the idol connection! Sasha is so good! I never really saw her dance but that girl is good.

  • MayMirabella

    Love the Mallory sisters ! They are so close and Sasha is so sweet with her sister and worried about her sister. I love their bond..both are so talented.

  • Buffynut

    I’ve always thought that Sasha had a spirituality to her dance. She is very good!

  • soccerboi

    There is no one like Kent this year…:(

  • jpfan

    Aside from a few hip hop guys, they don’t seem to be focusing on any guys. That could make for a dull season. Too bad I know Sasha danced with Adam. I see a clip of her saying she wants to change her life and it just seems 100% phony. Makes it sound like she’s struggling to establish a career.

    Sasha, just call your agents and see if you can get on another tour.

  • kittensmittens

    Too bad I know Sasha danced with Adam. I see a clip of her saying she wants to change her life and it just seems 100% phony. Makes it sound like she’s struggling to establish a career.

    Sasha, just call your agents and see if you can get on another tour.

    Adam (or Adam’s “people”) discovered Sasha via Youtube and contacted her to audition for the Glam Nation Tour. She is young and her career is just starting. I doubt she has agents yet.

  • jpfan

    That’s interesting about Sasha. Makes me feel less cynical. However, she does have contacts with Adam and through him 19 (producer of Idol and SYTYCD) so her appearance on SYTYCD still seem slightly “planty.”

  • chrislongisland

    Natalya > Sasha

  • Mel1

    That’s interesting about Sasha. Makes me feel less cynical. However, she does have contacts with Adam and through him 19 (producer of Idol and SYTYCD) so her appearance on SYTYCD still seem slightly “planty.”

    Sasha auditioned in a season before she even knew Adam. She dropped out because she got a paid gig (not with Adam). So she has a history with SYTYCD, not idol-related. Dancers like Sasha have to continually audition to get paid gigs, as did Adam for singing gigs before AI.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, I can’t imagine dancing in one tour (even if it was Adam) somehow setting her career for life. lol

  • CindyM

    Nevermind, duplicate

  • Mel1

    Yeah, I can’t imagine dancing in one tour (even if it was Adam) somehow setting her career for life. lol

    Kevin Federline was NSync’s backup dancer, and his dancing career wasn’t set for life. But then he did get a better offer (cough).

  • sunchick

    Yay, Debbie Allen’s back. She takes a young untrained hip hop dancer under her wing every season, LOL, gawd love her.

    Choreography thoughts:

    Travis! <3

    Tyce X-P

    Annoying things: why does it seem like the focus for the female dancers this Vegas round is sex, sex, sex? Blergh. Didn't Donyelle already get the "so inspirational for your body type" edit back in Season 2? (And she was a better dancer.)

    There is no one like Kent this year…

    Thank gawd! >;-> I have to watch what I say because I’ve read the spoilers, but I wouldn’t give up on the guys just yet.

  • chrislongisland

    I love love love Jordan Cassanova, she’s impressive.

  • Grammie Kari

    Isn’t anyone getting annoyed at the camera time spent looking at the judges? I’d rather watch the dancers!

    There are a lot of talented dancers, but we haven’t met all the TOP 20 yet. I enjoyed the show and never did watch AGT tonight.

  • DogBitez

    There’s so much emphasis and back-story on a handful of the dancers that I can’t help but really feel for the other 75% of the Top 20 who won’t have had this kind of pre-live-show coverage. It never really bothered me in previous years, but this year I’m noticing it so very much more. Sasha, for instance. Now don’t get me wrong, I think she’s a wonderful dancer and she seems quite sweet… so I’m rooting for her, for sure. But you can’t deny that she’s been given a massive amount of onscreen time versus the other girls who will be on the show (Ryan has enjoyed a lot of camera time, too). It’s really disturbing that so many dancers will be complete strangers to us when the “real” show starts next week versus a half dozen we’ll have “followed” and become emotionally attached to through the auditions. Just doesn’t seem quite fair, does it?

  • Dlynne

    The show was filled with impressive dancers. I already have a couple of favorites but can’t remember their names, except for Sasha and Natalia. Sasha is a gorgeous dancer.

    I can’t wait to see who makes it tomorrow night!

  • oza902

    What I love about this show.. aside from Kat.. cuz she’s just so darn precious.. is that they bring back previous contestants to choreograph. Somehow it seems different from what Idol does, because SYTYCD isn’t showcasing their previous talent (aka trying to sell something), but actually having those dancers apply their skills to the new batch of contestants. The interaction seems more hands on and genuine. Idol mentoring is quite boring and a lot of times uninteresting. (Not that there haven’t been a few good mentors, but overall, it just sucks.)

    Hate to say it, but Nigel really shines on this show. I think he’s a pretty good judge. lol

    I wish someone would hand Debbie Allen a staff so she can tap the crap out of it. :) For a second (when talking to DC), I thought she was gonna say “you got big dreams.. you want fame.. well fame costs.. and right here is where you start paying.. in sweat.” She’s one cool lady! I too love how she offers a challenge to natural dancers that just can’t afford the training. She’s the Oprah of dance. LOL

  • butte009

    Didn’t Donyelle already get the “so inspirational for your body type” edit back in Season 2? (And she was a better dancer.)

    Absolutely yes. Natalia is being kept in long past her due date so Nigel can have the last spot ‘drama’ between sisters.

    I’m always disappointed by Vegas week eps because they aren’t edited well to watch dancing – with the exception of a few solos. It’s like watching an ADHD kid flip through TV stations. Wait! Who? What did they just do? Go back! I wanted to see that! When they showed the Top 20 results preview I had no idea who most of them were.

  • musicality

    This I think will be the best season yet!. Some really, really good dancers. I’ll have to watch some of the Glamnation videos and check out Sasha. Did she have a big role in the tour? Judging from what I’ve seen of her on the show she belongs in the top ten. I hope her sister makes it too.

  • koshka

    I’m always disappointed by Vegas week eps because they aren’t edited well to watch dancing – with the exception of a few solos. It’s like watching an ADHD kid flip through TV stations. Wait! Who? What did they just do? Go back! I wanted to see that! When they showed the Top 20 results preview I had no idea who most of them were.

    I totally agree. There were far too many of those moments where you wanted them to show more for just a few seconds. And as much as I thought Sasha’s contemporary performance was magnificent and a notch above the other gals (maybe the emotion of her sister played through) I got annoyed that they kept panning back to the judges rather than the dancers behind her. Also.. when her jive (?) performance was subpar they didn’t really show her errors so I couldn’t compare how her performance as a whole was lacking to the other performers that may have nailed it. There was a blond gal that was shown the entire time.

  • Jae

    This is so weird for me seeing Sasha on SYTYCD! It’s like watching someone I know. I mean after going to all those GNT tours, seeing her and the other dancers live, and following her for a year on twitter, its just kind disorienting watching her on TV. I hope she does well though. I hope her sister keeps dancing. She has a lot of “something” to her dance. In a way, she is more appealing then Sasha. With some weight loss and more training, she can be incredible.

    But there are a lot of dancers who seem fabulous this year. What I love about this show is that every year, the people who try out are stronger and stronger and we get to really see some great dancers.

  • BillyBobJoeBill

    I’m always disappointed by Vegas week eps because they aren’t edited well to watch dancing – with the exception of a few solos. It’s like watching an ADHD kid flip through TV stations. Wait! Who? What did they just do? Go back! I wanted to see that! When they showed the Top 20 results preview I had no idea who most of them were.

    To illustrate:
    Right before they aired the group dances they did a screen shot of every group. I wanted to know who exactly was dancing with who in each group so I went back and watched it in slo-mo.
    And even then the last few groups flashed once and were gone, literally so quickly that I could not even focus. They had to have just inserted a tiny glimpse like a subliminal implant in a propaganda film.

    Wonder who Arielle pissed off?
    There has to be more to her story- the tone Debbie Allen took with her definitely felt like it had a backstory.

    And yes, Natalia is only there so Nigel can have a dramatic “there can be only one” moment between the sisters for the last spot in tonight’s show.
    I predict umpteen shots of them before every commercial break and a pathetic attempt to bring drama and keep us guessing.
    Everyone who has ever seen this show ever knows how it is going to play out, so ugh to wringing people out just for some pseudo-drama.

  • koshka

    I hope her sister keeps dancing. She has a lot of “something” to her dance. In a way, she is more appealing then Sasha. With some weight loss and more training, she can be incredible.

    I’m kind of meh on her. I think she is good, but not fabulous.

    And yes, Natalia is only there so Nigel can have a dramatic “there can be only one” moment between the sisters for the last spot in tonight’s show.

    Don’t forget about the ‘heavy girl’ breaking barriers. *sigh* I find the whole situation patronizing. She is good, but she isn’t that good. I find her on the same caliber as the sister to the past winner. They have opposite problems IMO.

  • chrislongisland

    Every year, I get a crush on one or two of the dancers in Vegas. My favorite all-time crushes are Heidi (BENCH with Travis), Anya (just amazing always), Chelsie Hightower (BLEEDING LOVE with Mark), Courtney G. (THE GARDEN with Mark), Katie S. (MERCY with Twitch, NO AIR with Josh), and Lauren F. (MY CHICK BAD with Twitch).

    This year, I LOVE Iveta and Jordan Cassanova the best so far, plus the really sexy redhead I keep seeing glimpses of but don’t know her name just yet.

    What I LOVE about this show is that the GIRLS have a chance to WIN, with Sabra, Janine, and Lauren F. all amazing winners in seasons past.

  • sunchick

    What I LOVE about this show is that the GIRLS have a chance to WIN

    Yeah, but SYTYCD has it’s own share of unfortunate trends. I’ll let you do the math: Travis (runner up- this one STILL gets me), Danny effing Tidwell (runner up), Mark (went out before top 4), Brandon (runner up), Jakob (runner up), Billy (went out before top 4)…I could make a case for any of these guys deserving to win their season.

    butte009 says:
    06/09/2011 at 5:11 am
    Didn’t Donyelle already get the “so inspirational for your body type” edit back in Season 2? (And she was a better dancer.)

    Absolutely yes. Natalia is being kept in long past her due date so Nigel can have the last spot ‘drama’ between sisters.

    Agree with you and everyone else re: amping up the drah-mah. Natalia’s story arc is supposed to be heartwarming, I guess, but I find it to be a bit patronizing, especially when Nigel opens his yapper lol. I just went and watched some fab Donyelle on YouTube, and yeah, no comparison. At all. Ask Donny back as an All Star though and all is forgiven. ;)

    All that said, stoked to finally get to see the top 20 in action. Does anyone know if Mia or Wade will be coming back to choreograph at some point? I haven’t read a peep about either of them.

  • sherimoonzombie

    My favorite all-time crushes are Heidi (BENCH with Travis), Anya (just amazing always), Chelsie Hightower (BLEEDING LOVE with Mark), Courtney G. (THE GARDEN with Mark),

    You, sir (?) have excellent taste. I’m a (straight) woman myself but admit to crushes on those ladies as well.

  • Mieps

    Oh my, Sasha Mallory in contemporary is just perfection. Unbelievable!

  • hcpoirot

    The only reason why they put Natalia in top 40 or so is to create drama. You bet that she and Sasha will be the last to called and one of them (natalia) will be cut.

    But it will be a free advertise for Sasha and she will go far in the competition cause she had tons of good publicity in the show.