So You Think You Can Dance 2022 Recap: All-Stars Return!

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Who’s ready for another night of So You Think You Can Dance?!

After last week’s Turn Back Time episode sent Waverly and Anna packing, we’re down to the Top 6 –  Keaton, Essence, Alexis, Carter, Ralyn and Beau – who will perform tonight paired with an SYTYCD All-Star!

The returning All-Stars are: Comfort Fedoke, Koine Iwasaki, Bailey Munoz, Amy Yakima, Ezra Sosa and Lex Ishimoto!

The episode opens with a group performance featuring the Top 6 and the All-Stars!

Cat Deeley says each of the Top 6 will dance with an All-Star in the All-Star’s preferred style, and for the first time ever, three dancers will be in danger.

Carter and Bailey Munoz – Hip Hop

So You Think You Can Dance 2022 Carter and All-Star Bailey Munoz
L-R: Contestant Carter and All-Star Bailey Munoz CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Bailey says Carter needs to ignore his ballroom habits for this dabble into Hip Hop, and Carter says he and Bailey need to tap into their characters.

Wow, impressive makeup on these zombies! My Halloween-obsessed self is loving the spooky theme! I’ve got to say, Carter impressed me. He seemed very out of place in the rehearsal package, but came out and proved to be a great Hip Hop dancer!

tWitch says Carter has so much power. Leah says she was entertained by both of them. JoJo says it was her favorite Hip Hop number of SYTYCD.

Alexis and Amy Yakima – Jazz

So You Think You Can Dance 2022 Alexis and All-Star Amy Yakima
L-R: Contestant Alexis and All-Star Amy Yakima  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

They’re called a powerhouse pairing by the choreographer in the package, and Alexis says she wants to show that she can be strong and wonders how she can maintain the momentum she’s built.

In my professional opinion, I always say it’s hard to mess up Jazz, but this routine was next level, and Alexis nailed every step.

JoJo says the performance was unreal and them performing together is a choreographer’s dream, and that when she goes dancing at her studio, she thinks, “Do it like Alexis does it.” tWitch says he felt like he was watching two winners dance. Leah says you don’t need to be confident, you just need to fake it, and Alexis didn’t let the fear overcome her.

Keaton and Ezra Sosa – Jive

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L-R: Contestant Keaton and All-Star Ezra Sosa CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Keaton says he needs to prove to everyone he’s meant to be here after seeing so many talented dancers go home. Keaton says it’s a difficult routine for him.

This was a very unique take on a Jive, making it about two best buddies fighting over the same girl as they dance. Keaton can really master any style of dance that’s thrown at him, and that’s the making of a winner in my book.

Leah reminds Keaton he needs to stay in character. JoJo says Keaton met Ezra’s level. tWitch says he loves that Keaton consistently brings his work ethic.

Essence and Koine Iwasaki – Contemporary

So You Think You Can Dance 2022 Essence and All-Star Koine Iwasaki
L-R: Contestant Essence and All-Star Koine Iwasaki CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Essence says she’s channeling her real-life experiences for this piece about depression.

I think it was a great effort from Essence, but she lacked a flowy-ness that’s required in Contemporary. It looked like a Hip Hop dancer attempting Contemporary, which is exactly what this was. It wasn’t bad by any means, it was just a bit lackluster for me.

tWitch says he’s so proud and says the performance showed growth. Leah says she connected to character and emotion. JoJo says the technique was great and the performance value was great.

Beau and Lex Ishimoto – Contemporary

So You Think You Can Dance 2022 All-Star Lex Ishimoto and Contestant Beau
L-R: All-Star Lex Ishimoto and Contestant Beau CR: Michael Becker/FOX

The piece is said to be about addiction, and Beau says while he can’t relate to the addiction aspect, he can relate to mental health struggles and the feeling of wanting to give up.

The play on arm wrestling was creative. I think, unfortunately, Lex overpowered Beau. Beau did keep up but it felt a bit out of his comfort zone and maybe like Beau was trying too hard.

JoJo says Beau is able to take a story and sprint with it, and the number will be very meaningful to people. tWitch says Beau is here for a reason, and he needs to use the power to tap into the story every single time he hits the stage. Leah says she was on the verge of tears.

*Is it just me or am I being incredibly critical of everyone tonight? lol As a professional dancer, I can’t help but nitpick when I see talented dancers not living up to their potential haha

Ralyn and Comfort Fedoke – Hip Hop

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L-R: Contestant Ralyn and All-Star Comfort Fedoke CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Ralyn says the hardest part is switching partners every week. She then compares Hip Hop to a growl LOL (she’s not wrong)

They really didn’t need the outrageous costumes, Ralyn did unexpectedly well at Hip Hop! I was impressed by her ability to master it.

Leah says she loved it all the way through. JoJo says this dance didn’t have multiple flavors, but she liked the flavor it did have. tWitch says it wasn’t flavors, it was an entire store.

The dancers in danger are… Ralyn, Beau and Alexis.

The contestant going home is… NO ONE! THERE IS NO ELIMINATION.

tWitch says all three judges wanted to save a different dancer, so because of that, no one is going home.

As expected! After seeing that bottom three, it will be interesting to see who goes home going forward. Beau is good, and audience aside, there’s something he doesn’t connect to dance-wise in some styles. I wasn’t surprised by Ralyn and Alexis though. See y’all next Wednesday for another night of dance!

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