SYTYCD11- Top 10 Perform, 2 Go Home- Live Blog and Discussion

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Top 10 Group Number- Bang Bang- Choreographed By Jamal Sims
Holy Costumes, Batman. Set direction and costumes are off the chain here. Bright colors. Emilio even gets a stand out moment to B boy, Zack gets to Tap. I kinda want those bright chairs in my house. That was a really fun routine. Great way to start off the show.

NYMF Dance Preview
NYMF Dance Preview

Two dancers are going home this week. But not until they get to dance for us one more time.

Our judge this week is Tara Lipinski. I miss when the third judge was an actual dancer.

1) Bridget and Brandon- Bollywood Disco- Disco Khisko
This show hates Bridget. She performs first a lot. Bridget has her smile on, and is really trying, but her moves are sloppy. Her arms aren’t always straight. Other than a few lifts, I fail to see how this is disco at all. It seems pretty straightforward Bollywood. Brandon is outperforming Bridget. If she doesn’t go home this week, this routine will send her home. I feel bad for her. They clearly threw her the most bizarre routine, at the top of the show. I’m surprised they even gave her an All-Star. Tara Lipinski loved it, and called it a beautiful moving puzzle. Mary says it had strength, speed, stamina, skill, and spirit. Eliminate a dancer by overpraising her on a mediocre performance at the top of the show? Check. Nigel thought it was inspirational, and made some bad bollywood jokes I’m not even going to bother to retype. OK, I will for those not watching. It involved Saturday Night Curry. Aren’t you glad you weren’t here for this?

Cat is doing results. Is Bridget in the bottom two? Yes.

Full results at the end. We’ll find out each dancer after their dance.

Side note, with two tappers in the competition, can Aaron come back and do a Tap routine with them as an All Star?

2) Tanisha and Ryan- Argentine Tango- By Leonardo and Miriam- The Gaucho’s Pain
Tanisha says Ryan is an inspiration for her. It’s hard to get too excited about ballroom dances, I understand, but this is actually quite perfect. Of course, she’s in her style, but she’s got chemistry with Ryan (should she?), and the two are killing this routine. He’s a great partner for her. Mary says it had everything she could ever want to see in an Argentine Tango. She says Tanisha is a powerhouse. Nigel says her footwork was magic. Tara says the opening was soooo sexy, and the partnership was incredible.

Is Tanisha in the bottom? No.

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Degree Filler – Soundbytes from the dancers about their thoughts.

3) Emilio and Jasmine- Hip Hop by Tabitha and Napoleon- Get Low
Emilio is worried he’ll be in the bottom again. Jasmine is a snake invading the king’s throne. Jasmine is out of her style here, which is helping Emilio slay this routine. I’ve never realized how good he actually was at Hip Hop until this routine. If Emilio goes this week, it’ll be both a shame, and also a chance to say that he went out on a high note. Nigel says the worst thing is that Tabitha and Napoleon were busy, and they just now were able to get them back. Nigel says that Emilio has gotten a lot better as a dancer. Nigel calls Emilio sensational. Tara says Jasmine isn’t real. Mary welcomes home Tabitha and Napoleon. Mary says this is the top of the top.

Results time. Is Emilio safe? No. He’s in the bottom two.

Nigel bursts out in a rage, and says if Emilio did that routine last week, he’d be nowhere near the bottom two. I agree.

4) Valerie and Ade- Jazz with Tyce Diorio- Hearts a Mess
Tyce tells Valerie not to be so nice. Valerie opens with her angry face, which becomes a sexy face. Ade is great. He’s gotten a lot better over the years. His strength helps great moves, like holding her out over the audience around his waist. And the ending, where she walks on him? She’s standing on his back, and he’s holding her. Fantastic. I honestly spent more time watching Ade. I think Valerie is stuck playing second fiddle again. Tara actually didn’t love it, and thought Valerie didn’t have the character. She gets booed. Mary believes that Valerie has gone another step, and calls Valerie perfect, but agrees that she could have dug deeper. Nigel didn’t love her tonight, and that Ade showed her up. I agree. Nigel encourages voters to remember her across the series, and thinks Valerie could be in trouble this week.

Is Valerie in the bottom? No.

The Top 10 are doing a tour!

5) Rudy and Jenna- Chacha with Louis Van Amstel- Maps by Maroon 5
They have the hots for each other, and things get spicy fast. Jacque will be angry, I’m sure. I’ve been told Rudy is a trained ballroom dancer as well, so I’m expecting him to be good. He definitely has chemistry with Jenna. They’re great together. I kinda wish the routine was faster in parts. I feel like the cha cha should be quicker than this. I don’t feel like Jenna outperformed him, but this was only my second favorite ballroom of the night. Ryan and Tanisha were just better. Mary says it was hot. Mary says Jenna was amazing, and says Rudy was on fire. She says he’s on the hot tamale train. Nigel apologizes to Rudy for not liking him originally. He warns him not to be over the top. Tara says Rudy’s joy is infectious.

Is Rudy in the bottom? No.

6) Jacque and Chehon- Contemporary Ballet with Travis Wall- Adagio for TRON
Jacque says she will have to be the best she’s ever been. I love the shadow in the background. The lack of lighting is different. It makes it hard to really see the dancers, and their facial expressions. They’re left 100% up to movement. It was a simple routine, but not my favorite from Travis. He tried something different, and I’m worried it’ll work against Jacque. It wasn’t bad, it’s just the bar is so high with Travis, that I felt somehow let down. I thought Jacque was alright, and better than Bridget this week for sure. Nigel says Travis would like to choreograph NYC Ballet. Nigel says Jacque went to another level. Tara says “Travis? Your work? I die.” Mary says she was exquisite.

Jacque is in the bottom two with Bridget. That means that Jessica is safe.

Sneak Peek of The Giver

7) Ricky and Lauren- Jazz by Mandy Moore- Bossa Nova Baby
This is just a damn fun routine. I love it. I love when routines can be great, and not super serious (like Emilio’s hip hop earlier). Ricky could already be an all-star. My favorite routine of the night. Lauren was fantastic too. Nigel says that everyone raised their game, but that Ricky also raised his game. Tara says she was dancing in her seat the whole time. She asks Ricky if there’s anything he can’t do. Nigel says he looks like a Hobbit. Mary says Ricky has the skills to pay the bills, and he can do anything.

Results. Is Ricky in the bottom? He’s safe. Duh.

Even Nigel is joking about how “shocking” that is. Careful Nigel. You don’t have a save anymore.

8) Casey and Katherine- Broadway with Spencer Liff- Maybe This Time
Casey is so excited to be dancing this week. Casey really is a strong dancer. He can turn like a beast. He bicycle kicks over Katherine’s head. Incredible. That drag across the floor was super sexy. I liked it, I didn’t love it, but I liked it. I thought it showed another side of Casey, who is struggling to stay in this competition. Mary says that she’s loved everything Katherine has ever done, and says Casey is becoming a star. Nigel says Spencer found a style that suits Casey. Nigel says he’s maintained his comeback from last week. Nigel thinks Casey is coming up to challenge Ricky. BOLD PREDICTION. Tara says Casey looks handsome. She loved the entire thing.

Results. Is Casey in the bottom 2? He’s safe. That means Zack is in the bottom. That means Zack now has to dance, knowing he’s in the bottom two. Wow. Sucks to be him.

9) Jessica and Twitch- Hip Hop with Tabitha and Napoleon- U Got Me Up
Twitch is at a bus stop when Jessica goes by and he goes DAMN. Twitch’s hair is grey. lol. It’s hard to not be shown up for Twitch. It seems like he’s taking the old man character seriously, which is helping him not outdance her. It was a good routine, but I liked the first hip hop routine better. I would have preferred Twitch going full out and showing up Jessica, who was just barely making it through this routine. Tara calls it unreal, and this pairing caused her to not sleep. She’s obsessed with Twitch. Mary says she lifted herself to Twitch’s level, and calls the routine memorable. Nigel says he’s pleased that he inspired Tabitha and Napoleon to do this routine. Nigel says that Jessica has lived up to her potential again this week.

Jessica was already declared safe earlier when Jacque hit the bottom.

10) Zack and Amy- Contemporary by Sonya- Europe After The Rain
Beautiful track, by the way. This dance… is stunning. Two of the best dancers this week are in the bottom. That’s not cool. All five boys were good, but based on these routines, I would have sent Rudy home. Zack is incredible here, and shows of a different side of himself. Amy was perfection. One of the best Sonya routines… ever? That final shot with the one light on the dark stage… perfect. Standing O from all three judges. What a performance, indeed. Nigel says Sonya touched us with that routine. Sonya is choreographing the Martha Graham Company. He keeps praising Sonya, and finally says that Zack was stunning. Zack starts to cry. Tara says she’s almost speechless, it was that beautiful.

Zack is in the bottom two.

Christina Perri performs, while Katherine and Chehon dance. I remember Christina Perri saying she was still working in a coffee shop when Jar Of Hearts played on So You Think You Can Dance. This show really launched that song, and launched Christina Perri. This song is no Jar of Hearts, but what little we get to see of Chehon and Katherine is beautiful.

Whichever boy goes home this week is a crime. Both Zack and Emilio were at their best this week. Between Bridget and Jacque, I’d send home Bridget. She didn’t do what she needed to in that Bollywood Disco, and Bridget is my favorite girl.

I think it’ll be Bridget and Emilio.

Results! Cat has Zack and Jacque step forward. They are safe. Emilio and Bridget are going home. Zack is crying.

Emilio and Bridget are eliminated

Join me here again next week for more DANCE! Happy with tonights results? Disappointed? Sound off in the comments!

Don’t forget, Emilio and Bridget made the tour!

Next Week’s Pairings:
Tanisha is paired with Nick Lazzerini
Valerie has Ryan DiLello
Rudy with Allison (Boss?)
Jacque gets Twitch
Ricky is with Jaimie
Casey gets Comfort
Jessica gets Will Wingfield
Zack is with Makenzie (she’s an all star?)

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90 Comments

  1. The footwork in the Argentine tango was terrific. Definitely one of the the better ones performed on the show. Tanisha is quietly turning out to be a force to be reckoned with. Great performance

  2. Hate the way Kat is whipping out the results envelope after each performance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I think Tanisha has been the strongest of the girls since the beginning.

  4. I actually liked Rudy & Jenna…until he did that Cuban Pete hip shake.

  5. Yay…Nappy Tabs is back! Emilio and Jasmine were terrific, and I think this performance might save him. But wow! Jasmine! I actually thought she outshone Emilio, although it probably won’t hurt him, given how great they looked together.
    A still don’t understand how Valerie is still in the competition. Her performance was not good, but it was nice to see Ade on stage again.
    Rudy was good, although I really hated that music. It kind of ruined the performance for me.

  6. Yes, and great to see Jasmine dancing hip hop again. I really hope that Emilio doesn’t go home. He was so good tonight.

  7. I totally agree. For some reason, I don’t get the impression that she’s a judge favourite, but maybe I’m wrong…

  8. I think Valerie is still in the competition because of her personality; she actually has one! The rest of the girls kind of all mesh together.

  9. That’s what everyone keeps saying, but I’d rather she were still in the competition for her dancing.

  10. In some ways, I think so much of the emphasis has been on the guys, that the girls haven’t gotten a lot of the kudos that they deserve. This is a very strong group of girls, but I think they are only just now starting to distinguish themselves individually.

  11. Jasmine actually specializes in hip hop, it’s not a surprise she’s good at it.

  12. I know — but people vote as much on personality as they do on dancing.

  13. Unfortunately, this competition has always been about the favorite dancer, not the best, hence how Sabra won over Danny.

  14. I can’t bobble. I can waffle, though. I was hoping for something grittier for Casey. I love Chehon. Emilio. Yes he’s good but…so? Tanisha and Ryan? YAY! Fave routine so far.I thought Lauren was better than Ricky. I agreed with Nigel about Rudy. Bridget, um, looked pretty?

  15. I don’t think the choreographies did Casey or Ricky any favours. Had Casey been in the bottom two, I think he would have been in trouble, given how well Emilio did today.

  16. I think she is…although I’m sure she’s done a lot of hip hop since she was Cyrus’ girlfriend.

  17. I think she’s primarily a hip hop dancer that does contemporary. She was a background dancer for Ciara and Usher.

  18. That’s a job, not a specialty. I’m sure that a lot of these dancers do the style that pays the bills.

  19. I agree, but it wasn’t Casey’s fault. I do think it was choreo and the fact that Emilio was in his style. If anyone remembers Stacey Tookie’s Boogie Shoes routine…that’s what Mandy’s choreo was supposed to evoke but it just didn’t.

  20. Man, I’m so disappointed in Emilio and Zack being in the bottom. And Nigel thinks Casey can channel Rickey!? LOL, ridiculous.

  21. The Boogie Shoes choreo was a great idea that didn’t quite gel, IMO. It was cute but I thought it could’ve been better executed. I think that was Mandy Moore’s routine.

  22. I’m really disappointed too. They had two of the best performances of the night. Along with Ricky, I think they’re they’re the top 3 guys left in the competition.

  23. Lawd God, Zack’s crying is just…shit, if he goes home, I don’t know….

    Seriously though, hands down my favourite dancer this season. No if’s and/or but’s. Just adore him.

  24. Listen the girl is a very trained hip hop dancer, she’s been doing it forever. Don’t try to act like I don’t know what I’m talking about.

  25. And one of them will go home before Casey! I mean, just how is this fair? I can’t even.

  26. It’s a shame, because either way it’s going to take away some of the variety in the cast. And both of them were amazing this week. This sucks.

  27. I love that music Sonya chose. And I love that our loved ones still love us after they pass away but they know we have to let go..ugh. Chills.

  28. No way does Zach go home over Emilio. He has been the Dark Horse of the season. If Tanisha is Jenn S11, then Zach has to be Aaron S11

  29. So glad to see Will & Jamie as all stars! Is Nick Lazzarini (sp?) from S1 an all star next week?

  30. My top 3 of the night:

    1. Zack and Amy
    2. Tanisha and Ryan
    3. Emilio and Jasmine
    I also liked the Twitch and Jessica routine….it was very spunky and it brought out Jessica’s personality.

    I’m so annoyed that Emilio is going home. Rudy would have been my pick to go.

  31. I’m sorry to see Emilio eliminated, but technically, he is the weakest of the guys. I would have preferred Rudy to go, but that’s just because of his personality, not his dancing. :-p

  32. I actually think Rudy is pretty weak. I was kind of surprised at how well he did this week.

  33. For some reason, we haven’t seen the winners a lot as all stars. Not sure if it’s because they’re busy or they just have their favorites. Benji is probably the one who’s been on the most as a choreographer. We see Twitch way more than Joshua, Lauren has been on once or twice, Russell has never been back and I think Sabra must have fallen into a well. No Jeanine (although I think she’s acting now).

  34. Bridget wasn’t among the best dancers of the season, and had zero chance of winning, but she was my favorite. Sad to see her go, but on the plus side I won’t be obsessed with the show for the rest of the season!

    Just one thing remains to be done this season: The Ghost of Carly Past needs her revenge for being cheated out of a top-10 place by Jessica, which can only happen by Jessica being voted off. Looking forward to that!

  35. I think it’s more to do with them keeping in contact with certain dancers. Obviously they’re really close to ppl like Twitch, Comfort, Katherine and others they just kind if forget about. I love Twitch but he doesn’t have to be the go to hip hop guy everytime, Russell rivals Twitch in that department.

  36. It would be nice to get some variety…Joshua, Russell, Legacy. I’m really excited to see Will next week.

  37. I thought it was great! I think Billy and Lauren really nailed the light and sweetness. Lauren and Ricky? Not so much.

  38. I think that now that the competition is narrowed the other girl’s personality will shine more. It will really depend on her routines and choreo whether Valerie makes it further. I can’t even remember her piece from tonight!

  39. Agree with you how much of a crime it is to have these Emilio and Zack in bottom 2. Agree that Rudy should have been in bottom 2 in terms of technique. But what can we do, this is America’s fave dancer… :-( I only hope Zack is safe next week, with this performance he should be safe.

    Vote for your faves people.

  40. Jessica and Will is like a throwback for Will. Wasn’t he partnered with a Jessica during his season? Or was that a different Will? :-)

  41. Z.A.C.K needs to W.I.N! he is so versatile and he never disappoints both technique and performance-wise. it’s terribly sad to see Bridget and Emilio go. Almost as sad to see Carly go. She so deserved to be in the top ten at the very least. ROBBED.

  42. I think Nigel likes to use the All Stars to flaunt the dancers who haven’t won but have gone on to be successful. Travis- didn’t win, Emmy nominated choreographer, Mark-didn’t win, landed big time gig with GaGa, Neil-didn’t win, steady work on Broadway, Twitch and Kathryn…Step Up….etc etc… Also I think the regular choreographers have favorite All Stars who suit their style. Russell besting Jakob still bugs me, so I don’t care if he comes back, but Im sure if Lil C ever comes back to choreo he’d be asked.

    I wish they’d ask Ivan back for hip hop, or Ryan Conferido. And I would seriously consider selling a kidney to see Billy Bell dance with Ricky.

  43. Same. Casey is growing on me. I don’t think any of the guys are an obvious weak link, really, but Rudy can be a bit cheesy at times and Casey has an amazing center. Mostly though I’ve been pulling for Ricky and Zack for final two so I hope it happens.

  44. I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out how America votes for this show. That Zack was in the bottom 2 is just amazing to me. I know Rickey is the best technical dancer but Zack is the one I look forward to each week. And I have to say Casey is right behind him… which has been a major surprise to me.

    I’m not sure who is voting for Rudy but I’m sure the judges fussing over his personality is fueling it.

    The girls are a bit easier for me as I’ve liked Jessica and Valerie from the beginning. I think Valerie will stumble big time on a technical routine but I just love her personality. Tanisha has grown on me… but not enough….

    Maybe Jacque and Rudy can go out holding hands next week.

    Bring back Melanie!

  45. I loved both Billy/Lauren and Ricky/Lauren. Boogie Shoes is probably one of my all time favorite routines though.

  46. When you’re right, you’re right. Lauren Gottlieb was another who was labeled contemporary on the show but used to assist Shane Sparks teaching hip hop so she could have gone either way.

  47. And Neil and Lacey. All three of them probably could have won a different season, but man season 3 everyone loved Sabra and the whole “only dancing for four years can you believe it” storyline.

  48. Twitch is definitely a fan favorite — but it could also be that he’s local, so it’s easy for him to be available.

  49. Watching her last season, I’d say she’s primarily a contemporary dancer who also kills at hip hop!

  50. I think Legacy is still touring with the Ballroom with a Twist show. I just saw him perform in that Sunday night.

  51. Wow what an advantage having Sonya as your choreographer. But what a treat for the audience. Tabatha and Napoleon always so creative and entertaining, put a smile on my face. Not a fan of broadway numbers and Tyce very rarely puts on an interesting production imo. Prefer Stacey over Mandy Moore as choreographer. Poor Valerie is being labelled lucky to have gotten so far riding on Ricky’s coat tails but I thought she performed pretty well while doing so. I would guess that Casey and Valerie might be in danger next week. I may be wrong but I think Ricky and Tanisha are the strongest dancers at this point although Iam also big fan of Zack.

  52. No no..Zack is turning into Robert Roldan…remember how many times he was undeservedly in the bottom?!?! Where is he this year for the all stars?

  53. IMHO all of the remaining guys are miles ahead of the remaining girls. My personal top five Zack, Rickey, Casey, Tanisha, Rudy…

  54. Can you really say Jessica or Jacque are at her level though? Clearly Tanisha is the best of the girls left.

  55. I tend to like Tyce more than hate him. I especially like his contemporary vs Broadway or Jazz.

  56. Valerie has Ryan next week …she’s already done a waltz..I predict a rumba. I just can’t see her doing a faster ballroom…

  57. In her bio, Jasmine does not list a specialty. She says she is trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theater. She does say her early training was ballet and then she branched out. She auditioned on SYTYCD as a contemporary dancer. Yes, a lot but not all of her professional appearances are hip hop. The girl is versatile and amazingly talented. Do we have to pin her down to one genre??

  58. I don’t know if it was ever explained but now that they’ve gone back to just one winner, why are they eliminating one boy and one girl each week? Why not just the two lowest, regardless of gender? They’re dancing with all starts so they don’t need to keep partners.

  59. I didn’t know that show was still running. I saw it about 4-5 years ago and Allison was in it. Really great.

  60. i can’t either! But i can’t really see her do a slow, sexy rumba or tango either. Its going to be a Tanisha and Jessica top 2 girls finale for sure

  61. You mention movies. I saw Boyhood tonight. My life will never be the same. Touched, blown away, transcending, a star is born, Ethan Hawke. Pick a word. Pick a superlative. They all fit. Essential viewing.

  62. I confess that Benji was a favorite of mine. I loved the dances he did with his cousin, Heidi. I haven’t missed a show since the season started. Great entertainment which is needed on all the stations.

  63. I agree. She just seems like a really sweet person. It could be an act, but I think she’s a good dancer as well.

  64. Maybe they want the male/female combination for the F4. Don’t they still have to dance with each other along with an all star?

  65. I don’t think it will be rumba or tango either. They’ll probably give the rumba to Jessica. We’ve had plenty of cha cha’s this season. I’ll go with another jive.

  66. In the earlier seasons, there were several contestants who I was interested to see their growth. Really not feeling any of the remaining contestants, even Ricky. Their performances depend on the choreography. I thought Valerie showed growth in her contemporary but Nigel trashed that. It’s as if he expected her to perform like the contemporary dancers? But the contemporary dancers are not expected to perform like ballroom or hip hop dancers. In fact, the choreographers massage the routines so much that they don’t look like hip hop or ballroom.

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