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'So You Think You Can Dance': Nigel Lythgoe claims BluPrint 'didn't grow up in a jungle'

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Supercringe! Nigel Lythgoe’s general buffoonery can make for some pretty awkward critiques on SYTYCD, but tonight he outdid himself while raving about Dorian “BluPrint” Hector’s prowess in an Afro Jazz routine. “People say, ‘This is your ethnicity, your heritage.’ But it isn’t! You didn’t grow up in a jungle!” the old white man exclaimed to the young black dancer. Say what?! At least BluPrint (pictured, center) put on a brave grin following the comment. As you can see, host Cat Deeley took a bit longer for her “WTF, man?” face to catch up to the contestant’s.

Sorry to dwell on that, but it was so weird and sadly typical, and really took me out of the show. Still – there were some fabulous dances tonight to distract from the judging panel. I’ll post my recap of the Top 20 performances later on; in the meantime, here’s my ranked list* of tonight’s routines – updated with song selections!


10. Alexis and Nico – Hip Hop choreographed by Christopher Scott
Music: “Last Time (Knife Party Remix)” by Labrinth

9. Mariah and Carlos – Jive by Jason Gilkison
Music: “Get It Right” by Fantasia

8. Malece and Jade – Jazz by Travis Wall
Music: “Silver Screen (Shower Scene)” by Felix da Housecat

7. Mackenzie and Paul – Viennese Waltz by Jason Gilkison
Music: “I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne

6. Jenna and Tucker – Broadway by Tyce Diorio
Music: “That’s All” by Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea soundtrack)

5. Brittany and BluPrint – Afro Jazz by Sean Cheesman
Music: “Drumming Circle” by Professor Trance & the Energizers

4. Jasmine Mason and Alan – Contemporary by Travis Wall
Music: “Can’t Help Faling In Love (Live at Daytrotter)” by Ingrid Michaelson

3. Jasmine Harper and Aaron – Jazz by Sonya Tayeh
Music: “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae

2. Hayley and Curtis – ‘Seductive Hip Hop’ by Christopher Scott
Music: “Go” by Delilah

1. Amy and Fik-Shun – Contemporary by Sonya Tayeh
Music: “Elsa” by The Valerie Project

*My rankings may change after I watch these all again!

UPDATE: Full ‘SYTYCD’ recap here.

Which were your faves tonight? Does Nigel need to shut up? Should sunglasses be banned forever?