As our Dancing Queen of Screams said tonight, “there’s a time to cry, a time to laugh, a time to sing, and sometimes, there’s a time to scream.” In the best So You Think You Can Dance episodes, there’s an opportunity for all four, and if you’ve got a little room at the end, maybe some time to worship at the Contemporary shrine of Travis Wall and Sonya Tayeh. Two baby group numbers to cap the episode? Sure!
Without a results show, announcing the six at-risk dancers upfront and letting them do their partner routine before the judges make their final decision is kind of the best scenario we could hope for. But with no dance-for-your-life-dance-for-the-air-you-breathe solos, the last few cuts have felt a little sudden, even at the end of the show. And though we still can’t do anything to affect the judges’ final decision (or, apparently, complain enough to just get the solos back), these additional closing group numbers could be very helpful in knowing just how annoyed to be with Nigel.
Of course, we still have to stuff all Top 16 dancers onstage for the opening number, and this week, choreographer Mandy Moore made her triumphant return with an upbeat Contemporary routine. I had almost forgotten they existed! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t even think it was about a love lost, or a love forgotten, or a toxic love, or—it might have just straight up been about water. (Okay, maybe a love of water.) If Duchess of Disco Dream Dresses, Cat Deeley is to be believed, “Baptism has never been so cool.” Wait, no—no, I shan’t be endorsing that.
I also can’t endorse whatever that violet and brown color palette was, but otherwise, the fluid and flying routine, set to Annie Lennox’s “Take Me To The River” was an excellent use of the 16 talents left on stage. There was something very elemental about it, both in its use of wind and water, and that I kept imagining these dancers might have done this routine with their studios and crews back home, only now, they’re better dancers than they were a month ago.
But this isn’t So You Think You Can Improve at Dance, and even the good dancers must go at some point. So with a sad lilt in her voice, and a mock turtleneck silver sparkle dress adorning her lithe frame, Cat revealed this week’s Bottom 6: Bridget, Marcquet, Brooklyn, Serge, Tanisha, and Zack. So, half expected and half “Oh no you didn’t, America.” Let’s see who can save themselves with the power of DANCE…
Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda
Style: Bollywood, Choreography by Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Dilliwaali Girlfriend ,” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (soundtrack)
I swear, I might be in the minority here, but I like these two together. Yes, Ricky is perfectly-parallel-leaps ahead of Valerie technically, but he challenges her, and in return, she brings a fun-loving spirit to their dances that he might not get with a stylistic equal. These two radiate energy, especially in a non-stop performance like this Bollywood number. Nigel wasn’t sure where they had time to breathe, but perhaps rightly assumed it was during the butt bongos. Misty did tell Valerie that she could have been clearer in her Bollywood hand movements, but Ricky continues to prove he’s the real (fun-size) deal.
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