Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 16 Perform
by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 11th 2009 2:27AM
(S06E13) So You Think You Can Dance finally lets America vote. Sadly, I only liked four of the eight dances this week and I wouldn't mind if any of them were eliminated. One thing I did like was the introductory sequence, they finally figured out a way to make the stage a little less huge. The choreographers are doing better to let the dances fill the huge stage.
With only eight performances, the show felt like the critiques were longer than the actual dancing. If they inserted one large group dance, the show could have cut off some of Mary's more annoying comments.
Karen & Kevin - Hustle (Maria Torres) - "Come to me" France Joli
We found out that Karen divorced her husband. The storyline was about a girl asking a boy to dance. Karen's Latin background came to her advantage, but Kevin surprised me more with his contemporary leap. The show keeps trying to sell him as one of those "untrained" hip-hoppers. There was smoothness until Kevin almost dropped Karen after the dance ended.
Ashleigh & Jakob - Jazz (Mandy Moore) - "Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Mandy adds a cane to the routine, hoping that it's an extension. Sadly, I thought that the cane was not used to its full potential. Ashleigh continues to surprise me and she deserved to make it to the Top 20. I ignored Jakob's very intricate steps just to watch Ashleigh high kick.
Pauline & Peter - Quickstep - (JT & Tomas) - "Hey Baby! (Shake Those Hula Hips)" Big Kahuna & The Copa Cat Pack
The kiss of death continues to fell another team. I liked that the choreographers are trying to lessen the damage of the quickstep with a creative theme but i thought that the quickstep section needed a lot of help. Their lift sequence was very smooth, but they had such heavy feet.
Kathryn & Legacy- Broadway (Andy Blankenbuehler) - "I Wanna Be Like You" Swingin' Fireballs
I thought the choreo was really weak and I didn't understand the storyline. Adam hit the nail on the head, Kathryn didn't do enough and didn't have enough character. Truthfully speaking, Legacy didn't have to do much either; just a few flips and a headstand and he gets praise out the wazoo. Kathryn needs to go, but sadly Legacy's voters will keep her safe.
Channing & Victor - Contemporary (Stacy Tookey) - "Be Be Your Love" KCRW version - Rachael Yamagata
It's nice to see a choreographer get to play with dancer's strengths. There was trust that emerged up in one week, but they did need at least another week to work on emotion. While I thought that the steps were there, that the two aren't the best contemporary dancers in this season.
Ellenore & Ryan - Hip-Hop (Lil' C) - "Lost BoiZ Anthem" Tha J-Squad
I do miss the obscure critiques of Lil' C. The two were probably behind the eight ball pulling out the hip-hop. I thought the beginning part took too long to get to the music. Ellenore looked the most comfortable, but that wasn't saying much. Ryan looked like he missed a few steps and it threw off the synchronization. I didn't think the character was there.
Mollee & Nathan - Salsa (Gustavo Vargas) - "Quimbara" Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco
The two on paper are the farthest away from a salsa and it showed. I'm happy that they pulled off a degree of maturity, but they were still kind of awkward and the couple was too far away from each other. It reminded me of when I hated the side-by-side section. The two showed struggle when the tempo increased when they tried to do the leg routine.
Noelle & Russell - Afro Jazz (Sean Cheesman) - "Frog Dance" Mickey Hart and Planet Drum
Russell got lucky again, getting a dance that has some natural abandon to it. Noelle did a really good job channeling the African spirit. The two had the characters down and I loved the flipping sequences.
Who should make the bottom? I can see either Ellenore & Ryan, Mollee & Nathan, and Pauline & Peter without any problems. With Peter being the last tapper, can he sneak his way through three more weeks? I doubt it and expect Peter and Ellenore going home Wednesday. How did this episode go? Leave comments below.
If anyone was looking for The Simpsons scavenger hunt thing, it was right after Karen & Kevin's critique. If there was another, I totally missed it.