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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 12 Perform

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:35AM
The top twelve of So You Think You Can Dance
(S06E17) This week determines the top ten of So You Think You Can Dance. We welcome the top twelve dancers and judging by the audience, Legacy and Jakob are the most loved. With Dancing with the Stars ending this week, I'm happy that I can devote more time to this show because the dancing is a higher caliber and it isn't just a celebrity popularity contest.

Tonight we got to see the first Can Can and the return of the Lindy Hop. I am happy that the show continues to break the boundaries of dance and shine a light on new choreographers.

First Round

Ellenore & Ryan - Lindy Hop (Carla Heiney) - After seeing the Lindy Hop on Dancing with the Stars, I have to say that this performance was miles better. There was this trust level that Ellenore had for Ryan that made the performance a lot of fun, she just swung around like a doll. They definitely captured the spirit of what a Lindy Hop should be.

Kathryn & Legacy - Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) - I like the quirkiness of Sonya's choreography, and she always does a good job of making sure the hip-hoppers fit the character. Legacy outshone Kathryn with all his air flairs, crab walks and headstands, Kathryn just stood there, posed a little bit and did some high kicks.

Karen & Victor - Argentine Tango (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin) - While the couple executed the steps and the head whips right, the best part was the ease of the lifts. Both Victor and Karen fit the characters and produced chemistry after one week. Nigel points out that Victor has a bit of a duck walk and I never noticed that before.

Mollee & Nathan - Hip-Hop (Jamal Sims) - I love the confused look of Mollee looking at the phone as if she's never seen a land line. Mollee wasn't hard enough for the performance, but had all the steps right. If she had pain in her ankles, I didn't see it. Nathan was better in the performance and the rip in his pants proved it.

Noelle & Russell - Samba (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin) - The dance didn't seem gritty enough. Their walk sequence was really slow. I didn't think that Noelle had enough hip action and she faked it by thrusting forward. I was really confused by the fact that they ended several bars after the music.

Ashleigh & Jakob - Lyrical Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) - Ashleigh does a great job of not being ballroom, keeping her body very liquid. Jakob does an amazing job, but I expected that from him. His strength and flexibility are awe inspiring. It will be a shame when the two are broken because the two have such strong chemistry together.

Second Round

Ellenore & Ryan - Broadway (Spencer Liff) - Spencer's story is about the temptation of fame. I loved how the two had character, even in the small bits. Like their first dance, Ryan's lifting skills had so much ease. The quirky doll-like way Ellenore performed the whole routine was great to watch. Her extensions were amazing.

Kathryn & Legacy - Viennese Waltz (Jean Marc and France Généreux) - Kathryn is supposed to be the guardian angel in the waltz. I do think there was a lot of solo work done in the beginning, but their couple work had trust. Their lift sequence was pretty, and I could see they attempted some rise and fall in their posture.

Karen & Victor - Hip-Hop (Laurie Ann Gibson) - I'm not sure if Victor is too fast or Karen is too slow, but their synchronicity wasn't the best. I thought the two lifts seemed tacked on. There was something that didn't match the music, but that would be Laurie Ann's fault.

Mollee & Nathan - Can Can (Tyce Diorio) - The Can Can originally was a couples dance with high stamina. I was happily impressed by the first Can Can. The kick sequence was amazing how both had height and timing. The spin sequence seemed like they tacked that on for Nathan. The two didn't lose energy by the end and Mollee's ankle still wasn't a problem.

Noelle & Russell - Contemporary (Tyce Diorio) - Tyce wants the dancers to paint themselves, with the assistance of SYTYCD alum Katee Shean. I thought the dance was powerful and there were some different beautiful shapes made in their holds. I loved the vertical hold. Noelle was amazing, but Russell did really well for not having training.

Ashleigh & Jakob - Cha-Cha (Jean Marc and France Généreux) - Ashleigh is finally in her realm, but Jakob has some hips on him. I liked how the chair was incorporated. I love how Ashleigh returned to that ballroom technique of mugging for the camera; it fit really well for the dance.

Who will be in the bottom? I can see Karen & Victor in the bottom. I would hate to see Victor go because he's such a cutie, but the judges would probably keep all the other men before Victor. I don't know who else would accompany them, but I still am unsure of both Kathryn and Noelle, I still find the two to be interchangeable.

Who shouldn't make the top ten? Leave your comments below.

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As a side note...whatever happened to Paula Abdul??? Personally, I'm glad she hasn't showed up (yet). I miss Mia Michaels. No guest judge or chroeographing this season. :-(

December 09 2009 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, maybe its just me, but I am more excited about the dancers this season than I have been in awhile. I think the dancing has been great and the competition fierce.

I've got a handful of favorites so far with Ashleigh topping the list. I also really like Legacy and I hope he does well. Maybe I am not a trained dancer with knowledge of the techniques like others here, but it doesn't make my opinions any less valid.

November 25 2009 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike dubyak

My wife and I are huge fans. This year to me is not very good. My big complaint is LEGACY. I thought this was a dance show. The one time he had to do a normal dance was last night, clearly he was horrible. The judges favor him too much. His crying is a joke. You guys are to soft on him. Lets see him do a bossa nova,waltz,quick step, like all the others have had to do. This guy is full of tricks and thats it. to be fair everyone should have to dance, not do tricks.

November 25 2009 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mike dubyak's comment

Legacy is a hot guy who probably will have a major career whether he dances or not. Sonya loved him - you could see that. He has impact on his partners and the choreographers. Ryan is exceptional. I'm over Nathan completely. Victor go home and take Karen with you.

November 25 2009 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Nick, I love this show, but I feel that something is missing. The quality of dance isnt that great anymore, and it seems that the dancers lack stage presence or personality. The judges keep bragging about the talent, but I just dont see it.

November 25 2009 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The bottom three aren't that hard to guess: Karen & Viktor, Molle & Nathan, and Noelle & Russell. The other three couples had 2 outstanding performances while these three had one or zero outstanding performances.

To me, Karen and Viktor are very one-note dancers. I wouldn't be surprised to see them go. But to be fair Nathan doesn't offer much over Viktor and for all her good dancing, Mollee still has an irritating personality.

If I really had to guess I'd say Karen and Nathan will be cut, especially now that we are moving beyond the original paired couples.

(Man, I miss Mia Michaels...)

November 25 2009 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite dancer of the night was Ellenore (in her Broadway routine). I think Ellenore&Ryan and Ashleigh&Jakob will be safe. Kathryn&Legacy and Noelle&Russell might be in trouble, and Mollee&Nathan and Karen&Victor will be in the bottom.

I think Karen and Victor will be going home.

November 25 2009 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, wrong blog.

November 25 2009 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mediocre season at best. Looking forward to a more star-studded cast of celebrities next season. Hopefully Johnathan will get a better partner. Michael, enjoyed your reviews this season. Well done.

November 25 2009 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was a good night overall. I might be alone but I thought the can-can was just so-so. Mollee clearly had a 15-second break in the middle and it was pretty obvious to me that she was lacking the stamina, ankles maybe. I am afraid of who they end up pairing the two young'uns with but I sort of wish they'd just both go away. When I think of tour-ready routines I can't think of any that these two have done. Having said that, I think we're more likely to see Karen or Noelle go and probaby Victor.

November 25 2009 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that SYTYCD has lost it's spark. Last season was good but every season since danny tidwel has really plummeted from an overall aspect. Remember the first year with amazing dancers and choreo. Spencer Liff is a joke you should bring someone in like Wayne Cilento. The majority of the choreographers are so bad it's a joke to dancing, with the exception of past Mia, Wade, Brian Friedman, and Nappy tabs.....that's it, oh and on an occasion Travis Wall. But it really is a shame that the dancers and choreographers lack so much creativity. I am not speaking for ballroom since it is not my genre. Dancers that should be on that show are people like chaz buzan (look him up and you'll see unbelievable dancing at only 17!!!!) and billy bell would have made the season good.

Teachers.......Tessandra Chavez, Gina Starbuck, Matt Cady, Nick Demoura, Erica Sobol, along with the amazing ones I mentioned earlier. Let's get rid of the garbage and the horrible new stage setup and show America how cool dancing is again, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE you are making dance look bad.


November 25 2009 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to nick's comment

I see your point but I'd put more emphasis on the fact that I just don't think the quality of the dancers is as high as last season (or past seasons). Sure these dancers are really good, but they lack something that past contestants had.

Regarding the choreographers though, I'd say that you left out Sonya. While she's not quite a Mia Michaels, she does have some great numbers. And Travis Wall,.. that kid's impressive. Every single number that he has choreographed has been simply amazing. I will be surprised if he doesn't win some type of award for his routines.

November 25 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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