Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 8 Revealed
by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 3rd 2009 2:06AM
(S06E20) I go into these elimination shows expecting a lot of pad and filler. But when it's a dance show, I want to see dancing; which is why I'm always a little perplexed when musical guests who don't dance show up. This week's musical guest was Snoop Dogg, and I really enjoyed it. And yes, I know that Snoop does little more than bounce and swagger.
It was that either he or the producers were smart about how to put together his stage show. Hip-hop videos are known for dancing, so why not bring that dancing to the live show? Joining Snoop on stage was Quest, a former winner of America's Best Dance Crew, as well as the dance home for three former SYTYCD contestants: Ryan, Dominic and Hok.
What about the results, though? I was surprised that even though we've switched to voting for individual dancers, it was still two couples from last night's performance show that wound up in the bottom.
Before I get to that, I want to talk about how extraordinary the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers was. You know, even though I just used the word 'extraordinary' twice, I'm going to leave that in there because it's the word I wanted to use to describe them before I realized it was already in their name. And it's the perfect word.
What an appropriate name. Synchronized breakdancing -- in slo-mo! -- is a near-impossible task, and this troupe had it. They truly were legion, as I lost count of how many dancers were threading on and off the stage, but I was mesmerized by each and every one of them. The performance was a showcase of almost everything hip-hop, as different dancers represented different styles, and yet it all flowed together seamlessly and beautifully.
Speaking of beautiful, and taking it back to the top of the show, Tyce Diorio outdid himself with that group number. It was easily one of -- if not the best group number I've ever seen on the show. He managed to showcase the individual styles of each of the Top 10. He even took advantage of the marriage in the midst by having Ryan and Ashleigh share a deeply passionate kiss in the middle of the number. Truly, I could have watched that dance go on and on throughout the hour.
Alas, that's not how these things work. It's Wednesday, and that means it's results time. I already told you that it was two couples in the bottom. You can tell that it became America's choice, because by this point we can tell who some of the favorites are, and these aren't the ones who get the screams.
The first couple was Ryan and Noelle. Ryan surprised me a little because even though I didn't really care for his hip-hop piece as much as I wanted to, his smooth waltz was just effortless. Perhaps, though, that was the problem. Noelle, on the other hand, was simply beautiful in both numbers. I think the problem might lie in the fact that she's having a hard time standing out from the pack. Particularly from Kathryn, a fellow contemporary dancer, in the solos.
Which could be why Kathryn and Nathan joined them in the bottom. A lot of you commented on how Nathan's attitude throughout the competition has been a real deterrent. I've even written about it before, though I thought he danced with a new maturity last night. Nevertheless, you were right, and the arrogant sense of entitlement he presents in his demeanor was probably a huge turn-off for the fans.
I think that's why Nathan went home, while Ryan stayed. Ryan comes across a little stiff and boring, but he is a brilliant dancer, and has shown impressive versatility for his ballroom background. Maybe it's as simple as the cute, or annoying depending on your tolerance levels, way Kathryn's voice goes up when she gets emotional, but whatever it was, she survived and Noelle went home.
I find myself completely okay with this. What I'm not as sure about is the fact that Cat Deeley reminded us that the finale is in two weeks. I did some digging, and apparently this will be the first season that we will go straight from a Top 6 to our winner. We've always had a Top 4 in seasons past. Is it a sign that FOX doesn't think this fall run of SYTYCD worked out as well a they'd hoped so get it over with already, or just a scheduling thing?
On a total side note, I find myself now fascinated as to how far this married couple is going to make it. I never would have pegged them both for the Top 8, but they've truly shown themselves to have some mad skills. It would be quite a story for their kids someday if they both make it into the finale. Oh who am I kidding, it's an amazing story now!