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Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 8 Revealed

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 3rd 2009 2:06AM
Quest
(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.

Bottom Four

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.

Eliminated

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!

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Julie

I actually feel like Nathan could've overcome the audience's initial negative impression eventually; Danny Tidwell of Season 3 did so, to an extent.

I feel like what really kept Nathan from doing so was the fact that he rarely smiled during the judges' critiques, and this certainly wasn't helped by the long, drawn-out critiques. He had a constant semi-glare-from-under-furrowed-eyebrows look on his face. That's not very appealing, at least not on such a tender face as his.

December 07 2009 at 5:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rcfriedberg

Sad that Ashleigh is still there. By far the worst dancer of the women, and annoying facial expressions to boot. Of the men, Jacob is the best dancer by far and Russell has the best personality. I hope one of them wins outright.

December 04 2009 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gerry

At this point, it hurts everytime someone is eliminated but it's a contest. Nathan - played every moment wrong - and alienated people when he was a such a standout favorite - nerves, fear and bad advice. But he's touring. Good.
Noelle, was never a standout dancer but she was always growing and improving and she's touring.
I hope Ryan and Ashleigh end up in the final 6.

December 03 2009 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4beard

I am so glad that Ryan is staying. I really enjoy he and Ashleigh. Now I only hope Kathryn goes next week along with either Russell or Legacy. I am enjoying them but not as much as the other 2 men.

I also did not fully appreciate the group dance and was surprised to hear that Tyce was the choreographer because I usually love his routines. Hated Snoop Dog. . . LOVED Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

Love this show but hope it is only on once next year. . . SYTYCD is my guilty summer pleasure and it needs to stay there.

December 03 2009 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kesey

Agreed, I'd much rather see this show stick to once a year. They're watering down the talent pool. How are you going to find an absolute superstar twice a year? Once a year is even a stretch, look at American Idol-they haven't all been Kelly and Carrie.

December 03 2009 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lglymph

Not that it counted toward the results, but I thought Nathan performed an amazing solo last night.

Also, whoever choreographed the hip hop for Snoop's performance should be choreographing for SYTYCD. The hip hop has gotten so watered down on the show that it's almost unrecognizable.

December 03 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

you thought the group number was good?! personally, i hate the group numbers when everyone is off doing their own thing and their is little sync involved. its hard to keep trap of ten individuals doing ten individual solos. it hurt my eyeballs.

when Snoop performed, there were three groups that danced: Qwest crew, Snoop's backup dancers, and the Jerkin' boys. how cute.

December 03 2009 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

Last night threw me through a mini-loop. Noelle and Nathan were both my second choice to go home. I thought they had a better week than my choices Ashleigh & Ryan (who I now think will be eliminated next week. . .OH and by the way it will still be a final 4. This week they chopped it to 8, next week will be down to 6 and then the finale (in 2 weeks) will be final 4. . .duh.
http://www.orble.com/teevee-sytycd-top-10-to-8/

December 03 2009 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jason Hughes

This week we started with 10 and ended with 8.
Next week we'll start with 8 and end with 6.
The following week will start with 6 and end with 1 (the finale).

There's no room for a final 4 week. Your scenario would have us ending with 4 instead of 1.

I would prefer a final 4, but I understand the crunch of the holiday, that said I agree with DJ that they could have shortened the audition rounds by one week to get that extra week of calls in.

December 03 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

Does anyone know is there somewhere I can see the dance numbers from this show? For some reason my VCR didn't record it and it figures it happened on a night with some great dance and performance numbers.

December 03 2009 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

I too was jarred by the two week announcement but there's Christmas and then soon after American Idol so I do get it but feel a bit robbed. Thanks for verifying, Jason.

The extraordinary were just that from the get-go, did you notice that they danced to 'Yellow' and three people had yellow costume accents - one had sneakers, one a belt, and one a vest. This probably was the best elijm show ever.

A bit sad about Noelle and wished it were Mollee but not surprised about Nathan - he just ticked people off with perceived 'tude and never recovered.

December 03 2009 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xina

Just a little side note...It's Quest CREW...not Quest, but anyways...

I was sad to see Noelle go...not sure who I wanted to go in her place, but I liked her. Nathan, well it was his time and no shock there.

Still rooting for Russell and Legacy

December 03 2009 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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