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

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 9th 2009 3:02AM
The top eight of SYTYCD.(S06E21) This season of So You Think You Can Dance will be ending with a final six instead of a final four. I'm convinced someone messed up the schedule and they were supposed to double eliminate a couple, probably back in the Top 20. Noelle's injury didn't help the situation, and they decided to just go with a final six.

We welcome the top seven contestants because Ashleigh popped out her shoulder in rehearsals and has to have an MRI scan. She won't be dancing, but she's in tears because another crippling injury may end her dancing dreams. Sadly, she would have done an amazing job with both Hip-Hop and Bollywood.

Kathryn & Ryan - Disco (Doriana Sanchez) - Kathryn's shoes were causing her to slip out of some of her steps. There were timing issues when the two had side-by-side moves, but the flawless lifts made up for it. I don't see why Kathryn would have any fears with Ryan; out of all the men on this show, Ryan is both the strongest and used to partnering.

Mollee & Jakob - Viennese Waltz (Jason Gilkison) - I'm not sure if I understood the costuming, but the dance looked effortless. The flow of the dance was amazing. I was happy that Jason didn't abuse Jakob's high kicks, but there weren't enough Viennese Waltz steps. I loved the slow supported spin near the end.

Ashleigh - Solo - Clearly she wasn't allowed to do a solo, but I don't see why Ashleigh couldn't do interesting jive kicks or samba voltas with an arm brace on.

Ellenore & Legacy - Contemporary (Travis Wall) - I liked the use of the chair and the table, but Legacy got away with not having to do any contemporary.Travis just used him as a b-boy while Ellenore did all the contemporary kicks. At that point, they could have just given Ellenore & Legacy music and a task of using a table and chairs and they could have choreographed the same thing.

Jakob - Solo - I was mesmerized by Jakob's fluid movements. Most of Jakob's splits and kicks are performed on his right, but I was happy to see he did one kick leading with his left.

Ashleigh & Russell - Hip-Hop (Shane Sparks) - Since Ashleigh is out for the night, Russell is accompanied by Shane's assistant Rachel. She wasn't that good dancing the routine. Russell was in his element and I have no complaints. Russell danced as if he danced for both Ashleigh and himself.

Mollee - Solo - There's something really pop about Mollee's solo, even the breast shake at the end screamed Britney Spears. I did like the slow cartwheel into the body roll.

Kathryn & Ryan - Cha Cha (Jason Gilkison) - Jason decided to make this cha-cha even harder by throwing in the kitchen sink. Ryan was in his element and used his power correctly. Kathryn did a good job keeping up; she had sharp kicks and strong hip action. I was surprised by Kathryn's flexibility and how she launched her legs up into the air.

Legacy - Solo - I was confused by the inclusion of the telephone, it could have been a banana and it wouldn't have made a difference. Legacy should take extra time to sharpen his poses so he wouldn't constantly slip out of them.

Ellenore - Solo - While I didn't think that she was funky enough for the song, I still appreciate her quirky solos.

Russell - Solo - I liked the Santa inspired krump piece since it's something we'd never see in the summer. I wonder if the shoe falling off was intentional or not. Either way, he recovered well.

Mollee & Jakob - Broadway (Joey Dowling) - The beginning bench slide was rusty, but the following steps were sharp. I liked the quick change. Jakob got it easy this time around because he used a lot of moves from his traditional bag of tricks. The movements were strong and it was a standout Broadway routine. Mollee rose to Jakob's level.

Kathryn - Solo - With only one contemporary female dancer left, her routine was almost refreshing to watch. It was stereotypical contemporary and there weren't any moves that were different, but she had a grace and flow.

Ellenore & Legacy - Hip-Hop (NappyTabs) - NappyTabs want an alien hip-hop which fits both Legacy and Ellenore's personality. The synchronization wasn't sharp. The partnered section in the middle was the best part of the routine. The routine was a miss for NappyTabs and they should stick to lyrical hip-hop.

Ryan - Solo - His solos haven't gotten better but adding the back-flip was a nice touch. While standing with Cat, Ryan pulls on heart-strings as he begs America to vote for his wife.

Ashleigh & Russell - Bollywood (Nakul Dev Mahajan) - I found it interesting that Ashleigh commanded the preview. It's a shame because I would have loved to see Ashleigh perform this routine. Naku's assistant Alisha was amazing, and it made Russell look even better. I assume the one lift in the Bollywood was when Ashleigh popped her shoulder. Russell's krump energy fit the Bollywood choreography.

I'm glad we got to see some of the rehearsal footage of Ashleigh; she was giving it her all in the rehearsals. I've grown to love Ashleigh, and I would still like to see her in the finals. Mollee's dancing is still immature compared to Ellenore and Kathryn. I hope she goes before Ashleigh.

The producers spoon-fed Legacy to the audience and gave him easy dances to make it into the finals. Legacy has only done two ballroom pieces and never even touched disco. I would like to see him go, but there is no chance he's budging. Who do you think will make it to the finals? Leave your comments below.

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It won't happen but Jacob and Mollee should go home. Jacob has no personality - none none none. He's an outstanding dancer and there are thousands of them in America - but he is not memorable. Mollee is cute and out of the league of the other three women. But, America is going to vote for Adam Shankman's fantasy.

December 09 2009 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Jakob and Russell are the best dancers of the bunch and they have both earned their place in the finals...both had outstanding performances and amazing personalities and I just cant see them leaving. Between Legacy and Ryan...I was never a Legacy fan. I dont think he should have even made it into the top 20...The judges have been very biased towards him and have really been up-selling his talent...which i think is very limited. In comparison, Ryan is a better dancer. He's not brilliant either...but he's definitely better than Legacy. I hope Ryan stays and Legacy leaves...but for some reason people like Legacy so i think it will be Ryan that goes unfortunately...

Between the girls, Ashleigh has been outstanding...she's one of the best hip-hop dancers i have ever seen on the show and ofcourse she had been brilliant at her own style-ballroom. Just watching the clips from her rehersal show that she was going to kill it tonight and while it is unfair for the other dancers, i think she does deserve to be in the final...Ellenore has also been an amazing performer. Ive loved every single one of her solos. I think she is also a shoe-in to the finals.I think Mollee is adorable and since being in the top 10 (and away from Nathan) i think she has really proved that she is an amazing dancer and has a great personality. I think Kathryn should be the one to leave...but i dont think that will happen because she had ONE good performance last night - the chacha...other than that...she has been pretty plain and unmemorable unlike all three of the other girls...
I hope the top 4 should be Jakob, Russell, Ashleigh and Ellenore with Jakob or Russell winning it in the end.

December 09 2009 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really don't understand all the hatred towards Mollee. Is it because she has a fun personality and can still act like a 5 year old when she isn't dancing. So what if she likes to have fun? Not to mention she's barely 18. How many fully matured 18 year olds do you really know?

Now that that's out of the way I hope Ashleigh goes home, partially because she's injured and it just doesn't feel fair to the other dancers.

Out of the guys, I think Ryan will go home, even though it should be Legacy. Ryan is just the better dancer of the two, but for some reason people really like Legacy.

And @Dottie: The judges have always called them NappyTabs except for perhaps an occasional slip by Nigel.

December 09 2009 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Ellennrore and Legacy deserve the boot tonight. Despite the fact that Ellennore is very talented, Mollee has much more personality in her dancing and it really shows in her performances. Last year, Jeanine did not compare to Kayla and Melissa, yet she ended up winning the whole thing. I love Ashleigh and Mollee, but, Katherine is by far my favorite. Of the males, I think Jakob deserves to win the whole thing. However, I'd love to see Ryan and Ashley dance together in the finale; I hope the pull through one more week. Ryan was not fake at all in his plead for Ashleigh's votes. Ashleigh is his wife and he knows she deserves to make it through and was simply trying to relay that message to the voters. Ellennore really isn't anything special, she's a less talented version of Sabra. I hope to see Katherine and Jakob as the final two.

December 09 2009 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thinkt he costuming for the waltz was set during the late 1800's early 1900's. maybe when boys and girls were dating formally and taking walks in the park

December 09 2009 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought last night's episode was all over the place, each dancer has had highs and lows over the season, especially last night in my opinion. I think this is the closest race out of all the seasons of SYTYCD and they might as well pick a name out of the hat to see who goes home. But I agree with most of the posters here, I'm sticking with my gut that Ashleigh and Ryan are going home. My second guesses would be Mollee & Russell (although I really like Russell!)

December 09 2009 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ryan's fake crying should earn him the boot. Check the close-up. When he "tears up" his eyes are dry as a bone.

I've always disliked him and last night sealed it. Big faker. He used his wife's injury to try to get votes for him.

December 09 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i voted for the first time too... for Eleanor, Russell, and Kathryn. i'm ready for Mollee to leave and i hope all of the votes for Ashleigh edge her out instead of my favorites. for the boys, i'm looking at Legs and Ryan. only reason i'd keep Ryan on is to see him dance with his wife, but Russell and Jakob deserve to be the top two boys.

December 09 2009 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I strongly disagree with parts of your review. (1) Ryan & Catherine (disco)..the only negative was that Ryan appeared stiff (arms & back)) to Nigel, yet Mary corrected that was the disco style 'back then' which is true; (2) Mollee & Jakob (waltz)..if you didn't get the costuming then you missed the story line..it was perfect..the dance got rave reviews from all judges; (3) Ellenore & Legacy (contemp.) did an excellent job & Travis Wall played to their strengths; (4) partner & Russell (hip hop).. considering they only paired up that morning, I felt the partner did an excellent job..& Russell was NOT in his element as hip hop & krump are very different styles..he did a fantastic job & had fun doing it; (5) Ellenore & Legacy (hip hop)..it was just ok but too strange to appeal to most voters..& btw, it is NappyTab not Tabs; (6) Russell (Bollywood)..what do you mean by 'Ashleigh commended the preview'?..I agree, she would have been wonderful partnered with Russell in that dance..he was outstanding..Indian dancing is SO hard to learn & to do & perform correctly..clearly the best number of the night. Finally, I disagree with the negative comments about Legacy from various posters. Going from nothing but b-boy to the variety of dances he has done &, for the most part, done VERY well, I think Legacy deserves props for his growth & should be excused for a bad number tonite which was more the fault of NappyTab then the dancers who did well with what they were given. I agree Ashleigh & Ryan may be gone this week, but I wouldn't be sad if Mollee got voted out & it could be with Legacy. Of the 2, Russell far more deserves to stay. I never have liked Ashleigh, but I will admit she is an excellent dancer.

December 09 2009 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I strongly disagree with whomever said the girls aren't voting for Ryan. When he does his solos do you mute your TV? The man is relatively good looking, but he has a great body, you don't think the girls notice that? come on!

That said....I think THAT is why he is still here to begin with. He is an amazing ballroom dancer, but in other styles he is often stiff and frankly looks dull.

I really like Ashleigh though. Russell is my favorite by far.

December 09 2009 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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