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"So You Think You Can Dance" Recap: The Academy, Week 96

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Is it just us, or is it downright shocking that it's now August and we have somehow still not made it to the live "So You Think You Can Dance" shows? We were convinced going into this episode—which felt like Week 96 at The Academy—that by the end, we'd have our Top 10.

But somehow...somehow, yet another week has gone by, and we still don't know our final roster.

Cat Deeley reassures us that next week, we'll go live and finally get a Top 10 reveal. But until then, here's what went down this week...


First, Sonya Tayeh showed up to school the Top 30 with some serious jazz.

In the final choreography round, Tayeh guided the remaining dancers (three from each All-Star team) through some very passionate, very intense jazz moves. The dancers claimed they weren't tired, but they were lying, and we could tell.

Sonya was all, "How are you going to maintain your place here? By literally blanketing all of the passion and desire and conviction and dreams that you have, and then let them explode, OK?" She said the choreography wasn't fast, "it's stylized," and Dassey Lee was like, "Yo, this is hard and I'm terrified," and Havoc was basically like, "Yeah, I'm going to hold it down as one of the last remaining street dancers, but this is hard." Kevin Davis was having a tough time, to which Sonya said, "If you give up, bye!"



Meanwhile, two members of Team Robert—Taylor Sieve and Jennifer Florentino—collided mid-choreography (darn that crowded stage), and the medics came rushing in, and that was the end of the big dance for Jennifer. Taylor felt bad and it was sad, though TBH, no matter how many times they showed that slow-motion replay of the collision, we couldn't quite see it. (Anyone else?)

Each team performed the jazz choreo for the All Stars, who, as always, were so fun to watch because they have the best reactions. We saw some more eliminations and a few tears (Comfort!), and then we had our Top 20.

Then it was on to the actual final round of pre-live show action.

In this round, the dancers were basically given a chemistry test: Each All Star had choreographed a routine for his or her remaining two dancers, and they performed it together. How fun! (For us, at least. These All Stars had some seriously tough calls to make, and we did not envy them that.) The dancers and their All Stars got an hour to work together before taking the stage—and whoa, there was some good stuff in there!

Because we still don't have a Top 10 (#suspense), here's your Top 20—plus our Top 10 predictions:

Team Marko: Sofia Ghavami vs. Koine Iwasaki

We predict: Ugh, they're both so good, and last night was the best Sofia has ever performed. But our money's on Koine.



Team Gaby: Evan Debenedetto vs. Lex Ishimoto

Lex is arguably one of the best contemporary dancers to ever grace the "SYT" stage, but Evan is a crazy-good tapper with a ton of personality, and is probably a better partner for Gaby. So we say Evan.



Team Paul: Sydney Tormey vs. Kristina Androsenko

We have to go with Sydney on this one. Kristina's lovely, but there's something special and sparkly about Sydney.



Team Robert: Jonathan Wade vs. Taylor Sieve

They're both fantastic, but we predict Robert will want to partner with a lady, and Taylor's among the best. Our money's on Taylor.

Team Allison: Logan Hernandez vs. Zachary Downer

Allison has loved Logan from the start, and so have we. Logan FTW.

Team Cyrus: Havoc vs. Kaylee Millis

Both have been fan favorites since the very beginning, and these routines were some of the best of the entire competition so far. But ultimately we have to go with Kaylee.



Team Comfort: Mark Villaver vs. Deja Williams

Another tough one, but there's something remarkable about Mark.

Team Jasmine: Howard Johnson vs. Robert Green

We haven't gotten to know either of these two very well. But let's go with Robert.

Team Fik-Shun: Dassey Lee vs. Kyle Bennett Jr.

Ugh, this is too hard. Being an All Star is impossible. Team Dassey Lee, we guess.

Team Jenna: Kevin "Konkrete" Davis vs. Kiki Nyemchek

Saved the most stressful for last! Kiki would be the safe choice, but when Kevin took the stage to show off his krumping skills last night—I mean, whaaaaat? Yes, Kevin is more of a risk, since his style is so different from Jenna's, but if anyone can whip him into the most versatile shape ever, it's Jenna. We refuse to call this one.



Check back next week to see how our predictions fare—and get psyched for the return of some live action and the always-quotable Vanessa Hudgens!

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