Oh what a night. We knew this was coming. We knew there would be a double elimination this week so we could move forward with a Top 4. But ugh, it still hurt. Yeah yeah, they'll all be on the tour, but saying goodbye now, when all these dancers are so good and so deserving—it's just a big ol' bummer. But before we get to the elimination x 2, here's how the night played out.
Actually, one more thing: Cat Deeley noted right from the start that we'd be getting a Top 4 based on last week's votes with no help from the judges. So going into the live performance, the Top 4 had already been decided! But still, the Top 6 dancers had to knock out an opening number, a solo, an All-Star-paired duet, and a routine with a fellow contestant. It felt a little torturous, no? None of it mattered! Is all fair in love and reality TV dance competitions? Not really, tbh. Anyway...
Before we get into this week's recap, let's all show some love for Travis Wall, who had a day yesterday. Just hours before "So You Think You Can Dance" was set to air, Wall was at Disneyland (with friend and "Modern Family" star and aspiring Shaping Sound member Jesse Tyler Ferguson, NBD), where he found himself at a bit of a standstill—literally. "Not gonna be able to make 'So You Think' tonight...because I'm stuck on Indiana Jones," Wall shared on Instagram yesterday afternoon.
But hooray! He eventually did get off the stalled ride, and was in the audience alongside Mandy Moore. We're glad you made it, Travis!
On to the show:
This week, the Top 9 performed solos and duets with their All Stars. You know the drill. As always, we'll skip the solos and get right to the good stuff. (Though the solos were, like last week, so good.) Here's how it all went down.
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...
Guess who's back? Back again? The Academy's back! Tell a friend.
After one day at The Academy, the All Stars have successfully taken the Top 100 down to 62. But their work is just getting started: Now they need to keep narrowing the field to a Top 10, ultimately deciding who each will partner with during the live shows.
"You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen!"
You just rocked it out, didn't you? No judgements here—that's exactly what I was doing last week when I saw Mamma Mia! on Broadway. I'd been dying to see the show for ages (I grew up singing "Dancing Queen"), so when I finally found myself seated at the Winter Garden Theater, I couldn't wait for the curtain to rise.
Although it's been on Broadway since 2001, it's still going strong. Mamma Mia!'s trio of hysterical sisters stole the show and every audience member's heart. We laughed like crazy, danced in our seats and fell in love with each of them. And those gals can move! Dressed in head-to-toe neon jumpsuits, they were full-out start to finish.
Speaking of dance, the ensemble rocks the stage in multiple dance-heavy numbers. To say they were "hamming it up" would be huge understatement. They were oohs, ahhhs, winks, head nods—the works. (It was a bit much, even for me.)
In the end, I left happy and singing ABBA all the way home. (I'm sure my fellow commuters loved that.) So next time you're in NYC and looking for a dance-y Broadway classic, boogie on over to Mamma Mia! You won't be disappointed!
Here's a delightful development, which makes so much sense we're actually shocked it didn't happen years ago:
NBC has greenlit a dance competition project headed by dancer/actress/expert Paula Abdul lip-syncer Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who'll serve as a judge and mentor for the series. And her hubby Channing, one of our favorite interpreters of the Beyoncé ouevre? Oh, yes: He'll appear on the show, too.
AND EVERY EPISODE WILL OPEN WITH A RE-ENACTMENT OF THIS STEP UP SCENE. (Ideally.)
We don't know a whole lot more about the as-yet-untitled project. But honestly, those snippets of info alone are enough to get all of us #TeamTatum 'shippers on board. (For the three or so of you who aren't yet obsessed with The Family Tatum—may we refer you to this, this and, oh goodness, THIS?)
More to come as we hear it, obviously!