"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 11 Recap: The Top 6 Perfom
All right guys, we're down to the wire: On last night's episode we found out which dancers are one step closer to the finale. That said, I expected things to be more high-energy than they were last night—the choreography just felt a little bit safe. Maybe everyone's saving their energy for the end. That said, I still found lots to like. Read on for my Top 5 moments.
Casey Askew and Jessica Richens perform a Disco routine to "Dim All The Lights" choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
I think that counts as a moment. And if it doesn't, her hair sure needs it's own moment—you can't really contain a perm like that. Between Ray Leeper's weird 90s club-kid jazz routine and Jessica and Casey's Disco routine, choreographed by Doriana Sanchez, I definitely preferred the Disco hair. Hello Olivia Newton John!
Seriously, what is he doing? (Photos courtesy FOX)
Ricky's Solo Performance
Not that I needed a reminder that he's perfect, but—oh yeah, he's perfect. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I think it was something like Ricky repeatedly levitating off the floor and just hanging out in the air.
Valerie Rockey (R) and all-star tWitch Boss perform a hip-hop routine to "Yeah" choreographed by Will "WilldaBeast" Adams. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Valerie and tWitch's Wedding Dance
I love me some old school hip-hop, and Will "WilldaBeast" Adams did not fail me. I loved watching Valerie break it down, and I expected nothing less since we all know that tWitch brings out the best in his partners.
Jacque LeWarne and all-star Will Wingfield perform a Contemporary routine to "99 Red Balloons" choreographed by Sean Cheesman. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Jacque and Will's Contemporary Routine
Even though the ending of Sean Cheeseman's contemporary routine was a little—sorry—cheesy, I loved the amazingly unique way they were moving with that ball! Will's roll over the ball, which looked completely weightless, and the partnering in the rest of the dance which looked completely effortless, were both lovely. As we say at DS, snaps for no arbitrary props!
Zack Everhart Jr. and all-star Fik-Shun perform a Hip-Hop routine to "Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)" choreographed by Phillip Chbeeb. (Photo Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Zach and Fik-Shun's Rorschach Dance
Okay, that was amazing. This one was easily the best dance of the night, and I was really surprised at Zach's swagger. He was a little bit sloppy in Phillip Chbeeb's choreography, but it didn't matter because the concept—making the equal and opposite shapes of an ink-blot—and the overall execution were just so darn good.
The final four, Valerie, Ricky, Zack and Jessica. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Now we just need to batten down for the final episode, try not to get too emotional, and make it through next week. We said goodbye to Jacque and Casey. Zach, Ricky, Jessica and Valerie went on the finale. I'm not sure I'm surprised, but at this point everyone is so good it just comes down to personality and voter appeal. See you next week!
P.S. Did I not say that Jessica has what it takes to go all the way?
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
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