"SYTYCD" Season 8: Double Elimination

"After a mouth-watering cocktail of dance (or something), we're left with a headache: two couples have to go home tonight!" Enter Cat Deeley, in a hot red dress, already dishing out the drama.

 

Since no couples were sent home last week, four contestants will be sent packing tonight. It is all very intense.

 

My favorite part of the "So You Think You Can Dance" results show is almost always the opening number, but tonight's left me feeling blah. I was surprised to hear that Dave Scott choreographed the "Sinnerman" routine for the Top 20. I normally love his stuff, especially for large groups, but I didn't feel enough energy from the dancers. They looked mighty dapper in madras Bermuda shorts, ties, blazers and bowl hats, but the choreography wasn't cleaned up and it came across as messy.

 

Nigel, Mary and guest judge Debbie Reynolds spend a big chunk of the hour walking us through the previous night's performances. Some couples are safe, some are in the bottom, and there aren't many big surprises. Three couples will be sent to the bottom three and those contestants will each perform a way-too-short-to-be-able-to-show-off-anything-but-tricks solo. We call this "dancing for your life."

 

But you knew all that already, so on with the highlights:

  • The couples "in danger of leaving the show tonight" are Missy and Wadi, Iveta and Nick, and Ryan and Ricky. 
  • Before the soloists perform, Cat tells them, "I can't wait to see your solos. They're going to be so great." Her encouragement is adorable, and I wish I had a little Cat Deeley sitting on my shoulder at all times, giving me little affirmations and bits of positivity. 
  • The guest act on tonight's show is Rage Crew. This is the group's third time on the show and they are always so much fun. The kids—who are getting so much bigger and older each time they perform—are small and talented and ridiculously energetic. As I watch them from the comfort of my couch, I feel lazy. The performance is clean (Top 20, are you paying attention?) and filled with acrobatic tricks to get the audience all riled up. It works. They've got skills.
  • The solo performances are exactly what you'd expect: B-boy moves and a megawatt smile from Wadi, some flexed-feet and thrashy things from Missy, adorably charismatic tapping by Nick, a fringe-clad Iveta moving her hips faster than I ever thought possible, shirtless Ricky leaping and jumping and doing layouts and Ryan dancing for her life by way of curly hair-driven contemporary stuff. Those are my very professional critiques of the solos. You're welcome.
  • We get a live performance from LMFAO. They rock out to "Party Rock Anthem" while Quest Crew (one of my favorites!) performs. I loved this, mostly because the Quest Crew guys are adorable and not only do they perform in zebra print pants, they also managed to work the running man into their choreography. Geniuses? I think so.

 

At the end of the night, the judges are uninamous in their decision. Goodbye Missy, Iveta, Nick and Wadi. "You all have charisma and you're all going to be stars," Nigel says. Translation: "Sorry, you're not good enough. Have a good night. Please be sure to leave your room keys on the dresser on your way out."

 

So? Do you agree with the judges? Tell us. Now. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @Dance_SpiritMag and on the DS Facebook page

Latest Posts


Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
The cast of Hamilton. (Joan Marcus, courtesy Sam Rudy PR)

Beyond #Hamilfilm: 8 More Shows We'd Love to Stream During Quarantine

The professionally-shot film of Hamilton is smashing streaming records on Disney+, transforming any computer or TV in America into the Richard Rodgers Theatre. And while we understand that not every Broadway show has gorgeously-filmed footage on file, we can still dream: Could this be a new way to experience live theater, at least while Broadway remains closed? Here are eight other shows that we'd love to view from our living rooms.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search