"SYTYCD" Season 8: Elimination 4

Last night's highly anticipated "So You Think You Can Dance" results show finally arrived—the Top 10 dancers were chosen and the All-Stars were revealed. (Before I get to the show itself, I have to talk about the amazing and gorgeous Cat Deeley, who received an Emmy nomination for Best Reality Host! As Nigel said, this was a nomination long overdue. Congratulations, Cat!)

Moving on to the show. The Top 12 first performed a fast, furious, and fiery group routine by Kelley Abbey to “El Fuego”. Jordan’s gigantic red skirt engulfed the stage, the guys wore alluringly tight black pants with little vests, and the girls dominated in sexy black heels while snapping their red fans. At last, a group routine that didn’t leave me yawning!

Then came an extremely sad announcement – Alex Wong ruptured his other Achilles tendon! Although he was supposed to be an All-Star, he is now in recovery for the second time. Get better, Alex!

Nigel named nine All-Stars who will be performing with the Top 10 – Melody Lacayanga, Alison Holker, Pasha Kovalev, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Chelsie Hightower, Brandon Bryant, Kathryn McCormick, and Robert Roldan. The Top 10 will perform two numbers each week: one with a randomly-selected contestant and one with an All-Star. Certain dancers this season have either been held back or carried by their partners (ahem, Alexander), so it will be interesting to see who can hold their own once the couples are finally broken up.

Before the bottom six dancers performed, Jason Samuels Smith and his crew of tap dancers took the stage. The group certainly showed off how rhythmic and dynamic tap dancing can be, slipping and sliding across their small wooden board, keeping perfect time with each other. The only thing that was annoying was their rainbow of tap shoes – black shoes blend in more, allowing us to be amazed by the number of sounds they are making. The green and red shoes stood out boldly, perhaps to distract us from the dancers’ flailing arms on top.

The bottom three couples this week were Ryan and Ricky, Caitlynn and Mitchell, and Sasha and Alexander. Caitlynn performed well, although she had some awkward moments rolling on the floor where she seemed to momentarily forget her choreography. Mitchell showed off his beautiful lines, especially in his cute, short, pale blue unitard. Ryan danced another lackluster, unoriginal solo that left us wondering where her power had gone, and as Nigel said, she just seemed defeated from the beginning. Ricky blew everyone away, performing a sultry, cheeky, and technically brilliant solo to “Body Language”. Sasha resorted to her original African jazz style, showing more artistry than technique. And Alexander, though he had finally found his voice in his “That’s Life” duet with Sasha, danced a ballet solo with wobbly legs, uncoordinated turns, and flat feet.

As the judges deliberated, Nicole Scherzinger took the floor with several backup dancers. Although it was difficult to see amongst the multitude of careening stage lights, her dancing was impressive (except the ponytail whipping brought me back to the Glee “Hair” episode) and easily made up for her weak vocals. Between Robin Antin, Carmen Electra, and Nicole Scherzinger, “The Pussycat Dolls” are certainly trying to make a comeback—but in comparison to other guests on the show this season (like Cedar Lake, AXIS, and Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian), Nicole’s performance was nothing spectacular.

After the commercial break, Nigel quickly announced that Ryan and Alexander would be heading home. Ryan, an early favorite in the competition, just couldn’t seem to grow like many of the other dancers. Alexander probably should have been eliminated before this week, but with such a strong partner as Sasha, this was the first chance the judges had to see him perform a solo.

What did you think of last night’s show? Did Ryan and Alexander deserve to go home? Which All-Star do you want to see as Alex Wong’s replacement?

Latest Posts


Performers in HBO Max's "Legendary" (Barbara Nitke, courtesy HBO Max)

How to Express Yourself Through Vogue Fem—While Honoring the Community That Created It

"Who are you when you're voguing fem?" asks the choreographer and dancer Omari Wiles, father of the House of Oricci and founder of the dance company Les Ballet Afrik. "What energy is shaping your story?" In voguing, personal expression is the goal, and vogue fem one way to achieve it.

This flamboyant dance form has experienced a recent wave of mainstream visibility, thanks to the critically acclaimed TV drama "Pose," the hit HBO Max's competition show "Legendary" and, now, the proliferation of TikTok videos centered on voguing.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
by Lee Gumbs, courtesy Lew

Sean Lew's New Film is Bound to Leave You Speechless

If you know Sean Lew (and let's be real—you should), you know that he pours his heart and soul into his craft. Born a star, Lew has danced alongside artists like Sia and Janet Jackson, choreographed for names like Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor, and performed on two seasons on NBC's "World of Dance."

At only 19, Lew's worn more hats than your average human (or even superhuman), and yet he continues to build upon his long list of natural skills—by adding "producer" into the mix. This time around, he's focused on his own passion project. He produced, wrote, directed, choreographed, edited and even stars in his upcoming film II: An Unspoken Narrative, which also features some of our other fave dancers like Kaycee Rice, Zach Venegas and Bailey Sok, just to name a few.

More than just a dance video, and described as his "life's work put into motion," this experimental film fully encapsulates the past four years of Lew's life, depicting an unspoken narrative expressed through dance. There's no dialogue—everything is up for interpretation. Keep reading to get the inside scoop, and be sure to follow Lew at @seanlew as he continues to influence the world with his endless creative ventures.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Emily Roman performs her solo, "Weight of Light" (Break the Floor Media Team, courtesy Roman)

Emily Roman is Your January Cover Model Search Editors' Choice Winner

Congratulations to the January Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, and our first 2022 CMS semi-finalist, Emily Roman! Watch her solo below, and be sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search