"SYTYCD" Season 8: Elimination 7

Another day, another dollar, another "So You Think You Can Dance" results show recap.

Sorry! That sounded much more bitter than we meant it to. It's just that last night's show was a bit...blah. Come on: It's almost the finale! They announced the Top 4! Everything should have been CRAZY EXCITING!

Instead, we got a bunch of vanilla solos and lackluster guest performances. Maybe it was just hard to get into the show this week because pretty much everyone knew who would be sent home before things even got started. Sort of takes the wind out of a results show's sails.

Aaaanyway, here are our top three awesome--and awkward--happenings from last night.


1) The huge rose in Justin Giles' opening number. Honestly, we don't remember much about the dancing, but that rose was totally awesome. Remember the mutant dandelions from Teenage Mutatnt Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze? Totally reminded us of them. And any day that involves reminiscing about TMNT is a good day.

2) Melanie's solo. As we lamented earlier, most of last night's solos were underwhelming--but this girl is in a league of her own. Yes, we could do with fewer BOOM-I'm-in-a-split moments, but Melanie is technically brilliant and somehow makes that whole crumple-face cry thing seem authentic and appealing.

3) Kent and Lauren's performance of "Collide." Yes! Right! THAT'S why we used to adore this show. And both Kent and Lauren have definitely gotten stronger over the past year. (Man, do we wish they were a real-life couple--talk about beautiful babies.)


1) The Bad Boys of Dance's number. Gorgeous dancers doing embarrassingly bad choreography. (The running man? Really?) You're better than this, guys.

2) Pia Toscano's performance. (Pia who? We are so not cool.) OK, look: We've said this before, and we don't mean to harp, but when you're performing on a dance show, why not get some awesome dancers involved? Pia has a delicious set of pipes, but how much tastier would her performance have been with a nice sprinkling of "SYTYCD" All Stars?

3) Cat's dress. We swore that, for once, we would not get all rapturous about how amazing Cat looked. OK--mission accomplished. Instead, let's talk about how bizarro last night's outfit was. What was up with the giant flowers eating her face? (Were giant flowers just the motif of the evening?) And did her skirt have some unfortunate run-in with a paper shredder? We did love the bright banana-yellow color, though. (Whoops--see, there we go, adoring her again.)

As we (and the world) predicted, we said goodbye to Caitlynn, who's gorgeous but too generic to last, and Ricky, who we've always thought of as the poor man's Danny Tidwell. That makes for a pretty darn solid Top 4. Let's hope they get some legitimately amazing choreo thrown at them next week.

What do you guys think? Are we crazy? Are we saying all the things you're too nice to say? (Both?) Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @Dance_SpiritMag and on the DS Facebook page!

Latest Posts

Because there's never been a better time to binge-watch "Bunheads" (via Freeform)

5 of the Danciest TV Shows Streaming Right Now (and Where to Stream Them)

We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.

We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
The cast of Center Stage in a promotional poster (courtesy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The Making of "Center Stage," as Remembered by Its Dance Stars

Whether you first watched it in a theater two decades ago or on Netflix last week, odds are you feel a deep connection to Center Stage. The cult classic, which premiered May 12, 2000, is arguably the greatest dance film ever made. (Dance obsessives might take issue with the "cult" before "classic," not to mention the "dance" before "film.") Jody Sawyer's ballet journey—which combines oh-wow-I've-had-those-blisters realism with wait-does-she-have-magic-color-changing-pointe-shoes fantasy—stands the test of time, early-aughts fashion be darned. We've memorized its highly quotable lines, laughed with (and, gently, at) its heroes, and been inspired by its sincere love of dance and dancers.

To celebrate Center Stage's 20th anniversary, we asked five of its dance stars to talk through their memories of the filming process. Here are their stories of on-set bonding, post-puke kissing scenes, and life imitating art imitating life.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

High School and College Senior Dancers: Submit Your Photo Here

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search