Even though I was on vacation the past week and a half, I don’t need to dust off the old computer, as I had my laptop with me, but I do feel at some point I need to dust off the old brain. It took some much needed time off, but this left me with six hours of So You Think You Can Dance to watch in a marathon today, just hours after stepping off the plane.
Some of the dancers seem to need a little dusting off as well. Alexandra just can’t seem to get her act together. By this week it seemed that some of the early favorites, such as Travis/Martha and Musa/Natalie were even struggling. I needed the excitement Heidi and Ryan showed in their Cuban Rumba routine to get a jump start.
All the dancers started the results show off tonight with a group hip hop number choreographed by Shane Sparks. You can always count on him. He provides great moments during the route of girls vs. guys with girls doing tandem flips and guys linking up to do their own tandem flips. With the girls wearing red sweatsuits and the guys wearing opposing black sweatsuits, it resembled a West Side Story thing at many points.
Judging this week are Nigel Lythgoe, the always giddy Mary Murphy and the new tandem hip hop choreographers Cicely and Olisa. They agree that in their first time as judges, it’s going to be extremely difficult this week to eliminate two of the dancers. Mary talks about giving Ivan a hard time at the beginning of the season, but backs off last night’s decision that this week he was resembling the underdog Seabiscuit. Nigel mentions that Ivan even got a special call from his father after last night’s Argentine Tango routine. Ivan says his father hasn’t always been super suppportive, but his coworkers forced him into watching his son instead of working last night. He then called Ivan at 6:00 AM and told him he was proud. I don’t think he’s in danger this week, but even if he was, Im thinking he couldn’t accomplish more than he just has.
It’s Ivan and his partner Allison and Heidi/Ryan up first to hear the results of the voting. The fans seem to feel the same was as Mary and Ivan’s father. Ivan and Allison are safe, as are Heidi and Ryan after the most interesting version of a rumba I’ve ever seen. It was captivating! As Heidi floats off the stage, she is wearing white ruffles, which must have been the outfit she was shopping for in last night’s videos of how the dancers spent the past week.
The pairs of Ashlee/Ben and Travis/Martha stand up to hear their results. The fans don’t appear to see Ben and Ashlee as very believable in their pop jazz routine, as he and Ashlee aren’t safe, but Travis and Martha dodge a bullet, and despite getting their worst judges’ marks so far, they are safe. Jaymz and Jessica find themselves in the bottom three … again … but judges’ and audience favorites, Benji and Donyelle, are safe yet again. Needing one more couple for the bottom three, Natalie/Musa and Alexandra/Dmitry step up. Neither pair did fantastic. Natalie and Musa float through anyway, and Dmitry finds himself pulled into the bottom once again by a partner that isn’t very strong.
Nigel, sounding much like Simon Cowell, thinks America got it right again, but sees that they’ll have a hard decision ahead of them deciding which two of these bottom six dancers they will let go. Mary admits to being surprised at seeing Jaymz and Jessica in the bottom three, as she very much enjoyed their contemporary routine, and feels they should be replaced in the bottom group of dancers by Musa and Natalie, because of their quick step, or lack thereof. Cicely and Olisa talk about what got these dancers up for the elimination this night was just small mistakes.
Ashlee comes out to dance a pop solo, but it doesn’t seem like she has the time to really get to what she can do. However, she says “this” is how you do pop. Okay, she seems to be making a definite statement with that remark. After doing pop jazz with Ben last night, she either didn’t like what he did, or she didn’t like the choregraphy. Ben does a ballet solo, but seems to just do a lot of spins. I want more than that, and he still isn’t strong as a partner. He admits that when he came out he had no idea what he would do. His pimp face from the night before is totally gone, and he appears very worried.
Jessica’s contemporary solo doesn’t wow me, just as her and Jamyz contemporary dance the night before didn’t. She tells Cat Deeley she’s surprised to be in the bottom group of dancers, and thinks America hasn’t really “seen her”, as she is from Miami, and Italian, fun, loud and outgoing. Jaymz seems to show more in his solo than he’s ever able to do as a pair, yet he loses control and spins off the stage. He says no matter what, he wants to thank the judges for the amazing experience, and has trouble getting the words out because of his emotions.
Alexandra is much more wild and free in her solo than she ever was with either of her two partners. She says this performance should save her after messing up her solo last week. She also tries to explain something else about duets, then asks if her words were coming out in English, as she isn’t clear on what she just said, and neither am I. Dmitry performs another Latin solo, and he is just so fricking hot. The judges are clapping and laughing after, which is a good sign for him. He tells Cat he had a connection with Alex since the beginning. As he walks off he has what looks like iron marks on the back of his shirt. Somewhat bizarre.
The judges head off to make their decision, and Natasha Bedingfield comes in to entertain us with Single. I forwarded through most of it, I’ll admit, as I’m finding myself nodding off after getting up at 3:15 AM to catch the flight from Orlando back to Chicago. I think I’m still on EST. I don’t know if Natasha has jet lag as well, but but her looks somewhat pale in comparison to the beauty of Cat Deeley as they stand next to each other. Cat is just so striking. She is also quite the sympathetic host as dancers are eliminated every week, with hugs and kisses. She also, unlike Ryan Seacrest, isn’t in the position to deliver the bad news, as that falls to Nigel. I wonder if she would still be received as warmly by the audience if she did take on that duty as well.
Tonight Nigel tells the girls in the bottom three that he and the other judges (whom he referred to as the Witches of Eastwick last night) are in unanimous agreement. He says they feel Ashlee is a different person when she has her bolero hat on as her eyes light up and she feels more comfortable. Yet, he feels she’s on a journey and is growing every week. She is declared safe, and hugs Ben and Heidi.
As Nigel tells Jessica to step forward, both she and Ben do. Ben then realizes what he just did, and walks away, as Nigel tells him he’s glad he figured out his name isn’t Jessica. I knew the guy was nervous, but thinking he was Jessica? She is told by Nigel that he feels she’s in the middle area of how they feel about the entire group of dancers. He says she talks often about her great personality, but we won’t ever see it unless she shows it. It’s not enough just to talk about it all the time.
Alex is asked to step forward, and does, but Ben doesn’t. Nigel tells her when he does critiques and tries to find ways to explain what he means, he sometimes crosses the line between critique and rudeness. He felt watching the show back last night that he crossed the line comparing her to the Corpse Bride, and he apologizes. He was delighted with Alex tonight as she didn’t give up in her solo like she did last week, and he also references that people giving up in their solos will be hurt later in the show. This could be bad news for either Ben or Jaymz. She’s not being cut, though, for tonight; she’s being cut for what she has done in the show so far. Dmitry gets a panicked look on his face realizing that if he stays he’ll need a new partner yet again.
As Alex sits offstage crying, Nigel focuses his attention on the guys. Dmitry is asked to step forward, and Nigel notes he seems to be feeling a little anxiety after losing two partners, but tells him it’s obvious the girls adore him because of the screams. Cue girls screaming yet again. Nigel also tells him that Cecily and Olisa think he is “The bomb, Baby!” Yet none of that is why they are asking him to stay; it’s because he is a great performer.
Ashlee is asked to step forward, and as she does, she is asked about being Ben’s partner and if she feels he performed for her. She handles it as democratically as she can, but seems to be giving a Miss America response, trying every way she can find to say he’s not what she wanted, but he’s doing the best he can. Ben recognizes his own name this time, and steps forward. He’s asked how much time he put into his solo, and he admits zero.Nigel is very irritated, and asks how he can put so little into something when he is fighting for their life. Jaymz is asked the same question, and says he put something together and his nerves got to him as he forgot it all. As Nigel gets ready to hand down his decision, my TIVO cuts out. What the hell?
Can’t they give a sister a break here? I just watched six hours of this show in one day to get caught up so I could write this review leading up to this decision, and now they go over so that my TIVO cuts out? The noive! Luckily, I belong to a few great yahoo groups, and Doc was posting with spoilers for those that weren’t able to see it. It’s Ben that left, which puts Ashlee now in a pair with Dmitry. Not so sure how that will work out, at it seems destined to fail. There has to be someone there that can match up well to Dmitry, where they wouldn’t always feel they were working in his shadow. Perhaps Allison or Heidi. If either of them lose their partners, I can see Dmitry finally working with someone that can make him look as good as he does them.
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