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So You Think You Can Dance 5, June 18 – Two Decisions, Zero Unanimous


Tonight’s going to be another interesting results show for So You Think You Can Dance. No matter who we lose, it’s going to be two very talented dancers, as the talent this year is just amazing. We are disappointed each time it seems that we don’t get absolutely wowed, because the bar has been raised that much. Thursday nights it seems are just going to get harder and harder.

We start tonight off with the group number as they dance to Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder. It sounded from Nigel Lythgoe’s words last night like it would be Mia Michaels choreographing it, and indeed it is. The guys take the stage first with face paint and all dressed in black. It’s definitely very crisp. The girls take the stage as well and are also in all back with their hair pulled back and the same black face paint. This doesn’t seem like a Mia Michaels number. It seems more like Wade Robson, as it’s just … out there.

Lil C, Mary Murphy, and of course Nigel, are back tonight for the judging. Cat, dressed in all white, opposing to the dancers, tells Lil C he was in rare form last night. They show a prepared film piece of “Lil C’s Dictionary of Dance.” We see all his comments that were a little out there, along with dancers and judges looking off to the side, as it’s obvious many people don’t understand what the heck this guy is talking about. He gets a huge kick out of it, laughing hysterically after.

Now that the first three couples have had time to get the black makeup off and change their clothes, they’re up to hear the results. Ade Obayami and Melissa Sandvig performed the jazz routine, and the audience loved it just as much as the judges. They’re sticking around. Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover did the first Shane Sparks hip hop routine, and Phillip Chbeeb and Jeanine Mason did the tango that was not well-received at all. It’s Caitlin and Jason that are the first couple in the bottom three, as Phillip and Jeanine are safe. Mary admits to not being surprised (but maybe it’s the Botox), but says she is slightly disappointed, as they completely nailed the Bollywood routine last week. But the slower hip hop they should have nailed as well. It wasn’t really bad, and individually, they’re dynamic dancera. They need to bring it tonight.

The next three couples are up, with Brandon Bryant and Janette Manrara and their disco routine being the first to be judged. This has to be safe, and it is. Karla Garcia and Jonathan Plaero did the beautiful contemporary routine to Falling Slowly, and I have to think this is safe too. But first, Ashley Valerio and Kupono Aweau’s second Shane Sparks hip hop routine. I have to think this will prove to be the second team in the bottom three. Sure enough, they are, as Karla and Jonathan are safe. Lil C tries his best to be brief and says he’s in the middle of being shocked as they started out last week with a bang, but the reality this week is that they didn’t hit it, showing vulnerability of being out of their own genre.

Before we have any more results, Cat shows a surprise that showed up at the season six auditions now taking place, Evan Kasprzak’s brother Ryan! Yea! We missed him. No whoopee cushion this time. Adam Shankman told him at this audition he isn’t a dancer, but a freaking artist, and the guy gets a ticket to Las Vegas. Wow, that is a great surprise. And there he is in the audience. Cat admits she cried like a big idiot. I’ll admit to a tear and a big smile myself. He gets lots of cheers from the audience, and that must do wonders for the guy that proudly watched his brother go to the top 20.

Evan and Randi Evans had their FUN jive routine last night, and Cat gives him more good news, as they’re safe again this week. Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune did the lyrical waltz last night to Vitolio’s life story, and made Mary cry. It’s between them and Kayla Radomski and Max Kapitannikov with their pop jazz routine. It was an interesting routine, but I think they’re in the bottom, as Asuka and Vitolio were just that much better. This week Asuka and Vitolio are safe after barely making it last week, meaning Kayla and Max are in the bottom three. Nigel is somewhat shocked, as for the first time we have three very different couples in the bottom three. He thinks a lot of people didn’t fully understand the esoteric routine from Brian Friedman, although Nigel liked it.

Our special guest from the world of dance tonight performs a Bollywood routine. I won’t even attempt to get her name, as I’m sure I’d murder the spelling. She does some great tricks, I’ll agree to that, but for pure entertainment value, I liked Caitlin and Jason’s Bollywood routine from last week more.


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