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So You Think You Can Dance 6, Nov.10-11 – The Quickstep Kills Again


Mollee Gray wants us to know she is deaf in her left ear and has been since she was a baby. We don’t know that Nathan Trasoras goes jet skiing when he’s not dancing, liking that feeling of going quick. They’ll be doing salsa this week with Gustavo Vargas, who warns they need to have a lot of flavor. Mollee thinks they’ll do muy bueno. Gustavo wants her to be sexy and strong and vibrant, not cute and nice. I don’t know if she can put that cuteness quotient away.

Quimbara by Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco is the backdrop for Mollee and Nathan’s salsa, and they definitely look the part, especially him with his slicked back hair. She works hard on losing the cuteness, and she does through some of it, but at times, I don’t think she can help it. The looks on her face, though, definitely say “Sexy. Take that, Karen,” but it’s more acting sexy than being sexy. Let’s see if Adam finds his Ahooga eyes.

Adam says to get ready to boo him, as it was another of those bad luck of the draw things. They never want to see people feel out of step or awkward with the material they’re given. But, that was a number that exposed all of the weaknesses, making him feel bummed out for Mollee and Nathan this week, but every other week has been fantastic, and he thinks they’re fan favorites so that should help them this week. The usage of the floor wasn’t great, and he also noticed a searching of the hands.

Mary agrees it wasn’t sexified and was french-fried. They are the dream team, but it wasn’t their brightest moment tonight including times of being out of synch. She notes Gustavo is known as Gu-suave-o and Nathan wasn’t in the least. Mollee looked uncomfortable, and it all left her feeling for them. Nigel notes it’s a sobering night for many of the dancers, as they’ve been saying for weeks that this top 20 is the best so far, but now they’re exposing weaknesses, and that’s what he saw here. From one of them stepping with the wrong feet walking out, the routine just didn’t work for them, and the chmistry was missing for the first time. He hopes they’ve learned this week that they’re not great at everything. No Bueno.

What we don’t know about Noelle Marsh is that she has a pretty big family, with three sisters and a brother, who had a stroke when he was young, and he’s now her inspiration. We didn’t know that Russell is an artist sketching, graphing, portraits, etc. They’re doing Afro-Jazz this week with Sean Cheesman. He explains to them that this style is a mix of African technique with jazz, minus the jazz hands. Russell is a frog, while Noelle is an African princss. Russell likes the character as he gets to be extra quirky. It’s a fast dance, but Russell figures he’ll be able to keep up.

Noelle and Russell dance to Frog Dance by Mickey Hart & Planet Drum, and I have to say the dance is enticing from the very start, both in the choreography, and the dancers. They do a tumble turn thing that is really good, like a straight leap frong. This was surprisingly good.

Adam weclomes Sean to the stage, telling him it was a nice entrance to the show. He thought it was very smart, as it was a number that was filled with a curious blend of techniques, yet also had an enormous amount of character and joy, great for the show to sell it to the audience. He notes that when he thinks of African princesses, the one name to come to his mind is Noelle. What was great was that it was relentless and they were totally committed to the characters.

Mary tells them it was crazy … crazy good. Noelle was just so in there, and while Russell was dynamic and powerful, she was expecting that. She got more than she expected from him though, as he wasn’t just doing a bunch of steps. He didn’t turn into a prince, though, as he turned into the King of Afro-Dance. And here it comes, the first King on the Train tonight. Nigel says it’s the first time he’s seen this style and hopes Sean come back and gives us more, as it was great. He thinks after that, maybe the Russian folk jazz might work. He also tells Russell he’s a star this season and got a great character in the frog, and perhaps being great for a krumper, with the posing. He still can’t believe he has such fanstic lines, though. Noelle scraped by last week, and he’s happy she did, so they could do this routine this week.

Nigel feels the dancers tht should be worried are the krumping ski team of Ryan and Ellenore. Mary thinks for the first time Nathan and Mollee should be worried, and Adam agrees, but thinks fans might save them. We don’t have to wait for tomorrow, as here we are with the results.

It seems we didn’t have to wait long to see the Afro Jazz again, as that certainly seems the style ofour group dance this week. It’s at least some type of jazz, almost mixed in somewhat with a Paula Abdul/Jackson influence. It turns out it was Dave Scott, but it’s interesting to make that connection.

The first couple in our bottom three is not so surprisingly Ellenore and Ryan, yet Kathryn/Legacy and Channing/Victor are safe. Ashleigh and Jakbo are safe, Pauline and Peter are not, but Russell and Noelle are. Surprisngly, Karen and Kevin are in the bottom three, but Nathan and Mollee are safe. But Nigel wants Nathan to know he’s only safe because a lot of young ladies like him, and it’s not because of his great dancing. Ouch. However, Nigel, that’s only going to make them vote even more for him. Have you learned nothing from Sanjaya Malakar?

I can’t see the judges sending Kevin or Ryan home, so I think we might see our third tap dancer go home. I know they won’t send Karen home either, and doubt they will Ellenore either, so I think Pauline will be dancing home as well.

Ellenore does her contemporary solo and does well, but oddly different. Ryan does a ballroom solo which is always difficult, but is 100% so amazing. He will not go home guaranteed. He wants it. Although oddly, he was wearing what looked like Peter’s Navy outfit from the night before. Was he not prepared?


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