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So You Think You Can Dance, June 30 – Handicapping the Top 14


6. Mitchell Kelly, 20, of Chicago, IL. He couldn’t dance with partner Caitlynn Lawson on doctors orders the first week, took on contemporary from easy chairs the next week, and did a samba this week. They landed in the bottom three this week because of performance position more than anything else and had really strong solos.

7. Chris Koehl, 21, of Garland, TX. He paired with Ashley Rich on a hip hop routine to Cee-Lo Green’s Forget You in the first week, a terrific Broadway routine through cell bars the next week, and a Sonya Tayeh zombie routine this week. They fell into the bottom three this week, mostly because of the weaker routine. A strong routine next week could save them next time.

8. Caitlynn Lawson, 18, of Moses Lake, WA. She is paired with Mitchell Kelly who wasn’t allowed to dance on doctor’s orders, so danced a contemporary number with Robert Roldan instead in the first week, a contemporary routine from chairs the next week, and a samba this week. They seem extremely strong, yet landed in the bottom three after dancing second. A strong routine next week might save them.

9. Jess LeProtto, 18, of Little Falls, NJ. He danced with partner Clarice Ordaz on a Broadway number and ended up in the bottom seven dancers the first week, a contemporary routine the next week, and a Broadway-inspired fox trot this week. He was so arrogant in the beginning, and his partner work is weak, but he is consistently compared to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. A checked ‘tude and dedication to his partner work could save him.

10. Sasha Mallory, 23, of Bakersfield, CA. She  is partnered with Alexander Fost, and they took on a Travis Wall routine the first week, the Napoleon and Tabitha hip hop routine about the soldier coming back from the war the next week, and another contemporary this week. She’s an extremely strong dancer and started out to be a fan favorite, but has proved herself.

11. Melanie Moore, 19, of Marietta, GA. She paired up with Marko Germar on a Travis Wall routine this first week, the Sing with a Swing jazz number the next week, and the lyrical hip hop about best friends at the alter this week. She’s been called the best female dancer this season, and it’s a label that is well-deserved. These two shouldn’t have any problem making final ten.

12. Clarice Ordaz, 19, of Whittier, CA. She partnered up with Jess LeProtto on a jazz routine and ended up in the bottom three the first week, did contemporary the following week, and a fox trot this week. His strong personality hurt her the first week, but his stunning dancing has saved her ever since. They’re another couple at risk for being split up.

13. Ryan Ramirez, 18, of Morgan Hill, CA. She was paired up with Ricky Jaime on a lyrical hip hop in week one, a sexy jazz number last week, and were tied together by Sonya Tayeh this week. They were the one couple saved last week, putting them on the bottom of fans’ lists who saw their other favorites go home, but survived this week thanks to a strong performance and even better performance position. Fans are looking for a reason to send her home.

14. Ashley Rich, 22, Emeryville, CA. She partnered up with Chris Koehl doing hip hop to Forget You, did an amazing prison-themed Broadway routine the next week, and did the Sonya Tayeh zombie routine this week. She’s a judges’ favorite, but fell into the bottom three because of the weaker routine this week. She was surprisingly saved over Miranda. She needs to make sure she shows why she was saved next week.

The dancers should all be realizing by now that unless their names are Marko or Melanie, or perhaps Jordan or Tadd, they need to pray for good performance order where they perform in the second half, and need to avoid ballroom. These strong contemporary dancers this season should be falling down on their knees and thanking the dancing gods if they see Travis Wall standing in front of them next week.

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