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So You Think You Can Dance, July 7 – Handicapping the Top 12


Mary Murphy nailed  it tonight with her assessment of this season of So You Think You Can Dance. The field is so tight, that the dancers can’t make one tiny mistake. This is so true. Watching the solos and performances each week, they’re all at least really good. But that’s not enough. They have to be amazing. If you aren’t, you’re going home.

And for the final three this week, there was one couple who ended up there two weeks in a row, and two others who had also been there before. Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl were there last week, and several fans thought they should have been the ones to go home. Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime had been there before, and fans also thought they should have been the ones to go home, but they seemed really good this week. Seeing Jordan Casanova and Tadd Gadduang there was a huge shock. They were great this week.

After the solos, it was clear. Ashley and Chris needed to go home. Not that they aren’t fabulous dancers, and not that they aren’t great people. They just didn’t measure up to the other four.

But before he dismissed Ashley and Chris, Nigel had some stern words for the other four. He told them it’s time to up their game. Clearly if they keep appearing in the bottom three, something isn’t working. Additionally, Jordan was told we all know she has fantastic legs, but it’s time for her to show us something else. Ricky was told it was clear he and his “partner” were not connecting with America. Apparently Nigel is unable to ever call Ryan out for anything.

The really odd thing was that it appeared that Travis Wall was being made the fall guy tonight. Nigel told Ricky that Travis felt other than Marko, Ricky was the best contemporary dancer there. Tadd was told Travis really wants to work with him, as he loves B-Boys, and loved working with Legacy before. In other words, it seemed like Nigel wanted to can him, but Travis wanted the chance to work  with him, so insisted he stick around. Who’s running this show?

Here’s a look at the top twelve as they remain on the show and what their chances of continuing past next week look like.

1. Jordan Casanova, 18, of Chino Hills, CA. She and Tadd Gadduang have danced an African Jazz number, a Viennese Waltz, a really cute hip hop from a bed, and a smooth waltz. Nigel told her she has to stop doing the same move over and over in her solos. It’s time to change it up. However, Mary Murphy figured America must have gone to the kitchen during their dance this week to not give them the votes.

2. Alexander Fost, 20, of Pasadena, CA. He is paired with Sasha Mallory, and they did a Travis Wall contemporary number, a Napoleon and Tabitha hip hop, a beautiful contemporary routine, and a hip hop. They didn’t do well this week, and most likely the only reason they’re safe is because she’s such a fan favorite.

3. Tadd Gadduang, 25, of West Valley City, UT. He is partnered with Jordan Casanova, and has done an African Jazz number, a Viennese Waltz, the bed hip hop, and the smooth waltz. His B-Boy solo seemed much stronger than Chris’, and for a B-Boy, his smooth waltz was good even by Mary’s standards. They need to slam it home next week to make final ten.

4. Marko Germar, 22, of Canoga Park, CA. He partnered with Melanie Moore on a Travis Wall number, a jazz routine to Sing with a Swing, a lyrical hip hop, and another jazz routine. Nigel let on that Travis considers him to be the strongest contemporary dancer in the competition. That’s high praise. He’s definitely safe until top ten.


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