June 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the Top 11 show of So You Think You Can Dance.  Cat comes out looking like a Grecian goddess in blue and gold and introduces our Top 11.  Our judges are Nigel, Mia and Adam.  Each of the contestants pulled a name out of a hat to determine which All-Star they would be partnered with for the week.  The question posed to each of them was…What is something that America doesn’t know about you yet?

Billy loves to work on do-it-yourself projects with his dad.  He is performing Broadway with Lauren, choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  He admits that he is not used to dancing so insanely fast.  They dance to “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, and it’s a high energy routine dancing off of lockers and each other.  Nigel says the longer movements Tyce created really suit Billy and he had good chemistry with Lauren.  Mia is proud of him for doing so well with something so different for him, and she is ready for the boy to become a man.  Adam loves that dancing comes naturally for him, but would like to see him inhabit his character the entire time.

Cristina once auditioned for a singing competition in Mexico that was similiar to American Idol, but she was cut.  Her partner is Mark, and they are performing Jazz choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.  This number is about a snake going after its prey, and Sonya really wants to bring the fire out.  They dance to “Starstruck” by Santigold, giving a powerful and intense performance.  Nigel calls Cristina absolutely tremendous, and says she filled the whole routine with substance.  Mia tells her she was partnered with the best, and she captured the essence of the dance.  Adam is stunned…like Mia he didn’t think it would work but he’s very happy to admit that he was wrong! He saw no trace of a salsa dancer, which is the ultimate compliment for someone who is out of her element.

Jose practices yoga to stay flexible and keep a clear head.  He and Comfort are performing Hip-Hop, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  NappyTabs tell us that this is not your traditional Hip-Hop routine, and both dancers are portraying predators determining which one will ultimately be the prey.  They dance to “Beautiful Monster” by Ne-Yo, showing off sharp moves and Jose’s head spin.  He winds up being the prey!  Nigel says he didn’t anticipate this going so well since Jose is normally a B-Boy, but he thought it was outstanding.  Mia tells him that he was solid on the floorwork, and just needs to bring more of that to his feet.  She also says he is really special and has already grown so much.  Adam loves that he made a very successful leap ahead since last week, and reminds him to go to his power moves more often.

Adechike attended the “Fame” school in New York, and found out that Tyce Diorio did as well.  He and one of the teachers have a laugh about Tyce’s grades not being so great…good thing Tyce isn’t choreographing him this week!  Adechike is paired with Kathryn, and they are performing Jazz choreographed by Travis Wall.  He is an office worker daydreaming at his desk, and Kathryn is his fantasy come to life.  The dance to the Florence and the Machine version of “Addicted to Love”, and do some great lifts and work with the desk and chair.  Nigel calls him “Ade-cheeky” (ha ha!) and says while he did the steps well, he didn’t quite believe the fantasy.  Mia praises the great piece from Travis, but says the chemistry wasn’t there and it wound up being just empty technique.  Adam says he is a great technical partner, but needs to bring that extra something to the dance.

Melinda is an actress, and she played Zoey on As The World Turns.  She is dancing the Jive with Pasha, choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin.  This number is all about being in love, and Melinda says it’s easy to get into character because Pasha is hot!  They perform to “L.O.V.E.” by V.V. Brown, and it’s filled with fun and great energy.  Nigel says she is vivacious, but the style didn’t suit her. Mia agrees with Nigel, saying the performance is there but she needs to work on straightening her legs.  Adam tells her that when she watches this performance back she will learn a lot from it, and she should work on her hands.

Alex loves to sing and play the piano.  And I have to say…he has a beautiful voice!  He and Allison are performing Contemporary, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.  This routine is all about trying to find peace and salvation, and Alex finds that he really connects with that.  They dance to “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, and it’s so emotional and breathtakingly beautiful…WOW.  They receive a standing ovation and the judges are all crying, as am I at home on my couch.  Nigel says they just set a new standard for SYTYCD, portraying the poetry of dance and being everything he had hoped for.  Mia calls it the best piece to date, telling Sonya she really has outdone herself.  She is shaking because it was so brilliant.  Adam says it was incredible, and that Sonya and Alex both helped each other up their games.

Alexie was on Star Search as a little girl in 1991, dancing with the Hip Hop Kids.  One of her judges was Adam Shankman…oh my!  Look at Adam 19 years ago!!!  She is paired with Twitch, and they are performing Hip-Hop choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  This one is about a boyfriend sneaking in through the girl’s window.  They dance to “Butterfly” by Jason Mraz, and have great snyc and nice moves around the window shade.  Nigel thinks Alexie was too cutesy.  Mia says there was no groove,she danced like a young girl and needs to step it up.  Adam tells her she got by on pure charisma, and she needs to learn from Tabitha how to dance with the sensuality of a woman and the power of a man. (And Nigel & Mia threaten to bring that old picture of Adam out again tomorrow!)

Lauren has a passion for working with Kindergartners, and they bring her a lot of joy as they learn from her.  She is dancing Jazz with Ade, choreographed by Mandy Moore.  The routine is supposed to be flat out sexy.  They perform to “Oh Yeah” by Yello, and there are some great moves with the couch that show her flexibility.  It wasn’t as sexy as I thought it would be though.  Nigel says it was well choreographed but there was no chemistry.  Mia tells her the technique was flawless, but she needs to work on filling in the other spaces of the dance.  Adam is concerned about her, wanting her to look deeper into who she is to form that connection with the dance.

Kent was the Homecoming King of his high school class…but he admits there were only 14 other guys in his class.  (That’s OK Kent, you still earned it!)  He is paired with Anya, and they are performing the Cha-Cha choreographed by Tony and Melanie.  It’s a sexy routine, and they want Kent to show he is ready to step up and be a leader.  Kent and Anya dance to “Lady Marmalade”, the version by Diva Invasion.  It’s very sharp and has great lifts…and I’m impressed that Kent pulled off sexy pretty well!  Nigel says he could tell that Kent really enjoyed himself, and likens him to a young Paul Newman.  He is very proud of him.  Mia is happy that he committed to everything, and he looked like a Ballroom boy even though he was doing weird things with his lips.  (Kent KNEW they were going to say something about that!)  Adam says he was so determined and it showed in how amazing he was.

Ashley can do a lot of crazy voices, her favorite being a robot.  She and Neil are performing Contemporary, choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  The number is about the love connection, and what it’s like when you find that one person that you can’t live without.  They dance to “For All We Know” by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (showing my age…but I’ve always adored them), and it’s powerful, romantic, and gorgeous.  Nigel praises Tyce’s beautiful choreography and tells Ashley that she is a beautiful dancer.  Mia says she felt what Ashley was feeling in a way, and that she brings a special innocence to the show.  Adam tells her she is technically there and just needs to open herself up more.

Finally we have Robert, and he always wanted to be a professional baseball player.  He is dancing African Jazz with Courtney, choreographed by Sean Cheesman. They are two mythical creatures who comes together once a year to become human.  They perform to “Norweg” from the Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco soundtrack, and the dance is strong with a wonderful lyrical quality to it.  Nigel tells Sean he did a fabulous job, and he loves the way Robert danced it so well.  Mia loves that he is athletic, fun, technical, and quirky.  She wants him to delve into that even more.  Adam calls him one of the best contestants they’ve ever had on the show!

The evening ends with a recap of the dances and a reminder to vote.  Tomorrow night Usher will sing, and we will have a performance from Twyla Tharp’s “Come Fly Away”.  The top 11 will also become 10 as one dancer is sent home.  Good night everybody!

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