Nigel Lythgoe may have been fired from American Idol, but the producer/judge is seeing huge success of his other Fox competition show, So You Think You Can Dance. Although we’re not sure Nigel can dance, he definitely gives it his best shot in one of the best opening group numbers the show has ever aired.
I haven’t been so excited about a group number since the “Ramalama Bang Bang” zombie-Halloween routine back in 2006!
Last week was also the first time we got to see the Top 20 perform. They did not disappoint. The judges handed out rave reviews to just about every couple making it difficult to really determine who is in danger this week of heading home. In case you missed it, here’s a recap:
First up was hip-hopper Mariah and contemporary dancer Carlos who paired up for upbeat jive that they kicked out of the park. Nigel commented that, “while the couple wasn’t technically sound, he feels they will be voted safe for the week since they were so entertaining.”
Up next was jazz-girl Jasmine Mason and ballroom dancer Alan Bersten in a contemporary routine by Travis Wall that was unbelievable. It was an excellent dance that not only had difficult choreography. The was an even more challenging twist: they were blind folded. The couple was impressive on the dance floor and we’re sure to see them again next week.
Lucky for us we got to see another Travis Wall routine, this time performed by Malece and Jade. Travis had impeccable choreography as usual. The couple was able to deliver an equally as impeccable performance. Mary commented that she, “loves Jade’s confidence” and “Malece’s internal diva had out in full force.”
Judge favorite and ballroom dancer Jenna and her contemporary partner Tucker took on a Broadway routine that was fun and flirty. Guest judge, Wayne Brady, says Tucker was “amazing” and says he’s reminded of Donald O’Connor. He also comments that Jenna had taken it old school as well and reminded him of Cyd Charisse. High praise for both dancers to be compared to dancing royalty!
Latin ballroom dancer Brittany and animator BluPrint took on a genre “wildly” outside both their comfort zones in a Alex Cheeseman Afro-Jazz routine that was extremely entertaining. Mary admitted that she anticipated a train-wreck performance. The couple, however, ended up getting two tickets on the Hot Tamale Train! Will America give the couple a pass as well?
Tapper Alexis and contemporary dancer Nico take on a Christopher Scott routine that proved underwhelming. They got less than rave reviews than others. The routine was referenced as “Pleasant-Hop” rather than hip-hop by the judges. Let’s up their swagger-less performance doesn’t land them in the bottom this week.
The Viennese waltz performed by Mackenzie and Paul was runner up for worst of the night by TVLine. “Unrelenting pageant smiles” and lack of chemistry proved to give this piece a little less than a happy ending.
Jasmine Harper and tapper Aaron took on a Sonya Tayeh routine that landed them in the strongest couple’s category according to the judges. Wayne Brady complimenting Jasmine with a cryptic Lil’ C impression, “he’d say you are a little chocolate Amazonian fool and imbued of all the strength that you draw upon of the divergent forces that make you a force to be reckoned with.”
Christopher Scot created a “sexy” hip-hop routine for Haley and Curtis which proved a success for the couple who both danced outside the normal genres. Mary comments that she “liked the pair’s stage presence.” She calls Hayley a vixen and says she admires Curtis for being able to keep up with her.
Sonya gives another stunning routine brought to life by Fik-Shun and Amy. Nigel refers to Amy as the “beast” of Season 10. He also compliments Fik-Shun, since the hip-hopper has never taken a contemporary class before this week.
The Top 20’s debut show was a huge success! Already it’s hard to imagine already losing two of them! With so many excellent performances and diverse personalities, it’s hard to say who America is falling in love with. Don’t miss this week’s episode to see who will be going home!