Mia Michaels was the guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and Mary Murphy was oddly subdued. It's been a tough couple of weeks in Hollywood and I think it's still affecting the show. Add to that, the fact that for the first time ever, the judges have been on the road casting for a fall show while running this one and it's a wonder they aren't all asleep on their feet.
The dancers were sleeping tonight, as a matter of fact, I think they really stepped it up that notch. Still a ways to go, but better.
Cat announced the theme of the week as being the best and worst the dancers have experienced since starting the show. It's only four weeks in, so it's kind of a lame question. In general, it was simply a recap of all the dances they did to date so we didn't gain any insight into the personalities or lives of these kids. A missing opportunity for sure.
Janette and Brandon were up first with a stylized Cha Cha that lit up the room. Janette is my least favorite girl still on the show, so she may have been good but I wouldn't have noticed. Up until now, Brandon's little boy smile usually leaves me wanting more but he totally pulled off sexy tonight. His Latin walks were amazing, but then it's hard to walk any other way in pants that tight. Mia brought Brandon to tears when she confessed to being extra hard on him because she recognizes that he's something special. That's not what she was saying back in the Vegas round, but everyone is entitled to change their opinion.
Kupono and Kayla took the stage next with a creepy love story choreographed by Sonja. She described it as a vampire pulling Kayla into death and darkness while she fights to stay alive. I didn't get the vampire part, but I did get the fight and the darkness. This is one of a couple dances tonight that was helped by the excellent costuming, which was Tim Burton-esque. Between Kayla's vertical arabesques and Kupono's leggy, animalistic movement, it was a great routine.
I was so excited when I heard that Randi and Evan were doing a Broadway number but I came away slightly disappointed. The choreographer, a woman I'm not familiar with, put together a Bob Fosse style piece from Sweet Charity. It was certainly different and there were some great moves, like Evan's slo-mo cartwheel over the table, but there was something lacking. I just can't put my finger on what. I'm afraid these two will be dancing for their lives tonight.
One couple that was hindered by their costuming was Caitlin and Jason. Brian Friedman handed them a freaky jazz number where Karla was an alien come to impregnate Jason who is the last man on Earth. I actually liked Jason's performance but Caitlin, however, was trapped in a costume that was like something a child would make for Halloween. The tinfoil stripes on her black cat suit were bad enough, but the spikes on her head made it all so comical, it was hard to buy what she should have been selling. I'm sure the poor girl cried when she saw what she had to wear. They'll be in the bottom three as well, tonight.
Jeanine and Phillip pulled yet another hip-hop routine but Napoleon and Tabitha didn't let them get off easy. They actually chained their ankles together to represent the bond between the dancers on the show. The judges liked the bit, but I was so nervous about them tripping on the chain, I couldn't enjoy the show. They do get points for performing under such difficult conditions.
After all the gimmicks, Melissa and Ade took the stage with a classic ballet pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet. It was simply gorgeous. Melissa skipped across the stage en pointe while Ade leapt into the air with the lightness of a feather. Now, here's what I don't understand. This was the first time they did a classical ballet piece on the show and how odd is it that they got the one girl who happens to have been trained in classical ballet. Okay, I can buy luck of the draw, but if Jeanine or Karla had picked the dance, could they have done it en pointe? I don't think so. Perhaps they would have done it without the pointe shoes which wouldn't have had the same impact. It just feels like they were handed this style on purpose, doesn't it?
New partners Karla and Vitolio closed the night with a clever Quick Step. Vitolio was a statue in a museum that comes to life and transforms Karla into his dance partner. Karla even had a quick change costume on to add to the magic. It was fast, fun and a great end to the night. Still, I'm not sure it will keep them out of the bottom three yet again.
In addition to the dancing, there were two special announcements during the show. First was an introduction to Nigel's new Dizzy Feet Foundation (dizzyfeetfoundation.org) which was created to bring dance to underprivileged kids. The arts are so important and yet, they're one of the first things that get cut when school budgets are slashed. This is a terrific program and it's backed by some wonderful dancers and celebs.
Which brings us to the second announcement -- the rumors are all true.
Katie Holmes will be performing on the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance which will air on July 23. She'll be dancing in a tribute to Judy Garland and Holmes donated her performance fee to the Dizzy Feet Foundation so it's a double bonus. It's going to be one heck of a night.
But first, the July 2 episode centers on sending two dancers home. Tune in to tonight when the judges eliminate one more guy and one more girl on their quest to find America's favorite dancer.
Watch So You Think You Can Dance Wednesdays at 8:00 and Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox.
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