As you probably noticed, I did not get a recap up last week. I was too devastated by the exit of M.Spears. I really wanted a hip hop girl to have a good run and I thought she was good in other styles, but at this point all the girls except Amy are pretty much on equal footing to me, so I won’t be surprised by any girl’s exit from now on. I thought Curtis should have left before BluPrint, but now Curtis is gone too, so on with the show.
Also noteworthy from week 5- Pixie gave her best performance to date in my mind, Amy and Fik continued to prove that there is nothing they can’t master, and Carly Rae Jepsen was a waste of a guest judge.
* These are strictly my opinions. I have a dance and cheer background. If I am harsh on a competitor and you are in a sorority with a girl whose brother is dating an aerobics instructor who favors a cast member on SYTYCD, this is not personal and I am sure they are the best dancer to ever come out of your hometown. Now on with the recap:
The opening number was really cool and I saw standout moments for most people. I think the layout step-out across the diagonal was Nico. Also, I believe it was Amy that had some dance work in the front. Overall, really nice routine.
Following the opening number, we find out our bottom six: Curtis, Alan, Nico, Alexis, Mackenzie, and Jasmine. I knew right then that the tappers were going home. Curtis has reached his peak and doesn’t compare to the other boys. Alexis is soooooo sick as a tapper, but she is a slight notch below the other girls when asked to do other styles. I will take this time to point out that other dancers are NEVER asked to learn tap, nor do the tappers ever get the luxury of dancing their own style one week (essentially ensuring safety) like literally every other dancer in the competition, so the odds are stacked against them from the beginning. I will also mention that Alexis is one of the best tappers I have ever seen! As Nigel said during her audition, she understands that the moments in tap when you are not making noise are sometimes just as powerful.
Tucker & JJ
Nigel gave them a hard time and said this was really bad, but I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it, but I thought it was a good effort from a Julliard dancer and a ballroom dancer. A lot of people in the comments section criticize Luther Browns choreography, but they just don’t understand East Coast Hip-Hop. It is a style of hip hop that honestly reminds me of a drag queen z-snapping, which probably helped these guys (rather then getting animation or something). Witney and Twitch slayed the east coast hip hop style last year if you want to look it up. Actually, after watching W&T, this couple did seem a little too upright. Still, I wouldn’t call it BAD.
Alexis & Nico
Best performance for this couple thus far. They finally found the chemistry, so it is a shame they are parting ways now with Alexis’ departure. Nico was just perfection in his own style. Lexi rose to the occasion and looked phenomenal in this number- what a way to go out!
Curtis could not perform this week, but I missed what the reason was. He probably would have been the one leaving anyway, but it’s a shame he didn’t get a farewell number. We did get to see Hayley dance with a pro though. That is great because you know they won’t make you look bad, but is also tough because you will be compared to them. She looked like a ballroom dancer that was simply performing with her partner. It was fab! This is my favorite number of hers, because I was tired of them making her overly sexy. It isn’t necessary.
Mackenzie and Paul
They are both so good! And Nigel, if you are wondering why Mackenzie keeps getting voted into the bottom, it is because she didn’t get very much coverage in Vegas so a lot of people had already connected with other dancers. Her technique is sooooo good though. I fear they may be in trouble because it does seem like a routine that has been performed on the show before, but if you are strictly looking at the dance ability, these two are amaze. Paul has been steadily rising on my list of favorite boys. He might take that numba 1 spot!
Dance 5: Apple Dance (Contemp…did anyone catch the choreographer’s name?)
AJ and Jasmine
Here are two things I say to myself every time they perform- 1. How the hell did AJ not originally make the show?! He looks good in everything. 2. I really wish this couple would date if they aren’t already. Their chemistry is on fire! This wasn’t the most difficult contemporary routine I have ever seen, but it was lovely, sweet, and I believed them. Neither of them are front runners to win individually, but together they bring out the best in each other which has helped them tremendously in the competition.
Amy & Fik
This was the least memorable of all their performances, but I still think they are the couple to beat. It was cute, but not a wow moment. I really couldn’t stand those dumb shoes and socks they put on Amy….it didn’t do her short legs any favors. Trust me- I am built like her. We don’t need to cut our legs off at the ankles. Amy did show that she was a true pro by recovering from the fall. I actually thought it was maybe part of the routine, since they were portraying this sort of goofy dopey love. The routine was good, but it wasn’t memorable.
Malece and Alan
Boy was Alan HOT in his own style! I am glad we got to see that. This routine was full of lifts and was suuuuuper difficult. Malece is really peaking at the right time. There were moments when she looked out of her element, but given the difficulty level in this routine, I am probably reaching to find something to critique. These two are quickly becoming dark horse contenders.
Mackenzie, JJ, Malece, Hayley, Nico, Alan, Spencer (filling in for Curtis)
This was a feel good number, but it didn’t give me any thing that would make me remember someone. There were no moments when I said to myself “Wow. I need to keep my eye on him/her.” However, it was good music, good attitude, and good dancing. This was a nice routine that the average viewer probably really enjoyed watching. I think Mackenzie and Hayley were the best out of the girls- slight advantage to Mackenzie. Nico had some nice moments in the routine too.
Amy, Fik, Jasmine, AJ, Paul, Tucker and Alexis
I loved this! I hope Bonnie comes back to choreograph more often. Everyone looked great in this routine. If I HAD to pick a weak spot, it would be Fik (you could tell in his turns and leaps), but he was able to do enough to blend. Amy is incredible. I could watch her dance for hours. Jasmine is a pro at tapping into the emotion of a routine. Even Alexis doesn’t get enough credit- the camera wasn’t on her much, but when it was I watched her do a calypso leap and it was lovely. Tucker stood out amongst the boys, though my eyes went to AJ a lot too. Overall, really fantastic dance!
So what do you guys think? Who are your favorites? Who do you want to see go home? Anybody else think AJ and Nico could pass for a poor man’s version of the main characters on Graceland?
P.S. Anna Kendrick = Best guest judge ever! She offered constructive criticism without being overbearing. She cut a joke or two, but not to the point where I couldn’t take her seriously. Da Bomb!