SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Top 20 Review (How cool is this show?!!!)

I know this is coming a little late, but I just watched the top 20 perform on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and hello…WTF was that? It was AMAZING!!!!
This is the first season that I watch (after my friend recommended it) and I have to say, the audition process was a little boring to me and I wasn’t too excited about the show. But after seeing the top 20 perform, So You Think You Can Dance is my favorite reality show (and yes, I like it better than American Idol even).

Quick thoughts:

  • My two top favorites were Lacey & Kameron (Choreographed by Mia Michaels) and Sara & Jesus (Choreographed by Wade Robson).
  • Elimination: Ashlee was the right choice for the elimination of girls, but I would have eliminated Dominic instead of Ricky for the boys.
  • Wade Robson is a genius!
  • Moving on to the more detailed review:

    JAIMIE GOODWIN & HOK KONISHIHip Hop

    Choreography: Shane Sparks
    Music: “Tamborine” by Eve get it on Eve - Tambourine - Single - Tambourine
    Thoughts: Pretty cool. I liked the choreography a lot, it made me want to get up and dance too. You could definitely tell that it wasn’t Jaimie’s style, but for someone who danced hip hop for the first time, she did really, really good. I want to see her do more of it. Hok was great, but then again it was his style. I would have liked to see even more crazy moves, but that’s for the future. Rating: 4/5
    Video:


    Jaimie/Hok dancing to Tambourine

    DANNY TIDWELL & ANYA GARNISJive

    Choreography: Tony Meredith
    Music: “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne get it on Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing - Girlfriend
    Thoughts: Even though the judges loved them, I personally was not that impressed. I just did not get it and the Avril Lavigne song didn’t help. I wouldn’t send them home of course, but they didn’t do anything memorable for me. Rating: 3/5
    Video:


    Anya/Danny dancing to Girlfriend


    LACEY SCHWIMMER & KAMERON BINKContemporary

    Choreography: Mia Michaels
    Music: “Dancing” by Elisa get it on Elisa - Then Comes the Sun - Dancing
    Thoughts: WOW! That was amazing and so HOT!!! I want to watch it over and over again. Can Mia teach me that one? One of my favorites. Both Lacey and Kameron impressed me, they have to give Mia Michaels a big thanks for the choreography that guaranteed their spot in the competition next week. I cannot wait to see what they’re going to do next week. Rating: 5/5
    Video:


    Lacey/Kameron dancing to Dancing

    SABRA JOHNSON & DOMINIC SANDOVALDisco

    Choreography: Doriana Sanchez
    Music: “No More Tears” by Donna Summer and Westlife get it on Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
    Thoughts: It was just ok for me. Not too excited. I won’t remember this one next week, but I do think it was good enough for them to move on. Maybe the style didn’t appeal to me, so I’ll wait to see them perform again next week. Rating: 2/5
    Video:


    Sabra/Dominic dancing to No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

    ASHLEE LANGUS & RICKY PALOMINOArgentine Tango

    Choreography: Alex Da Silva
    Music: “Sentimiento Tanguero” by Trio Federico-Berlingieri get it on Palermo Trío - Sentimiento Tanguero - Sentimiento Tanguero
    Thoughts: That was pretty bad. It felt so awkward to me. Actually, it didn’t even look like they were professional dancers. This would have to be one of the worse performances of the night for me. I just feel bad for Ricky because I really like the way he dances solo. Rating: 1/5
    Video:


    Ashlee/Ricky dancing to Sentimiento Tanguero

    SARA VON GILLEM & JESUS SOLORIO Pop/Jazz

    Choreography: Wade Robson
    Music: “Cabaret Hoover” from The Triplets of Belleville (soundtrack) get it on Benoît Charest - The Triplets of Belleville - Cabaret Hoover
    Thoughts: LOVED IT!!! My top favorite. Those two are AMAZING. From the awkward body movements to their face expressions, they had it all to make this performance the best one of the night. Wade Robson is (and I repeat it) a genius. That choreography was one of the best I have ever seen. Do you think it could hire Wade Robson as my teacher? 😉 Rating: 5/5
    Video:


    Sara/Jesus dancing to Cabaret Hoover

    JESSI PERALTA & PASHA PKOVALEVSmooth Waltz

    Choreography: Tony Meredith
    Music: “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones get it on Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me
    Thoughts: It was a nice performance, but I have to be honest, the style just doesn’t appeal to me that much so it was a little forgettable. That said, I think they both did an excellent job, it looked effortless and they should move on. Rating: 3/5
    Video:


    Jessi/Pasha dancing to Come Away With Me

    FAINA SAVICH & CEDRIC GARDINERHip Hop

    Choreography: Shane Sparks
    Music: “Get it Shawty” by Lloyd get it on Lloyd - Street Love - Get It Shawty
    Thoughts: The choreography was good, but Faina’s performance just didn’t work for me at all. It was all too stiff and without any feelings. Cedric was in his element, so not much to say about him except that he was good. I wouldn’t send Faina home now because I have seen what else she can do, but I don’t think she should win either because the whole point of the show is that you have to be able to dance everything and she can’t really dance hip hop. Rating: 2/5
    Video:


    Faina/Cedric dancing to Get It Shawty

    LAUREN GOTTLEIB & NEIL HASKELLSalsa

    Choreography: Alex Da Silva
    Music: “Friday Night Rhythm” by Mazerati 5
    Thoughts: If you have ever seen professional salsa dancers dance, it doesn’t look like that. I don’t think that either of them tried to put in that Latin flavor to their dancing, and it didn’t work for me. Of course, they got the steps right, but not enough to get me excited. Rating: 2/5
    Video:


    Lauren/Neil dancing to Friday Night Rhythm

    SHAUNA NOLAND & JIMMY ARGUELLOBroadway

    Choreography: Tyce DiOrio
    Music: “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz get it on The Wiz Original Broadway Cast - The Wiz (Original Cast Recording) - Ease On Down the Road
    Thoughts: My third favorite of the night, but then again, I am a Broadway lover. That said, I thought their performance was great and I definitely want to see more of them. I also think they were one of the couples that related to each other the best. They were aware of each other throughout the whole performance and it was really fun to watch. Rating: 4/5
    Video:


    Shauna/Jimmy dancing to Ease On Down The Road

    Moving on to the elimination round:

    Opening Number with the top 20

    Choreography: Wade Robson
    Music: “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” by Busta Rhymes get it on Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See

    BOTTOM THREE WOMEN:

    SABRA JOHNSON – Beautiful dancer. She should stay another week.

    Music: “Shine” by David Gray get it on David Gray - A Century Ends - Shine

    ASHLEE LANGUS – Not impressed. Sorry it was time to go home.

    Music: “Cry Me A River” by Barbra Streisand get it on Barbra Streisand - The Barbra Streisand Album - Cry Me a River

    FAINA SAVICH – She was pretty good. I wouldn’t send her home yet.

    Music: “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera get it on Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man - Single - Ain't No Other Man


    Faina's solo performance – 6/14/07

    BOTTOM THREE MEN:

    DOMINIC SANDOVAL – Not bad, but not my favorite. I would have sent him home.

    Music: “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire get it on Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits - Let's Groove

    RICKY PALOMINO – I cannot believe they sent him home, I really don’t think he deserved to go home, at least not on the first round.

    Music: “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai get it on Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving - Virtual Insanity

    CEDRIC GARDINER – Really good. Definitely needs to stay.

    Music: “Dream Within a Dream” by Wade Robson get it on Wade Robson - Wade Robson's Project - Dance Beats, Vol. 1 - Dream Within a Dream


    For fun:

    BENJI SCHIWMMER‘s performance:

    Music: “Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano” from The Talented Mr. Ripley (Soundtrack) get it on Fiorello, Guy Barker, Jude Law & Matt Damon - The Talented Mr. Ripley (Music from the Motion Picture) - Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano