SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE “Top 20 Perform Again” Review


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE “Top 20 Perform Again” Season 8 Episode 8 – First off, I would like to apologize for the lateness of the review. My schedule is all crazy right now because I’m covering the Los Angeles Film Festival for our sister site Daemon’s Movies (you can read all our coverage of the festival here), but I finally got around to watching the episode. So let’s talk about it.

After last week’s non-elimination, it was time for the top 20 contestants to dance one more on this week’s performance show of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

This week’s guest judge is Debbie Reynolds (Singing in the Rain), who was a lot of fun.

But let’s not waste anymore time and get right to the performances.

Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime

Ryan and Ricky
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer
Thoughts: Loved the costumes, but I wasn’t crazy about the song. For me it didn’t totally fit the whole dance (although the lyrics of course were perfect). I did enjoy the overall performance though. I was especially happy since Ryan is one of my favorites.

Caitlynn Lawson and Mitchell Kelly

Caitlynn and Mitchell
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Turning Tables” by Adele
Thoughts: First off, I love Adele, so that was a great start. Second, the routine was absolutely beautiful. Also we finally got to see Mitchell, since he wasn’t able to dance last week and he was great. I think this might be my favorite of the night.

Missy Morelli and Wadi Jones

Missy and Wadi
Style: Cha Cha
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
Song: “Cannibal” by Kesha
Thoughts: After Jean-Marc described this as the hardest choreography he had done on the show, I was expecting something a little more impressive. So I’m not sure if it was in fact really hard to dance, but didn’t translate as impressive for those of us watching it. It was just ok for me and it seems that the judges weren’t too excited either.

Iveta Lukosiute and Nick Young

Iveta and Nick
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Baawre” from Luck by Chance (Soundtrack)
Thoughts: I wasn’t too crazy about this one. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t care for the actual dance or if it’s because the performance wasn’t great, but this was another performance that was just ok for me.

Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr.

Miranda and Robert
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo
Song: “Break Ya Neck” by Busta Rhymes
Thoughts: A new Nappytaps routine, which was awesome! And Miranda and Robert, wow! These two are great. They have moved to the top of my list amongst my favorites!

Jess LeProtto and Clarice Ordaz

Clarice and Jess
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: “Cathedrals” by Jump Little Children
Thoughts: I agree with Nigel on this one, I think he nailed it when he said they were great when dancing separately, but when dancing together it just didn’t mesh. I still thought overall it was pretty good.

Jordan Casanova and Tadd Gadduang

Jordan and Tadd
Style: Viennese Waltz
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
Song: “Fade Into Me” by David Cook
Thoughts: I know the judges really loved this one and while I agree they danced beautifully, it just wasn’t all that exciting for me.

Melanie Moore and Marko Germar

Melanie and Marko
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: “Sing with a Swing (Raf Marchesini Radio Edit)” by DKS
Thoughts: I love Melanie and Marko so much, but this was just an ok routine for me. Although I did enjoy it.

Alexander Fost and Sasha Mallory

Sasha and Alexander
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo
Song: “Coming Home” by Diddy-Dirty Money & Skylar Grey
Thoughts: That was a beautiful routine and story. Sasha was amazing and although Alexander was a little stiff, I think he was good overall.

Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl

Ashley and Chris
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Spencer Liff
Song: “Please Mr. Jailer” by Rachel Sweet
Thoughts: The bars were a fun prop to work with, overall a good performance, but nothing to jump up and down about.

So that’s it for the performances. My favorites of the night would have to be Caitlynn & Mitchell and Miranda & Robert

And the three couples I would put in the bottom based on tonight’s performance are: Missy & Wadi, Iveta & Nick, and Ashley & Chris.

What about you? Who were your favorites? And more importantly, who would you put in the bottom three?

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