SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (2011) “Top 16 Perform” Review


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (2011) “Top 16 Perform” Season 8 Episode 10 – After two weeks of the top 20 performing, we’re down to 16 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance. Tonight’s two guest judges are Lil’ C and Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Pushing Daisies).

Let’s talk about the performances.

So You Think You Can Dance (2011)

Group Routine #1
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Song: “Hit The Road Jack” by Ray Charles
Thoughts: Pretty good to start the show off. Plus I always enjoy group numbers.

Sasha Mallory and Alexander Fost

Sasha & Alexander
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Dee Caspary
Song: “Belong” by Cary Brothers
Thoughts: Oh I loved it. How beautiful! The way the piano was integrated into the dance made so powerful and I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Sasha is becoming one of my favorites.

Caitlynn Lawson and Mitchell Kelly

Caitlynn & Mitchell
Style: Samba
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
Song: “Put It In A Love Song” by Alicia Keys featuring Beyonce
Thoughts: I know Mary was really excited about this performance, but I was a little bored to be honest. Although I did think Mitchell’s performance was great, even better than Caitlynn.

Robert Taylor Jr. and Miranda Maleski

Miranda & Robert
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Song: “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing” from Sophisticated Ladies (1981 Soundtrack)
Thoughts: I really liked that and I think it’s the first Broadway performance that I really enjoyed this season. Or maybe it’s because I love Miranda and Robert. Either way, great performance.

Marko Germar and Melanie Moore

Melanie & Marko
Style: Lyrical Hip Hop
Choreographer: Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo
Song: “I Got You” by Leona Lewis
Thoughts: Pretty good, pretty good. Not the best from Nappytabs, but definitely good. Since I have loved Marko and Melanie from the beginning, I agree with the judges, they’re definitely one of the couples to beat.

Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl

Ashley & Chris
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Song: “Lights Go Down (District 78 Remix)” by Telepathe
Thoughts: This fell a little flat for me and I usually love Sonya’s routines. I also agreed with what Nigel said about not connecting to it.

Jess LeProtto and Clarice Ordaz

Clarice & Jess
Style: Foxtrot
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
Song: “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
Thoughts: I’m never really excited to watch a Foxtrot performance, but I have to say this one really caught my attention, because it was so sharp, so precise, yet soft at the same time. And the way the routine fit with the song, yep it was great. Oh and Clarice’s costume… wow!

Ricky Jaime and Ryan Ramirez

Ryan & Ricky
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Song: “With Every Heartbeat (Accoustic)” by Robyn
Thoughts: In the words of Lil’ C: Buckness! Wow, Sonya has done it again, this was not only a beautiful routine, but Ryan and Ricky danced their hearts out. And what about the costume with the fabric keeping the two of them holding on to each other throughout, that added another level to the performance.

Tadd Gadduang and Jordan Casanova

Jordan & Tadd
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo
Song: “Memories” by David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi
Thoughts: I loved the whole concept, it was so much fun! Especially how the two of them starting finding clothes all over and got dressed up. The dancing was pretty good as well.


Group Routine #2
Choreographer: Dee Caspary
Song: “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars
Thoughts: My favorite of the two group performances tonight, so beautiful. However, I was a bit surprise by the song choice since the rehearsal video had such a faster song, I was expecting something in the same genre, but what I got instead was a soft captivating song (which I really enjoyed).

And that was all for the Top 16. Overall, a good night. My favorites were Ryan & Ricky, Clarice & Jess, and Sasha & Alexander.

For the bottom three I would put Caitlynn & Mitchell, Ashley & Chris and I guess Jordan & Tadd, since I have to have three, but I did enjoy their performance so I don’t know.

On a side note, Kristin Chenoweth was a great guest judge, she had constructive criticism and some compelling insight. I hope we get to see her again as a judge.

Tonight, June 30, we’ll get the results, but until then, it’s time to share your thoughts. What did you think of the performances? Who were your favorites?

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