"The Round of 10 (or
'March of Dime')" - September 7
It's time once again for So
You Think You Can Dance. This week, 2 more are being
sent home, and this week, all 10 will couple up and
perform routines twice, but only 4 will go solo. Last
week, Michelle & Craig were ousted from the competition,
but it's a whole new ballgame as we figure out which 2
are sent home.
The show starts off different as all 12 dance solo, and
then it's Lauren Sanchez's turn to hit the stage. Taking
the judges' spots are: Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, the
headmaster of this show, Nigel Lythgoe and Dan Karaty.
But let's flashback to earlier before this week...
THE ELIMINATION OF DOOM
Snow, Melody, Allan and Ryan are all in danger of not
advancing to the next round. The girls will go first. We
start off with Melody who did a lyrical with Allan, and
again doing the exact same dance solo. And then there's
Snow, who sported her new look, did a hip-hop with Ryan
and did her own thing solo. Nigel said Snow is the best
performer and Melody is a technical dancer, but the
power's already out for one dancer and that's....Snow!
Brian says this was Snow's small step on the way to a
big career. We get a tribute video from her and...we
don't get a solo. (Hmm, I wonder why it's different
today.) Now it's the guys' turn. Allan & Ryan are all
depending on staying here. Allan did a lyrical routine
with Melody, but came back with a hip-hop solo, while
Ryan did a hip-hop routine with Snow and did his own
freestyle breakdancing solo. Mary said than Allan did
not cross over to another style, but Ryan was unique.
Who's falling off the dancing hi-wire this week?
It's...Allan Frias! Mia had it was an amazing run he
had, and we get a tribute video from him, too. That ends
the Elimination of Doom, but don't run from your sets
just yet, because we get a video from where GSN's "Mall
Masters" was taped, and that's The Mall Of America in
Minneapolis, MN. It's one frenetic shopping trip
complete with beds, dancing kids, shopping bags and sea
creatures. But now let's dive in as we start the couples
Melody struck a chord with viewers as she garners the
most votes and singles out Jamile not to dancer with her
As Lauren mentioned to start off, each couple will
perform twice and only 4 will go solo. Melissa chooses
Artem to be her partner and he gets...Pop! They'll work
with Doriana Sanchez (Not related to the host) to
perfect that style. It's a ballroom dancer and a jazz
dancer about to burst this bubble in the pop routine
dancing to the remix of "Don't Cha'" by the Pussycat
Dolls. Melissa did her own mid-air spin in the early
stages, but they both did some arm work there. She also
did her own between the legs slide, a jump & turn, and
one jump & hang. To end the song, she did a hanging dip
there, but will their pop routine be hung out to dry?
Brian said kudos to Artem, but Melissa needs hands too,
Mia said it was a great performance, but Artem was
lacking any jazz training, Nigel said it was great to
start the show, and Dan said Melissa was amazing, but
Artem was in trouble and hung in there perfectly. So for
the 2nd week in a row, Melissa & Artem hung in there
perfectly, but there's another couple to hang out on
Kamialah gets Nick to be her partner and gets the Tango.
They'll work with the mistress of the ballroom, Mary
Murphy to master the moves. Last week, they took it back
to the 70's with Disco and this week for the 2nd time,
they'll go Argentian with a Tango to "Tangudia." During
a portion of the song, Nick gave the rose to Kamliah,
but she threw it away. Throughout the song, they both
did some arm work, but getting near the end, Kamilah did
a turn & dip carry, and to end it, Kamilah did her own
mid-air copter spin & hang. Did their Tango get tangled
by the negativity of the judges? Brian said Kamilah
pulled it off and Nick was excellent, Mia said it was a
great routine, but Kamilah's good dancing with upper
body, but the footwork wasn't clear, however Nick was
killing every style. Nigel said they did it so well with
balance and Dan said straight up to Kamilah, she's hot,
but Nick kept the vibe going. So Kamilah & Nick proved
the nation that it took 2 to tango, and we have another
2 people to take a routine.
Melody is about to strike a chord with her new partner
Ryan and he chooses...lyrical. They'll work with Tovaris
Wilson to paint a few corners along the way. Let's get
lyrical now with Melody Lacaynga, the lyrical dancer,
and Ryan Confriedo, the breakdancer, doing an old
Roberta Flack song, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your
Face." To start, Melody got up from a quick nap, and did
her own twirls, jumps and even a leg left. Throughout
the song, they both did mirror choreography, but Ryan
did a lie-down move and a jump move to end it. How did
that go? Brian said Melody saw the backbone, but Ryan's
own did not. It felt very swooping to it. Mia said there
were moments that were beautiful & real, but as if it
were Simon Cowell, Ryan's feet were like 2 dead fish,
but gave props anyway. Nigel said he was amazed by Ryan,
but Melody's lines were wonderful, and Dan said it was
unlucky for both. So Melody & Ryan were a little unlucky
with their lyrical routine, but there's another lucky
couple waiting for their first shot.
Destini once again gets Jamile, and he chooses the
Quickstep as a style to master. They'll polish off their
moves with Glen Weiss to work with them. Last week, they
tore up the Vienesse Waltz, and they'll tear it up again
to "Sing, Sing, Sing" for their quickstep. Throughout
the song, they did some great footwork and went around
the floor to dance, but Destini ended it with a kick & a
dip. Now let's go to the judges. Brian said they need to
tone it down this much, Mia said they need to tone down
the facial and it needs more dance, Nigel agreed with
both Brian & Mia, and Dan said it enjoyed the
performance. So their quickstep was very slow on them,
but let's get up to speed again with another couple.
Ashle will be last up and she gets Blake as her partner,
and he gets the Samba. They're the 2nd couple to work
with Mary Murphy. It's 2 lyrical dancers turning it up
in the samba to "Jazz Machine." They both did some spin
& head moves, and both did a little hip-hop by pumping.
Blake went for a spin, but Ashle defined gravity with a
floor spin and by the end they both did a quarter dip.
Did they give it 100% for their routine? Brian said they
totally looked like pros, Mia said they are 2 of their
faves so far, Nigel said they were so grateful and Dan
said they did really well. So, Their Samba rounds out
part 1 of the round. No need for an intermission or a
7th-inning stretch, it's time for Part 2 to start off.
Kamilah & Nick go first and they chose...Pop! They're
the 2nd couple to work with Doriana Sanchez. Last time,
they took 2 to tango, and now, they'll pop out to Celine
Dion's remix of "I Drove All Night." Nick did his own
air-kick and a few turns during portions of the song.
They did some mid-air moves, but Kamilah ended it with
an almost spilt to dip. How did that go? Brian said they
liked that routine, Mia said they were impressed, Nigel
said it was absolutely incredible and Dan said he
couldn't find anything negative. So, postivity goes to
Kamilah & Nick for their pop routine and we get another
couple to go ahead.
Melody & Ryan are 2nd with...the Fox Trot! They'll work
with Mary Murphy to perfect that. Last time, their
lyrical didn't work out, but can they with Fox Trot?
Let's find out as they dance to Renee Olstead's "Is You
is or Is you ain't." To go into the verse, Melody did a
kick, and during the song, both did some dips and arm
work, but Melody ended with a spin & a dip. Was their
routine dead in the water? Brian said Ryan could not get
past arabesque, but Melody was excellent, Mia said Ryan
was most amazing, but had a problem on his feet, and
overall, it missed the charm & charisma. Nigel said Fred
Astaire would be devastated...um, yeah...and Dan said
Nick didn't feel the cool, but Melody did a good job.
So, their Fox Trot was indeed dead in the water, as we
go next to another couple.
Ashle & Blake are up next and they get...lyrical.
They'll be the 2nd couple to work with Tovaris Wilson. 2
lyrical dancers are about to get lyrical to Richard
Marx's "Right here Waiting." This was a nice artistic
performance complete with spins, leg lifts & body
movement. Now let's see what the judges think. Brian
said it was nice to see it execute, Mia said it was like
being in the ocean, Nigel said it was beautifully danced
and Dan said more of that was gonna happen. So, they
both made waves with their lyrical routine, but we got
another couple to hang ten with.
Melissa & Artem get the 4th position and they get...the
Quickstep. They'll work with Glen Weiss to polish off
their moves. Now let's see them quickstep to "Big Swing
Face." To begin, both came out of the stage, bowed at
each other and walked down the stairs to the dance area
where they danced around the floor, and showed off spin
moves and some footwork. Melissa ended it with a spin
and sit move. Was their quickstep fast & furious or slow
& steady? Brian said it was a great quickstep, Mia said
they did an amazing job, Nigel said he liked the way it
covered the stage and Dan said it was phenomenal. So,
bravo on their quickstep, but we got one more couple to
take the floor.
Destini & Jamile are last up and they get...hip-hop.
They'll work with Shane Sparks for a little magic. Now
it's time to dance as Destini & Jamile jam to the Ying
Yang Twinz's "Shake." Destini did her own floor move and
butt shake to start off, but she showed poise as she did
a split shake. Both did a lie-down move and by the end,
Destini did her own bending. The crowd was on its feet
for that performance. Did the judges agree with that?
Brian said it was perfect, Mia said it was sick....um,
okay...Nigel said it shocked Destini and gave a big well
done to Shane Sparks who is in the audience, and Dan
said it was nasty. So, they batted cleanup with their
hip-hop routine, but the janitorial crew is out to clean
up the dirty stuff as we end this round. It's time to
see who made a mess on the dance floor.
Brian went first and he chose Melody & Ryan, and Dan
followed that up with Jamile & Destini. It's time for
all 4 to clear the lanes and we takeoff for flight and
balance in the solo round.
The crowd was chanting out Ryan, but nope, it was Melody
doing En Vogue's "Giving him something he can feel." It
was nothing but twists & turns, and didn't need any
suspense for her solo. Ryan is up next doing Eric B. &
Rakim's "Know The Ledge." He did very fine breakdancing
and awesome contortionist work. He tried to do a head
spin, but alas, the clock struck zero! Now, the crowd
loves him. Destini's up telling Linda Eder to "Bring On
The Men." She brought leg spins and a sense of dancing
attitude to run out the 45-second dance clock. Lastly,
Jamile, doing Rick James' "Give it to me baby." He did
some robotic armwork to start off, did his own
breakdancing, and in the last ticking seconds, a head
copter spin. That'll end the round, but sadly, the
lights are dimmed as this show is over. Remember, for 2
hours only, fans can vote at 1-888-TEMPO-0# (position
based on tonight's solo round) to see who stays here.
Next week, who made the Elite 8? Tune in and find out.
Until then, I'm Pierre Kelly saying dots & power
pellets, I'm out.