"The Round of 6 (or 'A Tar
Heel, A Fighting Illini, A Spartan and A Cardinal Walk
Into a Bar...')" - September 28
Pierre Kelly here with the
moment you've all been waiting for...the final
competition of So You Think You Can Dance. All 4 dancers
are out to battle proving once and for all that they can
dance. Viewers vote who will be the best dancer, and the
one with the best moves gets $100,000 cash, A 1-year
stay in a New York apartment and national exposure. The
stage is set, and we are ready for battle.
THE ELIMINATION OF DOOM
6 dancers performed, and now only 2 won't make it to the
next phase of the round. We start with the girls.
Kamilah, Ashle & Melody are the 3, and the one being
safe is...Melody! Then, it's the guys turn. Jamile,
Blake & Nick are up. Who was safe for sure? It was...Jamile!
Now we go to the girls this time, and the one going home
is...Kamilah Barrett! She gets a tribute video and it's
now back to the guys. Who was going home? It was...Blake
McGrath! He gets a tribute video as well, too. So now,
it's Melody, Nick, Jamile and Ashle battle it out as the
final 4 dance one last time for your votes. Let's get
the party rockin'!
Melody & Nick are best friends and they're up first
doing a paso doble done by Mary Murphy. The song started
when they made a grand entrance to the stage and Nick
played the role of bullfighter as he did some moves with
a cape and threw it away. Melody did some moves of her
own throughout the song by doing some twirls, a mid-air
move and a slink down to end the song. Now let's get our
first glance at the judges. Brian said it was excellent,
Mia said a curse word (Yikes!) and gave the performance
flawlessness, Nigel said they're still the favorite and
Dan said it was the most aggresive routine ever devised.
So, the Paso Doble made them open the show and we go
next to another couple.
Ashle & Jamile are adding a little spice by doing a
salsa dance. To start off, Ashle did her own spinning
across the floor and did her own leg hang & drop. They
both did some mambo work throughout the song, but
getting near the end, Ashle did her own crawl through
and a leg dip to end it. Will their salsa get red hot?
Brian said it started high, but fell a bit low, Mia said
it felt like missing something, Nigel said it carried
off very well, Mary said Jamile let partner down, but
Ashle is a little salsa queen around here and Dan said
Jamile was cool, but Ashle got through it despite the
bad stuff. So their salsa was a little mild this week as
we go to our next segment.
Let's break now for the solo segment. Each dancer will
have 30 seconds to impress America. Up first, Melody
dancing to DHT's "Listen to your Heart." She listened
and responded beautifully with ballet kicks, twirls and
arm work to run the clock out.
Now we go back to the couples...this time on gender
alone. First, the guys of Jamile and Nick doing a Dan
Karaty-choreographed hip-hop number to Young'n by
Fabolous. Both did some fine leg work, along with a drop
& rise move, and it was Nick all alone doign a flip.
Throughout the song, they did their own style including
a slow-mo move. How did their hip-hop go? Brian said it
had timing problems early, but it caught on later. Mia
said it was like a choreographer's dream, Nigel said
Jamile wants to pull his socks up, because he's a little
better....mm-hmm, and Mary said Nick was a little bit
jazzy, but Jamile delivered it. So, that ends part 1 of
the gender couples round as we get another solo.
Ashle is up for her big solo number doing "Endangered
Species" by Dianne Reeves. She did a leg hold, some
jumps and leg spins for her time. Up next, Jamile doing
"Early In the Morning" by the Gap Band. He did a
spacewalk, some arm work and robotic work to drain out
The girls will now take the stage for their gender
couple routine doing a contemporary number that Mia
Michaels did. The song they'll dance to is "Message in a
Bottle" by The Police. Ashle did her own floor tumble,
and both did some kicks and head bangs in the opening
seconds. By midway, they went to the stairs and did a
little leg work on the railings. When they got back to
the stage, they did some ballet kicks, and getting near
the end, they did a running slide and a lie down to end
it. Let's hope their routine doesn't go flat as a
pancake. Brian said it was outstanding, Nigel was asked
to show the women their bruises and said it was like a
dance version of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," Mary said
it was like running a 4-minute mile in 60 seconds and
Dan said no one else can oull that routine off. Yes, no
one can do that routine quite like Melody & Ashle, but
we got another hot solo ready in the wings.
Nick will be doing "Pardon Me" by Incubus. He did some
flips, a figure skating move and some floor tumbles all
before the bell rings. That's one more solo in the can
as we go back to the couples portion of our show.
We get to another couples round...this time, it's back
to normal. Melody & Jamile are up doing a Brian
Friedman-jazzy number to "Cold Hearted Snake" by Paula
Abdul. (She should've been on the show.) Both went
downstairs to the stage to start off the song, and
Melody did a few hangs and took off her white coat.
Getting to the bridge part, Melody pointed to Jamile's
chest and he fell down, but she used her foot to get her
back up. Both did some body shakes, and the song ended
with Melody getting on top of Jamile. Was it all that
jazz? Mia said Jamile really went for it, Nigel said
they were very proud and makes a silly AI reference to
the song, Mary said Jamile did that leap well and Dan
said Melody did exactly what he wanted and Jamile nailed
it. So, their routine lived up to the hype of Brian as
we go to another couple.
Ashle & Nick are last up doing a hip-hop solo that Shane
Sparks taught them to do. The song they'll do is "Feel
The Girl" by Ms. Jade. They started off doing a solo
with their hoods on their heads, but Nick made sense by
raising up Ashle's shirt to show the crowd her belly. (Whee!)
Both did some leg work on the floor, and they impressed
the crowd with a School Daze-like move. Both did some
shaking, but Ashle perfected it with a flip tumble. The
song ended when both sneezed and bowed their heads. Will
their routine be nothing to sneeze at? Brian said it
slid very well, Mia said it was nasty, Nigel said it was
bloody great, Mary said it was sensational and Dan said
it mixed things perfectly. And that'll end the couples
portion, but we got a special round in store for them.
All 4 will perform to a piece of music never heard
before. All 4 will randomly dance one last time all
together. It's something you don't miss...as we go a
little something like this...Hit it!
"Music" by John Miles is cued up and we're off and
running. Ashle went first and did an artistic
presentation with some kicks, Melody went next and did
her own leg lift, jumps and everything else, Jamile went
up next and did kicks, jumps and robotic work. Last up,
Nick doing a leg lift, a slide and leg spinning. When
the song reached its end, all 4 did their own style.
Before we end, we go to the judges. Brian said the
public doesn't need to judge on personality alone, Mia
said all 4 are so unique, Nick said it's a popularity
contest, Mary sais she's proud of all 4 and Dan said all
4 deserve to be here. And all 4 deserve to win the
crown, but only one can win. To figure it out, the
public will dial 1-866-TEMPO-0# (position based on
tonight's solo performances) for 2 hours, and vote for
Next week, we crown a wnner. Is it Nick, Melody, Jamile,
or Ashle? Keep your eyes glued next Wednesday to find
out. Until then, I'm Pierre Kelly saying dots & power
pellets, i'm out.