On tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance 2011, our Top 10 Dancers Performed!  The contestants split from their partners and danced two numbers tonight; one dance with an All-Star and one solo.

Tonight’s guest judge is the well coiffed, well spoken Neil Patrick Harris.

First up, Marko is teamed with Chelsea Hightower for a Samba choreographed by Jason Gilkison.  Wow!  That was a fast-paced, lift and flip-filled routine.  We really got a chance to see how great Marko is.  Loved it!  NPH said he’s the guy to beat!  Mary went nuts and Nigel couldn’t have been more complimentary.

Each of the dancers also performed solo which just reminded me of when they had to dance for their lives.  For the most part they all reverted to their signature styles without adding any of the new elements that they have learned throughout the season.  That was a bit of a disappointment.  That said, the real stand-outs for me were Jess’ Gene Kelley-inspired number (okay, he’s growing on me), Clarice kicked it up a notch with some cool new moves, Mitchell gets me every time – I love the way he dances and Marko’s originality and the fact that he showed some of the versatility of the different dance styles he has learned over the season.

Jordon got partnered with Brandon for a Contemporary routine choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.  The routine was strong and beautiful.  That Jordon is just amazing!  All the judges loved her (me too!).

Tadd was paired with Comfort for a Hip-Hop routine choreographed by Chuck Maldonado.  This was supposed to be a hard-core routine that focused on Tadd, but when it was over I just said, “meh.”  It barely showcased Tadd, they did synchronized moves which I just didn’t love – oh, and I found that song to be annoying.  But, dang it! I like Tadd so much, the moves did look difficult – but I didn’t love it.  Sorry.

Mitchell teamed up with Melody in a Broadway Jazz piece choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  It was okay, but I guess I’m not a huge Broadway Jazz fan – everything seems a bit over the top and kind of cheesy.  The judges all said the same, which is a drag for Mitchell because he is really good!

Caitlynn got together with Pasha and choreographers Miriam and Leonardo to dance a Tango.  I love the Tango and these two did it justice.  The lifts and the foot flicks were fantastic!  I was mesmerized.  Loved her outfit, makeup and hair.  The whole thing just worked.

Sasha was lucky enough to get partnered with Twitch in a Christopher Scott Hip-Hop routine that was HOTTTTT!!!  Holy smokes!  I loved loved LOVED it!  Best dance of the whole night!  I think Nigel needed to take a cold shower after that one.

Jess and Kathryn danced a Contemporary piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey.  I feared this routine would not be fair to Jess because they dressed him in grey and it had a story line that featured Kathryn the whole time.  But, I gotta say Jess pulled it out because this week he did execute all his lifts and he was able to stand out from the girl – good for him!

Melanie also got partnered with Pasha in a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Jason Gilkison.  The way these two moved on the floor was breathtaking.  It was more like floating than dancing.  The lifts were gentle and effortless.  The whole thing from wardrobe to execution was beautiful.

Ricky teamed with Allison for a Tyce Diorio Jazz routine.  Did you guys catch that crazy one-arm lift?  This was amazing!  It gave me chills.  How insane to see Ricky be anything but fun, sweet and adorable.  This was a total transformation.  Wow!  This was my second favorite dance of the night.

Clarice partnered with Robert for a Bollywood number choreographed by Nakul dev Mahajan.  I was expecting not to like it because I don’t prefer Bollywood because it’s just so over the top – even more than Broadway Jazz.  But this was fun, difficult, fast and included the season’s all important signature move; a kiss.

So, there you have your top 10.  Now America has to vote for their favorite individual dancers.  Who’s it gonna be for you?

 

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