Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance 2011, the Top 6 couples compete twice!  That’s right; each couple performed two routines tonight.

But before I give you the play-by-play, I just have to start with that gosh darn Cat Deeley.  She is so stinkin’ pretty – I was totally in love with her amazing dress, gorgeous hair and her sparkly makeup tonight.  I may have a little girl crush on her (in a nice, not nasty, way).

Your guest judges tonight were Jesse Tyler Ferguson (from Modern Family) (who basically has no dance experience – so I initially wondered why he was a judge – but then after a few of his comments, I found myself really enjoying his critiques and wanting to give him a big hug) and Sonya Tayeh (the only choreographer who actually scares me), but I was also surprised by her comments – they weren’t scary at all.

Sasha and Alexander were the first to dance and were assigned a Paso Doble choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie Lepatin (does anyone recognize Melanie from an old episode of What Not To Wear?).  Sasha and Alexander were dressed quite similarly, and to me, with the decidedly masculine moves, Sasha looked quite androgynous – maybe that was the plan.  But honestly, I think it was one of their best routines ever.  Alexander finally got some kudos tonight.  I think I heard Jesse invent a new word when he said that their routine was “dramatical”.

Jordan & Tadd were next with a Contemporary routine choreographed by Travis Wall.  This was a really dark and somewhat disturbing, even violent piece with Jordan playing the part of a vulture and Tadd her not so hapless victim.  It was powerful.  It was kind of scary.  It made the judges go gaga.

Next up, Ryan & Ricky danced a Broadway number choreographed by Spencer Liff.  Ryan looked downright suave in his Sinatra-inspired suit and skinny tie.  I just loved this routine.  It was smooth and fun, old fashioned and charming.  None of the judges were impressed, but this is one of those cases where I just gotta say, I didn’t agree with the judges.

Caitlynn & Mitchell took a turn doing a Hip-Hop number choreographed by Christopher Scott.  It was supposed to be an emotional number representing children in Uganda who are forced to fight a senseless war.  While I appreciate his political concern, I didn’t pick up any of that in the routine.  They were not in unison several times and they didn’t seem to connect to each other.  Sorry, I just didn’t see it and neither did the judges.

Melanie & Marko were next as they danced a Tango choreographed by Louie Van Amstel (remember him from Dancing With The Stars this season?).  Loved the dip off the edge of the stage – that was pretty cool and that really slick final lift and pull through the legs thing at the end was a-ma-zing.  And, not surprisingly, the judges loved them again.  These two are unstoppable!  Love them!

Clarice & Jess danced a Lyrical Hip-Hop piece choreographed by Christopher Scott.  Wait a second.  Hip Hop?  Jess is doing Hip Hop?  The world may just have come to an end people!  But what the heck?!  It was cute and the judges all liked it very much, and I’m surprised to say that I did too.

The second half of the show featured a second set of routines from each of the couples starting with Sasha and Alexander doing a Contemporary piece choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  Alexander got more props from the judges!  Way to go Alexander.

Jordon & Tadd’s second dance was a Broadway routine choreographed by Spencer.  Based on what we saw in the rehearsal, it looked like they took out some of the lifts and turns in this routine.  This was clearly not one of their best.  That worries me because they are one of my favorite couples.

Ryan & Ricky’s next dance was a Cha- Cha choreographed by Louie.  Ryan really shook her little booty and Ricky got quite a bit of hip action there as well.  In fact, I thought he embodied Louie in his movements.  Mary put Ricky on the Hot Tamale Train (but not Ryan L – sorry Ryan).

Caitlynn & Mitchell needed to really bring it in their last dance together as a couple – and they did!  They danced a Contemporary piece choreographed by Travis.  This was one hot, hot routine and she was a bit naughty (watch out Jordan, you may have some competition).

Melanie & Marko’s final routine was a Contemporary number choreographed by Dee Caspary.  And all I can say is honestly, is there anything these guys don’t absolutely slam?!  They are amazing! They have to be the ones to beat.  I am going to miss them dancing together.

The final couple for the evening was Clarice & Jess doing a Jive choreographed by Melanie and Tony.
They had some nice, speedy foot work – but as always, it worries me when he has to lift her.  He’s just not a big guy, so it’s scary and awkward looking.  But it was fun overall.

So, that’s it for tonight.  You had a chance to see all six couples perform two numbers.  Tomorrow night, it’s down to only 5 couples.  Who do you need to see in the Top 10, and who do you think is going home tomorrow night?  Let me hear ya!

 

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