This week on So You Think You Can Dance 2011, the Top 14 Dancers Perform.  Also this week, our special judges are Carmen Electra and Travis Wall (from Season 2) who made his first appearance as a judge.

The show opened with the seven guys dancing to a very interesting piece representing the 7 stages of grief choreographed by Justin Giles.

This week, we had the chance to get to know each of the dancers and their families a little better.  Not surprisingly, they were all actually quite sweet and have super supportive families.  Also, as a California native, I was stoked to see that the majority of the dancers are from California.  Woohoo!  (Okay, I better not play favorites, so Woohoo for all those dancers who do not hail from the Golden State).

Melanie & Marko were the first couple to dance to a Jazz number choreographed by Ray Leeper.  (Just an aside, I think “Leeper” is the perfect name for a choreographer).  Travis Wall went out on a limb and said that Melanie is his favorite dancer in the competition (I think more than a few of you agree with him – my sister included).

Sasha & Alexander were next up with a Hip Hop Routine.  Turns out Alexander got no swag – so they made him attend “Swag Camp” to develop the right style, lingo and attitude.  Not sure Camp did him any favors because there just didn’t seem to be a connection between the two of them during this dance.  And I wasn’t the only one who thought so.  Carmen said she kept her eyes on Sasha the whole time and didn’t really notice Alexander.  Mary and Nigel weren’t feeling it either.  I hate to say it cuz I like him, but I think Alexander may be in trouble this week.

Jordon & Tadd performed a Waltz choreographed by Toni Redpath.  Jordon played the part of a siren (aka another naughty girl). Beautiful choreography and didn’t you just love their costumes?  These guys received much deserved praise from the panel.

Clarice & Jess performed a Contemporary piece choreographed by Justin Giles.  They received glowing comments on their performance.  It didn’t blow my mind, but perhaps I don’t fully appreciate the Contemporary style.

Ashley & Chris had the chance to dance a Salsa choreographed by Liz Lira.  Chris actually moved his hips which is pretty amazing for a hip hop dancer.  Unfortunately, their moves seemed a bit stilted, as though they had to consider each one before they executed them.  They certainly did not gain any significant praise from the judges.  Bummer about that.

Ryan & Ricky were next up with a Jazz number choreographed by Chucky Klapow.    Uh-oh – another Zombie-inspired routine?  Should we be worried?  No.  I guess not.  Their movements were in sync and looked surprisingly cool.  I liked it and so did all the judges.

Caitlynn & Mitchell were the last couple to dance this evening.  Mandy Moore was the choreographer for their Contemporary dance which was just beautiful.  How many lifts were in that thing?  Holy moly!  The judges gave them a Standing Ovation!  I was waiting for someone to say what I was thinking and Mary was first – Favorite Number of the Night!  Actually, all the judges agreed that they were the best dance of the night.  And if you don’t agree with that, you’re just nuts-o crazy.

The final dance routine of the evening was a Jazz performance by the top seven girls choreographed by Ray Leeper which was insane!  This was the hottest thing since Mount St. Helens erupted.  These girls were smokin’!  Add to all that hotness the amazing Eartha Kitt song, “My Discarded Men” and you can see why Nigel was literally hopping up and down and clapping.  I will be watching that one again.

So, here are my predictions of who will be in the bottom three tomorrow night: Sasha & Alexander, Clarice & Jess and Ashley & Chris.  What do you guys think?  Am I right or am I nuts-o crazy?

 

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