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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Debbie Reynolds guest judges Top 20

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So You Think You Can Dance USA: 22-06-11: The Judges

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So You Think You Can Dance kicked off its live shows last week with the Top 20 partnering up and taking to the stage for their first live performances. However, a twist on the results show saw the judges choosing to send no-one home, meaning the Top 20 are back again this week for another round of performances.

Debbie Reynolds is the second guest judge of the series, following Megan Mullally last week, joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judges' table. Here's what the judges said:

> So You Think You Can Dance gallery: Pictures of all of tonight's performances

Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime - Jazz

Dance: A sexy, tension-filled jazz dance to 'Addicted To Love' by Robert Palmer. Choreographed by Mandy Moore.

Nigel calls it an "absolutely sensational" dance considering they are contemporary dancers who are used to smooth, lyrical movement: "At one point I wanted to throw a bucket of water over you! You could feel the sexual tension. It was like something between Mary and I!" Mary says that she is "addicted" to Ryan and Ricky, adding that she is happy it wasn't too X-rated because of the kids at home. She calls Ryan strong and energetic, and praises Ricky for staying in character and gaining his partner's trust. Debbie says that she has never seen anybody dance sexier.



Caitlynn Lawson and Mitchell Kelly - Contemporary

Dance: A relationship that has gone wrong. Caitlynn wants to leave Mitchell but she's too insecure to tell him. Choreographed by Stacey Tookey.

Caitlynn is accidentally punched by Mitchell (who missed last week through injury) during the performance but insists she is okay! Mary says she is grateful they were given another chance to dance tonight, praising the believable chemistry between them. She tells Caitlynn she defies gravity with her leaps and the whole performance was flawless. Debbie calls them both beautiful and dramatic, joking: "You bled for us. Talk about giving your all!" Nigel calls it a remarkable piece filled with drama and says he really felt the story. "Dance is the language of the soul and that came across tonight," he adds.



Missy Morelli and Wadi Jones - Cha cha

Dance: A "hot and spicy" cha cha choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux, who admits it is the most difficult routine he's ever choreographed on the routine.

Debbie can't believe that Wadi has never done the cha cha before, praising his performance. Nigel, however, says that he is going to be real. "Wherever strength was included in partnering Missy you were great, but when it came to the actual technique there was an awful lot missing." Mary thinks the start of the dance was spectacular but agrees with Nigel that Wadi fell short when the actual dancing started. Both Nigel and Mary praise Missy for her performance, with Mary even saying it was like watching Dancing with the Stars with Missy as the professional and Wadi the learner.



Iveta Lukosiute and Nick Young - Bollywood

Dance: A "lightning fast Bollywood number" choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan which starts slow but builds up.

Nigel says that he always finds Bollywood performances entertaining and they delivered despite it being the first time they've done it. He also points out the show has never had a Bollywood dancer so it's a new genre for everybody. Mary agrees they were "super entertaining" and shone on stage, adding they have great chemistry and "just fit right". Debbie jokes that she feels 20 years younger and that doing such a fast Bollywood routine would freak her out.



Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr - Hip-Hop

Dance: Nappytabs call this hip-hop routine one of the more serious and dramatic pieces they have choreographed. The story involves a woodpecker (Robert) who is grown and wise and trying to teach the baby (Miranda) how to fly.

Mary admits she is always nervous when animals are imitated on the show but this worked for Miranda and Robert. She says that even though Robert is hip-hop, he's a freestyler and he did an amazing job at the choreography, while Miranda was hard-hitting, sharp and clean. Debbie calls them fabulous, tough and great: "I just sat here and was mesmerized by the both of you." Debbie then does a fantastic Woody Woodpecker impression! Nigel loved the routine and says Miranda shocked him, calling her the best contemporary dancer to do hip-hop.



Clarice Ordaz and Jess LeProtto - Contemporary

Dance: A love story. Jess is a prince and Clarice is marrying into royalty. Choreographed by Stacey Tookey.

Debbie says they touched her heart and were so beautiful. She also jokes that she needs more children so she's taking them home with her. Nigel says that he enjoyed parts of the routine and points out that Cat is actually hosting an evening for Prince William and Kate Middleton when they visit LA. He doesn't think Jess and Clarice got it together as a couple, however, and the routine didn't look right, although he loves them both. However, he says he is keeping his fingers crossed they will be safe. Mary says that Clarice is a beautiful dancer and she's proved it again tonight.

> So You Think You Can Dance interview: Nigel Lythgoe



Jordan Casanova and Tadd Guaddang - Viennese waltz

Story: Viennese waltz choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux.

Nigel calls it a "beautiful" performance with amazing flow, rise and fall. He says Jordan is a beautiful dancer, before reminding Tadd that he is a b-boy but still delivered an amazing performance: "It was probably the best I've seen a b-boy dance something like the Viennese waltz." Mary agrees that Tadd is the biggest surprise of the season for her, while Debbie says the pair were just as good as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.



Melanie Moore and Marko Germar - Jazz

Dance: A jazz routine with Melanie and Marko being "cool kids". Choreographed by Mandy Moore.

Mary says that everyone has a voice when they dance and Melanie and Marko are speaking loud and clear. She adds that she never feels she has to worry about them when they tackle new genres because they can take on anything. Debbie thinks they are both great dancers and calls them the "musical stars of today". Nigel says that he would normally say it's too early to talk about stars on the show but Debbie is right: "It's a perfect combination... both of you have the talent and passion."



Sasha Mallory and Alexander Fost - Contemporary

Dance: A routine about a soldier coming back from Afghanistan and seeing his wife for the first time. Choreographed by Nappytabs.

Debbie appreciates they were given a tough job with acting and dancing at the same time but says they did a wonderful job. Mary is in tears, saying it's a story that is close to home for her right now. She tells Sasha that her soul at the beginning of the routine brought it home before asking Nigel to talk. Nigel says it's ironic that SYTYCD was late to air because of President Obama's announcement of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and says Sasha and Alexander showed the emotion of the reunions to come.

> So You Think You Can Dance recap: Meet The Top 20



Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl - Broadway

Dance: Ashley is a lady visiting her man in jail, with the challenge being that the couple have to dance with a row of bars between them. Choreographed by Spencer Liff.

Nigel says that the judges were talking about how difficult it must be to keep doing different genre routines and points out Chris is another hip-hop boy who has done well in a different genre. He also jokes that he hopes Ashley comes visit him if he's ever in prison. Mary is so impressed she gives Ashley and Chris a place on her Hot Tamale Train! Debbie calls them both "sensational".

So You Think You Can Dance airs its results show on Thursday at 8/7c on Fox

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