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Dance: Choreographed by Jason Gilkison, this dance tells the story of a photographer (Marko) and his publicity-hungry muse (Chelsie) who is desperate for him to take her picture all the time.
Neil opens the judging by saying it was a "dirty way to start the show", joking that he would have kissed Chelsie too at the end of the dance. He thinks Marko has a great presence and dances with great precision, calling him "the guy to beat" in his eyes. Mary (who is so excited her earring falls off) agrees she wouldn't be surprised if Marko was in the finale and praises Jason for playing to his strengths. Nigel points out that Marko pulled off the routine "seamlessly" despite the intro package showing the couple having problems with the lift during rehearsal. He also says that despite losing his partner this week, he has retained his chemistry and strength.
Dance: This dance, choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, is all about the highs and lows of love. Jordan and Brandon both acknowledge that it's a tricky routine, with Brandon explaining that it is so technical and just doesn't stop: "One breath would be great! Just one!"
Mary starts by welcoming Brandon back to the stage ("Isn't he spectacular?") before calling Jordan "fierce" and saying that the routine has demonstrated how great she is. Nigel calls Dwight and Desmond two of the best contemporary choreographers in the world and Jordan's lack of weakness means she could do anything they asked. He adds: "Wake up dance fans and keep this girl in the competition." Neil is equally impressed: "That sort of took my breath away.... and I'm a big face guy - I don't know the proper terminology - and watching you feel that number was so impressive." He adds that despite Brandon's skills, he couldn't take his eyes off Jordan.
Dance: Chuck Maldonado says that he choreographed a "hardcore" hip-hop routine so that Tadd could shine. He thinks Comfort will help Tadd "look like the man and give him the vibe and feel he needs" to bring his swag to the stage.
Nigel says that the routine was so fast there was no time to think: "It was like listening to Mary Murphy talking!" He points out that Tadd is a b-boy so doesn't have the background of having to remember choreography but he still pulled this off: "In truth, I think you out-danced your all-star there." Neil agrees that he "out hip-hopped Comfort" and compares him to an acrobat. He also knows how difficult hip-hop dancing is, having just attempted the style in a dance routine for How I Met Your Mother. Mary agrees Tadd is "something special" and says he has amazing musicality, timing and swagger: "You were definitely ghetto-licious."
Dance: Tyce Diorio choreographs this routine and encourages Mitchell and Melody to think about the mechanics of a plane during rehearsals, suggesting their legs can be propellers etc. Melody - who becomes a piece of luggage at one point - calls it a "tongue-in-cheek" routine.
Neil says Mitchell is a "terrific dancer" but admits that he didn't quite understand the routine: "I didn't get an airplane theme much at all. Mitchell is wearing a captain's outfit but it seems disjointed and not incredibly thought out for me as a piece." Mary thinks the number was fun but "over-baked", especially in the facials. Nigel encourages Mitchell to think more about style and technique than over-performing, saying that he "over-egged the pudding" in this performance.
Dance: Choreographed by Leonardo Barrionuevo and Miriam Larici, this routine is about a disconnected couple who use the tango find that connection again. Pasha compares it to an old black-and-white movie from the 1930s, while Caitlynn says the aim is for the audience to feel like they are spying on an intimate moment and watching two people fall in love.
Mary says the dance and choreographers deserve a standing ovation: "That was a treat on the eyes. Caitlynn, you are breathtaking doing this number." She thinks Caitlynn made all the technical points of the dance seem effortless and showed "more real passion" tonight than in any other number: "I can't remember when I have enjoyed something more." Nigel agrees, saying Caitlynn was sexier and more womanly than ever before. He also thinks she kept the intensity and achieved the aim of making the audience voyeurs. Neil thinks it started a bit slow for him but then it became "great theatre" and he was totally hooked. He also says he's now inspired to learn the Argentine tango.
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Dance: This routine choreographed by Christopher Scott is about a couple who have lost the spark in their relationship until one morning over breakfast when Sasha decides to reignite the passion by throwing the dishes off the table, making Twitch pay attention to her.
Nigel seems speechless at first before saying: "All I got for breakfast this morning was Corn Flakes." Cat asks: "Were they soggy?" Nigel replies: "They were after that routine.... What did I just say?!" He calls it a memorable routine and tells Sasha it is the first time he's seen her having chemistry with a partner, adding that she "nailed the routine" despite not being a hip-hop dancer. Neil thinks Sasha and Twitch seemed like a couple who have been dancing together for ages, saying some parts of the dance 'boggled" his mind. Mary jokes they need the Fire Department to put out the smoke from the performance: "It had it all - the swagger, musicality, chemistry... Sasha, you are an all-star tonight."
Dance: Stacey Tookey choreographs this routine about a woman who can't see the love of her life is right in front of her eyes. Jess knows that lifts have been a weakness of his in the competition and this routine is littered with them. Kathyn, however, thinks Jess is stronger than he looks, while Stacey says Kathryn can practically levitate so if Jess can't lift her he is in trouble.
Neil notes that having experience in Broadway himself he sometimes judges Jess harder than the others. He tells him that his face can be a "little muggy" at times and it can turn people away from him unnecessarily. He advises him to be as present and sincere as he can be, noting that this routine proved he can do that. Mary says that it is her favourite routine Jess has produced, praising him for being there for Kathryn. Nigel knows he has given Jess a hard time about lifts in the past and tonight he was given a routine "with more lifts than Joan Rivers's face" but coped brilliantly. He agrees with Mary that it was his best work to date.
Dance: Jason Gilkinson choreographs this routine about a man who has lost the will to live. Melanie plays a close friend who is nurturing him through the experience and providing the strength he needs to keep going by leading and guiding him step to step through the dance.
Mary jokes that she is jealous Melanie got to dance with Pasha. She tells Melanie that it seemed like she was floating across the stage, particularly praising her transitions in the lifts: "I honestly don't know how you do it... You do it like it was something you've done all your life. You are right at the top of the leader board." Nigel agrees she demonstrated a "beautiful flow of movement", describing it as a masterclass in lifts. He points out that choreographers use her as the rock in routines because she is a "solid, brilliant dancer". Neil calls it an "effortlessly perfect" routine, telling Melanie she looks like she is from the 1930s but dances like she is from the future: "You are so beautiful in every way and it seems like it comes from the inside as well as out. You are easily my favourite dancer on the show."
Dance: This Tyce Diorio-choreographed piece revolves around a woman who wakes up from a bad dream to hear someone whispering 'I am your worst nightmare' in her ear. Ricky initially says that he can't do that because it's creepy but Allison points out that it's just for the character and she can handle it.
Nigel doesn't think Ricky quite out-danced Allison (who is one of his favourite dancers of all time) but tells him that he kept his attention which is a huge compliment. Neil is impressed with the routine, telling Tyce it was a "bold call". He thinks Ricky sometimes seems young when he dances which can make it hard to take him seriously, but he nailed this routine. Mary calls this a "deliciously dark" performance and says that Ricky brought rawness, recklessness and passion to the dance.
Dance: Nakul Dev Mahajan choreographs this dance, calling it a basic story of a man and woman playing cat and mouse, but notes there is "nothing simple" about the choreography: "Whatever I was thinking, I threw into this dance." Clarice and Robert both agree that it is fast and intricate.
Neil loved the routine, calling it "incredibly infectious". He admits coming in as a guest judge is difficult because you come in with bias and favourite dancers. He tells Clarice that he never felt super-connected to her but this dance has changed that. Mary is equally impressed, saying Nakul designed the routine like a "well fitting Chanel suit" because it was a perfect fit for Clarice. Nigel agrees that it was perfect and acknowledges the intricacies of the dance and need to do several things at one. He says Bollywood makes him happy to watch and this was a great end to the show.
Each of the Top 10 also showcased a short solo routine throughout the evening which wasn't judged by the panel
So You Think You Can Dance airs its results show on Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.
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