So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 18 – The Most Controversial Elimination to Date

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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 18 – The Most Controversial Elimination to Date

This week, in “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12, which aired last Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM on FOX, the top 18 performed, and another stage dancer and another street dancer were eliminated in a shocking and controversial elimination round. WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12 Episode 10. Read on to learn more about the night’s performances, and who got eliminated from the show.

This week, the top 18 dancers were mostly criticized, but the night ended up having several top notch routines, one unforgettable one that judge and Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe claimed would be in the annals of “So You Think You Can Dance” history, and a controversial elimination round.


For tonight, there were several stand out routines, with one of them being touted as a memorable routine that would go down in history.

This of course, was the very last competition routine of the night- Pharside and Phoenix’s routine performed by Hailee Payne and Virgil Gadson, and set to Noahplause’s “Running”. What stole the hearts of the judges for this performance was that Hailee and Virgil were asked to be robots from outer space, and they managed to incredibly pull it off, and stay in “robot” character all the way until they were whisked into the wings by Emmy-nominated host, Cat Deeley. Judge Nigel Lythgoe claimed that this routine would be done again in the show’s twentieth anniversary celebration, and all three realized that these two were the ones to beat.  According to his Entertainment Weekly mentor blog, tWitch stated that he wanted to be part of this routine, Team Stage Captain Travis Wall mentioned in his Entertainment Weekly mentor blog that Hailee was there to stay.

Kate Hartpootlian and Neptune Eskridge’s performance, a contemporary piece set to Ben Howard’s “Promise”, choreographed by Justin Giles was deep and emotional, and the judges praised that even though the space was limited, and there wasn’t a lot of steps involved, they managed to pull it off beautifully. Judge Jason Derulo loved their chemistry, and Nigel loved how the show has gone leaps and bounds by having a white girl dance with a black guy. Also, they felt that Kate, although landing in the bottom six, came out of her shell this week. In his mentor blog, tWitch stated that he felt proud of Neptune as he had managed to do contemporary this week.

Gaby Diaz, Ariana Crowder, and Burim Jusufi’s African Jazz number, choreographed by Sean Cheesman set to the tune of “Gorilla” by Lord KraVen was praised as a very strong number, and the judges still couldn’t fathom how Gaby is a tap dancer. Judge Paula Abdul praised Burim’s perseverance and that he held is own, but the breakdancer landed in the bottom six. Travis Wall though believes that aside from Hailee, Gaby can do anything, and that Burim “held his own”, and that Ariana did great.

The judges also loved Stacey Tookey’s contemporary routine with Alexia Meyer, Derek Piquette and Jaja Vankova set to the tune of “All Waters” by Perfume Genius, as Alexia managed to be larger than life, Derek did wonderfully well, and Jaja continued to show her more vulnerable side to the audience. Their respective team captains were proud of each of the three, who were all safe, and Travis praised the fact that Alexia and Derek had what he called an “emotional breakthrough”.

Travis also mentioned that even if the judges didn’t think much of Edson Juarez’s routine with JJ Rabone and Yorelis Apolinario, he knew that Edson had worked hard as he had gotten muscle cramps for three days straight and had to be brought to the hospital for three days.

At the end of the night, the bottom six were Kate, Moises Parra, Edson, Burim, Asaf Goren and Ariana. The Twitter votes saved Ariana and Kate, and the judges eliminated Moises and Burim, which caused quite a stir.

Regarding this, tWitch stated in his mentor blog that this is also America’s fault for allowing Burim to be placed in this position, and Travis commented that he felt that Moises’ technique was better than Edson’s, but that Edson had more personality.

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