This week’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12, which aired last Monday, July 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM on FOX, saw the Top 20 perform with different groupings and pairings, with some dancers dancing in styles that they had never done before. At the end of each number, Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley revealed America’s results, and the “Twitter save” format, in which the audience would have a chance in saving one of the dancers in the bottom six , debuted. In the end, one Street dancer and one Stage dancer went home.
WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12 Episode 8. Read on to learn more about the night’s performances, and who got eliminated from the show.
This week, the Top 20 dancers were given challenge after challenge as Team Stage and Team Street were given interesting groupings and pairings, and as they had to dance in styles picked from out of a hat, which meant that they didn’t know whether they would be comfortable with it or if it would be a style that was outside their comfort zones.
The standouts of the night, according to judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe, were Alexia Meyer , Megz Alfonso, and Virgil Gadson’s contemporary routine, which was choreographed by Dee Caspray and set to the tune of “Until We Go Down” by Ruelle; and Jaja Vankova and Jim Nowakowski’s Hip Hop routine choreographed by Christopher Scott and set to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “No Woman, No Cry (Live Version)”.
They loved these performances because Jim, Megz and Virgil were able to perform in styles that were completely different from their own. Travis Wall, on his mentor blog on Entertainment Weekly echoed this sentiment, and just like the judges, praised Alexia’s prowess. Jason also mentioned that Virgil was now, for him, one of the top contenders in the competition.
The judges also enjoyed Emmy-nominated choreographer Spencer Liff’s Broadway routine for Kate Hartpootlian, Asaf Goren and Neptune Eskridge, and praised Neptune for his ability to shine as a jazz dancer. However, Nigel wasn’t so receptive of Kate’s performance, but Travis, in his mentor blog, noted that Kate had shone in this particular number.
Gaby Diaz was praised by the judges, particularly by Paula, and Travis noted that she was a “chameleon,” who could be a strong contender in the competition.
Travis also mentioned in his blog that Paula was the only one of the judges who actually understood why JJ Rabone and Marissa Milele were smiling during their Ray Leeper Jazz routine with Moises Parras, who got the respect he deserved as his strength was praised in this number, as the number told the story of two women ganging up on a cheating boyfriend, portrayed by Moises. Paula noted that there will always be some satisfaction when the ladies manage to give the “cheater” his due.
Team Stage, thanks to their team routine choreographed by Travis Wall, came out on top of Team Street’s interesting routine with see saws. Travis Wall, the Team Stage captain, while waiting for people to save their favorite dancer in the bottom six, discovered that Team Stage, based on the votes online, had triumphed over Team Street last week.
The bottom six for this week were Derek, Darion Flores, Moises, Neptune, Lily Frias and Ariana Crowder. In what Gold Derby called a “shocker elimination”, Darion and Lily got eliminated as Derek and Ariana were saved by the judges; and Neptune and Moises were saved by Twitter.
However, things are looking great for Jim and Jaja, who, according to their users and the judges, seem to be giving the others a run for their money, most especially after that night’s show.
Later, Travis noted that from here on out, the judges seem to be looking at the overall performances of the contestants, which will force them to step up their game.
Do you agree with the judges? Do you agree with the votes? Who are your favorite dancers this season, and who do you think will earn the title? Which team performance did you prefer-Team Stage or Team Street? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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