This week, in “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD) Season 12, which aired last Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX, the top 14 performed, and four were eliminated, thus rounding up America’s Top Ten favorite dancers in an episode where the judges felt that not all of the routines and dancers were up to par. Also, each contestant got to interview their dance partners in twenty seconds, and for the first time, the judges weren’t allowed to save any of the dancers who were in danger that night. Read on to learn more about the episode’s routines and what the judges thought about them, and to learn who got eliminated, and as to what to expect next week.
This week, it was it was Jim Nowakowski’s turn to get injured. Thankfully, he was cleared at the last minute, which allowed him to perform his competition piece. However, he wasn’t able to perform in the opening number, and in the Team Stage group number, where All-Star Robert Roldan filled in for him.
Also, the top fourteen interviewed their dance partners in twenty seconds or less, and host Cat Deeley informed tWitch that Team Street had won over Team Stage last week, in terms of America’s collective votes.
Jim Nowakowski’s and Yorelis Apolinario’s performance and Gaby Diaz’s and Neptune Eskridge’s performances earned standing ovations from the judges. Hailee Payne’s and Virgil Gadson’s performance also earned high praise from the judges.
Jim and Yorelis performed a contemporary number choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and set to Nebulo’s “Asht,” which, according to Sonya, was all about “power play.” However, Paula Abdul thought that despite that, and despite Jim being a wonderful technical dancer, Yorelis managed to stand out, and they “complemented” each other well. Nigel Lythgoe praised Yorelis, who had auditioned before as a contemporary dancer.
Nigel then reminded Jim that they needed to see more personality from him. Team Stage Captain Travis Wall, on his mentor blog, praised Jim’s technique, especially as he had only been cleared that morning to perform again, and noted that Jim, technically, is a very strong contender to win.
Gaby Diaz, according to Travis, is another dancer who could win, if she keeps performing the way she is currently doing. Her and Neptune Eskridge’s number, a contemporary piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey and set to “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” from the “Selma” soundtrack, told the story of prejudice, and how the characters learn how to trust each other. Travis commented that the biggest point of this number was the story and the characters; and Nigel told Neptune that he is “a dancer.”
Hailee Payne’s and Virgil Gadson’s performance, which told the story of an obsessed girlfriend, choreographed by Tyce Diorio and set to Sia’s “Cellophane” was praised, although Nigel commented that he believed that it exposed Virgi’s lack of technique when it came to contemporary pieces, which Travis disagreed with.
The rest of the performances didn’t impress the judges, and Jason Derulo called Jaja Vankova’s and Edson Juarez’s runway inspired hip-hop piece, choreographed by Misha Gabriel and set to Usher’s and Nicki Minja’s “She Came to Give It to You,” “basic,” which Travis didn’t agree with, and didn’t sit well either with tWitch, as seen on his official Twitter account. However, Travis felt that Jaja and Edson hadn’t excelled in the delivery of the number.
Megz Alfonso and Derek Piquette’s hip hop routine was also commented on, especially as Derek seemed awkward in that particular style.
Among all of the performances, the one that got the most comments against them were Alexia Meyer and Ariana Crowder’s burlesque jazz number set to Vermillion Lies’ “Circus Fish,” which the girls, during the rehearsals, already felt uncomfortable doing. Nigel then mispronounced Ariana’s name and called her a “dead fish.” Travis noted Nigel’s comment was quite hurtful and disheartening. Paula, on the other hand, decided to give more constructive criticism.
In the end, Alexia, Ariana, Yorelis, Derek, Neptune and Kate Harpootlian ended up in the bottom six, and the Twitter votes saved Derek and Neptune. Thus, America’s Top Ten were, Jim Nowakowski, Hailee Payne, Gaby Diaz, Edson Juarez, and Derek Piquette from Team Stage; and Neptune Eskridge, Jaja Vankova, JJ Rabone, Virgil Gadson and Megz Alfonso from Team Street.
As for Travis, he had voted to save Neptune and Alexia, who didn’t have much a following on social media like Derek, and whom he felt had a greater journey on the show. However, he did mention that Derek was a better dancer.
He also stated that everyone had to be more competitive in the weeks to come, especially as the All-Stars were going to be on the show next week.
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