'So You Think You Can Dance' season 11, Zack and Jacque perform a hip-hop routine. Credit: FOX
Our top 16 opened with a powerful contemporary performance to Annie Lennox’s “Take Me to the River.” Finishing up her three-week tour on SYTYCD, Misty Copeland joined our judges for the last time this season. In our bottom six this week were: Bridget, Marquet, Brooklyn, Serge, Tanisha and Zack.
Valerie and Ricky tackled the first bollywood routine of the season with a sexy high-energy performance to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’s “Dilliwaali Girlfriend.” Mary said Ricky was wicked strong throughout the whole number and Nigel called it “magnificent.” Maybe it was just me, but that shoulder lift looked a little awkward.
Bridget and Emilio got into character during their contemporary routine to Chris Garneau’s “The Leaving Song.” This has been by far my favorite performance of the season. You would never guess Emilio wasn't a contemporary dancer. He even pointed his toes, as Nigel pointed out, and Mary said Bridget was in control the entire time. Nigel called it a powerful piece of choreography by Travis Wall.
Tanisha and Rudy gave a smashing hip-hop performance to Usher’s “Good Kisser.” It was clear that these two belong in first class on the hot tamale train with that performance.
For the second time in a row both Jessica and Marquet lost their partners so this week they decided to pair up. The couple did a smooth foxtrot to Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell On You.” Mary said this routine did not put a spell on her. These two were definitely out of their elements but Nigel and Mary said they could tell Marquet was out of place whereas Jessica simply looked beautiful. Is there a curse on the men Jessica dances with? Could this be her third partner in a row who goes home?
Carly and Serge tell a story about desire through a contemporary performance to Jewel’s “Foolish Games.” Nigel said he thinks these two are growing every week. Misty called Carly a “full-body dancer” and Mary said Serge has been the most improved dancer of the season.
Emily and Teddy performed a very tricky salsa routine to Mr. Vegas’ “Bruk It Down.” Emily had a little mishap but pulled right back into character. Misty said Emily looked a little unstable but was happy she pulled it together in the end. What the public didn’t know, but Nigel displayed to the audience, was that Emily had just dislocated her shoulder earlier that morning and said the performance was fabulous considering the circumstances.
Jacque and Zack tell a story about a couple who want to rekindle a past fling through a contemporary performance to Beyonce and Andre 3000’s “Back to Black.” A few words the judges used to describe this performance were: remarkable and phenomenal.
Brooklyn and Casey really stepped out of their comfort zones and gave a beastly hip-hop performance to Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard Remix.” Nigel said they both needed to get down more, but Misty and Mary thought Brooklyn really took it up a notch with this routine.
The bottom six dancers got one last chance to prove the judges they had what it takes to stay in the competition. Half the group gave a brilliant performance to Bjork’s “So Broken” choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. The other half gave a wicked high-energy performance to OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out” choreographed by Travis Wall. In the end the judges decided to send home Brooklyn and Marquet.