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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season 11, Top 18 elimination

It was another night of live performances on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the night ended with the second elimination of the season.

"So You Think You Can Dance" season 11, top 18 elimination. Marquet and Jourdan perform. Credit: FOX "So You Think You Can Dance" season 11, top 18 elimination. Marcquet and Jourdan perform. Credit: FOX

It was another night of live performances on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the night ended with the second elimination of the season. Misty Copeland joined our panel of judges for the second time of the season but it was a first-time performance for “A Great Big World” on the SYTYCD stage.

Revealed in the bottom six this week were: Bridget Whitman, Emily James, Jourdan Epstein, Emilio Dosal, Stanley Glover and Teddy Coffey.

Zack and Jacque performed a passionate hip-hop routine to Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” It was a slow-paced performance for being a hip-hop number but it worked well for these two. They took the challenge of trying something new and the judges were impressed.

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Marquet and Jourdan gave a soft contemporary performance to Mikky Ekko’s “Disappear.” Although these are two very versatile dancers, Marcquet was a little shaky in some places and Jourdan wasn’t really connecting with him during the performance. Nigel said they were given a challenging performance but he wasn’t felling any connection.

Emilio and Bridget performed the perfect upbeat 50’s jive routine to Pharell’s “Happy.” It’s clear that these two were fighting to stay out of the bottom six and in the competition. Misty said that Bridget was perfection tonight!

Teddy and Emily gave a heartfelt contemporary performance to Nina Simone’s “Ne me Quite Pas.” Nigel said they got very close to touching the human spirit with this performance. Mary said there’s nothing Emily can’t do and she was completely mesmerized by Teddy.

Casey and Brooklyn gave a fast and fun jazz routine about a couple going to prom and performed to Michael Buble’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Nigel said Brooklyn was challenged with this number but her partner really helped her out.

Ricky and Valerie performed a wonderful waltz routine to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” wearing the best costumes yet. Mary called it, “dream-like” and “magical.”

Serge and Carly gave a strong hip-hop performance to Young Money’s “Senile” dressed as skeletons. Nigel said it was a tough routine to critique because many people won’t understand the work needed to pick this routine, but Mary and Misty loved it!

Rudy and Tanisha performed a hit 20’s Broadway number using batons to the Original Broadway Cast’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Although it was fast-paced performance, the dancers managed to stay in unison and on point the whole time. Mary called it a “Show-stopping performance.”

Stanley and Jessica gave a fluid yet technical jazz performance to Nikka Costa’s “Can’t Never Did Nothin.” Misty said she loved the overall performance but Jessica needs to pay attention to her facial expressions like Stanley needs to pay attention to his eyes.

Unfortunately, we had to watch two more dancers go home. Nigel said the judges decided to go with America’s vote, which left Stanley and Jourdan in the bottom two and out of the competition.

 
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