‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: Season 11, Top Twenty

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: The Top 20 finalists perform live on  July 2 on FOX. Credit: Brooklin Rosenstock/FOX
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: The Top 20 finalists perform live on July 2 on FOX.
Credit: Brooklin Rosenstock/FOX

“So You Think You Can Dance” has already gone through five cities, thousands of hopefuls, then last week the judges picked our season 11 top twenty – ten guys and ten gals. Joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel was accomplished dancer and performer, Jason Derulo. This season’s top twenty are competing for a quarter of a million dollars, the chance to be on the cover of “Dance Spirit Magazine,” a spot in the new Broadway musical “On The Town,” and most importantly the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” They came in wearing blue and purple suites performing to Kingdom’s “Stalker Ha” and adding in a few new tricks choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.

Brooklyn and Serge gave a fun and sexy ballroom performance to Midnight Red’s “Hell Yeah” choreographed Dmitry Chaplin. Everyone agreed it was a great start to the show but Mary said Brooklyn started the performance off balance. The judges had nothing but great things to say about Serge’s performance.

Emily and Kacey performed a contemporary dance to John Legend’s “All of Me.” The dance, choreographed by Travis Wall, embodied the complications of a relationship. Jason, revealing his softer side, said he didn’t want it to end. Nigel said it was a combination of passion and technique.

Our two tap-dancers, Valerie and Zack, did a high-energy tap dance performance to Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” choreographed by Anthony Morigerato. Nigel said, “Like good drummers, you’ve got different sounds.” Mary said, “Keep bringing the tap back.”

Bridget and Stanley gave a contemporary performance to Jon McLaughlin’s “Doesn’t Mean Goodbye,” choreographed by Bonnie Story. The dance routine was about a couples last shot at trying to make the relationship work. “They told the story amazingly,” Mary said. “It was completely from the heart.” This couple took it to another level tonight. Jason said, “It looked effortless.”

Jacque and Jordan gave a very technical ballet performance to Pas de Deux’s “Black Swan” choreographed by Marat Daukayev. Nigel still had something to say about each of the girls’ performances. Jason Derulo performed to his new hit single, “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dog (or Snoop Lion).

Marlene and Marquet did a risky ballroom performance to Gregor Salto’s “Morning Drums” choreographer by Louis Van Amstel. Nigel said Marlene had great energy the whole way through and Marquet “is a force to be reckoned with.”

Carly and Rudy teamed up with Stacey Tookey for a contemporary routine, dancing to Jetta’s “Take it Easy.” The judges absolutely loved it. Mary said, “That passion just poured out all over that stage.” The judges went as far as to guarantee this couple won’t be going home next week.

Emilio and Teddy gave a hip-hop performance using janitor props, dancing to The Commodores’ “Nightshift” choreographed by Christopher Scott. These two men are soloists and yet they connected well on stage. Mary said she can see both of the being in the next “Step Up” movie.

Jessica and Ricky performed an emotional contemporary dance to Meredith Monk’s “Vow” choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. Nigel said, “America needs to understand that this is another level entirely we have just witnessed here,” and even went on to say that it was one of the best routines he’s ever seen. Mary called it, “a routine from heaven.”

Tanisha and Nick did a playful cha cha performance to Enrique Inglesias’ “I’m a Freak” choreographed by Louis Van Amstel. During the performance Tanisha really went in for the kiss. Mary called it “fun, fast and fabulous.”


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