So last night was the So You Think You Can Dance top 20 selection show. They did it a bit different as it was a combo live show and previously recorded show. They selected the top 20 in groups by genre and then had them dance in groups.
Sitting in the guest judge chair is the ever adorkable (kill me now) Zooey Deschanel. Within the first 10 second of her talking, I knew she was going to be in the worst judge all-stars with Debbie Allen and that one pervy old lady they had on last year that wanted to take Wadi home with her (Wikipedia tells me her name is Debbie Reynolds). The wife suggested the three of them should do an all-guest-host night.
So, as typically happens, I had a number of “Who? Who? Who?” moments during this episode. People like Alexa (barf) get a ton of camera time during Vegas week for being petulant children while other dancers who were amazing, never got a second of screen time.
Below I’ve embedded the performances, but Fox has put the full episodes online behind a paywall. Basically, in order to watch an episode originally shown for free on network television, you have to subscribe to cable or satellite. Makes sense, right. Fox, get your collective heads out of your collective asses. No one signed up for cable or satellite so they can watch SYTYCD online, dummies. Basically, the embedded videos could disappear at any time. Let me know in the comments if they do.
The first group was four contemporary dancers and had two “Who?”s: Giant-ass Will and the black chick who was never coming back a couple of seasons ago (hint: she did come back). They did really well to a routine by Tyce that he had to have ripped off from Travis. I mean, come on, it included a bench.
Next was the ballet group. Holy shit, 3 ballerinas (or whatever the fuck dude ballerinas are called – ballerinos?). In any case, technically, these might be the three best dancers ever on the show. In any case, they had a great routine.
Ballroom consisted of the two blond girls that could have been twins if it weren’t for the fact that they look nothing alike. Once is tall and skinny and the other one will likely end up looking like her mom (ie: NOT GOOD). The dude they danced with was another “Who?”.
Two jazz girls were put with the belly dancer, who ended up getting sick and not dancing. Since there was no vote this week, it didn’t really matter, but I definitely thought it was weird that the belly dancer would have to dance with the jazz dancers anyway. In any case, they were not in sync and were overall pretty terrible. The routine was not some of Sonya’s finest work. Also, Zooey has no idea what she is talking about because she thought they were in sync the whole time. Clearly they were not.
The second set of contemporary dancers was amazingly boring. I thought it was good at the beginning, but then I just stopped watching. I have nothing else to say here except that the pasty silent movie girl might be the most hateable person on the show this season. I’m going to call her “Female Jess” from here on out.
The last group was the hip-hoppers, but that is kind of a misnomer since they were all varied in their styles (Cyrus – animator, Cole – martial arts, and Brandon – stepper). The choreography was by Christopher Scott and I’ve had complaints about him in the past that he is a bit too heavy-handed at trying to incorporate a story into his dance. Fortunately that worked incredibly well this time around with the baseball theme. I would give this “best performance of the night” accolades. Anyway, if you don’t watch any of the others, be sure to watch this one.
I’m not going to comment on them because I’m lazy, but here are the girls, the guys, and the girls and the guys.
Ok, I lied. My laziness was overwhelmed by a need to rip on those awful outfits that the dudes were wearing. Nigel called them maternity pants, but I felt like they were dressed as disco divas with their bellbottoms and tube tops. Seriously. Who the hell is getting fired for those awful costumes? Heads better roll. Also, dudes partnering with dudes was just weird. Sorry Sonya.
So what did you think of the top 20? Caliber of dancers higher or lower than in the past? Any fan favorites or favorites to win the show? Don’t forget there will be a winning girl and a winning guy. Also, don’t forget to comment!