Tonight the 20 dancers on season nine of “So You Think You Can Dance” compete for fan votes in the first week of competition. Since there is only one show per week for “So You Think You Can Dance”, the bottom three girls and the bottom three guys will be revealed with two girls and two guys going home. Head judge Nigel Lythgoe encouraged fans to vote all they wanted for their favourite dancers; adding that America won’t be eliminating the dancers, the judges would make the cuts.
The show opened with a group number from all 20 dancers performing a Christopher Scott routine.
Joining head judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe at the judge’s table were Ballroom expert Mary Murphy and choreographer Kenny Ortega.
After a few gaffes the show got off to a hot start with Whitney and Chehon performing a Louis van Amstel Samba routine. Nigel agreed with Louis that Whitney is a firecracker and told Chehon to give into the music and enjoy himself. Mary put Whitney on her hot tamale train; but noted that Chehon has some “foot problems” to work through. Kenny said that the dancers took them into space; adding that Whitney was hotter thanin “Some Like it Hot”; and Chehon is talented but needs to trust himself and have fun.
Tiffany and George performed a Sonya Tyre Contemporary routine that Mary said left her breathless; noting that the dancers surrendered themselves to the choreography and lived each second of the dance. Kenny noted that the dancers were there for one another; adding that the performance was breath taking and exquisite to watch. Nigel said that Tiffany and George were a wonderful couple who performed beautifully and were superb dancers.
Janaya and Brandon performed a Tabatha (who is pregnant) andHip-Hop routine. Kenny called it refreshing and exciting to see Hip-Hop tell a story; adding that the dancers bodies were telling a story and did a great job. Nigel noted that Tabatha and Napoleon are very creative and didn’t expose the dancers. Mary loved the storytelling noting that the routine was clean and well executed.
Alexa and Daniel performed a Sean Cheeseman Jazz routine that Nigel said had so many wonderfully intricate things. Mary loved watching the routine; saying that it was exciting and well done. Kenny noted that it was an extremely demanding piece and he was impressed with the exercise but not the performance.
Amber and Rick performed a Viennese Waltz that Mary called dreamy and floating with fantastic movement. Kenny said the performance was fluid, flowing, lovely, and took his breath away. Nigel called the performance very nice but cautioned the dancers to watch their facial expressions.
Amelia and Will performed a Tabatha and Napoleon Hip-Hop character piece where they portrayed cats. Kenny called the choreography creative; adding that the piece belongs on Broadway and he loved it. Nigel called Amelia and Will a gret partnership; adding it was a memorable routine that was terrifically danced. Mary called it, “purrrrrrrr-fect”; adding that she loved it.
Janelle and Dareian performed an African Jazz routine by Sean Cheeseman that the judges called an exciting routine. Nigel called it a memorable routine. Mary said Janelle was phenomenal and Dareian was a powerhouse. Kenny said the routine was cross cultural that took him to so many places. “It was like watching two flames dance across the stage,” said Kenny.
Eliana and Cyrus performed a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine from the musical “Hairspray”. At the end of the performance Tyce was very excited and the crowd was screaming. Mary said they brought the house down and it was really something to watch. Kenny said that he could imagine seeing the routine on Broadway and even felt like he was watching it on Broadway. Nigel noted that Cyrus immersed himself in his dances and gave it 100%; adding that Cyrus is entertaining and thrilling to watch. Nigel called Eliana the benchmark for the rest of the girls on the show.
Audry and Matt performed a Travis Wall Contemporary piece that received a standing ovation from the judges and Nigel called mature choreography from a man who is only 24 years old. Kenny said the routine was exquisitely choreographed and brilliantly danced. Mary called the performance breathtaking and Nigel proclaimed it his favourite dance of the night.
The final performance of the night was a Paso Doble from Lindsay and Cole. Kenny called the performance mesmerizing, electrifying, and one of the best he had ever seen. Mary said it was the best Paso Doble she had ever seen on the show. Nigel called Matt’s performance the best by any boy he had ever seen on the show; adding that it was incredible, dynamic, and could be a major part of the Ballroom production “Burn the Floor”.
“So You Think You Can Dance” will return next Wednesday for more dance performances and the elimination of four dancers.