So You Think You Can Dance: Semi Finals

So You Think You Can Dance: Semi Finals

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Sep 05, 2012 at 10:05 PM PDT
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It’s one week before the finals on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the six remaining dancers are vying for the title of America’s favourite girl dancer and America’s favourite guy dancer. As executive producer Nigel Lythgoe continues to point out, it isn’t about who is the most technical dancer or who is the best dancer but who is the favourite dancer of SYTYCD fans.

This week the dancers had to learn four dances – a group number, a solo, a dance with an All Star, and a dance with one of their fellow competitors.

The show opened with the six dancers performing a routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.

Joining executive producer and head judge Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judging table this week was Christina Applegate making a return visit to the show. This week the judges only offered their comments but had no say in the outcome of which dancers would be moving on to the finals and who would be going home. Nigel pointed out that over the course of the season the judges had saved four of the six dancers in the semi finals.

This season before choosing who to save, the judges spoke with the choreographers about the dancers; Nigel noted that when speaking with the choreographers the most important question was would you employ them.

Tiffany got the competition started off with the Jive. Making his first return to SYTYCD stage since winning the competition in season two was the “king of swing” Benji Schwimmer. If the name sounds familiar to dance fans, Benji’s sister Lacey is a SYTYCD alum and one of the pro dancers on “Dancing with the Stars”. The pair earned a standing ovation for their performance. Nigel said that the energy from the pair lifted the audience; adding that it was a great routine and Tiffany kept up with Benji. Mary said the performance was amazing; adding that Tiffany could be a swing champion. Christina noted Tiffany’s fabulous flicks; calling it a beautifully and perfectly done routine.

Whitney was the first to perform her solo.

Cole teamed up with season eight winner Melanie Moore for a Sonya Tayeh Jazz routine. Mary called it a gorgeous piece; adding that it was amazing and Cole commanded attention. Christina said the performance was masterful and powerful with the pair appearing to be a oneness of humanity. Nigel noted that Sonya breaks dance gender norms and had Melanie lifting Cole. Nigel said the performance had strength and vulnerability.

Chehon performed his solo.

Eliana and Twitch performed a Hip-Hop routine by Christopher Scott to “Please Mr. Postman” that went postal. Christina said it was wonderful to watch and noted that Eliana can dance anything. Nigel called Eliana his favourite girl but felt the routine relied a little too much on character and comedy; saying it felt like a cheap burger with little meat. Mary called the routine fun and entertaining; adding that Eliana can do anything.

Tiffany performed her solo.

Chehon and Kathryn performed a very emotional Tyce Diorio Contemporary routine that told of surviving and moving on from tragedy. The pair earned a standing ovation for their performance. Nigel noted that it was an incredibly emotional routine; saying that if was terrific and thanked FOX for airing the show. Mary said that Tyce outdid himself with power and passion; saying it was an amazing number where even Chehon was touched by his own movement. Christina called Tyce a master; adding the performance was profound, masterful and unbelievable.

Cole performed his solo.

Whitney and Marco performed a Lyrical Jazz routine had one of the dancers with doubts at the alter. Mary called Whitney a star; adding she loved Whitney in the piece with great partnership. Christina said the routine was really beautiful and lovely but had a lot of “hariography” that hid Whitney’s face. Nigel called the performance beautiful with the pair committed to every step.

Eliana performed her solo.

Cyrus and Comfort performed the first ever Dub Step routine by Christopher Scott that had the pair going to the movies. The performance brought the crowd to their feet screaming and had Cyrus repeated saying “Whoa”. Christina like the routine a lot calling it fantastic; adding it was like the dance was carved out for Cyrus. Nigel said the routine was incredible to watch; adding that America loves Cyrus. Mary noted that Cyrus connects; adding that there is something special about him. Mary said that Cyrus nailed it and they looked like a perfect pair. Mary said Cyrus was “in his Comfort zone”.

With the All Star partnerships complete Whitney and Chehon team up for a Cha Cha. Mary noted that while the performance was better than his Samba, something about the Latin dances didn’t sit well with Chehon; adding that she wanted to see something more from Whitney. Nigel thought the lifts fell apart and agreed that he wanted to see something more from Whitney calling the performance disappointing.

Cyrus performed his solo.

Eliana and Cole performed a Mia Michaels Contemporary routine about hatred and was inspired by seeing rams fighting. The pair performed the piece to the “Adagio for Strings” and received a standing ovation for their performance. Nigel called the performance fantastic, brilliant, incredible, and captured everybody. Mary called the performance absolutely mesmerizing with power and strength. Christina said Eliana was the perfect dancer who finished every movement; adding that the performance was remarkable.

The final competitor performance of the night was from Cyrus and Tiffany who took on a fifties television show inspired Spencer Liff Broadway routine where two teens were left home alone to do homework but things got a little steamy instead. Christina loved it saying the choreography was splendid. Nigel called the routine terrific, but thanked God he had two sons and not a daughter. Nigel called Tiffany the girl next door and Cyrus an inspirational. Mary called ti the cutest number ever seen on the show; adding that she loved it.

Before any results were announced the AXIS Dance Company from Oakland, California performed. Sebastian Grubb and Joel Brown performed a piece of their work called “The Narrowing”.

Time for the results…

Host Cat Deely revealed that Tiffany and Eliana would be moving on to the finals but Whitney was eliminated from the competition.

As for the guys…

Chehon is safe.

And the final dancer to make it to the finals is…




Cole was eliminated from the competiton.

Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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