Tonight the top 8 couples on So You Think You Can Dance performed their routines, and the question looms – who will stay and will go? Here are my own predictions. I thought about more comprehensive recaps, but if you’re not watching the show, I can hardly explain it all! Instead let’s run through the performances real quick:
* Jonathan & Karla – hip hop
I hope that America finally wakes up and realizes that Jonathan is just not that good. Sure, he can do some acrobatic flips and such, but his movement quality is lacking – I’ve been unimpressed 3 weeks in a row. Karla, on the other hand, is proving to be pretty adaptable – I’d love to see her with a new partner. My prediction – unless the tween girls of America stand as one to save them, this couple will be in the bottom 3.
* Vitolio & Asuka – jazz
This is one of the toughest situations on this show – when the couple peforms admirably, but the choreographer just didn’t give them much to work with. Which is a shame for these two, as they were stuck with an even worse routine week 1 (that horrid Broadway number). I really think they did a nice job (and the sob story before was a nice touch), but is it enough? My prediction – the choreography was not memorable enough to keep them in voters’ minds, and they will land back in the bottom 3.
* Ade & Melissa – rhumba
I have to confess – this couple is my favorite, and has been since week 1. I think they mesh well, their technique is flawless, and thus far they have been proving their ability to adapt to different styles easily. Melissa showed her gorgeous legs and assertive personality this week, while Ade proved to be steadfast and agile. My prediction – this pair is gaining steam and will be safe.
* Brandon & Janette – hip hop
The concept for this piece worried me a bit, but it actually worked. It helps that Janette is so sharp in her movement (thanks to her salsa experience), and Brandon busted some impressive moves that proved he has popping and locking skills. I’m not in love with these 2, but I can’t deny that they are really bringing it consistently. My prediction – safe again!
* Kupono & Kayla – Viennese waltz
Losing Max was a shame, but you have to hand it to Kayla – she keeps bringing her excellence regardless. Overall the piece was actually very good, despite the occasional stumble (that promenade was sad, Kupono). My worry for Kayla is that Kupono won’t be able to keep up with her in the future. My prediction – this is the wild card couple – they might land in the bottom 3, but I’m going to guess that they squeak by this week.
* Evan & Randi – modern (sorry, I refuse to call it “contemporary”)
This was the biggest surprise for me of the week. I have no doubt about Mia Michaels’ choreography – it’s frequently excellent. But (heh) seeing how well Evan took to the modern idiom and Mia’s style…I was impressed. He showed a real ability for initiating movement from different body parts and carrying it through. Randi was just great – she absorbed that stuff like a sponge! My prediction – America’s sweethearts will be safe.
* Jason & Caitlin – paso doble
“O Fortuna?” Seriously? Anywho – the necessity in this piece was showing power, which I didn’t think J & C delivered. They need a little Emeril essence, y’know? Kick it up a notch! Overall I think they do great on technique, but this was a 90% performance on a show that demands 100% every week. My prediction – good remarks from the judges won’t be enough, and J & C will be in the bottom 3 again this week.
* Phillip & Jeanine – Broadway
Love! First I was just happy that the choreography was good (i.e. REAL Broadway style this time), and the song from Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favorites. Jeanine was radiant in this one – she’s really emerging from Phillip’s shadow, proving she deserves to be up on that stage. Despite Nigel’s comments I actually thought Phillip did really well at this one, and any missteps were too quick and too minor for the audience to notice. My prediction – Moses supposes that this couple is safe!
So…assuming my predictions are right in the bottom 3, then I’ll go further to say:
GUYS – Jonathan vs. Vitolio vs. Jason
If America gives them a chance, I think the judges are ready to cut Jonathan loose. His only chance is if the judges feel it’s time to cut one of the modern dancers, in which case Jason would likely go instead. Vitolio still has love from the judges, and he’ll hang on.
GIRLS – Karla vs. Asuka vs. Caitlin
As I mentioned above, I think there is an interest in seeing what Karla could do with someone else. Caitlin, on the other hand, is on her last leg, metaphorically speaking. I loved her in Vegas, but for 2 weeks now she’s been just OK. Asuka might go in her stead, but I think she’ll survive at least another week as she’s the only remaining ballroom specialist. But pretty soon I think the judges will decide that Janette is ballroom enough, so Asuka’s days are numbered regardless.