Friday, June 13, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 Results: Rayven and Jamie Eliminated, While Will and Kourtni Get to Shine

Dancing with the Stars could learn a few things from tonight's episode of So You Think You Can Dance when it comes to how to put on a results show. Sure, we still had to sit through the Pussycat Dolls, but there was more dancing tonight than on six Dancing with the Stars results shows combined. It was jam packed!

Oh yeah -- there was a really weird group number by Wade Robson that had Nigel tied up in a rope. Disturbing. And yet -- less disturbing than most American Idol results shows. Go figure.

As for the results themselves (Will/Jessica, Jamie/Rayven, Kourtni/Matt in the Bottom 3), America got it mostly right -- in fact, trade Will and Jessica for Marquis and Susie, and it was pretty much spot-on. How Marquis and Susie managed to escape having to dance for their lives is beyond me, but there time will come. Oh yes it will.

The solos were, for the most part, uninspiring, with the exception of Kourtni and Will, who both conveyed much more emotion than they had during last night's performances. They both showed extraordinary technique, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them both sail into the Top 10.

Jamie, Rayven, Jessica and Matt, however, were totally unexceptional -- as Nigel indicated, Matt was clearly the better technician, and Jamie had much more personality. Although I think the judges ultimately made the right choice in keeping Matt, Jamie was pretty much the only male ballroom dancer, which means it's going to get pretty interesting when the quick step and paso doble roll around.

While I don't know the difference between "pointe" and "demipointe," apparently Rayven's use of the latter was cause for dismissal. Jessica is thanking her lucky stars Rayven didn't get up on her tippy-toes because her solo was flat out awful. I'm not sure what they saw in Jessica's tango performance last night, but I have a feeling the sheen isn't going to stay on for much longer with this one.

All in all, an hour well spent. Can't wait 'til next week!

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