Thursday, June 11, 2009

"So You Think You Can Dance" 6/10- TOP 20 BEGINS

The guest judge this week is Adam Shankman.

Starting this season, I will list the voting number in parentheses for each contestant or couple after I mention their names.

The first couple to perform were Phillip Chebeeb & Jeanine Mason (1-888-TEMPO-01). They did a Hip-Hop routine, with their dancing song being "Mad" by Ne-Yo. Adam called their performance unreal, thinking both of them stepped up their game. Mary & Nigel agreed, so I gave them a 9!

Second were Vitolio Jeune & Asuka Kondoh (1-888-TEMPO-02) with a Broadway routine. Their background song was "Hot Honey Rag" from "Chicago". Adam said while the dancing felt artificial, it was still good. Mary said they didn't bring the routine to life because they played it safe. Nigel said the dancing was strong, but not their personalities. 6 out of 10 for that one.

Going third were Jonathan Platero & Karla Garcia (1-888-TEMPO-03); they were assigned a Cha-Cha routine with the song "Poker Face" by Lady GaGa. Adam said it was really good. Mary did some of her good screaming, and Nigel said they got back on the radar after falling from it prior to this evening. I gave them an 8.

Evan Kasprzak & Randi Strong-Evans were the night's fourth couple (1-888-TEMPO-04), dancing some Jazz to "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Jamie Cullum. Adam said they were slightly verically challenged as a couple, but they danced like they were eight feet tall. Mary felt these two just barely made it this far, and said they nailed this routine; she then did another scream. Nigel said this was one of the best routines choreographed on the show, and said this couple was now believable. My score: 9!

Closing out the first half were Tony Bellissimo & Paris Torres (1-888-TEMPO-05). While being handed a Hip-Hop routine, they danced to "Let the Beat Rock" by The Black Eyed Peas. Adam said while they were good, their posture was a bit distracting and they didn't rebound properly at times with the song. Mary thought the performance was good but not memorable and Nigel agreed. I gave this a 6.

The second half started out with Jason Glover & Caitlin Kinney (1-888-TEMPO-06). Their routine was Bollywood-themed and their background song was "Jai Ho". Adam said they rocked this one out. Mary & Nigel loved it as well! Score: 9.

Next up were Brandon Bryant & Janette Manrara (1-888-TEMPO-07) with a Fox Trot to "Come Fly With Me" by Michael Buble. Adam thought the routine was lovely and Brandon looked good in the attire he was given, improving his character. Mary then let out from her mouth a possible quote of the year nominee by saying "I can't anymore because of Botox" when asked to review their routine! She liked it, BTW. Nigel then said Brandon needed to work on his footwork a bit. I gave them an 8.

After them were Kupono Aweau & Ashley Valerio (1-888-TEMPO-08), dancing Jazz-style to "Felt Mountain" by Goldfrapp. Adam started off the reviewing of this performance by saying whether it was good or not, it was very diverse. However, he said the dancing was weird. Mary loved all of it. Nigel agreed with Adam's opening point about the diversity of the dancing here. I gave this a solid 7.

Dancing in the #9 slot were Ade Obayomi & Melissa Sandvig (1-888-TEMPO-09). They worked with a Contemporary routine while dancing to "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx. Adam said it was a special, emotional performance. Mary did her biggest scream of the night and Nigel said this couple was part of the reason why this season's Top 20 is so good. I gave them the season's first perfect 10!

Finally, Max Kapitannikov & Kayla Radomski (1-888-TEMPO-10) danced a Samba to "Jum Bah Day" by the House of Gypsies. Adam thought that was a very good way to end the night. Mary put them on the Hot Tamale Train! And Nigel thought that performance had everything the judges could wish for. I also gave them a 10!
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