Thursday, July 09, 2009

"So You Think You Can Dance" 7/8

At this point, each couple danced twice. The guest judge this week was Tyce Diorio.

Going first were Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi (1-888-TEMPO-01). They first danced some Disco to "Move On Up" by Destination. Nigel said the performance was incredible. Mary said this was a good Disco pick-me-up and said Amen. Tyce said it was "'friggin great". I gave them a 9.

The second team in line were Kayla Radomski & Kupono Aweau (1-888-TEMPO-02). First up for them was a Contemporary performance to "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. Nigel said it was a powerful routine but said Kayla wasn't putting enough passion. Mary said Kupono continued to stay flawless and in character. Tyce, however, said Kupono could've been stronger in his body. 8 out of 10.

The week's middle team consisted of Caitlin Kinney & Jason Glover (1-888-TEMPO-03). Their first performance was the Fox Trot to "Minnie the Moocher" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Nigel said they made the work look so simple. Mary said that kind of performance suited the two of them. Tyce said they both looked like stars. I gave their first performance a 9.

Team #4 was Jeanine Mason & Phillip Chebeeb (1-888-TEMPO-04). They first did a Russian Folk Dance to "Kalinka" by BARYNYA. Nigel said this kind of dance didn't provide enough work for the two of them to do. Mary said Jeanine did the best of the two in the routune and Tyce said both executed the dance well. I decided to give them a 7.

Next were Randi Evans & Evan Kasprzak (1-888-TEMPO-05). Doing a Hip-Hop routine, their dance song was "Halo" by Beyonce. Nigel liked that the two got the chance to be themselves, not urban. Mary was pleasantly surprised. Tyce, however, said Evan needed to find more space to come out. Score: 8.

The final team in the lineup were Janette Manrara & Brandon Bryant (1-888-TEMPO-06). First up, they did an Argentine to "Libertango" from the Broadway play "Forever Tango". Everyone afterwards, including the judges, gave them a standing ovation! Nigel said that ballroom routine was the closest to perfection he had ever seen. Needless to say, Mary put them first-class on the Hot Tamale Train, and Tyce loved it as well. Perfect 10!

Melissa & Ade's second dance was the Waltz to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Mary J. Blige. Nigel said it was a very beautiful performance but said Ade needed to work on the rise and fall parts. The other two pretty much said the same things. I gave them a 7 for this dance, for an average of 8.

Kayla & Kupono's second routine was Broadway; their dance song was "The Dance At the Gym" from "West Side Story". Nigel said their dancing here lacked emotion. Mary said they did a good job even though their dancing didn't quite go in style. Tyce said Kupono could've dug in more. I gave them a 7 this time, for an average of 7.5.

Caitlin & Jason then danced some Lyrical Jazz to "Show Me Heaven" by Maria McKee. Nigel said they danced that very well. Mary, though, didn't think their chemistry was so magical. Tyce said their lines were beautiful, but they played it safe. I gave them a 7 for an average of 8.

Next, Jeanine & Phillip did the Jive to "Stuff Like That There" by Bette Midler. Nigel said Phillip did the best he's ever done out of his own style and Jeanine continued to prove why she was still on the show. Mary was just as surprised as Nigel at Phillip's performance and put Jeanine on the Hot Tamale Train. Tyce said the performance was fantastic. 8 out of 10, so they also finished with an average of 7.5.

Randi & Evan's other dance was a Samba to "Ritmo De Bom Bom" by Jababa. Nigel said as a team, their Samba wasn't that hot. Mary said there was a slow sizzle going on. Tyce said Randi carried the routine while Evan lacked energy. I decided to give them a 7 for this routine, so they also had an average of 7.5.

Janette & Brandon then performed the night's last dance, a Jazz routine to "Ruby Blue" by Roisin Murphy. Nigel said they again proved why no matter what they get thrown at them, they perform it brilliantly. Mary said they saved the best for last. Tyce liked it as well. I gave them a 9 this go-round, for a final average of 9.5!
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