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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Final Six

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: The Final Six

It seems like only yesterday we were choosing our top 20, and yet all of a sudden, the top six dancers on So You Think You Can Dance were performing on Wednesday to claim a spot in the finale. The finale? How is that possible? I feel like I've barely gotten to know these people!

And maybe that's a problem. As Nigel said in the intro, the dancing has been incredibly strong this season — but no dancers have really broken out as stars. He suggested we've been voting for choreography rather than for the dancers performing it, and I think there's some truth to that. I'm not sure this season has a clear favorite or a feel-good story — and that makes it harder than usual for me to guess who will be making it into the final four. Which dancers do you think are in?


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I've taken a stab at guessing who's safe and who's out after Wednesday's performances, so if you're ready to chat about it and see pictures of all of the night's routines, just

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Ade and Jeanine's samba — When this routine started, I was expecting it to be a blast — hot, high-energy, exciting. Instead, once they got into the routine, the energy kind of died. I couldn't figure out what was wrong until Mary pointed out that a samba is supposed to roll; instead of that, these two looked bouncy and a little amateurish. Nigel said Ade needs to adapt better to different styles, and Lil C said he was sad the partnership didn't pop.

Evan and Melissa's Broadway — Well, this was fun. It didn't blow me away, but it was cute and solid. It seemed like a spark was missing — a lack of chemistry?— but the dancing was impressive. I loved Melissa's light and floaty quality, and Evan has the movements and facial expressions of Broadway down. Lil C wanted to see Evan take control, but Mary thought they were strong, and Nigel was glad to see Melissa adapt and Evan do well in his style.

Kayla and Brandon's contemporary — Issues of personality or adaptability aside, these two are probably the strongest dancers technique-wise, and it was great to see them finally paired together. All of their movements and transitions seemed perfectly placed, but I was most impressed with how the intensity of the emotion came through. Lil C said it was beyond fabulous, Mary wanted to keep them both on the hot tamale train, and Nigel wished they could have been paired sooner.

Jeanine and Ade's hip-hop — Oh, NappyTabs. Moving boxes — cause they're moving, like the song says? Heh. Anyway, this routine was fun to watch, and I'm surprised how much I like Jeanine when she's doing hip-hop. She and Ade were in sync, and they didn't let the boxes be a distraction. (I especially liked the part where they danced in/on them.) Lil C liked Ade's groove, Mary said they wouldn't be getting evicted from the show, and Nigel said they got down.

Melissa and Evan's quickstep — Weirdly, I think this routine suited the Broadway style of these two dancers even better than the Broadway number did. I noticed Melissa more (maybe it's the height?) and thought she carried her part of the routine well, though it seemed to lose energy in the middle, before the big final lift. Lil C thought Evan danced big, Mary was disappointed to see the routine deflate in the middle, and Nigel said it wasn't one of the night's best.

Kayla and Brandon's disco — Man, how did Brandon end up with disco twice in a season? This routine looked exhausting, and I'm surprised Kayla managed to get enough air to keep dancing with that smile on her face. I loved the double death drops and Brandon's flip at the end, and they managed to convince me they were actually having fun. Lil C said something about how they had no fear and darkness, Mary went crazy with the yelling, and Nigel did some jumping and screaming of his own.

The solos — Kayla was a little flail-y for my tastes. Ade's solos are still a favorite. This was Melissa's best solo by far. Brandon amped up his audition solo and seemed truly shocked by his standing O. I wonder if the sex kitten route was really the way for Jeanine to go. Evan once again reminded me why he's still here.

The groups — I am loving Sonya's choreography right now, and these two routines were probably my favorite of the night. They had a power and an energy that I'm not sure anything else in the night could touch.

Best of the night — Besides the group routines, I loved everything Brandon and Kayla did (except Kayla's solo), Melissa's solo, and Jeanine and Ade's hip-hop the best. I think Brandon and Kayla will be through to the finale with no problems.

In trouble — If I were a betting girl, I'd bet on Melissa going home. I think Evan should be out, but I wouldn't be shocked if Ade went home instead.


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Photos courtesy of Fox

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mswender mswender 7 years
I disagree with most of the people here. I really did not like Ade last night, I liked his solo and the group number but thought he was awful in the samba (tuck your bum under!) and did not care for the hip hop. I thought Jeanine's solo was horrible and again I didn't like her partner dances. these two have been favorites of mine, but they really disappointed me last night. I have thought Evan should go for awhile, but I think it is Ade's turn now. Brandon should win. Brandon is amazing. Melissa's solos are not boring when you realize how difficult they are!
kred kred 7 years
Kayla and Ade are my top 2.... Lil C needs to back it up... he doesnt seem to know what to say, so he just talks in circles
kred kred 7 years
Kayla and Ade are my top 2....Lil C needs to back it up... he doesnt seem to know what to say, so he just talks in circles
roseate roseate 7 years
Lil C. is so irritating and not helpful with his commentary. Evan needs to go home. I want to see Melissa do hip-hop if she makes it to next week. I've loved Jeanine from the start, but her solo last night wasn't great.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Great recap, Buzz. Brandon and Kayla should be in the final four with no problem; after that, all bets are off. Weakest moments of the night--every single time Lil C. opened his mouth.
graytb2 graytb2 7 years
I miss Janette. Love Brandon and Kayla, after that I really just don't care all that much. ...If Evan wins this thing I hate America.
graytb2 graytb2 7 years
I miss Janette. Love Brandon and Kayla, after that I really just don't care all that much. ...If Evan wins this thing I hate America.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
whoops, meant to say "ended up BEING Jeanine" - I need a caffeine jolt, it's too early in the morning for me.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
whoops, meant to say "ended up BEING Jeanine" - I need a caffeine jolt, it's too early in the morning for me.
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
Oh and Kayla really surprised me with her disco abilities. I didn't know if she'd have the bounce and stamina to keep up, she was impressive though. Brandon and Kayla definitely had the best night, but I dont think america likes her very much...
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
Oh and Kayla really surprised me with her disco abilities. I didn't know if she'd have the bounce and stamina to keep up, she was impressive though. Brandon and Kayla definitely had the best night, but I dont think america likes her very much...
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
How about no more weird and/or perverted comments from Nigel?? He's creepin' me out over here!!Anyway, I'd say Melissa is looking like the next to go, though I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up Jeanine (her solo last week was much better).And like I always say, Evan SHOULD go home, but sadly I'm guessing Ade will be the guy who leaves. So unfair...Evan is just so one-note, and even in the Broadway routine, I didn't feel he stood out...and that's his style!!!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
How about no more weird and/or perverted comments from Nigel?? He's creepin' me out over here!! Anyway, I'd say Melissa is looking like the next to go, though I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up Jeanine (her solo last week was much better). And like I always say, Evan SHOULD go home, but sadly I'm guessing Ade will be the guy who leaves. So unfair...Evan is just so one-note, and even in the Broadway routine, I didn't feel he stood out...and that's his style!!!
piper23 piper23 7 years
Kayla is awesome. Hope she wins. Like Ade but he's kind of losing his appeal.
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
I like Jeanine but she pulls her face too much for me. I remember in the past the judges used to get on people (like the Benji etc) if they did that, but dont seem to notice on her. I thought the majority of Melissa's solos have been boooooring. I dont know what it is, I just feel like she brings more when she's outside of the ballet style. Maybe she's just more interesting? If Ade goes home before Evan I'll be so sad. Evan lost his charm a long time ago! I think his brother pulls off the style and broadway charm a lot better.
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
I like Jeanine but she pulls her face too much for me. I remember in the past the judges used to get on people (like the Benji etc) if they did that, but dont seem to notice on her. I thought the majority of Melissa's solos have been boooooring. I dont know what it is, I just feel like she brings more when she's outside of the ballet style. Maybe she's just more interesting?If Ade goes home before Evan I'll be so sad. Evan lost his charm a long time ago! I think his brother pulls off the style and broadway charm a lot better.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Lil C misused the word appropriate I agree that Janette seemed like a star, she had the most charisma. Second to her, I want Jeanine to win, though I hated her sex kitten solo; she's better than that.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Lil C misused the word appropriateI agree that Janette seemed like a star, she had the most charisma. Second to her, I want Jeanine to win, though I hated her sex kitten solo; she's better than that.
eme391 eme391 7 years
I totally agree with Lil C. being an inept judge. All he does is use big words and stupid analogies. The only people that should be in that chair are Mia, Adam and Debbie.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Lil C. the most inept judge on that show, I want him GONE!!!!! I dont get the love for Kayla, she is boring.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Lil C. the most inept judge on that show, I want him GONE!!!!! I dont get the love for Kayla, she is boring.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Please send Evan home. This is sooo irritating. He is not that cute and his so called charm has worn to a nub. Please send him home. I loved the routines that Kayla and Brandon. I think that if it were up to the judges Kayla would be the winner. I am a little scared for Ade but I cast my vote so it is what it is. On a side note, I really did not care for Cat this week. The mimicking irritated me to no end
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Please send Evan home. This is sooo irritating. He is not that cute and his so called charm has worn to a nub. Please send him home. I loved the routines that Kayla and Brandon. I think that if it were up to the judges Kayla would be the winner. I am a little scared for Ade but I cast my vote so it is what it is. On a side note, I really did not care for Cat this week. The mimicking irritated me to no end
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 7 years
I miss Janette. She seemed like a star.
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