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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 14

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: The Top 14

Aliens and chains and vampires, oh my! The top 14 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance delivered one of the more eclectic sets of routines of the season — if not the whole series — on Wednesday, with props and quirky characters galore. A few dancers stood out, but nobody fell completely flat, which should make Thursday's results show an interesting one.

Wednesday wasn't just about the dancing: Nigel also revealed his new charity, the Dizzy Feet Foundation, co-founded by Nigel, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes with a steering committee of big-name dancers and choreographers. The idea is to give scholarships to underprivileged dancers, do community outreach, and establish standards for dance education — and it's also the motivation behind Katie Holmes's much buzzed-about performance on the show, which will happen July 23.


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While we wait for that, two more dancers will have to leave the show tonight — which two do you think will go? To check out my thoughts and photos of all of the routines, just

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Janette and Brandon — This cha cha is the closest we've seen Janette to her style, and it showed — she had a strength and a flair that hadn't completely come through in the previous weeks. Brandon, for his part, showcased Janette and didn't screw up, which is what the judges have taught me is good about ballroom routines. Nigel said it was world championship quality, Mary praised the technique and screamed, and Mia proved she's changed her tune on Brandon, even calling him amazing.

Kupono and Kayla — Well, vampires really are everywhere. I think Sonya's undead contemporary routine accomplished the impossible: it made me like Kayla. She had a lot of power and character, and it was nice to see her show that she can do dark. This seemed right in Kupono's wheelhouse from the start, and he didn't disappoint. Mary kept them on the hot tamale train, while Mia said this was Sonya's best routine on the show, praising Kayla's lines and Kupono's "calm power."

Randi and Evan — On the one hand, I think the Magical Hat of Dances has been particularly kind to Randi and Evan. On the other, I can't really complain about a chance to see these two do Broadway. Something about the energy seemed a little off to me — I don't know if it was the choreography or the dancing. But I loved the chemistry between the two of them and the odd shapes and angles in this routine. Nigel was pleased with Randi and disappointed in Evan, while Mia wished the two had danced taller and lighter.

Caitlin and Jason — Ah, alien sex. It's hard to even evaluate a routine like this, because separating the performance from the concept is tough. I thought Caitlin did take charge of the dance, though she's maybe not as crisp and powerful as it called for. Jason, meanwhile, seemed to own his "last man on earth" role just fine. Nigel thought it was weird but they committed fully, and Mia was proud of them for taking the journey, but the whole thing didn't sit right with Mary.

Jeanine and Phillip — Somehow these two ended up with their second Napoleon and Tabitha routine, but I think any advantage disappeared the second they found out they'd be chained together the whole time. I'm amazed they were able to move at all without pulling each other over. I do think Phillip could be even more expressive with his face, but that's a quibble. Nigel said they should stay chained together, Mary praised their work with the chain, but Mia said her attention was too pulled to the chain.

Melissa and Ade — No way was this random, right? That said, it was great to see Melissa en pointe and truly in her comfort zone. As Juliet, she managed to be both floaty and strong. Ade maybe didn't have the classical training to keep up, but he had some nice feature moments with his lifts and jumps. Nigel seemed proud to have finally found a way to get classical ballet on the show, while Mia called it brilliant.

Karla and Vitolio — Being a new couple and drawing the quickstep couldn't have been easy, so I hope these two get credit just for degree of difficulty. Vitolio in particular seemed to get into the character of the routine, and the two of them had moments where they really appeared to glide. Nigel wanted to see them a little bouncier in one part but was glad to see their personalities, Mary said they took the "kiss of death" dance and brought it to life, and Mia called Vitolio a wild horse. Rawr!


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Best of the night: Kupono and Kayla win the night for me, followed by Melissa and Ade.

In trouble: It's tough to predict on a night when nobody was truly off, but I'm worried Brandon and Janette could get forgotten and end up in the bottom. Caitlin and Jason's routine will be divisive, and I wonder if Karla and Vitolio did enough in the quickstep to make people want to vote for them.

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Photos courtesy of Fox

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pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Thanks for the coverage! I religiously watch this show since season 2. I also feel that it is not fair for super cutie pie Jason and the 35-year old partner to get criticized for poor costume choice. I think it really misguided the audience. But Vitolio and Karla were eliminated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!How come no one commented on the super bitch choreographer who designed Evan and Randi's routine? She seems to me rude and brash and inconsiderate. I love some part of the routine, but I hope they don't bring her back. And Mia MIchaels.....wow.....she turns into a super=b tonight with her underhand compliment of Freedman's alien routine. "This is not his best routine, but it is so much fun!" Still I think she is right about Brandon though, something about him really bothers me. He is a great dancer, but just something about him.......
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Thanks for the coverage! I religiously watch this show since season 2. I also feel that it is not fair for super cutie pie Jason and the 35-year old partner to get criticized for poor costume choice. I think it really misguided the audience. But Vitolio and Karla were eliminated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How come no one commented on the super bitch choreographer who designed Evan and Randi's routine? She seems to me rude and brash and inconsiderate. I love some part of the routine, but I hope they don't bring her back. And Mia MIchaels.....wow.....she turns into a super=b tonight with her underhand compliment of Freedman's alien routine. "This is not his best routine, but it is so much fun!" Still I think she is right about Brandon though, something about him really bothers me. He is a great dancer, but just something about him.......
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Buzz YOU were right the first time--last night they called the routine Jazz I thought?? Or did they call Caitlin and Jason's routine Jazz?? Honestly this season I have NOT been able to tell the difference between the so called Jazz and Contemp. routines.I thought the judges were hard on Caitlin and Jason...and I HATE when they comment on the costumes which are CLEARLY out of the dancers control!!!!! I don't know if Melissa and Ade's was random--they could have pulled ballet (which Josh and Katie did perform last year on the show) and since Melissa is trained en pointe allowed her to compete in that style--that is my only guess??I agree with what everyone is saying about some ppl. getting "bum routines" I think it is all luck of the draw. Sometimes the routine is SO GOOD it doesn't matter who dances it or vice versa!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Buzz YOU were right the first time--last night they called the routine Jazz I thought?? Or did they call Caitlin and Jason's routine Jazz?? Honestly this season I have NOT been able to tell the difference between the so called Jazz and Contemp. routines. I thought the judges were hard on Caitlin and Jason...and I HATE when they comment on the costumes which are CLEARLY out of the dancers control!!!!! I don't know if Melissa and Ade's was random--they could have pulled ballet (which Josh and Katie did perform last year on the show) and since Melissa is trained en pointe allowed her to compete in that style--that is my only guess?? I agree with what everyone is saying about some ppl. getting "bum routines" I think it is all luck of the draw. Sometimes the routine is SO GOOD it doesn't matter who dances it or vice versa!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
the music was from twilight? now I really think kayla and Kupono need to go home
graytb2 graytb2 7 years
I really didn't like Brandon and Janette very much at the beginning, but they have yet to turn in a bad performance and I absolutely LOVE watching them dance. I feel like they can do anything. Same with Kayla and Kupono. After that Evan/Randi and Melissa/Ade are my favorites because they're just so loveable... but other than that, I have to make myself watch the others. Caitlin and Jason are starting to annoy me too, I know someone above was talking about how they were dissing their pasa doble routine :(
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
I really enjoyed Caitlin and Jason's routine. Hated her costume, but if you take all of that away, they did a really great job, technically speaking! I loved the vampire routine - and loved that the music was from Twilight!! And totally agree that Melissa and Ade's routine was not random - and therefor not fair. It was beautiful, but kind of boring, to me.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
I really enjoyed Caitlin and Jason's routine. Hated her costume, but if you take all of that away, they did a really great job, technically speaking! I loved the vampire routine - and loved that the music was from Twilight!! And totally agree that Melissa and Ade's routine was not random - and therefor not fair. It was beautiful, but kind of boring, to me.
superstar2780 superstar2780 7 years
I agree with Yv, it seems like choreography is making more of a difference this season ... the judges are careful not to slam a choreographer, but if they don't like the routine they give bad remarks and then the couple ends up in the bottom three.I think brandon/janette are starting to become a favorite for me. melissa was my early favorite, but those two are doing so well.
superstar2780 superstar2780 7 years
I agree with Yv, it seems like choreography is making more of a difference this season ... the judges are careful not to slam a choreographer, but if they don't like the routine they give bad remarks and then the couple ends up in the bottom three. I think brandon/janette are starting to become a favorite for me. melissa was my early favorite, but those two are doing so well.
ginafly ginafly 7 years
Melissa was completely stunning. How awesome would it have been to see her do that routine with Danny Tidwell, from season 3? I think Caitlin needs to go home. She is likeable, but not as good as the other girls. But that said, I feel bad for her because that alien routine...good God. The over the top themes are starting to turn me off of this show entirely. Every dance doesn't need "characters" and a plot. These routines are sort of like dance versions of the kids' bedrooms on Extreme Home Makeover. Just too much.
ginafly ginafly 7 years
Melissa was completely stunning. How awesome would it have been to see her do that routine with Danny Tidwell, from season 3? I think Caitlin needs to go home. She is likeable, but not as good as the other girls. But that said, I feel bad for her because that alien routine...good God. The over the top themes are starting to turn me off of this show entirely. Every dance doesn't need "characters" and a plot. These routines are sort of like dance versions of the kids' bedrooms on Extreme Home Makeover. Just too much.
Yv Yv 7 years
Cha cha was INCREDIBLE and the best of the night for me. I don't really like Brandon, but his dancing is absolutely brilliant, and I can't wait to see more from him and Janette.I've got the impression that this season choreography makes a difference more than ever and unfortunately there have not been a lot of good ones so far.
Yv Yv 7 years
Cha cha was INCREDIBLE and the best of the night for me. I don't really like Brandon, but his dancing is absolutely brilliant, and I can't wait to see more from him and Janette. I've got the impression that this season choreography makes a difference more than ever and unfortunately there have not been a lot of good ones so far.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yeah, I always get confused with Sonya! All of her routines are great, though, whether they're jazz or contemporary.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
lilkimbo — whoops, you're right. In my mind Sonya = jazz, so I didn't even think twice about it!
kmvance kmvance 7 years
After last night, I love Kayla. I also think Melissa and Ade are a pretty strong couple. I think bottom three will be Caitlin and Jason, Karla and Vitolio, and maybe Randi and Evan.
kmvance kmvance 7 years
After last night, I love Kayla. I also think Melissa and Ade are a pretty strong couple. I think bottom three will be Caitlin and Jason, Karla and Vitolio, and maybe Randi and Evan.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
So annoyed that Caitlin and Jason keep getting bum routines, they're such great dancers IMO. I'm also a fan of Jeanine and Phillip, even though the chain could be distracting I think they pulled it off as best as anyone could.
buckley9383 buckley9383 7 years
I love Caitlin and Jason. And I hate they got stuck with such a bizarre routine (they danced it well but come on! Alien sex???). Ever since the Bollywood number they haven't been given any decent choreography. And for the judges to critique the costume is completely unfair- its something they have absolutely NO control over. I TOTALLY don't think the ballet piece was randomly chosen but loved seeing it and thought they did a really nice job. And somehow Phillip managed to get hip hop... again? Reallly? They were good but I don't think he has the ability to pull of much else. When he had ballroom it was almost unbearable to watch! Tonight's show will definitely be interesting...
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
I think Evan and Randi are going to be in the bottom three. IMO I think Randi didn't fully embody the part. I really liked the hip hop routine. I thought that they were crisp and did great considering that they were chained together.I fast forwarded through Vitolio and Karla's performance. I just wasn't that interested in them as a couple. This week was a decent week
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
I think Evan and Randi are going to be in the bottom three. IMO I think Randi didn't fully embody the part. I really liked the hip hop routine. I thought that they were crisp and did great considering that they were chained together. I fast forwarded through Vitolio and Karla's performance. I just wasn't that interested in them as a couple. This week was a decent week
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Bottom three, Kayla and Kupono, Karla and Vitolio, and Caitlin and Jason. Mia Micheals underhanded apology, her not even saying "i apologize to brandon for being a d-bag" wasnt really an apology it was her being forced to apologize and that was obvious, when someone doesnt want to apologize, they usually do it in a round about way "sorry for that thing, you know, that i did, whatever" and in her case it was "sorry to a certain dancer...blah blah blah" I didnt buy it Mia, but you needed to keep this job so you just did it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Bottom three, Kayla and Kupono, Karla and Vitolio, and Caitlin and Jason. Mia Micheals underhanded apology, her not even saying "i apologize to brandon for being a d-bag" wasnt really an apology it was her being forced to apologize and that was obvious, when someone doesnt want to apologize, they usually do it in a round about way "sorry for that thing, you know, that i did, whatever" and in her case it was "sorry to a certain dancer...blah blah blah" I didnt buy it Mia, but you needed to keep this job so you just did it.
mswender mswender 7 years
First of all, Caitlin just gets on my nerves. Secondly, Caitlin and Jason's comments about their paso double (sp) sounded completely obnoxious and inappropriate. they blamed the choreographers for not dumbing the routine down enough, Hello!!! this is a dance competition! you need to be able to pick up all kinds of dance or your out of here!! So I am hoping that they go home. I am hoping that Evan and Randi are safe because I really enjoy their performances.
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