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So You Think You Can Dance Recap: The Top 18

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: The Top 18

This week on So You Think You Can Dance Lil' C joined the judges panel which means that in addition to Mary's shrieking we were treated to some indecipherable — albeit entertaining — comments. Seriously, Lil' C has the largest vocabulary of any judge on any reality show I've ever seen. I'm just not totally positive he's stringing those words together correctly.

But no matter, it's lots of fun and it added a little something extra to another great night of dancing. I love this stage of the competition because nothing is set in stone. Dancers who were weak last week stepped it up and surprised the judges with their skills while stronger couples who previously had loads of chemistry faltered this week. It's exciting stuff! Let's talk about it, just


Randi and Evan — First up was Randi and Evan, neither of which had done the jive before. They said they wanted to make it look like it's easy and loads of fun. I think they succeeded and looked sharp. I even liked the little "tush grab," as Cat deemed it. Mary thought it was fun and told the dancers they're little powerhouses. Her only note was to Evan whose footwork was a little sloppy. Nigel thought Evan would be better than he was but overall thinks they are really tremendous as a couple.

Melissa and Ade — Oh, I really liked this routine! The choreography was so unique and interesting to watch — especially the creepy crawly part when Melissa is on Ade's back. Lil' C declared Ade the guy to beat, Mary screamed, and Nigel was impressed with all the lifts, noting that Melissa equaled Ade's strength out there on the dance floor.

Caitlin and Jason — I didn't think there was anything wrong with their hip-hop routine but it wasn't that memorable. There were some really sexy moments but overall it just didn't stand out in my mind. Lil' C thought it was a "nightmare" while Mary said it looked like Michael Jackson dancing with Britney Spears and was confused because they had so much chemistry last week. Nigel, on the other hand, thought they did fine with the routine.

Janette and Brandon — Oh my gosh, I never thought I would like disco this much but Janette and Brandon were so freaking cute! It was an extremely fast routine and I'm so impressed with how well this couple pulled it off. Janette tripped a little bit but the judges said she handled the slip-up like a pro. Mary asked Nigel if he put their dance on fast forward (??), Lil' C noted, "right now I just saw the birth of progression" (??), and Nigel said it was probably the best disco routine they've ever had on the show.

Asuka and Vitolio — OK, first of all, is there anything more boring than the waltz? Normally I'd say no but this routine was so emotional and beautiful I think I may be changing my tune about the dance. Mary cried, Nigel blew his nose, and overall the judges felt like they were seeing an entirely different couple from the week before.

Ashley and Kupono — Given how crazy conceptual their routine was last week, Ashley and Kupono got a little bit of a break with a Shane Sparks hip-hop dance. I kind of liked the idea of Ashley dancing as Kupono's shadow. I thought it was fine but the judges deemed it underwhelming.

Kayla and Max — Aw, Kayla and Max are kind of cute, and their outfits this week were pretty wild. Mary said she was able to see past the outfits and said they were another big surprise of the night. Nigel said Kayla is definitely the female front runner.

Karla and Jonathan — The new choreographer for the show, Stacey Tookey, gave these two a gorgeous contemporary routine to one of my favorite songs "Falling Slowly." They're a really good-looking couple together and it was an extremely romantic dance. Mary said Jonathan did that style better than his own and Nigel called it absolutely incredible.

Jeanine and Phillip — Oh, boy. This tango was a bit of a train wreck for Phillip. Mary gave them an A+ for attitude but a C- for technique. Ouch! There was some discussion over whether or not his knees should have been bent but everyone agreed that it's a hard dance to learn and Phillip didn't quite master it.

Favorites of the night: Melissa and Ade, Janette and Brandon, Asuka and Vitolio, and Karla and Jonathan.

In trouble: Both couples that drew hip-hop this week (Ashley and Kupono, Caitlin and Jason) are probably in trouble. I'm also scared for Phillip.






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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
*It shouldn't be taken personally
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
CG- I can't believe you went and counted how many times I have typed ignorant on Sugar. LOL Maybe I should get Lil C's word a day calendar and change it up. I don't take everything you say as a blanket statement but connotations mean a lot on a forum board like this. Calling someone an idiot and stating that they have no clue can and will most likely be construed as meaning they don't know about that particular subject. It should be taken personally when someone states their opinion concerning what you put on the board. I don't.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
"because he doesn't have a clue about dance." and "saying he doesn't have a clue is not saying that he "knows nothing about dance" I don't get the difference. Lil C is a great choreographer and I enjoy his commentary. They make the show interesting and fun. It seems wrong and rude to call him an idiot. Anyway, I am really loving this season so far and can't wait for next week.
mindyv mindyv 8 years
I love when Lil C is on! At least he provides actual words rather than screaming (which is really grating on my nerves this season). I haven't been a fan of Shane's choreography for a while now...I feel like the song choice never really meshes well with the moves, if that makes sense. I know it's really early in the competition, but I'm a big fan of Ade already...such a gorgeous dancer!
tepiza tepiza 8 years
I didn't find anything wrong with Shane's choreography. Caitlin can't dance! Mary's right, she totally dances like Britney. It's a shame because I really like Jason and thought he was superb. Caitlin needs to go home.
RachLA RachLA 8 years
Lil C word of the day calendar? So true! My early faves are Ethan and Caitlin; hope she doesn't go home.
hollspd hollspd 8 years
First - I love me some Lil C. Second - the hiphoppers got a little robbed, I think. Maybe it's me, but when both couples, choreographed by the same choreographer, fail to shine.....I think you have to put some of the blame on the choreographer. I'd be okay with Asuka and Phillip going home but I actually rather enjoyed everyone else.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
symphonee, you use the word "ignorant" too much just FYI. dont take everything i say as a blanket statement and you will save yourself some time. saying he doesnt have a clue is not saying that he "knows nothing about dance"
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
grr I missed most of the show due to crazy thunderstorms knocking out my power :( I only saw ashley/kupono, which I liked a lot more than the judges did, and kayla/max, which I liked a lot less than the judges!
mswender mswender 8 years
I think Lil C's rhetoric makes sense and that he knows something about dance. I really enjoy him on the panel and think he is one of the most articulate judges.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Really CG. That is an ignorant statement. He does not know about every style but to say he knows nothing about dance is ridiculous. I loved ADE & Melissa and Evan & Randi routines. I did not like the two hip hop routines or Kayla & Max's. They just did nothing for me.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i love the episodes Lil C is on the panel it's... buck hahaha It's like he has been working a word of the day calendar for a few years and instead of using it once and forgetting it he arranges them into really memorable metaphors for movement and feeling. I'm sure if it were anyone else they would look really pompous but from Lil C it's entertaining No to the dance... Jonathon/Karla were my favourite of the night followed by Melissa/Ade, Vitolio/Asuka (waltz usually bores me) The bottom dances IMO were the same as buzz, the shane sparks routines just didn't click tonight... but whether they'll be the bottom three, i don't think Phillip/Jeanine will be, Phillip has a cross season exposure that has gotten him alot of fans & i think they might just pull through regardless, at least Phillip anyway because he will kill his solo and the judges won't let go of the last hip hop dancer left in the competition...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Lil C. is an idiot. he might know some big words but he is hiding behind his rhetoric, because he doesnt have a clue about dance.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Lil C is extremely entertaining with his crazy critiques, btw.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
I don't know who's going home this week! I want Asuka out of there...I'm not a fan. As for the boys, I could do without Max. I agree that both hip hop couples will be in trouble.
iknowitall iknowitall 8 years
I havent watched it yet, I was working. Its sitting on my dvr waiting for me. Im just bummed because I always watch it live, well sort of live.
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