SYTYCD 7 ep12, top 8

Posted: July 9, 2010 in dance, tv
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Alex

Heartbreaking!

When the contestants were called to do their stunts in the beginning of the show, I immediately noticed that Alex was not around.  Oh no!  I crossed my fingers and hoped it was nothing serious.  And then, they showed the clip of the bollywood rehearsals showing Alex falling after a series of straddle jumps.  Ouch!  The worst that could have happened, Nigel says is an Achilles tendon rupture which will definitely sideline Alex for at least three months making ineligible for the competition.  Alex words when Nigel asked if he was hurting – “Only in my heart.”  Aaaawwww.  Alex, because of this, will be in the bottom three.

Lauren

Lauren performed the cha-cha with Pascha to Lady Gaga’s Telephone, choreographed by Jean Marq Genereaux.  Lauren was simply smoldering on the dance floor, what with her skimpy little dress and those seductive hips!  All three judges agree that Lauren has indeed matured in her dancing and in her performance as well.

Jose

Jose danced a contemporary with Lauren, his crush, choreographed by Mandy Moore to Inxs’ Never tear us apart.  He was so into the performance.  He had great chemistry with Lauren and he produced some great lines and did some great partnering, too.  But it also helped a lot that Mandy Moore worked with what Jose can do.  The judges praise Jose for his open heart and mind, for accepting every challenge and giving his all to everything thrown at him.

Kent

Kent, with all-star Comfort did a Dave Scott hip hop to You’re not my girl by Ryan Leslie.  Kent was just okay.  He lacked the smoothness and sharpness required of the Justin-Timberlake-esque feel of the routine.  Nigel felt that Kent did well.  Mia feels that the routine worked for Kent and that he had some cool in him but not as cool as Mr. Scott.  Adam saw growth in Kent.

Adechike

Adechike teams up with Courtney for some jazz from Mandy Moore, music by Dinah Washington – Is you is or is you ain’t my baby? (Rae Christian remix).  Ade was comfortable with the routine.  Nigel is surprised at how good Adechike is.  Mia disagrees with Nigel and claims that the performance was mediocre.  She says that everything else are donut holes or emptiness.  Adam thinks that Adechike didn’t get lost in the music enough and he should find a deeper connection with his partner.

Billy

Billy was supposed to be partnered with Allison for a broadway number by Spencer Lift.  However, an injury that Allison sustained weeks ago was flaring up and hampering her movements.  She had to go to the hospital to be examined.  From Allison’s site, she explained about the broken floating rib that she has and how she needs to rest it out for a week.  I learned from SYTYCDISM twitter that Katee Shean will replace Allison for the time being.  Dancing to Macavity: the mystery cat  from Cats the musical, Billy showcased his beautiful lines and turns.  Nigel says that Billy was a joy to watch.  Mia loves Billy’s performance, too.  Adam, too, feels that Billy has never connected with his partner as well as he did in this performance.

Ashley

A hip hop number by Tabitha and Napoleon was given to Ashley with Dominic (Ludacris – How low). Ashley, obviously tried really hard and she was able to do dance it well but I feel that she could have hit it more and could’ve been sharper.  Nigel loved the routine.  Mia thinks Ashley danced it hardcore but feels that Ashley lacked ‘kill’ in her eyes.  Adam thinks Ashley is a quiet contender.

Robert

Robert dances Sean Cheesman jazz with Kathryn.  They are dolls gone to life who go into adventure.  The routine goes from plasticky to fluid movements.  Music is by Roisin Murphy – Sinking feeling.  In the rehearsal clip, they show Robert and Kathryn fail in an assisted tumble, which they miss again during the performance.  I don’t know if it’s the choreography or the dancing but there was something lacking.  It was a fun concept says Nigel.  He defends Robert about the things people make up about Robert being arrogant.  Mia says it was a great performance but feels it could’ve been cleaned more.  Adam feels that Robert gives a thousand percent in each performance.  I personally don’t like Robert.  There’s just something about him that I don’t agree with.  I don’t know.

Alex and Adechike

Bollywood by Nakul Dev Mahajan to Mourya re – Don the chase begins again

Since Alex is injured, Adechike dances with Mara, Nakul’s assistant.  I noticed in the routine that Adechike doesn’t have a very good center during turns and usually ends the lift with a smidge of instability.  The performance was a bit lacking, in energy especially.  Alex could’ve made the routine more exciting.  His straddle jumps though, were ridiculous and he ends with a perfect front split!.  Nigel feels that Adechike needs to stick with the specific style and needs to be a little sharper.  Mia says that Adechike’s eyes lacks focus and is not feeling the routine.  Adam says that he has power but lacks snaps or finish in the movement.

Lauren and Kent

Contemporary by Travis Wall to Collide by Howie day

Lauren and Kent are prom king and queen and also dance king and queen!  They were flawless with their lines and turns and leaps and lifts!  It was such a great routine by Travis Wall!  It was light and seemed easy but you know it’s highly technical and complicated.  And, Lauren and Kent kissed in the end.  Nigel says the routine proved 3 things: 1) That Lauren is a really good contemporary dancer; 2)  That Kent is a really good contemporary dancer and 3) That Travis is a really good contemporary choreographer.  Kent and Lauren are the ultimate in male and female dancers this season declares Nigel.  Mia says the piece was absolutely stunning.  Mia says Lauren is the perfect dancer in the routine for she showed athleticism, technique and soul and Kent is a solid dancer.  Adam summed it up in saying that he felt a little embarrassed because the performance felt really intimate and real.

Ashley and Robert

Quickstep by Jean Marq Genereaux Man with the hex by The atomic fireballs

The routine felt a little awkward, as might have been expected from two contemporary dancers doing quickstep.  Nigel feels that technically Robert can improve on his body shape but Lauren was okay.  Mia felt that they got through it and says that it wasn’t the kiss of death, more like a bad kiss perhaps.  Adam feels that the music, in reference to what Mia was saying, was more of a jive than quickstep but agrees that Ashley and Robert got through it.

Billy and Jose

African jazz by Shawn Cheesman to The hunt by Mickey Hurt

It was a yes and no.  Billy’s portrayal of the jaguar felt broadway instead of being raw and wild, says Nigel.  Jose needed more power.  Mia loved Billy’s character but felt Jose wasn’t as precise as the routine warranted.  Adam felt that Billy needed to let go of his lines and Jose should’ve given it more power.

No Anya, Twitch, Neil, Mark or Allison.

Lauren and Kent’s performance was the highlight of this episode for me.  The sad part is Alex leaves because of his injury.

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