So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Season 6 saved the best dance for last, yet again. It was an extremely difficult disco choreographed by Doriana Sanchez and danced with incredibly high energy by blonde upbeat Mollee Gray, 18, and dark-haired heartthrob Nathan Trasoras, a younger 18. Mollee & Nathan were absolutely thrilling to watch together- their spins, twirls, intricate lifts. This is the best disco dance to date on SYTYCD. The ultra-talented duo performed to ‘Turn the Beat Around (Pablo’s 12″ Remix)’ by Gloria Estefan. Doriana said the turbo-speed dance, as Mollee called it, was akin to Mexican wrestling.
The judges- Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Adam Shankman- were ecstatic about Mollee & Nathan’s performance and expect the young dancers to be in the competition for a very long time. They called them the dream team and the most adorable couple. Adam noted that the lifts were very, very sexy but not dirty. He called the couple’s energy infectious, upbeat, and glorious. Mary said the pair had off-the-chart charisma; she noted that the choreography was really difficult. Nigel told the dancers, “You bring the fun to the competition.”
During Mollee & Nathan’s rehearsal, there was one incident. As Mollee passed underneath Nathan’s spread legs, she raised her head too soon and banged his private parts. He naturally was in great pain. As the taped clip ended, host Cat Deeley- coifed with golden waves á la the Breck girl and clad in a sleek, short, red Asian dress – said, “No more injuries, please.”
Injuries and illnesses During Vegas week, Mollee Gray and Pauline Mata each sustained sprained ankles. This week, Billy Bell was advised by his physician to leave the competition due to his illness. Brandon Dumlao replaced him a day and a half ago. Yesterday, Noelle Marsh badly injured her left knee and is wearing a splint. She will have an MRI tomorrow. If unable to dance next week, Noelle must leave the competition.
Cut from the Show The judges placed four dancers in danger tonight- Ariana DuBois, Brandon Dumlao, Pauline Mata, and Russell Ferguson. After each dancer danced for his life, the judges unanimously cut Brandon and Ariana, leaving their respective partners Pauline and Peter to pair up for next week.
The nine performances preceding Mollee & Nathan’s occurred in the following order (some opinions by the judges are included)-
Channing & Phillip; Jive, choreographed by Jason Gilkison; music ‘Rockin’ Robin by The Jackson Five. The dancers weren’t bad but they didn’t dance sharply.
Ashleigh & Jakob; Broadway, choreographed by Tyce DiOrio; music ‘Hit Me With a Hot Note (And Watch Me Bounce)’ by Sophisticated Ladies. Ashleigh was phenomenal; Phillip had technical and performance ability. The pair had chemistry.
Ariana & Peter; Hip-Hop choreographed by Napoleon & Tabitha D’Umo; music ‘Black and Gold’ by Sam Sparro. Peter was very good; Ariana was awkward. He and she did not match each other’s style.
Russell & Melanie (Noelle’s replacement); Foxtrot choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin; music ‘Vagabond Shoes’ by Vic Damone. Because Noelle (sitting in the audience) was injured, Russell danced with choreographer Melanie. He surprised the judges with his grace, elegance, and style. Nigel said, “You’re living proof of why I get on a soapbox and say, ‘Please let kids experience dance in schools’.”
Bianca & Victor; Contemporary choreographed by Travis Wall; music ‘Wasted Time’ by Meshell Ndegeocello. Bianca is not finishing her feet; her shoulders are high. Victor took his dance to another level. The pair really connected. Bianca showed great passion.
Karen & Kevin; Cha Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin; music ‘Push It’ by Glee cast version. Karen completely dominated the dance and her partner with her sensuality, beauty, and technique. Adam said his eyes were bugging out just looking at her. Mary said Karen was sharp, rhythmical, and sexy- and put her on the Hot Tamale Train. Kevin is close to being on it. Nigel told Karen that she was outstanding in her style. Her eyes light up. She’s so gorgeous- a vision.
Ryan & Ellenore; Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh; music ‘Arcadia’ by Apparat. A very exciting dance- Ryan was the dark angel, Ellenore the bright angel. Ryan was very, very sexy and focused 100% on his partner. As he and Ellenore stood before the judges, Ellenore held her hand on his thigh. She then placed a hand on his abdomen and kept it there. She probably couldn’t help herself. Ryan is gorgeous.
Pauline & Brandon (replacing Billy Bell); Smooth Waltz choreographed by Jason Gilkison; music ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Whitney Houston. Their performance was not strong enough for this competition, especially Brandon’s. Still, Brandon replaced Pauline’s original partner, Billy Bell, at the last minute.
Kathryn & Legacy; Hip-Hop choreographed by Dave Scott; music ‘On & On’ by Missy Elliott. This duo was hot! And the chemistry between them was fantastic. Adam said that Legacy, as a B-Boy, could learn from Kathryn’s fluidity in transitions and that Kathryn could learn the dirty stuff and the isolations from Legacy.
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