So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Season 6
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman
FOX Broadcast Date: November 24, 2009 The results for Nov. 25 are at the end of the article.
This make-or-break week for the Top 12 dancers of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Season 6 will end in heartbreak for two dancers and in celebrations for the remainders- the Top 10. After the votes are in from the American TV viewing audience tonight, three couples will death-drop into the bottom-three danger zone. Tomorrow night, each of the six jeopardized dancers will dance as if his life depends up on it. Based on their solos and on everything the judges know about the dancers, the judges will cut one girl and one guy.
Top honor goes to Ashleigh & Jakob! Each of their two performances erupted with the joy inherent in their partnership, captivating chemistry with each other, and extreme quality of dance. For all three judges, Ashleigh & Jakob were the couple of the night- a glorious climax ensuring the pair places in the Top 10.
The six couples danced two rounds, in the same order for each round. Round 1 went as follows-
1-1. Ellenore Scott, 19 (Jazz) & Ryan Di Lello, 28 (Latin Ballroom)
Ellenore & Ryan danced the Lindy Hop to ‘I’ve Got to be a Rug Cutter’ by Boiler Maker Jazz Band, choreographed by Carla Heiney, new to SYTYCD. They cut the rug in a non-stop Lindy Hop. Eleanor shone. Ryan, the sexy hunk, was as dependable a partner as ever for the many lifts and showed not one sign of having injured his back this week.
1-2. Kathryn McCormick, 18 (Contemporary) & Legacy Perez, 27 (B-Boy)
Kathryn & Legacy danced a Jazz routine to ‘So Deep’ by Hot Chip, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. Kathryn looked different this week. She has gone from pretty to ‘drop-dead gorgeous’, as Mary put it. With Kathryn’s tutelage in stretching, Legacy has become much more limber- showing in the B-Boy moves Sonya put in the routine. He did an incredible rapid crab walk- running on his hands with his body parallel to the floor. Nigel said this routine was his favorite of the season. But his opinion was to change later.
1-3. Karen Hauer, 27 (Latin Ballroom) & Victor Smalley, 20 (Contemporary)
Karen & Victor automatically became new partners after their respective partners were cut from the show last week, Kevin Hunte and Channing Cooke. The pair danced a Tango to ‘Montserrat’ by Orquestra del Plata, choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin. Karen & Victor make a great partnership. Dressed in black for their smoking-hot Tango of lust, romance, and desire smoldering inside their secret love, they scorched the stage with their fire. Even during brief stillness, Karen exuded energy. Mary said Karen was still on the Hot Tamale Train and that while Victor was not, he was ‘picking up steam’. She compared Karen to Shakira, who will be on tomorrow night’s show, and Jennifer Lopez.
1-4. Mollee Gray, 18 (Jazz) & Nathan Trasoras, 18 (Contemporary)
Mollee & Nathan danced Hip-Hop to ‘Ring-A-Ling’ by the Black-eyed Peas, choreographed by Jamal Sims. They wore a nineteenth-century look and danced in twenty-first century style. However, Mollee’s slight wobbles showed evidence of her ankle injury from earlier this week. Handsome Nathan did well in his genre.
1-5 Noelle Marsh, 18 (Contemporary) & Russell Ferguson, 19 (Krump)
Noelle & Russell danced the Samba to ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ by Shakira, choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin. The pair danced well but Adam wanted to see a nasty Samba. Theirs was ‘too nice instead of in the southern regions’. Mary said she didn’t want that much dirtiness in her Samba while Nigel agreed there should have been more sexiness. Still, Russell continues to dance as if he’s been trained. He’s a Krumper-turned-dance journeyman. Noelle shook and shimmied beautifully but still slightly disappointed Mary.
1-6. Ashleigh Di Lello, 26 (Latin Ballroom) & Jakob Karr, 18 (Contemporary)
Ashleigh & Jakob danced a stellar Lyrical Jazz routine to ‘Time Flies’ by Swedish indie singer Lykke Li, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, who excelled with two routines tonight. Nigel had said after the earlier one, danced by Kathryn & Legacy, that it was his favorite of the season. But he changed his mind- this second one was his new favorite. He and Adam and Mary were all clearly moved. Adam and Mary could barely speak through the emotion in their throats. Adam said that Ashleigh was so beautiful ‘I can’t speak’. He managed to call Jakob surreal and to say that he would miss Ashleigh & Jakob’s partnership the most. The other two judges echoed his sentiment. Next week, all original couples will have to break up and form new random partnerships. Ashleigh & Jakob have been partners since the inception of the Top 20.
Round 2 of the six performances went as follows-
2-1. Ellenore & Ryan danced a Broadway routine to ‘Razzle Dazzle’ by t, choreographed by Spencer Liff. Ellenore was beautifully innocent while Ryan, a dark personification of fame and fortune, tried luring her to his evil ways. Impressed with Spencer’s full use of traditional Broadway language, Adam was also impressed with Ellenore & Ryan. He exclaimed, “You two nailed!” The other judges agreed.
2-2. Kathryn & Legacy danced the Viennese Waltz to ‘Your Guardian Angel’ by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Radio, choreographed by Jean-Marc & France Généreux. Their performance was not nearly as strong as their earlier exciting Jazz routine. The pair may end up in the bottom three tomorrow.
2-3. Karen & Victor danced a Hip-Hop routine to ‘Moving Mountains’ by Usher, choreographed by Laurieann Gibson. How unfortunate that their second dance was weak. The pair may join Kathryn & Legacy in the bottom three. Karen has excelled at Hip-Hop before. It’s possible that the choreography was not up to par and that the music was too soft for what should have been a hard-hitting dance.
2-4. Mollee & Nathan danced the Can-Can to ‘Can-Can Suite’ by Offenbach/ Ponchielli, choreographed by Tyce DiOrio. This is the first Can-Can for SYTYCD. It was a very strong routine for the pair and has left the audience with a good taste in their mouths. Mollee & Nathan danced with high energy and enthusiasm. This time, Mollee showed no evidence of her injury. Upon doing an aerial cartwheel, she landed with precision on the injured ankle. Nigel mentioned that the Can-Can was immensely controversial when it first started in Paris- as a partner dance, in fact- because the women, who raised their petticoats above their waists, wore no underwear. Mollee naively commented that she was wearing underwear. Nigel kindly smiled as he said that was ‘a good thing, my darling’.
2-5. Noelle & Russell‘s dance flowed with a Tyce DiOrio Contemporary routine to ‘A Case of You’, a Joni Mitchell tune sung by Diana Krall. This second routine was stronger than their first. Nigel commented that Tyce had probably begun a stampede of men wanting to sign up for dance lessons after saying to Russell during rehearsal, “I want you to paint a picture of your relationship with her with your face across her chest.” Wearing white, Noelle & Russell painted pictures on each other figuratively and literally. Using real paint, from a palette on the stage, they artfully danced a painting as they smeared green and blue hues on their clothes.
2-6. Ashleigh & Jakob cha-cha-ed to ‘Cha Cha Heels’ by Rosabel feat featuring Jeanie Tracy, choreographed by Jean-Marc & France Généreux. Ashleigh is a rock star in her world of Latin Ballroom. And Jakob was a visitor. Yet, he cha-cha-cha-ed as beautifully as any accomplished ballroom dancer. Tigress Ashleigh owned the stage and Jakob was her tiger. Their performance roared- perhaps the reason why Adam told them, “You killed it!” The three judges unanimously agreed that Ashleigh & Jakob were the couple of the night.
Summary. Tomorrow night, the judges will name the three couples with the least number of votes from the American TV audience. The six dancers will dance solos for their lives. The judges will cut two of them- one guy and one girl. In Season 5, the two dancers cut from the Top 12, Caitlin Kinney and Phillip Chbeeb, still went on tour with the Top 10. This unprecedented situation could happen again because as in Season 5, the Season 6’s Top 12 dancers are exceptional. But it will depend upon who is cut. If the dream team were cut- Mollee & Nathan- the SYTYCD producers would likely keep them. Yet, if Noelle and Victor were cut, the producers might let them go.
UPDATE: November 25, 2009 Results:Out of the three couples in danger, Karen Hauer & Victor Smalley were cut! The other two couples in the bottom three but who survived the judges by dancing for their lives were Mollee & Nathan and Ellenore & Ryan.