August 5th, 2010
10:11 AM ET
When the final four dancers took the stage for their group routine on Wednesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance," guest judge (and choreographer) Tyce Diorio told AdeChike, "I want to see the fight." It was something of a theme for the night, as some dancers really showed that they wanted it while others had something - perhaps, that "fight" - lacking.
For me, the two dancers who showed they really possessed that fire to make it to the finale were Lauren and (surprisingly, to me at least) Robert.
In both of Lauren's routines, she gave it her all, as she has throughout much of the season, especially as a black widow with Ade as her prey. As Mia Michaels said, she is a "beast," and it was some of the most powerful dancing all season.
Her Argentine tango was probably the best performance any contestant has had this season, while paired up with Pasha. It wasn't quite to the level of season four's Chelsie and Joshua, but pretty close.
Robert had the best night he's had all season, in a demented NappyTabs routine paired with Dominic. He really inhabited his character of an angry clown, and the judges even thought he outdanced "D-Trix" (I don't know if I would go that far).
I also didn't quite like his Viennese waltz as much as the judges did (I found myself agreeing with Mia much more than usual, this time on the fact that we could see him thinking through the steps), but it was a very good performance overall, and he finished strong.
AdeChike's all-too-frenetic routine with Kathryn was just the opposite, with the Brooklyn native running out of steam towards the end. In this one, as well as his African jazz routine, the comments from the judges started out somewhat critical with Nigel Lythgoe, then really started going downhill with Tyce and Mia. It's clear that the judges don't see him going to the final three, and I have to agree (though the votes may go another way).
And that leaves our perennial frontrunner, Kent, who really didn't deliver at all in a disco routine, which Mia and Adam Shankman criticized as too "youthful." I'll go along with Tyce (I can't believe I'm saying that), by calling it "just good." I think I finally figured out my problem with Kent, and it's the same problem I had with Mollee Gray last season. He's just not a mature enough dancer to go all the way to the end.
Despite that, he improved leaps and bounds in what seemed like the perfect combination of a Travis Wall routine and a pairing with Neil (with whom he shined playing a baseball player a few weeks ago). I didn't quite like it as much as the judges, but it's definitely one of Kent's best moments, coming at just the right time. Even so, he's been so hit-or-miss overall, that I really hope Lauren's consistency will be rewarded with a place in the top three.
Who do you see in the final three next week? Which dancer do you think wants it the most? Where will Nigel and Adam spend their honeymoon? Share your view on video, or in the comments below.
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