June 16th, 2011
03:24 PM ET
This year's top 20 on "So You Think You Can Dance" are a highly-talented bunch, no doubt about it. Definitely one of the better groups we've seen.
But by luck of the draw (literally), we didn't get to see too many of them go outside of their own styles on Wednesday night's first real performance show. I suppose if this is going to happen, it's best that it happen early on.
Let's take a look at how each couple did, shall we?
- Melanie and Marko's "statue" routine from Travis Wall will be hard for him, or any other choreographer to top this season. Sheer perfection. They both have a shot at the final three now. When Mary Murphy cries (and by the way, she is back with a vengeance!), it's always a good sign. Nigel Lythgoe might be overstating it by saying Melanie is the best girl ever, but she's definitely great.
- Robert and Miranda's jive was a lot of fun. For that matter, so was Ashley and Chris' hip-hop routine. Here were two rare examples on this episode of dancers going outside of their styles (though Chris was in his style – and I fear he may get lost in the shuffle with the other hip-hop guys, specifically "Woo Man" Robert).
- Jess nailed Tyce Diorio's Broadway routine, as if there was ever any doubt. His partner Clarice was competent, but she got overshadowed by him. Jess is still my favorite but, Clarice's performance could send them packing. Nigel will surely save him in that event.
- Ryan and Ricky's hip-hop routine: This is not the style for either one of these dancers, but wow! Ryan is extraordinary in this style.
- Iveta got her own style, kinda sorta, with a Jason Gilkeson quick-step. She could do this blindfolded. Nick didn't quite keep up.
- Missy and Wadi's "Pandora's box" routine was better than I expected it to be. Lots of potential here, but not my favorite. Like judge Megan Mullally pointed out, it was "insann."
- Caitlynn danced with last season's Robert, in place of Mitchell, and pulled off a Sonya Tayeh routine effortlessly. Again, there's potential here, but it's hard to say if she can go the distance.
- Sasha and Alexander's Travis Wall routine was okay, but, as Nigel pointed out, Alexander needs to give us more emotion. There was no chemistry here, so overall, it was a disappointment - especially considering the choreographer.
- Jordan and Tadd had chemistry out the wazoo, on the other hand, but their Sean Cheesman African jazz routine did nothing for me. Jordan is still a force to be reckoned with, and Tadd is my second favorite of the hip-hop guys.
So, something of a mixed bag here, but I'm still very impressed with this group.
What did you think, and who do you think is going home (I predict Clarice and Mitchell – or maybe Alexander)? Looking forward to the Lady Gaga video tonight? Post your iReport or comment below.
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