June 30th, 2011
11:24 AM ET
You could feel the love in the room on Wednesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance," so much so that the judges started making out with each other.
Power couple Melanie and Marko's "NappyTabs" routine, which included a kiss halfway through, moved Nigel Lythgoe to (stage) kiss Mary Murphy (causing Cat Deeley to react by saying that it was like watching your parents kiss). Next thing you know, guest judge Kristin Chenoweth was kissing Lil' C, and Nigel was kissing him too.
You can't really blame them, because the hip-hop routine was absolutely flawless. I'd place it up there in the "NappyTabs" pantheon with "No Air" and "Bleeding Love." We'll be seeing that one again during the finale.
Another smooch-worthy routine was Jess and Clarice's fox trot. Normally a fox trot would not be the highlight of the show, but when you've got Jess and Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" involved, it's practically a home run before it even starts. To the credit of Clarice - who really hasn't been one of the stand-outs to me this season - she matched Jess step for step.
Miranda and Robert have been another power couple for me, and I hope that their Broadway number was able to get some votes. Tyce Diorio challenged them with a lightning-fast routine to "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)" (it was great to hear so many classics this week). The pair were dancing outside of their individual styles, but they pulled it off splendidly. I agree with Lil' C that Miranda has what it takes to go far in the competition.
"Shut the front door!" Kristin said about Caitlynn and Mitchell's sizzling samba. Indeed, these two were also out of their comfort zone, but were outstanding. Even so, I worry that they might not have received enough votes. Mitchell, especially, stood out. Nigel called him "the Chris Rock of 'So You Think You Can Dance'" because of his energy (though he reminds me a little more of Chris Tucker).
It was no surprise that Tadd killed his "NappyTabs" routine with Jordan, and she did a tremendous job keeping up with him as well. Like Kristin said, it was "dessert."
I was enjoying Sasha and Alexander's contemporary routine involving a piano, until her hands actually came out of the piano towards the end. That choreography was a bit too literal, but it was beautifully danced in any case, and I would be surprised if they were in the bottom three.
Two couples who will likely be in the bottom three, I'm afraid, include two of my favorites, Ashley and Ryan. In Ashley's case, she and her partner Chris just didn't sell what should have been a fun Sonya Tayeh routine inspired by "Beetlejuice."
Ryan and Ricky had the other Sonya routine, and it was actually quite good, but since they were in danger last week, I didn't really see anything that would save them this go-round. Ryan has turned out to be a little more of a love-her-or-hate-her dancer than I expected, and Ricky just doesn't stand out to me in the way the judges said he did during last week's results show. (Fans of Iveta and Nick probably aren't going to vote for them either.)
As for the group routines, I was surprised to find myself enjoying Tyce Diorio's rather than Dee Caspary's. For some reason, the concept of the women in a medieval society poisoning all the men would not have really come across if it hadn't been explained in the rehearsal package. There was some brilliant dancing, to be sure, but the number as a whole didn't work for me.
All that being said, it was a terrific episode, worthy of all the smooching, and it continues to be a tough call as to which dancers will be eliminated, which is a very good thing.
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