July 7th, 2011
02:34 PM ET
It seemed as though many of the regular choreographers (with the exception of semi-regulars Mandy Moore, Toni Redpath and guest judge Travis Wall) were given the July 4 weekend off on Wednesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance."
The result was a mixed bag from several new choreographers, but the good ones were really, really good.
This time, I'll put the bad news first. Aside from the fact that guest judge Carmen Electra (who openly admitted she's not an expert on waltzes) didn't bring much to the table, there was that Sean Avaristo hip-hop routine with Sasha and Alexander that fell completely flat. Look for them in the bottom three tonight.
Jordan and Tadd's smooth waltz didn't impress me too much, unfortunately. I think they both did a respectable job but the piece itself wasn't terribly exciting.
I enjoyed Ashley and Chris' salsa from Liz Lira, more than the judges did. I understand where they were coming from, but I felt that Ashley especially really brought it. Still, the pair will likely be in a lot of danger Thursday night.
On the bright side, Caitlynn and Mitchell are no longer dark horses but real contenders, after Mandy Moore's contemporary routine that left Mary Murphy, and the dancers themselves, in tears. I was reminded of Allison and Ivan in season two... season two, people! This was one to remember.
After being in the bottom three, Ryan showed that she is in it to win it, with a zombie-like jazz routine by Chucky Kaplow. She defined the term "selling it," and Ricky was no slouch either.
As for Melanie and Marko, they are officially this year's Katee and Joshua. They excel in everything, even a jazz routine with costumes that didn't really work for them. Bravo.
Clarice and Jess were splendid as always, but I preferred their routine last week. It may be that I have yet to warm up to Justin Giles' choreography style. I was pretty so-so on his group routine with the guys, and Ray Leeper's with the girls (what's with the sudden anti-male theme in some of the dances this season, by the way)?
Overall, I can definitely see Melanie/Marko, Ryan/Ricky and Caitlynn/Mitchell sailing into the top 10.
What did you think? Were you more impressed (or less impressed, in some cases) than I was? Share your iReport or comment below.
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