Dropping like flies on 'SYTYCD'
July 22nd, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Dropping like flies on 'SYTYCD'

Another injury?!?!

After two stellar performances last week, Billy Bell became the latest dancer to fall victim to the season seven curse. The contemporary dancer injured his knee and wasn’t able to perform, which (as we know all too well by now) means he’ll automatically wind up in the bottom three on Thursday night’s results show.

At least Nigel Lythgoe made a point to address the issue, saying there haven’t been this many injuries in one season since the show began six years ago. He went on to say they’re looking into the problem – finally!

On a more positive note, Wednesday night started off strong with – dare I say – one of the best hip-hop routines of the season. Lauren and tWitch shined in a Tabitha and Napoleon routine, setting a high standard for the remaining contestants. Who knew Lauren had it in her.

However, Lauren’s next dance, a samba with Robert, left little to be desired. While the judges praised Robert, saying he looked like a samba dancer, they agreed Lauren needed to be sharper.

Speaking of Robert, the birthday boy danced with both Laurens this week. He and all-star Lauren Gottlieb danced a Tyce Diorio jazz routine earlier in the evening that the judges called strong and clean. Although I’m not sure "clean" is the right adjective to describe a dance with choreography that calls for licking someone’s leg, it was danced well.

Later, B-Boy Jose danced a Sonja Tayeh contemporary routine with all-star Allison on the edge of the stage – literally. While the dance was entertaining – if only because there was a possibility that someone was going to fall off the stage – the judges found it difficult to critique. Adam said it was a “beautifully conceived piece,” but it didn’t include much “conventional dancing.” Mia had similar thoughts, saying Sonja was smart to give Jose a piece of “pedestrian contemporary,” as he’s not trained in the style.

Jose took the stage again with AdeChike later in the evening. The pair’s paso doble, choreographed by Demetri, wasn’t a hit for the judges. But guest judge Kenny Ortega – a producer, director and choreographer, famous for his work on “High School Musical” and “This Is It” – said he appreciated their effort.

In AdeChike’s first routine of the night, he performed a lyrical hip-hop routine with Comfort. AdeChike teared up while he waited to be critiqued, and the judges seemed a little emotionally frazzled themselves. Adam said he felt like he was watching a movie and Mia said "it felt so real." The dance took me back to Sabra and Dominic’s Shane Sparks hip-hop routine from season three (performed to Ne-yo’s “Make it Work”).

Kent had a successful evening, as he was told (twice) that he’s the guy to beat.

His first routine, a jazz number with Kathryn, was praised by the judges. But Mia politely asked him to tone down his animated facial expressions, saying they made Sonja’s choreography look a bit juvenile. His second routine of the night was meant to be danced with Billy, but tWitch filled in for the Chuck Maldonado step routine. The number surprised the judges, who said Kent “killed it.”

In addition to performing two routines, each contestant (with the exception of Billy, of course) danced a solo and received a special message from their parents.

So who do you think will go home on Thursday night’s results show?

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rlg

    I am so tired of having both Kent and Jose rammed down my throat by Nigel each and every week. Why bother having the viewers vote when Nigel will get his way with these two?

    July 23, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
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    July 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ML

    I'm a dancer and have been a fan of SYTYCD for years! It's a fun, exciting and honest look into the dance world. I absolutely love the concept of bringing back the All-Stars because it does take the show to an entirely new level. It makes it easier for the choreographers to set pieces on the dancers if one of them is already trained in that style.

    As for all of the injuries, I think there are a lot of factors to consider, not just the fact that they are trying to keep up with the All-Stars. Nearly all of the dancers have had professional training and should know by now what their limits are. They know that they need to spend some time warming up and cooling down. Unfortunately many of the injuries seem to be freak accidents in a sense because Alex, Ashley and Billy are all well-conditioned dancers. I hope they find a way to keep these dancers safe.

    July 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edmonton Girl

    The dancers are all good with one glaring exception (Jose, you are sweet, but you should have obtained some training before trying out). Kent is my favorite – his energy and his love of dance are always on display and I love his excitement.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ws

    Good job, Kent! You ARE the one to beat – and I'll just bet you'll win it all!

    July 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FanForYears

    I am a professional dancer and have been a fan of the show for years. I have also had a number of my fellow dancers actually appear on the show. I think they do a wonderful job showcasing a variety of dance styles, not just mainstream contemporary. Like previously stated, not everyone is a fan of everything. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

    Keep up the good work SYTYCD!

    July 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MBlaire

    I really like Mia. I just don't want her to be a judge. I could be mistaken, but I don't think that she can coreograph any routines because she is judging. In previous seasons, her routines were my absolute favorites.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Loving It

    I really like Mia and I am sooooo glad Mary Murphy is gone, couldn't stand the screaming. That women would break glass. I do like the All Stars but would prefer to see all new dancers as we've seen them before.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LoveDance

    I love the show, and I love Mia! I wouldn't mind if Mary came back here and there, but her voice was just too much every week.

    It is a bit disconcerting that they've had so many injuries, so I do hope they take that seriously. And I would have to say that I'm not a big fan of the all-star concept.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin T. Baldwin

    Hmmm...Moon627 might actually be onto something here which I hadn't thought of before. Adrenaline can certainly be a cause for many dance-related injuries. If the younger dancers are trying too hard to keep up with their more experienced "all-star" counterparts, those all stars may, in turn, be intentionally trying too hard to impress their rookie counterparts, so then add in some adrenaline and that might very well be a cause, if not then a significant contributing factor, for the increase in injuries.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sophie

    At first I was really in favor of the All Star concept, but now I agree with Moon627 – the reason for all the injuries is too likely to be because the contestants are trying to keep up with, or even surpass the All Stars. Twice Kent has been told that he "out-danced" the All Star he was partnered with. Whether he did or not, this just encourages the other dances to be a little less careful. I think they really need to look at the concept again.

    I also wish Mary Murphy would come back. I thought one of the reason for her leaving was so she could choreograph, but so far we haven't seen her. I've never cared for "Mama Mia's" style of critique, and I like it even less after almost a full season of it.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moon627

    SYTYCD used to be my favorite show !! I HATE Mia Michaels and i miss Mary Murphy ... and when will they realize their biggest problems this season are the all stars ! I do not like this concept – i hope next season they go back to the original format.

    In previous seasons it was a joy to watch the dancers learn and grow together. No wonder they're getting injured left and right trying to keep up with the more experienced dancers. I really like Jose but they are doing him a disservice by setting him up with routines that give him no growth.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tilda

    The show is for those of us that love dance. It is truly amazing to see what the contestant are able to do each and every week. If you don't like it don't watch.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lol

    There are probably more injuries now than prior seasons because the dancers are just trying WAY TOO HARD. Standards get set year after year, and it's always a goal for the current contestants to do better than the last batch of contestants. I don't really watch the show to say much else, but it's quite obvious that with every new season of any TV show out these days, there's always the goal to achieve higher success... and it can backfire.

    jae, you don't need to be a master of grammar (I know I'm not), but proofreading your comment might help you make more sense.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. caroline

    I enjoy the show and the talent of these dancers is amazing.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jae

    is this a show? or is it the WORST SHOW EVER MADE!!!!! ru serious with? when they said, leona lewis song was hiphop, that did it for me. my wife watches so I tried but we almost divorced over it, because no sane intelligent human should not be able to watch this waste of money. the guy judge is the one thats ruining AI right? just horrible.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaeFAIL

      I hope you were joking about the divorce portion of your comment. If you actually meant that, then you must be one pathetic human being to actually consider divorce over a silly TV show.

      "no sane intelligent human should not be able to watch this waste of money." – You basically said that sane, intelligent human beings should watch this waste of money.

      Judging by the way you write, you seem to lack the intelligence.

      July 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • phx_

      It's a show for a certain audience, just because you dont like it doesn't mean no one else should like it. I'm sure some people dont like sportscenter, but I would hope they wouldnt say bad things about those who do.

      @jaefail, lol is right, this isnt a site where spelling or grammer really counts. I get tired of people who just want to correct grammer, no one pays that close attention and it isnt relevant to the site.

      July 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I enjoy the show, despite certain frustrations with the format and the judges. I am a very sane human being and I don't know what you like to watch, but if it wasn't something I liked, I just wouldn't watch it. I don't go around bashing people for having different tastes than I do.

      July 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

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