All that jazz (and hip-hop) on 'SYTYCD'
June 23rd, 2011
02:15 PM ET

All that jazz (and hip-hop) on 'SYTYCD'

Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" was kind of a do-over for the top 20, and it actually worked out very well. While last week only had two, maybe three truly memorable routines, this week there was a slew of them.

Sasha and Alexander's lyrical hip-hop performance by NappyTabs was a great one, as it was kind of a bookend to their "No Air" routine back in season four. It was also quite topical, with Alexander's character returning home from Afghanistan. Mary Murphy and guest judge Debbie Reynolds(!) were wiping away tears afterward. Sasha absolutely blew me away, to the point where she outdanced Alexander. Even so, terrific routine.

NappyTabs' previous, harder-hitting routine was also a winner. So far, I'm really liking Robert and Miranda, even when they are playing woodpeckers. Hopefully the voters will agree.

The jazz routines also wowed me. Mandy Moore was on fire last night, with Melanie and Marko bringing some pizzazz in those hats of theirs. They're the couple to beat now.

Ryan and Ricky were also amazing, dancing to Robert Palmer (it's not Mandy without '80s music). Near-wardrobe malfunction aside, Ryan continues to shine the most, and the fact that this routine came first could still put Ricky in danger.

Next on my list of favorites were Caitlynn and Mitchell getting to soar in their own style, in a routine involving two easy chairs. This pair really sold it, and I think we might see this one again in the finale.

Most surprising of all were Tadd and Jordan doing a Viennese waltz. They pulled it off flawlessly.

Last but certainly not least were Ashley and Chris' Broadway routine by Spencer Liff, which I could watch again and again. Kudos to the director for the swooping camera movements around the "prison bars," which really gave it something extra. No wonder they are the first passengers on the hot tamale train!

Unfortunately, four dancers from the bottom three couples have to go home, and I'm saddened to say that I think that at least one of the two Broadway-style guys could be in that group. Jess and Clarice simply did not seem to have much chemistry in their routine by Stacey Tookey, and Nick and Iveta weren't particularly memorable doing Bollywood, compared to past couples like Katee and Joshua (it doesn't help their case that Nigel Lythgoe reminded the audience of exactly that).

Missy also didn't quite work for me in her cha-cha with Wadi, either. (I disagree with the judges that he struggled with the technique.) I can also see her going home.

Which four do you think are leaving us Thursday night? Were you as blown away as I was by some of the routines? Share your view on iReport or comment below.

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  1. Fred's a stair

    Missy and Wadi did ballroom? Oh, you mean the cha-cha. Don't say ballroom. We expect feathers and tuxes if you say ballroom.

    Jordan is annoying and Tadd is right. Not too bright.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. firstin

    I disagree. Last week had much better routines. This week was a snooze fest. I really like Katee and Joshua, but their Bollywood is only memorable because it was one of the first on the show. If you go back and look again, you'll see that Iveta really got the movements right – and better than a lot of other SYTYCDers of previous years. Unfortunately she has a ballroom dancer's face (with way to much stage makeup), and it is just not "likable" to American audiences. I don't see her lasting too long.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dtcpr

    Why allow a comment section if you are going to delete perfectly okay comments that are not rude or offensive adn relavent to the article while allowing absolute trash to be posted on this section. RIDICULOUS

    June 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LEE LEE

    What does yhis have to do with Harry Potter?

    June 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |

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