'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: Top 4 Amy, Fik-Shun, Jasmine And Aaron Perform For Final Votes
So You Think You Can Dance’s top four dancers: Amy, Fik-Shun, Aaron and Jasmine H performed on Tuesday night for audience votes in part one of season 10’s finale.
Aaron, a tapper, was originally paired up with contemporary dancer Jasmine H in the Top 20 and the two danced together until the dancers were brought down to the Top 10. Amy, a contemporary dancer, was also originally paired with Fik-Shun, hip hop, in the Top 20, making the top four all original couples from season – something that has rarely happened in recent SYTYCD history.
Tuesday night’s final round of performances were danced in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and returning guest judges Paula Abdul and Gabby Douglas.
First, Amy and Aaron paired up for a jazz piece choreographed by Ray Leeper.
The duo got good reviews form the judges, and allowed Amy to showcase her sexy side. Jasmine and Fik-Shun performed a contemporary routine from SYTYCD alum and fan-favorite choreographer, Travis Wall.
Mary gave the performance a standing ovation, admitting that she worried that Jasmine would over-run Fik-Shun due to their extreme height difference (Jasmine was the tallest female dancer in the Top 20 this season). But, she was more than pleasantly surprised to see how evenly matched the two were, and how beautiful the piece turned out to be.
Then it was time for the All-Stars to dance with the contestants. Aaron teamed up with All-Star Melinda Sullivan to do a tap routine by Anthony Morigerato, giving Aaron a chance to showcase his signiture style. Jasmine performed a Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo hip hop routine with All-Star Comfort Fedoke. The girls were put to the test with a hard hitting routine, and Jasmine came out of the performance with at least one super fan in Gabby Douglas.
Amy and Fik-Shun were together again in an Argentine tango routine choreographed by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo. Fik-Shun earned an A for effort, but not much else. All around, the judges felt the routine left something to be desired, but Nigel made sure to point out what a challenge ballroom was for Fik-Shun, who isn’t used to doing choreography in the first place.
Aaron and Jasmine also delivered an underwhelming ballroom routine with a samba choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin. Nigel said the pair looked uncomfortable and Mary, the ballroom expert, criticized Aaron on his lack of samba technique.
Fik-Shun was able to shake off his ballroom blues with a Luther Brown hip-hop routine with none other than the SYTYCD hip-hop king, All-Star Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss. The judges were taken with seeing the two charismatic dancers together, and Nigel dubbed them “tWitch and twitch Jr.”
It was Amy who took Nigel’s breath away with a heartbreaking Stacey Tookey contemporary number, performed with All-Star Robert Roldan. Nigel was so taken with the performance, he declared Amy his number one.
The night ended with performances by the top two guys and the top two girls. The boys were handed a Broadway routine from Tyce Diorio, giving them the opportunity to showcase their personalities – something guest-judge Paula was a fan of. And Amy and Jasmine were given a Mark Kanemura jazz routine.
The top four also all performed solos to compete for votes – Fik-Shun chose to do his solo to Psy’s “Gangham Style,” Jasmine performed a soft solo to india.arie’s “Ready For Love,” Aaron taped along to an acoustic version of Jason Mraz’ “You & I Both” and Amy’s solo to The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” earned her a standing ovation from the judges.
So You Think You Can Dance will crown America’s Favorite Dancer in the finale next Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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