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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Top 10 perform!

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So here’s where “SYTYCD” shakes things up: With the Top 10, new partnerships are formed, each dancer must perform a solo and America alone decides who goes home.

And after last night’s performances – which included one train wreck of a paso doble – I think we can all agree that Kupono and Randi will be packing their bags.

Here are some other facts of the evening:

• The Bollywood Bombshells TOTALLY bested the African Boys in the group dance segment.

• Janette and Jeanine are now officially the front-runners among the girls.

• Tabitha and Napoleon are improving their duet choreography – their sexy librarian meets hip-hop routine by Ade and Janette was buckets of fun – but enough with the all-of-a-sudden NappyTabs nickname. It’s even more irritating after learning that it’s also shameless product placement for their dancewear line. Barf.

• Despite her overuse of “honey child,” Debbie Allen is on her way to becoming one of the show’s best guest judges. More Debbie! Less Lil C.

• Jason and Jeanine had a competition-changing moment with their super-sexy contemporary routine by first-time choreographer, Season 2 runner-up and my all-time “SYTYCD” crush, Travis Wall.

• Yes, even three seasons later, my heart still belongs to Travis Wall. (I’m very loyal.) I still love him, even if he should go back to being a cutie-pie blonde, instead of the brooding brunette nonsense he’s got going on now. Check out the 2006 photo below. Much more guapo with the lighter hair, no?

<a href=”http://view.picapp.com/default.aspx?term=travis wall&iid=449799″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://cdn.picapp.com/ftp/Images/0446/16c3e6e5-2582-4b6a-8dcd-d129ec341240.jpg?adImageId=1909122&imageId=449799″ width=”234″ height=”324″  border=”0″ alt=”2006 Summer TCA Day 16″/></a><script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.js”></script>

But enough about my old favorites, let’s talk about the current dancers, shall we?

COUPLES

KAYLA & EVAN

Kayla, honey, you just can’t catch a break. You’re a tall drink of water who got saddled with the show’s shortest guy, plus you had to dance a Viennese waltz. Sheesh. Okay, Evan deserves mad props for making those lifts look effortless, but nothing could take away from the fact that he looked like Kayla’s kid brother. Zero chemistry.

JANETTE & ADE

Janette just breathes life into every one of her partners, doesn’t she? Ade has never shown as much personality in all his weeks with Melissa as he did in one short hip-hop number with Janette. She faltered a tiny bit, but she definitely brought the funk. And the way the choreographers (no, I will not call them NappyTabs!) incorporated Ade’s trademark hair pick was very clever.

JEANINE & JASON

What more can you say about absolute perfection? I was a little worried when Jason brought out that heart necklace – props can be a death sentence, just ask Phillip and Jeanine about that ball-and-chain number – but it totally worked. This piece brought the audience to its feet, and it’s been a long time since any “SYTYCD” routine got a standing O. These two were smokin’ hot: Everything from Jason’s torn shirt, Jeanine’s ripped dress, and THAT KISS at the end was S.E.X.Y. I expected them to have a post-dance cigarette during the judges’ critique. All in all, these two are safe as can be tonight.

RANDI & KUPONO

This paso doble can be summed up in one word: Painful. The judges were too kind to say what everyone was thinking, which was: “Omigod, they were terrible.” Instead, they used phrases like Mary’s “it was not authentic in any way” and Debbie’s “at times there was a bit of awkwardness.” And what were they thinking with Randi’s terrible wig? Top to bottom, this was a hot mess.

MELISSA & BRANDON

Are you missing Janette, Brandon? Her Miami fire is a lot more fun that Melissa’ ice queen demeanor, isn’t it? I don’t know if the judges were watching the same routine as I was, but Tyce Diorio’s tribute to “Hair” was as foggy as that cheap smoke puffed out at the routine’s conclusion. Brandon and Melissa were totally in sync, their movements as sleek as a snake’s, but there was not a drop of emotion in that number. Hardly as “unbelievable” as Mary claims.

SOLOS

As usual, most of the solos were forgettable.

The only thing I remember about Randi’s dance is that she appeared to be wearing a cheap babydoll nightgown and practically fell over at the end.

Kupono made more of an impression because of his costume, which, as Cat pointed out, he made himself. (Um, what exactly was there to “make,” given that it consisted of cargo capris, one-quarter of a fishnet tank top and a load of jewelry that looked like it came from a scrap heap?)

Ade stood out with that awesome backflip, but I thought his solo seem oddly energetic for a ballad like “Unchained Melody.”

And then there was Janette.

Loved that she chose to dance to “This is Miami”  – way to show some hometown pride, girl!

Loved her slinky costume.

Loved how she owned that stage.

Pretty much loved everything about it.

The show definitely saved the best solo for last.

That’s it for now, folks! Tune in here tomorrow for our usual results show recap! But until then, who do YOU think will be going home?

(Photos courtesy of FOX)

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 8:05 am by Heather Salerno. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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