‘SYTYCD’ Top 16 to 14 Recap: The Dreaded Quickstep and Even More Dreaded Jepsen
After two weeks and seven (count 'em, SEVEN) Emmy nominations, "So You Think You Can Dance" returned to Fox this Tuesday for its top 16 show. And while this was cause for celebration (a 14-day "SYTYCD" hiatus is about 13 days too long), the show was marred by the ineffective presence of Carly Rae Jepsen, who was a guest judge for some reason, despite being a veteran of "Canadian Idol" not "SYTYCD Canada."
Seriously, Carly's useless "critiques" proved that she's about as good at judging dance competitions as she is at throwing out first pitches at baseball games, or about as good as Britney Spears was at judging "The X Factor." Carly may have even been the worst celebrity judge in "SYTYCD" history. (Erin Andrews, all is forgiven.)
Fox, don't ever call Carly's number again. And I don't mean maybe.
Anyhoo, by the end of the episode, two more dancers would be cut, and the remaining 14 would be hoping that viewers would heed Carly's "Call Me Maybe" plea and ring up the voting lines to keep them around next week. (Sorry. That was lame.) The dancers up for elimination, announced at the start of the show by (Emmy-nominated!) hostess Cat Deeley, were Alan Bersten, BluPrint, and Curtis Holland for the guys, and Makenzie Dustman, Mariah Spears, and Jenna Johnson for the girls. The only one of these that was a real surprise to me was Mariah, but perhaps the bigger surprise was that the judges didn't even ask to see Jenna solo, instead saving her straight away while the other five still had to dance for their lives.
Among the five at-risk dancers' solos, Curtis's was somewhat underwhelming (if charming); BluPrint's was neato but not unlike routines we'd already seen done better on the show by his Dragon House crewmate Cyrus Spencer; and Alan's was strong but marred slightly by a distracting cape prop. The girls' solos were more impressive, and total opposites: Mariah's was fierce and funky-fresh, while Makenzie's had a certain gazelle-like grace. This would be a tough call for the judges. Especially for clueless Carly Rae, I imagine.
But before the judges had to make a decision, all eight couples still did their rehearsed routines, and the result was an excellent episode that not even Carly could ruin. Here's how everyone did: