‘SYTYCD’ Puts on the Ritz For Season 10′s First Live Episode
In case you needed any additional evidence that "So You Think You Can Dance" is the talent show to watch this summer, this Tuesday's "SYTYCD" top 20 episode (the first live competitive episode of Season 10) kicked off with a Nappytabs group number that was absolutely epic, even by "SYTYCD" standards.
Featuring the 20 contestants, various "SYTYCD" choreographers and judges, and, among other things, Travis Wall in a feather boa, Nigel Lythgoe attempting to do animation, and a cameo by Herb Alpert, the intricate routine was stunning — and it was done all in ONE take, ONE shot, with NO edits.
Seriously, who needs to tune in to "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday nights, when Fox has "got talent" like this? Emmy voters, I hope you were watching this.
And the talent was on full display throughout the two-hour broadcast, as 20 dancers, paired up as 10 couples, put on the ritz, so to speak. Here's how everyone did:
Mariah Spears & Carlos Garland – Jive
Mariah, one of my favorite girls of Season 10 (and of Season 9, when she made it to Vegas) is a krumper by trade. Carlos is a contemporary dancer. So I didn't have high hopes for them when I found out they'd been assigned a lightning-paced Jason Gilkison jive. Luckily, Mariah was able to bring her sassy personality to the energetic routine, and she sure looked cute in that little mod yellow "Laugh-In" dress. And these two were dancing to "Get It Right" by Fantasia, which was also awesome. But did they really get it right? Yes and no. They handed the challenge well, and they kept up the energy. (I got tired just watch these kids…I'd need a bottle of No-Doz chased by case of Red Bull to pull this off.) But they were clearly out of their element. Judge Mary Murphy said the routine came off as a "a little bit labored" and critiqued Mariah's pigeon-toed feet, but she liked the couple's enthusiasm and athleticism, if not their technique. Returning guest judge Wayne Brady said, "From an entertainment viewpoint, it was great…" but he thought they seemed too frantic. He did call Mariah a "1960s bombshell," however, while Nigel compared her to Blondie's Debbie Harry. Nigel conceded that Mariah and Carlos were "lacking in the style," but added, "If the public vote on energy and performance, you're safe for a week." I hope he was right.