‘SYTYCD’ Top 6 Recap: A Glitch In The System
Witney and Cole go home
Witney and Cole go home
Let's just cut to the chase here: This week, this season's token untrained street dancer with a heart of gold, ever-polarizing popper Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, remained in the competition, while the arguably more deserving Cole Horibe (the martial-arts master who was my personal favorite male dancer of Season 9) was sent home. This should not have happened.
It would have been interesting to see what might have gone down if the judges had had a chance to save either Cyrus or Cole, this week's bottom two male dancers. I have a hunch that they would have told Cyrus (who had never been in the bottom before) that he'd had a good long run, but it was time for him to go. However, with the final four showdown only a week away, the judges no longer had any say, and the results rested solely in America's hands. And America chose Glitch.
Perhaps it was not too surprising that Cyrus prevailed: The man IS entertaining and talented, and with his vivacious personality, fantastic attitude, and willingness to learn and grow, it's easy to see why he's a fan favorite. It was perhaps more surprising that the other boy who snagged a spot in the final four was Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. A flawless, classically trained technician whose subdued (some might even say cold) demeanor has caused him to have difficulty connecting with viewers and has landed him in the bottom multiple times, Chehon is basically the Danny Tidwell of Season 9, and he couldn't possibly be more different from Cyrus. When Cyrus and Chehon square off next week, it'll be a total battle of opposites.
I just thought that Cole combined the best of both Cyrus and Chehon--likable personality AND fantastic technique--into one high-kicking, butt-kicking package. I thought he was the one who could win it all. I mean, come on...before he got eliminated this Wednesday, he danced an amazing Sonya Tayeh allstar jazz routine, during which he managed to keep up with Season 8 champion Melanie Moore. Is this not the performance of a champion or what?:
Sigh. Anyway, as for the girls' elimination, that result--Witney Carson--was much less shocking. It didn't bode well for ballroom bombshell Witney that she'd be up for elimination multiple times, or that even ballroom expert Mary Murphy tended to accidentally call her "Lindsay," the name of her lookalike ballroom-competition-circuit friend who was cut from the show last week. Lindsay and Witney always seemed to cancel each other out, but they went further than most ballroom dancers ever get on "SYTYCD," so that's something. And Witney definitely went out with a bang this week, brilliantly dancing with last season's Marko Germar and once again proving her beyond-ballroom versatility.