With last week’s quadruple elimination behind us we’re calling the shots on the best performers going into tonight’s “So You Think You Can Dance” Top 16 performances. And no, we’re not talking about the appearance of a batty Debbie Reynolds last week. We may have said goodbye to sexy girl Missy and her B-boy partner Mitchell — as well as ballroom champ Ivetka and tap dancer Nick — but six contenders really stand out as the dance-off continues. Let’s take a look at the performances that brought on the blood, sweat, and tears (literally).
Sasha and Alexander
With their story of a soldier returning home from Afghanistan, choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha, aka NappyTabs, crafted a performance that moved the judges — Mary Murphy, in particular — to tears. But dancers Sasha and Alexander deserved the real credit for their passionate, emotional interpretation. In the end, the judges had little to critique, knowing that the dancers were safe with voters this week.
Caitlynn and Mitchell
These new friends/partners had to summon plenty of emotion for choreographer Stacey Tookey’s contemporary routine for Adele’s “Turning Tables.” Nice guy Mitchell (who was injured the week before) really got into his character, however, when he “punched” Caitlynn in the nose. Her bleeding nose may have been a distraction, but their performance was strong enough to inspire judge Nigel Lythgoe to say, “Dance is the language of the soul, and that’s what came through tonight.”
Melanie and Marco
Already Top 20 favorites after the first round of couples, Melanie and Marco also got a Stacey Tookey routine this week. Their jazzy performance played up Marco’s acrobatics and Melanie’s high kicks. Some props work put things in jeopardy, though, when Marco dropped his hat just before Melanie jumped into his arms. No need to worry: Marco got the hat back and caught his partner, much to the delight of Debbie Reynolds.