“You need to step up and show weakness as well as strength,” he said.
The top eight on Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, from left, top row, Ricky Ubeda, Casey Askew, Zack Everhart and Rudy Abreu; from left, bottom row, Tanisha Belnap, Jacque Le Warne, Valerie Rockey and Jessica Richens. More TV recaps at Just last week, for instance, Nigel Lythgoe told Casey Askew he was a threat to winner-in-waiting Ricky Ubeda. And in what universe does a fantastic dancer like Tanisha Belnap go home before Valerie Rockey, particularly when Valerie’s routine last week couldn’t hold a match (never mind a candle) to Tanisha’s?
Wednesday’s So You Think You Can Dance reminded us that viewers who vote can be cruel masters, not to mention unpredictable ones.
The tribe, as they say on another reality TV show, has spoken. Does this mean Jacque and Casey are guaranteed goners next week? At this point I’d say the only certainties are that there will be a top four and Ricky and Jessica will be in it. I’m guessing the Fox network’s parent company has a financial stake in MJ’s posthumous output.
So Tanisha was ousted along with a sobbing Rudy Abreu, another one I didn’t see coming. On Wednesday, the top eight danced solos as well as duets with the all-stars and there was a group routine, which reminds me: it was Michael Jackson night. Anyway, the duets were all danced to Jackson songs and Jackson’s choreographer, Travis Payne, created the top eight number, which had them moving jerkily around the stage in space-age costumes with metallic makeup and silvery hair.
Rudy has done so much of that growing that the judges like to go on about and he’s likable as all get out. Hope I’m not being heretical when I say it was the most boring group number we’ve seen all season.
We also saw a snippet of a new posthumous video for the song “A Place With No Name.”As for the dancing, I’ve ranked the duets from my most to least favourite and dealt with the solos at the end.Rudy Abreu and Allison Holker: Damn, this was supposed to be the routine that could catapult Rudy into the top four, but instead it was his swan song.Still, you could do worse than go out with the captivating Allison, who played a woman obsessed with Rudy in the Ray Leeper jazz number.Rudy has already proven he’s a solid technical dancer and he did some excellent partnering here, including that crazy lift where he had to throw Allison and catch her (Lythgoe said he dropped her in rehearsal).Beyond that though, he left behind the mugging and, as Lythgoe said, became somebody else.Jessica Richens and Will Wingfield: Sometimes I’m a bit leery of message routines — in this Mandy Moore contemporary piece performed to “Earth Song,” Will was nature and Jessica was a heedless human — but it was beautifully danced.