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'So You Think You Can Dance': Discuss the Top 14 performances!

This week’s celebrity guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance is “actress”/”dancer” Carmen Electra, and rarely have quotation marks been required to do more work. Fortunately, the cosmos has strived for balance, for this week’s dancing expert guest judge is standout choreographer and SYTYCD season 2 runner-up Travis Wall, making his debut at the SYTYCD judges’ table. Ironically, when recently asked by AfterElton.com whether he’d be a guest judge on the show, Wall demurred. “I don’t think I could ever be a judge,” he said. “I think I’m way too involved in the dance world and the dance convention world and up-and-coming dancers. I know everybody, so I would be so biased judging to, like, put particular people through, because I know all of those kids. Like Season 8: out of the top 20 I know like 14 of them on a personal level, like I’ve choreographed for them before. So… I don’t know… I feel like I’m way too involved to judge.” Cut to last night, when Wall tweeted: “HOLY BALLS!! I just got a call to be the GUEST JUDGE on SYTYCD THIS WEEK! I just s— my pants!!!”

Chat here about how Wall fared when faced with fairly critiquing season 8’s top 14 — and how many meaningful contributions Electra brings to the conversation — then come back to EW.com tomorrow morning for my full So You Think You Can Dance top 14 recap!

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'SYTYCD': Mary Murphy on the kissing mayhem

Well, Wednesday night’s show was like no other. Have we gone too far with sexually explicit numbers and themes? Even the judges went temporarily insane! This is my perspective on the kissing scene gone wild. 

I was mesmerized with Marko and Melanie; again, beautiful choreography told a story of love and in the middle of the number they had a passionate kiss. After I told them how wonderful they were, I genuinely wanted to know from Melanie how hard it was to kiss someone so passionately that you were not involved with. I wanted to know because I could not kiss my partner on Broadway because he was engaged and it just didn’t feel right.

Melanie is so young and I really wanted to hear her answer, but before I could even finish what I said, Nigel Lythgoe jumped on top of me. READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': And the eliminated contestants are...

Well lords and ladies of the Dance, after last week’s bloodbath, could it be anybody’s game? Will Kristin Chenoweth and Lil’ C perform a duet to “Ebony & Ivory”? Or will Lil’ C simply continue to wax nonsensical, for it is indeed what he does best? Will Nigel put on his happy face for just a little while? Discuss it all as it goes down live, and we’ll reveal the results shortly after the episode closes. Enjoy the show! UPDATE: The results are in. Who got the Dance boot? READ FULL STORY

Melanie LaPatin on 'SYTYCD': About that cha-cha...

What a week! I was as thrilled as anybody that no one got cut from the Top 20 last Thursday, but the other tap shoe had to drop eventually and FOUR dancers were eliminated. Yikes! And you know me, or you’re starting to: I’m an emotional kinda gal. So yes, I’ll admit that I MAY have gotten a little misty-eyed when the unlucky quartet were sent home. But ONLY a little misty-eyed. And if it happened to be MORE than a little, hey, my cats will never, ever tell on me!

Now, before we get into last night’s performances, I thought I’d try to address a few of your comments about Missy and why her cha-cha with Wadi was so highly praised. (Well, at least her half of it.) Part of what the judges (on SYTYCD or in any dance competition, really) are looking for is technical accuracy — is the dancer performing the steps correctly and with all the desired nuances? And for the most part, Missy did. This was extra noteworthy because she was dancing outside of her normal genre. Moreover, though, whether her performance made you go “Wow!” it did encapsulate kind of “the cha-cha vibe,” that sorta intangible “something” that a judge will look for from a tango. Will it thrill everyone? Obviously not. But then, the cha-cha, as a dance, may not thrill everyone. Isn’t how we respond to a dance, in the end, as subjective and personal as the way we react to music or sculpture or film? READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': Discuss the Top 16 performances!

After last week’s heartbreaking and infuriating double elimination, I can’t help but feel a pang of pity for poor Ryan Ramirez. Yes, she’s been pimped to the high heavens; yes, she dances with a perma-smile; and yes, her dance-for-your-life solo was a crumbly piece of bland candy. But had Nigel and Co. sent home Jordan and Robert like they should have two weeks ago, this post would have instead likely lamented that poor Missy and Wadi just never got a chance to show off their stuff. Now I’m forced to note that Ryan goes into tonight’s Top 16 week with a big ole target painted on her back — then again, maybe that’ll be enough to let her cheek muscles finally rest.

Chat here about how Ryan and the other 15 contestants fared tonight — as well has how Kristin Chenoweth handled herself as a guest judge — and then come back to EW.com tomorrow morning for my full recap!

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'SYTYCD' results make fans angry. You won't like them when they're angry.

Oh, Uncle Nigel. Like many family members, you frustrate me as much as you amuse me with your stories of eating penny candy while rolling your hoop on the way to the latest Mary Pickford matinee as a boy. But as of last night, you might as well be my estranged uncle. Though last week, we were met with a pleasant, non-elimination surprise during So You Think You Can Dance‘s results show, this week, we were dealt a tragic shocker (SPOILER ALERT): The ousting of early favorites Wadi Jones, Missy Morelli, Iveta Lukosiute, and Nick Young.

It’s not only tragic because fellow Bottom-6 dweller, Ryan Ramirez, delivered a middling solo, and probably deserved the boot over the long-legged, breathtakingly skilled Iveta. It’s heart-breaking because, last week, Nigel had the chance to eliminate some of the competition’s less talented dancers: READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': And the eliminated contestants are...


Image Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

Anyone who was secretly hoping that LMFAO would perform an elaborate hip-hop remix of "
Aba Daba Honeymoon" while Debbie Reynolds danced with Rage Crew was probably a little bit disappointed during tonight's episode of So You Think You Can Dance. Also disappointed: the four contestants who absolutely had to be eliminated tonight in the wake of last week's controversially elimination-free episode. Six dancers were on the chopping block, and in the end, only two could be saved:  [SPOILERS FROM HERE]


'SYTYCD': Mary Murphy blogs about last night's tear-jerking Top 20 episode -- EXCLUSIVE

Hey, it’s Mary Murphy, and I hope you read my blog every week. I will be highlighting some of my favorite dances, behind-the-scenes highlights, and any examples of Murphy’s law that decide to pop up. Like let’s take today: On fumes as I headed to the studio in my car running out of time and gas before the big show, but I didn’t want to stop. Luckily, I made it…this time.

First, can I just take a second to talk about last week’s statue number, choreographed by Travis Wall, and danced by Melanie Moore and Markova Germar. You know magic is happening when an entire audience went dead silent. The hair went up on my arms from the very first lift Markova made. I will always remember this number and it will go down in my top 10 of great numbers in eight seasons.  READ FULL STORY

Does Alex Freaking Wong deserve to be an All-Star on 'SYTYCD'?

Eagle-eyed viewers of last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance noticed a brief audience shot at the end of the show featuring several alumni from past seasons. I personally caught a glimpse of season 5’s Kayla Radomski, season 6’s Kathryn McCormick, and season 7’s Robert Roldan and Kent Boyd, who miraculously still has not been fed past midnight and transformed into a gremlin. And, oh yeah, I also saw Alex Freaking Wong.

Alex, you may recall, is the supernaturally talented contestant from season 7 who occupies two of EW’s Top 5 SYTYCD routines of all time, including the No. 1 slot. He’s also the dancer who only lasted three episodes of the live shows last year, thanks to a lacerated Achilles tendon that forced him to withdraw from the competition and into months of likely grueling work to bring his body back to its former glory. At the time of his injury, SYTYCD exec producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe invited Alex to return to the Las Vegas audition rounds to compete in season 8, but Alex revealed on his Facebook page that he “wasn’t ready to dance” when the Vegas rounds began this season in early April. His appearance in the audience last night, however, has already sparked a lot of SYTYCD fans to ask: Will Alex Freaking Wong be an All-Star this year?  READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': Who has the most to prove tonight?

My first thought after last week’s surprise non-elimination on So You Think You Can Dance was the the bottom seven dancers dodged a major bullet. Maybe I was just in a cranky mood, maybe my snark demon Smirkelstiltskin was just in a fabulous mood, but I was underwhelmed by almost all of their dance-for-your-life solos, especially the ones by the two best known dancers among them: Jordan “I Wanna Be a Pussycat Doll Alternate on the ‘B’ National Tour” Casanova and Robert “I Wanna Be an Electric Company Cast Member Circa 1975″ Taylor Jr. Had I been Nigel, I would’ve sent those two home in a heartbeat.

But, of course, I’m not Nigel — and that’s a good thing, for many reasons, not the least of which is I am nowhere near as diabolical as he is. READ FULL STORY

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