In terms of choreography, that might have been the best episode of SYTYCD EVER. I don't know if anything last night automatically deserves to be in the pantheon of The Greatest Numbers Ever (although I'd argue that Mark Kanemura's piece was as good as anything Wade Robson has ever done for the show), but there was such a high level of consistent quality and so many surprising triumphs that it was one of those shows that begged to be rewatched (although you can definitely skip over the critiques).
Best of the night was Mark's jazz piece, which was Sofa King awesome. I could watch that in a loop for an hour.
The most surprisingly great piece was Comfort's hip hop, which was not only great, but also the best hip hop number all season.
Close runner up was Courtney's jazz piece. I had heard she was diagnosed with MS earlier in the year, so I was shocked that she was able to make it back to the show to choreograph AND dance her piece as well. Also shocking -- it was GREAT. Some intricate and great looking lifts for extra eye candy.
The only blemish was twitch's hip hop, which was like warmed over Nappy Tabs. It was just boring (mostly uninteresting posing) except for one synchronized part in the middle. Full disclosure: I think twitch is the most overrated dancer and all-star the show has ever seen. But come on -- that was clearly a rank or two below everything else. Comfort's hip hop was miles and miles better.
Nice to see Chelsie back (and looking as hot as ever). Really liked her Jive, maybe one of the most entertaining jives on the show, but Aaron partially tore his rotator cuff in practice which made impressive that he was even able to perform them. I'm still completely underwhelmed by Aaron nonetheless, and he wasn't great in the number. It looked like they aborted one of the lifts.
And while Hayley did not go, she was in the bottom two as I suspected. I think that Nigel had to bow to the wishes of the voters after Jenna was in the bottom FIVE times, including three in a row, and she probably had the lowest number of votes by a big margin. There would have been a viewer mutiny if Nigel saved her again. Amy will coast to the final after the Travis Wall piece in the pimp spot (which I didn't love as much as the judges did), but it will be a tough fight between Hayley's lower energy rumba and Jasmine's dull hip hop. I suspect the people who had been voting Hayley through will vote extra hard after she hit the bottom, and that will make the difference.
Tucker's DFYL was incredible. But he was in the bottom so many times (so to speak) that Nigel couldn't keep him over Fik-Shun. But I don't think Nigel thought twice about that decision.
Edited by Hanson, August 21 2013 - 08:56 AM.