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So You Think You Can Hip-Hop?

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Here's a recap from last night's show.

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Diane Mizota: In a season that seems too good to be true, I think I've finally found fault with SYTYCD. Don't hate me, fellow SYTYCD fans, but in last night's elimination show, it became abundantly clear ... I hate to say it -- there are just too many contemporary dancers in this competition.

Are we going to see a blazing hot hip-hop number this season? The prognosis is not looking good. We might see some nice lyrical hip-hop, some avant garde jazz pieces, but it doesn't appear that this season's top 18 have what it takes to deliver krump or hard-core hip-hop at an expert level. Of course, there's plenty of time for them to prove me wrong, and I hope they do, but almost all of the remaining dancers lean toward contemporary, with popper Phillip representing as the lone hip-hop dancer.

Both couples who attempted Shane Sparks' hip-hop routines were in the bottom 3, joined inexplicably by Kayla and Max, who gave one of the strongest performances of the night in a Brian Friedman pop jazz piece. Ashley was the first to be cut, the second girl eliminated in a row who performed hip-hop in tight shiny leggings. I'm calling it the curse of the shiny leggings. Just a little advice, if a hip-hop choreographer comes at you next week with shiny leggings, protest as if your life depends on it, because it does.

Max was the other casualty of the elimination, a puzzling choice by the judges after his energetic jive solo and the obvious majority of contemporary dancers remaining in the competition. I thought for sure Kapono was a goner, but instead the judges decided to keep the quirky contemporary dancer and boot ballroom dancer Max.

The remaining contestants are some of the strongest this competition has ever seen -- I just hope that they can deliver my hip-hop fix!


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MarMar June 19, 2009, 2:04 PM

I just can’t understand how Phillip didn’t end up in the bottom three. I like him a lot as a dancer, and I really do hope he sticks around for a while longer, but let’s face it - he was TERRIBLE!

Emily June 19, 2009, 4:06 PM

I blame Max’s elimination on those awful pants!

Pam June 19, 2009, 5:11 PM

Philip didn’t end up in the bottom three because no matter how terrible he was, people adore him. He’s already got a following at this point and they will try and save him. I think also folks may have felt bad for him and his partner after last week’s professionals took on the tango. Hard act to follow. Hopefully they will show in the next week’s to follow why they are in it to win it.

Emily - I agree the pants were terrible lol

Anyhow here’s hoping for a great season :)

Jo June 19, 2009, 5:57 PM

I agree with the whole contemporary thing…..its getting a bit old…..dancing in your barefeet and emoting all over the place. Have some fun people….lighten up.

nikole June 20, 2009, 10:50 AM

amen on the hip hop comment! it’s almost painful to see these contemporary dancers struggle through these pieces. if they put some real talent next to them we’d see just how awful they are. i guess i have to turn to america’s best dance crew if i want to see hip hop palatable for someone other than an old white dude from the uk.

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