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