So You Think You Can Dance season 8 hopefuls convened in Sin City to dance it out for a chance to make it to the top 20. It was a pretty jam-packed episode with one week of dancing, 160 contestants, seven judges, and two trips to the hospital, which, of course, was all edited down to two hours. So it was really one of those episodes where everything happened and nothing happened all at the same time. We got to see a few new dancers, but most of Vegas week was given the montage treatment. Harumph! I’m ready to get to the live shows, but I’d rather they spend two episodes on Vegas week instead of giving us another two-hour episode that just introduces us to the top 20. (Set your DVRs for tonight!) But if they won’t listen to viewers about those horrendous cut-aways to the judges while people dance, then why would they heed my advice now? Okay, grievance aired. Back to the recapping.
Nigel Lythgoe gathered his posse of judges which included Robin Antin, Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen,
Tasty Hydrox Tyce DiOrio, and Mary Murphy. The week started off with solos, where each dancer had another chance to prove why they’d made it to Vegas in the first place. From there, they moved on to five rounds of choreography: hip hop, Broadway, ballroom, a group round, and contemporary. After all that choreography, the remaining dancers performed one more solo. If they survived that, they were sent to a celebration room where I supposed they’ll stay until tomorrow night when the top 20 is revealed.
Iveta Lukosiute started off the solos with a hot little routine set to “When You’re Good to Mama” from Chicago. Apparently Nigel had not been so good to Iveta, sending her home twice before during Vegas week. This time Iveta came dressed as a police woman hoping to teach Nigel a lesson. It worked. She sailed through the solo round and was seen celebrating in the swanky party room at the end of the episode.
We also got to see b-boy Wadi Jones (who later had the first injury/cramp of the night) and sister favorites Sasha and Natalia Mallory. This was just the beginning of a very Sasha/Natalia-centric episode. I really love these two, and even I was getting a little tired of the sister Mallory story that was front and center for the majority of the episode. But at least they proved why they deserved to be in Vegas with their joint dance. Not everyone could say the same. Marion Pelayo showed “bravery and courage” by wearing a unitard that no other human being would consider wearing in public. He had to say goodbye when the only impression he left was that of a really distracting outfit. Also sent packing was Danielle Ihle. By the end of the solo round the judges had narrowed the competition to 114 dancers.
The remaining contestants took on a Napoleon and Tabitha hip-hop routine. I thought they sped through this round, which I found kind of ironic since they were dancing to “Look At Me Now.” It’s hard to look when everything is montage-ing by so fast. We did get to see Chyna “badass and buck” Smith. And I won’t even sugarcoat it. She sucked during the NappyTab number. But this just goes to show that when you’re cute and have a over-the-top personality you can triumph over anything (on reality TV)! The judges gave Chyna and eight other dancers a second chance after the round. There she prevailed, and I scrunched up my nose because I’m not a fan. Especially considering the fact that several other early favorites got cut. We lost Hero McRae (noooo!!!), Patty Anne Miller, Mary Kate Sheehan, Kristen Dobson, and Princess Lockeroo. After all it was all said and done, 19 more dancers were gone.
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