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So You Think You Can Dance recap: Top 6

The final six dancers perform with their partners again and an all-star in a make-it-or-break-it night before next week’s performance finale.

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So You Think You Can Dance

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy
Current Status:
In Season

Time flies when you’re dancing through life—can you believe this season is almost over? We are only two weeks away from this summer’s finale, and so far it’s really been a man’s game to lose. It seemed for a while that that man would absolutely be Ricky, but Zach has quickly proven to be more versatile than his title card will let him appear. With only one winner this year, who’s to say we can’t have two boys in the finale? As Zach performing with a male all-star tonight proves, we know gender equality is important to Nigel and the rest of the producers. With no telephone voting at all this season, the logistics of the entire affair have been a little confusing to say the least. We can only assume that there is actually only one winner.

President of the Jessica Richens fan club, Christina Applegate was back by popular demand as guest judge for an important night of dance—the votes from tonight’s show determine which two men and which two women will be going toe-to-toe for the win in next week’s performance finale. The dancers first got to dance again with their former partners before taking another dip into the all-star pool. Now before two more dancers sashay away from the competition, it’s your top 6 America!

Ricky Ubeda and Valerie Rockey

Style: Broadway, Choreography by Spencer Liff

Music: “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra 

Valerie and Ricky have reunited and it feels sooooo good. Not only do these two bring out the best qualities in each other as dancers, they bring out the best qualities in each other as people and no matter what, you know they are going to have fun. This was the perfect routine for both of them in terms of style and Ricky had some pretty impressive moments jumping through a swing in the middle of the stage. Valerie’s dress even got caught in said swing during the rehearsal, but you wouldn’t have known that from her confidence during the performance (we only know because Cat played the video footage of it after). As Christina noted, there is nothing phony or fake about Valerie, and it’s a really refreshing quality to have in a competition like this. But nothing is sweeter than the consistency Ricky brings each week either.

Casey Askew and Jessica Richens

Style: Disco, Choreography by Doriana Sanchez

Music: “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer

Like Mary, let’s take a moment to applaud the absolutely fantastic camerawork done for Casey and Jessica’s disco number that probably gave most of America a dizzying headache. Unlike Mary, we will not threaten Jessica for her amazing legs. The dance was a lot of fun, but the trick was really for Casey and Jessica to make it look that way—because it definitely was not easy. Casey was especially impressive in quickly switching mind-sets while lifting Jessica pretty much every other groovy beat and then dancing side by side the next. It was a really tough routine, but they fought their funky way through it with ease.

Zack Everhart and Jacque LeWarne

Style: Foxtrot, Choreography by Jean-Marc Genereux 

Music: “Anything Goes” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 

Let’s go back in time shall we? Good because you have no choice as Jean-Marc decided to take a trip to 1950s and rename the pair Zach Astaire and Jacque Rogers for an American foxtrot routine. First rule of foxtrot: Don’t look at your partner. Second rule: Dress like Magic Mike while rehearsing. Wait, that can’t be right. Not much was right with this performance because it became too much about performing and not enough about actually internalizing the movement and mood of the piece. Though Zach’s white jacket and teeth stood out a little more as Jacque’s blue dress blended into the background, both were trying too hard. Zach over-jumped Jacque every time, their footwork was sloppy and worst of all… they looked at each other many times! At least they still have their all-star dances to redeem themselves and get some more votes.

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