So You Think You Can Dance 2010 continued Thursday evening with the week 2 results show. The night’s action featured a visit from Brian Gaynor and Remote Control and a performance by Debi Nova. Before the closing notes, Cristina Santana was given the big kiss-off by America and the judges, leaving just 9 hopefuls – including just 3 girls – to vie for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Here’s how it all played out.
The So You Think You Can Dance week 2 results show opened with the top 10 strutting their stuff to the tune of Royal T in some funky red and black costumes, bathed in what else? Red light, of course. The number was choreographed by the always colorful Sonja. Host Cat Deeley introduced the judging panel, and then Nigel Lythgoe pimped National Dance Day and waved the “you could be on TV” carrot to the audience. Woohoo. Shortly thereafter, Cat called the night’s first three hopefuls to the stage: Cristina, Adechike and Kent. Kent, who along with All Star Courtney performed a Tyce DiOrio jazz number Wednesday night that left Mia Michaels asking him to be more of a man, was saved first. Cat addressed Adechike next, but left him on hold as she turned to Cristina, who turned in a fiery Paso Doble. After the requisite moment of drama, Cristina was named to the So You Think You Can Dance week 2 bottom three. Judge Adam Shankman said he was “shocked” to see her in the bottom three yet again, and encouraged her to “slaughter it” in her solo.
The So You Think You Can Dance week 2 results action continued after a break as Cat addressed four more season 7 hopefuls: Alex, Jose, Melinda and Ashley. Although Alex’s Broadway number with All Star Lauren was called lackluster, he passed successfully to next week. (And managed to avoid fainting. I was worried for a sec.) B-Boy Jose was up next for decision-time. Jose performed a Bollywood routine that lacked horribly in actual technique, but earned Adam’s award for “brightest light” on the show. America liked it; he avoided the bottom three. Left fighting for passage to next week were Ashley, who took on a Jazz routine with delicious All Star Mark, and Melinda, who danced a Contemporary number with All Star Ade. For the second week running, Tapper Melinda found herself relegated to the So You Think You Can Dance bottom three. Nigel told Melinda to “find something that allows people to connect” with her. (I think she needs to ditch the scary red spandex pants. She’s a sweatband away from being Olivia Newton John 25 years ago.)
In slam-bam fashion, the results action continued immediately after a break with remaining contestants Lauren, Billy and Robert. Lauren’s If I Were a Boy Hip Hop number earned high praise for technique and emotional expression, and secured her a place in week 3. Billy, along with All Star Comfort delivered a Krump routine that the judges criticized heavily, while Robert and All Star partner Anya tackled the Ballroom. When all was said and done, Robert was relegated to the night’s bottom three. Mia said she was “shocked” to see Robert at the bottom of the barrel, and called him “one of our favorite performers” of SYTYCD season 7.
The So You Think You Can Dance 2010 week 2 results show continued with a guest performance by SYTYCD audition fave Brian Gaynor and Remote Control. The gilded trio delivered big time to the cheers of the audience. Woohoo! Before I could even catch my breath, Cat introduced Cristina with her survival dance. It was spicy, but a bit lacking in heart and soul. She looked tired and perhaps disheartened over being in the same position as last week. Melinda took to the stage next in her super scary pants. (Really, they’re so wrong. The 80s are calling and they want their Jazzercize gear back.) Her tapping was good; I’m a tapper myself, and it wasn’t a super difficult bit she delivered, but at least she mustered some enthusiasm. Robert was last to dance for his life. He showed off his flexibility, but again, not terribly impressive. I can’t say that any of the three dances were knockout performances.
While the judges deliberated, Costa Rican sensation Debi Nova hit the stage with Drummer Boy. She was joined by six SYTYCD All Stars, and it was beyond awesome to see them doing their thang in a non-competitive, non-comparative way. They’re all just such slick dancers (and shirtless Mark and Ade didn’t hurt my eyes, either). Post performance, the very pleasant Debi – who stands a full head shorter than Cat – plugged her new album Luna Nueva. And Cat offered to be her bodyguard. (Yeah, it was sort of weird.)
After a break, the So You Think You Can Dance week 2 results show came to a close. Nigel began by informing the three hopefuls that the night’s decision was not unanimous. Robert was called forward first, and proclaimed safe, leaving Melinda and Cristina the last two standing. He called Melinda forward next, and shared his opinion that she should be the one going home, but in the same breath, let her know that Mia and Adam had chosen to save her. Despite her elimination, Nigel had high praise for Cristina. A tearful Cristina promised to “never forget the experience”.
Cristina is an amazing ballroom dancer, and I’m sad to see her go. She was most definitely not the worst performer on Wednesday night; in fact, she wasn’t anywhere near the back of the pack. Jose’s Bollywood routine was laughable. Even Melinda’s dance was weak and lacking in sparkle. It’s frustrating to see the judges give hopefuls who fail to master a given dance style praise. Oh well; what can you do? A little something to keep in mind before I go: If all of the gals are booted, it means we’ll see much, much less of the All Star guys. And THAT would be a shame. A shame’s shame, even.
Tune in next week for more So You Think You Can Dance action as the remaining 9 contestants and their All Star partners show off more of their smokin’ dancing prowess.
So You Think You Can Dance 2010 week 2 results show, FOX, June 24, 2010