'So You Think You Can Dance' recap, Sweet six becomes final four

  • Twitch and Eliana Girard perform a hip-hop routine to "Please Mr. Postman."
Twitch and Eliana Girard perform a hip-hop routine to "Please… (FOX )
September 06, 2012|By Diane Trap

(With indefatigable recapper Amy Watts on the road this week, Diane Trap steps up to the plate in her stead.)

Cat Deeley is wearing a shiny mosaic dress, like an elegant '70s shower stall. The six remaining dancers open with a routine set to "Scream" by Kelis. The boys are wearing Hammer Pants and the girls are in corsets and tutus, all in black like steampunk goth. It ends with a chorus that says "scream and shout!" which the audience obligingly does.

The top six dancers are Witney, Chehon, Tiffany, Cyrus, Eliana, and Cole. The remaining four dancers will go to the finals next week.

Cat begs for compliments on her dress and calls Sonya out for the choreography. The top six will be dancing three times "like a lady" hee, and the judges can no longer save a dancer from unfortunate voting.

Christina Applegate is the guest judge. Nigel says the most important question he asks the choreographers is "would you employ them?" and four of the dancers had already benefitted from a judge's save.

Tiffany is dancing with Benji to a Jean Marc Genereux routine. Three cartwheels(!) and Benji says he's heavier than he was seven years ago. I'm calling this routine Johnny Rockets on Ice, to "What I Like About You" redone by Lilli. It would be the climactic number in a "Dirty Dancing/Footloose" remake by John Hughes.

Tiffany's costume is a bad bathing suit with rhumba ruffles and Benji is wearing a black and white checkerboard shirt Cheap Trick would be proud of. Nigel says their energy lifted the entire audience and Benji is the best swing dancer ever, and Tiffany is remarkable for dancing in high heels.

Mary says they were kicking their patooties off, which would have caused Tiffany's ruffles to sag. Christina Applegate praises them for jiving in their jive.

Tonight the dancers' friends and loved ones are sending them a message. Witney goes first; her parents are proud and they miss her. Her extended family has the population of a small village. She's dancing in a long red dress to "Malaguena" by the Brian Setzer Dance Orchestra -- solo tango? yes.

It looks as silly as it sounds, but Witney's selling it; I'm not sure the dance and the music ended at the same time.

Cole is next. Sonya wants to show his more uplifted side; Cole wants to leave a relationship and Melanie doesn't want to let him go. Their song is "Too Close" by Alex Clare. There is much lifting and reaching and red lighting.

I don't see Cole's uplifted side as much as his shirtless chest. Mary says Cole commanded her attention; Christina says Melanie is magical but Cole was beautifully androgynous; she is sure we'll see him next week. Nigel says Sonja broke the gender norms by having Melanie lift Cole more than Cole lifted Melanie and that Cole adapted himself to the number well.

Chehon's mom has astonishing red hair and praises him in German. Chehon's solo is to District 78's "Way Back Home" and his costume is Jacksonian enough to only need one glove. It makes me want to know what he'd do with a few fencing lessons.

Christopher Scott says this is the most true-to-life routine he's ever created, about a super hot ballet dancer (Eliana) with a crush on a really ripped postman (Twitch), because that happens every day, and that Eliana is funky.

District 78 appears again with a remix of the Marvelette's "Mr. Postman." I've never had a postman do a jump-split for me, but I never greeted one wearing red toreador pants either. I think District 78 should have left the Marvelettes alone.

Christina loves Twitch and Eliana could dance the phone book, she's so exciting to watch. Nigel claims Eliana as his favorite but thinks the dance was more about character not about the dancing. Mary says the number was entertaining and Eliana made it memorable.

Cat shills the tour; tickets on sale now. Tiffany's family is so proud. Her solo costume is a gold brassiere and a scrap of fabric and she’s dancing to "Just the Way You Are" by Carmen Reeve. There is pirouetting and leaping and the dance ends very suddenly.

Chehon is partnering with Katherine, and Tyce Diorio is planning a number about how people get through a devastating tragedy that leaves them with only one suitcase of worldly possessions -- fun! Their number is "Eli Eli (A Walk to Caesarea)" by Sophie Milman. They get a respectful standing ovation.

Nigel says it was incredibly emotional and seems a bit froggy in the throat. Mary is teary and says they oozed passion. Christina says the importance of the luggage was profound. Also Chehon is the best dancer ever and gets chokey as she talks.

Cole's mom has so much emotion as she watches him dance and he should kick butt. He's soloing to "Night of the Wolf" by Noik Argana and apparently it's a full moon. Why is he in a skirt?

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