Could “So You Think You Can Dance” get any more competitive this season? If so, we’d love to see these people try to make it happen. While everyone is giving this competition their all, at this point we are starting to get to the point where the favorites are standing out — and there are three ahead of the pack.
Let’s rank the top eight performers based on Wednesday night’s routines, which were watched over by two extra-special guests in Lady Gaga (who was dressed like a wacky drum major) and Nigel Lythgoe:
8. Ricky Jaime – He’s ultimately been in the bottom more than anyone left in the competition, and for most of the time he didn’t deserve it. Unfortunately, this may be the week that finally does him in due to two numbers that did not necessarily leave a strong impression. (While his hop-hop with Marko Germar was solid, Marko ended up stealing the show.
7. Jordan Casanova – So far in this competition, Jordan is the only female contestant without a “wow” moment. While she is an incredible dancer, only her earlier routine managed to stand out — but it was also in that “seductive” lane that she is familiar with.
6. Jess LeProtto – After spending much of the competition undecided on whether or not Jess is on our own personality Hot Tamale Train (which is more of a go-cart really), Jess continued to cause debate here. His first routine with the All-Star was meaningful and romantic — meanwhile, the second one just didn’t feel like he was all there — both in technique and chemistry.
5. Caitlynn Lawson – Caitlynn actually has a bit of a disadvantage in that she and Jordan look somewhat alike, and therefore she is not as memorable as the remaining two females. Her dancing is also occasionally a reason for that — though her foxtrot with Tadd in the second part of the show was so fantastically Old Hollywood.
4. Tadd Gadduang – With that, it’s hard to imagine ever ranking someone #4 who lost their hat during the performance. But what made this hip-hop star’s routine with Lauren Froderman work was how he not only kept on going, but he became stronger. There is something fascinating about his skill, and his ability to switch between various styles of dance with ease.
3. Marko Germar – What a flash of brilliance! Marko’s first routine was such an emotional tale of overcoming pain that it was mesmerizing to watch, and it brought Gaga to tears in the audience. He was also so good during his hip-hop number that he actually made Ricky look worse.
2. Sasha Mallory – Things get especially tricky in the top two. Sasha was at the top last week, and really the only thing that puts her behind Melanie this time is that the quickstep with Pasha did not perfectly play to her strengths. However, you can practically call this a tie since her closing number with Melanie may have been one of the most powerful, stellar performances this show has ever seen.
1. Melanie Moore – There’s a reason both Melanie and Sasha received Lady Gaga’s enormous shoes as a random gift — they are that good. Melanie’s first routine brought the waterworks, and then the second brought the power. Very rarely can we see someone convey such separate emotions over the course of an hour. A true artist.
Who was your favorite dancer this week?
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