So You Think You Can Dance

Season 4 Episode 10

Top 16

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jun 25, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Top 16
The remaining 16 dancers stay paired together and perform one dance for the judges and viewers. Guest choreographers include: Heather Smith, Sonya Tayeh, Tyce DiOrio, Napoleon and Tabith Dumo, and Tony Meredith.

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  • Stronger overall cast, not a two or three standout that the other seasons have been so it has beem more enjoyable and more nerve racking thinking about who could be gone next.moreless

    This episode had a lot of the things I don't like about the show, which aren't many things, but I think it bites when the dancers are ripped on because of the choreography. Gev was slammed because he didn't "pop" in his HipHop routine, but the stye that he was dancing to was supposed to be "smooth" and the way he flowed during it move to move was like liquid. That is the flavor of the style of Cecily and Olisa, I thought he NAILed it. He, like all the poppers this season are friggin awesome! They are definitely a whole other level than seasons past to be able to adapt to all the different styles they way they have.

    Jessica...she may have been able to hide it better with a less-perfect partner because it wouldn't have stood out so much, but the mistakes she's made through the show, stumbles and others, have been obvious to even my untrained-untalented-eye. It sucks for her, because she is lovely and quite talented, but I don't think she should be one of the final five fact I'd rank her last in displayed skill out of the seven remaining.

    Mia is an odd duck. I either love her stuff or hate it to the point of fastforwarding through a performance...tonite's stuff was so great...and the dancers displayed it so well. Though I thought Katie's sumo hair cut was a bit...distracting.

    What a great group of dancers they have this season...I think the cuts that have taken place so far have been right on...I hope they continue to be.

    There were some serious stand out perfomances, but the reason this episode didn't rank a 9+ was because there were several mediocre performances, and I thought the judging was a bit off in several cases, so I dinged it down...still great though.moreless
  • Great episode.

    Twitchington performed a hip hop routine choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha. I didn't really feel the performance as much as I would have liked to, the orange jumpsuits made me "eh". Twitch was exceptional, Kherington's flexibility in her movement was nice, but I thought from these two it could have been waaay better. Possibly in the bottom three couples.

    Gev and Courtney danced a Rumba choreographed by Tony Meredith. The "pre-performance" was hilarious with Gev touching Courtney. And I had to agree with Nigel, Gev reminds me of Dominic. I particularly enjoyed this choreography, especially the first move. Adam is actually better as a judge than he was last year (but I didn't catch the arabesque thing though). Summing it up Courtney was amazing and Gev did pretty well for going out of his style. I hope they avoid the bottom three.

    Chris and Comfort performed an African Jazz routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. The music was hardcore and I loved Tyce's choreography when I usually don't enjoy African Jazz… but these two were so softcore especially Chris. His makeup was also badly done. These two will definitely land themselves in the bottom three, and I am rooting for Chris to be eliminated.

    Will and Jessica danced a Disco routine choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. I still think Will outshined Jessica because it seemed Jessica lost her energy after those drops and turns while Will continued to shine, but it was an improvement for the both of them. I can't tell if America will like it after all the haters of Jessica on week one, and the competition is pretty tight, so if these two do land themselves in the bottom three they must really show off their dance.

    Kourtni and Matt got Contemporary choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. First of all, I loved the choreographer's hair. This style of Contemporary really suited this quirky couple, the idea and movement and everything was just phenomenal in my opinion. I would like to see these two safe although America might not understand the performance at all.

    Chelsea and Thayne took on the Quickstep choreographed by Heather Smith. I remember Lacey and Kameron getting this dance on top 16 night. There was such a contrast between this dance and there's, I mean, even Mary referenced Kameron to Thayne. The technique wasn't there it was just so bouncy, and even Chelsea's supposedly shining personality let her down. Hopefully they land themselves in the bottom three like last week and Chelsea leaves us.

    Chelsie H and Mark danced a lyrical hip hop routine choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha. Oh my gosh, this was absolutely amazing. Chelsie, a ballroom dancer, and Mark, a contemporary dancer, pulled off this hip hop routine to Bleeding Love. Dang, it was just like, absolute perfection. Perfect emotion and everything was there… woot! Definitely not in the bottom three.

    Katee and Joshua performed the Samba choreographed by Tony Meredith. Katee and Joshua were HAWT! After this I can't hate on these two anymore, I mean, it was just amazing. Seeing these two out of their style doing a smexy samba routine… wow.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • TOP 16 Kherington & Twitch – Hip-hop
      Courtney & Gev – Rumba
      Comfort & Chris – Jazz Jessica & Will – Disco Kourtni & Matt – Contemporary Chelsea & Thayne – Quick Step Chelsie & Mark – Hip-hop Katee & Joshua – Samba

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Nigel: (referring to Katee's dress which only covered one side of her body) I'm so pleased that you found the other half of Courtney's dress.

    • Nigel: (referring to Courtney Galiano's dress which only covered one side of her body) Your outfit is fabulous. Wow, it's amazing. I am so pleased that the wardrobe budget could only afford half a dress.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The hip-hop dance choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and danced by Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura to the song Bleeding Love by Leone Lewis was nominated for a 2009 Emmy in the category Outstanding Choreography.


    • Nigel: (speaking about Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo) I am so pleased that they came to the real number one dance show.

      This was a reference to Napoleon and Tabitha's work as choreographers on the MTV dance show America's Best Dance Crew. The show is produced by Randy Jackson, a judge on American Idol (which is produced by Nigel).

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