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Hip-hop and contemporary miss out on So You Think You Can Dance

November 19, 2009

karenkevinbroadway091116_0334Wednesday’s So You Think You Can Dance results show opened with a trademark Wade and Amanda Robson group number that drew an enthusiastic response from the judges and audience alike, but it wasn’t long before everyone got down to unpleasant business. There were some small surprises and the judges were unanimous in their decisions.

Karen Hauer and Kevin Hunte‘s Broadway routine disappointed judges on Tuesday and was the only dark spot of the evening, so it was no surprise the pair found themselves dancing for their lives.

Victor Smalley and Channing Cooke executed a strong Tyce Diorio jazz number, but viewers may have agreed with judge Adam Shankman who found the Bobby McFerrin song choice detracted him from connecting with the performance.

molleenathanpopjazz091116_0807Mollee Gray and Nathan Trasoras were back in the game after last week’s disastrous salsa, so it came as a surprise their pop-jazz dance put them among the bottom three couples. Judge Nigel Lythgoe, who called on Nathan to live up to his potential as “one of the best dancers” they’ve ever had on the show, speculated that their poor showing may have been backlash from last week.

In the end, the judges whittled it down to personality and growth.

Channing always performed under the radar and this week, her technical strength could not outshine the personality and charisma the judges saw in Karen.

channingvictorjazz091116_0474Kevin, who often found himself standing in Karen’s shadows as well, could not hide his awkwardness with other dance genres from the judges. In the end, his lack of growth relative to Victor’s cut his competition short.

What did you think of the viewers’ and judges’ decision?

(Top) Karen Hauer (L) and Kevin Hunte (R) perform a Broadway routine choreographed by Spencer Liff. © 2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

(Middle) Nathan Trasoras (L) and Mollee Gray (R) perform a Pop Jazz routine choreographed by Laurieann Gibson. © 2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

(Bottom) Victor Smalley (L) and Channing Cooke (R) perform a Jazz routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. © 2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

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