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SYTYCD shake-up to hurt some, help others

November 25, 2009

jakobaashleighlyrjazz_mg_5722They came, they danced and the judges were almost too positive, especially since two more dancers will be sent packing from So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow, leaving only the all important Top 10, who are expected to go on tour in 2010.

For the dancers who remain after Wednesday night’s elimination, next week will bring new styles and a new partner. So who will the shake-up help and who will it hurt?

Topping the list of those who may feel the squeeze is Ashleigh Di Lello. Last week, we speculated that without her partner Jakob Carr, Ashleigh may find herself in trouble. Jakob‘s strength was certainly evident in their first number, with judge Adam Shankman saying the only flaw was his pants. But Ashleigh got high praises after their second number, a cha-cha, with judge Nigel Lythgoe again saying that those who questioned her abilities in Vegas were eating their words.

“That may have been a cha-cha, but you are waltzing through to the top 10,” said Nigel of the performance.

nathanmolleecancan_mg_6511Mollee Gray may also find herself in a bad place when her partnership with Nathan Trasoras breaks up. The couple seem to have been buoyed by Nathan’s popularity and Mollee may not fare so well with voters on her own. But a more mature partner could prove to give her the push to make it through to the top 4.

Meanwhile, if Karen Hauer makes it through the elimination, she will need to connect with one of the stronger men if she hopes to survive another week. A fresh partner may also prove the right move for Noelle Marsh, who has done well with Russell Ferguson, but may shine with someone else.

As for who will be headed home this week, expect to see Karen and partner Victor Smalley among the bottom three couples. As for the rest – it really is anyone’s game right now.

Who do you think will benefit from the partner switch up? Which dancers do you want to see in the Top 10?

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Jakob Karr (L) and Ashleigh Di Lello (R) perform a Lyrical Jazz routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Nathan Trasoras (L) and Mollee Gray (R) perform a Can-Can choreographed by Tyce Diorio on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kelsey McNeal/FOX


It may have been my H1N1 fever coming out, but Ashleigh di Lello and Jakob Carr’s performance made me cry and still gives me shivers. It was that good. And I’m a contemporary dance snob. Just sayin’ I’ll definitely be watching again tonight from the comfort of my couch with 3 layers of wool and a pitcher of ginger water.


I thought the can can last night was going to be a horrific night mare, but it was actually quite entertaining and fun. It was the joke that I thought it would be.


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