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Shirts optional for Top 6 on SYTYCD
The shirts came off as the top 6 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance performed for votes for the last time before Wednesday’s finale.
Ryan Di Lello led the topless trend, showing up in two of three numbers without a shirt. He tossed on a flimsy top for his third number, but left it open, prompting judge Nigel Lythgoe to say, “I’m pleased you found a shirt, you just need to find the buttons.”
Shirt jokes aside, Ryan was just one of the six extremely talented dancers who left it all out on the floor in a final bid for votes before America chooses its next favorite dancer.
Kathryn McCormick was perhaps the stand-out performer of the evening, with at least one judge proclaiming that the show should be renamed “the rise of Kathryn.” Her gentle contemporary routine with Jakob Karr was called a “game changer” by judge Adam Shankman, who added, “you humbled me.”
But while Kathryn and Jakob are both extraordinarily strong dancers, the big obstacle standing in their way on the quest for the top prize comes in the form of krumper-turned-jack-of-all-dances, Russell Ferguson.
Russell also performed much of the show topless, but oddly enough, Nigel did not object. And judge Mary Murphy was once again rendered to tears by his journey from auditions through to the top 6.
“You are just someone special,” she said. “I have never seen someone grow, in six season (of SYTYCD), as much as you have.”
With Ryan’s popular wife Ashleigh Di Lello and quirky Ellenore Scott tossed into the mix, six strong competitors are vying for votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. We already predicted on Twitter that the top 3 would be (in no particular order): Jakob, Russell and Kathryn. Do you agree? Who do you think will win it all on So You Think You Can Dance?
Join us tomorrow on Twitter for the finale, featuring performances by Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez.
Ryan Di Lello (L) and Kathryn McCormick (R) perform a Samba choreographed by Jason Gilkison on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX
Russell Ferguson (L) and Ellenore Scott (R) perform a Paso Doble choreographed by Jason Gilkison on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX