SYTYCD Season 10: From 16 to 14

These past two weeks have been so long, I had to re-read my recap to remember who I thought would be in danger tonight. I'm a little skeptical of Carly Rae Jepsen as a guest judge. They really couldn't find anyone who is more relevant in, like, dance? Also, I'm not going to link a video because I would feel a little too mean, but did everybody see her horrible first pitch? Poor girl. I've seen my fair share of first pitches gone wrong but this one probably tops the list. Sorry Carly. :(

Tough bottom three for the girls, as I really like them all: Mariah, Makenzie, and Jenna (who is saved immediately). I'm a little surprised the judges didn't send Alan back to safety right away, as I expect the decision to come down to BluPrint or Curtis. I did guess last week two weeks ago that BluPrint would be done if he was in the bottom again, and I still feel like this may be the case unless he just blows us away.

Alexis & Nico - Jive (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin)
I was hoping that Alexis would make me glad the judges saved her over Jasmine Mason. She did not. But I did figure out who she reminds me of! Since not being great (or as great as everybody else, anyway) isn't enough to get these two kicked off the show, hopefully going first will be. I really don't want to see any other more deserving dancers eliminated before them!!!

Jenna & Tucker - Contemporary (Travis Wall)
Oooh. Travis Wall with these two? This could be the moment I've been waiting for! And it is!!! No wonder the judges saved Jenna immediately at the top of the show. I am so happy for them to finally have been able to break through. Hopefully, the votes come through for Jenna this week. I loved this performance.

Mariah & BluPrint - Jazz (Brian Friedman)
I think the music and lights made this number, at first, feel more exciting than it actually was. It was pretty clumsy, particularly the lift at the end. I'm surprised neither Nigel or Mary mentioned a single word about BluPrint's continued lack of facial expressions, especially in comparison to how much Mariah gives through her face. In fact, I feel like the judges took it really easy on them. Suspiciously easy. Hmmm.

Malece & Alan - Hip-hop (Dave Scott)
Poor Alan. He tried so hard but this just was not his thing. While I think he'll get a free pass from the judges this week, I think he might be back in the bottom again next week. I see Carly got the memo about over-hyping Malece, as she continued to be drowned in praise. I continue to just not get it.

Hayley & Curtis - Contemporary (Dee Caspery)
Well I'll be darned. I was about to call Carly out for saying she has never seen more chemistry than between than these two in this dance, but hold the phone! They are dating!? She was right!?!? This blows my mind. The criticism unleashed upon Curtis from Nigel and Mary makes it seem like he is going to be eliminated tonight, which in turn makes me think he will be safe. #reversepsychology

Amy & Fik-shun - Jazz (Tyce Diorio)
Why are these two always so great? They really are. I give up. I feel that they've lucked out with choreography, but then again, maybe it's these two dancers that make the choreographers so great. I'm curious to see how they'll do when they dance with other partners.

Makenzie & Paul - Hip-hop (Dave Scott)
Yowza! I am liking these two more and more every week- especially Paul (even though I don't see James Franco in him at all). I'm a little worried about Makenzie on the chopping block tonight, only because of all the other contemporary dancers this season, but there's no way she deserves to go. She is fantastic. I'm really beginning to think the judges took it easy on Mariah and BluPrint earlier because they're the ones heading home.

Jasmine & Aaron - Quickstep (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin)
Somebody has to do the quickstep, you might as well give it to the couple who has zero chance of going home, especially when you give them the pimp spot! But, the thing is, they did it really well. Jasmine also looked amazing in emerald green and should probably wear that color all the time. These two, like Amy and Fik-shun, can do no wrong.

So, I'm sorry, but there is something I have to say before we move on to the elimination. Not only does Carly Rae Jepsen own the worst first pitch ever, but she might have also been the worst guest judge ever. I don't think she said a single thing that added value (other than "outing" Hayley and Curtis as a maybe-couple). She was like Joe Jonas on American Idol a few seasons ago, minus all the thumbs-ups. Why is FOX obsessed with her?

The Elimination:
I was surprised to hear Uncle Nigel's claim that the decision about the boys was more difficult than picking between the girls, as BluPrint seemed like the obvious choice. I do think the judges tipped their hand by going easy on both BluPrint and Mariah during their critique. I am bummed that Mariah is off the show, but I would have been even more sad if Makenzie had gone. Lose-lose situation with the girls tonight.

Favorite Performance:
They didn't let velcro problems get in their way!

The Girls:
  1. Jasmine Harper
  2. Jenna Johnson
  3. Makenzie Dustman
  4. Amy Yakima
  5. Hayley Erbert
  6. Malece Miller 
  7. Alexis Juliano

The Boys:

  1. Aaron Turner
  2. Paul Karmiryan
  3. Fik-Shun
  4. Alan Bersten
  5. Tucker Knox
  6. Curtis Holland 
  7. Nico Greetham

Who Should Go Home:
This whole bottom six thing is getting really hard. For the girls, I'm going to stick with Hayley and Alexis in the bottom... and maybe, just maybe, Malece will finally join them!? I don't think Alan helped his case much today and will be in the bottom again, along with Curtis (again) and probably, finally, Nico. Alexis and Curtis will be going home.