SYTYCD 3, Top 16: Performances

A medical emergency led to a very interesting pairing on tonight’s edition of So You Think You Can Dance.

Joining Nigel and Mary at the judges table was the woman responsible for Fame, Debbie Allen.

Sara & Jesus — Krump
Song: The Game feat. Junior Reid, "It’s Okay (One Blood)"
Choreographer: LiL’C
To quote LiL’C, they were pretty "buck." Nigel called Sara a "gangsta," and Mary screamed, "Loved it!"

Shauna & Cedric — Contemporary
Song: The Family Stand, "I Thought We Had"
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Mia made the strange choice to have Cedric spend a good chunk of the dance sitting on the floor pretending to cry. All of the judges praised Shauna, but Mary told Cedric, "I don’t feel that you should stay in the competition any longer." Debbie invited Cedric to join her at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy on a scholarship.

Lacey & Kameron — Quickstep
Song: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, "Big and Bad"
Choreographer: Tony Meredith
Totally fun, and as competent as we’ve been led to expect from these two! Debbie called the performance "sassy and adorable."

Anya & Danny — Hip-Hop
Song: Timbaland, "Oh Timbaland"
Choreographer: Dan Karaty
It was impressive for a couple of non-hip-hoppers. Debbie called them "The Dream Team." Nigel said this was the least comfortable they’ve looked thus far, but said that he was holding them to a higher standard than some of the other couples.

Sabra & Dominic — Rumba
Song: Pussycat Dolls, "Stickwitu"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
Sabra & Dominic are becoming one of the couples to beat. "Call the fire department, honey, that was hot!" exclaimed Debbie. And Mary awarded them "two tickets on the Hot Tamale Train."

Lauren & Neil — Tango
Song: Sexteto Mayor, "Tanguera"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux
The performance was good, but not memorable. Mary liked the beginning, but said they lost their fire as the routine went on. Nigel said Neil overdanced it, but said he, and the other guys on the show, "danced like dudes."

Jamie & Hok — Jazz
Song: "The Chairman’s Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha
Choreographer: Wade Robson
Wade’s vision of a love story between a hummingbird and a flower may have been too staccato in its movements to be considered romantic, but Jamie & Hok executed the physically challenging routine perfectly. Debbie called the piece "brilliant," and Mary said the performance was "a step up from last week."

Pasha & Melanie LaPatin — Cha Cha
Song: Jennifer Lopez"Let’s Get Loud"
Choreographer: Tony Meredith
During the dress rehearsal, Jessi felt ill and was taken to the hospital. An EKG revealed a heart problem, and Jessi was still at the hospital when the show was filmed. So Cat announced that Pasha would be dancing with "Tony Meredith’s assistant, Melanie." Tony’s assistant was none other than his former professional partner and Latin dance champion, Melanie LaPatin (who was also featured on a What No To Wear episode a few years back).

Pasha — a Latin dancer by training — knocked the Cha Cha out of the park. Mary screamed at Pasha, "You are hot, hot, hot!"

Nigel clarified that Jessi will have to "dance for her life" at the Results show no matter if Pasha is voted into the Bottom Three or not. If the doctors won’t allow her to dance, Jessie will be cut from the competition.

My favorite performance of the night was Sabra & Dominic’s Rumba. And I’ll be surprised if Shauna & Cedric are able to avoid a trip to the bottom.