Several stellar performances could make for a surprising Bottom Three on this week of So You Think You Can Dance.
Adam Shankman, choreographer of the remake of Hairspray, was this week’s guest judge. He said that while they were filming Hairspray, the cast would gather at his place to watch SYTYCD and they’d order Chinese or Italian — "food, not people."
Lacey & Kameron — Hustle
Song: Inner Life, "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough"
Choreographer: Maria Torres
The dance was full of spins and tricks, but more impressive was the fact that all Lacey wore on top was a dinner napkin. Adam said that they did a great job with some really difficult hand changes, and Nigel told Lacey that her technique is "far superior" to her brother, Benji’s.
Shauna & Cedric — Mambo
Song: Tito Puente, "Flauta Y Timbal"
Choreographer: Alex de Silva
Alex de Silva said that, when he heard he’d be working with Cedric, he brought two extra assistants in to help with practice. Cedric’s lack of technique was obvious in the performance. Mary gave Shauna a ticket for the Hot Tamale Train, while Nigel said he was "very, very proud" of Cedric.
Anya & Danny — Contemporary
Song: One Republic, "Apologize"
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
They had great chemistry, and it was wonderful to see Anya do something so different from ballroom. Adam said Danny was one of "the most beautiful male dancers" he’s ever seen. And Mary said Anya was "ridiculous," in a good way.
Sara & Pasha — West Coast Swing
Song: Fatboy Slim,"The Rockafeller Skank"
Choreographer: Benji Schwimmer
This was the quirkiest Swing routine I’ve ever seen, and it was fantastic. And these two new partners looked so happy and natural together. Nigel yelled, "That’s magic!" And Mary just yelled.
Sabra & Dominic — Hip-Hop
Song: Ne-Yo, "Make It Work"
Choreographer: Shane Sparks
Before they danced, Dominic revealed his crush on Cat Deeley: "7-feet tall, white teeth, and French accent — what could be better than that?" Their performance was totally sexy, and their playful partnership made it work.
Adam started his comments by asking Cat, "How’s it going, Frenchie?" All of the judges were enthusiastic in their praise.
Jamie & Hok — Waltz
Song: Sarah MacLachlan, "Angel"
Choreographer: Toni Redpath
A nice performance, though not especially Waltzy. Adam told Jamie that, because of her gorgeous lines, "Your husband is going to have a fantastic dance at your wedding." But he didn’t feel that the dance suited Hok, and Mary agreed with him.
Lauren & Neil — Jazz
Song: Roisin Murphy, "Night of the Dancing Flame"
Choreographer: Wade Robson
In spite of the annoying song, this comic book routine was super cool and slinky. Adam said it was "off the charts." Nigel appreciated the "meat on the skeleton of the movement," whatever that means.
There were only two obvious candidates for the Bottom Three: Shauna & Cedric and Jamie & Hok. Anya & Danny may fall through the cracks and join them.
Of the other four performances, I’m not sure that I could pick a favorite. If I was going to vote, I’d vote for Pasha just because he builds his own computers from component parts. There’s nothing hotter than a guy who actually knows what to do with all those little switches and cables from Radio Shack.