Power duo Brandon and Janette offered the most impressive performances on Wednesday's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance." They wowed the judges with a steamy tango and an energetic jazz routine.
Each of the six remaining couples performed two dances. Choreographer Tyce Diorio sat in as the third judge.
Next week, the dancers will get new partners. One couple will be eliminated Thursday.
Here's a full recap of the show:
First up, it’s Melissa and Ade dancing a disco routine by Doriana Sanchez. It’s an upbeat, impressive number packed with lots and lots of lifts. Megan suffers a little tumble at the dance’s conclusion, but the judges will overlook it. Nigel: “You’re a really good strong couple and you showed it again tonight.” Mary: “It was so much fun and it was really well done and well executed.” Tyce: “That was friggin’ great.”
Next, Kayla and Kupono dance a Mia Michaels contemporary piece. It’s about addiction. Kupono represents Kayla’s addiction. He gets emotional in the pre-performance interview since one of his friends struggled with addiction. It’s an emotion-fueled number with lots of faux fighting. Very powerful. Nigel: “You were brilliant.” Mary: “Kayla, what can I say? You’re just flawless so far.” Tyce: “I don’t feel like I watched a dance. I felt like I had an experience.”
Then, Caitlin and Jason take on the foxtrot. It’s what you’d expect out of a ballroom number. Very graceful. Nigel: “It was so genuine and gentle. There were some incredible things.” Mary: “I really thought it was tremendous tonight.” Tyce: “You both look like stars tonight…I did feel like you could have glided more.”
Time for Jeanine and Phillip, who perform a traditional Russian folk dance. This is incredibly awkward. They look like little dolls doing on top of a music box. Nigel: “We ask you to try anything and everything we throw at you on this program…I’m just not sure we should have thrown that…Anything like this you need an awful lot of vodka to go with it.” Mary: “As a whole, was it really that difficult? No it wasn’t. But you had some bright highlights in it.” Tyce: “I think you did very well.”
Here’s Randi and Evan, doing a Tabitha and Napoleon hip-hop routine to Beyonce’s “Halo.” They’re portraying a young couple who just learned they’re pregnant. I love how Evan’s character proposes mid-dance. Classy. Nigel: “I think Tabitha and Napoleon didn’t ask you to be urban. They just asked you to be you with a hip-hop feel.” Mary: “I think you guys did a great job.” Tyce: “Evan, you need to find more…Randy, I think you’re doing great.”
Now, Brandon and Janette take on the Argentine tango. Very sassy, with lots of cool twisty leg moments. Technically, it’s one of this season’s best. They get a standing ovation from the three-judge panel. Nigel: “For a ballroom routine on this show, I think that was as close to perfection as I’ve seen on this stage ever.” Mary: “That was really outstanding.” Tyce: “You’re a power couple.” He follows that with a weird analogy about homemade orange juice.
Melissa and Ade are back up, dancing a waltz to “Natural Woman.” It’s a typical waltz, lots of graceful lifting. No dramatic risks or surprises. Nigel: “I thought it was very beautiful.” Mary: “It was beautiful for me, too.” Tyce offers some criticism, but concludes, “Very, very well danced.”
Second dance for Kayla and Kupono: a Broadway number to “The Dance at the Gym” from “West Side Story.” It’s OK, but gets a little boring at times. They seem almost too comfortable after their first dance. Nigel: “You just danced it – there was no feeling or true emotion…I can always say you danced it well. I need more now.” Mary: “Man oh man, did I think you guys did a really great job with this.” Tyce says they could have done more with it, but adds, “I love you guys as a couple and I think you’re going to be around for a while.”
Here’s Jason and Caitlin again, dancing a Mandy Moore lyrical jazz routine. The piece seems like it should be profound and emotional, though it kind of falls flat. No major missteps, but it was just forgettable. Nigel: “I don’t always see chemistry between the pair of you…but technically, I think that you danced that very well.” Mary: “It wasn’t magic tonight in that piece.” Tyce: “I don’t want to see you guys play it safe. I think you need to take it further.”
Phillip and Jeanine return to the stage, dancing a jive to “Stuff Like That There.” Philip is a sailor who comes back home and gets teased by flirty Jeanine.It’s miles better than their Russian folk number. There’s tons of energy, and while Philip obviously struggles, he isn’t awful. Jeanine is awesome. Nigel: “Philip, without question, this is the best you’ve been outside of your own style.” Mary says Philip did a brilliant job, and Jeanine was “on fire tonight.” Tyce: “Call 1-888-fab-freakin’ tastic.”
Next, Randi and Evan dance a samba choreographed by Pascha and Anya. Animal print! Booty pops! Cool drums! This routine would be perfect, if Evan wasn’t looking so darn nice throughout the entire thing. Nigel: “Evan, do I look on you as a hot samba king? No I don’t…That wasn’t as hot as I would like it.” Mary: “It might not have been hot, but it was a slow sizzle going on up there on that floor…You could have done more.” Tyce: “Randi, you carried the routine.”
Last up: the final dance from Brandon and Janette. They perform a Wade Robson jazz routine. It’s another awesome dance for these two: a smooth hipster jazz number featuring some pretty sweet sunglasses. Technically, they’re spot-on again. Nigel: “If you two don’t get the biggest vote of the night tonight, I’ll be surprised and it’ll shock me.” Mary: “Spontaneous combustion the way you guys came down on that floor.” Tyce: “You guys have that Thing…You’re in charge, you write your own ticket.”