Season 4: So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Performances Recap and Prediction

Going into this week, there was little doubt which dancers were at the bottom of the polls. Sometimes that underdog status can be an advantage, but when the cards are dealt the way they were this week, there is little hope for the underdogs.

Mark needed a great pairing; he needed to be the strongest he could be, and it required a commanding partner to make him shine, but Mark drew Comfort.  Comfort, there was little doubt, had no prayer in this competition, but she was the final nail in Mark’s coffin as well. It was a shame that fate had to pair these two. Seeing one of the leaders like Will draw Comfort would have made it interesting and a challenge. Having Mark draw her was just plain unfair.

And to add to Mark’s troubles, Twitch not only did not draw a formal dance, he drew Katee as his partner. That is like hitting the lottery…twice.

Twitch and Katee drew two dances almost perfect for both their styles. A contemporary piece and Broadway.  Had they drawn a tango, fox trot or quick step, Twitch would have been in trouble. But they nailed the draw. To boot, Twitch and Katee got their contemporary piece choreographed by Mia Michaels? Oh, c’mon, when you keep rolling 7’s, it just seems like it will never end.

Will and Courtney ended up together, and this made for a great pairing. It was to Courtney’s benefit and brought her out as on par with anyone else in this competition. She still has the hottest legs and body in this competition. But how did it go for them overall?  Read on…

Finally, Joshua drew Chelsie. This was not a good pairing. Their styles and personalities are not complimentary.  And Chelsie is not a large woman, but she is not a lightweight either, so lifting her would be no picnic.   Now let’s see how it went.

Round One:

Will and Courtney started off with a Salsa. Courtney was killer in a yellow frilly dress that left little to the imagination. Her legs were almost as fast as Chelsie’s in this dance and every move was perfect. Will guided her beautifully, never missing a step or move. This pairing had championship written all over it. Courtney killed it and was hotter than ever. Will was grace and strength in motion. There is no other competition in which this couple would not have taken the challengers out easily. But this show is at another level. Courtney 5 out of 5. Will 4 out of 5.

Next up was a solo by Comfort. She is the weakest dancer and they made her go first too? Wow. Not fair. She was good. That is it. 3 out of 5.

Mia Michaels then choreographed a masterpiece that will definitely be on the tour. We are dying  to see this live. It was amazing. Twitch and Katee killed it. But the one that stood out in this dance was Twitch. Something about the dance was reminiscent of “Kill Bill” because of the quirky character roles which were more memorable than the dance itself. Twitch nailed it. Katee was perfection in motion. Twitch 5 out of 5. Katee 5 out of 5. They were perfect. And Mia stunned with her choreography; outrageous.

Next was the standout solo of the night. Will shocked everyone coming out dressed as James Brown. Normally, you might laugh at the wig and outfit, but he had it down. He was James Brown and Prince combined, and better than either. The only problem with the performance was it ended too soon. By the time his character was built, the dance was over because of the time limitation. Still, he had the judges and audience on their feet and Cat was on her knees and bowing down to him. Will took the show here. 5 out of 5.  What is important to note is Will is the ONLY one that got a 5 out of 5 on his solo.  And that won him the competition this week.

Comfort and Mark were next. And they finally did luck out a bit, drawing Hip Hop. The dance was so strong and the acting so super that you got lost in it. There was a flip move that took Comfort over Marks back that was shockingly challenging and buck. They captured this piece. And they were both 5 out of 5. Impressive, considering how badly they drew the cards.

Katie now had to do her solo. She played it safe and was not as spectacular as we expect her to be. Still, she mustered a 4 out of 5.

Next, Dmitri, a prior top ten finalist turned choreographer, choreographed a Tango for Joshua and Chelsie. Chelsie’s legs shouldn’t be able to do that. But Joshua kept up. And his lifts and strength shined through again. You have to watch this piece carefully and closely several times to see how good the two of these performers are and how well they performed this dance. This is a tough act to pull off with a modern audience. Both killed it. 5 out of 5 for each.

Mark’s solo followed. As we expected last week, this wasn’t where he would gain any ground. Let’s just say it was a solo. 2 out of 5.

Round one to…NOBODY!!! It was basically a tie at this point, but Mark did blow his solo.  The solos, other than Will’s, however, had nothing to do with who won or lost this week, and every partnered piece was danced masterfully, and every dancer was superb. There was no clear winner here. Although Mia Michaels piece may have given Katee and Twitch a slight lead.

ROUND 2

Will and Courtney did a slow hip hop piece to start off. It was masterful. Every move was perfect. The acting was superb. We believed this piece totally, and it had us saying “wow” about every ten seconds. If goose bumps were a desirable affliction, this dance would be a drug to deliver you to paradise. Will 5 out of 5. Courtney 5 out of 5. No flaws. Perfect.

Chelsie did her solo next. This woman can shake with the best of them, but just like most ballroom style dancers, that is her limitation. Her legs are so fast you can easily miss half of her moves. But at the end of the day, that is all she has without a partner. 4 out of 5.

Twitch and Katee followed with a Broadway Piece (Sweet Georgia Brown). The movement was incredible. Twitch did it here, and Katee brought it. Every move was sweet and made you know this gal is the one to beat. One judge criticized Katee slightly for not being nasty enough, but it was a desperate attempt to say something negative. They were both so 5 out of 5, we want to make it 6.

Now, a moment we waited for, Joshua’s solo. Could he keep up with Will? After some impressive Hip Hop Moves and more demonstration of how strong this man is, the answer was….NOPE!! 4 out of 5.  Will’s solo will be on the tour and Will was one of the best solos we have seen on this show.

Next was Courtney’s solo. She is so beautiful in her solos that it stuns. But the movement was limited and the performance conveyed a bit of nervousness and the unwillingness to let go. We think she is better than this. 4 out of 5.

After a painful set of commercials we have all seen a million times, it was time for Twitch to do his solo. You know, we expected more. He did not kill it like we expected and we just can’t offer him any more than a 3 out of 5. He should have nailed it, but it won’t matter.

Time for the Fox Trot. Oh please, does anyone believe that Mark and Comfort could have been so unlucky as to have drawn the Fox Trot when Twitch avoided all formal dance AND got Katee as a partner????? The odds just don’t seem to make it believable. They were clumsy in practice, but they did the piece quite well. The lead in by Mark was superb, and Comfort was graceful throughout. There were many subtle moves and lifts and they were on target every step of the way.  The only mark down was chemistry, which has to do more with Comfort’s masculinity than anything else.

The judges were so far off the mark on this number at the end, it was laughable. They criticized a different dance than we saw. It seemed like they had the dance judged well before it was performed. We cannot give Mark or Comfort 5 out of 5, but they were both a solid 4 out of 5 and the judges were ridiculous in their comments and criticisms. Comfort and Mark do not deserve to be eliminated as a result of how horrible the judges called this one. We are tempted to vote for them just because the judges were so pathetic.  But as bad as the judges were, Mark and Comfort are unfortunately doomed.

After another ridiculously long commercial set, Joshua and Chelsie did up the finale with a killer disco piece. Chelsie was better than Joshua in this dance. Her legs were blinding and her movement was fluid. In lifts and landings she looked like she could fly even without Joshua’s arms holding her. Joshua, at first glance, did not seem that good in this number. His movement often seemed uncomfortable and awkward. But when you watch the piece again, you can see why.

The choreographer wanted to use his strength to the max, and for Joshua it was a major gym workout. He had to lift Chelsie 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times. And the fourth lift was a full body press over his head. By this point, it was obvious he was a bit tired. And before that fourth lift he had to spin Chelsie around him off the floor five times inverting her body. Then, in the final move and lift, he threw Chelsie to the ground and caught her one foot from the floor in an amazing show of strength. The choreographer asked for way too much from Joshua. Shoot, it would have been too much to ask from Clark Kent. And Joshua executed every lift!!!  We do not believe any other dancer in this competition could have pulled this off.  5 out of 5 for both performers.

The RESULT:

This competition shows that luck does play a huge part in our lives. The draw of partners and dances drove the final result as much as the dancing itself.

The men were in a three way tie. Will had by far the strongest solo. Twitch had a great pair of dances and Joshua showed incredible strength. If we had to select one over the others, it would be Will as the winner this week, Twitch second (with Katee’s help) and then Joshua. But neither Twitch nor Will could have pulled the lifts off that Joshua did. We have seen some other web sites criticizing Joshua this week, but it was subtle how very difficult that last dance was for any man to execute. Physically awesome.

That leaves Mark eliminated. Shoot, he was great. It is a shame, but he drew the cards badly. Had he drawn Chelsie or Courtney, he may have shined, but he did not and such is life. If he had nailed his solo, we could say he was in it, but he did not. He is done this week.

The women are also easy to call. Comfort was out of her league. The hip hop dance she did was killer, but every other woman was killer too. And while she was much better in the formal dance than the judges gave her credit for, she was not up to the standard of the other women.

The big surprise this week on the women’s side? Courtney. She killed everything and was stunning throughout. The surprise on the men’s side? Twitch. He is so strong as a dancer, but in this show, he was also a fantastic character actor.

Please VOTE VOTE VOTE now and tell us who you loved this week!!! Commenting on how we did on the recap would be great too! We’d love to hear from you!

Lastly, check out the video of Twitch and Katee’s contemporary piece. Enjoy!



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