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'So You Think You Can Dance': a lot of dancing

Tonight's episode is going to give me headache! There are a slew of things happening. Substitutions, solos and new partnering, oh my!

Host Cat Deeley informs us that Jessica is out of the competition (not a surprise if you read this blog). Jessica comes on stage and tells the audience that she has a couple of broken and fractured ribs. So, she's out of the competition, and Comfort, who was eliminated last week, is in.

We get right into the routines and the new pairs.

Joshua and Courtney are the first new pair. They perform a hip-hop routine choreographed by Dave Scott. They dance to "Skippin'" by Mario. I think they do a really good job. Joshua, in particular, kills the routine. Courtney does a good job keeping up. She really reminds me of Jennifer Lopez from her In Living Color days. Judge Lil' C praises Courtney and the couple's chemistry. Judge Mary Murphy squeals that they have great chemistry. She says Joshua stole the show: "He did blow it up out there." Judge Nigel Lythgoe says Joshua did a lot of great dancing, and Courtney's dancing was not as strong as her character work.

Chelsie is next with a solo to "Pon de Replay" by Rihanna. She doesn't do that much to impress me.

Kherington and Mark are the next new couple. They are assigned a two-step routine choreographed by Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandi Jobais. They dance to "Kick Back" by Ty England. The routine has a lot of great steps and a couple of spectacular lifts. Lil' C says they attacked it from the wrong direction. He says there was a missstep in the beginning. "You didn't nail it for me," he says. Mary remarks that the routine was very tough. She criticizes Kherington's arm placement and praises Mark for having to deal with Kherington's faults. Nigel says Kherington needs to trust Mark more. "You didn't give up," Nigel says. (I think they are trouble.)

Gev is next with "Hello Goodbye (Uncool)" by Lupe Fiasco featuring UNKLE. He's really good with his break dancing and tricks. It should get him some points.

Comfort and Twitch are next with a smooth Waltz choreographed by Hunter Johnson. They dance to "Open Arms" by Journey. She looks so pretty in this light-blue ballroom dress. They nail this spectacular lift at the end. Lil' C says he enjoyed the routine. He says they weren't floating. He says Comfort was more graceful than he's ever seen her. Mary says the routine was lacking power. "It's not going to cut it," she says. "They rise, and the fall it wasn't there. It was choppy, it was clunky." Nigel says it wasn't strong enough. "It certainly wasn't strong enough for a top 10 dancer." (They are in so much danger.)

Courtney's solo is next. She dances to "I Want You To Need Me" by Celine Dion. She has a lot of leaps and great moves, unlike Chelsie.

Katee and Will are next with a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio. They dance to "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" from Guys and Dolls. They're so entertaining. It's not the typical, corny Broadway routine. It does a good job of mixing in great dance with a little bit of acting. "You guys rocked my boat. It was buck," Lil' C says. Mary says Katee is so cute and fun. "The talent you possess is out of this world." She also loves Will. "You weren't afraid to just go out there." Nigel says it was terrific. "They are our most technical dancers. That is a terrific routine." Nigel says they are absolutely brilliant.

Mark is next with his solo. He dances to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. He's so odd, but he's a very good dancer.

Chelsie and Gev are paired together with a contemporary routine choreographed by Sonja Tayeh. They dance to "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding. It reminds me of Dirty Dancing; it just has that hot summer night feel to it.

Lil' C says they committed to the routine. Mary says she believed the chemistry. She compliments Gev's leaps. "Chelsie you were beautiful as always," she says. Nigel says he didn't feel that Gev had passion.

Comfort dances to "Need A Boss" by Sareefa featuring Ludacris. She's so authentic and passionate with her hip-hop moves. She's very powerful; her solo is very strong.

Twitch is next dancing to "I Question Mark" by Wade Robson. He's very powerful and smooth.

Courtney and Joshua are next with a rumba choreographed by Jean Marc Genereux. They dance to "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias. They are a very good pair. I feel the passion; I see the technique. It's a good routine. Lil' C says the routine took his breath away. "Josh was so confident," he says. He tells Courtney she was elegant. Mary says the rumba is difficult. "You were stroking the floor Joshua," Mary says. She says the whole thing was fantastic. Nigel says he's impressed with Joshua's strength.

Katee is next with her solo. She dances to one of my favorites, "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell. She's so graceful and powerful. She really feels the music.

Kherington and Mark are next with a Tyce DiOrio jazz routine. They dance to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai. The song is from the movie Center Stage. They kick, they turn and they slide across the stage. I'm not sure what to write in addition to that. Lil' C says it's a good routine. He says Kherington nailed the lifts. He tells Mark to be a little more confident in those lifts. Mary says she wasn't not crazy about the routine. "I wanted to get fired up about this," she says. "It made me happy. But at this point in the game, I want to be fired up." She says Mark was a little lost. Nigel says the routine didn't have heart or passion. "At this point, you are going to have to do something that will make people get up off the couch and pick up the phone," he adds.

Will is next with a solo. He dances to "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross. He looks like such a professional. What a great dancer! It looks effortless.

Comfort and Twitch are next with a Dave Scott hip-hop routine. I'm very excited because both are hip-hop dancers. They dance to "Forever" by Chris Brown. Dang! They are good.
"That was kind of buck," Lil' C says. He says Twitch was so precise. He says it was the best Comfort has done. Mary screams. "You guys were terrific," she says. "Comfort you're a fighter."  She bows to Twitch. Nigel says it didn't look choreographed (that's a huge compliment). "It was brilliant," he says. "You did a great job."

Kherington is next with her solo. She dances to "Breaking Dishes" by Rihanna. Her routine lacks the energy of Courtney and the authority of Comfort.

Katee and Will dance the pas de deux by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden. They dance to "Imagine" by American Idol runner-up David Archuleta. The routine is technically difficult, and there are so many quick moves and beautiful lifts. There is a slight bobble in the beginning by Katee, but it is overshadowed by the remainder of the routine. The performance, especially this fabulous lift at the end, is fantastic.

Lil' C says the routine was great. "You guys danced with so much commitment," he says. "You guys delivered Desmond's piece." Mary says it was exquisite. "It was phenomenal," she adds. First Nigel gushes over the choreographer. Then Nigel says he hasn't seen such beautiful dancing on the show. "You are absolutely brilliant, the pair of you," Nigel says.

Joshua is next. He dances to "Jam" by Michael Jackson. He starts with a roundoff back-handspring. He then bursts into a series of pops, locks and tricks. He's really good.

Chelsie and Gev dance the jive choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. They dance to "The House Is Rockin" by Brian Setzer. They are very fast.  She's so spectacular. He does a good job keeping up with her. Lil' C says she outdanced him. "She led the whole time," he says. "Gev, you've got to pick it up a little bit." Mary says they did a terrific job. "I think it is a great partnership," she says, adding that she wants Gev to have more fun. Nigel says Chelsie was outstanding. He says the pair did a great job.

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