Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, we're celebrating not only the Top 6, but also the show's 150th episode. In addition, we're going to be hearing a lot from the contestants' families.

Right off the bat, I notice that in the introduction dances, Billy Bell is missing. Uh-oh.


The judges act a little goofy, and joining them at judges' table is Kenny Ortega (the man behind Dirty Dancing and High School Musical and This Is It).

Nigel Lythgoe acknowledges that Billy Bell has injured his knee and though his doctors said he could perform, but he has opted not to so he doesn't hurt himself further. Also in the room is Alex Wong, recovering since his surgery. Sheesh. Nigel jokes they should team up with Mark Burnett next year and do "Survivor: The Dance-Off."

Lauren's first dance is a Wild Wild West themed hip-hop with Twitch, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. There is some concern about whether she's too good-girly to pull it off, but in the performance, she is amazingly good. Plus, there is this flip and roll maneuver that makes me do something I haven't done in a long time on this show -- rewind immediately, in the middle of the performance, to see the move again. Whoa.  Adam Shankman says, "Who are you?? ... You just tore it up out there." He loves that she was totally lost in the music and in the moment. Mia Michaels says she pulled off the hardness of the dancing and kept her sexy girl side at the same time. Kenny first says how he's such a fan and happy to be on the show. Also, he loved the performance. He says Lauren has enough energy to power Los Angeles. Nigel says Lauren has grown so much this season, and that she was "bad," "nasty," "buc" and "sick."

Jose is paired with Allison for a contemporary routine with Sonya Tayeh about a couple who's in love, but it's just not working. They dance the whole piece on the edge of the stage, and that gives it a sense of danger. It's quirky and emotional and engaging. Adam says this was a beautifully conceived piece of material, but it made it tough to critique Jose's dancing. He says his performance and emotion and partnering were great, but there wasn't a lot of technical dancing. Mia thought it was genius, but she does think Sonya gave Jose "pedestrian contemporary" so he could handle it. She talks for a while, but the short story is, she wishes she'd seen more technical growth since two weeks ago. Kenny says he's a big fan of Sonya, and he praises Allison as a breathtakingly beautiful dancer. He adds that the all-stars elevate the contestants to another level and that Jose earned Allison's trust as a partner. Nigel says Jose was committed to the piece and it was joyful.

Robert draws Lauren as his all-star. They work together on a seductive jazz piece by Tyce DiOrio. Weirdly, for a dance that is supposed to be all about seduction, I find it to be oddly unsexy. It is danced well, but the emotion is kind of off. Adam, however, disagrees and thinks they were smokin' and so good. He adds that he needs to watch his hands, but overall he killed it. Mia thinks it was a strong, clean jazz piece with no story to show off their capability. She thinks it showed off his technique. Her only critique is that he jerks his head down when he does jumps. Kenny thinks Robert is grounded, and he loved the liquid movement and the turmoil. Nigel loved the smooth jazz and the flow and thought they were great. I guess it was just me.

Adechike is the first soloist tonight, after an interview with his mom, who loves him and supports him. He is so strong and powerful up there.

Kent is paired with Kathryn this week for a jazz number with Sonya about being who you are and not worrying what people think. It's just super-cute all around, and lots of fun. Kent makes his goofy open-mouth expression that the judges have been getting on him about all season, but this routine is so adorable, that you can't really fault him for open-mouthed joy. This time. Adam says Kent made the show more special and calls him something else. Mia says Kent is a strong dancer, and everyone knows that and loves him, but for her the problem is that his face gets so animated he takes the work to a juvenile level. But dance-wise, it was solid. Kenny loved the Gidget-Moondoggy choreography and he thinks Kent is awesome. Nigel says he mixes really good technique with a really good personality. He says this week, he didn't think the face interfered, and also, that Kent outdanced the all-stars the past two weeks.

Robert is the next soloist. His family loves and supports him. (This will be a running theme!) He, too, does another remarkable solo.

Lauren's turn is next. Her family loves and supports her, too, but her dad manages to say, "No one in the family would have ever predicted Lauren would develop this level of talent." I think that came out wrong. She's outstanding, too. I kind of love this part of the season.

Adechike and Comfort rehearse for a hip-hop routine with Tabitha and Napoleon. The piece is about a woman who is leaving her man because he's messed up again, and he wants to try to redeem himself, but she's not having it. Cat introduces it, by the way, as "lyrical hip-hop." They are so, so good tonight. However, one thing is that Comfort's character has a lot more emotion to show than Adechike's, and as a result, she overpowers him a little bit performance-wise. But it's so intense that Adechike is crying at the end. Adam says it was so intense, it was like watching a movie or something. Mia says it felt more real than any contemporary piece (ever?) because it came from such a raw place. Mia agrees it was like "dance film" at the highest level. She also thinks Adechike really showed off who he really is and that Comfort is like "Mary J. Blige in a dancer." Kenny says Adechike was like if Wesley Snipes could dance, and it was beautifully connected. Nigel says again it was tough to critique the dancing because it rose to another level. He adds that during his time as executive producer on Idol, he hated this song ("Fallin'") because so many people slaughtered it. But not anymore.

Jose's mom says she is as proud as a parent can be. Also, she's adorable!  He has this joyful look on his face upon watching that clip, and it carries over into his solo. They are on fire tonight!

Kent's family is in awe of how much he grows from year to year, and they are proud, too. He dances his solo to "End of the Road," which seems like it's a little dangerous. Not as much as it would be on Idol, but still.

Lauren and Robert are paired and hoping to have a lot of fun. They're doing a samba by Dmitry Chaplin. It's got a beach-party theme, and it's fun and flirty, and super-fast, but it seems like they have a few little stumbles. It's still entertaining, it just seems rough around the edges. Adam says Robert's lines were crisp and clean and his partner connection was so good. He tells Lauren she could have a future in ballroom. Mia says she's so pleased with Robert's performance because he looks like a samba dancer for real, however, for Lauren, she thinks she is in plie too often and she needs to be more "up" and "ssssss." Kenny credits Dmitry for training and choreographing these two in the past week. He loves them. Nigel says Robert's upper body reminded him of Dmitry and that he did a good job. (He also calls him "birthday boy.") He tells Lauren she has shaken everything on her body that there is to shake at one point or another this season. He adds that she connected with the audience and her partner.

Adechike and Jose pick each other's names and declare themselves the "East Coast Overdose." They're doing a man vs. man paso doble with Dmitry Chaplin (and his assistant Legacy!). It's put together as a battle, and there is flipping, and rolling and turning and jumping and a cape-twirling battle. Adam loved how committed they were, but technically, their strength pushed them through. He tells Jose to stretch his feet and Adechike to find more abandon. Mia thinks they did OK and that they were aesthetically beautiful, but they had flailing legs. Kenny calls it a valiant effort and gives them credit for pouring their hearts into it. Nigel agrees "with my diplomatic colleagues." He says, though, if you actually look at how ballroom guys attack the paso, they have a lot to learn.


Kent and Billy were paired for a stepping routine with Chuck Maldonado. But we know now that Billy's out, so Twitch joins Kent on stage. Am I allowed to say that I'm a little relieved? I think it would have been quite painful to see Kent and Billy stepping. It's still out of Kent's element, but I think he's stronger and more confident with Twitch on stage with him. Not amazing, but OK. Adam thanks the producers for adding new and exciting dance styles on this show and especially Chuck. He thinks Kent kicked booty and he thinks there is no way Kent has that in him. Mia says she had no idea he had that in him -- she calls it filthy and disgusting and gross, but in a good way. She loves his chemistry with Twitch, too, and calls him the one to beat. Kenny thinks it was amazing. Nigel says he's been trying to get stepping on the show for years, and he loves it, and he thinks Kent brought stepping here and combated everything that has been thrown at him. He adds how sad he is to have not seen Billy do the piece because he knows Billy would have nailed it, and it would have been great to see them do that.


So that's everyone! Whew! What a show. What did you think?