So You Think You Can Dance recap: Cold Shoulders

Two more depart the Top 16; Carly Rae Jepsen sort of guest-judges
Ep. 11 | Aired Jul 23, 2013

SHOOT, A LADDER Hayley's afraid of heights? Too bad!


Mackenzeie and Paul -- hip hop by Dave Scott
Music: "Pretty Lil' Heart" by Robin Thicke feat. Lil' Wayne

Another huge yes! Freakin' Paul! The "identical twin to James Franco," according to Mackenzie and I'm guessing no one else, totally sold it during this challenging character study in which he was a photographer in the 1930s (a seemingly random decade named as such only because the next dance definitely took place in the '20s) who was trying to "bring the sexy out" of his partner, the model. Putting aside the improbability of a lady in a gilded flapper costume dancing a hip hop routine, I was generally delighted by Dave Scott's entirely different twist on the genre. "PAUL, WHO KNEW THAT YOU HAD SOUL IN YOUR BOWL?" screamed Mary, which I thought was a hilarious and appropriate way to acknowledge one's enthusiastic hip-grinds in any setting.

Oh wait, you guys, you guys! Carly Rae Jepsen was on the edge of her seat! I'm sorry, I should have been including her critiques more often so you could re-absorb the full flavor of the dances.

Jasmine and Aaron -- quickstep by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin
Music: "Pencil Full of Lead" by Paolo Nutini

Jasmine, who as a child used to wear football pads and ask people to call her Zach, was all lady -- and dazzlingly so -- in this classy closing number. I couldn't believe they were finishing the show with a quickstep, but then as soon as these two long drinks of sequin sauntered out, it all made sense. Jasmine is really good at looking delighted as she dances. They're both so long and lean and lovely and glam. I couldn't get enough. They could have won the night on Aaron's "stank face with the vivacity" alone, but chose to up their game with dizzying kicks and a staggering final full-body-revolving lift. "Very sexy so much fun and you made it look easy," concluded Carly Rae, who said everything much better and more concisely than I've been trying to all along.

My top three: Amy/Fik-Shun, Jasmine/Aaron, and a tie between Jenna/Tucker and Hayley/Curtis. (In a perfect world or perhaps down the line: Hayley and Tucker?)

Will the royal baby indeed be named Fik-Shun after Kate and Wills watch the Hobo Jazz on YouTube? Can Curtis take the shoulder note? Which were your top dances of the night? Discuss!

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