So You Think You Can Dance recap: Perfection is annoying

The top 10 are joined by the all-stars for the first time as the level of competition officially rises to another level.
Ep. 11 | Aired Aug 6, 2014

OH RICKY, YOU'RE SO FINE With a big smile on his face and a bow tie on his shirt, Ricky continues to dance like it's his competition to lose. Cause it is.


Valerie Rockey (and Ade Obayomi)
Style: Jazz, Choreography by Tyce Diorio
Music: "Hearts a Mess" by Gotye

So, how would Ms. Rockey do now without Ricky? That seemed to be the question as Valerie was challenged by Tyce Diorio to try and not be so nice (he may have some experience with that). The performance felt somewhat like a dress rehearsal though with Valerie holding back some energy. I lost interest early on. Is it really that hard to be mean? She wasn't able to show the proper amount of aggression and guts to prove she can hold her own as an individual performer. But the problem can be fixed since she was determined safe for the week. Thanks, Ricky!

Rudy Abreu (and Jenna Johnson)
Style: Cha-Cha, Choreography by Louis Van Amstel
Music: "Maps" by Maroon 5

Wait—did you know that Rudy and Jacque were dating? YES WE DID CAT, SO STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. Rant over. For his cha-cha with Jenna, Rudy was warned by Louis Van Amstel that he had the potential of being out-danced by his all-star partner if he didn't focus enough on the connection between the two of them. But as we all know, Rudy has an easy time connecting with the ladies (and camera) and a strong pairing led to a strong performance that Cat reckoned was pretty hot. Nigel seemed to actually apologize to Rudy for once thinking he was too full of himself and not just full of life. Okay, Rudy is definitely full of himself, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have room in his heart for other nice things, too! Rudy was deemed safe for the week with a new warning coming from Nigel to not be too over the top when performing, to just be Rudy.

Jacque LeWarne (and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp)
Style: Contemporary, Choreography by Travis Wall
Music: "Adagio for Tron" by Daft Punk

Jacque got back in her pointe shoes for her breathtaking performance by Travis Wall, which marked the first contemporary ballet duet on the show. To say that the technique shown was difficult would be as understated as the dim lights creating beautiful shadows and images on stage. The performance was simple and simply mesmerizing—and this is when having only one episode a week can really get annoying. Even though the judges were unanimous in their praise, Jacque was the second girl to be in the bottom two and up for elimination. Ugh, why couldn't you have been perfect last week?

NEXT: "Is there anything you can't do?"

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