So You Think You Can Dance recap: Dance of cards

The final four perform last routines in a spectacular night of dance and no elimination.
Ep. 14 | Aired Aug 27, 2014

TAKIN' IT TO THE STREET Ricky and Zack performed a hip-hop duo with choreography by Pharside & Phoenix.


Jessica Richens and Ricky Ubeda
Style: Jazz, Choreography by Ray Leeper
Music: "F For You" by Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige

Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Nigel and Mary, and now, Jessica and Ricky. Some of the greatest pairs known to man. Some thought that if Ricky and Jessica remained partners for the entire competition after performing together in the top 20 showcase, they would walk away with the competition. Well, I guess they didn't really need each other because they were obviously able to get to the finale on their own, but the funky, fresh, and fun non-stop number just highlighted how adorable these little sprockets can be. Jesse, I don't think you mean "adorable" so much as "powerful" and "a little terrifying," but I get your point.

Jessica Richens and Valerie Rockey 
Style: Bollywood, Choreography by Nakul Dev Mahajan 
Music: "Ghahra" by Yeh Jawaani Jai Deewani 

A quick recap within the recap—Valerie went from Africa to India and was blind in between her first three numbers of the night. Talk about contrast. The colorful routine was a classic Indian style dance with a mix of contemporary edge and you couldn't help but just smile while watching. As Jesse noted, Bollywood requires expressive personality and incredible athleticism... not to mention clear pores for proper jeweled bindi placement on your forehead. These girls have all three of those things and a performance like this is something they can be proud of accomplishing no matter what happens next week. Everyone's still in the game—but Valerie kind of just killed it in terms of versatility here.

Zack Everhart and Ricky Ubeda
Style: Hip-Hop, Choreography by Pharside & Phoenix
Music: "The Antidote" by District 78

When you first think of Ricky and Zack, you don't think urban street dancing. No offense. When you think of the last men standing now, how will you be able to think of anything except this phenomenal explosive performance? Another metaphorical story about the end of the competition, Ricky and Zack had to battle it out and be as fierce as possible against each other. But there were so many tricks and so much height and passion and energy that the whole thing was almost too good to be true. The best part of the performance as Mary noted was that it was totally unexpected, not that the two wouldn't be able to perform well together, just not this well in this genre.

NEXT: Last dance, last chance

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