After Genessy Castillo and her partner Slavik Pustovoytov performed both of their routines on the first live show of “So You Think You Can Dance” season 15 judge Nigel Lythgoe admitted to them that they weren’t put through to the top 10 because they were the best dancers. They were put through because they had the greatest potential to grow, and Lythgoe wasn’t disappointed with what they delivered.
Castillo is a contemporary dancer and Pustovoytov is a hip-hop dancer, which is about as far apart as you can get between two dance styles, but during the first live show they had to perform duets in both styles, and they excelled at both, which might make them surprise contenders to win the season. “They’re a dark horse couple,” announce Lythgoe after their hip-hop routine.
Do you agree? Watch their performance above, and read what the judges had to say about them below.
Twitch: “Genessy, there was a time during the Academy that I think there was a comment that you flew under the radar. I’m so glad you came up as a blip because you’re crazy right now. And Slavik, your confidence level is on one-million and I love that. I love it, I love it, I love it. Thank you for setting that off right.”
Mary Murphy: “They said they wanted to bring it. You brought it, you delivered it, and I bought it, every single bit of it. Slavik, I just can’t believe you right now. I know how difficult that was for you. It’s not exactly the same style [of hip-hop that you’re accustomed to]. That’s like how cha cha is to waltz for you — animation to what [choreographer Luther Brown‘s] vibe is. And Genessy, oh my goodness. I feel bad because I really was conflicted after Academy Week about putting you into this top 10, and I still agonized over it up until this moment. You slayed that!”
Nigel Lythgoe: “Somebody once said that making things look easy is very, very difficult. And if they didn’t say it, I just did. You made that look so easy, and Twitch, it’s not, you know it’s not. Luther, for me, always manages to give me an old-man step in his routines. I am so going to be doing that. I am so lit right now … They’re a dark horse couple!”
Vanessa Hudgens: “I was not expecting this duo to be as on-point as it was. My god! You guys were on fire. Genessy, you just brought this air of cool and ease, and then you hit me with some passion and stank and you were just amazing. And Slavik, you’ve just got this charismatic thing about you. Your hip-hop is just another level.”
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