“So You Think You Can Dance” saved the best for last when the top 10 women performed on July 23 for 5 coveted spots in the live shows. Jensen Arnold performed a routine that was out of her comfort zone, but the judges thought she was the class of the field. Watch her performance above, and vote in our poll below to let us know what you thought of her.
This final round of cuts at the Academy before the live shows challenged the contestants to dance a routine in a style that wasn’t their specialty. Arnold is a ballroom dancer, so she was challenged with a jazz routine alongside her all-star partner Brandon Bryant (the runner-up in season five), but the judges were so effusive about her “sensational” performance that there was no doubt she would advance to the next round. Read some of the judges’ comments below.
Nigel Lythgoe: “What happened to Little Miss Apple Pie? Not here! My god, you have matured so brilliantly. That was an absolutely sensational performance, great routine from Ray Leeper.”
Vanessa Hudgens: “Brandon was the ultimate hype man for you. He totally pushed you to a place I haven’t seen you go before. But I still saw bits of the old you, which I liked. It was beautiful.”
Mary Murphy: “You did give the most assured performance so far today. You really did.”
It seemed that the judges didn’t want to keep her in suspense. After they delivered their critiques Lythgoe told her, “Go and relax off-stage.” He seemed to be telling her that she could breathe easy and count on a spot in the live shows. Indeed, she advanced to the next round along with Chelsea Hough, Genessy Castillo, Magda Fialek, and Hannahlei Cabanilla.
So is Arnold the front-runner to win “SYTYCD” season 15? Vote below to let us know which of the five female finalists you’re rooting for.