The first two Top 10 contestants sadly got the boot on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – and Gold Derby senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna saw only one coming for sure. As Daniel says, “For me it was not surprising and very surprising. Eddie Hoyt, the tap dancer who danced jazz funk last week, had a much better contemporary dance. But it wasn’t enough – he was eliminated.”
Ballroom dancer Ezra Sosa was also in the bottom for men while hip-hop specialist Anna Linstruth and Stephanie Sosa – Ezra’s fellow ballroom dancer sister – were in the bottom two. “And the judges sent home Stephanie, which I didn’t understand at all.”
Daniel notes that Susan has had a rooting interest in Eddie, since only one tapper, Season 12’s Gaby Diaz, has ever won on the show. But even she says, “I knew this was going to come for him, because he tried but he couldn’t match the standards set by the other contestants.” As for Stephanie, “I didn’t like the routine she did last week, so maybe that worked against her.”
But, as Daniel observes, she and her partner Gino Cosculluela did a jive this week,“and they were both fantastic. I think this time, he was maybe more of a star of that number, but still she was fantastic.” But at this point in the competition, Daniel says, “Someone good is going to go home.” Then again, he adds, “I don’t think Anna ever got the level of positive reviews from the judges that Stephanie had gotten.” He then points out that judge Laurieann Gibson even said that Anna “didn’t have enough presence or energy.”
Now Gino and Eddie’s former partner Sophie Pittman, two contemporary dancers, will likely be paired next week.
Daniel continues to think the judges coddle fan favorite Madison Jordan by giving her styles well within her contemporary comfort zone. “I’d like to see Madison do a hip hop routine or a really fast-paced ballroom routine like a jive.” Susan, however, was over the moon with the routine Madison did with Ezra because “it combined two of my favorite showbiz flavors – ‘The Full Monty’ is one of my favorite movies of all time and the song they used is the one they strip to at the end. And then the whole Bob Fosse vibe – the sexiness about it. She really sold it.”
The editors also go on to discuss how “SYTYTD” alum and judge Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval‘s admiration of Ezra’s bare chest, Daniel’s favorite routine of the night (hint: it was the hip-hop closer) and two-time Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall’s timely and incredibly moving opening group number that depicted the horror of gun violence and ended with the message “Enough.”
Tune in to Fox on August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT to see who stays and who is sent home next week.
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