Photo by Dah-len, taken from RobertaOnTheArts.
What a nice treat to see Desmond Richardson dancing with Complexions‘ Patricia Hachey on So You Think You Can Dance tonight. I do so love him. I do wonder though whether that very adagio piece, choreographed by Dwight Rhoden, with all its slow, sharp, angular movement was right for this audience. Well, I loved it, and it’s always good to expose audiences to new things, right?
Anyway, pissed that Vitolio went instead of Kupono. I really don’t understand what the judges — and I think it’s particularly Mia Michaels — see in Kupono. I think he’s fine but nothing more. And when Nigel criticized his solo tonight, saying he’s got to do more than just stand there and smile, I wanted to shout, but that’s what he always does; not just in tonight’s solo. I don’t get it. Vitolio had stage presence, and good movement quality. This is the second time I feel Kupono’s stayed on and someone better has left. I haven’t been in love with Phillip’s work on the show, but I have to admit, his solo was astounding. He’s a real original; he really brought it tonight.
I guess I agree with the judges regarding the women. I thought Karla’s solo was sweet, and original if not earth-shattering. I agree that Kayla just kept kicking — what WAS up with all those kicks? But I also agree that she’s excelled so on the show, she shouldn’t have been kicked off for one crappy solo. And Jeanine really did a lovely solo tonight, although she did almost lose balance at one point and had to check herself. Still, her solo had a lot of depth, movement range, and passion, and choreographically it was very good, and executed almost perfectly. As for their work on the show, probably a toss up between Karla and Jeanine. So, I could see how they chose to axe Karla.
Since Vitolio and Karla went, there won’t be a new couple for next week.