So You Think You Can Dance Recap: Season 9 ‘Top 20 Perform Again & Elimination’ 7/18/12

So You Think You Can Dance Recap: Season 9 'Top 20 Peform Again & Elimination' 7/18/12

Tonight an all new episode of So You Think You Can Dance airs on FOX. This week the Top 20 dancers of Season 9 will perform and four will be eliminated. Did you watch the last episode? If you did not we have a full and detailed recap here!

On last week’s show the Top 20 performed and the judges had some dancers they loved and some not so much.  The live performances started with a bang with one of the most exciting live shows in our history.   Judge Mary Murphy said about last week’s show, “One of my favorite numbers tonight was from SYTYCD alumni Travis Wall, starring Audrey and Matthew.

I still can’t help but be amazed when two people who have never danced with one another before can produce this kind of chemistry, transition from new material, and feel one with the music, but that is exactly what they did! I don’t know how America feels, but I would fall off my chair if these two dancers were put in danger so don’t get me crazy on this one!

On tonight’s show the Top 20 get a second change to perform and after their performance six dancers, three girls and three boys will be in jeopardy.  Four dancer will be sent home by Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Adam Shankman.

Also just because the dancers are in pairs it does not mean that they won’t be eliminated.  After tonight’s vote the pairs may be broken up and someone may be getting a new partner.

Tonight’s episode looks like it is going to be another night of incredible dances and you won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance at 8:00 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know what you thing of SYTYCD Season 9, so far!

Tonight’s recap: It’s a big night for the Top 20 on So You think You Can Dance and when all is said and done 4 contestants will already be sent home. The top 20 kicked off the show with an unbelievable routine to Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People. Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed is and these kids absolutely mastered it. Definitely worth YouTubing later on!

Joining the usual judges (Mary Murphy and Nygel Lithgoe) at the table is one of my personal favorites, Adam Shankman. His hilarity along will make this show fly by.

Lindsay and Cole are up first dancing to Teeth by Lady GaGa. Absolutely adorable together, he is a nerdy dental patient and she is supposed to be the hot assistant. Cole actually completely outshined Lindsay. Her vamping was kind of immature and the judges called her on it.

Amelia and Will are doing a heavy Sonja Tayeh piece about two souls carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Wow how exquisite.  They just kept catching each other and Amelia did these little hops with Will holding her ankle.  Each hop dragged him across the stage.  These two have really gelled and were absolutely fearless in their trust in each other.  Adam sums it up by standing for them, then commenting on how   Amelia was completely lost in the piece and Will stepped it up to meet her level.

Amber and Nick are tackling the season’s first tango.  Coming on the heels of last week’s waltz I’m going to guess they’ll be in the bottom.  Adam, I think, was watching something that I wasn’t because he thought they were hot. I disagreed.  They loved Amber who really sold it, but Nick faded out beside her.

Audrey and Matthew are working with Sonja Tayeh this week.   Hear Me Now is an aggressive, robotic contemporary piece.  They hit every position right on the music and were just great.  Audrey and Matthew within two performances have already shown their versatility together and individually.

 Janelle and Dareian get to show us that they can pull off a Christopher Scott lyrical hip hop routine.  They just kind of grooved their way through My Girl.  It was adorable but they are both capable of more.

Janaya and Brandon are at a bus stop, or at least that’s Sean Cheeseman’s plan for them. It’s a Broadway routine from Jeckyll and Hyde.  She is aggressively trying to win him and as they put it, “She’s crazy! She Cray cray!” They were down and rolling with her character trying to catch his.  Janaya has proven that she can be a good performer.

Eliana and Cyrus get the opportunity to prove that they can Jive and well, not so much. He is so far out of his element here but really lets his personality sell it.  Eliana does a very good job of compensating for his lack of training and she helps make them both look better.

Alexa and Daniel are doing a contemporary piece that is hinged on emotional connection.  They used a bathtub as a prop and while the choreography was stunning, the connection was not there.  I think Daniel was much more present than Alexa.

Tiffany and George drew the short stick or the Foxtrot is what I should say.   They can be really cool or else it’s the klunker of the evening.  There is just no middle ground and these two had a few days to learn a years’ worth of training.  Mary Murphy, the resident ballroom expert thought they did really well. Their lines were great as was the control.

Witney and Chenon close out this weeks’ performances with a Bollywood routine. Witney is always called a “firecracker” and this week is no different.  She’s magnetic and this routine was really fast and sharp.

Just like that the bottom three girls and boys are named.  In danger tonight, Alexa, Janaya and Witney for the girls.  Boys in the bottom three are Nick. Daniel and Chenon.  Nigel also said that based on conversations with judges and all the choreographers over the past two weeks, they do not want to see any of the bottom six dance for their lives.  I’m pretty sure Witney will be saved on the girls side.

Nigel explains that this year things are different and a girl and a guy will both win. He is aiming to be unemotional in the cuts because all 20 are the best dancers in the country.  That said, Witney is safe.  That was kind of a no-brainer.  The guys take the stage and Chenon is safe.  Just like that, we are down to 16 dancers to choose from.  Tune in next week for brand new performances and another brutal cut.