So You Think You Can Dance

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Hip Hop, You Are Now Legitimate

Adam Shankman's sitting in with Mary and Nigel tonight, and Cat flirts with him, a little bit. He says he almost wore the same thing she did, and she calls him "cheeky." You know, it wouldn't break my heart if my wife adopted a British accent and called me "cheeky" once in a while.

After Mary blathers on the usual nonsense about how this is the best year ever, Nigel encourages everyone to check out the work of the late Cyd Charisse, who was in Singing In The Rain, Silk Stockings and Brigadoon. She danced with Nigel once upon a time, which must have been right around the time dancing was invented.

I'm not sure what's more annoying: when this show asks contrived questions of dancers about their partners, or when this show can't be bothered to come up with an actual question, and just fills time with aimless babblings. At any rate, we're just vaguely asking dancers to share "secrets" about their partners this week, so let's prepare for some hilarity!

Kherington says when Twitch really laughs, he sounds like a bear. She says this even though she doesn't know what a bear sounds like. Twitch accuses her of having a shopping problem. He says this while wearing a hat that looks like the set of Will Smith's "Parents Just Don't Understand."

This week they're doing hip-hop (finally, Twitch!) with Tabitha and Napoleon. It's a prison break, says Napoleon, and at the end of it, they'll be America's Most Wanted. That's about all the Fox shows he can cram into one suck-uppy sentence, although he might have added, "make no bones about it, they'll bring down the house!"

They dance to "Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water On Em) by Busta Rhymes, who is always welcome, as far as I'm concerned. They're dressed in orange jumpsuits with SYTYCD stenciled on the back. By the end they seem off the beat and surprisingly low-energy, and they hop off stage and lower themselves via mimed elevator. And again, the Taboleon hip-hop doesn't really do it for me. Kherington displayed all of two expressions: This Is The most Golly Gee-Whiz Bestest Prison Break Ever!, or White Girl Scrunchie Face. And there are some neat ideas, like Kherington hitching her feet over Twitch's shoulders, and he pretends to look through her heels like binoculars. But overall I'm just left waiting for it to end.

Positives first, says Nigel: "You're both brilliant dancers. You've both got a spirit and energy goes beyond dancing," he says, and Taboleon created a fabulous routine for them. He praises the story, and they danced it brilliant. "Let me list the negatives," he says, thinks, and then says he can't think of anything. "I had a feeling you were going to say that, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha," says Mary. She says Kherington really stepped up, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Then she says something about an old Murphy family proverb that's been passed down from generation to generation, which is, "[Emits high-piercing screech]." Adam says it was awesome, but offers suggestions for the future. He says Twitch should teach Kherington how to do proper stops (and demonstrates). He notes that the two of them know when to hit it and when to lay back. All in all, fantastic.

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