'SYTYCD' Top 20 Recap: Here Come the Beasts

Sally Mercedes

SYTYCD Melanie Moore
Melanie, SYTYCD's queen of the beasts
Season 8's top 20 for So You Think You Can Dance took the stage on the first real night of the competition, and it went by in a flash. Some of it was a bit boring, if you ask me, but there were also stand-out performances, starting with Melanie & Marko's contemporary piece choreographed by Travis Wall. While I think it's a bit early in the game to be predicting Emmy contenders, the dance was quite good. I wouldn't be surprised if we see it in the favorites show at the end of the season. As soon as it was over, I wished I had DVR so I could watch it again.

Nigel hasn't shut up about how some of the women this season are "beasts" and we finally found out whom he was referring to. I don't always agree with him, but Melanie Moore really is "queen of the beasts." (And she apparently collects nail polish! Girl, ME TOO! I mean, I would probably say "am addicted to" rather than "collect," but I like your way better.)

Ok, back to the dancing ...

Another great couple was Iveta & Nick who got quick step, normally the kiss of death on the show. But with a ballroom champ like Iveta and a tapper like Nick who knows how to be quick on his feet, the two nailed the routine. It almost seemed an unfair advantage, except for so many other dancers staying in their style.

Which reminds me, what was up with so many dancers picking their own style? It's usually random, isn't it? Yet how random can it be for the Broadway dancer to get Broadway, ballroom champ to get ballroom, jazz dancers to get jazz, etc.? Maybe I missed something ... please enlighten me, people.

But whatever, I guess, because it made for a good night despite a few duds.

My prediction for the bottom three: Jordan & Tadd's African jazz (hated it), Miranda & Robert's jive (it was only meh), and one of the hip hop dances (Ryan & Ricky are better dancers, but Ashley & Chris had a better routine). I don't think Mitchell will leave simply because he didn't get to dance yet. I wouldn't be upset if Miranda and Chris were eliminated, I must say.

What was your favorite dance of the night? Who do you think will be the first to leave SYTYCD this season?


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