So You Think You Can Dance 2012 resumed July 11 with the top 20 performance show. It seemed like a challenge was in store when ballet dancer Eliana Girard and animator Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer were paired up and assigned a Broadway number. So how did the unlikely pair fare?
But before the dancing got started, both indulged the camera for the always-silly nine-second interview. Eliana confessed that she hates raisins but loves True Blood, while Cyrus admitted to having a show addiction.
With the formalities out of the way, the newly formed couple met up with Tyce Diorio to learn their first number of season 9, a Broadway routine inspired by hit musical Hairspray. Eliana was excited that Cyrus could actually lift her, but Tyce worried about the animator's ability to pick up and retain the choreography.
As it turned out, Tyce had no cause for concern. Eliana and Cyrus' "Run and Tell That" number was pure fun. Eliana in particular put her showmanship on display, flashing great facial expressions and demonstrating her awesome extensions.
All in all, the panelists were impressed. Mary Murphy gestured to a very excited Tyce in the audience, and then praised them for bringing the house down. She said she loved the "joy, the love, and the life you brought to that routine." Guest judge Kenny Ortega said he felt like he was "in New York watching a great performance" and thought they were "on fire." Nigel Lythgoe marveled over Cyrus' ability to give "himself 100%" to learning new styles and dance techniques, though he noted that he's not yet a great dancer. He hoped that America would keep him around. He called Eliana a "brilliant dancer" and declared her the "benchmark" for the other female dancers to meet, though he didn't think the routine showed off her full potential.
Will Eliana Girard and Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer survive to dance again on So You Think You Can Dance 2012 following their strong performance during the top 20 show? Tune in again on July 18 to find out the results of the vote and the identities of the four dancers the judges send packing.