Last night on So You Think You Can Dance, the top 20 pairs put on some incredible performances during the first live show that had the entire crowd popping out of their chairs to cheer. Some routines were good, others were truly amazing.
Meanwhile, another duo to remember were Amelia and Will. These very diversely paired dancers took a hip-hop routine from the brilliant NappyTabs to play up Amelia's lyrical style while also playing up the true meaning of this dance form. Nigel dubbed the performance "jazz hop."
In fact, the dance was so innovative you couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Hey, who would have thought a So You Think You Can Dance number would have the performers jumping out of a dumpster made for trash? And so, as "quirky crazy" Amelia and "just crazy" Will took their bows, the audience who took in this routine experienced such a rush that it just may go down in SYTYCD history as being one of the most enjoyable ever.
As for the Paso Double done by ballroom dancer Lindsay and martial artist Cole, well, choreographer Jason Gilkinson seemed to really get how to put these two together on the floor boards in ideal form. In fact, he did so in such a way that Mary Murphy was even more thrilled (and shrill) than is typical of this very audible and often overly exuberant judge.
To be sure, Murphy was not only excited about the execution of this dark version of the dance from Spain but she was also excited for the person who cooked it up. Mary told Gilkinson that his number was "the best Paso Doble [he has] ever choreographed on [SYTYCD]." Nigel simply dubbed this mashed up pair "brilliant."
And so, as So You Think You Can Dance brought down the house on Wednesday during the first live show with a whole lot of keen competition, it's anyone's guess who will be continuing on from these 40 incredible dancers who offered up their best dance duets.
That said, any ideas who will continue on with this TV talent show? Any favorites from amongst the 20 pairs who took the floor boards live on July 11, 2012? Please weigh in.