So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14 Perform
July 31, 2014 9:23 PM - Season 11, Episode 10 - Subscribe

The Top 14 perform, with judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and guest judge Christina Applegate. Guest performance by dance crew Academy of Villains.

Bottom six: Serge, Carly, Casey, Emily, Teddy, Jessica.

Top 14 Group Routine: Last Moment, choreographed by Stacey Tookey

Bridget and Emilio: Jazz, "Long Road to Hell," choreographed by Ray Leeper

Tanisha and Rudy: Contemporary, "Seduces Me," choreographed by Mandy Moore

Jacque and Zack: Paso doble, "Dragula," choreographed by Jean-Marc Généreux

Emily and Teddy: Broadway, "From This Moment On," choreographed by Warren Carlyle

Jessica and Casey: Contemporary, "Like Real People Do," choreographed by Travis Wall

Carly and Serge: Quickstep, "A Cool Cat in Town," choreographed by Jean-Marc Généreux

Valerie and Ricky: Hip hop, "Turn Down for What," choreographed by Christopher "Pharside" Jennings and Krystal "Phoenix" Meraz

Top 7 Girls: Contemporary, "My Immortal," choreographed by Mandy Moore

Top 7 Guys: Contemporary, "Wave," choreographed by Travis Wall

Serge's solo
Carly's solo
Casey's solo
Emily's solo
Teddy's solo
Jessica's solo

Serge, Carly, Emily, and Teddy were eliminated.

And we also found out our All Stars next week will be: tWitch (S4), Brandon (S5), Ade (S5), Ryan (S6), Kathryn (S6), Lauren (S7), Chehon (S9), Jasmine (S10), Jenna (S10), and Amy (S10).
posted by yasaman (6 comments total)
Christina Applegate was a good judges. My favorite dance was Valerie and Ricky's hip-hop routine. It was great choreography and great dancing. I also really enjoyed Bridget and Emilio's routine.

I would have kept Serge instead of Casey, but I am mostly happy about the top 10. I also liked that they showed us the All-Stars.
posted by bove at 8:29 AM on August 1, 2014

Overall a good episode, with a lot of good performances but man, double eliminations bum me out!

Travis nailed the choreography and the whole vibe of his routine suited Jessica and Casey's youthful appeal, and they should be very grateful that routine came along when it did! Between that routine, Love Runs Out and Leaving Song, Travis is displaying a welcome degree of diversity in his choreography this year.

On balance, I think Zack is my favourite, I didn't notice him much during auditions but I find him compelling in his routines (pairs and group dances). I don't think anything can stop the Ricky train, but I'm hoping Zack lasts a few more weeks.
posted by dumdidumdum at 10:54 AM on August 1, 2014

This was a pretty strong episode, but oh man, Mandy Moore's music choices. She always picks the most overwrought, melodramatic and downright schmaltzy songs. The heightened emotion works sometimes, but frequently the music choice paired with the choreography just makes me laugh and/or cringe. Like, I liked the group girls' routine but I could not take it seriously with it set to a godawful power rock version of My Immortal.

I really liked Travis Wall's group number though. Definitely a change from the usual sort of group numbers the guys get, and just really lovely. Travis's couples choreography is starting to wear thin a bit for me, even though that Jessica/Casey routine was very sweet and pretty, but his group routines remain compelling.
posted by yasaman at 1:40 PM on August 1, 2014

Agreed, Mandy Moore has the worst taste in music. However, at least her affection for overwrought torch songs makes her stand out compared to Travis, Stacey, Bonnie, Tyce et al whose music taste is as samey as their choreography. I'm not a big fan of Sonya either, but I will watch any dance set to Bjork.
posted by dumdidumdum at 2:35 AM on August 2, 2014

I would have sent Casey home and I will miss Carly, Teddy, and Serge. Hulu was being irksome though so we didn't see the eliminations (ep stopped playing during Academy of Villains number). Bummer.
Excited to see the all-stars next week!
posted by pointystick at 10:09 AM on August 4, 2014

Loved both of the girls' and guys' group dances. I felt like they were both masterful combinations of choreography and costuming (which is a strength of this show that I think often gets overlooked). The way the movements of the girls' long dresses mimicked their movements was really cool. I also loved the little moments where an individual would try to sort of break out of the group.

Christina Applegate is a treasure and I want her to be my friend.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on August 9, 2014

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