"So You Think You Can Dance" Top Nine Perform (TV Episode 2010) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • The Top 9 dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance" were asked to reveal their inspirations this week while trying to remain in the competition. Each dancer would also perform a solo to help voters decide who to support.

    After last week's results show, the remaining dancers picked their partners and dance styles, the most notable of which was Alex's drawing of Twitch for a hip-hop routine.

    Adechike: Desmond Richardson was the dancer who inspired Adechike to become the dancer he wanted to be. He was partners with Lauren for a hip-hop routine choreographed by Dave Scott. Nigel said Dave brought some personality out of Adechike, along with his swagger and funk. "This is a different Adechike than I've seen so far in the competition," Nigel said. Mia called him "Mr. Personality" and said she was "happy to see that there was some sunshine in there." Adam was excited and gave Adechike a standing ovation.

    Ashley: Ashley said her inspiration was her dance teacher, who she loves. She drew a contemporary routine choreographed by newcomer Dee Caspary and was partnered with Ade. Nigel said Ashley developed so much with this routine and demonstrated fluidity, which, for him, is the essence of dance. He also praised Dee, saying we'd be seeing more of him if his choreography remained this good. Mia said it was like a purple wind and a hurricane and a summer breeze. Adam said Ashley was "breathtaking" and called it one of the best contemporary performances he's seen by a girl in the show's history.

    Robert: Robert said his mother was his biggest inspiration after having gone through a divorce, three miscarriages, two deaths of newborn children and breast cancer. He drew a Sonya Tayeh jazz number and was partnered with Courtney. Nigel said Sonya's choreography suited Robert just like it suited Mark. Mia suggested to Robert that he take ballet, which would take him from "amazing" to "great." She said his performance is not quite as grounded and solid as it could be. Adam said Robert was a great dancer, but gave him a suggestion to not jump down.

    Melinda: Melinda took another opportunity to tell us that Harold Cromer was her mentor and inspiration. She drew a salsa dance with Pasha, choreographed by Fabian Sanchez. Melinda escaped a snagged heel in her dress, but Nigel said he didn't feel the fluidity in her movement. He said she tended more step into a step into a step. He questioned whether she was feeling the "flow of music." Mia said Melinda danced as hard as she could, but she seemed at times like she had bricks on her legs and was thrown into a pool and trying to survive. She also said there were moments where she thought they made a mistake last week by letting Cristina go instead of Melinda. Adam said he felt the same way. He said her tenacity and fire could help her, but it might not be enough to get her through.

    Lauren: The 18-year-old said her student council advisor was her inspiration. She was paired with Neil for a Broadway routine choreographed by Joey Dowling. Lauren had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction when the strap of her dress fell off, nearly revealing at least one of her assets. Mia said it was a great piece and danced well, but she wanted more slinkiness and "when the dress broke, it all happened." She wanted Lauren to let go a little more. Adam told Lauren to think of herself as dancing through water in order to accomplish what Mia was asking.

    Billy: Legacy from Season 6 was one of Billy's biggest inspirations, according to Billy. They met in Season 6. Billy was paired with Kathryn for a Stacey Tookey contemporary piece. Nigel said Billy was such a brilliant dancer and soloist, but he still had to learn how to partner because he "didn't quite believe" the partnership. Mia agreed, saying that Billy sometimes got lost in the lines and perfection of the dance. Adam said Billy would "see it all on the playback," referring to the judges' perceived lack of connection from him.

    Jose: Jose revealed that he was inspired by Bruce Lee. He drew a Dmitry Chaplin samba and was partnered with Anya. He dropped her a few times during rehearsals, but she insisted she trusted him. Nigel said it was great to have Dmitry back and said he'd brought out the man in Jose. Nigel said Jose was "not the best dancer in this show," but has magic and charisma beyond most. Mia said she was completely baffled because even though Jose wasn't a great dancer but she didn't care to pick apartment individual sections.

    Kent: Kent said his older brother Jerry was his biggest inspiration. He pulled all-star Allison and choreographer Mandy Moore. Nigel decided to be a bit tough on Kent, and told him to hold back on his extras that were taking away from his performance. Still, he said Kent had something that most audience don't have. He said Kent was losing his partner because he was playing it up with the crowd too much. Mia agreed, saying Kent was getting caught up in the personality every Wednesday. Adam said Kent was one of the most hirable dancers on the show, but he has to watch that he doesn't overdo the personality bit.

    Alex: Alex said his inspiration was Edward Villella, a boxer turned dancer who made it alright for guys to dance in a masculine way. Alex drew a hip-hop routine with Twitch, choreographed by Tabitha & Napoleon. The routine was a bit of a play on Alex's ballet background and how he'd have to ditch it in order to perform hip-hop. The crowd loved it, the judges all stood in ovation, and the choreographers were going wild. Nigel called it the best routine Tabitha & Napoleon have ever done. He said it was all about Alex, a ballet dancer, doing the "most incredible hip-hop" routine he's seen and he predicted an Emmy nomination. Mia asked, "Who the hell are you?" She said Alex defied everything about the ballet world. She said he held his own alongside Twitch. Adam said, "This is your world and I am just visiting." He said Alex's performance made him proud to be on the show so he could witness that routine.

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