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Reality Fix: So You Think You Can Dance “Top 14” 

Photo Credit: Adam Rose/FOX

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I’m somehow less engaged with So You Think You Can Dance this season. I’ve always complained about the number of hours this show is on per week (at least before this season), so I thought having the show on one night a week for two hours was going to be brilliant. Except, I find that I still don’t have enough time. I used to enjoy all the judges critiques and getting to know the dancers better through their packages and at rehearsals, but this year I find myself fast-forwarding through it all. This season I just want to see them dance. And my favorite couple is Lindsay Arnold and Cole Horibe. I wasn’t sure about this pairing at first, but they’ve definitely become a couple I like to watch every single week.

This episode was a tribute to the seriously talented Mia Michaels. Even though I thought Mia was too harsh when she had a permanent seat at the judge’s table, I’ve always loved her choreography. And I loved this reinterpretation of “Gravity.” Cole brilliantly played the part of a demented puppeteer, who wanted nothing more than to control his creation. And to see Lindsay struggling against that was very affecting. I think they’re the only couple who took Mia’s work and elevated it and made it their own. They internalized the emotions they needed to and danced the heck out of it. It was disappointing to see Lindsay in the bottom three at the end of the show, but I knew the judges would make the right decision and keep her in the competition.

Now that the Top 10 has been chosen, I’m looking forward to seeing all the dancers work with different partners and I’m wondering if they’ll like the challenge of dancing twice in one night (or three times if they’re in danger of being sent home). I know who I’d like to see in the finale. Do you?

So You Think You Can Dance airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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