Lady Gaga Judges “SYTYCD”

Lady Gaga got the chance to offer her opinion and advice to the finalists of FOX’s   talent show ‘So You Think You Can Dance(SYTYCD)’  as the ‘Born This Way’ singer  was invited as guest judge on last night’s episode (July 27th) and this judge did not disappoint! Gaga did a great job! In case you weren’t sure she was there, she towered over the other judges in a pair of impossibly high heels when it came time for standing ovations.

On the whole, the guest judges this season, other than Carmen Electra, have really impressed me. Aside from the occasional off-color aside, Gaga proved to be a perfectly competent judge, and is undoubtedly a fan of the show, having used season 4’s Mark as a featured dancer on her tour.

Between the all-stars and pairing up dancers, there were 12 routines in all, and most of them blew me away.

First, can I just say that Allison Holker may be the best dancer to come from this entire show. She just gets better every time, and when you pair her up with Marko, as Sonya Tayeh did – well, for one thing you get waterworks from Mary Murphy and Gaga. This was one of the best routines I’ve ever seen on the show.

I’m a little puzzled as to why I can’t quite join the judges in their rapturous praise of Sonya’s other routine, with Melanie and Sasha. It was perfectly well-danced, but it was also a little too robotic for my taste. I didn’t connect with it at all, sorry to say. It certainly wasn’t take-off-your-giant-boots-and-throw-them-on-the-stage good. The choreographer who was firing on all cylinders this week was Mandy Moore. First, Melanie and Neil somehow brought new life to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – a feat I thought impossible. That flying leap into Neil’s arms, by the way – holy smokes, as Mary might say! (This week’s recap brought to you by Dr. Seuss.)

Then Lauren Froderman came back to dance with Tadd and reminded us why she was last year’s winner. Mandy’s “Another One Bites the Dust” was one of the most fun routines of the season.

On a similarly jazzy note, Jordan and Ade were pitch-perfect in a Tyce Diorio routine, performed to Tina Turner, no less. This worked just as well in execution as it does on paper.

I found myself a bit surprised that I was not as into the lyrical hip-hop routines as I usually am. Jess and Lauren Gottlieb’s “Take a Bow” (how has no one done a routine to this song before?) was all well and good, but it didn’t really move me at all.

Meanwhile, Ivan outdanced Caitlynn. I wasn’t getting any chemistry from them, unfortunately. But it was great to see Ivan again.

Even so, their chemistry was much better than Jordan and Jess. Lack of chemistry in a rumba is deadly, and I fear that these two might be in the bottom this week because of it. And by the way, I put most of the blame for that on Jordan.

Caitlynn may have escaped the bottom, however, by dancing a beautiful fox trot with Tadd. It was just like dessert.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Sasha goes to the bottom, after an utterly forgettable – if quirky, and right up Gaga’s alley – quickstep with Pasha. No one will pick up the phone for that. She has to hope that the audience liked her Sonya routine as much as the judges did.

Joining her in the bottom will be perennial basement dweller Ricky. He has grown on me, but the judges need to stop trying to make Ricky happen. His jive with Anya and his hip hop with Marko were great entertainment, but the audience isn’t connecting with him. Nigel Lythgoe and crew (minus Gaga, by the way) have a very difficult decision to make tonight.

Anyway, She was especially moved by Marko Germar’s choreography, which made Gaga break into tears, but in the end, she had to take her hat off to Sasha and Melanie’s final routine. “Everyone can pack up and go home, because that was the performance of the evening”, sentenced Gaga.

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