Sometimes dancers are simply dealt the weakest routines out of the bunch and unfortunately for two “So You Think You Can Dance” top 10ers this week, it was the bum routines that did them in.
Mitchell, teamed with all-star Melody, danced a Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio, which didn’t wow the judges, us, or guest judge Neil Patrick Harris who said, ” It all seemed incredibly disjointed and not very thought out for me.” Though danced well, it was arguably one of the least favorite Diorio routines in recent memory.
And Clarice, teamed with all-star Robert, was stuck with the always odd-man-out style of Bollywood, which, when compared to emotional and chilling contemporary, jazz, or hip-hop pieces that other contestants lucked out with, just didn’t stack up. She danced it well, and unlike Mitchell’s piece, the choreography was good, but the inherent silliness of the style just couldn’t hold a candle to the others.
So, yes, that means Mitchell Kelly and Clarice Ordaz were the first two out of the top 10. The other guy and gal in the bottom four were Ricky, whose solo was the best of the night, and Jordan.
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But, Mitchell and Clarice won’t be gone for long as they are on board for the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour, which kicks off September 17 in Orlando and runs through November 2 in San Diego. For the full tour schedule, go to Fox.com.
“I think just being in the top 10 is the comfort, making it this far and being able to perform on the stage still,” Clarice told reporters backstage after the show.
“I am happy because I really thought I was going to be sent home the first week, after I did my solo, especially after I did my solo two times,” added Mitchell. “I am so excited to go around the world, go to your home time and go to Canada.”
Up next week: Lady Gaga and Rob Marshall (2002 Academy Award Best Picture winner for Chicago) will guest judge. The all-stars lined up for next week are: Lauren Froderman, Anya Garnis, Jaimie Goodwin, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Ivan Koumaev, Pasha Kovalev and Ade Obayomi.
Christina Applegate, who performed in the musical “Sweet Charity” and starring in NBC’s new fall comedy “Up All Night,” is on board to judge the following week.