Friday, August 1, 2014

SYTYCD Fuses Art, Drama, Athleticism: Top 20 Performances from Season 11

Fans of figure skating will appreciate the seamless fusion of art and athleticism that dancers bring to center stage in Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. The show, now in season 11, gives contestants a different genre and partner each week. Contestants are voted off by audience votes and judges' critiques. Tara Lipinski, 1998 Olympic gold medalist, was a guest judge during tryouts for the show this season. She will appear as a judge during the regular season.

Lipinski drew comparisons between the dance competition and her own skating experience.

"It's sort of like the Olympics," she said. "It comes down to who can handle the pressure and who can reach across the stage and grab your attention, pull you in and take you on that journey."

The 1997 National and World champion could relate to the dancers laying it all on the line and delivering a performance that gives audiences chills. She provided constructive criticism and empathy for how difficult it was to be in the position of a competitor.

"No matter what I say, I feel for them and truly understand their journey," she said. "It was inspiring and emotional."

Click HERE to read an article from about Lipinski's guest judge experiences.

Tune in on Wednesday evenings from 8-10 p.m. to watch some amazing, inspiring dancing. Keep an eye out for Lipinski's appearances as guest judge.

To give you an idea of how terrific this season of SYTYCD has been, below are some of my favorite performances from the top performances from the top 14 dancers. (This past episode, four dancers were eliminated. Now the competition is down to the top 10, who will be paired with all-star partners from years past. You won't want to miss it! Great dancing. Great television.)

Rudy and Carly, "Take it Easy," by Jetta:

Bridget and Stanley, "Doesn't Mean Goodbye," by Jon McLaughlin:

Ricky and Jessica, "Vow," by Meredith Monk:

Carly and Serge, "Senile," by Young Money, Tyga, Nikki Minaj & Lil Wayne:

Casey & Brooklyn, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," by Michael Buble:

Bridget & Emilio, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams:

Zack & Jacque, "Stay With Me," by Sam Smith:

Teddy & Emilio, "Nightshift," by The Commodores:

Tanish & Rudy, "Sing Sing Sing (part 2)," by Bob Fosse:

Emilio & Bridget, "Long Road to Hell," by Avicii:

Bridget & Emilio, "The Leaving Song," by Chris Garneau:

Jessica & Casey, "Like Real People Do," by Hozier:

Emily & Casey, "All of Me," by John Legend:

Valerie & Ricky, "Dilliwaali Girlfriend," by Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (soundtrack):

Valerie & Ricky, "Turn Down for What," by DJ Snake & Lil Jon:

Opening group number, "How It's Done," by District 78:

Small group number, "So Broken," by Bjork:

Small group number to "Love Runs Out," by One Republic:

Small group number to "My Immortal," by Evanescence:

Small group number to "Wave," by Beck:

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