Tonight is the season eight premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance.” And if you believe the commercials, the talent is better than ever before. Given the quality of dancers last season and the prior years, we do find that a little hard to believe. But knowing what a great vehicle the show is to expose these otherwise unknowns to millions of fans, it only makes sense that the b-boys, tappers, krumpers and ballerinas are crawling out of the woodwork to get on the show. So while we wait to see how this year’s dancers measure up, here’s a list of our favorite “SYTYCD” routines to date.
10. Jeanine Mason and Jason Glover — “If It Kills Me” by Jason Mraz
Choreographed by Travis Wall
In season five, the runner-up from season two, Travis Wall, returned to “SYTYCD” to make his debut as a choreographer. His first routine was a contemporary number performed by Jeanine Mason and Jason Glover, who told the story of two young lovers sharing a passionate dance, a necklace and a kiss. Jeanine went on to win that season and Wall has become one of the show’s most treasured choreographers.
9. Benji Schwimmer and Heidi Groskreutz — “Black Mambo” by Angel and the Mambokats
Choreographed by Alex Da Silva
Benji and Heidi may have had a slightly unfair advantage because they have been dancing together since they were kids. But their mambo with it’s flawless lines, crisp moves and little bit of flair helped propel Benji to the title in season two.
8. Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau — “Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles
Choreographed by Mia Michaels
Kupono’s quirkiness and Kayla’s strength were the perfect combination for this Mia Michaels contemporary routine about a struggling addict destroying his partner. The powerful season five dance won a 2010 Emmy for Mia.
7. Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura — “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
Choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo
Known to fans as “The Briefcase” this season four hip hop routine enacted the emotional breakdown of a woman fighting to keep her workaholic man at home. NappyTabs was nominated for an Emmy for this routine but lost out to fellow “SYTYCD” choreographer Tyce Dioro.
6. Sabra Johnson and Neil Haskell — “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics
Choreographed by Mandy Moore
This boardroom struggle for corporate power found season three’s Sabra and Neil dancing around a table in a jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore. Moore was nominated for an Emmy for the number, Neil landed in third place for the season and Sabra took the crown that year.
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