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Channing and Phillip of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Dancers: Channing Cook and Phillip Atmore
Dance: Jazz, choreographed by Jason Gilkison
From What I Could Tell: This is a happy, smiley couple, so it's good that they got to start with the jive, something high energy and well-tailored to their personalities. Both of them have excellent footwork, with Phillip not looking at all limited as a tapper, but some of the partnering looks clumsy. It's early, so perhaps chemistry is a lot to expect.
The Judges Say: Adam Shankman thought Phillip was fantastic and that Channing was lovely, but he warns Channing that she was too "up." Mary Murphy calls it "not bad" and "good," but she expects more from them, saying Channing got better as she went along, but Phillip got lazy. Nigel Lythgoe warns Channing she has to get her weight over her toes a little more. I don't know what that means. My weight generally tends to be above my toes. He also wanted sharper retractions with their flip-kicks. I don't know what that means either. Nigel also notices the lack of chemistry. Hey, I got one right!