"So You Think You Can Dance" 2013 resumes Aug. 20 on FOX with performances by the top eight hopefuls and their popular all-star partners. Just a week after the show's judges and choreographers saved ballroom dancer Jenna Johnson from elimination for a whopping fourth time, panelist Mary Murphy used her Aug. 20 In Touch blog entry to defend the controversial decision, and to dish on her favorite routines from the Aug. 13 show.
After receiving backlash via Twitter for advancing Johnson to the top eight over fellow "SYTYCD" finalist Makenzie Dustman, Murphy denied culpability for the decision, instead laying the bulk of the blame on choreographers. She explained that when decision-making involved just three judges, it was easier to "win over" another panelist. She insisted that the inclusion of choreographers in the process means that the judges are often "outvoted" when the time comes to boot a contestant. Although she said the choreographers loved Dustman, they felt that working with Johnson was "such an amazing experience" that they felt compelled to save her yet again.
Murphy then moved briefly to the subject of the Aug. 13 performance show. She tabbed the routines danced by Aaron Turner and all-star Kathryn McCormick and Tucker Knox and all-star Robert Roldan the best of the night. She called Turner and McCormick's Stacey Tookey contemporary number "amazingly good" and opined that Knox and Roldan's emotional Travis Wall piece had a "back story that could make a rock cry."
When "So You Think You Can Dance" 2013 action continues Aug. 20, the eight all-stars slated to perform routines they themselves choreographed include Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Chelsie Hightower, Allison Holker, tWitch Boss, Mark Kanemura, Dmitry Chaplin and Wall. Finalists still alive in the hunt for the titles of America's favorite guy and girl dancers include Johnson, Amy Yakima, Hayley Erbert, Jasmine Harper, Turner, Knox, Paul Karmiryan and Fik-Shun Stegall.