The top 6 dancers took on three dances each this week, as America’s votes were revealed and we learned which dancers would make it into next week’s performance finale.

The show’s format was different this week, as there was no bottom four, no “dance for your life,” and no voting. Each of the top 6 dancers danced three times: a solo, an all-star duet, and a duet with a fellow contestant. It gave the contestants a great opportunity to show off their versatility, as well as giving a few of the contestants who have never landed in the bottom the chance to show off their solos.

Regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were joined by returning favorite guest judge and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. This was Jesse’s fifth time guest-judging the show, and each time he is a hit. His broadway background gives him enough legit background to give informed critiques, but what makes his contribution even better is just how much of a fan he is of the show, and how much he is buddy-buddy with Cat, Nigel, and Mary, onscreen and off.

Jesse had some great soundbites as well, most notably saying he would keep his critique “Carly Rae Jepsen short: It was amazing.” Referencing Jepsen’s nearly worthless contributions during her appearance as guest judge, he only proved how much of a better and well-informed job he has done. He also admitted he struggled to critique tapper Aaron Turner, because he has a big crush on him (Join the club Jesse, join the club.)

The Eliminations

It was a no-win situation this week. With six such talented dancers remaining, nothing good could come from this week’s eliminations. Unfortunately for Hayley Erbert and Paul Karmiryan, things did not work out in their favor, and they will just miss out on making it to the season 10 finale. The eliminations were based entirely on America’s votes after last week’s show, with the judges not saving anyone. As the judges were all huge fans of Hayley’s and Paul’s, one can’t help but wonder how things would have worked out if they had had the opportunity to save them.

Solos

Amy Yackima

The amazing thing about Amy’s solos is that she so often picks a dramatic piece of music, and emotional choreography, which results in an emotional or troubled performance. However, off-stage and in so many of her other performances, Amy is so bubbly and cheerful, which makes her solos seem even more heart-wrenching. This classical piece was no different, set to “Anna’s Theme” from The Red Violin, it was an emotional piece of music, that Amy brought to life with her beautiful dancing. Plus, that end pose was strikingly beautiful.

DuShaunt “Fik-shun” Stegall

Fik-shun’s solo was amazing. It’s times like these that remind us that a dancer does not always have to be perfect at every style of dance in order to be America’s favorite dancer. Fik-shun is an un-trained street dancer and as such, has struggled with some of the routines he’s had to learn on SYTYCD. However, this is what he does best, and he really brought his A-game for this solo. Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” is such a fast-paced and catchy song, and Fik-shun had a move for every single beat. It was outstanding.

Jasmine Harper

If it’s possible for any dancer to not be overshadowed by Destiny’s Child’s version of “Amazing Grace”, Jasmine is that dancer. Jasmine’s body was designed for dance, and it is captivating to watch all she is able to accomplish with it through her grace and those incredibly long legs. The mastery extends to her face as well, where she is so beautifully expressive, she can sell just about any performance.

Paul Karmiryan

This was Paul’s first solo we’ve seen since his audition, as he has never landed in the bottom and had the chance to dance for his life. This solo was different from the other ballroom boys we’ve seen this year, who had more dominant and commanding presences. Paul is the epitome of grace and precision, as he has demonstrated in every routine he has danced on SYTYCD. This solo was no different, as he seemed to glide across the floor and fly through the air with absolute effortlessness.

Hayley Erbert

Hayley is another “effortless” dancer, who has basically done no wrong throughout this competition. She is a beautiful girl, and a beautiful dancer. This routine started strong right out of the gate, and barely slowed down for the entire dance. At this point in the competition, where every dancer is so immensely talented, personality and audience connection makes all the difference with the voters. Amy and Jasmine have both managed to reach through the screen and grab the viewer, while Hayley has not consistently been able to do the same. This may have been what cost her in the end.

Aaron Turner

This was also Aaron’s first chance to show off his solo since his audition, and it was especially great, since Aaron is a tapper, a damn good one, and we do not get to see enough tap on this show. If Aaron has nothing else going for him, he is a fighter. So after getting a tough critique from Nigel for his all-star routine, Aaron came out for his solo guns a-blazin’ and ready for a fight. He tapped with an absolute fury, and when it was all over, he threw his hat into the crowd with an expression that clearly said “WHAT NOW NIGEL?!” Fortunately for him, all three judges were already on their feet for his amazing performance.

All-star Routines

Paul Karmiryan and Kathryn McCormick

Paul and all-star Kathryn took on a Tyce Diorio jazz routine about the need for control and power between a man and a woman. It was a fast routine, and well-suited to Paul’s Latin ballroom background. It started off with a bang, with Kathryn up on a ladder in a giant skirt, before Paul leapt out through the skirt, like the gingerbread children from Mother Ginger’s skirt in the Nutcracker. The routine was sharp and precise, with Paul and Kathryn both looking like pros. Nigel said afterward that while Paul is described as a Latin ballroom dancer in their paperwork, he should be listed as just a dancer, because he’s proven he can do anything.

Hayley Erbert and Joshua Allen

Season 4 winner Joshua Allen whipped Hayley into shape with a boxing-theme Nappytabs hip-hop routine. Hayley had to let go of so much of her prettiness, and get into the hip-hop groove for this routine, and she didn’t disappoint. Mary said that Hayley showed Mohammed Ali’s level of skill and will to stay in the competition. She definitely proved that she was certainly not afraid to fight her way to a place in the finale.

Aaron Turner and Melanie Moore

Aaron and season 8 winner Melanie Moore took on a Spencer Liff Broadway routine about a couple in love that also really loves to push each other’s buttons. Aaron and Melanie started out arguing, and it only escalated from there. Their beautiful synchronized dancing and lifts were interspersed with more arguing and shoving. Unfortunately, it got a little too real when Aaron accidentally missed catching Melanie and she fell during the routine. It was only a small drop, and it worked with their contentious characters, but it was still a tough break for Aaron. Nigel also had some harsh criticism for his shoulders being too high, which Curtis Holland could tell anyone is a no-good omen for future success.

DuShaunt “Fik-shun” Stegall and Witney Carson

Fikshun and season 9 all-star Witney took on a Jonathan Roberts foxtrot. Obviously a leap for this un-trained hip-hopper, Fikshun impressed with his dance position, but hit some rough spots otherwise. Fik-shun’s irresistible smile makes it impossible not to love him, but the judges felt that Witney pretty much danced over him in this routine. They felt this wasn’t his best, but that his work in previous weeks, and this week’s solo, were good enough to carry him through.

Jasmine Harper and Neil Haskell

Tyce Diorio choreographed a very dramatic contemporary piece for Jasmine and Neil, telling the story of all of the people and families around the world that have met with tragedy as a result of these hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters we’ve experienced recently. It was beautifully staged, with a wind machine blowing crumpled newspapers around the stage, and the dancers fighting against imaginary winds and forces beyond their control. It was a battle and a struggle and yet somehow, it was also a dance. It was no great surprise that Jasmine shone like the star in the routine, earning praise from all three judges.

Amy Yackima and Alex Wong

Bollywood is always the most exhausting of dances, and this Nakul Dev Mahajan routine was no exception. As a diva and her servant who are secretly in love, Amy and Alex were full of energy and passion, and nailed what was possibly the hardest Bollywood routine we’ve seen on the show. There were so many knee turns in a row it likely killed their knees, while making those of us at home a little dizzy. But it earned them a standing ovation from all three judges, so none of that really matters.

Contestant Duets

Hayley Erbert and Paul Karmiryan

Hayley and Paul paired up for the first time for a romantic Dee Caspery contemporary piece. Paul struggled a bit with this routine, because it was outside of his comfort zone, and he didn’t want to let Hayley down. It was beautiful to watch the two beautiful dancers portray such a beautiful dance together, so much so that Mary expressed hopes that Paul and Hayley hook up off the dance floor as well. Nigel felt the routine just proved their versatility even further, which is the point he has praised most about both of them throughout the competition.

Amy Yackima and DuShaunt “Fick-shun” Stegall

Amy and Fik-shun were reunited for a Dave Scott hip-hop number, and it felt so good. It was great to see them take on another fun routine together, because Nigel pointed out, they really bring out the best in each other, performance-wise. In this routine, Amy was putting on her own sexy fashion show for Fik-shun to show off some new purchases. This was right in Fik-shun’s wheelhouse, and Amy can do no wrong, so the routine was outstanding.

Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner

Jasmine and Aaron teamed up for their final competitive routine, and they reminded everyone why they have been one of the top couples all season. This Sean Cheesman jazz routine was insane, with Aaron in love with the creature from inside the mirror: Jasmine. The dance was so fast-paced and intense that you couldn’t tear your eyes away. And if you didn’t scream when Jasmine over-extended her already super-long leg as, like Jesse Tyler Ferguson said, a protractor, then you have clearly been watching the wrong show.

Top 6 Group Routine

The group routine didn’t serve as the cold open of the show like it usually does, but the top six did dance together a little bit later, after their introductions. It was a African jazz routine from Sean Cheeseman. The dancers were dressed very simply in white: the guys with no shirts on, and the girls with big flowing skirts, and backless tops. It was very cheerful, happy dance, and it was wonderful to see our favorite dancers looking so happy dancing with one another. It was a beautiful thing to see them still so tightly bonded even at this tense point in the competition.

Tune in next Tuesday for the So You Think You Can Dance performance finale, where Paula Abdul will return as guest judge to help choose America’s favorite dancers.

What did you think of the top 6 contestants’ performances this week?

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?