Provo dancer receives mixed review from judges on first live show of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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Provo dancer Jensen Arnold received a lot of positive feedback following her performances on “So You Think You Can Dance” Monday night, but one performance received mixed reviews.

Arnold and her fellow competitors performed three numbers during Monday night’s live performance: one group routine with the Top 10, one in the dancer’s speciality and one in a style the dancer was less familiar with.

Following her Jazz routine with partner Jay Jay Dixonbey, which was choreographed by Mandy Moore, judge Nigel Lythogoe expressed disappointment with the duo.

“I think you’re both fantastic dancers, and I think Mandy did a good routine for you, but I’m in a bit of a dilemma here. I’ll tell you why,” Lythogoe said. “I think sometimes you can be overtly sexual when you don’t need to be, and it’s sometimes overwhelming. The controlled sexuality in a dance routine is really very special because it leaves something for the audience. Sometimes when you’re too tight and sharp with everything it takes away the true emotion of the routine. It’s really hard for me to say that because you’re both brilliant dancers.”

However, the other judges — who include Mary Murphy, Vanessa Hudgens and Twitch — immediately disagreed with Lythogoe.

“No way, Nigel. You know what, Jensen, you were a beast out there,” said judge Mary Murphy. “You were strong, you are a positive force out there in everything you do, and the way you took [Jay Jay] by the neck and you threw him down to the floor. I mean, it was amazing.”

Arnold and Dixonbey also performed a Samba to “Mad Love” by Sean Paul & David Guetta featuring Becky G., which was choreographed by Jean-Marc Généreux.

On Monday, Aug. 13, the Season 15 Top 10 will perform and the competition will be narrowed to the Top 8. “SYTYCD” is broadcast on Fox at 7 p.m. on Monday nights.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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