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Donyelle Jones: So You Think You Can Dance

Donyelle Jones: So You Think You Can Dance

So what happened this week on So You Think You Can Dance?  R&B/pop diva Rihanna performed her hit single "S.O.S."  Hokuto Konishi ("Hawk") and his Sick Step Crew showed up and performed a breakdancing routine.  Joy Spears and Jason Williams were eliminated during last night’s show.  (They should have sent Ryan Rankine home instead!) Above is Donyelle Jones and Benji Schwimmer performing their Cha Cha routine to Los Amigos Invisibles‘ "Cuchi Cuchi."   That video can be watched below.   Donyelle exudes confidence, power, and sexiness and that is exactly why she may be the one to beat in his competition.  I’m rooting for her! After the jump is a video of Martha Nichols and Travis Wall performing their Krumping routine to Ja Rule‘s "Clap Back."  Many more pictures in the gallery!


Donyelle and Benji - Cha Cha


Martha and Travis - Krumping

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  • Damien

    Donyelle was working it.Jared, FYI, both of the links for the videos point to Martha and Travis.

  • Just Jared

    Thanks, Damien! I fixed it!

  • DJ Alik

    From the technical perspective they had a horrible cha cha. But most people just don’t know it. It’s all about making it look good for the public. If they were really competing they wouldn’t even pass the auditions in any .atin dance competition.

  • bebe

    yah i didnt really like the chacha. sickstep was awesome!

  • Lily

    I’m definitely rooting for Travis this season!

  • Lia

    I agree ryan should have gone home, Jason is so much more into it. O well I’m hoping for Travis to win, and if not than i hope Donyelle, they both are great…ps thanks for posting pics from last night and i hope people arent made to take the videos down like last time…

  • Heather

    Are you kidding Donyelle and Benji did awesome they were much better than the other couples that preformed. And you can’t really count and "technically" they only had a few days to learn it.

  • Minou

    I agree – Donyelle was NOT as fab as everyone thinks. At the opening she stumbles, she’s early on her arm extensions a few times and late on her leg lifts, she sashays around Benji like a pickup truck…not the best chacha at all. In fact, horrible.

  • crybabyAniston

    Meow, should like jealousy rearing it’s ugly head. Because Donyelle and Benji was working it. The best dance all night because they were enjoying dancing. The other couples not that much…it was like they were counting the numbers in their heads.

  • Chantelp

    I didnt like Donyelle and Benji at all. I dont think it was the best dance all night but it was nice that he made the comment about her being confident with her weight instead of saying she was big. I dont really like heidi thats for sure…lol.

  • CISCOKIDPUPPY

    everyone that has any negitive comment about Donyelle. Just take a good long look at the front cover of July 3, 2006 issue of the TV GUIDE! and eat crow!!!!

  • alley

    Donyelle and Benji are the best couple ever they rock an so does heidi she so be with DmitryI want Donyelle, Benji, or heidi to win

  • CISCOKIDPUPPY

    how can you pass judgment on someone who has never danced the cha cha and only had 5 days to learn it. what a jerk. Give Donyelle one month in a cha cha class and you would not be able open your mouth to speak one negitive word about her technic. She is like a transformer she can do anyting she puts her mind to. Anyone that dosen’t like Donyelle and Benji are in need of serious help in understanding what danceing out side of your relm is all about. Not one other dancer has mailed every dance they have tried. The judges have not said one negitive thing about neither one of them. As for you saying she looked like a truck I hate to think of what you look like. If your looks are anything like your negitive mouth you must be buggly you know ‘butt ugly" ROCK ON DONYELLE AND BENJI!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary Lee

    I think Donyelle will take it all. Donyelle and Benji are great together, a powerhouse dancing couple. No one couple is perfect at every dance, but Danyelle and Benji nail them all as close as you can with only a few days practice on a new dance style. It takes years to actually be a professional in any style of dance. You cannot expect complete perfection in a few days. They far exceed the other dancers in style and their ability to make all their routines look like they have been doing the dance for a long time. Most of the others fumble a LOT in dances outside their experience.

  • Kristine

    Was Donyelle’s cha cha technically on par with professional competitors? No. Did she have stumbles? Yes. But the reason that she (and Benji) are loved by audiences is because they can draw the non-dancer in. They love dancing (and dancing with each other) and more to the point they love sharing the dance with the audience. They make audience members want to dance with them because theyare Everyman/woman. We have a skinny white geek and Black woman with curves seemly floating across the stage (to those without a seasoned eye) . As a dance critic (which I am, by the by) I would of course call Donyelle on the flubs IF she were in a dance company having had years of dance training in the discipline in question and weeks/months of rehearsals. But this is not the case: this is a TV show that is being used summer filler not the Met or the Hummingbird theatre. Instead I can commend Donyelle for truly making a connection with her partner and the audience. Frankly, I tired of dance technicians who can do a perfect arabesques and grand jetés… and are totally passionless. I hate to say it but the dance companies rarely fill the theatre seats (useless they have Riverdance marketers). If Donyelle can induce people to go out and SEE performances or take classes then more power to her.

  • merrie

    are you kidding? Donyelle is the best dancer there is and I am so rooting for her. there is nothing about her that looks like a truck. I love donyelle and know that she will win. Anyone who doesn’t like her needs to open their eyes and look closely. Donyelle Rocks!!!!

  • Plotter

    I think Donyelle is very good at dancing. I do however feel that she is too heavy to win this competition and go on to work in the industry. She definatley will be required to lose weight

  • Diona

    well yeah she will have to lose the weight but she does carry it well.im goin for Donyelle or Benji or Travis but i love them all.the fact is, some people who vote arent dancers so some dont know what the are looking for. i want Donyelle to win so bad but its based on popularity and thats the scary thing.

  • arnetria

    I think that Donyelle is a very good dancer even though hip-hop is her thing. I pray that she win even Benji. I think that everyone did a good job because that got experience with new dances and new people and I am happy that they all tried.

  • LYNN

    DONYELLE IS THE HOTTEST DANCER ON THE SHOW SHE IW REPRESENTING FOR ALL PLUS SIZE WOMEN. SHE CAN MOVE TO ANYTHING THEY GIVE HER. SHE STANDS OUT FROM THE OTHER WOMEN. I GIVE HER 2 THUMBS UP AND A BIG RUMP SHAKE. ***GET DOWN DONYELL DO YOUR THING*** BENJI AND TRAVIS ARE BOTH HOTTTTT! THEY BOTH MOVE LIKE THEY HAVE NO BONES AT ALL. IT IS SO EXCITING TO SEE THEM DANCE. THEY SHOULD PICK 2 WINNERS A FEMAL AND MALE AND YOU ALREADY KNOW MY FEMAL PICK *DONYELL* ALL DAY LONG. BETWEEN BENJI AND TRAVIS ITS GOING TO BE A BATTLE TO THE END!!!!

  • JC

    Yea Donyell might look heavier than all of the rest of the girls but she has a different body type everyone isnt made the same, and i think she knows the issue about her size compared to all of the other girls. She is a THICK chick working all that shes got and plus all of that sweating should bring her size down some but if it doesnt then it still doesnt matter because she CAN DANCE!!

  • Lisa

    I think that Donyelle can dance her butt off but at the end of the season i can definitely see a dance off between Benji and her. Everyone loves Benji!!! I love him too but they will pick him because he is smaller and a better fit. But Donyelle CAN dance!!