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Asuka and Jonathan Eliminated From So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: Down to 14

I'm constantly amazed by how quickly So You Think You Can Dance sheds its dancers. Just a couple of weeks ago, we met our top 20 for the year; now, we're already down to 14. After Thursday's results show, two more dancers headed home — but which two didn't get your votes? And was it a couple leaving the competition or two halves of two different pairs? To chat about the results, just


Well, not a good night for ballroom dancers on SYTYCD. After learning that Karla and Jonathan, Asuka and Vitolio, and Caitlin and Jason were in the bottom three, the six dancers performed their solos, and the judges gave us their decisions — unanimous for the girls, not unanimous for the guys.

The Girls — Caitlin's floaty solo earned praise from Nigel, who said it was the best of the night and shows that Caitlin's growing in confidence. Karla's routine had a quirky, unique style, but she seemed off-balance, and Nigel said she came off a little desperate. But that wasn't as bad as Asuka, whom Nigel called an exciting performer who somehow wasn't growing in the competition. So Karla was sent to safety, while Asuka headed home.

The Guys — Nigel had harsh words for all of the guys this week. Jason was the first sent to safety, but Nigel said he took a step back after last week's Best Solo Ever and presented a routine so full of desperation there was hardly any dancing. Nonetheless, he was the first sent to safety. Nigel said Vitolio's solo was all buildup but no delivery, and he needs to step up and start wowing everyone. Jonathan, meanwhile, once again delivered great gymnastics but isn't bringing his dancing up to the level the judges want to see, and he was sent home.

After this week's performances, I assumed Asuka and Jonathan would be the two most likely to go unless they seriously stepped things up with their solos — and after seeing them dance for their lives, I think the judges made the right call. I'm always surprised by what Jason and Vitolio deliver, love watching Caitlin, and am curious to see Karla perform with a more capable partner. Asuka, meanwhile, seemed stuck at the same level, and Jonathan just never wowed me. Are you sad to see them go? And how do you think Karla and Vitolio will work together?

Some other thoughts on Thursday's show:

  • Nigel's tribute to Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson — especially the Michael Jackson part — was clearly heartfelt and emotional, especially given that he wouldn't have had much time to figure out what he wanted to say. I wish we could have seen even more of that "Thriller" clip. Nigel's right: I'm sure that inspired countless dancers (not to mention choreographers and judges) on SYTYCD over the years.
  • Speaking of which, do you think Cat's outfit and hairstyle were intentionally Farrah-esque?
  • I don't think I would have been able to peg that group number as a Tabitha and Napoleon routine had Cat not told us so.
  • How adorable were the littlest Rage Boyz?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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