Moving from the top 12 to the top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance means a lot of things: a guaranteed spot on tour, a new partner, and continuing to have a chance at the title of America's favorite dancer. So Thursday's results show was a big one, as we learned which dancers survived this crucial cut and which would be heading home.
In the end, half of the result surprised me, while the other half was fairly expected. Know what I'm talking about? Want to share your thoughts? Just
Phillip? I didn't think it would happen. I thought it should happen, frankly; he hasn't taken to other genres with the same grace and gusto that, say, Dominic or Hok did in past seasons. But I figured the producers would want him on the tour, so when he ended up in the bottom three, I assumed it was a formality. But no! Phillip headed home, just shy of the top 10. Now, in terms of the tour, it doesn't matter: It's pretty common for the 11th and 12th dancers to be a part of it, at least as alternates, and Nigel wasted no time assuring us that would be the case with Phillip. I suppose that's a win-win for everyone.
Caitlin's elimination was much more expected. She, I think, is the perfect example of what Nigel said was a persistent issue this season: She's a technically accomplished dancer, but she hasn't become a star. She's so quiet and calm and controlled, but I think that worked against her; I've been a fan, but I know a lot of you didn't feel that connection. So after her third trip to the bottom three, it was finally time to say goodbye — though I'm glad she, too, will be touring.
As for the other couple in the bottom three, I was surprised but not shocked to see Melissa and Ade end up there. Melissa's a favorite of mine, but I — like Tyce — would like to see more from Ade right quick. He delivered it in his solo, I thought. Here's what I thought overall:
The girls: Caitlin did her usual sweet solo, but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I have been with her others. Jeanine seemed wobbly and off to me, more than we've seen her before — her turns weren't quite centered, and her leaps weren't as high or extended as usual. I had to keep reminding myself that everything Melissa was doing was en pointe and thus a bit more difficult than just doing those moves normally.
The guys: I thought Jason was back in the form he was in a few weeks ago when the judges pronounced his solo the best ever on the show. Phillip did his thing, and it's still an impressive thing, but I wish he could show that he's picked up something new from his time on the show, too. And Ade's solo was just so-so for me until that massive backflip, which was insane.
Based on that, I think the judges made the right call all around.
Some other thoughts on the show:
- What do you think of getting to see footage of the season six auditions during the Thursday results shows? Is it a good way to see what we have in store for us come Fall? Or is it unfair because some dancers will have airtime so long before the show?
- What do you think of Nigel's statement about this top 20 being technically strong but with dancers who haven't become stars yet? It makes a lot of sense to me. I can tell that a lot of these people are wildly talented, but there are only a few who would get me to pick up the phone and vote.
- Phillip's goodbye speech was so, so sweet. I know, I'm too emotionally invested in my reality TV, but I really found it moving.
- No special dance guest in addition to the musical guest? Bummer!
- Also a bummer: that the show couldn't get cleared to use Michael Jackson's songs for a tribute special. Do you think Nigel calling it out so publicly will make the deal more likely to go through?
What did you think of the results? And have you entered to win a trip to the finale yet?
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