So You Think You Can Dance got another step closer to the top 10 on Thursday, dropping two more dancers from its roster. Which guy and which girl didn't survive to dance another week on the SYTYCD stage? Just
Well, we have our first split-up couple of the season. Chelsea T. and Chris got the boot from the judges on Thursday after viewers' votes left them in the bottom three. Nigel certainly left no doubt about the girls' elimination, just ripping off the Band-Aid by calling Chelsea up first and essentially just saying goodbye right then and there. The guys' elimination was slightly more suspenseful, but ultimately Chris couldn't save himself for another week. Frankly, I'd thought sure he was headed home last week, so I can't pretend to be surprised.
After questioning the judges last week, I think they made the right call this time. Chelsea's solo was a little better than last week's, but she's still the weakest of the three dancers in the bottom three overall. My notes on Chris's solo say: "Wow, there's a lot of arm-flinging going on" — and if there was anything more than that, I certainly don't remember it. Meanwhile, I was glad to see Matt get a shout-out from Nigel; he's really been growing on me, and I'm glad to hear Nigel acknowledge that, hey, the dude really is pretty great. His solo was fantastic, as was Kourtni's, who not only gave me a high school flashback with that Ani Difranco song but also showed that she knows when to be tough and when to be tender.
Some other thoughts:
- Do you think Chelsea's elimination means that Chelsie Hightower will just be called "Chelsie" from now on?
- I don't think that Chris, Thayne, and Matt forming the bottom three means that America doesn't like contemporary dancers, as Nigel suggested. It's just that 1) there was such a glut of them this season, and 2) they (with the possible exception, now, of Matt and his ninja mask) haven't quite developed a compelling personality.
- Interesting that Adam Shankman didn't choreograph the group dance. Also interesting that Comfort once again got a spotlight part. I wonder if it saved her again?
- Nigel Lythgoe in leather: hot or not?
- Not to keep harping on the clothing, but this is the second week in a row that Mary has looked significantly more normal on the elimination night than on the judging night. Can she only scream if she's wearing sparkles? Is that it?
- It was great to see Quest perform — and better because of all the SYTYCD alumni in the group! I was a little surprised Cat came out and called them America's best dance crew considering there's, you know, a show by that name, but hey. Fun fact: Apparently the crew eventually wants to audition for that show once the dancers stop being under contract with 19 Entertainment.
- It's amazing — and adorable — how truly happy and grateful Jordin Sparks seems every time she's on stage performing at a Fox event. The new single's no "No Air," but her energy is infectious enough to get it stuck in my head anyway.
- I laughed out loud at the backstage clip of Gev watching Courtney walk up the stairs and then face-planting straight into the staircase. Staged? Yeah, probably, but I don't care.
So, now we'll have Thayne and Comfort paired together. Will that be any better than their previous pairings? Or is it still a mismatch? Give me your thoughts!
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