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Rayven and Jamie Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: The First Elimination

Dancers, we hardly knew ye. The first two finalists were eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday, and while I don't think there were any blockbuster surprises regarding who went home, I was a little baffled by the bottom three couples overall. To see who went home and talk about the results, just


Maybe it's the curse of going first, but Rayven and Jamie, the very first couple to take the stage in the finals, were both sent home on Thursday. Kourtni, Matt, Jessica, and Will rounded out the bottom three couples forced to "dance for their lives" (man, I hate that phrase). Hmm, I wonder how that made Dan feel about his proclamation that Will and Jessica were the ones to beat?

On the girls' side, I didn't think any of the three gave their best performance in the solo round: Kourtni was a little wobbly but clearly the strongest, while Rayven didn't even dance the last five seconds of the music and Jessica did very little overall. I can't say I disagree with the decision to send Rayven home — though I did like her on Wednesday — but it's sad that the first time we really got a look at her was in her farewell package.

As for the guys: Jamie had the toughest job — I'm sure it's hard to be a partner dancer who's asked to perform solo — but he barely seemed like he was trying. William, on the other hand, sold me after that one soaring leap that seemed like it might reach the rafters. Matt is still just one of the indistinguishable mass of male contemporary dancers, but I didn't think he did anything wrong. Nigel really has it out for him and his minuscule personality, though, so he'd better get really fun really fast if he wants to stick around.

A couple of other thoughts:

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, how did Gev and Courtney avoid the bottom three? I suppose their critique was so obviously bad that people called in to save them, but I'm surprised that worked so early in the competition. I like both of them, and I'm glad to see them back for another week, but wow.
  • I usually like Wade's choreography, but that has to be one of the strangest opening numbers I've ever seen. That said, I can't pretend I've never fantasized about gagging Nigel Lythgoe so he can no longer speak — though if I were to do that to one judge on this show, it would definitely be Mary.
  • Greatest unintentionally hilarious moment of the night: Jamie's enthusiastic whooping for the Pussycat Dolls.
  • Speaking of which: I just don't get the Pussycat Dolls. Like, at all. Who wants to explain this one to me? Does this mean I'm old?
  • Did anyone else notice how much more applause Katee and Joshua got on Thursday than they did before they danced on Wednesday? Also, Joshua is seriously going to cry, like, all the time.

Your thoughts? Did the right people go home? And were you surprised with anyone in the bottom three?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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