If "So You Think You Can Dance" is really about finding America's favorite dancer, then it's unfortunate that someone who seemed to be a crowd favorite is heading home so soon. But Hok — always the recipient of the loudest cheers when the dancers perform — was eliminated on this week's results show, with the judges saying that while he's genius at his own style, he's not versatile enough to continue.
Anya will be joining Hok on the way home — but barely. The judges split 2-1 over whether she or Lauren would get to stick around; in the end, I think three weeks of having to dance partnerless ballroom solos did Anya in.
Once I saw that Hok and Jaimie, Lauren and Neil, and Danny and Anya were in the bottom three, I sort of figured Hok and Anya were out of time; the judges have consistently questioned each of their abilities to dance outside their preferred style, and this is the point in the competition where versatility matters most. Danny and Neil both delivered strong, high-flying solos, too, further hampering Hok's chances to move on. I think it was the right call, but I still can't understand what kept sending Hok to the bottom three in the first place; his votes just must not have matched the roar from the crowd every time he takes the stage.
After three weeks in the bottom three, Anya must have seen this elimination coming. While this was my favorite of her three solos, it clearly couldn't stand up to Jaimie's crazy leaps and kicks. Lauren delivered an OK performance, not fantastic but better enough than Anya's to keep her around. Honestly, at this point I'm having a hard time remembering why I rooted for Lauren when the competition started.
Next week, everything changes, with the partners being randomly assigned and the voters directly determining who gets eliminated. What did you think about tonight's round? Are you sad Hok won't be going on tour?
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