What's with losing all these great male dancers too early on "So You Think You Can Dance" this year? After ending up in the bottom three, Jesus — who I thought had been fantastic all season, including in his solo — got sent home last night. Joining him was Jessi, whose solo couldn't make up for missing the performance show due to a still-mysterious illness.
I'm pretty sure there must have been more going on behind the scenes with Jessi's departure, given that the judges gave no explanation whatsoever for the decision and no critique of the solos beyond "you were all disappointing." Honestly, based on the solos, I would have understood sending any of them home but Sara. Jessi seemed to be trying, but I think she suffered by doing hip-hop right after Sara's much stronger routine. Lauren and Anya mostly just walked around the stage, and in any other week, I'm sure one of them would have gone home. But Anya's been strong in all the partner dances, and the tiny bit of dancing Lauren did do in her solo was strong, so I can understand why they're still around — even without the Jessi situation.
As for the guys, though, I think any decision would have been a bad one. Shauna and Cedric were spared from the bottom three (which I'm relieved about for Shauna's sake, though it means Cedric's still around), leaving a tough choice between Danny, Neil and Jesus at the bottom. And it's not that Jesus wasn't spectacular; Danny and Neil were just even more spectacular. I'm sad to see him and Sara split up, though, and I'm really not sure how Sara will fare with Pasha as a partner.
What did you guys think? Did the judges get it right? Do you think there's a massive conspiracy around Jessi's elimination?
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