Well, here we are after a head-spinning week of So You Think You Can Dance news that included the fact that Jessica has been knocked out of the competition with an injury. When Fox first announced her departure, it was unclear what exactly was wrong, but last night we learned from Jessica herself that there was a pain in her side that turned out to be two broken ribs and a fractured one. The doctors told her she can't dance for four more weeks, so she plans to rest up, get better and go on tour. So, that means Comfort was back!
Once the show sorted out the Jessica situation, it was on to seeing how the new couples would fare. The judges no longer have a direct say in who stays and who goes (though they still weigh in with their comments), and it's up to the audience to vote for their favorite individual dancer, which means the night was packed with 10 solos in addition to the pairs routines. The entire night was a roller coaster of emotions, as we witnessed each new pair attempt to drum up some memorable chemistry ASAP and make an impression on the newly empowered viewer. So how'd it all go down? To see my thoughts on which new pair won the night and which dancers should be worried they're going home (plus photos!),
For me, last night didn't have any one terrible partnership or dancer. It was more that some new pairs were so unbelievably on their game that those who just "pulled it off" got lost in the shuffle. The end of Twitchington was rough, as both halves of that pair struggled to create the magic they've had together in the past — but at least Comfort plus Twitch plus hip hop equals perfection. They probably both couldn't believe their luck with that one. Joshua and Courtney started out just so-so to me (Nigel even lamented that if people were tuning in for the first time this season, they'd be disappointed to learn these were the top 10 dancers), but then they performed that gorgeous rumba to "Hero" and were so in-sync and such a team that I think both of them should feel plenty safe tonight.
As lovely as Joshua and Courtney's dance was — and as hilariously fun Twitch and Comfort's second dance looked — I think the new couple of the evening was Will and Katee. They were just unbelievably great to watch overall, and their first routine was just the thing to give the first half of the night the jolt it needed. Their final dance to David Archuleta's cover of "Imagine" (you like that cross-promotion?) was, despite the mistake, breathtaking. Also, Will ripped off his shirt and it was good.
So, as for the elimination: I'm worried for Kherington, because I honestly can't really remember much of what she did last night other than that strange country two-step. On a night where everyone has to do something memorable to pull in voters solo for the first time, I think she did little to stand out. And poor Gev was practically danced over in the end there by Chelsie. The two of them make a strange couple, and I think they should both feel scared as well.
So, which dancers do you think failed to make an impression last night? Did the top 10 meet your expectations? Who should be nervous about tonight, and who's almost certainly safe?
Photos courtesy of Fox