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Vitolio Jeune and Karla Garcia Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: Down to 12!

After a night of strong performances on Wednesday, Thursday's So You Think You Can Dance results show delivered a few surprises — at least when it came to the dancers who ended up in the bottom three. Were the dancers on the chopping block the same ones you predicted, or were you left wondering where your favorites went wrong? To chat about it, just read more.

So the judges made good on their promise to send Vitolio home if he ended up in the bottom three again, and his new partner, Karla, followed along with him. That wasn't that surprising, I suppose — but the other two couples in the bottom three were. Jeanine and Phillip found themselves dancing for their lives (over a very stunned Jason and Caitlin, who were sent to safety). But the one that shocked me most was Kayla and Kupono, my favorite couple of Wednesday's show, who somehow found themselves in danger. Maybe the Twilight audience didn't turn out to vote for this vampire routine after all?

Here's how it went down during the solos:

The girls — Jeanine finally got to dance contemporary and showed a lot of technique and personality, leading the judges to quickly send her to safety with Nigel saying she performed the strongest solo of the night. As for the other two, Nigel said Kayla seemed static, throwing in a lot of kicks without really dancing from the heart. But Karla hasn't managed to capture the star quality the judges thought she had, so she was sent home.

The guys — Phillip finally got to do his thing for the first time since the selection of the top 20, which is always a joy. The judges said he seemed a little too desperate and overworked and has a lot to do to master other genres — but that's exactly what he'll be doing, as he was sent to safety. As for the other two, Vitolio again didn't deliver the big tricks, while Kupono did a little too much standing around, always a bad sign. But the judges made good on their promise to send Vitolio home if he was in the bottom three again, while Kupono lives to fight another week.

The second Vitolio ended up in the bottom three, I figured he was going home if the judges were remotely sincere about what they said last week. The ladies' side was a bit more of a toss-up, but the judges love Kayla so much, and Jeanine made such a strong impression with her solo, that I suppose the judges had no choice but to send Karla home. While it's sad to see them go, I really wouldn't have wanted to lose any of the others. What about you?

Some other thoughts:

  • Caitlin and Jason's surprised reaction to being safe — "the aliens did it!" — was one of the more genuine moments of shock I've seen on this show.
  • I will apparently cheer for Kelly Clarkson anywhere, at any time. I just love her, even if "I Do Not Hook Up" isn't necessarily one of my favorite songs on her new album.
  • Are the contestants getting rowdy over there in their corner on elimination night? Cat had to do a lot of good-natured shushing of the dancers who had already been sent to safety.
  • I love the results shows that feature real stars from the dance world. It's so cool to get to see that kind of thing on TV.

What did you think? Were you surprised at who was safe and who was sent home? And have you entered to win a trip to the finale yet?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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