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Caitlin Kinney and Phillip Chbeeb Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance Rundown: Meet Your Top 10!

Moving from the top 12 to the top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance means a lot of things: a guaranteed spot on tour, a new partner, and continuing to have a chance at the title of America's favorite dancer. So Thursday's results show was a big one, as we learned which dancers survived this crucial cut and which would be heading home.

In the end, half of the result surprised me, while the other half was fairly expected. Know what I'm talking about? Want to share your thoughts? Just


Phillip? I didn't think it would happen. I thought it should happen, frankly; he hasn't taken to other genres with the same grace and gusto that, say, Dominic or Hok did in past seasons. But I figured the producers would want him on the tour, so when he ended up in the bottom three, I assumed it was a formality. But no! Phillip headed home, just shy of the top 10. Now, in terms of the tour, it doesn't matter: It's pretty common for the 11th and 12th dancers to be a part of it, at least as alternates, and Nigel wasted no time assuring us that would be the case with Phillip. I suppose that's a win-win for everyone.

Caitlin's elimination was much more expected. She, I think, is the perfect example of what Nigel said was a persistent issue this season: She's a technically accomplished dancer, but she hasn't become a star. She's so quiet and calm and controlled, but I think that worked against her; I've been a fan, but I know a lot of you didn't feel that connection. So after her third trip to the bottom three, it was finally time to say goodbye — though I'm glad she, too, will be touring.


As for the other couple in the bottom three, I was surprised but not shocked to see Melissa and Ade end up there. Melissa's a favorite of mine, but I — like Tyce — would like to see more from Ade right quick. He delivered it in his solo, I thought. Here's what I thought overall:

The girls: Caitlin did her usual sweet solo, but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I have been with her others. Jeanine seemed wobbly and off to me, more than we've seen her before — her turns weren't quite centered, and her leaps weren't as high or extended as usual. I had to keep reminding myself that everything Melissa was doing was en pointe and thus a bit more difficult than just doing those moves normally.

The guys: I thought Jason was back in the form he was in a few weeks ago when the judges pronounced his solo the best ever on the show. Phillip did his thing, and it's still an impressive thing, but I wish he could show that he's picked up something new from his time on the show, too. And Ade's solo was just so-so for me until that massive backflip, which was insane.

Based on that, I think the judges made the right call all around.

Some other thoughts on the show:

  • What do you think of getting to see footage of the season six auditions during the Thursday results shows? Is it a good way to see what we have in store for us come Fall? Or is it unfair because some dancers will have airtime so long before the show?
  • What do you think of Nigel's statement about this top 20 being technically strong but with dancers who haven't become stars yet? It makes a lot of sense to me. I can tell that a lot of these people are wildly talented, but there are only a few who would get me to pick up the phone and vote.
  • Phillip's goodbye speech was so, so sweet. I know, I'm too emotionally invested in my reality TV, but I really found it moving.
  • No special dance guest in addition to the musical guest? Bummer!
  • Also a bummer: that the show couldn't get cleared to use Michael Jackson's songs for a tribute special. Do you think Nigel calling it out so publicly will make the deal more likely to go through?

What did you think of the results? And have you entered to win a trip to the finale yet?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I totally was expected Caitlin to leave...but I always liked her. I felt like the judges never did...which may have led to less of a connection with the audience? I also thought at times Jason may have brought her down? So I was surprised he did not get eliminated with her--actually shocked. I did like Caitlin, but between the three girls knew it would be her. As for theory is that it was not his time to go...he did great last night--and got better feedback then Jason, but I think the judges wanted to let him go while they still had control. I think they know he has a HUGE fan base...and are worried voters would keep him to the end--he would maybe even win even though he was not the BEST dancer...I don't know...I really thought it was Jason's time. Agreed that I was surprised what Nigel said about WHEN they make their decision. Agreed that it sucks they can't get the music for MJ tribute. Agreed...Evan should have been in bottom three--wish he had gone, Randi has been solid though, maybe boring?
proteanlives proteanlives 8 years
er withOUT some of the snark, I meant
proteanlives proteanlives 8 years
I thought the judges' decisions were right on this week. I was surprised, however, by Nigel's openness about their decision process, and the timing at which he chose to explain it. It sounded as if Phillip was going home even before he did his solo, and the look on his face seemed to indicate that he knew it. Very touching parting remarks, though. This is a reality program that I make an exception for and watch, because it showcases the talent of such amazing individuals with some of the snark found on other programs. Although I could do without some of the guest judge's comments (anyone think Tyce has been going to the Lil C school of criticism?)
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
I liked caitlin but I wasn't surprised to see her go. ade's solo was incredible! and I thought the same thing about nigel mentioning that they couldn't get the songs cleared for an MJ tribute - he mentioned in on air so that sony would feel the pressure and let them do it! I'm surprised they were shot down, considering america's best dance crew did an MJ themed show last summer, didn't they?
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
After reading Buzz's interview with Karla, I do feel that the amount of airtime really makes a difference for how these dancers are voted for. I never felt connected to Karla, but did for Evan and some others because they told so much of their story. Karla said a number of times (right?) that she didn't have a lot of airtime. With that said, I don't know how I feel about SYTYCD showing scenes for next season - they singled out sweet Timmy and I think he might immediately have an advantage. I think it was pretty predictable - Kaitlin and Philip leaving. BUT at least they get to go on tour. And when Nigel announced they would be going on tour, did you guys see the embrace between Kaitlin and Jason??? Makes me wonder if there was a bit of romance going on.
tepiza tepiza 8 years
randi and evan next
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I'm glad Phillip left when he did, lest we start to resent him or remember him for when he faltered, rather than when he succeeded. I think this is best for him in the long run.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
It was time for those 2 to go..I was getting tired of Cait & Jason being in the bottom, but Jason's solo was great. I love Phillip too, but he just wasn't on the same level as the other dancers..your Qs * I didn't even watch that part. I was like, I'll just wait for fall, IF I watch that season. * idk about Nigel's statement. I think Melissa & Jeanine are stars right now. They're the only people I've ever voted for. * I loved Phillip's speech too! * Yeah I wanted to see some dancing! I dont even like Kelly Rowland's song. * Hopefully! I'd love to see the MJ tribute dance.
felicityporter felicityporter 8 years
Ade rocked it! I am glad he got a chance to shine a bit on his own. That was my fave solo by far this season. Would like to see Jeanine with Brandon or Ade next week so that she can get the credit she deserves, I think Phillip held her back. Next 2 to go = please please let it be Randi and Evan.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
The only reason Caitlin didn't shine is because of the stupid choreographers she got. I was sad to see her go. Ade's solo was great, it reminded me of Joshua from last season. For once we got to see him dance and not just lift Melissa and make her look good.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
I disagree with you Buzz- I thought Ade's solo was AMAZING! Jason's solo was a little too manic for me, though I agree that his reaction to Caitlin leaving was totally endearing and tender. And methinks that by the end of the season, Nigel will get his Michael Jackson tribute. I will be shocked otherwise.
buckley9383 buckley9383 8 years
Forgot to mention- How heartbreaking was Jason's reaction to Caitlin leaving!? So sad!!!
buckley9383 buckley9383 8 years
I was bummed to see Caitlin go- I thought she was great but after the Bollywood routine she and Jason never got any stellar choreography. If they had gotten a dance with Mia or Wade it might have changed the number of votes they got. I'm exited to see who the new couples will be- I'm rooting for a Melissa/Brandon pairing!
mindyv mindyv 8 years
I agreed with the results completely...Phillip was really struggling with the other styles and I think that the only reason he managed to stay on the show for this long was because he and Jeanine performed hip hop twice. I was never a big fan of Caitlin, so she's no big loss to me personally. I LOVED Ade's solo and I'm glad we finally got to see him perform one since his original audition.
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