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Chelsea and Chris Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: Down to 14

So You Think You Can Dance got another step closer to the top 10 on Thursday, dropping two more dancers from its roster. Which guy and which girl didn't survive to dance another week on the SYTYCD stage? Just


Well, we have our first split-up couple of the season. Chelsea T. and Chris got the boot from the judges on Thursday after viewers' votes left them in the bottom three. Nigel certainly left no doubt about the girls' elimination, just ripping off the Band-Aid by calling Chelsea up first and essentially just saying goodbye right then and there. The guys' elimination was slightly more suspenseful, but ultimately Chris couldn't save himself for another week. Frankly, I'd thought sure he was headed home last week, so I can't pretend to be surprised.

After questioning the judges last week, I think they made the right call this time. Chelsea's solo was a little better than last week's, but she's still the weakest of the three dancers in the bottom three overall. My notes on Chris's solo say: "Wow, there's a lot of arm-flinging going on" — and if there was anything more than that, I certainly don't remember it. Meanwhile, I was glad to see Matt get a shout-out from Nigel; he's really been growing on me, and I'm glad to hear Nigel acknowledge that, hey, the dude really is pretty great. His solo was fantastic, as was Kourtni's, who not only gave me a high school flashback with that Ani Difranco song but also showed that she knows when to be tough and when to be tender.

Some other thoughts:

  • Do you think Chelsea's elimination means that Chelsie Hightower will just be called "Chelsie" from now on?
  • I don't think that Chris, Thayne, and Matt forming the bottom three means that America doesn't like contemporary dancers, as Nigel suggested. It's just that 1) there was such a glut of them this season, and 2) they (with the possible exception, now, of Matt and his ninja mask) haven't quite developed a compelling personality.
  • Interesting that Adam Shankman didn't choreograph the group dance. Also interesting that Comfort once again got a spotlight part. I wonder if it saved her again?
  • Nigel Lythgoe in leather: hot or not?
  • Not to keep harping on the clothing, but this is the second week in a row that Mary has looked significantly more normal on the elimination night than on the judging night. Can she only scream if she's wearing sparkles? Is that it?
  • It was great to see Quest perform — and better because of all the SYTYCD alumni in the group! I was a little surprised Cat came out and called them America's best dance crew considering there's, you know, a show by that name, but hey. Fun fact: Apparently the crew eventually wants to audition for that show once the dancers stop being under contract with 19 Entertainment.
  • It's amazing — and adorable — how truly happy and grateful Jordin Sparks seems every time she's on stage performing at a Fox event. The new single's no "No Air," but her energy is infectious enough to get it stuck in my head anyway.
  • I laughed out loud at the backstage clip of Gev watching Courtney walk up the stairs and then face-planting straight into the staircase. Staged? Yeah, probably, but I don't care.

So, now we'll have Thayne and Comfort paired together. Will that be any better than their previous pairings? Or is it still a mismatch? Give me your thoughts!

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faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I am not sure about Comfort and Thayne partnering. I don't really love either of them. I was surprised to see Chelsea go, I figured it would be Comfort. Chris was a toss up to me. I like him sometimes. But I guess not enough. I really loved Matt's solo. I enjoyed seeing Dominick and Hok again!!!! The Mia Michaels opener really reminded me more of a Wade Robson piece. I loved it though! I love Wade and I wish he was on more!
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
I LOOOOVE Matt! He's an amazing dancer, I just get sucked in watching him whenever he's on the screen.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Thayne and Comfort? :ponder: We shall see...
graylen graylen 9 years
I was a little surprised by the beginning of the Mia group routine... it was SO similar to the beginning of Wade Robson's Emmy winning "Rama-lama" group routine. I thought Mark was pretty fantastic in it though... it seemed like his little odd world... which I'm sure Mia was working off of. I think that Jessica or Comfort should go next week. I think Jessica is a weak link. While Comfort is great at her style, I don't think she does well with other styles. I think Thayne will probably be next to go if Matt keeps it up.
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 9 years
For some reason, I'm not as into this season as I have all of the others!! Grrr, I really want to be, but I haven't really clicked with the dancers except for a couple! I'm hoping I can get more into it though, because I love this show (yes, I really did go see it on tour last year, hehe). I figured that Chris would go home because Nigel hadn't been into him since the beginning....I loved Chelsea in her hot purple dress, but that was the last time I was impressed!! Still, I think she is a stronger dancer than Comfort....I'll be curious to see the new match-up!
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
From the time that the show airs, I check & check to see if you've done the re-cap. ha! I love talking about it! Anywho...... I think they made the right choice with Chelsea & Chris going home. But, I think partnering Thayne & Comfort is not going to be good. I don't really like either of them, so I'm OK with that :-/ I was so happy to hear Nigel give Matt praise. He's fantastic, and Nigel gives him so much flack, it's time he realizes just how great he is. Although, I was surprised to see him & Kourtni in the bottom 3... but Nigel had said that the public probably wouldn't get their routine. Buzz - I was thinking the same thing; will Chelsie Hightower just be "Chelsie" now? I loved the group dance! Mia Michaels is just fantastic!! The makeup was great.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
I think Thayne might be the Kiss of Death for Comfort, but, then again, they are both rather crisp dancers. So I guess we'll see next week if they're styles match up on the dance floor. I think the judges made the right choice in getting rid of Chelsea the Flower Thief and Chris with the Face of a 12-year-old. Chris was just not up to the caliber of the other two guys, and poor Chelsea, cute as she is, is certainly no Kourtni Lynd.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
I wasn't surprised by who left but Chris was growing on me especially the part when they were talking about things America doesn't know about dancers and one of the things about Chris America doesn't know is that he loves food and they showed a clip with comfort and i think it was Thayne and Chris and Thayne picked up his with his fork about to eat it and Chris all of a sudden decides to eat the food off the fork that part was funny and Thayne was shocked that he ate his food :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I honestly was surprised they sent Chelsie home, I figured Comfort would go (even though I like her), I definitely wasn't surprised by Chris leaving, he apparently is a tree - with flaying branches lol, he seems like a nice guy but definitely not the best dancer in that group. I'm excited to see how Comfort & Thayne do together :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
you know, i thin kthat the right people went home, but it's always sad - cuase you know tha tthey have such a passion for what they do. i'm always hooked on the show - and i can't wait to see the performances next week.
estella241 estella241 9 years
I have a feeling it's going to be a mismatch between Thayne and Comfort. I don't find either of them to be exceptionally good partners.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Buzz- how do you manage to watch all this stuff. When it came time for Jordan we fast forwarded ahead. These elimation shows are dreadful! That being said, I was hoping they would split the couples up. Chris was a nice guy but his skills were definitely not up to the others. I am split between Joshua and Katie and Chelsie Hightower and her partner (can't remember his name!) as my favorites.
MissMimz MissMimz 9 years
Well I really think Thayne and Comfort will be a better match than they were previously, seems like this week's elimination they took out the weakest links. Comfort and Thayne seems to be more personable and they are talented. I really hope it's not another mismatch.
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