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Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: Meet the Final Four

Can you believe that this time next week, we'll be talking about which So You Think You Can Dance contestant was named America's favorite? On Thursday, we took our last step before next week's big finale: sending one final guy and one final girl home, paving the way for the final four to perform. So, who got through and who was stopped just short? Did your predictions come true? To talk about Thursday's results, just


They started the show together, and they said goodbye together: Melissa and Ade were the final two contestants to leave before the finale. I can't be too surprised, especially on the girls' side: Kayla's been the most-praised dancer of the season (not that that saved Janette last week, but still), and Jeanine's really come on strong these past few weeks. Once it was down to Melissa vs. Kayla, the answer seemed obvious; even Melissa seemed to know what Cat was going to say before the results envelope was open. Melissa's solos were never quite as expressive as the other remaining girls', and I think she just made less of an overall impression throughout the season. Still, she's a great inspiration to all the ballerinas who worried about being able to master SYTYCD's range of styles, and I hope she goes on to great things — I just love watching her dance.

The guys' elimination was a bit more of a toss-up, especially once Brandon was sent to safety. That left Evan and Ade, and — in what I think was a true test of Evan's popularity — Ade was the one to head home. I've seen a lot of "why is Evan still here?" comments these past few weeks, here and elsewhere, but apparently a lot of people still really love him. I think the introduction of the solos on competition nights has really helped him: He absolutely shines on his own, in his style, in a way he rarely has in duets — even Broadway duets. Ade, meanwhile, had a bit of a rocky time on the show, some weeks up and other weeks down. This week was a relatively down one for him, just when he needed to come on strong.


So that leaves Jeanine, Kayla, Brandon, and Evan to duke it out next week, and for the first time, I'm wondering: Could Evan really win this thing? Or do you still think a girl will take it all — and if so, which one? If Brandon breaks out another solo like he did on Wednesday, does he have a shot at the title? Is there one dancer you'd say is a favorite going in? I'm going to go out on a limb and say Evan won't win, but between the other three, I think it's a total tossup.

Some other thoughts on Thursday's show:

  • Best Cat quote of the season? "You break my heart, you sad clowns."
  • Speaking of Cat, I think it's time for her to retrain the audience to scream jidges, not judges. It's starting to sound a little too normal.
  • It's good to see last season's contestants back, and I'm totally digging Will's new hair! I'm bummed that Cat didn't chat with any of them, though. I would have loved to hear what they're up to these days.
  • Did last year's classic routines stand the test of time? I can't believe I hadn't noticed how much more Katee had to do in "Mercy" than Twitch. And I'm impressed with how well Chelsie and Mark recaptured "Bleeding Love," since so much of that routine is about passion and for all I know, they haven't danced together since the tour.
  • I just love watching JabbaWockeeZ. Their moves (plus the "Ramalama" redo last week) made me wish we could have gotten some cooler group numbers this seasnon.

So, who do you think will win it all?

Photos courtesy of Fox

Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
I'm hoping Jeanine wins. And Cat is the best thing about the show. Her enthusiasm and genuine love for the contestants always shines through.
mommie mommie 8 years
Another thought - I'm not sure the final winner should be decided by viewers. It should be about overall performance and growth, not who is most popular. How can one even judge someone else by just seeing them on TV. The pros judging should have the final say.
mommie mommie 8 years
I'm in total agreement about Evan. Ade was much stronger. I loved Janette and thought she was the best female and was very surprised she didn't make it all the way. However, between the two women left, Kayla is stronger in technique and has a lot of stature. If not her then Brandon, equally strong.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I am firmly on team Jeanine. She has been my favorite since the top twenty day. My second choice would be Brandon. From there I don't think I would care who would win. Evan and Kayla are such opposites. Evan has a great personality, but isn't very diverse. Kayla can dance anything but I don't really care for her personality.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
I hope Jeanine wins, I've loved her from the start. If Evan wins I will NOT be happy. When he dances w/ my favorite girls, they get eliminated, Janette, Melissa, ugh!
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
I'd forgotten how much I love Jabbawockeez -- they were amazing last night! I guess I am on the "Evan should have gone" train. I love him as a soloist, but he is not a partner dancer. Ade, on the other hand, was a sometime sloppy soloist who was a great partner dancer. And he has the best smile. I really am going to miss him and Melissa. She makes ballet look so easy, when the steps she are doing are *so* dang hard. It's too bad she isn't a flashy dancer like Kayla and Jeanine, but ballet just isn't. Kudos to her for not tramping up the style. I just recently started really like Kayla -- her lines are so beautiful, but I'm really hoping Brandon wins this thing.
FireFly44 FireFly44 8 years
I would love for Jeanine to win! She seems to genuinely excited to be there and is so humble when the compliment her. I agree that Kayla is full of herself. When the judges compliment her she smiles and nods in agreement! What is that all about?! Sometimes she makes that fake "wow" face. She is a great dancer though and the best of the girls in technical skills. Brandon is the best of all of them but his personality still irks me. I like Evan's personality but he does not deserve a spot in the finale based on performance at all. I still would not be surprised if he won though, I guess people like him and maybe can relate to him or something....he must have alot of hometown support or something bc NO ONE i know is voting for him. I wanted Janette or Jason to win and still think they should not have been voted off! I LOVED seeing the past routines, I loved that season SOOO much. Chelsie Hightower should have been in the finale last year!
care0531 care0531 8 years
Kayla is a good dancer but she needs to learn to be a little more humble I think I like Jeannie better because she isn't as full of herself. Brandon is by far the best in my opinion and I think he will win it all.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Kayla!! She's the best technical dancer left. Hated to see Ade go, he was my fav.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
Alright, who keeps voting for Evan??? Most of us seem to be in agreement that he should have left a while ago, so where exactly is this supposedly large fan base? Not on these boards, apparently. Anyway, I have a feeling Evan's going to win. People seem torn about the other three since they're all amazing dancers, and my fear is that America will vote for all three equally, giving Evan the advantage to win. We should all come together and just vote for Brandon. Even if he's not your favorite, I think it's the only way to make sure Evan doesn't take the prize!
rach716 rach716 8 years
I'm pulling for Jeanine to win, then Kayla, then Brandon, then Evan. Still can't believe Ade went home last night over Evan.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well you know that based on all the feedback from the judges this season - they LOVE the girls...and i think that nigel has 'something' for jeanette. but that's just me. anyway, i was really surprised that evan made it to the finals - it seemed like a lot of people weren't for him, but i think that it's GREAT news and i can't wait to see who wins next week.
sumbum sumbum 8 years
I want Bradon to win!! Of the 4, he's definitely the strongest dancer. If not Brandon, then Jeanine! I've never been a fan of Kayla or Evan. LOVE LOVE seeing last year's performances! But it made me realize that I don't really love or care about anyone this season as I have in past seasons. And I don't think anyone this season is as good as top4s from previous seasons (save for Brandon). I guess its like Nigel has said, none of are really "stars" yet. Final note....OMG, the Jabbawockeez are so f-ing amazing! They're so fresh! No one does it like they do, and yes, they put Nappytabs to shame!
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 8 years
just the fact that the judges constantly say to evan 'when i heard you got this i was scared for you' makes me think that he doesn't deserve to be there. they have said it from the beginning to the end and he hasn't proved them wrong so they don't say it.
tepiza tepiza 8 years
I was so sad to see Melissa and Ade go because I was rooting for either of them to win after Janette and Jason left. Now I'm left with these top 4 whom I have no appreciation for. Blah, this season has been so anti-climatic.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I'm so bad!!! I DVR this and watch it on weekends and now I know who is booted this weekend! Argh...oh well I still want to see everyone's dances.
mswender mswender 8 years
I hope Brandon wins. Although I do really like the girls and wouldn't be upset. I agree with Evan over Ade based on the performances on Wednesday, but I cannot see him winning in any way. I wished Cat had chatted with the previous contestants so we could find out what they are up to! I loved seeing them dance again. I don't know who the Emmy is going to, that is a touch one!
estella241 estella241 8 years
I adored Melissa so I am sad to see her go... however, with the finalists that are left, I hope Kayla wins. I think it's time for a girl to win and I think she's a FANTASTIC dancer.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I have my fingers crossed that Jeanine wins. I wouldn't mind seeing Kayla win, either. Brandon is definitely a technically stunning dancer and I suppose I wouldn't be upset if he won, but there's something about him that irks me. I actually liked Evan in the beginning, but it is way past his time to go!
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Sad to see Ade go, but not surprising. I think Jeanine will win the whole thing. If not her, then I'm going with Evan. I think there are enough Brandon and Kayla haters or nonfans to prevent them from winning.
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