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Rayven and Jamie Eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance: The First Elimination

Dancers, we hardly knew ye. The first two finalists were eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday, and while I don't think there were any blockbuster surprises regarding who went home, I was a little baffled by the bottom three couples overall. To see who went home and talk about the results, just


Maybe it's the curse of going first, but Rayven and Jamie, the very first couple to take the stage in the finals, were both sent home on Thursday. Kourtni, Matt, Jessica, and Will rounded out the bottom three couples forced to "dance for their lives" (man, I hate that phrase). Hmm, I wonder how that made Dan feel about his proclamation that Will and Jessica were the ones to beat?

On the girls' side, I didn't think any of the three gave their best performance in the solo round: Kourtni was a little wobbly but clearly the strongest, while Rayven didn't even dance the last five seconds of the music and Jessica did very little overall. I can't say I disagree with the decision to send Rayven home — though I did like her on Wednesday — but it's sad that the first time we really got a look at her was in her farewell package.

As for the guys: Jamie had the toughest job — I'm sure it's hard to be a partner dancer who's asked to perform solo — but he barely seemed like he was trying. William, on the other hand, sold me after that one soaring leap that seemed like it might reach the rafters. Matt is still just one of the indistinguishable mass of male contemporary dancers, but I didn't think he did anything wrong. Nigel really has it out for him and his minuscule personality, though, so he'd better get really fun really fast if he wants to stick around.

A couple of other thoughts:

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, how did Gev and Courtney avoid the bottom three? I suppose their critique was so obviously bad that people called in to save them, but I'm surprised that worked so early in the competition. I like both of them, and I'm glad to see them back for another week, but wow.
  • I usually like Wade's choreography, but that has to be one of the strangest opening numbers I've ever seen. That said, I can't pretend I've never fantasized about gagging Nigel Lythgoe so he can no longer speak — though if I were to do that to one judge on this show, it would definitely be Mary.
  • Greatest unintentionally hilarious moment of the night: Jamie's enthusiastic whooping for the Pussycat Dolls.
  • Speaking of which: I just don't get the Pussycat Dolls. Like, at all. Who wants to explain this one to me? Does this mean I'm old?
  • Did anyone else notice how much more applause Katee and Joshua got on Thursday than they did before they danced on Wednesday? Also, Joshua is seriously going to cry, like, all the time.

Your thoughts? Did the right people go home? And were you surprised with anyone in the bottom three?

Photos courtesy of Fox

limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
I was sad about Rayvn, I really liked her and thought her personality really outshone Jessica. I didn't like Jamie, I think he thought he'd go far because he has a connection to Benji and Lacey and people would vote for that. Does anyone feel like the contestants this year are acting a little fake? It seems like they're trying to magnify their personalities instead of just acting like themselves. Maybe it's just me.
Jessica Fernandez from season 2 is a ballerina, as is Vanessa Sew Hoy on SYTYCD Australia.
Firesheep Firesheep 9 years
I wanted Jessica to go, she annoys me and her part of the tango was horrid. And I didn't like Chris all that much, and his Jive with comfort should have been in the bottom 3. but I guess having dislocated her shoulder help them in the votes. I hope Jessica will be cut next week because I want to see Will with a better partner.
chattypatra chattypatra 9 years
I wish next year the producers would consider one of two things. Either let the first week go by without eliminating any dancers (so that the viewers might get to know them a little before voting), OR let them vote, but carry the numbers over until the second week like they have done on American Idol. It feels harsh for us to be able to eliminate a dancer because they performed a number in a style they probably never tried before, simply because it was the luck of the draw. The first week must be so harrowingly intense - and even scary - for many of them, that I wish they had a chance to show what they can do BEFORE getting the boot. A thirty second dance to "save your life" hardly seems fair to those who are not contemporary dancers.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I definitely think the disco dancers should've been in the bottom three. I was rooting for Courtney since auditions, but that routine was just awful. With that said, Rayven & Jamie's performance just didn't stick out to me, but neither did a couple of others. Jessica definitely should've gotten the boot, though. She annoys me to no end. On a side note, I'm SO glad Kherrington & Twitch are paired together- I LOVE them!
tepiza tepiza 9 years
I have to agree that Jessica should've gone home. She exuded neither elegance nor sensuality when she was dancing that tango and her solo was just plain boring. And yeah, William really reminds me of Danny.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
I can't believe they eliminated Rayven instead of Jessica. Rayven's solo wasn't very good, but Jessica was plain awful. And I agree with the poster who said she has such a fake smile... Still rooting for Joshua !
raieven raieven 9 years
I liked Rayven, GO BALLET, and Jaime (GO SWING!!) two fave dances :( On a side note I CANNOT STAND KHERINGTEN.
graylen graylen 9 years
I agree on the camera/sound problem- it was ridiculous. The Pussycat Dolls just looked so trashy. I kept watching them dance and thinking that they try to appeal to young girls... and to think parents thought Britney Spears was bad back in the day! I actually liked Rayven. She was so sunny when she performed. I felt bad for the guy eliminated because the whole time I was thinking, "He's no Pasha!"
spazzydana spazzydana 9 years
who is PCD's target demographic anyway? theyre all 'girl power' which doesnt appeal to anyone over 12, and anyone below 12 shouldnt be allowed to look at them. really, what are they trying to do?
em113 em113 9 years
So much was wrong with last night. PCD were hands down the worst singers I've ever heard. the bottom three was so wrong! Suzie should've been in there as well as the disco dancers. Rayven and Jamie shouldn't have been bottom three. (Once they were there they deserved to go home but they shouldn't of been there in the first place!) I hate it when America messes up, stop making me look bad! I would agree that Nigel is picking on Matt too much. He really doesn't have a personality problem. Its not larger than life, but its also not meek. There are dancers on the show with less personality...and Jessica's solo was terrible. She barely moved. Just ugh.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I was totally ticked at the eliminatin. How the heck did Suzie not end up in the bottom? Their waltz was ok, but Ravyn and Jamie's hip hop was good. Better than that waltz. Suzie just does not appeal to me at all. And if they had to pick between Ravyn and Jessica, I would have picked Jessica to leave. I was just really glad that Twitch stayed!! He is my fave right now!
yadiet yadiet 9 years
Idk about you all. But I went to School with Susie Garcia and she is an awesome dancer. She is also one of the dancers for the Miami Heat. All of tour talent shows in school she always rocked the house. Crazy.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Sumbum...the sound was horrid. I kept turning it up to hear what everyone was saying, and then I got blasted out of my seat when the taped stuff came on. UGH! Oh, and Poppin Pete was the best part of the night. Hands down.
lvkelly79 lvkelly79 9 years
on the Pussycat Dolls performance... WTF!?! They've had some success in the past and some of their songs are catchy... they're halfway decent performers and they're hot chicks... but seriously! WTF?!? I had to turn the channel halfway through... The song was miserable, they sounded awful, and they looked a lil too skanky for me to feel comfortable watching with kids in the room... Poppin'Pete was 100 times more entertaining :)
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 9 years
I agree with alethe16, I thought Susie was a mess and did not understand why she didn't make the bottom three. I am not impressed with what I have seen from her at all and have no idea why she is on the show.
hazelprincesse hazelprincesse 9 years
I was not surprised that Rayven and Jaime got the boot. Their routine was okay but nothing special, and personally I just didn't like it all the crotch grabbing and him being pantsed in the middle of the routine (still don't get why that happened). I was surprised that Susie and Marquis and Courtney and Gev escaped the bottom 3 (maybe their personalities/sex appeal trumped their dance routines?), but Jessica and Will ending up there really didn't surprise me all that much. I didn't like their tango, it was not special or really memorable to me. And I agree alethe, people normally don't dig the slower dances.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
Man, anyone else notice how shoddy the camera work & sound was? The camera guy was shaking all over & the mics kept going in & out. The PCD sounded TERRIBLE live. You could barely hear the music and heard every breath the girls were making. It was the worst live performance. yikes.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I thought Jessica should have gone home. I was the most unimpressed with her performance overall. She slipped and tripped, and even though others did as well, she was nowhere near as good covering her tracks and I thought her solo was disappointing. I would have liked to see Rayven stay.
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 9 years
And Danny Tidwell was and is a ballet dancer...and he lasted till the end....
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 9 years
I find Jessica incredibly annoying. Her forced smile throughout the tango to me, was uninspired and unnecessary. Shame--I would have preferred to see her go home. It's a pity Raven decided to do her solo on demi--I think that was the kiss of death for her. It reminds me of Season 2, when Jaymz, for some reason, decided to do a ballroom solo (Paso Doble) instead of his forte--contemporary. Sometimes I think the dancers try to show that they're versatile--but it fails. Stick to what you know people! Especially when the judges are voting for you! I think Matt suffers from what Danny did last season. He's such a gifted dancer--but so technically perfect and upright that it's difficult to see the personality shine through. It's a complete shame though--because I think the personality IS there...Nigel is being too hard on him. We'll see next week. Kortni will have a tough time though, if paired with any dancer shorter than her...
alethe16 alethe16 9 years
I cannot for the life of me understand how Susie and Marquis didn't get in the bottom three. I don't have a problem with Marquis, and while Susie was more elegant than usual, I thought it was a mess. Plus, people normally don't dig the slower dances (hence Jessica and Will in the bottom 3). Color me confused.
bubbles099 bubbles099 9 years
Jessica from Season 2 was a ballet dancer. She lasted awhile in the competition but was eventually let go because of lack luster personality. Rayven's solo was bad. She needed the point and it probably would have saved her. It seemed like she coreographed it for point and at the last minute changed her mind.
Nak-Nak Nak-Nak 9 years
I know Benji won, but if you look at all the seasons overall, the contemporary dancers seem the most able to transition between the various dance styles, which gives them a slight advantage. Now, big personality is key, as is lucking into "good" (defined in various ways) choreography. I always feel bad for the b-boys who start off with a string of ballroom pieces - you know what I mean. I really like this show, but there are a lot of things beyond the dancers' control....that has to be frustrating as a contestant.
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Rayven really made a bad choice by not going on pointe. She will be regretting that for a long time. :oy:
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