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So You Think You Can Dance: Jessica's Out!

So You Think You Can Dance: Jessica's Out!

Big news for So You Think You Can Dance fans from Monday's session at the TCA press tour. Jessica King, who slipped into the top 10 last week, is out with an injury, and Comfort's taken her spot in the competition.

Nigel Lythgoe wouldn't be specific about the nature of her injury or the time that it happened — though he said he hopes Jessica herself will be available to do that on the show this week. Comfort hadn't left LA yet when Jessica had to drop out, and she was back in rehearsal as of Monday morning.

In fact, all of the top 10 dancers were in rehearsal, which was a bit of a bummer, since I'd really been hoping to check out Twitchington in the flesh. Instead, we got a foxtrot from Kourtni and Matt (who really are that tall) and a solo from Thayne (who really is that smiley) before Nigel, Mary Murphy, Cat Deely, and Mia Michaels took the stage for some Q&A. Some highlights:

  • Mary explained that she'd been using her "hot tamale train" expression for years to describe dancers — typically fiery ballroom dancers. The hot tamale train typically doesn't pull into the station during more emotional performances, no matter how much Mary likes them; she's usually too close to crying for that. Also, if some couple gets two tickets on the hot tamale train, that means Mary thinks they're headed for the finale. Now we know.
  • Mia doesn't think she's a mean judge. "I'm just being very honest," she said. She insisted that in rehearsals she's "Mama Mia" and the dancers look to her for tough love.
  • When the choreographers work with the dancers, they have an hour and a half on Friday and three hours on Saturday — and that's just about it.

For a little more — including a new pairing Nigel accidentally revealed — just


  • Courtney and Joshua will be dancing together! Woohoo!
  • Nigel was still obviously upset when asked about Robert quitting earlier this season. "No dancer should quit," he said. "At any point. Ever." He said he'd be curious to see if Robert backed down from his potential dance battle with Phillip Chbeeb next. Ouch.
  • Nigel's philosophy on SYTYCD, American Idol, and other shows where the audience votes: "The public often get it wrong. But at the end of the day, they sort of put it right — it's along the way they get things wrong." He used as an example Tamyra Gray getting kicked off Idol but Kelly Clarkson rightfully winning.
  • Nigel noted that that the past two years, the finale has pitted a brilliant dancer (Travis, Danny) against a brilliant performer (Benji, Sabra) and the performer has come out on top.

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Clio Clio 9 years
Who knows, Comfort could rise to the occasion, but I doubt it. Jessica's first performance last week was fantastic, second performance not so much. Hope Kourtni and Matt have another opportunity to show their stuff. I know they lack chemistry but technically speaking (and aside from their hip-hop two weeks ago) they are technically amazing!
MlleMLT MlleMLT 9 years
I wonder if Jessica has been on the cusp of getting kicked off etc... because she has been injured the whole time. I always really liked her actually and was pulling for her, but I notcied she danced with a brace on her ankle and foot since almost the very beginning. I have a feeling she would have performed better this whole season had she not been injured. Hope she gets to dance on the tour.
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
damn it, I was so happy Comfort was gone
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I was glad Comfort was gone but I am happy Jessica is gone...she was just too annoying and I honestly think she would have ended up in the bottom this week anyway. We all know Comfort is leaving this week as it is...poor girl has had a free ride this whole time.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that really sucks about jessica, but maybe it'sa good thing. she was on the cusp of not making it for a while so this is probably a decent thing for her. i would hate to be comfort though, knowing that this might also be your last week. i hope that jessica is ok though - and that whatever injury she has, it's not something that will keep her from dancing - she's really got an amazing gift.
bleached bleached 9 years
And cyrizzle, Jessi was only out for one day then she got the boot from the judges. Jessica hadn't gotten the boot yet and her injury seems to be more permanent...
bleached bleached 9 years
Wow. That's unfortunate... I kind of feel guilty now because for the last 3 weeks, I've been hoping she gets voted off... It's too bad she never got out from under Will's shadow.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
Ooo I know you were Francesca :). I just had to say something because I have seen so many people say it being serious on other blogs. People can be so silly. They are actually lucky this doesn't happen more often. They always look like they are going to hurt each other in the shots from practice.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
I was honestly just kidding about the conspiracy thing.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
I don't really care if Comfort is coming back...honestly, she'll prob end up going this week. I doubt she will be able to compete w/ the other girl dancers (still). I don't think its a conspiracy either...the judges never really liked Comfort or Jessica.
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
i was glad when comfort left. i wanted to see jessica prove herself because i believed that she really was a talented dancer and just hadn't had her moment to shine. comfort seemed like she knew she was going home soon so she just gave up. also, why didn't they bring anyone back when jessi got hurt last season? why would they choose to do it this season?
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I just can't see the conspiracy. The judges were pretty rough on Jessica and Comfort, so I can't see asking Jessica to bow out to bring back Comfort...who they decided to kick off. So sad for Jessica though! So, does this mean that Comfort will be the one going on tour?
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
I'm sad for Jessica, I really wanted to see her dance with a different partner so we could really see her. But you can't dance injured, not unless you never want to dance again. I hope she heals sooner rather than later. It was my understanding that Comfort and Thayne were the alternates for the tour, so they would be going anyway...but I really thought it was Comfort's time to go last week. I think her connection problem (with her partners) is that she doesn't seem to take them seriously or trust them at all. And I don't think Jessica was sabo'd by anyone. If they wanted her off they would have sent her home last week or any of the weeks prior when they were in the bottom three. I think it was just bad luck.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
wow, this one disappoints me! Comfort was the correct choice and should have been gone a couple weeks ago. Jessica may have been struggling, but technically she is such a great dancer. That really sucks!
LoveStoned LoveStoned 9 years
& ewww. Courtney and Joshua?!
LoveStoned LoveStoned 9 years
Well, I'M happy for Comfort...
em113 em113 9 years
Sabra was not an incredible performer...don't even get me started, I'm still bitter about that one.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
NO NO NO!!! I was soooooo glad to see Comfort gone!! Again, I'm so mad that her & Thayne stayed a week longer than Matt & Kourtni, because maybe then, Kourtni would have gotten to stay in Jessica's place :( I'm sad, though, that Jessica is gone. I was looking forward to her pairing with someone else and hopefully proving herself. I really hope Comfort goes home, all 4 of the other women are exceptionally better dancers than her.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
My first thought when I read this was how did Nigel do it? Did he pour tacks on the floor or grease it? Did he go old school with the banana peel or give a nod to Showgirls by throwing beads all over the floor? He soooo wanted Comfort in the top 10 for the tour, and wanted Jessica out. I'm excited to see Joshua and Courtney dance together but I don't want Joshua and Katie broken up - I love them together!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for the update, Buzz! Love the idea of "Mama Mia;" generally, I agree that she is a tough love judge, but her criticism of Jessica last week crossed the line for me. Too bad Jessica doesn't get the chance to continue to compete, though I hope she does stay on the tour. Under exceptional circumstances, maybe they'll have the top 11 travel this year. Not excited about Comfort's return; wonder how long she'll last this time? Hope TCA is fun and that you get lots more scoop on the favorites!
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
ditto... i really liked jessica, and i wasn't amazed or "had that connection" with comfort.
trouble450 trouble450 9 years
I too, was ready for Comfort to go and I am not excited to have her back. Guess she will just leave again this week. Poor Jessica.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
I don't think it was a conspiracy theory- or at least I hope not. However, I agree with you Francesca that the judges seem to think that Jessica was out of her league and that it really seemed like this week would be the week she would be gone. Does anyone know then if that means Comfort takes Jessica's spot on the tour? I know that Jessica technically made it, but does her dropping out mean she has to give up her spot on the tour?
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Yeah, I'm disappointed here- I was really ready for Comfort to leave, and it seemed apparent that she was giving up. I agree with the comment that she didn't make much effort to connect with Thayne. Comfort just doesn't really impress me. If I were more of a conspiracy theorist, I would be a little suspicious. It was so clear that the judges wanted Jessica off... but I'm not that paranoid. I don't think so at least!?
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
It's permanent -- Nigel said that Jessica's doctor told them she needs four to five weeks of rest. I'm hoping we'll see more on the show on Wednesday, because Nigel was really reluctant to talk about it (he said legal issues kept him from discussing a dancer's injury in depth).
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