June 18th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
Just a few weeks ago on "So You Think You Can Dance," we saw an audition show where the good dancers were almost entirely female. And then there was Thursday night's results show where the bottom three were all female, which really tells you something about "what happens in Vegas."
It couldn't have been clearer that the girls on the show really need to step it up if any of them want a chance to even place in the top three this season. Even so, two of the dancers who were in the bottom three were surprising.
Following a Tessandra Chavez group routine where just about everyone got their chance in the spotlight (to the point where it was kind of a mess), it was time to get down to business... that is, the business of telling Alex, Robert, Kent and Lauren that they were all safe (I love when that happens).
Lauren's safety was the first surprise of the night, but Nigel Lythgoe told her she would likely be safe no matter what happened, probably due to her incredible solo routine in Las Vegas. (Also, Robert would probably be well-advised to stop the eyes-wide, mouth-agape, hand-over-mouth routine every time he's given good news, as that's already getting old.)
The second surprise came when Alexie was placed in danger over virtual unknown Ashley. It just goes to show you that all-star audience favorites like Twitch won't be enough to get votes for the contestants.
As usual when Nigel predicts someone will be in the bottom three, it works out just that way as it did with Melinda.
Despite lackluster performances by Adechike and Jose, they both prevailed over Cristina, who really didn't deserve to be in the bottom three at all, due to her terrific jazz routine the night before.
After a scorching Twyla Tharp routine showcasing two cast members from the Tony-nominated "Come Fly Away" and some solos from the bottom three, we got to the most important thing of the night for many of the show's viewers.
Of course, I'm talking about the premiere of the new Justin Bieber video, featuring Usher, who also performed live (kudos, by the way, for the lack of lip-syncing). If you ask me, this Bieber kid just might go somewhere if he keeps at it.
There was just barely enough time left to tell the dancer who was not the sole tapper or the sole ballroom performer - namely Alexie - that she was going home. This one was far from a surprise, especially after her yawner of a solo. However, it was still sad to see her go, after the many, many times she's tried out.
And now a special message to Melinda: after you're told by the judges that you need to do more than just smile in your routines, please don't follow that by a routine where you smile the whole time (as skillfully as that was danced). Also, you'll need to figure out what it means for a tap dancer to truly "dance for their life," because I'm clueless on this topic. Should there be smoke coming out of their tap shoes?
What did you think of the results? Are you pulling for any of the girls this season, or are you okay with seeing them dismissed one by one? Is there anything more Cristina can do to get votes? Post your opinion on video, or in the comments below.
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