July 9th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
As Thursday night's "So You Think You Can Dance" elimination show went along, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that all of the suspense over which contestant would be taken out of the competition was for show, because we had yet to hear Alex Wong's prognosis. (Alex, coming off a lot of momentum from the week before, had been injured during rehearsals for Wednesday night's show.)
Unfortunately, it turns out I was right, and after a long explanation by Nigel Lythgoe - including a description of what a lacerated Achilles tendon is - we got the devastating news that Alex has to rest for three months after his operation.
For a lot of viewers, Alex was a big reason to watch this season. Here was a contestant whom the judges seemed to think was both the strongest dancer and had a very good shot at winning, unlike so many in the past. As Adam Shankman said, "You taught me the best could be better."
Alex's elimination definitely changes things. Jose and Kent have a lot of supporters, but I wouldn't count out a dark horse, as Adam described Ashley to be on Wednesday.
One problem for Ashley, though, was her unexpected appearance in the bottom two. Either the voters really have a lot of trouble remembering anything from the first half of the show (possible), or it's another one of those Sabrina Bryan situations where too many of them thought, "She'll get plenty of votes, so I'll vote for someone else." No matter what it was (maybe the M.C. Hammer pants?), something went horribly awry in the voting because Ashley had her best night so far as a hip-hop dancing ninja and a quickstep virtuoso.
The real dark horse in the race could very well be Lauren, who stayed safe this week, though the fact that she danced with Kent could have had a lot to do with it. Either way, the judges are almost certainly going to do their best to keep the girls in the competition as long as possible.
One dancer we can probably count out, sadly, is Billy, who hasn't been able to connect with viewers the way that Alex did. The voters didn't seem to care for either of his performances as a cat (though Adam's theory that dog lovers were out in force could have some merit).
The voters did come through for AdeChike and Robert, two of the most criticized dancers of the season. AdeChike even got an apology from (Emmy-nominated, angel-choreographing) Mia Michaels for saying, "I miss Alex right now, hard" and saying his Bollywood routine was a "doughnut hole."
As for Robert, I have no doubt that he isn't the least bit arrogant, but his performance this week should have landed him in the bottom, again.
Sad to say, we have to press ahead with this season, post-Alex. At least he will have a chance to return to the stage next season. One request: Can we have Pasha and Anya perform during every results show to soften the blow of eliminations?
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