June 24th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
I knew it was coming, and yet I still wasn't prepared for it.
Due to last week's non-results show, Thursday night's episode had the judges taking on the unenviable task of eliminating four out of the six dancers in danger.
The first two couples in danger - Missy and Wadi, Iveta and Nick - were predictable. I was fully prepared for Clarice and Jess to join them in the bottom three, but it was Ricky and Ryan instead!
Before we got to the business at hand, there was a dynamite performance by Rage Crew (though some of the costuming on the tykes was a bit... questionable), and LMFAO and Quest brought down the house (no surprise there.... note to self: must listen to more LMFAO).
As for the solos, I liked Nick's a lot, but it didn't compare with his routine with Jess to kick off the season.
Iveta was extraordinary, but the rest weren't too great.
So I had every reason to believe that Ryan and Ricky were on the way out, and I was going to be heartbroken over Ryan, who showed so much promise.
Instead, surprisingly, the judges were unanimous in eliminating Iveta, along with Missy. Apparently Mary Murphy and Debbie Reynolds agreed. Happy to see Ryan safe, but sad to see Iveta go.
I was also sad to see Nick go, and Nigel Lythgoe was very complimentary to him, and his future career. I didn't see what the judges apparently saw in Ricky, and he was safe. Being one of four hip-hop dancers, it was easy to predict that Wadi would be the fourth dancer eliminated.
Well, time to move on to the top 16. It looks like Jess has some fans out there, so that's exciting. Can't wait to see what's in store next week!
What did you think? Are you mourning Iveta and Nick as well, or any of the others? Did Ryan and Ricky deserve to stay? Sound off on iReport or comment below.
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