July 1st, 2011
11:38 AM ET
Thursday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" left this viewer puzzled.
The choice for which female contestant to eliminate seemed obvious – after a sub-par performance on Wednesday night and a solo that was anything but "dance-for-your-life" worthy, it looked like Ashley was on her way out.
Don't get me wrong, I've sung Ashley's praises on this blog before (her performance in last week's jailhouse routine alone...), but this was just not her week. The other two, Miranda and Caitlynn, had excellent performances and terrific solos.
But when it came to decision time, Nigel decided to lose Miranda. He made sure to note that the decision was not unanimous (I'm guessing Kristin Chenoweth might have been the holdout), but there wasn't too much of an explanation given, probably due to time.
The choice between guys was not as obvious, but Chris had really not made too much of an impression on me. His solo was quite good, but so were the solos from Mitchell and Robert.
As feared, once Miranda's elimination was announced, the judges unanimously decided to say goodbye to the "Woo Man" (but not before Nigel told Chris, not Robert, that his woodpecker routine was great the week before - oops). It seems that he had just spent one week too long in the bottom three. Robert gave a short, uplifting speech to everyone before one final "Wooooo" from everyone in the audience.
I understand that one week is not all that's taken into account by the judges, but at the same time, it was clear which couple had a bad week. It's not as though the others had bad weeks.
On the bright side, both of the guest performances this week, by Axis (which combines disabled and able-bodied dancers) and the pair of Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian, were incredible. The latter was otherworldly, it was so good.
Also on the bright side, I'm glad to see that Jess and Ryan continue to get support from the voters. I was a little nervous that either of their routines might land them in the bottom.
Do you agree that it was Ashley and Chris' time to go, or do you think the judges were right to interpret the will of the voters as they did? Share your view on iReport or comment below.
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