July 15th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
Before I get to Thursday night's eliminations on "So You Think You Can Dance," I have to talk about all the news that Nigel Lythgoe and company had for us.
First and foremost, it was devastating to hear that Alex Wong has injured himself once again. Still keeping my fingers crossed that he will be a part of season 9!
Then, it was finally time to reveal this year's all-stars. I thought it would either be the same as last year's, or a brand new batch of them, and it turned out to be a little of both.
Aside from returning all-stars tWitch, Kathryn, Pasha, Comfort and Allison, it's great to see new all-stars Chelsie (the busiest dancer on TV?), Brandon, Robert from last season, and season 1's Melody. Can't wait to see them again!
Meanwhile, there were the special performances last night. It was great to see Melinda back again with a tap-dancing troupe, while future "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger was, um, also there.
As for the dancers in the bottom three, I was somewhat surprised to see Caitlynn and Mitchell there, but then again their hip-hop routine really didn't cut it. Unfortunately their jazz routine didn't help their cause.
But can I just say that Ricky's solo was one of the most amazing ones in the show's history? It took several weeks, but I'm finally sold on him.
Unfortunately, it wasn't terribly surprising to see Ryan and Alexander go home this week. Ryan looked positively crushed through the entire episode, with a sinking suspicion about what was coming. She didn't deserve to go home this early, but the votes just weren't there for her.
As for Alexander, he finally showed his personality this week, but it was too little too late.
On to next week, with Neil Patrick - wait for it - Harris as guest judge! And the top 10! And the all-stars! My colleague Rachel Rodriguez will be filling in for me, chronicling it all.
What did you think? Was it Ryan's time to go? Do you like the choices for all-stars? Share your view on iReport or comment below.
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