July 22nd, 2011
12:17 PM ET
Well, we all knew it had to happen.
There aren't any less-than-stellar dancers left on "So You Think You Can Dance," so no matter who went home last night, it would have been unfortunate. But short of judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe saying "Hey! You're all so good we just can't choose! You all win! Woohoo!" – which he practically did do – the result was the best we could have hoped for.
As the judges deliberated, a guest performance by American Ballet Theatre's Daniil Simkin wowed the audience. Simkin is everything you'd want from an ABT soloist: smoothness of movement, clarity in the character, and, of course, gravity-defying jumps. And after another guest performance from musical girl group Blush, it was time for the bad news.
Mitchell and Clarice are phenomenal dancers, but, as I predicted, their routines on Wednesday night just weren't memorable enough to save them.
On a show where each routine was more creative than the last, there was nothing really wrong with their performances, but that wasn't quite enough. Mitchell and Clarice won't be continuing to the top 8. But don't worry, we haven't seen the last of them, as they will be joining the rest of the top 10 dancers for "SYTYCD's" upcoming live tour.
Rounding out last night's bottom four were Jordan and Ricky. Both danced beautifully on Wednesday but have been in the bottom before, so it may be an issue of relating to the audience. Ricky's dance-for-your-life solo, as expected, was perfection. Jordan, on the other hand, needs to stop it with the développés! Yes, they're lovely, but – and this may come as a shock to her – there actually are other moves in contemporary dance. Really! I promise!
Next week, our top 8 will be paired with brand new all-stars, including ballroom phenom Anya (can't wait to see her facial expressions this season) and master of contemporary Neil. Director and choreographer Rob Marshall of "Chicago" fame will replace NPH at the judges' table, along with Lady Gaga (dance expert that she is?).
So, what did you think of last night's results? Were they as you expected, or a surprise? What do you want to see next week? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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