August 5th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
Well, three out of four ain't bad.
In recent weeks, Sasha has blown the judges away with her powerful performances, and, whacking aside, it turns out she had enough support to make it through to the finale, despite my picking of Caitlynn Lawson as a dark horse for the final four. I was happy to see that they went directly with the voters' choices this time.
The first to be named for the final four – shocker – was Melanie, the clear front-runner. The two guys were also not terribly surprising, Marko and Tadd.
As for Ricky Jaime, it turned out that whacking was his swan song in the competition, and he spoke about it to reporters on Friday: "I was more excited about the fact that whacking was being introduced to the world. It was just awesome and so uplifting, and I’m so excited for whacking to be part of the 'So You Think You Can Dance' family now. I wasn’t worried about 'Will I go home?' With this show you can't expect anything.”
Both Ricky and Caitlynn named Sonya Tayeh as their favorite choreographer to work with during their time on the show. "I began and ended my journey with her," Caitlynn pointed out. "She is a really amazing person and pushes you, and makes you dive into doing anything she says. She really pushes you to a whole new level - I hope I get to work with her again someday."
In fact, Caitlynn is most proud of her final routine choreographed by Sonya, as well as her Argentine tango with Pasha. "The [Sonya routine] was really hard emotion-wise and I had to be this overwhelmed and frightened person," she said. "I really wanted to nail that, and the judges stood up, and were really excited about it, so that was great since I worked on it so much."
Ricky was proudest of his cha-cha and jive routines, and revealed that he struggled with the jive. "During rehearsals, it was not great, but they didn’t want to slow the music down for us and they kept pushing us," he said. "Honestly, when we did it on the show, it was the first time we did it full out the way it was supposed to look."
Since both dancers picked ballroom routines among their favorites, it shouldn't surprise anyone that they're both excited to pursue that style in the future.
Ricky was saved several times by the judges after being in the bottom, and he said he was happy that they saw something in him.
As for Caitlynn, it meant a lot for her to get to the top six, since it was the only chance her father - who works on an oil rig and was away for a month - got to see her perform since early on in the competition. She wasn't too sure she would be able to make it that far. “[The top six] felt so out of reach and it was so funny that I just did what he'd asked me to do.”
Ricky and Caitlynn said they didn't have a favorite going into next week, since the group is so close and cheers each other on (though Ricky did describe Tadd as one of the best dancers he's ever seen, and he's also very close with Clarice, eliminated two weeks ago - the pair plan to get an apartment together).
So perhaps you're more willing to pick one: Whom are you pulling for next week? Tell us below or iReport it.
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