For fans of "So You Think You Can Dance," Tuesday is a big day.
Not only does tonight mark the beginning of the competition phase of the season, but the start of the live shows on Fox will also bring a reunion with Cat Deeley, "SYTYCD's" beloved host.
Those who don't watch "SYTYCD" regularly might have an impression of Deeley as just a pretty Brit, but those who have followed the program season after season know there's more to Deeley than that.
While she isn't the only superb reality TV host out there - the Seacrests and the Bergerons and the Probsts sparkle in their ways - Deeley is the most interesting of the group. Here are five ways Cat Deeley stands out:
Wednesday night's episode of our favorite Emmy-nominated dance show (the last "So You Think You Can Dance" for two weeks – again!) was filled with so many moments of potential brilliance that didn't quite get there.
Most heartbreaking of all, though, was that there was some actual brilliance in a routine by Brandon and Amber. Guest judge Christina Applegate couldn't even keep it PG in her response to their sexy jazz number, and the censors had to bleep her.
And thanks to the quite-frankly-bizarre voting this week, the judges ended up saying goodbye to the couple by the end of the show.
So far, this season of "So You Think You Can Dance" has had the best start since season 5, or possibly season 4. I haven't been this excited about the talent in this year's top 20 in a long time.
Let's just get right to the bad news first. Four dancers were eliminated at the end of the episode, taking us down to 16 dancers. But I think America and the judges made the right decision in losing Daniel, Nick and Janaya.
In the first live show of the season, "SYTYCD" definitely saved the best for last.
It started off slow. Not bad, just unmemorable.
Whitney and Chehon kicked the show off with a samba that felt more boring than spicy – there wasn't a connection between them. In their Sonya Tayeh contemporary routine, Tiffany and George were pretty, but rough. And Janaya and Brandon were just OK in a Nappytabs hip-hop number.
Wednesday night's 200th episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" finally revealed this season's top 20, and with a couple of exceptions (Megan - one of my favorite auditions this season - and Abigail were both eliminated) I was very pleased to see who made the cut.
Zooey Deschanel was on hand to judge (well, kinda-sorta since no one was getting eliminated) the various group routines where the dancers showed off their styles. Zooey more or less did what was expected of her here, which was to tell the dancers how great they are.
After taking a break last year (her second in the series run) to choreograph "Rock of Ages," Mia Michaels is tanned, rested and ready to return for Wednesday night's top 20 episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" (which also happens to be the 200th episode, by the way).
"I just want to continue pushing ground and digging into new territory," Michaels told reporters on Tuesday about what to expect this season.
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