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.
I never thought I would think of Melanie and "bucc" in the same sentence... but she did it again.
Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" cemented Melanie as the clear front-runner. There is literally no style she can't do. She easily kept up with tWitch in the very first number of the night, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.
And that wasn't even one of the biggest highlights of the night. For my money, her Broadway routine with Tadd was the best of the night. (And can we talk about that extraordinary solo that she practically made up on the spot?) The chemistry between them was palpable, especially compared to other routines, which ran the gamut.
Really, I was just happy to know he made it this far.
Thursday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" marked the end of the road for Jess LeProtto, as voters rallied to keep Ricky in the competition (which once again goes to show that the voters can and will change their patterns late in the season).
Jess was definitely one of my favorites, the best Broadway dancer we've seen in the history of the series. Even so, it had to be an uphill battle for him to make it all the way to the top 8. When he spoke to reporters on Friday, however, he disagreed that he might have had an especially hard time.
Lady Gaga's turn as a "So You Think You Can Dance" judge on Wednesday night did not disappoint. In case you weren't sure she was there, she towered over the other judges in a pair of impossibly high heels when it came time for standing ovations.
I feel a little bad for "Chicago"/"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall. He did a great job critiquing the dancers, but he was completely overshadowed by Gaga.
On the whole, the guest judges this season, other than Carmen Electra, have really impressed me. Aside from the occasional off-color aside, Gaga proved to be a perfectly competent judge, and is undoubtedly a fan of the show, having used season 4's Mark as a featured dancer on her tour.
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.
From the moment I heard Neil Patrick Harris would be a guest judge, I knew Wednesday night's "So You Think You Can Dance" episode would be a great show.
And wouldn't you know it - last night's contestants totally proved me right.
Sure, NPH did take himself a bit too seriously (I love that you're actually commenting on the dances, dude, but can you have a LITTLE fun with it?). But between the technically near-perfect ballroom routines and the gorgeous, character-driven contemporary and hip-hop pieces, who has time to notice the judges?
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