Second chances on 'SYTYCD'
July 23rd, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Second chances on 'SYTYCD'

On Thursday night’s results show - which opened with a tribute to dance legend and director of The Ailey School Denise Jefferson, who died Saturday after battling ovarian cancer - the judges were feeling extra charitable.

After Lauren, Kent and AdeChike found themselves safe from elimination, Robert and Jose performed solos in an attempt to stay in the competition. Billy, however, didn’t take the stage, despite being cleared by the doctor.

There are two ways of looking at this situation:

1. Billy knows his body better than anyone else and he made a smart decision to sit out this week.

2. Billy is lazy.

But, who knows. Had Billy taken the stage too soon, he might have wound up in surgery with Alex. All we can hope is that he'll be ready to dance next week because he will be dancing. As will Robert and Jose.

That’s right - nobody was sent home this week, which means two dancers will leave the competition come Thursday.

Maybe the judges decided to give Billy a second chance to reward him for knowing his limits, while still avoiding the controversy that might have ensued had they sent home one of the contestants who was well enough to perform.

Just a thought.

What did you think of the judges’ decision?

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Val

    Billy was smart to not dance–push himself too soon, despite being cleared by docs. He can "work it out" next week and try to stay in the show. I really miss ALEX!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Heather

    I think Billy's choice was simply "Survivor" gaming. He knows he's probably one of the top three dancers, and sitting out would give him a much needed rest, giving him more strength for the upcoming week. He was playing the odds that they wouldn't toss him for sitting one out and he could benefit and have a leg up on the others for the rest he got. Stratagy is the name of his game. The others are all in together, but he's playing to win.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. exaileydancer

    No, I don't think Billy was being lazy. As a retired Ailey dancer, there is a thin line of dancing with everything you've got in the moment and the longevity of your dance career. There have been friends of mine who danced (even though cleared by doctors) too soon after an injury.Careers cut short due to injury are tough to handle, especially when waiting another week or two could have saved your career.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Moon627

    The judges made the right call. It would have looked very bad to send Jose home after he danced for his life while Billy sat it out. But I think both Jose and Billy will be going home next week unless someone else gets sidelined by injury ...

    July 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jewels

    Billy never should have been picked for the top 10. Oh, that's right, he wasn't. He was 11th. Should have kept the tall, blonde from San Diego.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

    It's hard to say. My best guess is that Billy said to himself, "Hey, I'll probably be in the bottom three anyway, so why risk further injury by dancing when I am not at 100%?" Alex has shown us that even dancers in perfect health with excellent technique can get injured...Billy is probably trying to protect himself.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |

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