Fight for survival on 'SYTYCD'
July 29th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Fight for survival on 'SYTYCD'

Just when one might feel ready to hang up a sign saying "Two episodes since the last injury" on "So You Think You Can Dance," host Cat Deeley made the announcement at the very end of Wednesday night's episode that Lauren was being checked out by a medic.

To say that the injury situation on the show is getting ridiculous would be the understatement of the year. As Cat said, fingers crossed for her recovery tonight.

But before that big announcement, it was another great show with everyone having a good night. Even Jose was looking a little better, though the judges are still making it clear that he will probably face the axe (along with another dancer) if he doesn't get the votes this week.

His "old school" hip-hop routine with Comfort should have been a lot of fun on paper, and the judges disagreed on whether or not he pulled it off. When all is said and done, I'm in the "not" camp.

His Broadway dance with Kent was better (as was his solo, the best of the season for him) but I still feel that he was outshone by the pride of Wapakoneta, who still seems destined to win it all this year, provided he can stay healthy.

Kent really impressed, though, in his cha-cha with Anya. It was a terrific routine, and he was able to keep up with her (no small feat).

Even so, when it came to ballroom, I actually preferred Lauren and AdeChike's fox trot last night. It was certainly the best fox trot in recent memory for me.

Both Lauren and AdeChike had a very good night, with two amazing performances in Broadway and jazz, respectively. Lauren is definitely a contender now, but I'm not quite convinced that AdeChike will bring in the votes this week.

Another who could be in danger (again) is Robert, even though I really liked his Stacey Tookey contemporary dance with Kathryn, with the twist at the end about which one was going to war. I'm just not sure that his Bollywood routine with Billy stood out enough to garner him enough votes (his lackluster solo certainly didn't help).

Billy, on the other hand, has nothing to worry about; his performance as a homeless fellow opposite Ade's business man was one of the best things all season. Stacey choreographed this one, too, so she might have had the best night of anyone.

So, if forced to pick, I'll predict we're saying goodbye to Robert and Jose tonight, with AdeChike rounding out the bottom three (assuming Lauren is okay, that is).

Do you agree? On a scale of one to ten, how frustrated are you with the weekly "SYTYCD" injury report? Do you think Nigel Lythgoe was too busy pondering Simon Cowell's "American Idol" replacement (even letting slip the show's title in place of "SYTYCD") to focus on judging? Share your view on video, or in the comments below.

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  1. Natalie

    @Alex: The rules are if you are injured but can dance next week then you are SAFE depending on the judges decision.
    and because he had an injury he was asked NOT to dance his solo by the producers.
    and if you don't recall, ashley had rib pains a few weeks back, which were just as minor as billy's knee but she continued to dance because the doctor's cleared it. but as she danced, the lifts in her disco routine irritated her ribs to the point where she had to leave the show. AND for anyone who still refuses to believe me, if you notice on the end credits where they are jumping around in a circle billy's RIGHT LEG IS UP. and he's only hopping on his LEFT LEG.
    IF billy didn't go through that injury drama you guys would be cheering him on.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Natalie, he was cleared to dance. Two doctors looked at him, and he completely wimped out, choosing not to dance. And let's face it, between Twitch and Billy, who would you rather see in a step routine, and yet Kent kept up with Twitch. Despite that, Nigel (clearly with AI on the brain), didn't lambaste Billy for his deciding not to dance, when he was cleared to do so. They want Billy on the tour, and Billy knows it. And he's known it since LAST season, when they changed the rules for him then too.

      Also, thanks @JustMe for recognizing that a guy named Alex doesn't have to be a professional ballet star to have the name.

      July 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JustMe

    I have to agree with Alex (and just because the comment is signed 'Alex' does not mean it is the same Alex from the show). I felt it was a real slap in the face to all the dancers who have been sent home due to injuries, AND those still in the running, for the judges to, all of a sudden, change the rules and keep Billy Bell, rather than send him home, especially when he was MEDICALLY CLEARED to dance, yet he chose not to. That would make it fair now for any contestant to scream "OUCH" and the doctor's say there is no injury, and that contestant say, "Well, I just don't feel like I can dance the routines this week or dance for my life" and the judges could not send them home! They set a bad precedent by babying Billy Bell, which is exactly the persona he gives off on stage, as if he just "deserves" to be there. Billy deserves to be gone. He may be able to dance, but he shows no personality.

    July 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SUZIE


    July 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shirley

    I don't care for SYTYCD because they give this one white girl all the praise i watch last night but mostly the judges
    comment and all of them the black guy could do any thing right they don't know what they talking about anyway with all
    that and the and the and don't competed the sentence found someone else to judge they already have the winner pick
    the first week they let good dancers go not one black girl black people can dancer come on you all are not looking good
    that why i don't watch i just happen to change channel and that was on you see how i put it (it just happen to be on.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • candice

      use punctuation please.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark


      July 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SayItAgain

      I have absolutely no idea what you just said. I think you are upset that they gave Adechike (sp) & Jose bad reviews and gave Lauren a good review??? Sorry but it was the truth, Lauren did dance better than both of them. Do you want the judges to lie so you can feel better about hearing inferior dancers getting good reviews? It had nothing to do with Black vs White it had to do with 1fantastic dancer vs 1 great and 1 good dancer.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Must you make this about race? It's about dancing.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerri

      Thank you Anonymous!! But Shirley seems like someone who can turn any topic she deems "injust" into some racial issue. You can't help or get through to those people.

      July 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      @Shirley. You actually have to work hard to write that bad, I mean really, stupidity doesn't go that far.

      July 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • trix are for kids

      Maybe next time you will pay attention in English class rather than checking your Facebook consisting of 2 friends, Shirley.

      July 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Margaret

    I don't think Billy will win it all but he is a fave as far as the judges are concerned. That has been apparent from the get go. And to be fair, he is technically impressive. But earlier on, his ability to dance was undermined by his inability to project personality. He has since stepped up this side of his performance and it now appears he will duke it out with Kent and Lauren (her possible injury not withstanding) for the prize.
    This season has been remarkable for the choreography and it appears pairing the contestants with "all-stars" from previous seasons has had the effect of enhancing the level of performance. This has made the show a tasty watch indeed, but it may well have contributed to the number of injuries.
    As for whom is going home tonight, Jose's time is likely up. The good news is he's on the tour where he'll be able to continue to improve his dancing. His appeal on the show has had a great deal to do with his singular "presence" and heart-melting smile.
    As likable and competent as Robert is – there are others, whose star is shining more brightly. He will probably say good bye as well. AdeChike seems to have a strong voter base. Earlier in the season when the judges were highly critical of him, he managed to stay out of the bottom three which suggests voter strength.
    The weaknesses and main irritant of the show has, as always, been the judging, although I would say it has not been as egregious this year as seasons past. Still, there are times when it seems Nigel's comments have more to do with a SYTCD chess game of his own devising than constructive criticism. And MIa's remarks too often they come across as mean-spirited, when, with her credentials as a choreographer, all they need to be is constructive.
    For the record, I'm grateful the judging does not include ritual screaming this season.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    The fix is in. Billy didn't do the step routine last week, and elected to not even dance for his life (although he DID dance at the end of the episode), so this week he "randomly" picks contemporary (Notice that they were picking the top envelope, and not mixing them up). Give the guy a contemporary routine, and then put him with Robert for the boring Bollywood number which Nigel praised as curing cancer. Tonight, we will absolutely lose Jose (who admittedly isn't as strong as the other dancers, but is actually dancing with an injury), and probably Robert or Cheeky. And that's criminal. If you don't dance, you shouldn't be allowed to stick around. Billy stays, I go.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • WHAT?

      Are you seriously trying to get us to believe that you are Alex. Besides – your facts are all screwed up. Billy didn't dance because he didn't want to further injure himself, Alex was let go because he absolutely could not dance due to a surgery.

      July 29, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |

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