It's down to the phenoms on 'SYTYCD'
July 22nd, 2011
12:17 PM ET

It's down to the phenoms on 'SYTYCD'

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.

Mitchell and Clarice are phenomenal dancers, but, as I predicted, their routines on Wednesday night just weren't memorable enough to save them.

On a show where each routine was more creative than the last, there was nothing really wrong with their performances, but that wasn't quite enough. Mitchell and Clarice won't be continuing to the top 8. But don't worry, we haven't seen the last of them, as they will be joining the rest of the top 10 dancers for "SYTYCD's" upcoming live tour.

Rounding out last night's bottom four were Jordan and Ricky. Both danced beautifully on Wednesday but have been in the bottom before, so it may be an issue of relating to the audience. Ricky's dance-for-your-life solo, as expected, was perfection. Jordan, on the other hand, needs to stop it with the développés! Yes, they're lovely, but – and this may come as a shock to her – there actually are other moves in contemporary dance. Really! I promise!

Next week, our top 8 will be paired with brand new all-stars, including ballroom phenom Anya (can't wait to see her facial expressions this season) and master of contemporary Neil. Director and choreographer Rob Marshall of "Chicago" fame will replace NPH at the judges' table, along with Lady Gaga (dance expert that she is?).

So, what did you think of last night's results? Were they as you expected, or a surprise? What do you want to see next week? Share your thoughts in the comments.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. DTCPR

    It totally agree with who went home! Ricky and Jordan had to stay after that show I don't know who they are going to send home though!!! Caitlynn is always hit or miss and she couldn't go home last weeke with the Tango so mayeb she won't be as good this week, but for the guys I'm not sure, I'm not a big Jess fan so maybe him?

    July 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Laugh

    I felt that Nigel's kindness came from NPH's insistence. Nigel always puts the contestant down before he dismisses him and it's about time that somebody told him to STOP IT. He's never figured out or said that the fans also are voting for the choreographer and routine that they like, not necessarily the dancer. This season I don't have a clear-cut favorite. They are all good dancers, but none of their personalities stand out for me like in the past with Joshua, Katee, Twitch, Neil, Jeaninne, Brandon, Kayla, etc. I'm so glad that NPH told Jess to stop it with his stupid faces he makes (hello, Robert? That's what turned him off to the audience was his too-silly mugging) and calling out that he didn't like a routine. Thank YOU! Someone who has the guts to say Hey, Tyce! That routine stunk! Did anyone see Nigel's face looking sheepishly over at Tyce as NPH was saying that? Priceless! Tyce is not the first one to have a sub-par routine this season...we really miss Mia, Wade and Adam! Christopher Scott had one OK routine with Sasha and Twitch...all the rest have been sooooo terrible!

    July 23, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. sarah S

    Despite what everyone else seems to think Jordan is an incredible dancer. her and melanie are the best technique wise. i was glad to see her stay.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. weazy

    Why is Jordon still there and Clarise is gone.... The women can dance, thats it ,other than that, nothing.....paint drying no personality at all......NIgel begging people to vote for her... don't you get it Nigel....people don't want to vote for her....shame on you for keeping her...

    July 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nita

    tom, I believe you are referring to the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (actually 2 seasons ago), and this year's choreographer, Christopher Scott, worked with them.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    Results were expected, though in pure dancing terms Caitlyn should have been next to go for the girls. Blush was the worst thing I'd ever seen. I can't believe it's a real group. The coolest part of the performance was Snoop Dogg's sunglasses. Also Daniil Simkin's performance was kinda neat/kinda weird. He looks like Minkus from Boy Meets World.

    I want that dance troupe back from last year where the one dude was in slow-mo, and it kind of had a clocks theme? Anybody know what I'm talking about? It was incredible whatever it was.

    Also last season there was this one little asian dude with a musculoskeletal disorder that did the coolest audition I'd ever seen, and Nigel promised him and his group they could dance at the finale, and they weren't there... what's up with that?

    July 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom Selleck

    Free mustache ride!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rm

    Couldn't you just say "– which he practically did –" instead of "– which he practically did do –"? ...did do...???

    Why are folks so torqued about Jordan's développés? It's not like she's not good at them. All the other dancers do their same thing at every solo like Ricky with the spins, Tadd with the handstands, Jess with the flying leaps into splits.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roscoe Chait

    I loved last night's show. Deciding who should go was an impossible task, as everyone was wonderful, and I commend the judges for not judging. So how did they decide? The only thing I'd like to have seen last night that didn't happen was an apology from Nigel for his disgraceful and cruel comments to Ryan the previous week. It's a shame he is not big enough to admit he made a mistake. At least he didn't beat up any of last night's dancers.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gjorgen

    NPH should be made a permanent judge; best guest judge to date through all seasons.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I agree 100%. I kept saying that every time he would critique their performances. He’s very knowledgeable, honest, and charismatic (like always!) You gotta love NPH!!

      July 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

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