July 29th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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.
“For any type of special genre dancer, like me, I think we get the kind of same respect because we are different," he said. "We’re not currently on the show every season, and then our genres pop up. I feel like I’m a part of it now. I want to bring back my old-fashioned style.”
The other dancer eliminated was Jordan Casanova, whom I called yesterday (though I was wrong to think that Sasha would join her in the bottom). The rumba she had with Jess was lacking in chemistry, which turned out to be the final blow (and Nigel Lythgoe implied that she had the least number of votes among the women).
“I’m proud of getting this far by doing every genre but my own,” Jordan pointed out, saying that she was especially proud of having done two waltzes, having never performed in the ballroom style before.
It made sense for the judges to eliminate the one with the fewest votes - I don't know why it isn't purely based on the votes at this point. I'm also not entirely sure (even reading Nigel's tweet on the subject) that Jess got the fewest votes, since they also had high praise for Tadd, whom I can see going to the final four.
At the end of the day, all Jess really wanted was to make his idol Gene Kelly proud of him: "I hope he’s looking down from heaven, proud of me for bringing back a style that’s kind of been forgotten.”
As for the actual show itself, I will agree with Nigel that neither of the girls' solos was up to snuff, and Tadd's was the only good one.
Despite the excitement of seeing season 4's Mark coming full circle on the "SYTYCD" stage Lady Gaga's performance was not nearly as good as her turn as a judge.
LXD, on the other hand, were their usual awesome selves. And was that season 7's Ashley we saw joining them? (Yes, yes it was.)
Congratulations to Tyce Diorio for a group routine that I could have sworn was by Mia Michaels...
So, do you think it was time for Jess and Jordan to go? Which four do you think will go to the end? And most importantly, what are you doing for National Dance Day? (Submitting an iReport, I hope!) Let us know below.
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