Tonight was a bittersweet So You Think You Can Dance
night for me, personally. One of my favorite dancers, whom I feared would be in jeopardy, was thrillingly safe and put through to next week's finale. But another one of my faves, whom I assumed was a total shoo-in for the finals, was shockingly sent home. I'd barely had time to rejoice over the former situation before I was suddenly screaming at my TV screen in horror over the latter turn of events, literally startling my adjacent-cubicle co-workers out of their ergonomic seats (they came running to find out what great tragedy had befallen me, then shuffled back to their desks shaking their heads incredulously over my reality television-induced temporary insanity).
The happy situation was that Ellenore, my female pick for this season, made it through. She was up against golden girl Mollee--who was superb last night with her partner Jakob, and received lavish praise from all three judges--so I fully expected that Ellenore (who'd been in the bottom more than once) was a goner, and I braced myself for a sad goodbye. I even suspected that the Ellenore highlight reel was already cued up. And although I was dejected to see Mollee get cut instead (Mollee seemed pretty saddened too, judging by her tears), the joy of Ellenore's victory compensated for that loss. Go Ellenore! Hmuk yak ick nenene nanu nanu!
(That's Ellenoresian for "Good luck on next week's finale!")
Of course, I was not happy that Mollee failed to make it to the finale. I would have rather seen her advance than Kathryn or Ashleigh; I suspect voter sympathy had a lot to do with Ashleigh's success (due to her shoulder injury, which forced her to sit out last night, then the impassioned speech from her husband Ryan begging viewers to save her). Of course, Ashleigh had had a strong season up until her injury that somewhat justified her place in the finale. But Mollee had had a strong season, too.
So the Ellenore thing was the good
news. But then, back to the reason for my screaming/colleague-spooking: Legacy
got cut. LEGACY!! Nooooo! Not Legs
! This was a travesty of justice, America. I suspect Ryan got some sympathy votes as well--viewers wanted to see him dance with wife Ashleigh in the finale, and they were moved by his teary-eyed love for his sidelined spouse. Because seriously, I don't think Ryan's dancing was quite up to par with Legacy's, especially in his solos. I am utterly disgruntled that Legacy will not be competing for the big prize next week. It's a damn shame. However, he took the news with his usual class and poise. He took it better than I
But hey, at least I got some American Idol
cross-promo out of the deal. Kris Allen sang "Live Like We're Dying" tonight (great, although I would've liked to have seen a nice Mandy Moore contemporary routine by the top eight accompany Kris, with them all dancing around some giant ticking digital clock); and on next week's big finale Adam Lambert will excitingly perform (a situation that I hope will lead to Adam promptly hiring Jakob and Ellenore, and maybe Sonya Tayeh, for all his upcoming videos and performances). So those are reasons for me to do a happy-dance again.
But Legacy, rest assured, your legacy will not be forgotten...
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