Wednesday night on "So You Think You Can Dance," Nigel Lythgoe implored, "Wake up dance fans, and keep Jordan in the competition!" Additionally, I blogged about the greatness of Ricky. But did America listen to either me or Nigel? Apparently not, because both of those incredible dancers were up for elimination this Thursday. Thankfully, the judges still had a say in who stayed and who went, so Nigel and his cronies unsurprisingly opted to keep Jordan and Ricky in the competition, and cut Clarice and Mitchell instead.
But at this rate, I'm beginning to worry about just how long the judges will keep saving Jordan and Ricky--especially Ricky, my favorite guy this season--before they finally give up on them. Because for one cockamamie reason or another, voters just aren't picking up the phone for those two.
To put things in perspective, however, Nigel did pep-talk all of the bottom four contestants on this week's results show, reminding them that two of the amazing allstars who guested on "SYTYCD" this week (the megapopular Twitch Boss, and Allison Holker, one of Nigel's favorite dancers of all time) had been in the bottom multiple times during their respective seasons...yet they both went on to do great things. Nigel also told the bottom four: "We don't have anything to say about you being bad tonight....we think you're all fantastic." These words of encouragement probably eased Clarice and Mitchell's disappointment upon leaving, and who knows, maybe they'll return to "SYTYCD" as allstars one day themselves.
I was a bit frustrated by the show's strict gender quota--that one girl and one guy had to be eliminated, as opposed to the judges simply keeping the two best dancers, period. Because honestly, if it had been up to me, I would have kept Ricky AND Mitchell. Of course, saving Ricky was a no-brainer, as he is one of the best soloists in "SYTYCD" history and he once again stunned everyone with his solo this week. (Seriously, look up the phrase "dance for your life" in your ol' Funk & Wagnalls, and you'll see a photo of Ricky, upside-down and in mid-air, doing one of his crazy backbend/backflip combos.)
But while Mitchell sometimes falters as a partner dancer, his solos are always a joy to watch, and this week was no different. I felt Mitchell redeemed himself with his solo, which involved some graceful maneuvering of a scarf prop, especially since I believed the reason he was in the bottom four in the first place was because of the clunky Broadway choreography he was unluckily saddled with this week. (Much of the criticism Mitchell received Wednesday night had more to do with the underwhelming airplane-themed routine he'd been given by Tyce Diroio, not with his actual dancing.)
But since only one guy could stay, Ricky was the right choice. Mitchell was lucky to get this far anyway, since a shoulder injury almost cost him the competition in week one--plus last week, when the judges' decision to eliminate Alexander was not unanimous, Mary Murphy had actually advocated cutting Mitchell instead. If Mary had gotten her way, Mitchell wouldn't be going on tour this fall. So things could have been worse for him.
The judges ultimately made the right call by keeping Jordan over Clarice, too. Not only was Clarice's solo a little rougher and a little less interesting than Jordan's, but Jordan's overall body of work throughout the season has been stronger than Clarice's, and honestly, Jordan has more star quality. Clarice was always an excellent dancer this season, but she never quite stood out on this show the way some of the other contestants did. Maybe she wasn't really "allstar" material after all.
Oh well. At least, along with Nigel's kind words, Clarice and Mitchell left with the best consolation prize this show has to offer: a spot on the "SYTYCD" tour. As for the remaining contestants, on the subject of allstars, next week the top eight will dance with another incredible allstar assortment: Season 2's Ivan Koumaev; Season 3's Jaimie Goodwin, Anya Garnis, Pasha Kovalev, Lauren Gottlieb, and Neil Haskell; Season 5's Ade Obayomi; and last season's grand champion, Lauren Froderman.
And the top eight will be judged by just about the biggest allstar on the planet right now: Lady Gaga! Jordan and Ricky better hope the influential Miss Germanotta has some high praise for them, because if they get the Little Monsters' votes, they'll be sure
to survive another week.
[photos courtesy of Fox]
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