So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 Results: Did You Agree With the Judges' Decision?

Memo to Nigel Lythgoe: No more Saw movie marathons — or any other flicks from the torture-porn category — for the rest of the So You Think You Can Dance season. Because frankly, I’m not sure I can handle another result-show telecast in which our at-risk dancers get stretched on the emotional rack, herded over psychological hot coals, and starved for a final verdict — only to be told at the last minute that they’ll all be back to dance again next week.

Yes indeed, tonight’s results were as grueling as they were confusing, but the bottom line is no one got the boot, and we’ll get to attend the world premiere of Top 20: Part Deux: The Return of NappyTabs next Wednesday night. Our stylish Mistress of Ceremonies, Cat Deeley, spent the top half of the hour doling out hard-to-swallow news of the three couples with the lowest number of viewer votes: Jordan Casanova and Tadd Gadduang (WHA? They were my third-faves on Wednesday); Clarice Ordaz and Jess LeProtto (Srsly?); and Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr (Okay, this I understand); along with Mitchell Kelly, who sat out performance night due to an elbow injury.

Here’s my 30-words-or-less rundown on this week’s solos (complete with letter grades):

Mitchell: One giant leap for Mitchell, but the mime-y shenanigans (covering mouth to John Mayer’s “Say”) were painfully literal. Nice lines and fluidity, though. B-

Jordan: When is it appropriate to wear a gold-chain badge over the right half of one’s bikini top? (Never?) When one’s routine ends with an invigorating tata shake. B

Tadd: Three cheers for B-Boy goodness mixed with Brian Setzer! Sure, it’s a showboat move to transition from ridiculous backspins to a scary headstand — but the good kind of showboating, people! A

Clarice: Extended her leg up and out, then spun it like the magic compass detecting a bloodsucker on Vampire Diaries. I pretty much passed out after that awesomeness. A-

Jess: Would totes crush So You Think You Can Pirouette, nailed the sliding backward move he tossed in to his “Mr. Bojangles” number, but requires 17% reduction in face-pulling. B+

Miranda: End of her pirouette looked a little clumsy, but Nigel is right that the woman’s got remarkable elevation, if not an overstock of charisma. B

Robert: Nonsense solo in a hideous yellow fringed sweatshirt and skull cap? If I didn’t know better I’d say the class clown secretly wants to go home! D

After solos, Nigel paused to send good energy to recent American Idol guest Clarence Clemmons — not random, considering we got a sneak peek at Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video on which the saxophonist plays  —  and then asked Mitchell and Robert to repeat their solos. “What in tarnation is going on here?” I silently asked myself (and not just because Robert’s solo was just as elementary the second time around.) The guys were sent to the wings, and then Jordan, Clarice, and Miranda got positive feedback from Nigel, who then called all seven at-risk dancers back to the stage, critiqued the guys, and then declared that nobody was going home (though four will exit next week).

Cue tears! Cue group hugs! Cue Cat shouting, “That means I get my babies for one more week!” Was it all conceived during last minute deliberations among Nigel, Mary Murphy, and guest judge Megan Mullally, or was the “everybody’s safe!” idea pitched in a conference room at Fox headquarters back in January? It doesn’t really matter to me. At this point in the season — where we’ve seen so little of the dancers in question — is it really such a bad thing to get one more impression before deciding their fates? If the Top 20 deliver gifts next Wednesday on par with what they gave us this week, then I say we tear off the wrapping paper and enjoy.

What did you think of the judges’ decision to save everyone? Were you surprised by the bottom three couples? What did you make of Keri Hilson’s “musical” “performance”? Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. SarahP says:

    I’m happy this recap is up, my DVR cut off the ending! I liked Jordan’s routine last night, but hated her solo. I think she needs to focus more on the ‘strong,’ less on the ‘sexy.’ Really surprised Ashley and Chris weren’t in the bottom…wonder if the result would have been the same if they were.

    • fci says:

      I learned my lesson before! Set your DVR an extra 5-10 minutes for all the Live shows. That way you are safe if and when they go right to the hour or a little over! I do it fir Idol, AGTand SYTYCD and now The Voice (just in case)

    • 4F says:

      I agree about Jordan. It’s called So You Think You Can Dance, not So You Wanna Be A Stripper.

  2. Em r says:

    Knowing Nigel, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a ploy to get more ratings. He loves drama. After slipping, he needs the celeb judges and anything else he can muster. I’d rather have someone eliminated this week, but oh wells. I don’t mind more routines at the end of the day.

  3. swag says:

    My DVR cut off the very end. Are 4 dancers going to have to go home next week??

    • reena says:

      yes 4 dancers will be going home next week im glad no one did but if anyone should have for me robert and miranda but guess we will wait til next week :-)

      • fci says:

        Totally agree Robert and Kiranda should have gone. What was Robert thinking with that solo that had NOTHING in it?
        He needs to stop bring cute and mugging for the camera REALLY quickly or he us gone (Whoo…and easily forgotten)

  4. Jake says:

    Haven’t watched yet, but good to hear! I loved last night, so it will be good to see this talented bunch perform again next week.

  5. Sarah El says:

    I’m really not excited about this. I mean, we’ve had some brilliant dancers in the past in the Bottom 3 couples early on, and we’ve even managed to lose some dancers that could’ve done better and were super talented (like Jesus or Max) because the judges HAD to save the other brilliant dancers in jeopardy. But when four of the six people in the Bottom 3 will HAVE to go, I’ll be super disappointed if we end up losing some amazing dancers. Especially if some Robert fans end up like tripling their votes to make sure he is safe because unless he absolutely blows me away next week, I am so ready for him to go. I can’t see favorites like Melanie and Marko being sacrificed, but Nick and Iveta, for instance, whom I was genuinely surprised (despite thoroughly liking both of them) to see safe, could easily suffer if they end up in the Bottom 3 with even one couple that have bigger judge favorites.

    • Sarah El says:

      Beyond that, I just wish the judges would do their job proper and make the hard decisions. It’ll just be worse next week.

      That said, I do like this Top 20 quite a bit so part of me is excited to see them all dance again next week. Just so long as they don’t do this again this season.

    • Mysti says:

      What’s the difference if they send 2 home tonight & 2 home next week or 4 next week? The same amount of people go home in the same time frame. The only difference is that we get to see all 20 again next week. At te end of the day the same 4 people will have gone home in the same time frame. You make it sound like more people are being eliminated than normally would. That’s just not so. Think about it.

      • Sarah El says:

        That’s not my point. My point is that in the early weeks of the competition, votes flip-flop a lot since we’re still getting to know the contestants, so the people who might’ve deserved to go home in week one might end up sticking around a lot longer than expected. This could be a good thing, allowing people to improve more, but it could also prove frustrating, as it often does when dancers stick around longer than they deserve (even last season, Melinda and Jose were both, imo, sent home a week too late and keeping them around an extra week didn’t really do either of them any favors).

    • KevyB says:

      This is my big fear. People who saw their faves in the bottom will suddenly vote for them and friggin’ Woo Boy won’t be in the bottom! All I can ask for is that they do a Bottom Four Couples or, even better, a Bottom Five. It’s not really fair to have a Bottom Three again when 4 people are going home!

  6. Karen says:

    Maybe this bottom 3 couples weren’t what it was supposed to be, but I still think that they should have sent someone home. It’s a little Idol Gives Back season 6 for me (for you).

    Also, am I the only one who finds Jess LeSomething really really annoying. I was so hoping to see him gone after the results came round. I’d keep Urkel any day of the week over Jess :-)

    • Magically Suspicious says:

      I agree. I like Robert a lot more than I like Jess on the personality scale. And talent-wise, I think they are equal. There styles are different, but they are both very talented within their styles. There are no obvious easy eliminations this season. The only easy choice for me would be the guy that danced with Sasha. And thats not because he’s BAD, but just because I don’t remember anything about him.

    • ladyhelix says:

      I think Nigel has a problem when someone sits out for injury.

      If I’m not mistaken – last season Billy Bell sat out – and it was the night Jose should have gone home (no question). But Nigel skipped the elimination and two went home the next week.

      Sending someone who danced home (even Robert) when
      someone who sat out stays – might be a problem for him.

  7. Katie Young says:

    I was so baffled, it was a surreal way to end the show.
    I thought the performances were very shallow, I don’t know if that makes sense, but the seemed to glamorized and showy, they didn’t really have the heart.
    Out of all the solos, Jess did the best displaying his personality, he’s fantastic!
    Ultimately, I’m glad they’re still eliminating people *fingers crossed* next week.
    This can’t just be a talent showcase, it’s not a competition for nothing, you know?
    Overall, the talent seems to outweigh the passion, and art is nothing without passion.
    I really just don’t know what this season is going to be like, and that is so thrilling!
    GREAT RECAP! (as usual!)

  8. kyrjar says:

    Jordan and Robert so obviously should have went home. Mitchell wasn’t great either nor was Miranda. No reason not to send somebody home. (other than to telegraph that this is the best dancers ever which I can see from the performances that it might be but might not)

  9. Mneighbo says:

    Um. What did Cat Deeley say after she botched Keri’s name (she said Kelly Hilson) then muttered ‘fantastic <something something Keri'

  10. Jonny says:

    Seeing as how last night’s show was full of dancers drawing their own style (umm….rigged much?), I fully expect next week to be filled with couples “choosing” styles completely opposite to their own. After that, it will be much easier to pick the 4 to send packing!

    • Ian says:

      So right Jonny! I was so peeved that the producer’s favorites managed to draw their own styles (and then Melanie and Marko manage to get Travis Wall, the show’s answer to Mia leaving. They were totally GIVEN the best routine. Very fair *scoffs*), the next set of favorites got routines within the realm of their styles of movement that were well-choreographed, and then Ashley & Chris got that shamefully underwhelming hip-hop routine. And then America decided to make up their own minds on who they liked, and Nigel couldn’t handle it. So he chose to eliminate 4 next week, undoubtedly hoping after another rigging from behind the scenes, that the bottom couples will be of those he likes the least.
      It’s frustrating how certain dancers are getting the front-line in the whole cast group numbers, and then the best partner dances, while others who have still managed to make impressions on legions of people despite lack of promotion, get set up to fade.

    • MDEP says:

      There are so many contemporary dancers, they should have a “No Contemporary Dance” week. Maybe double the ballroom since there is only one ballroom dancer.

  11. Hanoerfiste says:

    Robert was the weekest of the solo’s but I told y other half that noone was going home at the break before the guys came back on. I think too manmy good dancers got in the bottom 3 to dsend any home tonight. I think they did the right thing, and would go so far as to hope they only send 2 home next week.

  12. Mneighbo says:

    All I can say is, that chunk of Lady blah blah’s video was the worst time filler EVER! No substance whatsoever. Good grief!

  13. JVC says:

    Need to catch up this season which is looking promising. I have mixed feelings about no one going home this week and the axe will fall on 4 dancers next. Especially if 2 couples are the judge’s favorites. But I think after next week, are minds will be made up on who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. There was just one thing that bothers me: Like last season a contestant gets injured and is automatically placed in the bottom 3. It’s gotta suck especially if you didn’t get alot of air time and get eliminated and not show case your dancing. In season 6 a contestant was automatically safe but would be sent home if she couldn’t dance, can’t the same be done for this season? Oh well.

  14. Jen says:

    Totally thought this was a cop out move. How is the decision going to be easier next week when they have to eliminate two couples? Unless they have more than just a bottom three, it’s going to be much worse.

  15. T says:

    Frankly I think the dancing again/no one cut was a spontaneous move. No one had any idea what was going on…and I kinda like that. I couldn’t really pick a guy to go home. But Jordan HAS TO GO.

  16. Anna says:

    I’d have sent Robert and Miranda home.

  17. Matt says:

    I think this move will come back to bite them next week. If the next set of routines are anything like this week’s, then there won’t be four dancers who do badly enough that they’ll be able to send them home without feeling REALLY awful about some of their choices. that said, I don’t think the people who ended up in the bottom this week deserved to go home, so maybe it’s for the best.

    Moral of the story: vote better next time America!

  18. Mysti says:

    You guys are driving me crazy. Seriously. If 2 people ggot sent home this week like they should have & 2 more next week like normal that is 4 people. If they let 4 people go home next week there is NO DIFFERENCE! same amount of ppl going home in the same time frame! Saying it’s not fair or going to be harder is nonsense!! The only difference is we get a chance to see them all dance again next week. Wake up people. It’s a GOOD thing!!

    • Kelly says:

      I think what people are complaining about is the chance of people to land in the bottom.

      If you have Couple A, crowd fav, couple B, judges fav, and couple C, D, and E, the following scenario is likely:

      This week, the B3 are couples B, C, and D. The judges save them all. Next week, the bottom three are couples A, B, and C. Since B are judges fav, they stay and couples A and C are sent packing.

      However, if this week, the B3 are couples B, C and D, and the judges send couple D packing, then the possibility exists for next week’s bottom three to be couple A, C, and E. There’s a better chance, then, for couple A to stay, since only one of the three have to be eliminated, instead of two of three.

      So unless the judges are planning on having the bottom four or five, it does actually matter if one couple is eliminated this week or two couples are eliminated next week. Not in terms of the total number going home, but in the percentages and chances of each couple to go home versus being saved.

      • Eurydice says:

        The difference is that the audience votes will be more important next week – the judges won’t have as many options to save a couple.

        • Liz says:

          Um, Liz- if a couple is truly a “crowd fave,” then the crowd would save them from the Bottom 3. Otherwise, I wouldn’t call them a “crowd fave.”

        • ladyhelix says:

          I would not be surprised to see them take 4 couples next week (to dance for their lives). Or even 5.

          I would be very surprised if they only took
          3 couples when 4 people have to go home. What do you think?.

    • Brenda says:

      Totally agree,Mysti. I think they should do this every yr & I think they intentionally gave a lot of dancers their own styles to try to prevent this exact thing from happening. I don’t understand all the hate here after such an
      incredible show & the one more chance b4 we send someone home. I adore our bboy Tadd
      whose audition was fantastic & did a great job his 1st time partnering! Jess is amazing & I hope to see a lot more of him. All 3 of those girls are really good…Miranda had the best solo & is a beautiful dancer, Clarice did a great job on her 1st broadway. Well, I could go on… I’m grateful we get to see them ALL again. My only disappointment was that Mark wasn’t in Gaga’s video! So glad my fav show is back & love the incredible talent this season :)

  19. JordanH says:

    I have to agree with Mysti, 4 people, same amount of time. I also think it might be possible to attribute honest motives (shocking idea, I know!)…20 remarkable dancers who each out performed any first night/first dance I can remember. Why not honor their work and talent and give the judges panel and America one more chance to see them bring their best. It’s one show and it will still be a competition for heavens sake… :)

    • kyrjar says:

      It does matter. Look Jess and Tadd definitely needed to stay. They had some misfortune in terms of choreography, order of performance and their partners. Plus Tadd hasn’t gotten much screen time yet.

      It often ends up with 2 of the bottom 3 that need to stay. It would be more fair to make a bottom 4 to kick 2 off.

  20. Natalie says:

    For some reason, I had the bizarre idea that they were going to do a different kind of momentous — by eliminating two guys or girls and having the first same-sex longterm pair. Don’t really know why. Sigh. Someday I’ll give up this insane hope for having more frequent same-sex dances on this show, because it’s never going to happen.

    • Volcfom says:

      I was thinking the same thing at first – eliminate both guys. But then I don’t think it would be good to have a female couple until they reach the top 10. They’d have to switch up the pairings a little bit each week.

  21. Kelly says:

    I understand why people don’t like this – it drastically increases the chance of their particular favourite couple being sent home next week. That said, it’d definitely be a better idea if the standard was one week of dancing with partners before elimination begins (whether that elimination round is a single couple or double). Mimicking Dancing with the Stars would probably be the ideal way to do it. (Adding up the total votes for the first two weeks to determine who’s in the bottom, and then have the judges select who goes home from that.)

  22. Christina says:

    Nigel was frustrating with his delivery last night. No way this was a split moment decision. Nigel concocted this up before the show went to air, and the acted it out in the last 10 minutes. As for the solos Jordan can’t get off my screen soon enough. She was only a pole short of a stripper routine in her solo.

    • kyrjar says:

      I agree Jordan needs to go. I could not believe what Nigel said about her talent. Haven’t seen it yet. Though I’d like Tadd to stick around. Other sites are even harder on Jordan.

  23. Eurydice says:

    I’d like to see how all of them do in another genre. I enjoyed this week’s performances, but I don’t think they gave a true picture of the dancers’ versatility. Why not have another week to decide – the show is long enough to add two more preformances.

    • Sarah El says:

      Yeah, that’s the biggest benefit I can think up, that we can maybe get more of these dancers outside their comfort zones because most of the couples had at least one partner in their comfort zone last week. The only couple that was thoroughly challenged was Miranda and Robert.

  24. mdaily says:

    As much as I like her, I was surprised that Ashley and her partner, Chris, were not in the bottom 3. And by the looks of shock in her face, I think she was surprised, too. That being said, I think that Robert and Miranda, or perhaps Jordan should have gone home. Nevertheless, I do agree with the postponement. I agree with Nigel’s reasoning that the viewing audience needs to see more of these dancers before making final decisions about them. I do hope that one of the observations made above does not come true: that Robert does not advance based on popularity because of his mugging in front of the camera. I hope that folks truly vote for the best dancers, and as funny and nice a guy that he is, he isn’t the best dancer by a long shot as evidenced by his solo. He hasn’t grown as a dancer from the days of his tryouts, either. Tadd, on the other hand, has and while I was not as taken by the routine he danced as others, I don’t think he deserved to be in the bottom three. So on to the next week, and we’ll see what happens. Hopefully the voting will be more even keel and the truly best dancers will advance. It is difficult to choose because they do have an unusually strong crop this year.

  25. dctoronto says:

    I don’t think it was planned. Did anyone else notice the stage hand who quickly took a silve stool of doom off the stage when Nigel said he wanted the 2 boys to dance again?
    If it wasn’t planned, Cat handled the situation really well.

  26. Sandi says:

    No, I’m not happy with the judges decision. While they’re all gifted dancers, I would have sent home Mitchell and Miranda. But no matter who they’d sent home, it would have been more fair than kicking off 4 dancers next week and letting all of the bottom this week have a free pass.

  27. SMS says:

    Bad decision. It looked like Nigel had someone else in mind to eliminate, and when they were not in the bottom 3, he refused to eliminate someone else.

  28. afa says:

    So excited about the Haley interview! According to Michael, it’s going to be up today! #HopingToNotBeDissapointed

  29. Stacey says:

    I think that the 2 couples that should have been in the bottom were the 2 couples that did the hip hop last week (can’t remember all of their names…I know one was Ashley & Chris & Ryan & someone). They were the worst I my opinion (all the smiling going on during their routines…just didn’t seem right with the storylines). So, I’m glad that none of my favorites so far went home because I feel they shouldn’t have been in the bottom at all. Plus we get a chance to actually see most of them do different styles of dance which most of them didn’t get a chance to show they could do on Wednesday (having picked pretty much all of their own styles).

  30. beth t says:

    I wasn’t really surprised by the total save once I saw who was in the bottom 3 – but I did not at all understand having Mitchell and Robert dance again. Does that mean they were set on a girl to go, but couldn’t decide on a guy so in the end everyone was kept? I really think they knew without all that they were going to keep all dancers on for another week.
    I watched on DVR and pretty much FF’d thru Keri Hilson. I only watched the GaGa vid long enough to determine Mark K was not appearing. I did like seeing the clip of her debut performance in S4. She was a good mentor on AI this year and I think she will be a good guest judge on SYTYCD.

  31. PFitzDC says:

    I sure do agree with you about Robert. I thought for sure his ho-hum solo (still ho-hum the second time) was going to send him packing, and wondered if THAT’s the reason they decided not to cut…they weren’t ready to truly cut the class clown unless America sends him to the bottom again.

    But I will disagree on the women. I thought Charice was almost as uninspired as Robert. Yeah–the leg thing was cool, but that’s ALL she did, except wriggle her hips a little. Miranda did a very similar leg thing–liked her much more.

    The pairings are very interesting; with the exception of a few like Melanie and Marko, I think several are mismatched in terms of likely popularity. The most obvious is Nick and Iveta. I don’t care if she’s a champion–she’s one c-o-l-d ice queen (even to her partner); between her age and her pedigree, she comes off as being above this whole thing. If the extremely appealing Nick wasn’t her partner, she’d be a goner. (And since the only ballroom dancer last year didn’t make it out of the Top 16 or so, they probably want to do everything they can to preserve a ballroom longer this season.)

  32. j. says:

    “Would totes crush …” Huh???

  33. elr says:

    I’m glad they didn’t send anyone home. Since we haven’t seen too much of their dancing it’s a good thing we get to see more. I wish it was always this way, that no one would get eliminated until the 2nd performance week.

  34. MK204 says:

    I agreed with the judges but DID NOT agree with the public. How could they possibly put Jess and Robert in the bottom??? Those guys were awesome. I’m glad they got another chance even though two will go next week. I think they should weed out depending on dance style. Jess is the only Broadway dancer and Robert is just so entertaining.

  35. MDEP says:

    I disagree with this decision, just like I disagree with the judges save on Idol. The bottom is the bottom. Everyone had the same amount of time to dance on Wednesday. If you did not make an impression with enough people, thems the breaks. Sending someone home is the name of the game. Why should someone who is not the least favored among judges and the audience, but the second to last least favored, be sent home? They made it, maybe by the skin of their teeth, but they made it. It is not fair to them and to the people who did well this week.
    But that is just my opinion :)

  36. James says:

    I’m happy to see the top 20 perform again next week but Robert’s solo wasn’t really worthy of saving and for all Nigel’s talk of his “personality” the Woo factor wore out a week ago. He’s definitely a long lost fourth to the other b boys in the group and I think he got a pass just because they thought his personality would shine on tv, it doesn’t.
    While the girls would have been a tougher call Jordan’s solo wasn’t worth saving. I enjoyed her afro jazz routine and didn’t think she deserved to be in the bottom three but at least have something prepared just in case! How many boob shakes did she throw into one solo three or four? If she doesn’t step it up she’ll be the third girl gone.

  37. teresa says:

    I thought Jordan must have purchased that bra from Shangela’s RuPaul collection.

  38. Barry says:

    Not totally surprised at the bottom 3. I think that Tadd & Jordan suffered from being first in a long evening of dances. Jess & Clarice’s number was very stylized and some people just don’t enjoy the style. Robert & Miranda’s jive was kind of a mess. Watching the clips again last night you could really see his lack of technique. All in all I’m glad that we’ll get a second week to see everyone dance before having to see the first elimination. Even DWTS gives the contestants two weeks to dance before kicking out the first celebrity. that being said, if I had to pick two to go it would have been Robert and either Jordan or Miranda.
    So glad that you’re doing the recaps here Michael because the rotating cast of nincompoops over at your old home (not including Adam B Vary of course) are totally clueless.

  39. Daisy says:

    Actually I wasn’t all that enamored with Jordan and Tadd’s number. Michael, I know you put them as your 3rd favorites, but I’ve got to agree with Adam over at your former employer ( and say that they had synchronization issues AND their lifts just didn’t seem seamless. Yes they were difficult, but the transitions in/out of them were a little awkward. I don’t know. I’m probably in the minority here, but that’s how I felt. Based on Jordan’s solo though, I thought that she should go home. I agree with the other posters that she should focus on the strong and not on the sexy because it’s just not that sexy and it’s hurting her chances I think.

    The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that nobody was eliminated because the ‘wrong’ 3 couples were in the bottom. If Ashley and Chris were in the bottom, it might have been different. I just didn’t think their routine was all that great. I was surprised that they weren’t in the bottom 3. Maybe next week America will get it ‘right’ by putting the ‘right’ 3 couples in the bottom. :)

    • Eli says:


      You’re not alone. Most people I’ve spoken to didn’t like Jordan/Tadd’s afro jazz number that much.

  40. Rachel says:

    I’m pretty neutral about this decision, I just kind of think it’s silly. It really doesn’t change anything, they’re still eliminating the same number of people, and frankly, it’ll probably be very similar people in the bottom 3 next week (almost definitely Miranda and Robert, unless a miracle occurs) It’s a super-competitive season, and I don’t think they gain anything by waiting a week. Gotta eliminate good people to keep better people.

  41. Blank Slate says:

    Not sure why they played that fake out elimination last night. Definitely tugging at the strings behind the scenes going on here.

    More producer manipulation. On performance night Wednesday, Megan Mullaly was in your face reading the “critique” off the script/cards in front of her. It was embarrassing to watch.

    First tell was when she said to Sasha: “You’re already coming in as a favorite…”

    Oh really? HOW WOULD YOU KNOW? Do you work for the show? There’s been no voting from the public. I wonder if someone told her Sasha is scripted to be a favorite…Hmmm…

    Second: When Megan garbled her script and started stumbling over her words, unsure if the words in front of her said “Call Jess Jimmy Cagney… Jimmy Durante…” JIMMY DURANTE????! I know who Jimmy Durante is and what he looked like. A Cagney-like dancer he was not! Campy, perhaps but it was so obvious Megan made an error and tried to slur her words and move on!

    STOP READING FROM THE SCRIPT. Please. Honest critiqes only. Dare I dream it could ever happen?

    Love the show. Love love love this season’s dancers

  42. Karen says:

    I think they should modify the show in future, and let the dancers dance 2 weeks before a vote-off. The first vote-off should only be 2 dancers, not 4, so they should extend the season by one show.

    They are all really great dancers this season. Robert – I loved him from his first audition, but I worry that his cartoonish-ness actions will become annoying. Shape up Robert…you can do it!

  43. Volcfom says:

    I agree with Nigel’s decision. The Top 20 reveal dances were the first time we saw most of these dancers. That being said, I think this week’s votes should carry over to next week to make it fair.
    If they were to eliminate anyone, I would have liked it to be Robert and Jordan.

    These season’s pairing are tough. They have a lot of no-names paired with the early favorites, but I guess that evens the playing field. I don’t think Jeanine would have lasted in the beginning if she wasn’t riding Phillip’s coat-tails (thank goodness she did!). I think the only “power couple” at this point is Melanie-Marko, who were easily early favorites of mine.

    I can already see a few dark horses in the mix of the lesser-knowns. Caitlynn blows me away, and there is something that pulls me to Miranda, even if her performance wasn’t the greatest.