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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "2 of 18 Voted Off"

Season 5, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Two of the final 18 dancers are eliminated. Also: R&B singer Kristinia DeBarge performs "Goodbye."
Original Air Date: Jun 18, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: Week Two Results Season 5, Episode 9

And then there were 16. As you know, I was a bit underwhelmed by this week's performance—and I know a lot of you were as well. I'm still sad to see good dancers sent home and this week I'm a little heartbroken by who has to say goodbye. Who will it be? Let's find out.

But first, the group dance:

Choreographer/Dance: Mia Michaels/Contemporary
Song/Artist: "Higher Ground"/Stevie Wonder
Performance: Very typical Mia Michaels. The movements are sharp and visually interesting but, like many of you, I'm frustrated by the camera work. Some of the dancing is hard to see because it isn't lit properly. Stop with the gimmicks! The only thing I don't enjoy about the group performances this early in the results show is that there is too much to watch. I can't look everywhere at the same time! What I did see is fun and I like the athleticism of it. I also like their strange makeup.

I love Cat's Disco-inspired outfit tonight -- and that Nigel feels the need to comment on it. It is so, so much better than last night's outfit. She's rockin' that white suit.

I feel no need to talk about Lil' C's dictionary of dance. We all know how he speaks. Some of us love it; some of us hate it. It was funny to see the audience reacting to his critiques.

Melissa & Ade: Safe. Even though I didn't love the piece I would have been really surprised to see them in the bottom.  

Jason & Caitlin: Dancing for their lives. I'm a Jason fan, so I think he'll come through with flying colors. I'm not so sure about Caitlin. 

Phillip & Jeanine: Safe. Even though their tango was terrible, I'm not terribly shocked to see them safe. I love Phillip and I know you love Phillip. I didn't vote for him last night, but it looks like enough people did.

Mary's reaction: She isn't surprised but she is disappointed to see Jason and Caitlin in the bottom. She feels like they nailed Bollywood last week (I disagree). Their piece didn't have the sparkle this week it should have but they are dynamic and fabulous dancers. Mary urges them to bring it on.

Janette & Brandon: Safe. I know we've all heard comments about Brandon's "attitude" but I just don't see it. I see joy and that's what I hope I continue to see. I really like our spicy little Janette.

Karla & Jonathan: Safe. I would have been shocked and disappointed if people didn't vote for them. I know some of you didn't like this performance -- and I understand why -- but I'm glad they're sticking around for at least one more week.

Kupono & Ashley: Dancing for their lives. I don't think anyone is surprised.

Lil' C's reaction: He's in the middle. Last week Kupono and Ashley started out with a bang. They didn't hit it this week and it showed how vulnerable they are out of their genre.

Cat's got a little surprise for Evan before we get back to the results. His brother Ryan auditioned in Los Angeles for the next season. Adam Shankman calls him an artist and he makes it through to Vegas again. Yay for Ryan. I really do like him. And Cat, don't ever call yourself an idiot again. You're adorable; I love that you cried.

Randi & Evan: Safe. Of course they are. They're two great little dancers.

Asuka & Vitolio: Safe. Like many of you, I didn't agree that the technique was all there but there was more than enough emotion in it for me to want to see more from both of them.

Kayla & Max: Dancing for their lives. I'm incredibly shocked. I don't think last night's performance should have put them there.

Nigel's reaction: He can understand if people didn't love Brian Friedman's work.

Special guest: Amrapali Ambegaokar/Bollywood. Although I didn't think it wasn't as dynamic as last week's Tango I still really enjoyed it. Her hand and arm work is very crisp and interesting to watch. And I love that's she's literally dancing with bells on. Although I won't call her footwork intricate, it was lively.

And now for the solos:

Caitlin: "Make You Feel My Love"/Adele
Very nice lines. Nice gymnastic moves at the end. I liked it but didn't love it. I'd like to see her rely a bit less on her gymnastics training and see more dancing. I think she's got it in her. Let it out!

Jason: "Superman"/Robin Thicke
Very nice movement across the stage and I loved all his aerial moves. I'm seeing great technique and strength. I just love him.

Ashley: "By Your Side"/Cocorosie
I liked her personality throughout. I thought it was really interesting and very different — which Cat thought, too. I hope showcasing her differences helps her with the judges.

Kupono: "Many Moons"/Janelle Monae
I'm not quite sure what's going on right now. I don't think he did enough to stay in it. I'm very disappointed. Did he show us any technique? There are a few ok bits, but I'm very confused right now.

Kayla: "Walking on Air"/Kerli
She is trying way too hard and are my eyes playing tricks on me -- or did we see her fall? Take it down a notch and breathe! Despite all that, I think she has tremendous potential. I expected a bit more from her in terms of performance and despite my appreciation of her, I'm feeling underwhelmed.

Max: "Footloose"/Kenny Loggins
Ballroom solos are always hard and I'm not sure he was able to stay on the beat the whole time. I do like him though, so I'm hoping he doesn't get the short end of the stick tonight.

Musical performance: In her first major TV appearance, Kristinia DeBarge underwhelms me—I'm feeling a lot of that tonight. There were dancers, which is the best thing I can say. If the live musical talent doesn't sing live, I'm even less interested in watching the performance. Let's get to the results please!

Nigel: They aren't unanimous on either of their decisions. They don't want to lose any of the six.

The girls:
Caitlin: Great quality of movement. Really good control. Congratulations.
Ashley: Wonderful Hollywood glamour; looks terrific. Approach to the solo was wrong. No substance to it.
Kayla: They know what a great dancer she is but she's got to prove it now. Solo was crowded. Tried to throw too much in there. Reduce it and concentrate on the beautiful flow of movement they know she has.

Ashley is leaving. I guess I understand the judge's decision, but I would have preferred to see Caitlin go. I am disappointed.

The guys:
Jason: Exceptionally strong. Thought about it. Best solo on the series to date. Great control. They tell him to sit down.
Kupono: Very little substance to it. They like that he is different. He's an intelligent dancer; he takes on characters. He goes beyond the dance and becomes the character.
Max: So impressed with his hard work. They know he's restricted by his ballroom style.

Max is leaving. I'm really disappointed in this decision as well. I guess the judges see more potential in Kupono but Max has been an interesting dancer so far.

Thanks for all your great comments. I enjoy hearing your thoughts (and I'm sure your fellow commenters do as well) so I hope you'll keep sharing your opinions. Are you happy with tonight's results? (I'm not.)

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And then there were 16. As you know, I was a bit underwhelmed by this week's performance—and I know a lot of you were as well. I'm still sad to see good dancers sent home and this week I'm a little heartbroken by who has to say goodbye. Who will it be? Let's find out. read more

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