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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "1 of 9 Voted Off"

Season 7, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: One of the Top 9 dancers is eliminated. Also: Ne-Yo sings "Beautiful Monster"; a performance of "Return to Sender" by the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS.
Original Air Date: Jul 1, 2010
Guest Cast Ne-Yo

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: 1 of 9 Voted Off Season 7, Episode 11

A onetime fan favorite tumbles to the bottom three, Courtney and Mark perform a classic Dance number, and Ne-Yo tries to follow in Jaden Smith's footsteps. Join me for a pretty unsurprising elimination show.

I have a feeling this show is going to be pretty lackluster tonight unless something truly surprising happens like Melinda not going home.

Group Performance:
Song: "O Fortuna (from Carmen Burana)" by London Symphony Orchestra and Richard Hickox

Don't hate me, but I kind of like the costumes for this week's dance number. It's a very dramatic number with very dramatic music, but I feel like the choreographer doesn't bring anything special to this song. When you use a song like "O Fortuna" you have to find a way to make the performance unique.

Nigel and Cat banter about some upcoming changes. Next week each dancer will perform twice: once with an all-star with whom they've never been paired with, and then with one of their competitors. Does this mean Ashley and Lauren will be dancing together? I think that could be fun.

Okay, on with the results!

First Group: Alex, Kent, Ashley, Adechike

Alex is safe — of course!

Ashely is safe. 

Adechike is safe.

And Kent is safe.

Interesting. Well, one of my choices for the bottom three is wrong, but that's okay. Of the three I chose, he performed the best. I think he's improving as well, so maybe he'll be an even better at connecting by next week's show.

Second Group: Billy, Robert, Lauren

Lauren is safe.

Billy is in the bottom three.

Robert is in the bottom three.

I'm a little surprised that Billy has finally ended up in the bottom three. He's never been my favorite but I felt like a lot of the viewing audience loved him. Robert's piece wasn't my favorite dance, but I still think he should have been safe this round. Mia says that neither he nor Billy is connecting. She thinks that might have told Billy he's brilliant so many times that he doesn't open himself up and allow himself to be vulnerable. Hmm, that critique sounds so familiar...

Third Group: Melinda and Jose

Jose is safe.

And Melinda is the last member of the bottom three. Everyone together now: "Duh."

Adam is trying to be supportive but it's so obvious there's no way she can save herself. This decision was made last night.

There's a new addition to the elimination episodes this week. The all-stars are being paired up to perform their best numbers from past seasons.

This week Courtney and Mark reprise their Sonja Tayeh number from season four.

All-Star Spotlight: Courtney and Mark

Courtney and Mark's original auditions are shown. I love, love, love Mark's Bohemian Rhapsody number!

Song: "The Garden" by Mirah
This dance is just so sexy. Do yourself a favor and just watch it because it is so hard to describe how much fun both of them have with it. I'm with Cat though — I love Courtney's little "no, no, no" movement with her finger. I wonder if they'll bring anyone back for the best performances.

Solo Performance No. 1: Billy

Song: "Fly" by Ludovico Einaudi
Tonight's solo is so much better than last night's number. He seems more connected with the music. It's possible he'll learn from this and work on the heart of his pieces.

Solo Performance No. 2: Robert

Song: "Hater" by Various Productions
Smolder. Smolder. Smolder. That's all I could think as I watched him. Okay, maybe there is some merit to the idea that he needs to connect more.

Solo Performance No. 3: Melinda

It's interesting that she's doing it a cappella, but I the judges' main critique last night was that she doesn't flow with the music. I think the best move would have been to show the judges how wrong they are and really make a particular song your own. Granted, she's going home regardless. It is a good bit of tapping.

Guest Performance No. 1: Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS

Song: "Didja Ever/Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
I had to go back and watch that beginning again. I was too distracted by buff dancers in army uniforms. Wow! She just launched herself off that bench and into his arms. Are the girls wearing dresses that look like envelopes? Aw, I want one! The Cirque du Soleil always makes me shout at my TV. These people are super human. I'm just saying.

Guest Performance No. 2: Ne-Yo

Song: "Beautiful Monster"
This is so much fun! I like these sultry dance moves. Is Ne-Yo live right now or is this a recording? It sounds too perfect. Oh, wait, now he's live. And apparently he's also into kung-fu. Oh, Ne-Yo. You are just not selling the martial arts moves.

Elimination:
The elimination is unanimous this week. Nigel wants Billy and Robert to figure themselves out.

Nigel reminds her that she wouldn't be here if they didn't love her. He knows she will always get work, but they have to say good-bye to her tonight.

Melinda thanks everyone and says she's learned a lot. I really want to feel sorry for her because the judges have been really rough on her over the last two days but when they show the highlights from her time on the show, I'm reminded of all the things I find to be annoying about her. This needed to be done.

I was a little bored with tonight's show — the solos were fine, but not game changing. Normally, the guest performances enhance the show, but this week they were the only exciting parts of the episode. Next week should be more interesting with the new format and a little birdie told me Mia Michaels might be choreographing the group number. Yeah!

What did you think about tonight's show? Are you sad to see Melinda go? Which all-stars are you hoping to see perform together again?

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A onetime fan favorite tumbles to the bottom three, Courtney and Mark perform a classic Dance number, and Ne-Yo tries to follow in Jaden Smith's footsteps. Join me for a pretty unsurprising elimination show.

I have a feeling this show is going to be pretty lackluster tonight unless something truly surprising happens like Melinda not going home.

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