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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "So You Think You Can Dance"

Season 7, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: One of the Top 8 dancers is eliminated.
Original Air Date: Jul 8, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: "1 of 8 Voted Off" Season 7, Episode 13

Mia apologizes to Adechike, Pasha and Anya finally perform together on the Dance stage, and I spend the night alternately yelling at my television and crying. Follow me inside and experience all the ups and downs of this emotional elimination episode. Don't forget the comfort food.

I am dreading the news at the end of this episode. Hopefully, I'll be pleasantly surprised but I have a feeling the results of Alex's exams are going to ruin the night.

Group Performance:

Song: "When We Dance" by Sting

I kind of feel like I'm lost in an '80s video with this number, but that is probably because of the smoke machine and the halos. Adechike isn't really given much to do. The movements are pretty, though, and it is very different from the rest of the group numbers this season.

Ah ha! That was the promised routine from Mia Michaels. Cat congratulates Mia and Adam on their Emmy nominations. Adam seems genuinely ecstatic. I think it's a bit strange that awards shows get nominated for awards on other awards shows. It blows my mind.

Blah blah blah. More about Dance Day from Nigel. Now Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton will be introducing a bill into the House of Representatives to make July 31 National Dance Day. Because it's not like there's a national crisis in the gulf or a lingering recession with increasing unemployment numbers for Congress to worry about. No, they should totally invest time in the proclamation of a National Dance Day. There, I'm giving you my soap box now.

OK, on with the results!

First Group: Lauren and Billy

Lauren is safe.

Billy is in the bottom two.

I'm not surprised at all. Lauren slayed both of her numbers and Billy was a disappointment in his competitor number despite a strong All-Star performance.

Adam interjects a weird mention of his producing partner for the Oscars. Once he brings his focus back to the dancer he should be helping grow, he says he doesn't understand why Billy is in the bottom two. His only advice is that Billy may need to forget he's in a competition and bring joy to his dancing. Still, he doesn't believe Billy deserves to be in the bottom two.

American Idol pimping ensues.

Second Group: Jose, Robert, Kent, Ashley, Adechike

Kent is safe.

Jose is safe.

Robert is safe.

Adechike is safe.

And Ashley is in the bottom two.

Really? Really? Jose is safe. Jose. And Ashley is in the bottom two? I am not OK with this. Grrrrr. I need cupcakes.

I don't even hear the judges the first time through because I spend most of the time yelling at my TV. Mia doesn't understand why Ashley is in the bottom two. Join the club! And then Mia surprises everyone and apologizes to Adechike. Thank you. Really, that needed to be done.

All-Star Spotlight: Anya and Pasha

Song: "Magic Carpet Ride (No Comprende Edit)" by Mighty Dub Katz

Anya and Pasha are just amazing to watch. Electricity just radiates off of them during this dance. Their skill and expression is what all of the current competitors should aspire to in every performance. That ending is awesome!

Guest Performance No. 1: The Cast of In the Heights

Song: "96,000"

I love this musical. The sheer number of parts that somehow come together during each song is phenomenal. It is so rare to watch a number from a Broadway show and know that it will revolutionize the whole medium, but that was my first thought when I saw the cast perform on the Tonys a couple years ago. Maybe I'm too easily impressed but I'm a sucker for lines of seeming dissonance melding to create an exquisite melody.

Solo Performance No. 1: Billy

Song: "To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra

Dynamic is the word I would use to best describe this solo. I didn't realize until I watched this piece that my main problem with Billy's dancing is that he doesn't seem to push himself. He seems very static at moments. This performance was great, though, and I hope we see more of this if he continues on.

Solo Performance No. 2: Ashley

Song: "Lost (Acoustic)" by Anouk

You are probably all sick of me saying this, but Ashley just has this ability to tell a story every time she performs. I started out thinking she was far too static, but with every week she has shown something new and I can gladly say I was wrong; she more than deserves to be here. She deserves to be in the top four, the top two even for me.

Guest Performance No. 2: Natasha Bedingfield

Song: "Touch"

It is so nice to see one of the singers just genuinely having fun. The song is fun and the dancing is joyful; the whole performance is just a great time for everyone. The last "Chain Reaction" moment is great — a bunch of dancers jump off and start break dancing. Very nice.

Elimination:

Nigel announces that the judges are unanimous. He asks Alex to move forward and lets everyone know that the results are not good: He has a lacerated Achilles tendon. That means the tendon has detached from the bone and he has to have surgery this week. There is an 80 percent chance he will dance again as before.

So, he's out. Ugh, I hate this. Whoever wins now will have to realize that they might not have won had Alex remained in the competition. He is just so brilliant and so talented — miles above the other dancers. What? I'm not crying. No, not even when Alex starts crying, not when he says he'll miss all the contestants and then names Kent specifically, and definitely not during the montage. I just consume too much water sometimes and I have to let it out for health reasons. Through my eyes. At sad moments. Shut up.

So, no news on any format changes for next week. I know everyone is dealing with the loss of Alex, but what did you think of the bottom two? Were you as flabbergasted as I was? How is this season stacking up against previous years?  Discuss below and we'll chat next week.

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Mia apologizes to Adechike, Pasha and Anya finally perform together on the Dance stage, and I spend the night alternately yelling at my television and crying. Follow me inside and experience all the ups and downs of this emotional elimination episode. Don't forget the comfort food.
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