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So You Think You Can Dance Episode: "1 of 10 Voted Off"

Season 7, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: One of the Top 10 dancers is eliminated.
Original Air Date: Jun 24, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap: "1 of 10 Voted Off" Season 7, Episode 9

All of the wrong people end up in the bottom three, but Brian Gaynor triumphantly returns to cheer us all up. Witness the pain, the pleasure, and the peculiar turn of events where I take Melinda's side on this week's elimination episode.

Pow! Right out of the gate, I like this group number much more than last week's snooze fest. The song is "Royal T" by Crookers Feat. Roisin Murphy. These steps allow for a lot more playfulness and style. Oh, of course! It's choreographed by Sonja Tayeh; that's why I like it.

Welcome to the judges.

Cat Deeley says she'll see Adam at Twilight later. Of course, my first image was one of Adam actually in the new Twilight movie. Can't you just imagine that? "You're an empty vessel, Edward. You need to learn to breathe between the brooding." Hee.

Nigel updates everyone on National Dance Day. Honestly, I'm already tired of hearing about it. I like the idea, but I'm not sure I can take hearing about it every week. The routine for the event is fast, according to Nigel, which makes me think most people are going to give up after about five steps. Apparently, Cat feels she needs a detention because she hasn't actually tried the dance yet. I won't even go into the amount of fantasies that one statement probably created.

If you go to Fox.com/dance and you tell them what your plans are for National Dance Day, you might actually end up on the show. Yep, they've gone there already.

Side Note: I totally forgot to mention last night's fantastic new phrase from Mia regarding Adechike's approach to art form: "heart form." I'm totally going to work that into a conversation with a pretentious art lover the next time I'm at the museum. It would probably sound something like this:

Me: I don't know. I think Monet's approach to this piece is less art form and more...heart form.

Pretentious Art Lover: ........ (sigh)

First Group: Kent, Christina, Adechike

Kent is safe. Of course!

Christina is in the bottom three.

Adechike is safe.

Really? Again? While he showed improvement over last week's number, Adechike's performance was so much weaker than Christina's piece. Adam is pretty annoyed not only with Christina being in the bottom three, but the backlash against the judges for last night's criticisms. I agree with him on all counts. Criticism is needed for people to grow. Period. And this show is so lovey-dovey to all of the contestants that I can't help but get frustrated when people complain about "harsh" comments.

Second Group: Alex, Ashley, Melinda, Jose

Alex is safe. Thank God!

Ashley is safe.

Melinda is in the bottom three.

Jose is safe.

I'm not really surprised with this one but, as much as Melinda can annoy me, I think she did a good job last night. Ashley didn't excite me, but it is possible she will now get more of a chance to show us what she can do. And because I can't keep it in any longer: What is Melinda wearing? Her costumes make my eyes hurt.

Third Group: Lauren, Billy, Robert

Lauren is safe.

Billy is safe.

Robert is in the bottom three.

What? Lauren should definitely be safe, but Billy? He just hasn't shown much in the way of versatility or greatness. He is talented, but he doesn't adapt well to other styles which is kind of the whole point of this show. Robert did an African folk dance one week and has done an Argentine Tango the next and attacked each with gusto. I really hope this doesn't become a pattern.

Guest Performance No. 1: Brian Gaynor and Remote Control

Song: "Agnus" Dei by Eskimo

Ooooo! Some small British country town is missing their living statues. And if I were them, I would be pretty pissed off about that; these guys are phenomenal. I can't even begin to contemplate how someone would get that low to the floor while moving in such micro moves. Brian Gaynore just inspires and astounds at every turn. I wish him and his crew all the success in the world!

Solo Performance No. 1: Christina

Song: "Quimbara" by Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco

She always sells her number. As difficult as dancing solo to this style must be, she makes it work as much as anyone can. Christina might be struggling with the same-ness of her style, though. It's hard to make those steps look unique and different week after week.

Solo Performance No. 2: Melinda

Song: "Heels" by Q-Tip

Now she looks like she's dancing for her life. Much better! Nice footwork.

Solo Performance No. 3: Robert

Song: "Everywhere I go" by Lissie

He's just beautiful when he dances. I don't know if he looks like he's dancing for his life, but he shows potential for phenomenal movement.

Guest Performance No. 2: Debi Nova

Drums! A lot of people have complained about the size of the stage this season and how the dancers get lost, but this time the all-stars are choreographed using the whole stage. I think that might be the real issue with the group numbers and weekly performances. Maybe the choreographers are so used to the smaller setting that the steps and movements are much more contained than they need to be.

Wow. It's easy to see why she's a sensation — she's a great performer. I might have to add this song to my "psych up" mix.

Cat offers to be her bodyguard and it is so true! Cat looks Amazonian compared to Debbie Nova. That would be a fantastic sitcom. Cat Deeley is a fish out of water on tour with Debbie Nova in Central and South America. One's tall and one's short! And their roommates on a tour bus! You know you want it.

The decision isn't unanimous this evening. Eek. I am really nervous.

Surprisingly, the judges don't really give much in the way of final critiques. I think they were just as shocked at the bottom three as I was.

Robert: Nigel says it would have been easy to say good-bye to Robert since they already lost one of the few girls they have on the show but (Oh good!) Robert is safe.

Melinda: Wow, Nigel was going to let Melinda go. That admission is pretty shocking considering his love of tap dancers. She wasn't connecting with the audience.

But it's Christina who is going home. Nigel makes sure Christina knows that everyone — including the choreographers — thinks she's fantastic. She's just grateful to have had the opportunity to be on the show. Cat makes sure everyone is on their feet to say good-bye to her. I am always impressed with how much respect the contestants are shown on So You Think You Can Dance. Even the all-stars were so supportive of their partners this week. I really do think it's sweet.

Well, another girl bites the dust. I guess I'm not terribly surprised when the judges have those three to pick from. After all, none of these dancers should have been in the bottom three so all they can do is pick the lesser of three evils. I suppose if I were forced to pick, I would have picked Christina too. There, I said it. Melinda should not have been in the bottom three and I wouldn't pick her to go home. I can't promise these grudging good feelings will last. I wouldn't have wanted Robert to go home, but I do think the girls are unfairly being ignored this season.

What did you think? Who should have been in the bottom three? Who do you think is in danger of finding themselves back in the hot seat on the next elimination show?

By the way, Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil is performing next week so expect lots of me ooh-ing and ah-ing over people hanging off of ribbons and doing flips.

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All of the wrong people end up in the bottom three, but Brian Gaynor triumphantly returns to cheer us all up. Witness the pain, the pleasure, and the peculiar turn of events where I take Melinda's side on this week's elimination episode.

Pow! Right out of the gate, I like this group number much more than last week's snooze fest. The song is "Royal T" by Crookers Feat. Roisin Murphy. These steps allow for a lot more playfulness and style. Oh, of course! It's choreographed by Sonja Tayeh; that's why I like it.

Welcome to the judges.

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