Hooray! Our favorite guest judge, Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson is back to freak out with joy and weigh in on the Top 8 So You Think You Can Dance contestants, who pair up with an all-star tonight. How did they do? Let's take a look:
Song: "The Power of Love," Celine Dion
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
She gets to dance with Ade for this number, in which they slide athletically around the floor a lot at the beginning. It's actually very pretty and they have good partnering and chemistry, although not of the sexual variety. Lovely leaps and lifts that look easy because she's so wee and weightless.
The judges say: Jesse loves the lifts and partner work so much, his rotator cuffs hurt in sympathy. Mary says Tiffany is extraordinary and that this is her best performance of the season. Nigel quotes One Direction and says, "You don't know you're beautiful" because she's so humble and focused on her performance.
Song: "Dance My Pain Away," Wye Oak
Choreographer: Christopher Scott
He's paired with Lauren for a hip-hop routine that's supposed to bring out his serious side. It's a cool concept with him in the foreground and Lauren in the back, representing that part of himself that will help alleviate the pain. For such a tall guy, he seems to get down pretty well. It's loose and light, but we didn't feel he hit it hard enough.
The judges say: Mary loved the musicality and technical skill. Jesse is pleased that Will shows he's more than just being adorable. Nigel takes the roundabout route to deliver praise, but does eventually.
Song: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye feat. Kimbra
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
First of all, can we just say anytime Alex comes back, we rejoice? His leaving the show after an injury is still one of the show's biggest tragedies. It's an excellent weird and writhing routine, and Lindsay does well with the movement, but there's no emotion between them. It's strangely lacking, especially with this angsty song and strong choreography.
The judges say: Neither Nigel nor Mary feels their sexual tension either. Jesse says she's "ding-dong-dorable" and wanted her to let go and connect with Alex.
Song: "Breathing Below Surface," Jesse Cook
Choreographer: Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo
Anya is his partner for the tango, a dance that he says has is challenging because of all the "walks." He has a great frame and presence, and we totally believe the strong character he's playing. It's apparent that he's a great partner and commands attention. We're completely entranced. Wow.
The judges say: The hairs on Mary's arms are standing up because, wait for it, he's on the Hot Tamale Train! Woo hoo! Jesse says it was insane and invites Chehon onto the Hot Jalapeno Bus. Nigel says the Chehon brought both the beautiful lines and the connection with his partner.
Song: "My Homies Still," Lil Wayne feat. Big Sean
Choreographer: Luther Brown
Lucky girl, she gets paired with tWitch, who is arguably one of the show's best performers, even if his technical skills aren't as refined. Speaking of, Witney isn't quite as precise as she needs to be with her movements, but she definitely has the attitude and energy to carry this hip-hop routine off. We're kind of impressed.
The judges say: Nigel is in awe and asks if all 18-year-old Mormon girls dance like that. Mary gets so excited, she loses her bracelet. Jesse gives multiple snaps for how she got "down and dirty" in her diaper pants.
Song: "Possibly Maybe (Instrumental)," Bjork
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
He's paired with Allison, and it's an angry affair in which she does her best to steal the show by defying gravity. He tells a great story through movement, and it's elegant as well as intimidating. Excellently eerie!
The judges say: Jesse loves that Sonya is a sick, demented woman and then says that he's shaking and needs a cocktail because the number was so demonic. Mary says if Cole keeps dancing that way, he could be in the finale. Nigel says Cole brings uniqueness to the competition.
Song: "That Man," Caro Emerald
Choreographer: Jonathan Roberts
All-star Ryan has the task of partnering Eliana, who plays a bored housewife who wants to get her man's attention with a quickstep. She always brings the joy out of any dance and is light on her feet. It actually seems effortless for her.
The judges say: Mary says El was spectacular and had a pretty good frame throughout. Jesse says, "Holy smokies, Lord have Murphy!" and compliments Eliana's accessiblity and maturity. Nigel is impressed with her topline and how she continues to adapt to every dance style.
Song: "Badder Badder Schwing," Freddy Fresh feat. Fatboy Slim
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Last year's champ Melanie is back to help with this fast jazz number. Cyrus sells the perforamcea as well as he can, but always seems a beat behind and can't quite connect with his partner. Look, I love the guy, but he's just lacking the skills to stay in the competition at this point.
The judges say: Jesse compliments Cyrus' charisma and pants. Nigel also acknowledges that his personality is keeping him out of the Bottom 3 but also tries to teach him who Bob Fosse is. Ouch. Mary points out that even though Cyrus isn't perfect at every style, his own "Animator" style is unique and that no one else on the show can do that.
Now comes the time for sad results. In the Bottom 4 are Witney, Lindsay, Cole and Will. Yikes! At this point, everyone is so darn good and/or lovable that this is going to give Jesse the vapors. Nevertheless, two must go home, and Nigel breaks the news that Lindsay (Witney's BFF!) and big puppy dog Will have been chopped. We look forward to seeing you on tour as an all-star next year!
That means that Witney and Cole will join Eliana, Tiffany, Cyrus and Chehon for the Top 6 next week.
Did the right dancers go home? Did Chehon and his mom make you cry as much as we did? Who do you think should win?