Cat Deeley said it herself. “The honeymoon is over.” The harsh reality of this season that we have to lose 2 more dancers tonight was thrown straight into our face. After last night’s literal love fest on stage and behind the judge’s table, we needed to prep ourselves to say goodbye to two more talented dancers from arguably the show’s best season. Speaking of which, how this show is dipping in ratings is beyond me, but we won’t touch that tonight. The show opened with a number that seemed a bit toned down than previous opening numbers, choreographed by Michael Rooney to a tune from The Incredibles. The track made up for the lack of exciting costumes. Speaking of apparel, only Cat Deeley can make a white dress with paint thrown at it look absolutely stunning. How about that flower in her hair? This woman never ceases to amaze with her hosting prowess, dazzling wardrobe and glimmering personality. If she doesn’t garner an Emmy nomination this year in a growing field of contenders, I’ll cry foul. That’s pretty much all I can do at my level.
Tonight’s results show continued on without promise of a “show-stopping” name, which I surprisingly enjoyed. No gimmick music video release (KChen’s quick clip was allowable because she is classy and was a breath of fresh air), no artist with a disturbing backtrack working to command the stage and impress viewers – straight up results and an appreciation of dance. Oh yes, I suppose we should recap the results. Couples Miranda/Robert, Ashley/Chris, and, to my surprise, Caitlynn/Mitchell made it to the bottom 3. After a treat by the Axis dance group, we jumped straight into the DFYL (Remember folks, this means Dance For Your Life) performances. Let’s tackle those in the traditional Twitter style.
Ashley | Not quite the strongest. Based on tonight’s solos, weakest and most deserving of elimination.
Chris | Packed a complete dfyl in this flexible, double jointed, don’t try this at home type of piece
Miranda | Her extensions are pretty powerful, flexible and pronounced; solid effort to stick around
Robert | Fun and entertaining, one of the strongest personalities on the show, but maybe time to go
Caitlynn | Fought for herself here, too intricate of a dancer to lose this early on
Mitchell | Solid effort, not as good as his first dfyl but delicate enough to maintain life on the show
Now, we arrive at the moment of the recap where I take a moment to gripe. My love/hate relationship with Nigel Lythgoe as a producer on American Idol has really been no secret. My distaste was voiced a number of times during my Idol recaps early in the season. My impression of Nigel has always been the opposite on SYTYCD until tonight. I now question the attention he pays on the show. Sure, a mistake is allowed here and there – confusing one dancer with another, but tonight Nigel displayed two critical errors in my book. First off, when he called forward the boys before Robert Taylor Jr was given the boot, Nigel talked to Chris about his woodpecker dance during the Top 20 redux scene. Wait a minute, Nigel. It was a woodpecker, yes. But major detail … it was Robert who danced it! Second flaw of the evening came when Nigel was giving Mitchell the scare before eliminating Robert. Nigel mentioned to Mitchell that he keeps finding himself in the bottom 3 due to some disconnect with America and that he needs to figure it out soon. Excuse me, Mr. Lythgoe, but Mitchell was only danced for his life once before – and that was when he was out with a minor injury during Week 1. Last week, he was taken to safety with the “Turning Tables” contemporary routine. Now either Nigel’s researchers are lazy, Nigel isn’t paying attention, or he just read the wrong critiques…I can’t quite make the same connection. Do I think Nigel accidentally sent the wrong dancer home? No, but it was a pretty obvious error to make. Oh well, off my little soap box I go.
Along with Robert, we lost Miranda Maleski from the competition tonight….BUT this is not the last you will hear from them. The Yak wants to know if you have a question for either Miranda or Robert. Sound off in the comments below, on our facebook or twitter accounts, or inside our forums. Let us know if you have a question for the eliminated couple and yours just might be asked!
What were your thoughts about tonight’s bottom 3? Were they who you expected? How about the eliminations? And we can’t forget the dance from the professional couple(pictured above)…Did you Ooo and Ahhh as much as I did? Let us know below and look to the Yak tomorrow to see if your question was asked!