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So You Think You Can Dance recap: Can You Save Me?

Dancers actually get eliminated this time, and the judges make a questionable decision

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So You Think You Can Dance

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy
Current Status:
In Season

Has any guest judge ever had so much fun on So You Think You Can Dance as Debbie Reynolds? Your regular performance night recapper Adam B. Vary already rhapsodized over Justice Reynolds’ time in the hot seat, but even with just a couple minutes of screen time on last night’s elimination episode, darling Debbie strolled away with the whole show. When Cat asked her if she was enjoying herself, Reynolds couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved the show: “It’s all about dance, which I’ve done my whole life.” What a classy dame. (Fun fact: In the same week that she guest-judged SYTYCD, Reynolds sold Marilyn Monroe’s subway dress. That’s called multitasking.)

After last week’s non-elimination episode, four dancers had to go home last night. That meant six heads went on the chopping block. Missy and Wadi’s disappointing cha cha won over viewers even less than it won over the judges; Iveta and Nick’s Bollywood number Bolly-could-not earn them any votes; and even though the judges gushed over Ryan and Ricky’s performance, they also wound up in the bottom three. Hmm, so two of the judges’ favorites were in danger, and the judges could only save two people? Truly, it would have taken a genius to figure this one out. But I am not a genius, so I was pretty sure Ryan was going home.

(While the dancers prepared their life-saving routines, our friends at Gatorade punished us for even thinking about Powerade by sending an emissary into the dancers’ kitchens to chastise them about keeping tasty snacks in the refrigerator. Yeesh, who knew a company that makes drinks colored like Gummi Bears could be so snippy?)

I thought Wadi rocked the house with his Major Lazer performance, especially since he was pretty much the only dancer to actually end his routine perfectly in time with the countdown, in a praying pose. Missy just seemed manic, and Nick tapped his way into obscurity, but give Iveta credit for a spirited routine. I know Iveta might not have technically been the best dancer, but since I technically don’t know anything about dancing, I can say scientifically that she brought the most personality to her routine. At least, she brought more than Ryan, who danced a meh routine to “Moving Mountains” by Usher, which put me to sleep until I woke up and then fell back to sleep when I realized she was still dancing. That left Ricky, who nailed a performance set to “Riot Rhythm” by Sleigh Bells.

NEXT: Saving private Ryan