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So You Think You Can Dance recap: 11th Heaven

Nigel and the judges narrow the field to a promising group of finalists

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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

While watching the most recent episode in this seventh game-changing season of So You Think You Can Dance, I realized that Nigel and the panel handed me the equivalent a great, big hot fudge sundae. We had the cool (b-boy Jose Ruiz, tapper Melinda Sullivan); the warm, cozy coating that reminds us of yesteryear (Alex Wong, Billy Bell, Christina Sullivan); and, on top of it all, a nice, sweet, zingy cherry (that would be Kent Boyd, obviously).

So it was to my pleasant surprise that by the end of the entire show, Nigel and the gang didn’t yank this delicious treat away from me. Surely, I expected in the last 10 minutes, the judge would deprive us of early favorites Billy Bell and Alexie Agdeppa, because the season was starting to look just a tad too delectable. (And don’t call me Shirley.) After all, if we’ve learned anything from reality television, it’s how much it loves to rip out our hearts and use them as hacky sacks. (Remember how it felt to lose Alex Wong last year?)

But then, somehow, they made it work. Instead of a top 10, they surprised with a top 11. They didn’t trade my hot fudge sundae for a sad, little cup of Dippin’ Dots. No, Nigel gave us a top 11 with substance; a top 11 that, when mixed together, makes for one tasty dessert. And, like a giant portion of ice cream, I have a feeling that it will make this summer awesome.

Now, before I get so hungry that I abandon my recapping duties for a trip to the kitchen, we should take a look at our top 10, which was revealed last night after we spent the first hour in Vegas watching Nigel — decked out in a Florida retiree-meets-Sue Sylvester outfit — judge our dancers through contemporary, Broadway, and group numbers. So, because I like ranking things almost as much as I like hot fudge sundaes, let me run down my predictions for this season so far.

11. Ashley Galvan: Who? Exactly. Last night was the first time we saw Lil’ C’s favorite from Vegas, and since we were only given a seconds-long snippet of her performance, I’d say the poor girl is being set up as cannon fodder. Really, Lil’ C might as well have shown up and gifted her with a red shirt, no?

10. Robert Roldan: Again, who? Like Ashley, we haven’t seen very much of the dancer, which is curious, considering the fact that he’s good enough to dance alongside Billy Bell with the Alvin Ailey troupe. Add to his lack of screen time the fact that he was a member of Vegas’ ”Take Five” group — who were all bafflingly sent through to the next round, regardless of the fact that they had whipped up a number with less energy than Eeyore after a marathon run — and Robert’s chances are hurting like Anthony Burrell’s hamstring. (Poor Anthony! We’ll get to him later.) That said, Robert is extremely kind on the eyes, so he could possibly secure votes from the squee-OMG-Twilight-butterflies-Bieber generation.

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