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So You Think You Can Dance recap: The Top 10 Emerge

Two get ousted, but Nigel finds a way to not really lose them as season 5’s Top 10 are decided

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Sytycd Phillip Chbeeb
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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

You’ve got to hand it to Nigel Lythgoe. He may be an uncouth cad for that dig at Mary’s Botox use, and he’s certainly holding a petty grudge against that piddly little Russian folk dance routine, but the man is one wily fox at getting his way. First, he takes to the public airwaves to bemoan the fact that a meanie recording conglomerate won’t release the rights to Michael Jackson’s music for a tribute to the man’s contributions to the world of dance. (Which is to say, if we’re not seeing the moonwalk on the So You Think You Can Dance stage by the end of the season, I’ll be quite surprised.) And Nigel even managed to dismiss the Chbeeb while also swiftly hiring him back for the impending tour. Nigel just had to admit that the Chbeeb was never going to come within a country mile of catching up to the rest of the Top 10, and to keep him any longer on the show would undercut SYTYCD‘s precious dance world integrity, which he’s so fond of touting to any who will listen. But we all know those ”producers” of the SYTYCD tour had a ”talk” with Nigel and, well, this is probably how it went:

Nigel: ”Self?”
Nigel: ”Yes, self?”
Nigel: ”You can’t kick off Phillip before the tour; he’s the only bloody street dancer left!”
Nigel: ”I know that, you crusty old muffin!”
Nigel: ”Hey, I look right dashing for 60!”
Nigel: ”Well, so do I, but the fact remains that Phillip’s just bobbins at any style not his own.”
Nigel: ”Yes yes yes, and that isn’t even taking into account that bollocks Russian routine.”
Nigel: ”Right, so…wait, which one of us is supposed to be Tour Producer Nigel again?”
Nigel: ”I think I am.”
Nigel: ”Aha! So what if we kick Phillip off but make him one of the swing dancers on the tour?”
Nigel: ”My word! If I do say so myself, self, you are one bloody brilliant television show producer!”
Nigel: ”Thanks self!”
Nigel: ”Now, er, what’s a swing dancer again?”
Nigel: ”You’re Tour Producer Nigel! Shouldn’t you know it’s theater talk for understudy?”
Nigel: ”Of course I knew that! I was just testing your knowledge on the matter!”
Nigel: ”Oh, go suck an egg!”
Nigel: ”Gladly!” [Sucks on egg.] Fin.

Nigel might have been oddly obtuse about consulting himself on bringing the Chbeeb and Caitlin onto the tour, but he was bracingly forthright when talking about how he and the other judges came to the decision to kick these two off the show in the first place. Namely, he all but admitted that their ”dancing for your life” solos pretty much did not matter, as the judges had already well made up their minds hours earlier. Of the bottom six dancers, Caitlin seemed to take this admission closest to heart, delivering a dainty and perfunctory solo that might as well have been titled ”I Give Up, But At Least I’m Still Cute.” The Chbeeb, meanwhile, went out in style, reminding us all why we were so captivated by him…two years ago. I actually half expected his So You Think You Can Dance ”journey” montage to include a few glimpses at his true SYTYCD odyssey, like his very first audition, and his dance off with Robert Muraine in last year’s finale. (Which, by the by, the Chbeeb clearly won, judges’ vote be damned.)

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