Michael Becker/Fox
July 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM EDT

The first time I’d ever heard of Lady Gaga was three years ago, during the Top 6 results show of So You Think You Can Dance‘s fourth season. Re-watching it now, I’m struck by a few things immediately: TV sunglasses! Pointy shoulder pads! Crotch gestures! Light-up scepters! Strong vocals!

So what I’m saying is all the raw materials were right there for all to notice, and yet here is all I had to say about her in my recap of that episode: “Did you catch the kid in the catwalk doing Katee’s spazzy elbow dance to Lady GaGa’s ‘Just Dance’? And, speaking of Lady GaGa, are you getting the sinking feeling that female shoulder pads are starting to make a comeback?”

Isn’t it adorable how I spelled it “GaGa”? Anyhoodle, things are coming full circle, with Ms. Germanotta now sitting next to Mary Murphy as a guest judge, along with Chicago director Rob Marshall. Will Gaga abscond with one of this season’s Top 8 dancers the same way she snapped up season 4’s Mark Kanemura? (Fun fact! Mark was voted off the show the same night of Gaga’s appearance!) Will Rob Marshall be as adorably withering of Tyce Diorio’s Broadway choreography as Neil Patrick Harris was last week? And will Pasha be shirtless? (I’m kidding: Of course he will be.) Sound off about the episode below, and then come back tomorrow morning for my full recap! (UPDATE: Click over now for Adam’s full So You Think You Can Dance top 8 recap!)

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Read more:

EW’s SYTYCD recaps

Melanie LaPatin’s ‘SYTYCD’ blog: Top 8 performances

‘SYTYCD’ alum Alex Wong on his latest injury: ‘I really want to dance again.’

‘SYTYCD’: 25 Best Performances Ever

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and the viewers at home crown America’s Favorite Dancer.
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