By Annie Barrett
August 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson — “weird and creepy and not a stalker,” he swears — just loves to come back and be a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. The Modern Family star invented the Hot Jalapeno Bus (a new friend for Mary Murphy’s Hot Tamale Train), and poignantly called out Will’s personal-story junket (“Dance saved my life…”) as a reason why arts programs are so important to schools. He is, quite simply, the best.

Meanwhile, the Top 8’s parents made everyone cry by talking about how proud they were (Chehon’s mom and Tiffany’s dad especially), and Eliana and DWTS: Live in Las Vegas headliner Ryan Di Lello tumbled their way through one of my favorite ballroom routines of the series. Actually, Chehon and Anya’s fit that bill, too. Smiling! In a tango! It worked!

SPOILERS AHEAD: The two dancers heading home are….

Lindsey Arnold and Will Thomas.

Noooooooo! Will was so cuuuuuuuuuute.

Witney Carson and Cole Horibe landed in the bottom four but were saved by the judges.


Witney Carson and tWitch Boss — Hip Hop (choreographed by Luther Brown)

Cole Horibe and Allison Holker — Contemporary (Sonya Tayeh)

Eliana Girard and Ryan Di Lello — Quickstep (Jonathan Roberts)

Lindsey Arnold and Alex Freaking Wong — Jazz (Sonya Tayeh)

Will Thomas and Lauren Gottlieb — Hip Hop (Christopher Scott)

Cyrus Glitch Spencer and Melanie Moore — Jazz (Mandy Moore)

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Anya Garnis — Tango (Melanie LaPatin)

Tiffany Maher and Ade Obayomi — Contemporary (Mandy Moore)

Which dance was your favorite?

Discuss tonight’s show in the comments, and stay tuned for’s full recap later on.

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