The judges can't muster any farewell praise for the ousted dancer

By Kate Ward
Updated August 06, 2010 at 08:15 AM EDT
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So You Think You Can Dance | NO SURPRISE AdéChiké was the obvious choice to send home.
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Like he even had a chance. For anyone who watched Wednesday’s performance episode of So You Think You Can Dance, last night’s results were a forgone conclusion. After all, the judges had spent the entire season picking AdéChiké apart as if he were a Thanksgiving turkey. If he développé-d, he could have extended his leg higher. If he executed a pirouette, he could have spun faster. If he smiled, he could have grinned as brightly as Jose.

And Wednesday night was no different. Nigel & Co. essentially handed AdéChiké his pink slip, criticizing him for two performances that failed to impress — mostly because of flawed, ho-hum choreography. But no matter — the panel wanted a final three that consisted of Kent, Robert, and Lauren, and that’s exactly what they got. (Let’s just pause right now to collectively thank the SYTYCD gods that Jose is not included in that final three. Okay, moving on.) AdéChiké could have visited an evil scientist and demanded to have his DNA spliced with Baryshnikov and Desmond Richardson, and Mia would have still scrunched her nose at the dance super-being. So, after Wednesday night’s show, we all prepared ourselves for AdéChiké’s ouster. But the elimination would have been much easier to swallow had the judges actually given the dancer a proper farewell.

Don’t get me wrong: I understand the live show has some time constraints. And there are several reasons I’m glad the contemporary dancer was given the boot last night. First, he was simply outdanced by the other three contestants on Wednesday. Second, there was no chance he was going to take home the final prize, meaning the finale would be far less suspenseful. And, finally, I will no longer have to store up a week’s worth of brainpower in order to correctly spell his name from week to week. But considering both Lauren and Kent were praised by the judges after learning they rounded out the top two, shouldn’t the eliminated dancer have gotten some accolades? An acknowledgement of his growth? Some encouragement regarding his future in dance?

NEXT: Pssst. Lil’ Kim called.

Though he didn’t necessarily deserve a spot in the top three, it’s difficult not to feel that the dancer was slighted. Especially when we were given an opportunity to see his idol, Desmond Richardson, on the SYTYCD stage, executing a routine far superior to the one he choreographed for AdéChiké Wednesday night. (Even if I spent most of the number wondering if one of Desmond’s legs was far sweatier than the other in that bizarre get-up. Lil’ Kim wants her wardrobe back!) AdéChiké’s final solo might have not have been as fun as Kent’s, as passionate as Robert’s, or as naked as Lauren’s, but it proved he was a strong dancer who could have done great things on the SYTYCD stage had it not been for some questionable decisions by our panel and choreographers. Seriously, the guy did a split in jeans. Please, someone tell me how that is physically possible without a major wardrobe malfunction.

So, adieu, AdéChiké. We’ll certainly see you during next week’s finale, and on this year’s tour. But I will miss your power, your passion, and the squiggly red line that spell check places under your name every week when I write about you. But I want to turn the discussion over to you, fellow So You Think You Can Dance fans. Were you at all surprised by the results? Were you also annoyed that Kent pulled out the gymnastic moves during his solo? And that Cat told AdéChiké he had his ”homies from Wapakoneta” on his side? (Memo to Cat, as much as I love her: There are two other people still in this competition!) Did you enjoy Flo Rida? Janelle Monáe? And, finally, who is the ”dance legend” that will replace Alex Freaking Wong in the reprise of his NapTab hip-hop routine with tWitch? I vote Paul Rudd. How about you?

And one housekeeping note before I go: Because I thought there would be a final four (per usual) on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, I planned my vacation for next week. But then Nigel got all sneaky on me! So since I will be unable to recap the finale, EW’s own legend will be returning to the recap next week in my absence. But since we’re all about keeping legends a secret, I will not disclose his identity. I will say, though: be Vary excited!

It’s been a fun season, friends! Until next year!

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