For the third week in a row, the prestigious judges of So You Think You Can Dance
have made controversial and relatively baffling decisions. Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Debbie Allen were given an exceedingly difficult task this week, thanks to the non-inclusion of Cedric in the bottom three. His deserved elimination has been long in the making, was overtly talked about during the performance show, and would have certainly come had the judges been allowed to send him home. But, making a decision on which male to eliminate turned out to be much less surprising than their decision to eliminate Jessi Peralta for the girls.
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Consider this: Jessi had a terrible week on So You Think You Can Dance
. She was sent to the hospital the day she was supposed to perform a tango with Pasha on national television. She was cleared to dance for last night's live broadcast, got to perform that great tango with Pasha, and absolutely killed it. Would've been the best dance of the night had it been performed on Tuesday's show. Then, she gives a so-so solo routine (no worse or better than the other girls) and, at the end of the show, is abruptly eliminated without any explanation from the judges. Meanwhile, Anya danced crappy on both episodes this week and is safe. Hardly fair.
Jesus Solario's elimination in not particularly deserved, especially since Cedric is still in the competition, but there really weren't any better options. Prior to the solo routines, I thought Neil was the likeliest candidate for elimination, but he stepped it up on stage by himself. Jesus didn't give a good solo, and that was the reason he was eliminated.
The show kicked off with a African/tribal routine that was solid, nothing all that special. Afterwards, we got straight to the results.
Bottom three couples:
Anya and Danny
Sarah and Jesus
Lauren and Neil
For the solo routines, Jessi was included because of her lack of participation in Tuesday's show. There was nothing all that special in the solos (there rarely is). All four of the ladies were underwhelming (although I did enjoy Sara's B-Girl routine). Lauren took half her song walking on stage and taking her jacket off. Anya shook her ass. Jessi looked tentative. The guys were better. Danny and Neil showed off supreme athleticism, outclassing Jesus.
For the final elimination, the expulsions were completely abrupt with no commentary from the judges as to why they came to their decisions.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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