So You Think You Can Dance, like American Idol, is famous for making us sit through 55 minutes of fill time to give us the results in the last five minutes of the show.  We’re a sucker every time, aren’t we?  I know I sit through it.  Tonight’s results were actually taped Thursday but the episode was pre-empted because of preseason football.  I have to say, FOX did a great job of keeping the actual results from getting out beforehand.  In case you missed it, here’s what happened tonight.

At the top of the show, the remaining six dancers did a Wade Robson piece that appeared to be them portraying dead underwater creatures.  Guest judge Debbie Allen was back tonight along with Nigel and Mary.  Debbie announced that formerly eliminated dancer Cedric Gardner has been given a full scholarship to her dance school.  There were two performances tonight, one by an African dance troupe and one by Lil C and his crew doing a krump routine.  Both were entertaining and fun to watch.

Each of the dancers performed their solos to show their strengths despite the fact that it doesn’t affect the outcome of the show.  The girls went first with Sabra, Lauren, and Lacey performing in that order.  After a commercial break, the boys performed.  Pasha went first followed by Neil and Danny.  Everyone performed very strongly in their style and I can’t say anything bad about any of the routines.

When it’s time for elimination, Cat first announces which of the guys and which of the girls will be safe.  Lacey and Danny are the first two to make it into the finals and the audience goes wild.  After that, Cat announces that the remainder of the show will be taped on a closed set and the audience is asked to leave to protect the integrity of the show. 

In a very strange and quiet setting, Lauren was sent home first followed by Pasha.  That means that Sabra and Neil will also be dancing in the finals.  Mary and Debbie are choked up saying their final words to the eliminated dancers.  As the montage video plays of their finest moments, Lauren looked more emotional than Pasha.  It has to be a hard time to get eliminated, just as tough as when Hok and Anya went out before top ten.

In some ways, the voting results were surprising and in other ways, they weren’t.  I didn’t see Pasha making it to the finals and I suppose the same could be said for Lauren but I was pulling for her.  The final four will battle it out in a 2-night finale starting Wednesday night on FOX.

– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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Gina Scarpa

Staff Writer, BuddyTV