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Amazing Guest Performers and Elimination Results on 'SYTYCD' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 1st 2011 3:02AM
'So You Think You Can Dance'When the judges left the set to deliberate their choice for elimination on this week's 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX), it was a double-whammy. First, they were going to have to send home two dancers, which is particularly difficult this season as the caliber of talent is so high.

But, perhaps just as tragic, they missed the guest performance by Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian. Cat Deeley introduced them as "the current United States and World Theatrical Ballroom Champions." All we saw was flawless execution and lighter-than-air choreography.

It's almost impossible to describe how effortless they made some of the most complex and stunning lifts look. Honestly, it looked as if Ambarian's bones must have been filled with helium, she just soared so light.


But after we got to sit with the euphoria of what has to be one of the best guest performances ever in 'SYTYCD's eight seasons, it was time to get down to business. The Bottom Three included Caitlynn Lawson and Mitchell Kelly, who were technically very strong with their samba, but perhaps failed to connect with the audience.

Joining them were Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr., who were their polar opposites, bringing more personality than anything to their Broadway piece. Rounding out the Bottom Three were Ashley Rich and Chris Koehl, which we expected after their bizarre Sonya Tayeh jazz routine. It was perhaps too esoteric for the general public, the judges didn't get it, and it didn't look like the dancers got it either.

After final deliberation, Nigel Lythgoe complimented Chris on the efforts of his solo. He urged Mitchell to find a way to connect with the audience more, and sent Robert packing. For the girls, Nigel offered no critiques, simply eliminating Robert's partner Miranda.

So, we've yet to break apart a couple, and all the power couples of the season still seem to be intact. Do you think the judges made the right call this week?

What did you think of the earlier guest performance by two members of AXIS Dance Company, incorporating dancers with and without disabilities into dancers together? It certainly created a unique viewing experience, and one we'll not soon forget.

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Completely wrong! Ashley and Chris should have gone home last night. Miranda was one of the best girls on the show and IMO was much better than Ashley. I have watched this show from the very beginning and have never been so angry with the judges on their decision. They were wrong, wrong, wrong.

July 01 2011 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

THEY SENT THE WRONG GIRL HOME......Ashleys solo was very unimpressive. I'll take a bet that they didn't want to send Ashley and Robert home as there would have been comments about racism. Personally I loved them both but thought they were both the weakest dancers out of the remaining ones....

July 01 2011 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just can't bear Mary Murphy's classless screaming, so I tape the show and fast forward through her "judging". Why did they bring her back this year?

July 01 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SYTYCD has made 2 huge mistakes already. Nick exit last week was just dead wrong. And Miranda could have won the whole damn thing. Wow - talk about bad choices.

July 01 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, the judges made a mistake. They were divided in their choice of female dancers, and picked the wrong one. Ashley's solo performance was no where near as strong as the other girls (I believe that even Cat made an excuse for her after her performance), yet Miranda went home. Poor choice judges--I'm wondering what exactly they are thinking.

July 01 2011 at 12:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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You are right. Miranda's dance was the best of the three, She danced great all night. I feel the audience just did not like Robert. I thought he had a wonderful attiitude and was very outgoing. He di dnot need to go home either. The judges made a mistake last week also. Ryan should had been the girl that went home.

July 01 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes the judges made a mistake, and they admitted they were divided in choosing the female dancer to go home last night. I did not believe that Ashley "danced for her life" and that she should have gone home instead of Miranda.

July 01 2011 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Both featured dance routines were great, but the ballroom couple was incredible. The lifts were just awesome! I said wow like five times out loud while watching...alone. Best guest performances they have had on the show in a long time.

July 01 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WOW!!! that performance was absolutelyu incredible

July 01 2011 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am still waiting for Sasha to go. She is not in the same league as the other female dancers. Isn't it funny how they keep giving her simple routines in her dance style. But you notice they put her in the back when they do the big group numbers. What a shame to send Miranda home as she did the best solo last night. When are they going to break up the pairs like they used to? I love this show but it is getting very predictable and I am tired of them sending home some of the better dancers so their favorites can stay.

July 01 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand the decision at all last night. Miranda was getting stronger and stronger each week and Robert was so full of personality and was a great performer. It should have been either one of the other two to go...they are completely forgettable.

July 01 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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