So You Think You Can Dance recap: Can You Save Me?

Dancers actually get eliminated this time, and the judges make a questionable decision
Ep. 09 | Aired Jun 23, 2011

BLONDES HAVE LESS FUN Iveta couldn't dance her way out of elimination

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I was secretly hoping that Debbie Reynolds would get to hand out the judges' decision, just because hearing her say anything negative about anyone would sort of be like watching Frosty the Snowman descend into the world of underground kickboxing. But no, Nigel told Missy, "I don't believe there is anything you're doing we can fault," which was code for, "You're going home." He told Iveta that he would always remember "the routine with Pasha," which was code for, "You peaked too early." And then he told Ryan, "You didn't pick the best routine tonight," which for some reason was code for "You're great!" Yes, Ryan was saved — unjustly, in most of your opinions. We'll see if she can earn the judges' confidence next week.

The guys' elimination was a little bit more spot-on I think. Nigel forthrightly told Wadi that he had had bad luck with the dance selection: "You haven't been given time yet to show what you can do." If Nigel had an American accent, this might have sounded hopeful, but in Britishese, that was a fatalistic statement. He told Nick that he had a twinkle in his eye, which is the kind of thing Ray Winstone says in movies right before he shot someone in the face. That left Ricky, who Nigel praised for actually dancing like his life was on the line. Unsurprisingly, the judges voted to save Ricky.

Also, LMFAO.

So I guess it's so long, Missy! Farewell, Iveta! Auf Wiedersehen, Wadi! Goodbye, Ricky! I'd say that Iveta was robbed just a little bit, but that might be because she specifically decided to dress up like a Roger Moore James Bond villainess for her last routine. Dance fans, what did you think about the quadruple elimination night? Do you think Ryan and Ricky deserved the save? When did Gatorade become so lame? And, in the immortal words of Cat Deeley, "You can buy an awful lot of shoes with that!"

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