'So You Think You Can Dance': One more dancer is gone, and it's not a shocker

sytycd-melinda-pasha-320x180.jpgTonight, the top nine dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance" are cut down to eight.

Wednesday's performance show was one of the best, with numerous routines (Adechike/Lauren G., Alex/Twitch, Lauren/Neil) proving that with great partnerships and choreography, there is still great dance on "SYTYCD."

Opening Performance: Top nine, "O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)" by London Symphony Orchestra and Richard Hickox

The music is dramatic and the choreography in the routine definitely reflects that. Not entirely sure if the costumes entirely match the routine, but to each his own.

Now before we get on with the results, Nigel announces some changes for next week's performance show. Instead of dancing one routine, the finalists will now be performing two. The finalists will be dancing with an all-star they've never performed with, and they will also be paired with one of their fellow competitors.

My predictions for the bottom three? Melinda, Jose and Billy. Robert could also be in the bottom too.

Who's Safe? Who's Not?:

Alex - Safe (Loudest cheers, by the way.)
Ashley - Safe
Adechike - Safe
Kent - Safe (Oh Cat, almost gave the boy a heart attack!)
Lauren - Safe
Robert - Bottom Three
Billy - Bottom Three
Melinda - Bottom Three
Jose - Safe

I am shocked that both Billy and Robert are in the bottom, but at least this means the dancer who will be going home is as obvious as can be.

Spotlighting the All-Stars:

Courtney and Mark, "The Garden" by Mirah
(Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh)

Tonight, "SYTYCD" debuts a new feature that puts the spotlight on some of the 12 all-stars and how we first met them. They will also perform a memorable routine. Tonight, it's all about Courtney (Season 4) and Mark (Season 4).

The Fillers:

1) "Didja Ever"/"Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
(Performed by cast of Cirque du Soleil's "Viva Elvis")

The army routine is choreographed by Nappy Tabs and Mandy Moore, and it's the first of two guest performances on the show. It's entertaining and even has some sick tricks (i.e. the roll near the end of the performance).

2) "Beautiful Monster" by Ne-Yo (Television debut)

This song is perfect for the club scene.

The Bottom Three:

1) Billy, "Fly" by Ludovico Einaudi
(Contemporary; "dance for your life" solo)

This 30-second glimpse just shows you how technically gifted he is.

2) Robert, "Hater" by various producers
(Contemporary; "dance for your life" solo)

He's taking on the quirkness of the Sonya Tayeh routine that he performed this week and tapping into that for his solo. He really does remind me a little bit of Mark.

3) Melinda
(Tap; "dance for your life" solo)

There is no music playing this time around. Instead, it's Melinda showing that she can perform without any accompaniment. I'm still not sure tap really translates well to viewers and the audience.

The Results:

The results are pretty clear, and the judges make that known. Melinda is going home.

First Impressions:

Now that the judges have eliminated Melinda, I feel like the competition isi just getting interesting. It's going to be tough to determine the bottom three next week, unless someone truly bombs in the performance show.

What are your thoughts on this week's eliminated dancer? Discuss below!

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