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Ashley and Max dance home on “So You Think You Can Dance”

June 19, 2009

USA/“So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley — looking fabulous in a white pant suit — kicked off Thursday’s results show with a hilarious compilation of judge Lil’ C’s critiques from Wednesday — often incomprehensible, inventive, and always verbose.

The laughs didn’t last however, and it was a sad night for Ashley Valerio and Max Kapitannikov, the second female and male dancer to be sent home on Fox’s hit summer reality show.

This week saw some of last week’s favorite couples performing under par and last week’s bottom dancers delivering.

As a testament to the incredibly strong and fairly evenly matched crop of talent this season, executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe told the bottom three couples, “if it were up to us, we probably wouldn’t lose any of this six tonight.”

Despite strong routines last week, Ashley and Max’s solos and performances on Wednesday were less memorable and simply didn’t make the cut for audiences and judges alike.

Living to see another week of competition were Caitlin Kinney and Jason Glover along with Kupono Aweau and his new partner Kayla Radomski.

USA/Despite hip-hop’s popularity and the return of choreographer Shane Sparks (a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew“), it was “hip-not” this week with two of last week’s star couples unable to deliver, landing them in the bottom.

Last week, Caitlin and Jason nailed their bollywood number, and Kupono and Ashley impressed with Wade Robson’s crash test dummies routine, but both couples struggled with uneven hip-hop performances that underwhelmed the judges.

Early audience favorite Phillip Chbeeb and his partner Jeanine Mason were safe despite a dismal and awkward tango performance. “A lack of confidence is the heaviest anchor you can put on your creativity, on your art. You had no confidence through that whole routine,” Lil’ C told Phillip. Nigel simply said, “It wasn’t good.”

Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune — who were in the bottom three last week — came back with a moving and lyrical waltz performance choreographed by Louie van Amstel, inspired by Vitolio’s background growing up an orphan.

Mary Murphy also praised Jonathan Platero and Karla Garcia‘s contemporary routine by Canadian choregrapher Stacey Tooki, telling Jonathan, “I have never said this in five seasons: Jonathan you did that style better than your own!” They too also came close to saying goodbye last week.

Rising to the “threat-to-watch” list was Ade Obayomi, whom Lil’ C called  “everybody’s competition”.

As the contrast between this week and last week’s performances showed, favorites can change week to week depending literally on the luck of the (genre) draw. Dancers can rise to the occasion after disappointment, while the confidence of others can be shattered when performing out of their element.

Which genre and choreography will send next week’s dancers home? And which dancers will prove themselves to be versatile in anything thrown their way?

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