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"So You Think You Can Dance": Almost there!

October 14, 2009 |  8:12 pm
LVSYTYCD-LV_judges_7638_f(2) Oh, that "So You Think You Can Dance" is such a tease! After witnessing the seemingly disproportionate amount of pain and agony that went into the second half of Vegas callbacks, I was ready to see who made the cut! I don't want to have to wait a week. 

After the dancers made it through the first three rounds as shown last week, they were socked with a Laurie Ann Gibson jazz routine.  It looked very difficult, and when a dancer asked her a question, Gibson erupted with, "The audacity of you to ask me such a ridiculous question ... now dance!" It was pretty amazing. The dance did look intense, and I wish we had been able to see a fuller version of it. On this round the Lithuanian ballroom dancer Iveta Lukosiute got cut, along with same-sex ballroom dancer Willem de Vries. I'd be surprised if Russell Ferguson doesn't make the Top 20, though -- I almost can't believe that he's had no formal training, but whether he has or hasn't, he looks comfortable doing everything. And I am definitely excited that this season seems to have a healthy amount of hip-hoppers. 

On "American Idol," the best part of Hollywood Week is the group auditions, but "So You Think You Can Dance" fast-forwarded mostly through that part of it, stopping only to show an adorable Broadway number and another dance that Mia Michaels called "stupid" (she wasn't incorrect).

The girls and boys then split up for Broadway. The married couple Ashley and Ryan DeLilo are still in it together at this point, along with Ashley's hot pink lipstick. Meanwhile, another dancer, named Dominic, who almost made the Top 20 last season got cut at this point, and the judges had to give him a talking-to for melting down on stage at the news.

That left us with 38 dancers and a funky montage of their solos, some of which left the judges in tears.  Like me, you'll have to wait until next week to see which 18 get cut and which move on.

--Claire Zulkey

(L-R): Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe.  Photo Credit: Kelsey McNeal/FOX