“So You Think You Can Dance” mini-cap: Comfort gets eliminated, but not for long


The opening hip-hop choreography from last week’s elimination episode of SYTYCD was by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and it is crazy good, with part of it done under low lights, glow-in-the-dark stripes illuminating the moves. After a big ending, Cat Deeley makes her grand entrance in a stunning little black dress that makes me forget to breathe.

We get right into it with two couples, Comfort and Thayne, and Katee and Joshua, being called to the floor. Well, duh. I tell my cats that it’s Comfort and Thayne who’ll have to “dance for their lives.” (I still giggle at that phrase. It’s not like they’re hooked up to IVs or anything. I’ll bet Mia is already choreographing that dance.) I’m right.

The second two couples called to the stage are Jessica and Will, and Chelsie and Mark. To my utter surprise it’s Jessica and Will. That sexy contemporary piece they did should be in some dance hall of fame but instead, they’ve been voted to the bottom three.

Kherington and Twitch are the final couple to be sent to the bottom three, with Courtney and Gev wiping their brows in relief.

Three dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform next. Their dramatic presentation garners a standing ovation from everyone, including the judges. It sure beats the Pussycat Dolls.

All six dancers in the bottom dance for their lives and it’s clear to me that Comfort is going home. Twitch does this ultra groovy mad conductor character that I’d love to see in a longer dance.

While the judges deliberate, Katy Perry performs “I Kissed a Girl.” (Darlin’, so have I and yep, I liked it too.) I would’ve enjoyed the performance more had it not been done to tracks. C’mon, the drums weren’t even miked and even though we could hear a female back-up singer, there were none present. Made me wonder if she was lip syncing too but that’s for another blog, another time.

When Comfort is told she’s going home, she doesn’t seem too upset. She says she’s only been dancing for two years. Wow. My opinion of her has gone up one hundred percent.

Then it’s time for the three guys to be told who’s leaving. Twitch is staying so it’s down to Will and Thayne. We first have to hear about the wonderfulness of Will. Yeah, yeah, and his mentor Debbie Allen is in the audience. I’m weary of all this Will worship. He’s great, sure, but so are the others. Anyway, we know it’s going to be Thayne. He looks sad but holds it together. I want to hug the boy. Deeley does that for me.

But after elimination, Jessica was injured somehow (it remains unexplained by producers) and Comfort will return in her place. Judge/producer Nigel Lythgoe has released a statement:

I would like to say how sorry I am that Jessica cannot continue dancing in the competition at the advice of her doctor. Her full recovery is paramount and will only come with rest. We are fortunate that Comfort has agreed to rejoin the competition and know that under the circumstances she has Jessica’s full support.

So Comfort gets a second chance this week. Does she deserve it?

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