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So You Think You Can Dance 7/1/10: Elimination, Ne-Yo & Cirque Du Soleil!

July 01, 2010 08:34 PM by Nancy Floyd

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On tonight’s results show of So You Think You Can Dance, one of the top 9 finalists will be eliminated from the competition. And that’s not all…the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s VIVA Elvis show perform and Grammy-award winning singer Ne-Yo takes the stage for his first televised performance of “Beautiful Monster.” Keep reading for all the details on tonight’s episode and to find out which dancer is heading home…

Tonight’s new episode of So You Think You Can Dance begins with the top 9 finalists dancing to a slow-moving but powerful contemporary routine. Host Cat Deeley takes the stage and introduces the judges, Adam Shankman, Mia Michaels, and Nigel Lythgoe. Nigel uses the opportunity to discuss some of the changes that will take place next week on the show: each of the top 8 finalists will be dancing twice. One dance will be with an All-Star partner they’ve never danced with and the other dance will be with a fellow finalist. Should be interesting.

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Cat Deeley doesn’t want to prolong the inevitable so she gets right to the results by bringing out the first four dancers: Alex, Ashley, AdeChike, and Kent. Not surprisingly, Alex is safe after performing one of the greatest hip hop routines in So You Think You Can Dance history. There’s also good news for Ashley, AdeChike, and Kent as all three are safe for another week.

The next three dancers join Cat Deeley to learn their fate. Lauren‘s flirty Broadway routine with All-Star Neil was enough to keep her around for another week. Robert and Billy nervously wait to hear the results from Cat and unfortunately, both of them will be dancing for their lives in the bottom three. Although Billy and Robert are two of the greatest dancers in the show’s history, Mia Michaels thinks they need to bring more personality and honesty to their performances if they want America to pick up the phone and vote for them.

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With only one spot left in the bottom three, either Melinda or Jose will be facing elimination tonight. Hmm…wonder who it could be. The adorable breakdancer that everyone loves or the tap dancer who has been in the bottom three every single week? In the most unsurprising news ever, Melinda is joining Robert and Billy in the bottom three. And based on the judges harsh comments and critiques last night, it doesn’t look like Melinda will be sticking around for another week. Adam Shankman advises her to “open up her heart” in her solo if she wants to stay in the competition. If that fails, her gold sequins bra might serve as an adequate diversion to confuse Nigel Lythgoe into keeping her around.

In a new feature of the show, Cat Deeley gives the at-home viewers a reminder of how two of the All-stars first became a part of the show. Tonight the spotlight is on season 4 finalists, Mark and Courtney. After a brief video montage showcasing their talents, they come together onstage to perform a wildly popular Sonja Tayeh routine  from their season on the show. “The Garden” is by far one of the best Sonja Tayeh routines ever choreographed for the show. And Mark is the quintessential dancer to perform the quirky choreographer’s eccentric routines.

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Following Mark and Courtney’s performance, the cast of the Cirque du Soleil VIVA Elvis show takes the stage for an Elvis-inspired dance montage. Decked out in army fatigues and tank tops, the troupe does a cool stomp routine complete with some acrobatics. Not surprisingly, the dance group also features a couple So You Think You Can Dance alums, Chris and Marquis from season 3. Yeah, I don’t remember them either.

Next, it’s time for Billy, Melinda, and Robert to dance…for….their….lives. Dear God, I don’t want any of these three to be sent to the gallows! Oh wait…they’re not actually going to be killed, just eliminated from the show. That’s practically just as bad. Billy is up first and delivers a moving contemporary routine. Robert seems to be channeling his inner Mark or Sonja Tayeh for his quirky and unusual solo. Lastly, Melinda takes the stage and opts to do an entire tap routine sans music.

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While the judges deliberate about which dancer will be eliminated (like we don’t already know), Ne-Yo entertains the crowd with the first televised performance of his hit single “Beautiful Monster.” He’s channeling his inner Usher with his suit and fedora getup and slew of scantily clad backup dancers. Although, can they technically be called dancers when all they do is walk around and slut it up in lacy outfits? I think not. Regardless, the song is super catchy and Ne-Yo can definitely move.

The judges return from their deliberation to deliver the news to Billy, Robert, and Melinda. Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman were unanimous in their decision and don’t waste anytime notifying tap dancer Melinda that she’ll be leaving the competition tonight.

Tune into So You Think You Can Dance next Wednesday night at 8pm EST on FOX to see the top 8 finalists take the stage for two unique dances each!

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