Hate to say I told you so, but I did call it. Though the judges loved Cristina’s Paso Doble on Wednesday night’s show, I thought it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi and lo and behold the salsa dancer was indeed the latest voted off ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘ Thursday night.
That said, judge Nigel Lythgoe couldn’t have agreed with us less. “I think she’s grown across the season and I thought she was fabulous last night, absolutely fabulous,” said Nigel, who added that her performance this week was his favorite.
So why did she go?
Mia Michaels says that Cristina’s weak solo dance-for-her-life had a bit to do with it. “It was exactly the same thing and that was another thing,” she said. What should she have done? “Anything but that. Something new. Just change it up.”
That wasn’t going to happen because when we asked Cristina backstage if there was anything, a-ny-thing, she would have done differently (like her déjà vu of a last dance) she gave us a confident, “No.” “This was my time to go. I’m feeling good about it,” she said, adding that she plans to head back to school for nutrition.
Lythgoe’s pick to go home tonight was tapper Melinda, who, like Cristina, was in the bottom three for two weeks in a row. “I do think [Melinda's] almost a little too pretty and a little too confident for the girls who vote to connect with her. They like vulnerability. They like seeing somebody being a bit goofy, take Kent or Billy doing his Krump. That Krump was terrible. Terrible. It was a terrible Krump. He had fun doing it. It was absolutely fun to watch. That’s the difference,” he said.
Meanwhile, we were a wee bit worried to see Robert in the bottom three but can’t totally disagree with these comments from Mia: “He’s stunning -that face and that body. [But] he needs to man up. The cuteness, and with Kent too, it’s only going to take so you far and then it’s a wrap. Be a man. Dance like a man. Own it.”
Now that we’re down to nine twinkle toes (six boys and three girls), who is the one to watch? Nigel strongly hinted that we best be keeping a watchful eye on Miss Lauren. “I think she’s a well loved dancer,” he said. “I think she’s doing very well and anything that’s thrown at her at the moment she manages to do whatever it is.”
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