One bad night on ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘ and you’re o-u-t out! That’s what happened to AdeChike, who didn’t exactly win over the judges Wednesday night with his lackluster African Jazz number or his good, but not great, Contemporary piece.
America voted AdeChike out, sending Kent, Lauren and Robert to the finales next week. “I think it went the right way,” said judge Adam Shankman of the vote. “I think the two of them [AdeChike and Robert] were on fairly similar trajectories until last night.” So one bad night can turn it? “Yeah,” added Adam, who announced this week that he’ll be working on an upcoming episode of ‘Glee.’ (It’s not the Britney Spears episode and might not be a Michael Jackson episode either.)
So what went wrong exactly? “He does not have a supple back,” explained Adam. “To do African like that you need a supple back, on top of which, and this has to do with a sense of maturity and this is something that he is going to come into, he doesn’t just lose himself in the number. I always am conscious that he is doing a number, whereas Lauren is just out there with her partner doing something so extraordinary and special.”
Mia Michaels, however, said she “was a little shocked” that AdeChike went home, based the voting, but that she’s happy with Kent, Lauren and Robert being in the final three. “I think it may have been different if there weren’t injuries. Alex is out. Ashley had a good shot too. Billy, he’s a great dancer. I’m sad that he’s not in the finale,” she said.
AdeChike’s got the right attitude, though. “I meant what I said, no matter what the outcome, I’m happy. Just to be here and be associated with this show is an honor in itself. It felt great doing both numbers. I think I’ve really grown as a dancer and as a person and that’s what means the most to me,” he said.
And as for his teary-eyed moments on the season, of which there were many, he joked, “I haven’t cried for ten years until I came on this show. This show turns you into an emotional wreck.”
The final three isn’t exactly what I thought – I picked Robert to go home before AdeChike, but still feel it’s Kent for the win and Lauren for second place. But, executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe doesn’t think there’s a clear winner just yet. “That top place has been moving around. There’s never been one person in that top place,” said Nigel of the voting. “And now to find out that between Lauren, who was in the bottom three, and Kent that they’re in the top two with just two percent of the vote between them, very interesting.”
Very interesting indeed, Nigel.
Do you think the right man went home? Hit the comments with your two-cents.