Judges finally eliminate dancers, but their choices are as lame as Gatorade’s nutrition ad

So You Think You Can Dance‘s judges managed to make a decision last night, sending home four dancers: Wadi Jones, Iveta Lukosiute, Missy Morelli, and Nick Young.

Of the bottom three, the judges saved Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime. Ryan’s save is the most surprising and even mildly controversial. Ricky’s solo saved him and Nick’s sent him home, according to Nigel Lythgoe, who told reporters backstage that the judges switched their decision after the solo dances: “I couldn’t keep Nick having watched Ricky’s performance tonight. We asked them to dance for their lives and the passion that he danced with this evening was just fantastic. It was hard, but we had to let Nick go,” he said, according to E!.

Before the eliminations, Nigel all but said Ryan’s solo sucked, so keeping her and giving lots of praise to Iveta made that elimination pretty confusing. Nick’s solo was weak, and I think that Nick and Iveta got pretty screwed by their Bollywood dance; it was a weak routine and far more outside their skill set than the routines other dancers got.

MJ argues that Nick had more potential and was more interesting, so she says Nigel “contradicted himself when he explains why he saved Ryan instead of Iveta or Missy,” because Nick and Ryan had similar potential to grow.

The results show included a disappointing Gatorade product placement segment that was worse than what American Idol delivers during its results shows; it was played as a segment about nutrition but really existed to sell Gatorade, and thus was Biggest Loser-level shameful.

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