Ugh. Now I feel even worse. Tonight, on So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe and his fellow judges eliminated a really popular contestant–the charismatic tap dancer, Nick Young.

Backstage, Nigel told reporters, “When I saw who was in the bottom (Ricky and Ryan, Missy and Wadi, and Iveta and Nick)  I was intending in my heart of hearts that we keep Nick and we keep Iveta.”

But, said Nigel, “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.”

So, Nigel changed his vote at the last minute. I still don’t get it. I don’t care how well Ricky danced, it’s what he’s got the potential to bring to the rest of the competition that matters. Nick brought a unique style to the cast. Ricky is a fine dancer, but he’s not that interesting.

Nigel turns around and contradicted himself when he explains why he saved Ryan instead of Iveta or Missy, “With the girls it was more of a question of how well are they going to proceed in the competition. It’s a waste of time keeping them this week if they’re going to be cut next week. So who will grow the most? We had a little discussion and we felt Ryan would grow more.”

When Nick was asked  whether he wished the judges had sent someone home last week, he said, “Yeah. I think a lot of us had that feeling…maybe they saw something, people they didn’t want to cut last week, and they were just waiting for this decision to be made. Maybe they had an easier decision today.”

Bingo. If Nigel had sent dancers home last week, Nick and Iveta would probably have survived this week, although that Bollywood did neither of them any favors.

If Ricky is cut next week I’m calling for y’all to twitter bomb Nigel next week. Ok, not really. But still. Grrr.

 
  • Dlynne

    I’m don’t like that there is a double standard. Ryan did not dance for her life and yet she stays.

    BTW, I think Nick’s solo tonight was far better than Ricky’s.

  • AI10fan

    Yeah I’m peeved at the outcome. I wished Nick and Iveta stayed. We have enough contemporary dancers. I want the show to have some more diversity. Ugh Nigel… He’s trying to save face but isn’t doing a good job of it.

  • desiree_chick

    What royally pisses me off is that Nigel continues to be dishonest about his choices on this show. Why didn’t he just simply say, because of Ricky’s amazing solo (which honestly, there have been better save-your-life solos than Ricky’s own in the past where the best solo did not save that person), that we kept Ryan because she matches him, and Missy’s abrasive sexiness would seem odd to match, and Iveta is just. too. damn. tall? Otherwise, if I were Nigel, I’d stop bringing in tap dancers since all of them haven’t lasted beyond top 16, and Nigel barely gives them a chance to last on the show. They’re not connecting well on the show, and a simple misstep such as that Bollywood routine can screw them.

  • Grammie Kari

    Nick brought a unique style to the cast.

    I was totally shocked as I was sure Nick would be in the TOP 10. Wait… did I say Top 10? I foolishly picked him to win. He was the best tapper they’ve had, and he showed so much versatility I was excited to see what he would do with Hip Hop. Putting him with professional World Champion, Iveta became a kiss of death.

    So Nigel thinks Nick will be a star? Maybe if he had gotten deep into the race? Sorry, but Ricky’s solo was nothing exceptional.

    Do we really have to wait until next week to twitter bomb Nigel? I don’t think I can wait that long. Why would anyone eliminate a dancer who will become a star. We want to see the progress and growth I know would happen with Nick.

  • chrislongisland

    Agreed. Missy and Nick should have been kept.

  • JackedUp

    After seeing Ricky’s performance for once in my life I agree with Nigel. We ran back Ricky’s performance and watched it three times. I think he showed moves like that body roll that I have never seen (twice in a row) and were the best I have ever seen. Inspirational.

  • BillyBobJoeBill

    I am annoyed beyond belief that Nick was eliminated- he was one of my picks to go Top 3 or 4 at least.
    He had versatility, he had personality, he had a unique style, he had every quality necessary to succeed.

    I don’t like to get invested in any reality show contestant, much less do so this early in the game, but damn this stings.

  • desiree_chick

    I don’t like to get invested in any reality show contestant, much less do so this early in the game, but damn this stings.

    It stings so bad you would not believe. I’m STILL bitter this morning. Bitter!

  • OnePlusSix

    So, Nigel changed his vote at the last minute.

    Yeah right, give me a break Nigel! Do you honestly believe that sells? What I find hilarious is that they try to convince the viewers that ALL these decisions are being made on the spot (actual showtime) when in essence they are already decided before the show. Sometimes I feel as if they think we’re a group of morons and unable to think/see for ourselves. Let’s face it (no-brainer) the show runs on a stringent time frame and there’s no way in hell they can convince me that it’s a last minute decision. They know the results of the voting and have to plan the future of the show around it. Nigel even stated “It’s a waste of time keeping them this week if they’re going to be cut next week. Therefore, they have to come up with a way of eliminating a dancer and justifying it one way or another. It’s a reality show and a money-maker for TPTB. Try not to get too invested and just enjoy the entertainment, which I always find interesting and, at times, moving.

  • ituneit

    I liked the tap dancer. When him and Iveta did the quick step together he so out shined her and he she is the 10x champion. Iveta I didn’t think was great. Good in ballroom yes but not good all around. She kept using sex to sell rather than talent

  • aislinn

    I’m so annoyed that the judges didn’t suck it up and vote off two contestants last week. If they had, the guy who was injured would have gone, and that would have been a better choice than either of the two let go last night.
    Of what we have seen throughout the season so far, Nick and Missy should have been the ones kept. I just don’t get Nigel’s feelings about Ryan(other than she is a young, and sort of pretty blonde). She’s solid, but I don’t see anything special in her dancing. Tyce tweeted last night something about how much he would miss Missy, and Travis retweeted it. Travis seemed quite upset, and tweeted that the judges should have voted someone off last week, and that we were ending up with the wrong bottom 3 this week. Nick was wonderful, and would pair well with probably anyone on the show, and I was so sad to see him go.

  • Pam

    I’m glad you brought this up mj. I was somewhat ticked too. Not only do I love watching this show every season, but my mother does as well. She has been watching this show with me for years. After Nigel’s comments to Iveta and Nick last night, she says to me, they are going home and it turned out she was right. That Nick does have star potential and I’ll agree with Nigel on that. I really hated to see him go. I think this is a very talented bunch this season.

    I’m not going to lie. I was somewhat ticked that Ryan and Ricky were given the green light to stay. I have to be honest here, I did not like Ryan and Ricky’s routine at all. I know it’s good for the contestants to spice things up on the stage, but that routine was a big turnoff to me so basically I wasn’t shocked to see them in the B3 last night.

    OnePlusSix-You have basically summed up my feelings in a nutshell. I do love the show but I don’t like Nigel’s petty games. It’s no secret they have favorites. They only have these backstage discussions to make it appear they are actually undecided when in truth, they really aren’t. They truly do know what they are going to do beforehand. I believe that wholeheartedly. Last week’s results show was just designed to get people talking and up the ratings but so far that hasn’t worked yet. I still like this group though.

  • spritely

    I loved Nick and wanted him to stay, but I do think Ricky earned his spot. In fact, he was so terrific that it made me glad that I’ll get to see what else he can do.

    Ryan seems as if she’s one of those dancers that they get fixated on from the start, wanting her to win, and they can’t let go of it until the voters keep refusing to go along.

  • http://www.mtvnews.com jambajim

    Not a huge fan of Ryan so far, so I was bummed she was the one saved. I liked her until the live shows began. They called out her “smile” last week but made no mention of her goofy smile this week, which drove me NUTS. That couple had no chemistry. She kept turning her face to smile at the audience any time an emotional connection was close. IT DROVE ME CRAZY. I can’t help but feel like Ryan got saved because of her storyline. Producers invested soooooo much energy into her already. Okay, rant over.

    At the end of the day, all of these dancers are so insanely talented that every week is going to be a shocking elimination. I just want to watch these 20 kids dance every week. LOL.

    Seriously though… best Top 20 ever? YAY!

    And yeah, I was sad Nick got booted so early, but I would have been sad to see any of them go. (PS – I thought Wadi’s musicality during his solo was delicious.)

    I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH WEEEEEEE!

  • justshootme

    They should have just man upped and cut last week. It throws everything off when they do a blanket save like that. I’m sure the fans of last week’s bottom three were on alert and voted like mad. All of them avoided bottom three this week. The fans of the others were lulled into a false sense of security. It sucks.

    I thought Nick was a lock for top 10. He should have been saved, if only for diversity of style.

    I Do Not Get what they see in Ryan. At All.

  • emme

    I think that the producers put melanie and marko together and expect them to make it to the finale. You can tell who their favorites are…next to go Robert

  • Montavilla

    When Rickey did his solo last night, I gasped. It was pretty amazing, so I can buy that it changed the judges’ minds. I hate losing Nick, but I do understand why they kept Rickey.

    Ryan is the one that galls me. I think they kept her because they didn’t cast her last year. Supposedly she wasn’t quite ready then, and the story is that she’s ready now… but whatever it is that Nigel sees in her, I don’t.

    I think the viewers are going to keep putting in the bottom 3 until she’s cut. That’s bad news for Rickey. He’s going to have keep topping himself at the DFYL, or he’ll be gone so that Ryan can be paired with someone else.

    I’m sure Nigel will tweet this later on today, but I’ll say it any way: Nick and Iveta had bad luck in their dance draw this week — but it was the voters who put them in danger. We have to vote for the couples we want to keep in the competition. Especially when they have a bad night.

  • BootStar

    Admittedly, I only started watching this season last week because I was too busy to keep up with the preliminaries, but after being really impressed with the overall group this season, now I’m just really disappointed with the results. I thought Nick was exceptional and the rare tap dancer on this show who actually had the “it” factor. So what does Nigel do? Eliminate him for yet another contemporary guy? I love the contemporary dancers, and Ricky’s solo definitely made me take notice, but at some point, you have to let one go. I expect them to bring Nick back for a solo at some point, maybe on the finale? But I’m just left scratching my head on that decision. Maybe he was too tall for their favorite females? I got nothin’.

    And that Ryan chick? Which producer’s daughter is she? She’s embarrassingly bad. I’m sure she’s talented, but her personality is incredibly grating and she doesn’t know how to get into character. Why on earth would they keep her over someone as talented and accomplished as Iveta? I guess if Nigel has to have his requisite blonde on the show, he would always choose the jail bait over the more “mature” artist. How predictable was that!

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Every time I see Ryan, I instantly think ‘Showgirls’. Her vacant smile is off putting and I believe that the judges made a huge mistake. Iveta and Nick did a decent job with Bollywood and shouldn’t have been dumped from the competition.

  • miniglik

    Nick and Iveta had bad luck in their dance draw this week — but it was the voters who put them in danger. We have to vote for the couples we want to keep in the competition. Especially when they have a bad night.

    12 out of 20 dancers were up for elimination the last two weeks due to America’s voting. (Significantly, of the 7 safe who were safe for both weeks: not a one of them had both (or either) partner dancing significantly out of genre either week.) Nick & Iveta should not have been in the first 4 of the 13 up for elimination. Two should have gone last week, and two should have gone this week, and neither time should have been Nick and Iveta. YMMV of course.

  • Allison

    I’m bummed about Nick, but Ricky is good. Poor tap dancers!

  • Mike M

    Not quite getting the dislike for Ryan. I thought she and Ricky were spectacular this week, though I have to go along with a lot of others who pointed out Ryan’s smile during this particular dance was off-putting. The truth is I like all 20 of them this year, but I haven’t settled on a favorite like I usually do. I’m just not feeling their personalities yet.

    Nick seems like a delightful young man and he proved he can expand beyond tap dancing. Hated to see him go, but I thought Ricky deserved to stay. I think he and Ryan suffered from going first in a two-hour show.

  • Montavilla

    12 out of 20 dancers were up for elimination the last two weeks due to America’s voting. (Significantly, of the 7 safe who were safe for both weeks: not a one of them had both (or either) partner dancing significantly out of genre either week.) Nick & Iveta should not have been in the first 4 of the 13 up for elimination. Two should have gone last week, and two should have gone this week, and neither time should have been Nick and Iveta. YMMV of course.

    Interesting point about the genre. Of course, Jess was in the bottom 3 last week dancing in his genre and Clarice was no more out of her genre last week than Jess was out of his this week.

    But everyone else in danger in the past two weeks (except for Mitchell, who had the injury) got there by dancing a genre outside their experience.

    The irony is that we’re howling this week, when the truth is that the voters had more power than usual. Yes, Nigel plays manipulative games and changes the rules to an alarming degree on this show, but in this case he painted himself into a corner. He put the judges into the position of having to save one male and one female dancer, instead of being in the position of getting to cut one of each.

    If the audience values diversity (of genre) on the show, then we need to vote for the dancers who represent the more specialized genres. Unfortunately, we’ve missed our chance on this season. We can look forward to some great hip-hop and contemporary performances in the coming weeks. But the ballroom dances are probably going to be ho-hum at best.

  • Grammie Kari

    Travis seemed quite upset, and tweeted that the judges should have voted someone off last week, and that we were ending up with the wrong bottom 3 this week.

    Thank you pointing this out, aislinn. Nigel could care less what we think, but I think he values Travis’ opinion. Nigel screwed up and there’s nothing he can do to correct this huge mistake. Great, you tell the guy he’s going to become a star, and then you dump him?

    I am bothered to think this was the agreement of all three judges. I cannot believe Debbie didn’t choose to save Nick. I am done voting for the season.

    One thing, does anyone know if Ryan has acting in her background? I think they are grooming her for the big screen. Just a hunch. Working with Mia also has something to do with Nigel’s decision. Yes, I am still upset today.

  • d. b. cooper

    Ricky and Ryan shouldn’t have been in the bottom three. I’m sure if Jess and Clarice had been there instead of them that Nick and Iveta would still be in.

    Nick was the best tapper they’ve had (the only one I’ve liked), but I don’t think dancers that are primarily tappers can do well on this show. It’s an outdated style and contemporary just annihilates it. The judges, in my view, made the right decision. Ricky is a huge talent and needed to stay.

    I also don’t really buy that Ricky saved himself with his solo. Nigel knows who he’s gonna keep, c’mon.

  • t2

    Can we just call this show “So You Think Contemporary Dancers Can Dance?”

    p.s. Dear Nigel: Contemporary = Jazz = Lyrical = you’ve got way too many of these dancers and should have kept Nick and Iveta.

    I’d be voting for the clogger if they had one available.

  • lucy

    Not quite getting the dislike for Ryan

    I don’t dislike her, but she is currently the queen of inappropriate smiling. I’m prepared to give amateurs a little time to realize that they need to wipe the I’m-so-happy-to-be-on-this-show grin off their faces during most performances, but if she keeps on doing it longer than another week or so, I’m going to fast forward through her performances, I’m afraid. Really really hate that.

  • Montavilla

    Nick was the best tapper they’ve had (the only one I’ve liked), but I don’t think dancers that are primarily tappers can do well on this show. It’s an outdated style and contemporary just annihilates it.

    I don’t think tap is outdated. I think the problem with it (and ballroom) is that the technique is so demanding that it makes it hard for most dancers to translate it into other genres. You’d think that hip-hop would have the same problem — and it did for the first few seasons. But hip-hop is so popular that there is a large pool of dancers who study classical techniques and also do hip-hop.

    Have they ever assigned a tap routine for competition? I think they could slide tap into a Broadway dance — they did incorporate Nick’s tapping into his and Jess’s introduction dance. But they’d never do that if the dancers weren’t already trained in tap because it’s just too difficult to pick up the technique in a week.

  • MayMirabella

    I can understand why they kept Ricky as his solo was excellent , very good. But keeping Ryan is what I fail to understand. I do not get why they think Ryan has more potential than Iveta or Missy.

  • idolwatcher

    Double negative – cut Nick and keep Ryan. Really?

  • weese

    I thought they got it exactly right last night. Ryan and Ricky should not have been in the bottom three to begin with. Missy’s solo was ugly, Nick’s solo was not his best—he has danced much better, Iveta is somewhat unlikable and her solo was typical–nothing special. I happened to love Wadi’s solo but recognize he was not great in the Wed. night performance. I do believe Ryan will improve. Ricky deserved to stay for both his Wed. and Thurs. night performances.

  • stelladallas

    While Nick’s favorite type of dance may be tap, he is trained in all types of dance. His mom has her own dance studio, where Nick teaches. Their website even says: “Nick Young has been dancing since the age of 4 excelling in ALL forms of dance.” On the SYTYCD site, he says he is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary.

    Too bad that Nigel didn’t give us a chance to see Nick’s other abilities. Nigel and the judges could’ve even kept up their script of “Wow, you did so well even though you’re (only) a tap dancer.” (Which I kind of resented those type of comments.) Tap done well is awesome, ya’ll. And damned hard to do. That’s why many dancers don’t attempt it!

  • Tera2

    I think Ricky is one of the best dancers this year. He’s a very good contemporary dancer and he’s one of my favorites along with Tadd, Caitlynn and Chris. Ricky and Ryan’s routine was good. I thought Nick and Iveta’s Bollywood is the worst Bollywood ever on the show. Ricky solo’s was very good, creative, cool and not just jumps. Wadi’s solo was very good, and Iveta was good too, but she doesnt need the show cause she’s already a pro champion. Nick’s tap solo was the worst followed by Ryan’s. I wasnt surprised Nick and Iveta were sent home after their mediocre Bollywood. Maybe they could have sent Ryan home for her solo, but definitely not Ricky. I don’t believe for a minute Nigel was gonna send Ricky home before his solo. Its obvious he’s one of his favorites – the solo is not what changed his mind even if he uses that as an excuse to appease some fans of Iveta and Nick.

    Also I dont care for tapping at all, and I’d rather watch a broadway dancer like Jess over Nick. Nigel is a tapper so he puts them on the show out of solidarity, but he knows most viewers don’t like to watch tapping.

  • Allison

    Also I dont care for tapping at all, and I’d rather watch a broadway dancer like Jess over Nick. Nigel is a tapper so he puts them on the show out of solidarity, but he knows most viewers don’t like to watch tapping.

    Not true for all viewers. I love to watch good tapping, and Nick was good. It’s too bad contestants aren’t forced into a “genre outside their own style” that includes tap.

    But they’d never do that if the dancers weren’t already trained in tap because it’s just too difficult to pick up the technique in a week.

    Unfortunately that seems to preclude tap from the competitive rounds.