So You Think You Can Dance Canada: Losing some of our swag (spoiler alert)
I hate to play armchair quarterback with So You Think You Can Dance Canada results, but there's at least one thing that puzzles me about Tuesday's decision and another that saddens me.
Please keep in mind I bear no ill will toward any of the show's dancers and hate to see anyone's dreams get dashed, but this was Geisha's second trip to the bottom three and Teya's first. As far as the solos went, while I don't think any of the bottom three girls set the stage on fire, Geisha's impressed me the least. So why was it Teya who went home?
The sad part is that with the ouster of Teya and Boneless, we've lost two of the show's four hip-hop dancers.
We now have eight contemporary dancers, four ballroom dancers, two jazz and two hip hop still in the running.
With all that being said, the bottom three picks didn't surprise me.
I think krump, the style that Boneless and Teya performed, can be a hard genre for people to relate to, particularly when it's done to music that doesn't have an easy-to-latch-onto beat.
I also wasn't surprised to see Adam and Geisha in the bottom. I wasn't digging their jazz routine as much as the other numbers and figured I wasn't the only one.
I also had a feeling Francois and Yuliya would hit bottom. Their mambo was well danced, but there was no emotional hook to it. Plus, this was Francois's second trip to the bottom three, so perhaps that show-off quality that Luther Brown commended isn't as prized by viewers. I don't know.
The judges seemed to have the most trouble deciding which guy to send home -- Francois, Boneless or Adam -- so much so that they were late coming back to their seats from the commercial break, leaving Leah Miller trying to kill time on live TV as the three anxious female dancers waited.
I do find it a bit frustrating that we don't get explanations for the judges' decisions the way we do on the U.S. show (and I realize their results are an hour long and ours are only half an hour).
All Jean-Marc Genereux said was,"You are all talented dancers. Geisha, that was not your best solo, however, the dancer leaving us tonight is you, Teya."
Tre Armstrong told the guys, "This decision was definitely an impossible one for us to make and it was not unanimous, because we love all of you up there, Adam, Francois, Boneless.
"Boneless, tonight your dance for your life was out there and your journey has been a remarkable, memorable one, but our decision remains that the dancer going home tonight will be you, Boneless."
Both he and Teya took the news with grace and without tears, although Carlena seemed inconsolable after Teya's elimination.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you guys," Teya told her fellow dancers.
Boneless told Leah he had accomplished his dream by dancing on the SYTYCDC stage.
"That’s what I love to do is dance. I'm very happy that I got to show Canada that. It's beautiful," he said.
So what do you think? Did the right dancers go home? Did you expect a different bottom three.
The top 16 will be back Monday at 8 p.m. You can watch on CTV and look for the recap here.
(The photo of Boneless and Teya with Leah is courtesy of CTV.)