Another Thursday night, another two eliminations on “SYTYCD.”
And so we have to say goodbye to Max Kapitannikov and Ashley Valerio.
Well, it was no surprise to see Jason, Caitlin, Ashley and Kupono in the Bottom Three, after both couples got slammed for their Shane Sparks hip-hop routines.
But personally, I wouldn’t have put Kayla and Max there after that amazing Brian Friedman number. For me, they were one of the best performances of the night, and far superior to the weak jive by Randi and Evan. But as Nigel speculated, the routine was a little out there, so maybe the majority of voters just didn’t get it. (Plus, dumping Evan after showing him that his big bro, Ryan, made it through to Vegas in Season 6’s L.A. auditions would have just been mean.)
Anyway, putting Kayla and Max in jeopardy meant Max got the boot. I’ve not sorry to see him go – although lately it seems he’s heard my pleas to put on a shirt – but he looked so crushed by the rejection I couldn’t help but feel bad for the poor guy.
And, in all fairness, what is up with the judges’ inconsistent reasoning? Last week, one of the reasons they kept Asuka was because she was one of the only ballroom dancers on the show and they wanted to keep some variety. Isn’t the same true for Max?
As for the other boys, Jason was a lock, especially after his fun, energetic solo. (Plus, the show wants to start developing fan favorites, and boy, does Jason make those tween girls scream.) Kupono apparently just squeaked by, since Nigel made a point of saying that the decision to cut Max was not unanimous.
Then there were the girls. Not unanimous either. The judges made a tiny effort to critique Kayla’s solo, but we all know it was between Caitlin and Ashley. Nigel & Co. are so in love with Kayla, she could have probably stood on her head for 30 seconds and still made it through.
So was Caitlin’s solo stronger than Ashley’s? True, Ashley made a grave error to spend so much time swinging on the staircase. (Hello, you’ve got 30 seconds!) But she seemed to have a little more fire in her belly than Caitlin. Yet, when it comes down to it, I think the judges went for who’s making a bigger impression in the competition. And people remember Caitlin, even if it’s only for her incredible flips and backbends.
She won’t be able to rely on tricks, though, if she wants to stay in the game.
And it’ll be interesting to see if partnering with Kayla forces Kupono to bring it. They’re both a little quirky, so fingers crossed that they get paired up with Mia Michaels or Sonya Tayeh next week.
Until then, folks, keep on dancin’….
(Photos courtesy of FOX)