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Adam B. Vary
August 01, 2009 AT 03:18 AM EDT

So You Think You Can Dance

TV Show
Reality TV
run date
Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy
Current Status
In Season

So what did I miss? I know I’ve been away for a while, off amid the Comic-Con throng and then fighting a wee bit of the nerd flu that has also overtaken our beloved Ausiello. (Thanks to my colleagues Mr. Stransky, Ms. Barrett, and Mr. Slezak for filling in so expertly in my absence, too.) But by now, I’m sure, Brandon, Kayla, Ade, and the clear frontrunner Janette are well on their way to the So You Think You Can Dance fina…what? She what?! I…I…what happened?! Sigh. Well, I guess three out of four ain’t terri…wait, WHAT? Evan?! Seriously?! I step away for three shows, and Janette and Ade are out, Brandon and Kayla made the bottom two, and Evan is now the only dancer who’s never been in the bottom two and must be officially cyber-slanged as “Evan FTW”?! (That’s “For The Win,” btw.) Has the world gone completely mad triple-question-mark-and-exclamation-points?!?!?

Okay, sorry, had to get that out of my system. Last night’s results show put into high relief so many of my issues with this season, it rekindled all of the pent-up frustration I felt last week at Janette’s redunkculous exit. Let us count the ways:

No. 1: Truly awesome hip-hop has been MIA Sure, we had moving boxes this week, and creepy zombies last week, but with the Chbeeb long gone, there’s been nothing as flat out well-danced and fun to watch in the hip-hop department as that wicked JabbaWockeeZ “Freak-a-Zoid” number from last night. (P.S. With the America’s Best Dance Crew winners getting the full spotlight and Dancing with the Stars star Louis van Amstel winning camera time and serious props from the judges on Wednesday, isn’t it nice to see that we’ve reached televised dancing competition détente?) I’m due to interview Nigel Lythgoe soon for EW‘s Fall TV Preview about SYTYCD‘s impending fall season, and you better bet I’m asking him if he’s working to rectify this season’s dearth of quality hip-hoppers, which was only compounded last night with the return of Twitch and Joshua. Which reminds me…

No. 2: So You Think Evan Has “Personality,” Huh? While it was certainly great to see pretty much all the favorites from season 4 back on the SYTYCD stage, I was kinda disappointed to see that so many of their routines were a wee bit rusty — only “Bleeding Love” looked like it didn’t need the spit and polish of an extra rehearsal or two. (That’s right, Mark! I shall never forsake you!) That said, even though Twitch and Joshua weren’t exactly spot on in their respective “Mercy” and “A Los Amigos!” routines, they still brought more effortless personality into their performances than Evan’s been able to muster since the top 20 week. I mean, look, I’ve been so hard on Evan because I’ve always felt like he was capable of far more than he’s actually giving us, especially when it comes to personality. We actually got a few glimpses of that true potential last night, between Evan’s doleful sad clown frown in Tyce Diorio’s shockingly literal minded “Send in the Clowns” group number, and his results-night solo that popped with an extra spark of panache, as if that with his fate decided, he could finally let it all go. But the kid still has about as much sex appeal as Hello Kitty. And speaking of sex appeal…

NEXT: Who’s bringing the hotness?

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