Cat's back, too, and she's here to tell us all about tonight's show - it's going to be a tribute to a certain Mia Michaels! Yep, all the dancers are going to be performing classic Mia routines from previous seasons, so we should be in for some serious treats. There are some exciting judges, here, too - Nigel and Mary are joined by the 'Ballet Boys' - Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt.
Of course, there's also an elimination to come - four dancers will be heading home based on the votes from the last show, meaning they'll miss out on the Top 10 and the tour. But that's a while away yet, so after congratulating Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo on their new baby, and seeing a brand new captivating Mia Michaels routine danced by the Top 14 (complete with ropes and roses), it's time to get this thing going!
Eliana & Cyrus
Eliana and Cyrus will be performing the Emmy-nominated door routine, originally danced by Katee and Twitch in season four! Cyrus is "honoured" to be doing one of his routines, while Eliana admits that she doesn't think she'll be able to emulate Katee because she's "absolutely beautiful". Rehearsals are going well, except for one thing... the pair keep laughing at each other! "They'll laugh inside, but really bring the fire out," Mia says confidently. The routine (set to Duffy's 'Mercy') is actually super hot, but what do the judges think?
Nigel: Nigel admits that it might be hard to disassociate tonight's dances from the original performers, though he says Cyrus added something to it. Still, he admits that Cyrus needs to work on lowering his shoulders. As for Eliana, he acknowledges that ballet dancers can sometimes focus too much on technique, but says that she is great at creating characters. Plus, he raves about how "strong" she was: "You could have really beaten him up, no question about that." He's thrilled the pair brought something new to the dance.
Mary: Mary agrees it was "great", saying they're fantastic. Plus, she describes Eliana as "swaggedocious" (I'm not sure that's a word, but I like it.) She praises her energy and style, and though she acknowledges she maybe edged Cyrus, she adds that Cyrus "brought his own kind of swag thing". She loved his ripple at the door and his mischievous laugh. "I thought it was fantastic tonight," she concludes.
Michael & Billy: Michael points out that he's never seen tonight's routines before, so he has a different view point. He says they're both "strong" performers, joking that Eliana would definitely have him begging for mercy! Plus, he liked the way they used the props. As for Billy, he says putting the two genres together shouldn't have worked, but it did! "If that's any indication of what we're getting tonight, I'm very excited," he says.
Tiffany & George
Tiffany and George will be performing season four's 'Hometown Glory' routine, originally danced by Katee and Joshua. Tiffany says the routine "hit home" since it's all about the struggles of life... plus, she'll always remember the running step! George thinks the assisted run is one of the most unique things on So You Think You Can Dance, so he's definitely excited. Mia also has faith in them, saying she wants them to be better than Katee and Joshua. "I think they're going to murder this piece," she announces. Will they?
Mary: I think they have! "We're just going to have to call 911 because we have just witnessed a murder on stage 36," Mary grins. She says the dance was "phenomenal", describing George's lift transitions as "absolutely flawless". She also praises Tiffany, saying she was soft and elegant sometimes, and had power at others. The only criticism she has is that they have to be careful of overperforming. Still, she ends on a high, saying George actually elevated the role today!
Michael & Billy: Michael agrees that there was a lot of emotion in the dance, but admits that it was hard for George to partner Tiffany - for example, she didn't need much assistance in the assisted run! it almost got to the point where he was watching two solos instead of a duet, but he adds that he loved it anyway.
Nigel: Nigel has previously said they hadn't seen the best of George... but now he thinks they have! He says he was "absolutely tremendous" at the beginning, praising how tight and energetic and strong the pair were. He acknowledges that they maybe overegged the pudding a little bit but says he'd rather have that and calm it down than try to bring it to that point. "You both did an excellent job tonight, I think," he says.
Will & Amelia
Amelia's not impressed... they're doing the "butt dance" (first performed by Randi and Evan in season five). Mia thinks this dance is deceptive because you can't see how difficult it actually is. And Amelia's feeling the pressure knowing that the audience will be staring at her butt the whole time! But she and Will have fun, too, with Will focusing on "one thing - Amelia's badonk" and Amelia hoping she has "enough junk in the trunk" to pull it off. The dance certainly does involve a lot of butt-shimmying, but I don't think Amelia has much to worry about...
Nigel: Nigel admits that he remembers the original routine so vividly, and he's had Randi's bottom in his mind ever since! In fact, though he could tell Will was trying to bring a character out, he thinks Amelia needed to do it much more (after all, she was picked because she was so good at the character stuff). "This routine requires just a little bit more than dancing," he points out, explaining that they needed to bring more to it. "The routine was okay," he concludes, to boos!
Mary: "What can I say, I liked it!" Mary begins. She admits that she thinks Will was a little over the top, and should pull it back a little. As for Amelia, she says she's "exquisite" to watch, although she agrees that Amelia was looking down quite a lot - she could have looked at a member of the audience and "messed with their emotions just a little bit".
Billy & Michael: Billy says he has nothing to compare the dance too, but he thinks it was "very strong", describing it as "musical" and "endearing". He admits that it could have done with some "subtlety", but concludes: "Generally, I thought it was great."
Jenelle & Dareian
The pair have got a big one to take on - the bed routine first performed by Kherington and Twitch in season four! Dareian's excited about trying to fill Twitch's "pretty big shoes", though Jenelle admits that they're a lot smaller than Kherington and Twitch (in fact, Mia's tailoring the dance towards them a little). Actually, Jenelle's really feeling the emotion of the dance as she's currently going through a "rocky" patch in her own relationship. "Tell your story," Mia advises her.
Michael & Billy: Michael had heard about the bed dance, and thinks the choreography and concept are "wonderful". He admits he's worried about Dareian's line (prompting a chorus of agreement from Nigel and Mary). But he says once he conquers that, he's sorted. Meanwhile, he says Jenelle gave a great performance... but he was distracted by her hair! "Maybe it just needed a little more clarity," he suggests. Still, he thought it was a great performance. As for Billy (who causes some laughter by referring to Twitch as "Titch" by accident), he thinks it's hard for Jenelle to shine because the dance is a lot about Dareian's movement.
Nigel: Nigel thinks this is the first time he's seen some personality in Dareian's dancing, though he adds that it almost felt like a solo routine - he thinks it's a bit "tough" on Jenelle. He insists he loves her, but explains that she didn't really stand out. Back to Dareian, though, and he praises his "wonderful tricks', adding that he's technically stronger than Twitch!
Mary: Mary agrees that Dareian's technically stronger, but admits that she didn't feel the raw emotion and passion that Twitch and Kherington brought to this routine. She also suggests it could be down to Jenelle's hair, as she couldn't see her face a lot (and it felt like overacting a bit at the end). She has some better words for Dareian, praising his emotion and saying that he has a lot of strength - it was like he trampolined off the bed! Still, he does need to fix his feet...
Audrey & Matthew
Audrey and Matthew are taking on a very personal routine - the season three Lacey and Neil performance to 'Time', which is about the death of Mia's father. Matthew's proud that Mia trusts them with the dance, while Audrey says there's a lot of pressure because the dance was so good the first time. But Matthew promises Mia that they'll "make it everything you need it to be" (and they all hug), while Mia thinks the duo will be brilliant.
Mary: Mary, who associates the dance with her father being diagnosed with lung cancer, gets very emotional as she responds to the routine. She thinks Audrey and Matthew brought "dignity" to it like Lacey and Neil, though she admits that she didn't feel "real passion and truth" from Matthew (though he's a "fabulous" dancer). As for Audrey, she's a "shining star"!
Billy & Michael: Billy says Audrey "nailed" her first pirouette - it was "flawless"! But he suggests that Matthew occasionally is focused so much on the next move that he drops his performance for a moment. He's got to find a way of "disguising the effort that goes into it".
Nigel: Nigel points out that Mia's father was a "song and dance man", and that sense of fun was missing a little from the routine - it was a little too focused on the steps. "It didn't come across to me, I'm afraid," he admits. He says they're both lovely dancers... but it's about more than just dancing now.
Witney & Chehon
Witney and Chehon are taking on the Emmy Award-winning bench routine performed by Heidi and Travis in season two! Mia's giving it a bit of a "facelift", but explains that it's so much about acting. Both Chehon and Witney have fond memories of the routine, which Witney admits she "worshipped". Mia's just hoping that the pair will find the magic of the dance in a new way.
Nigel: Nigel is "really pleased" with the dance, and reminds everyone of the story - about Mia falling in love with a gay man who was unable to return her love. "This is not about dancing, this is about storytelling," he says. And he says that came across with Witney and Chehon tonight!
Mary: Mary thinks the routine is "absolutely hypnotic" to watch and suggests that the pair pulled this off. She says Chehon has the strongest centre in the competition, though sometimes she wants him to let go a little bit more. As for Witney, she's "fearless" - Mary praises her big jump in the dance.
Michael & Billy: Michael praises Witney's home town of Salt Lake City for its great dancers, and also has good words for Chehon: "If you ever want a job with Ballet Boys come and see us!"
Lindsay & Cole
Lindsay and Cole are the final pair to dance, but they've got a great routine to finish off the performances - season five's 'Gravity' routine, originally performed by Kūpono and Kayla. Cole has to be really "physical" with Lindsay in this routine, grabbing her and throwing her around. And Lindsay knows she has to really get into it... which means beating herself up quite badly! Mia explains that Lindsay can't worry about being a "pretty dancer" - it needs to be better than Kayla and Kūpono.
Billy & Michael: Billy admits that he was "very, very impressed" with that, saying he could never have guessed what genres they specialise in. He thinks they have versatility in "bucketloads"!
Mary: Mary thinks this is Mia's best routine and she thinks this was the best performance from both of them! She says Cole was a bit more quirky than Kūpono, but it worked for him - he was "phenomenal"! She says she was fascinated watching him. She also says Lindsay was "amazing" - she couldn't have told she was ballroom, she's just "fantastic".
Nigel: Nigel admits he's been a little disappointed this evening, as people have to learn to take choreography and make it their own. But Lindsay and Cole have come out on top of everybody! He says he can't believe Lindsay is just a ballroom dancer - she must have done lots of other things - and he jokes that Cole "scared the s**t" out of him! "There's something psychotically mental about that performance," he adds. He explains that it was quite chilling... but a great performance from both of them! A good way to end the dancing, right?
Who's going home?
Unfortunately, we can't just enjoy the moment, because four people have to go home. We're about to find out the six dancers in danger... turns out it's Amelia, Jenelle, Lindsay, George, Dareian and Matthew. What's more, Nigel and the judges want to see them all perform solos!
Amelia's first, dancing to 'Falling Slowly', while Jenelle returns with a fun bellydancing routine (it's kind of a shame we don't see more of her specialism). Lindsay - who gets massive cheers from the crowd - dances spicily to 'Hip Hip Chin Chin', while George's 'So Long, Lonesome' dance is kind of jerky-awesome. We finish off with Dareian (dancing brilliantly to Joshua Ledet's 'It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World') and Matthew, who performs to Damien Rice's 'Delicate' - a lovely performance to finish with.
It genuinely seems harsh this week that we'll be saying goodbye to four people, because the show's definitely going to lose some talent. But the women are the first to discover their fate! Nigel explains that they're taking tonight's routines into consideration too, and with that said, Lindsay is safe.
That means it's goodbye to Amelia and Jenelle! Amelia gets pretty emotional as she says she has made "some of the best friends" she's ever had on the show, adding: "I'm never going to forget this or any of you." Jenelle feels the same way and thanks everyone for the opportunity: "I've loved every second of it."
Now the men are going to find out their fate! Nigel admits that he's "choked" about the idea of saying goodbye to two of the trio. He says Matthew is a great dancer but needs to figure out a way of connecting with the audience, while Dareian is a great trick dancer (even if he does need to work on his feet!) But, in the end, George is the one to be saved!
Matthew struggles to pick one memorable moment - "the whole experience was so good" - and says the show's helped him with his stage presence and different styles. Dareian also becomes emotional: "I'm just going to miss all you guys," he admits.
But we have our Top 10 (and our lucky tour stars) now - and the competition's only going to get fiercer. Next week? The couples are getting broken up and the finalists will be dancing with all-stars. Yikes!
So You Think You Can Dance airs on Fox.