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Cute Can Only Get You So Far On ‘SYTYCD’ — Sorry, But You Had To Go, Alexie Agdeppa!

Fri, June 18, 2010 12:14pm EDT by 1 Comment

Someone had to go — and Alexie definitely deserved to be the first eliminated contestant from So You Think You Can Dance this season!

There were group hugs, silly dancing and lots of tears on So You Think You Can Dance’s first elimination show of the season June 17 when jazz dancer Alexie Agdeppa got the boot — but honestly, she deserved to go!

Despite the critiques the 26-year-old jazz dancer received from the judges, I was unimpressed by her hip-hop performance with Twitch. That said, it was sad to see her go, especially after finding out how many times she had tried out for the show (FOUR in total), and she WAS truly adorable, but as judge Mia Michaels said, “cute” can only get you so far!

Although Alexie’s elimination wasn’t all that surprising, watching Cristina Santana having to dance for her life WAS a shock. She became a dark horse after the Wednesday night’s show because of her slinky, sensual jazz number with Mark Kanemura. Luckily, she was able to show the judges why she deserved to stay.

This year’s group seems to be extremely supportive of one another. The first two guys to be announced as safe, Alex Wong and Robert Roldan, hugged each other for what seemed like an eternity after their results were announced. The group hugs started after the first contestant was led to safety and snowballed during Alexie’s elimination: every single dancer enveloped her in a huge bear hug, and the tears came pouring out.

The dancers weren’t the only ones getting chummy – the judges also seemed to be having a blast! During the opening group dance sequence, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman made silly and over-the-top movements together along with the music, while Nigel Lythgoe nonchalantly bopped his head. During one of the last commercial breaks, Nigel and Adam played tug-of-war with Mia’s arms as she jokingly screamed, “Leave me alone!”

Additionally, all-stars Twitch, Neil Haskell, Courtney Galiano, Lauren Gottlieb, Allison Holker and Kathryn McCormick were all in attendance to support the season 7 dancers. They even led standing ovations for Melinda Sullivan’s entertaining tap solo and Come Fly Away stars Karine Plantaditand Keith Roberts’ guest performance.

Do you think Alexie was the right dancer to leave last night?

Karen Datangel