21 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Like American Idol during its Vegas week(s), So You Think You Can Dance's semifinal excursions to Sin City are treated as quaint, host-narrated docudramas. And frankly? It couldn't be any better. Vegas week is always compelling, even if we spend too much time following around middle-of-the-pack dancers who keep earning flak from the judges. But remember: Flak is entertaining, and it turns statuesque ballerinas into crying piles of blubberiness. In fact, this section of the series could be spun off into a grueling Olympic event called The Cryathlon, because my god, the tears. They were everywhere last night. And sometimes they were hilarious.

With that, let's take a break from the exceptional dancing and sort through the funnier stuff from last night's telecast. Remember when Mary Murphy growled at Alexa Anderson and sounded like Janis Joplin struggling to sing "Piece of My Heart" while eating a ham and cocaine sandwich? »

- virtel

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