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- Another Thursday means another guy and another girl would go home on "So You Think You Can Dance."
The night started with a spicy Latin-style group number choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin, Tabitha and Napoleon that was almost too hot for TV.
After an explanation of the rules for the night, host Cat Deeley introduced the judges and Nigel quickly took a moment to acknowledge the passing of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.
"I don't know where you even begin to describe a global superstar like Michael Jackson," Nigel said. "He changed the face of music and dance in the world -- not just in this country, but in the world."
He extended his wishes and prayers to Jackson's family, but said, "I hope their grieving is only short, because this is a life to celebrate. This is a life that remains inspirational to anybody who listens to music, anybody who wants to dance. Everyone, I think, we've had on this show has said, 'I started dancing because of Michael Jackson.'"
With that, they played a clip of Jackson's "Thriller" to head into the first commercial break, "and after that we'll forget all of our sadness and get on with the show," Nigel said.
Cat said that despite an emotional day, they had to get on with the results with the first five couples.
First up were Asuka & Vitolio, who Nigel loved but left Mary feeling a little unfulfilled. They were in the bottom three.
Janette & Brandon "worked it," according to the judges, and were safe for another week.
Randi & Evan made quite an impact with a Mia Michaels routine that put the spotlight on Randi's butt. "Your butt made the cut," Cat said, telling them they were safe.
Jeanine & Phillip's Broadway routine was fun, but Nigel said Phillip had to grow more as a dancer. They were safe.
Melissa & Ade did a sensual rumba that Mary and Nigel both loved, with Nigel saying, "What a difference Ade makes." They were safe.
Karla & Jonathan frustrated the judges with a poor hip-hop performance and Nigel wanted to bet the crowd that the couple would be in the bottom three. Nigel was right. He said he wasn't proud of getting it right. He said "they didn't get themselves together."
Caitlin & Jason and Kayla & Kupono the last two couples waiting to find out which one of them would take the final spot in the bottom three. Kayla & Kupono were safe, leaving Caitlin & Jason in the bottom.
Toni said she wasn't surprised to see Karla & Jonathan in the bottom, and she was not going to second-guess America's decision.
Cat was blown away by the Rage Boys Crew, the guest performers for the evening, a group made up of a bunch of young guys, including a little dude who couldn't have been older than 10 and had some serious moves.
In this order, the bottom three performed their solos: Asuka, Vitolio, Karla, Jonathan, Caitlin and Jason.
While the judges deliberated, electro-pop band The Veronicas, performed.
Nigel said the vote was unanimous among the girls. First, he told Caitlin she was growing in confidence every week and turned in the best solo of the night. She was safe.
He told Karla she looked a little desperate during her solo and wasn't as strong as they believe she has been in the past. He told Asuka she was an exciting performer, "but we do feel as if you are not growing in the competition." With that, Asuka was out.
Nigel said the vote among the guys was not unanimous. He started with Vitolio, who he said always showed a great deal of promise, but then doesn't always deliver. Nigel told him not to hold back. Next, he asked Jonathan to step forward, noting that "we continually find you, too, in the bottom three." Nigel said he didn't believe Jonathan had brought the dancing required to win. Nigel told Jason his solo was "full of desperation." But Jason was safe.
Nigel told Vitolio and Jonathan than neither of them were particularly strong at this point, but Vitolio was staying and Jonathan was out.