The Top 14 would become the dancing dozen by the end of Wednesday night's results episode. Judge Nigel Lythgoe said Tuesday night's performances signaled a wake-up call for some of the dancers who stepped up their game.
The opening routine was choreographed by Wade Robson and Amanda Rodriguez and earned rave reviews from Adam Shankman.
To the results: The first two couples hit center stage. First, Ashleigh & Jakob found out they were safe for another week. Next, Karen & Kevin -- the couple the judges unanimously said were in trouble this week -- were told they were in the bottom three. Adam said he wasn't surprised, but called Karen and Kevin two of the most poised and elegant dancers on the show and said they had to "slaughter" in their solos.
Ellenore & Ryan earned high praise from the judges on Tuesday, with Adam saying they helped kick start the competition. They were safe.
Noelle & Russell made the most of their second chance at the foxtrot of the season, at least in the judges' eyes. Channing & Victor flew high with a blackbird-inspired jazz routine that made Nigel notice that Channing finally let loose. Nonetheless, Channing & Victor fell into the bottom three. Noelle & Russell were safe for another week.
Mollee & Nathan got back on the judges' collective good side, but there was a lot of talk of their potential. Kathryn & Legacy also earned high marks for their passionate paso doble. Apparently, the voters weren't ready to give Mollee & Nathan a pass for a second consecutive week and they landed in the bottom three. Nigel wondered if it was a backlash from last week, "when their salsa was so bad."
That meant the bottom six dancers in danger were Karen, Kevin, Channing, Victor, Mollee and Nathan.
Be our guest: Nakul Dev Mahajan brought his bollywood dance crew to the "So You Think You Can Dance" stage. Later, Orianthi, a guitarist who's venturing out on her own, performed her new song, "According to You."
Back to the results: Nigel announced that the judges were unanimous on both decisions this week. He reminded the audience that the "dance for your life" solos are one last chance for the dancers to change the judges' minds about who should move on and who needs to go. With that, he noted that no one's solo changed their minds this week.
Nigel told Mollee that she showed she could dance like a woman. Nigel turned his attention to Channing and Karen. He told Channing her technique was terrific, but her personality wasn't coming out in her dancing as much as the judges would like to see. He said Karen was, "without question, a performer," and that the judges think Karen is "a star." Therefore, Karen was staying and Channing was going home.
Turning to the guys, Nigel told Nathan he learned a big lesson last week and that the judges were "delighted" to keep him in the competition.
Nigel told Victor that his solo work was very strong, but told him not to pirouette so much. He told Kevin that the judges were looking for growth, and even though he was growing, but he still has a long way to go. Kevin was sent home.