Thanks for the great comments, everyone. I didn't plan to post again until after next week's episode, but couldn't help it given last night's results show. I'm not a fan of made up words, but I can only classify what happened last night as "ridiculosity incarnate".
For those of you who missed it, Billy and Jose, as predicted showed up in the bottom three, but to my surprise, they were joined by Robert - my pick for strongest of the night. But here's the real kicker - the judges chose not to eliminate any of the dancers and instead will eliminate two next week. Here are their reasons:
1. Jose - although acknowledging Jose has not grown much in areas outside his expertise, the judges felt he has grown as a beat-boy. I disagree - while Jose's solo was impressive, I thought it simply indicated he had smartly kept some tricks up his sleeve for one last-ditch effort
2. Robert - after praising him on Wednesday night, the judges (except for Nigel) turned against Robert, claiming they have not seen him grow in these last weeks. This came from thin air, in my opinion, plus it ignores the fact that it's harder to show incremental growth week by week when you are already a really strong dancer. If Jose pointed a toe now and again, it would be considered leaps and bounds
3. Billy - the judges felt that sending Jose or Robert home over Billy would give Billy an unfair leg up on the remaining dancers (as he had benefited from a week's rest) and set a dangerous precedent for future dancers (as Billy had made the call not to dance on his own, even though the doctors cleared him). While I think there is some merit to this concern, they should have simply told Billy upfront, either you dance or you're out, rather than adding him to the bottom three, creating a de-facto situation that prevented them from eliminating anyone
Does anyone else think it's "ridiculosity incarnate" to not eliminate someone on a show that, in addition to the 2-hour performance episode each week, makes fans suffer through a 1-hour ELIMINATION episode? To be fair, though, I did really enjoy the guest performances. Is it me, or does Enrique Iglesias have Benjamin Button syndrome? Plus, what happened to the mole he used to have?