It's time for another night on "So You Think You Can Dance," hopefully with exciting routines like the first week. But first, some housekeeping: the elimination process last week was awkward, confusing and quite cruel. After being eliminated at the top of the show, Brittany and Carlos then had to perform their partnered routines like nothing had happened. Fans reacted angrily on social media, especially Twitter, and believe it or not, the powers-that-be listened.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe first Tweeted, "OK, I hear your disappointment in the format." By last Wednesday, they had a solution. "We're taking your advice by revealing America's vote in the beginning, and judging at the end. I hope it will inspire the bottom 4? Thank you." So, after announcing the bottom six, saving two and asking the remaining four to dance for their lives, the decision on who goes home will wait until after all the routines. It's not great, but much better than it was last week.


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Host Cat Deeley got to explain all the changes and then added a twist -- animator Jade Zuberi tore his meniscus (knee) in rehearsal, will require surgery and is out of the competition. Jade sat stoically through the show as Nigel invited him to return in the future and the other judges expressed their sympathy. So, now there were 17 for the Bottom Six, uh, Five Announcement by Cat. Contemporary dancer Jasmine Mason, tapper Alexis Juliano and ballroom dancer Jenna Johnson were the girls at the bottom, and animator BluPrint Hector and tapper Curtis Holland joined them.

Time for another twist -- since Jade was out by injury, no guys would be eliminated. With huge sighs of relief, BluPrint and Curtis ran off the stage. However, all three girls would "dance for their lives" and one would be cut at the show's end. Alexis did her tap thing, Jasmine did an OK contemporary routine and Jenna rocked the house with a blazing ballroom solo. My cynical side says it will be Jasmine since there are so many contemporary dancers. Besides, judge Mary Murphy loves ballroom and Nigel loves tappers.

Since it was Nigel's birthday, he got two presents: guest judges Paula Abdul and sports reporter Erin Andrews. Neither had been on SYTYCD, but both had "Dancing With the Stars" experience -- Paula as a guest judge and Erin as a contestant in Season 10, finishing third with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. It was interesting to see how well they did in giving critiques, and how patient Nigel was with Paula's chatty interruptions of his comments.

Amy and Fik-Shun -- paso doble

This was supposed to be a "paso war" with choreographer Jean-Marc Genereux asking the pair to be tense. "Don't sell me a rainbow," he ordered. And they didn't. Mary went crazy, telling Fik-Shun, "You're blowing my mind." It's all pretty far out of the hip-hop guy's comfort zone, and Mary pointed out that he's got to work harder on his footwork. Erin said they had chemistry and connection, and that they were dancing so well, they have a target on their backs. While Nigel said that both demand attention when they come on stage, Fik-Shun needs to work on relaxing his shoulders. Paula is thrilled to see them in person, wished Amy were around when she was doing choreography and it turned out that she knows Fik-Shun, who was on Paula's old dance show when he was 16. Things look good for them both. In fact, Nigel said, "I haven't seen you as a couple do any single thing wrong yet. Keep it up!"

Jasmine H. and Aaron -- Broadway

These two dancers are tall, talented and seem able to do any type of routine, and the judges loved it. There was not a single complaint from any of the judges, only compliments. Erin called them "fantastic" and that Jasmine has amazing legs; Paula said they had great energy and Jasmine reminded her of Cyd Charisse; Nigel thought they both would easily grace any Broadway stage; and Mary said they had style and class, and that Aaron was the perfect partner. They are awesome and could go all the way.

Makenzie and Paul -- contemporary

The story of a woman with terminal illness and how her partner deals with it was very emotional and done beautifully. Paula believed the story, Nigel joked that he was kinda depressed and that it was beautiful, Mary was in tears and said they brought out something special, and Erin simply said they were amazing. This couple was just fantastic in their flow and emotion.

Jasmine M. and Alan -- jazz

I just didn't care for the routine that was supposed to be quirky and humorous about the "mundane lives of the royals." The common comment from the judges was that they wished there had been more quirkiness. Nigel appreciated how strong Alan was in the lifts, and while Mary loved the beginning and the end, she said it needed more quirk. Erin and Paula both said they echoed the comments of the others, which means they weren't wowed by the routine. Sorry, Jasmine, I don't think this will save you.

Jenna and Tucker -- hip-hop

New choreographers Keone and Mariel Madrid came up with a routine that was hip-hop layered with a lot of jazz to a Michael Jackson tune, and I really liked it. As the weeks go by, I'm warming to this pair. Mary said it was a different kind of hip-hop, calling it "hip-jazz," that there was nothing Jenna can't do and that Tucker was great. Erin loved it, Paula liked the "hipster kind of jazz" and that it was a nice tribute to Michael Jackson. Nigel said Jenna reminded him of Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face" and the rest of the judges immediately agreed.

Malece (minus Jade, dancing with All-Star Marko) -- contemporary by Sonya Tayeh

Considering the difficulty of this routine, it's not a shock that Jade tore his meniscus, which he said he had hurt years ago. Marko really added an edge to Malece, who often seems too cutesy. At the end of the rather weird routine, the judges and audience gave the pair a standing ovation. Erin thought Marko and Malece did a wonderful job, and Paula said she's watching Malece mature before her eyes. Nigel was sorry to see Marko because it meant someone was injured, but that he brought out the woman in Malece. Mary loved it and knew Malece would have this moment.

Hayley and Curtis -- samba

While Hayley did a good job with this "party samba," Curtis just didn't bring what he should have to the party -- no hips, no shaking, no excitement. He needs to work a lot harder to stay in the competition, and he may be just too young to do that. Paula thought Hayley nailed the samba hips but Curtis should be more ferocious. Nigel said Curtis was dominated by Hayley and that he looked a little immature. Mary brought up a few technical moves that Curtis didn't do, but said, "Hayley, Holy Smoke!" Erin told Curtis to take the judges' advice and work on it. Future on the show doesn't look good for the tapper.

Alexis and Nico -- jazz

In a routine about a hypnotist and her "victim," Mary said they were great and how evenly matched they were. Erin thought they were awesome, better than in previous weeks. As Nigel started to comment, Mary and Paula poked him from either side, but Paula's "attack" continued for several seconds, prompting Erin to ask if Nigel was OK. Both of the dancers had some outstanding moves and did a good job.

Mariah and BluPrint -- hip-hop

This routine totally wore out both dancers, left them gasping on the stage, and showed just how outstanding both can be. The only thing that all of the judges agreed on was that BluPrint just has to let down his "wall" and show some emotion. In fact, it only came out when he pulled up his shirt to show his abs. Erin thought the animator and the krumper looked comfortable, and Paula loved the energy in the routine. Nigel gave BluPrint a short history lesson that personality often wins over great dancing, naming some winners with personality who beat great dancers. Since he was not a great dancer, Nigel told BluPrint, he needs to show his personality or he might be going home.

All of the routines were done, and mostly done very well, so it was time to bid one girl dancer goodbye. Jenna, Jasmine and Alexis stood in a row, and Jenna was asked to step forward. Nigel said it was unanimous by the choreographer and judges that she was safe to dance next week. Then it was Jasmine's turn, and Nigel said that the choreographers thought she had a lot of self-doubt. Finally, Alexis was up, and in her case, the choreographers said that after they gave her a note, she forgot it five minutes later. OK, so it was self-doubt versus not remembering what the choreographer say -- yep, Alexis was safe and Jasmine, the contemporary dancer, was sent home to deal with her self-doubt. That is just weird.

What do you think of the latest elimination process? Do you agree with who was saved and who was sent home? See you next week!