First elimination night ends in a shocker on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

June 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM ET

Sigh. It’s elimination night on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and not only is it the first one of the season (which means we haven’t really had a chance to see much of what anybody can do) but after last night, we have to accept that someone who turned in an exceptional performance is probably going home. Oh, and there will be tears. Someone always cries, and even if they’re just tears of relief that they’re not the person going home, it’s still hard to watch. Even if you get big points in the HitFix "So You Think You Can Dance" Fantasy League. But watch we do, so let’s get things started!

Sonya Tayeh has put together an excellent opening routine set to an M.I.A. song. I really never dislike anything Sonya does, and this dance does a nice job of letting the kids show their dark, weird sides. If they have them.  

Nigel informs us that Mitchell has gotten the all clear for his elbow injury, and he will be dancing tonight! Dance for you life, Mitchell!

Our judges are Megan Mullally, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Can I just say I liked Megan a lot as a judge? She was articulate, she actually had something to say (which I can’t always say about some of the “real” judges) and she noticed mistakes when they happened (or maybe she just picked those up from what Mary and Nigel were saying, who knows). It’s a little weird to have Karen of “Will & Grace” judging, as I keep expecting her to pull out a flask, but a very pleasant surprise nonetheless.

National Dance Day is July 30. Routines of varying difficulty will be put up online. You can do a flash mob, if you’re so inclined. Blah, blah, blah. Oh, and there will be Lady Gaga news and a video debut later on the show. And then we get to see the photo of Nigel in a conga line with her. Which gets absolutely no explanation. Come on, Nigel, don’t show it if you don’t have a story to go with it.

Our first three couples take the block. Aack! I’m not ready!

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Watch the elimination night shocker here (jump ahead to the 6 minute mark for the big reveal) :

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