Only two shows left after Wednesday's "So You Think You Can Dance" -- performances by the Final Four and then the big finale. But to get there, two of the Top 6 dancers must be eliminated, although they will be on tour soon so it's not all bad.

The show started out on a high. Despite not winning an Emmy, host Cat Deeley must have dug deep into her Closet of Great Outfits and came out with a dress that looked like rhinestone-studded chain mail. With a bronze spray tan and her long, straight blond locks, she might have walked in from the California beach scene. The judges tonight were executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and ballroom dancer Mary Murphy, plus actress/dancer and favorite on the judging panel, Christina Applegate. And the British band, Rixton, performed during the show.

Each of the Top 6 danced a solo in their personal style, a routine with another of the Top 6 and a routine with an All Star. Generally, the judges coasted along on a wave of "amazing" as most of the dances showed that the dancers were doing everything they could to make it to the Final Four and beyond. There were, however, a few routines that just didn't connect with the judges and I found a few to be a bit ho-hum.

Before I get to my favorites of the night, I want to give a big cheer to this season's new "dance lesson breaks" where some of the choreographers explain the name and steps to particular dance moves, instead of going to another commercial. I won't be trying any of them without a special waiver on my health insurance, but now I know the names and how they look in slo-mo. A high five to the producers.


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First off, Ricky Ubeda really knocked it out of the park with his solo. It was athletic, exciting and incredible how he got so much in so little time. Both tappers, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart, were terrific and were able to mix what they've learned on the show into their individual tap routines. Although it was beautiful, Jacque LeWarne's ballet routine was a bit of a yawn for me. And both Casey Askew and Jessica Richens have done more exciting moves in past weeks.

My favorite routines are a real toss-up because I really can't pick just one. Valerie and Ricky renewed their partnership in a Broadway routine that was terrific and even involved leaping from and over a swing. Nigel loved it, Christina thought both dancers had a "thing" where either could win it all this season, and Mary said it was sweet and they did a beautiful job.

Then Valerie teamed with All Star tWitch Boss to do a hip-hop wedding dance, choreographed by "Wildabeast" Adams. It was fast, funky and fun, and Valerie did an outstanding job of keeping up with the personality that is tWitch. Nigel called Val "a great performer," Christina could only say, "That was something else!" And Mary nailed it when she called it a "wedding dance to remember." She even called Valerie, "swagarocious."

I wasn't expecting much with the contemporary number by Jacque with All Star Will Wingfield, so I was really surprised how much I liked the routine done with a large, red ball. It absolutely flowed from move to move, and Christina thought it was beautiful and joyous. Nigel said Jacque danced brilliantly.

Another favorite was the cha-cha by Ricky and All Star Anya Garnis, choreographed by the ballroom imp, Jean-Marc Genereux. Ricky dances contemporary, but he had the Latin moves down cold, although the number was hot, hot, hot. Nigel said it looked like Ricky had been doing that dance for years, and Mary told Ricky that he really brought it. It was amazing.

My final fav was a much-anticipated hip-hop routine by Zack and All Star Fik-Shun, Season 10 winner and a personal favorite. It was the first time that Phillip Chbeeb choreographed on the show, and this routine about two sides of a Rorschach mirroring each other should insure that he will be back. The moves were amazing, intriguing, bewildering and fantastic. Nigel almost put his foot in his mouth, saying that he would be shocked if Zack, a tapper, made it to the finals. Then, as Christina began talking, Nigel burst out, "No, I don't mean shocked in a bad way, I mean thrilled." Mary simply screamed, "FABULOUS!" And Christina called Zack "a beautiful dancer and a beautiful soul."

I was really disappointed in the remaining routines, some more so than others. Casey and Jessica drew the disco card with Doriana Sanchez and I just got tired of Casey throwing Jessica up in the air. Christina even said that Jessica had an expression in some of the wild turns as if she was trying to keep her nose from running. Nigel thought they did really well with a tough routine, but I didn't care for it.

Jacque and Zack did a Jean-Marc foxtrot, but there just seemed to be something missing. Mary thought it was a little rough around the edges, Nigel didn't think the routine was going to win many viewers' votes, and Christina felt their expressions and moves were "put on." Another routine was the hip-hop-ish number by Jessica and All Star Ade Obayomi, where they were supposed to be dancing in a club. While Christina loved it and Mary said it was a "lot of fun," Nigel said it was just OK and that he didn't really connect with it. Maybe it's Ade -- the number he did with Valerie two weeks ago almost had her heading out the door.

The emotional contemporary routine by Casey and All Star Makenzie Dustman was loved by Mary, who thought it was a "performance of a lifetime and Casey's best of the season for her." Nigel also thought it was absolutely remarkable. Casey is a great dancer and one of my favorites, but this dance just didn't do anything for me and I thought it was a bit boring.

Finally, it was end of a jam-packed evening and it was also the end of the road for two of the dancers. As they stood in a line, Cat read the names of the Final Four. Ricky, Valerie, Zack and Jessica go on to next week's finals, while Casey and Jacque were shown the door. It is really difficult to narrow the field down smaller and smaller when they are all such good dancers.

Next week is the finals where the quartet will be dancing their hearts out and leaving it all on the stage for the viewing voters. Tara Lipinski will be guest judge and who knows what surprises there will be. There is only one winner this season, and that person will be named the following week (Sept. 3) in the big finale and covered with confetti shot from several air cannons. See you next week -- keep dancing.