My heart is beating really heavy, too

In the Daily Utah Chronicle’sexcellent story on Gev, we learn Gev’s dad is “a three-time champion ice skater in Armenia and a two-time champion in Kazakhstan.” We also learn that Gev’s aunt stresses out during the show: ” ‘My heart is beating really heavy, especially when I see him do some trick,’ she said.”

The best part, though: the accompanying photo of our pint-sized hero:

He looks like he just woke up.

Comfort’s going on tour

EW reports that Comfort will take Jessica’s place on tour.

Jessica is OUT!

Jessica was obviously slated to go home tomorrow night, but she’s dropped out due to an injury. According to FoxesOnIdol, Comfort will come back to fill in the tenth spot. What a missed opportunity–they should bring Thayne back and choreograph some two-men pas de deux. If it’s good enough for Mark Morris, it’s good enough for SYTYCD.

So You Think You Can Dance: 7/10, Top 12, Elimination Recap

Bottom Three Couples Announced

Comfort & Thayne are out on stage first, along with Katee & Joshua. HMM, I wonder which couple is in the Bottom Three? No on is remotely shocked to learn that it’s C&T. Mia, who sounds stuffed up, says America has been sending these two a message for weeks, and they haven’t gotten it.

Jessica & Will and Chelsie & Mark are a more intriguing combination, but I think we all feel pretty sure that Jessica & Will will be dancing for their lives, and yes, as it turns out, they are. Mary, who’s on the brink of tears, says her heart is aching to see them up there in the Bottom Three.

Courtney & Gev are paired with Kherington & Twitch. Look at little Courtney & Gev, they’re so bloody adorable! So adorable, in fact, that they’re safe. Nigel thinks Kherington & Twitch will be safe this week, but wants this to be a lesson to them.

Alvin Ailey Dancers Perform!

“Revelations” is a brilliant piece, and it doesn’t hurt that these dudes are comprised exclusively of twisted steel and sex appeal.

After the jump, solos and departures.

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So You Think You Can Dance: 7/9, Top 12, Recap

Chelsie & Mark

First style: Salsa

Why is Chelsie spotting the floor? She looks fantastic and effortless except when she’s turning, at which point her lips tense up and her eyes go down to her toes. When she shakes her ass, the turquoise feather on the tail of her costume quivers; it’s very hot-peacock. I love watching this girl. She’s so confident and entertaining.

Nigel calls Alex da Silva “a Brazilian Bono.” He liked the footwork and Mark’s acting, and he’s licking his chops over Chelsie in a particularly gross way. Mary criticizes the way Mark’s torso doesn’t move independently of his bottom half, but she loves the way he partnered Chelsie. Like Ginger Rogers, Mary says, Chelsie is “beautiful dynamite.” Mia says she wants to stab Chelsie, she’s so gorgeous. There’s something awkward about Mark in this dance, she says, but she can’t put her finger on it. She sensed a little insecurity.

Second style: Broadway

They’re dancing to “I’m a Woman,” and Chelsie’s in an unbeatable blue dress. I don’t think I’ve really looked at Mark once during the course of the competition. It’s impossible not to keep your eyes pinned to Chelsie.

Nigel says he’s just returned from Vegas, where it was 110 degrees, but it wasn’t anywhere near as hot as that routine. He praises Chelsie’s long legs. Mary says it was sultry, sexy, and bluesy. “Wow, Chelsie, what attitude,” she says. She loved the death fall and the trust in Mark it demonstrated. Mia says they told the story well, but for her the piece revealed Mark’s lack of training and technique. His performance quality carries them past that, but she wants him to work on his legs. She didn’t see “enough movement” from Chelsie, a rather vague remark. She’s lukewarm and struggling to explain why, I think.

Comfort & Thayne

First style: Hip-hop

Rehearsal footage reveals Thayne completely unable to stop smiling, and the problem carries over to performance. Comfort, who’s wearing a fuzzy white half-vest and high sneakers, is making Thayne look like crap.

Nigel, whose hair is flat this week, says Comfort didn’t relate to Thayne at all, except right at the beginning and right at the end. He saw her performing the steps without adding to them. Mary says she didn’t see any chemistry. There were great nuances, she says, but it was “just good.” Mia says “it was a little bit more than ‘good,'” sounding like the words are being dragged out of her. She loved the choreography on the stairs, but when it got to the floor it fell off. Mia says she’s a big fan of Comfort and has been pushing hard for her, but now she has to back off because Comfort is just riding. Thayne felt thin to her, she says–not enough meat and potatoes.

After the jump: BOLLYWOOD!

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Matt Harding, Dance Ambassador

FIVE MILLION people have watched this vid. If you don’t number among them, you should. And if you can watch without grinning until your cheeks ache, you have a tin can for a heart.

The NYTimes breaks it down: “In many ways “Dancing” is an almost perfect piece of Internet art: it’s short, pleasingly weird and so minimal in its content that it’s open to a multitude of interpretations. It could be a little commercial for one-world feel-goodism. It could be an allegory of American foreign policy: a bumptious foreigner turning up all over the world and answering just to his own inner music. Or it could be about nothing at all — just a guy dancing.”

So You Think You Can Dance: 7/3, Top 14, Elimination Recap

Kourtni and Matt are technically more accomplished than many of the dancers still in the running, but during their most recent performances, a pall hung over them. Matt looked cheerful but disconnected, like a wayward balloon; Kourtni looked unhappy. If this were another kind of reality show, we’d get to see exactly how tortured and unhappy their rehearsals have been, or learn about the problems dogging Kourtni’s family. Since it’s SYTYCD, however, we just get to see their perfectly respectable solos.

Kourtni Lind (eliminated):

Matt Dorame (eliminated)

After the jump, the other four in the bottom three: Courtney, the ridiculously entertaining Gev, Thayne, and Comfort.

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