So You Think You Can Dance, July 18 – The Cruelest of Eliminations

So far, I'm not overly thrilled with the new format of So You Think You Can Dance, but I'll reserve my judgement until after tonight. All twenty will dance again, and the the judges will decide which four of the six that the fans put in the bottom after last week will go home based on what they do tonight. Confused? I'm reserving final judgement until the end of tonight's episode.

The group dance is some sort of wicked Snow White thing without the elves. The girls look like they're all the evil queens, but the guys look like they're from an outer space version of Thriller. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say it came out of the twisted mind of Sonya Tayeh, but it turns out to be from Tabitha and Napoleon D'Umas. All the dancers are announced afterwards, and I really don't remember anything I saw last week with the show on only once a week now, which is a shame.

Joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy on the judging panel is Adam Shankman. He tells Cat Deeley she looks like a big, sexy tomato. She offers him a bite, and he seemed likely to take her up o it. Nigel explains the post office is issuing four stamps of legendary dancers on National Dance Day, July 28.

Lindsey Arnold and Cole Haribe are taking on a Christopher Scott routine. It takes place in a dentist office, with Cole playing a nervous kid, and Lindsey playing a sexy dentist. Christopher explains it's a trip to the dentist everyone wants … “or is it?” They dance tonight to Teeth by Lady Gaga, and play their parts really well. He's nearly as engaging as the nerdy kid as he was as the martial artist last week. And she seems to be more of an equal in this week's dance.

Nigel thinks it was a fun routine to start out the show, with good characterization from Cole, but he expects it, because he thinks Cole plays a real character in real life too. Cole answers still in character. Lindsey is an incentive to go to the dentist, and Nigel suggests she go to England, because they all need their teeth done there. It did feel a little immature to him, so she needs to be careful with a character like this to be sure to be the vamp, and to play to Cole instead of the audience.

Mary tells Christopher it definitely put a smile on her face. He agrees with Nigel that Lindsey needs to be a vamp. Mary adds that not only is she outside of her dance style, she's so far removed from her personal lifestyle that it's such a stretch. But part of this show is acting, and she needs to bring that skill to the table even more. Cole is a lean, mean dancing machine, and the nerd of all nerds tonight. It's good to see him in another character, but the fact that he's still in character is a bit unnerving. Cat tells Mary he could still kick her butt, and Cole lisps out that he doesn't believe in violence.

Adam thinks the American Dental Association should adopt the routine as their new campaign, as it would certainly get people to the dentist. He tells Cole he is totally freaking him out and asks what is up with him, yet if his pants were hiked up that might mean he'd be stressed out too. Lindsey needs to attack it, and she's not a hip hop dancer, so really needs to bring all the sex she can like Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses. Every move has to be there, and she should breathe and be inside of it and invest in the character.

Will Thomas and Amelia Lowe are doing a Sonya routine that has them as two souls carrying the weight of the world and looking for light at the end of the tunnel. It's heavy, treacherous, and desperate. They try so hard to find that light, and Sonia is so proud of the way it came out. They dance tonight to 3326 by Olafur Arnalds. It's an amazing Sonya piece, and the two dancers show great athleticism.

With Sonya cheering in the audience, Mary gives a scream and tells them to listen to the crowd. She thinks this week Sonya is right on top of it. “It was a beautiful routine, Sister.” Yet the dancers brought the routine to life and were just in it. She loves and respects Amelia's individuality, who has so much trust in Will right now. He took her so far past her balance point. It was such a different routine from last week, and Will really brought it. Mary heard the elevators were broken in the building today, but they just went another floor up.

Adam gives a standing O and tells Sonya they're going to have words, “because that was sickness.” Amelia is so brilliant, and not because her lines were so perfect, but she was completely lost in the piece and took him on the journey with her. Will “stepped it up” a million percent, and yes it was a plug for his movie. He was never aware of their size difference in the routine because they were so perfectly in synch.

Nigel points to Sonya's growth in choreography that has gone from strength to strength. Amelia is a great quirky character, but he loves how she buried that to immerse herself in the routine. To the pair of them he says they're lucky that they're both contemporary dancers, have each other, had wonderful choreography, and that they're both brilliant dancers.

Amber Jackson and Nick Bloxsom-Carter are doing a tango choreographed by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo.They want Amber and Nick to look like one dancer. Amber and Nick know they really need to connect, and she predicts it will be like bubble gum and oil. They dance their tango to Tanquera by Sexteto Mayor, and right away I am struck by the muscles in her legs. This is just so good. The dancers they have this year on the show are phenomenal. It's really a shame we only get to see them once a week. Her leg flicks are fantastic.

Adam tries to keep his character going just as Cole did. Adam tells them it was so hot. It was a great routine and the choreography suited them beautifully. Amber's dance was spectacular, and one dance series was dead on. What was really impressive aside from her lines was she fully inhabited the character. He was mesmerized with her. The good news and bad news was she was a brilliant partner. And Nick vanished a little because he was there so much for Amber.

Nigel doesn't think Nick made Amber look good; he thinks Amber made herself look good. She was a cobra ready to pounce and was frightened she was ready to slap his face at any time. It was tremendous the way she got herself in character, and she needs to remember to do the character work each week. Nick was very strong. He was in his element, and it showed. It was also great choreography from two of the world's greatest tango choreographers.

Mary thinks it wasn't only a great routine, but it was an extremely difficult routine that was physically demanding. They made it look easy, yet they were full of passion, and Amber was on fire. Nick made her watch Amber, and no one could have done the reverse pivots the way he did with Amber on their hip, and he did seven of them. Her hat's off to them.

Big Brother Live Feeds, July 21 – I Fault CBS

Warning: Spoiler ahead.

Not everyone is suited to putting up with the psychological and mental demands of Big Brother. Many people have proved it over the years. We know that CBS has the contestants go through a psychological evaluation before they allow them to be on the show, but I think sometimes they overlook some of it, knowing it will make for a good show.vAnd just because your last name is Hantz, doesn't mean you're suited for reality TV.

Russell Hantz is legendary to Survivor fans. He really should have won his first season. His other seasons not so much, as he didn't change up his game and just played the same one. People had him figured out by then. Survivor couldn't give up on the Hantz name. His nephew Brandon entered the game next, and probably made his uncle somewhat proud, but still landed in the jury.

Now that Survivor seems to have totally exhausted the Hantz name, Big Brother thought they needed to pick it up for some reason. There are four returning houseguests who are legendary enough to know their way around the CBS reality arena. They obviously know who Russell Hantz is, whether or not they're regular viewers of Survivor. There is also a super-fan of Big Brother on the show this year, and he, too, would probably know who Russell is.

Yet, Big Brother thought putting Russell's lookalike brother, Willie, on the show was a good idea. He thought he could get away with not telling anyone who he is. They all had it figured out in minutes, despite his denials. Britney, returning houseguest and his coach, tried to help him out by gving him HoH in his first week, because she figured he needed to make some deals and alliances the first week to build his game.

It was a good try, but it was too much pressure on this guy who has just an 8th grade education. He was easy pickins' for anybody. He tried to wheel and deal but just didn't know how to go about doing it. He promised Frank he wouldn't put him on the block, then put him on the block and expected him to stay loyal to their alliance. Frank, very manipulative, caught what he thought was a homophobic slur and went and spread it to the gossip monger in the house, Joe.

And really, what Willie said about Wil wasn't mocking him. It was a fairly good imitation. I've seen the mocking of gays, and this didn't have that attached to it. It was questionable mocking at best, yet Frank ran with it at first just because it irritated him, but later seemingly because he knew it would help him, and indeed it did. It saved his place in the house this week. Willie tried to argue it with him, but just ended up looking like a bigger fool making comments about eating Froot Loops. And who was egging this on? None other than Mike “Boogie” Malin, who is well-known as being ruthless.

The vote didn't go Willie's way this week, and even worse, Frank not only stayed, he became HoH. And along with that, a twist that coaches could make a trade if they won the Coaches Competition this week. There were so many ways for this to go, and some of it could have benefited Willie. But on top of all this, he went from the guy everyone wanted to talk to last week as HoH, to the most ostracized guy this week. He had no power, so no one cared to talk to him.

Janelle won the Coaches Competition and decided to not make any trades for her team. She was allowed to put some people as Have Nots and on slop and chose all three members of Britney's team, Willie, JoJo, and Shane, as well as Ian, who actually asked to be a Have Not, probably just for the experience.

Willie began saying he would be evicted from the Big Brother house before he left out the door this week. Assumably this meant he either planned to quit or figured they would kick him out. He tried to do the right thing and acknowledged that he screwed up last week and asked that the others on his team not be punished. He didn't want JoJo and Shane on slop and on the block because of his actions.

No one knows whether this was planned or a true breakdown, but the guy got really angry and went downstairs and started banging doors in the Have Not room. The feeds went to trivia for several hours, and when they came back, Willie's picture had been grayed out, and JoJo and Shane were on the block.

Boogie walked around trying to take the credit for it, saying it was the first time in Big Brother history that one player took out two people in one week, meaning Willie right now, and either JoJo or Shane at the end of the week. I wouldn't be counting my chickens yet in the Big Brother game. Anything could happen in the remainder of the week.

But is all this really Willie's or Boogie's fault? No. I look more towards CBS who put this guy in the house just based on his looks and his name. He was bound to be figured out, so they were probably looking for some drama, which they found. But an uneducated guy does not belong in this game, especially not with the lineup of BB veterans they have.

I just hope CBS gets Willie Hantz some help in dealing with what he went through these past few weeks. They put him in a situation he didn't belong in. True, he's an adult and can make his own decisions, but he has an 8th grade education! He didn't belong there.

Don't miss a single recap of this show or others. Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.