"Send in the Clowns" is the music for tonight's opening number, not by Krusty the Klown, but by Judy Collins, whoever that is. There's a box on stage, a present, from which the dancers (dressed in clown outfits, natch) climb out before starting to perform their slow circus ballet. Lifts and backflips. Very slow and dramatic.
Cat comes out in a sparkly shamrock dress and calls it the saddest routine she's ever seen. Sadder than Mia's dad and breast-cancer-is-bad? Then we watch a two-hour recap of what happened last night, but I'm not complaining, because each minute that we waste doing something else puts off the Sean Paul appearance for a minute.
After a commercial break, the women are on stage to find out who's in trouble. And after the video montage, Cat then goes over what each girl did, and says she's going to send one of them into next week's finale. "The first dancer in next week's finale is Jeanine," says Cat. She's ecstatic, and the judges give her an ovation, and Kayla and Melissa give her that "Oh, I'm so happy for you but scared for me!" smile thing and go off stage.
Lil' C agrees that she's a worthy candidate, because the competition can be savage, but it's survival of the fittest, of the most open-minded, most dedicated and who's the hungriest. "You have to have a voracious appetite for success and triumph," he says, adding that Jeanine is the epitome of that. Cat calls her also a pleasure to be around. Well, I'm already oh-for-one on my predictions.
Then Jessica and Will from last season come out to reprise Tyce Diorio's "Silence" from last season. I don't know if I remember this one. Maybe I was on holidays at that time. It's very sensual, with Jessica and Will dressed like Adam and Eve, or cavemen, depending on your thoughts about that, I suppose. There are many lifts and straddling, and Jessica runs at Will and leaps into a split that he lifts, and meanwhile the music is just this annoying keening that didn't exactly make me want to rush out and get the Unfaithful soundtrack.