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The Top 14 would become the dancing dozen by the end of Wednesday night's results episode. Judge Nigel Lythgoe said Tuesday night's performances signaled a wake-up call for some of the dancers who stepped up their game.
The opening routine was choreographed by Wade Robson and Amanda Rodriguez and earned rave reviews from Adam Shankman.
To the results: The first two couples hit center stage. First, Ashleigh & Jakob found out they were safe for another week. Next, Karen & Kevin -- the couple the judges unanimously said were in trouble this week -- were told they were in the bottom three. Adam said he wasn't surprised, but called Karen and Kevin two of the most poised and elegant dancers on the show and said they had to "slaughter" in their solos.
Ellenore & Ryan earned high praise from the judges on Tuesday, with Adam saying they helped kick start the competition. They were safe.
Noelle & Russell made the most of their second chance at the foxtrot of the season, at least in the judges' eyes...