The show begins with a group dance number to El Fuego by Sean Peter featuring Oscar Jimenez choreographed by Kelley Abbey. Cat Deeley introduces the judges, Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe, special guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson (from Modern Family) and guest judge/choreographer Sonya Tayeh.
Cat begins the process of revealing the bottom three couples who face elimination. The first two couples, Clarice and Jess and Caitlynn and Mitchell are brought out to learn their fate. Clarice and Jess learn they are the first couple safe and in the Top 10. Caitlynn and Mitchell learn they are the first couple in the bottom three.
Nigel reveals the change to come next week when the Top 10 dancers take to the stage, no longer dancing in pre-determined pairs. Instead, the ten dancers will be pairs randomly by selecting the name of their partner from a hat. Additionally, each dancer will be paired with an All-Star dancer from previous seasons. Alex Wong was asked to be an All-Star but was reinjured at the last minutes. Other dancers who will return are Season 1 Runner Up Melody, Season 2 Allison, Season 3 Pasha, Season 4 Twitch, Comfort and Chelsie, Season 5 Runner Up Brandon, Season 6 Kathryn and Season 7 Robert.
The next two couples take to the floor. Cat introduces Melanie and Marko, Ryan and Ricky. Melanie and Marko learn they have made the top ten. Ryan and Ricky learn they are, once again, in the bottom three couples.
Tadd and Jordan and Sasha and Alexander are the remaining 2 couples to learn their fate. Tadd and Jordan learn they are safe which means the last couple in the bottom three is Sasha and Alexander (making it their first time in the
Special Guest Performers are Jason Samuels Smith & Anyboy Can Do It Tap troupe performing a tap routine to Move the Crowd (Sole Sessions Pt.1).
The bottom seven dancers performed their solos as follows:
Caitlynn- Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
Mitchell – Ra by Nathan Lanier
Ryan – Not in Love by Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith
Ricky – Body Language by Queen
Sasha – Thinkin About Your Body by Bobby McFerrin
Alexander– Palladio by Escala
The judges are sent off by Cat to deliberate the fate of the bottom six dancers while the special musical guest performs.
The Special Musical Guest, Nicole Scherzinger performed her song Right There , while the judge were deliberating.
The judges return to their seats and the three girls are brought on stage. Nigel indicates that judges were unanimous. He calls each girl forwards and gives them a critique. He then reveals that Ryan will be the dancer eliminated. After showing highlights of her time on the show, the three guys are called forward. Nigel reveals the judges were not unanimous in choosing a guy to eliminate. He calls Mitchell forward to say his work has been average to very good. He calls Ricky forward and praises his solo. He then calls Alexander forward. He indicates that though Alexander performed well the night before, his solo was not good and really let him down. As such, Alexander is elieminated.
Ryan and Alexander are eliminated.