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"So You Think You Can Dance" recap: Who was sent home?

The top 8 group performance on "So You Think You Can Dance," Thursday, July 28, 2011. FOX

(CBS) As if Lady Gaga's shoe-throwing judging antics didn't provide enough excitement for one week of "So You Think You Can Dance," the pop star returned on Thursday to perform on the show - and another two dancers were sent home.

After Wednesday's performances, we had a good idea of who would be in the bottom four and which two dancers would be sent home. We were wrong. (Spoiler Alert!)

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But before the eight finalists learned their fate, fans were treated to a haunting, Depression-era-circus contemporary routine from Tyce Diorio, set to a song the "Water for Elephants" soundtrack.

Then, host Cat Deeley called out the four remaining girls - Sasha, Jordan, Caitlynn and Melanie. To nobody's surprise, Sasha and Melanie were both safe, and Caitlynn and Jordan were in danger.

Male finalists Ricky, Tadd, Marko and Jess came out next. The first dancer revealed as safe was Marko. The other was Ricky - the one who got such lukewarm praise from the judges on Wednesday night that it seemed likely he'd be sent home. That meant that Jess and Tadd both had to dance for their lives.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers came out for a gravity-defying number, and then the bottom four performed their solos. While Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Rob Marshall deliberated, Lady Gaga treated fans to a mashup of her songs "The Edge of Glory" and "You and I."

Then, it was time to learn who'd be going home. Lythgoe told the four dancers that these eliminations are a process to get to who will be in the finale in two weeks - basically, that the ones being sent home were not the worst of the group, they just weren't going to be the best. And since all of these guys will be on the "SYTYCD" tour this fall, it's not really a goodbye.

With that, he revealed that Jordan and Jess would be going home.

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