‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Is Ariana Crowder this season’s most underrated dancer? (Poll)

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Ariana Crowder can't get no respect. Representing Team Street this season on "So You Think You Can Dance," the 22-year-old hip-hop specialist from Somerset, New Jersey, has landed in the bottom three every week since live eliminations began. But why?

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She has certainly won over the judges. After her depression-themed contemporary routine with Jim Nowakowski on Monday night (watch it below), Nigel Lythgoe gave her a standing ovation and said, "For some reason, you've had problems connecting with the audience on this series, Ariana. I don't know why, because you're doing brilliantly every single week as far as I'm concerned."

I'm inclined to agree. It takes a lot for a dancer to hold her own alongside Nowakowski, one of this season's frontrunners, but Crowder did it. She also impressed during "Top 18" week with an African jazz number alongside Gaby Diaz and Burim Jusufi, and also during "Top 20" week with another jazz number joined by Derek Piquette. In fact, the street dancer has only performed one street dance since live shows began (her very first, with Yorelis Apolinario and Virgil Gadson), but even outside her comfort zone she has performed admirably.

But viewers keep letting her down, and with four contestants set to be eliminated next Monday, is there any way she'll make it to the top 10?

It's looking dire. According to our racetrack odds, Crowder will be eliminated from Team Street, along with Jessica "J.J." Rabone. But there's a glimmer of hope: while 48% of users say Crowder will be sent home, another 38% say she'll be in the bottom but safe. Both groups can't be right.

What do you think? Has Crowder gotten a raw deal from "Dance" fans, or does she really deserve to go home? Below, respond in our poll and watch her recent dance with Nowakowski, then make your predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate (click here to review our contest rules).

In our "So You Think You Can Dance" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:

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At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it's beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.

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2 thoughts on “‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Is Ariana Crowder this season’s most underrated dancer? (Poll)

  1. I believe Ariana Crowder is getting a raw deal on this show. She’s one of the most versatile and skilled dancers this season, yet she is consistently in the bottom 6. I believe this has a lot to do with the fact that she’s constantly placed in the back and off to the side during group numbers. This makes it very difficult to develop a fan base because unfortunately, she’s not one of the handful of dancers who are consistently highlighted.

  2. Ariana Crowder is not getting anywhere near the recognition she deserves. She is hands down one of the most versatile dancers left on the show this season. Each week, she delivers a top notch performance in every style she has been given. I have to agree with Adrea, that because she is placed in the back and has not been given as much camera time as the other contestants, America has not had the chance to really get to know her. Not showing her story did not help that either. Ariana and her talent/incredible personality deserves to be highlighted a lot more. As she takes on the Top 14 episode tonight, I wish her the best of luck and cant wait to watch her perform tonight! Ariana is my fave dancer this season! TEAM ARIANA!!!!!

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