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The night America has been waiting for is almost here! The So You Think You Can Dance two-night season finale airs Tuesday, December 15 (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, December 16 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/ PT tape-delayed) on FOX. To celebrate the night on which America’s Favorite Dancer is crowned, American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert will take the stage to perform his latest track, “Whataya Want From Me,” off his debut album, For Your Entertainment. His album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts with 198,469 albums sold in the first week.
So You Think You Can Dance judge and Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe gave us his mid-season Dance reflections on a press call this week. With eight dancers remaining and two weeks left in the competition, Nigel assured us that the race to crown America’s Favorite Dancer will be an exciting one.
Nigel said that this season of Dance has had many surprises. “Russell, the Krumper from Boston, is an enormous surprise. I don’t know where he’s getting his lines from and he does a pas de deux, which is just tremendous, and doing pressage lifts and everything else.” In addition, Nigel has been surprised with Legacy Perez’s growth, saying that “Legacy has grown far more than I thought he would. I didn’t think that the boy had any musicality; when I first saw him he was just a tricker.” Nigel also mentioned that Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello surprised him – “The two ballroom kids are just tremendous.” These aren’t the only surprises of the season. Nigel commented on all of the finalists, “It is always a pleasure to see them be like sponges and try and soak up everything that they can from the choreographers and from the dancers that they’re working with. They truly do, unlike most other programs like this, help each other tremendously with learning and with providing knowledge.”
For the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history, a married couple made the show and both Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello are still vying for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer in the penultimate week of the show. Nigel said that having a married couple on the show hasn’t been an issue. “Ashleigh and Jakob formed a relationship for pure dance and respect for each other,” Nigel stated. “At the end of the day she’s in competition with her husband and her husband’s in competition with her. They’re extremely professional about it and both of them, I think, have been two of the major dancers that have grown in this production and this season so far. They’re a joy to watch at the moment.”
During last week’s Top 10 performance show, the judges went wild over Jakob Karr and Ellenore Scott’s mastery of Sonya Tayeh’s contemporary choreography. Nigel said that was possibly one of the best routines from this season. He was excited to see Ellenore and Sonya, who “both come from the same planet and probably speak the same language,” bring Jakob down into their world.
One year ago, Nigel stepped down from his position as Executive Producer at American Idol in order to spend more time on Dance. Now, Nigel and company are launching So You Think You Can Dance in the U.K. so he is flying back and forth to work on both shows, all the while running the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Nigel is excited for the next two weeks that lie ahead. “I think this season has had the most diverse dancers on it. It looks to me, especially after [the Top 10 performance] show, that we’re going in the right direction to produce a really good champion.”
Nigel opened up about Season 6 on a press call just before the season started. Read it.
The morning after they were eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance, Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte opened up on a press call about their time on the show and their lives going forward.
The Top 8 finalists were revealed after Noelle Marsh and Nathan Trasoras were eliminated tonight on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Marsh, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Sanford, NC; and Trasoras, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Downey, CA. This week’s results show also featured performances by Snoop Dogg with Quest Crew, who debuted his new single, “I Wanna Rock,” as well as by LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers).
Fox News Channel presents special network coverage of President Obama’s Address to the Nation, live in all time zones, Tuesday, Dec. 1 (8:00 PM-CC ET / 7:00 PM-CC CT / 6:00 PM-CC MT / 5:00 PM-CC PT) on FOX.
Finalists Karen Hauer and Victor Smalley were eliminated tonight. Hauer, 27, is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Queens, NY; and Smalley, 21, is a Contemporary dancer from Miami, FL. This week’s results show also featured special performances by Shakira and American Ballet Theatre member Paloma Herrera.
Season 5 finalist Janette Manrara has been touring around the country with the Dance finalists for the past couple months. We caught up with Janette at the Los Angeles stop of the So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009.
Finalists Channing Cooke and Kevin Hunte were eliminated tonight on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Cooke, 18, is a Contemporary dancer from Haverhill, MA; and Hunte, 23, is a Hip Hop dancer from Brooklyn, NY. This week’s results show also featured special performances by Australian guitarist Orianthi and dancers from NDM Bollywood Dance Productions.
When it was time for America to vote for their favorite dancers, Pauline Mata and Peter Sabasino found themselves in the bottom three couples and were ultimately sent home. The morning after their elimination, Peter and Pauline opened up about performing their solos, dancing the dreaded Quickstep, and their plans for the future.
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