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Every time I catch a musical in Los Angeles, Season 3 finalist/Season 7 and 8 All-Star Neil Haskell leaps on to the stage. You might remember that I unexpectedly caught him as Snowboy in West Side Story earlier this year. On Saturday night, I attended a new musical comedy called Bring It On: The Musical, and I was delighted to see that Neil had a large role as Steven, the main character’s boyfriend. Not only does he dance in this part, but he also shows off his acting and singing chops! I was also excited to see Season 6’s Ariana DeBose in a major role as Nautica. When I attended Vegas week during Season 6, I witnessed Ariana’s mesmerizing solo and was bummed when she was eliminated during the first week of the show. Seeing Ariana dance, sing, and act in Bring It On: The Musical made me realize she’s really found her niche in musical theater. To top it off, the show’s Director and Choreographer is Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed two Broadway routines on So You Think You Can Dance’s 4th season and 6th season.
Dressed as twins while doing press before the penultimate stop on the So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Season 6 champ Russell Ferguson and Season 7 finalist Jose Ruiz caught up with us. The spiritual street dancers talked about traveling and gave advice to auditioners and fans.
Russell Ferguson, 20, a Hip Hop/Krump dancer from Boston, MA, was named America’s Favorite Dancer and winner of Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. He wins a cash prize of $250,000 and a cover feature in the March issue of Dance Spirit Magazine. Read more about Russell.
Finalists Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Jakob Karr, Kathryn McCormick and Ellenore Scott were eliminated in the Season Finale. The two hour show also featured performances from the Top 20 dancers. There were guest performances from Mary J. Blige, Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Lopez and The Groovaloos.
Do you have what it takes to become America’s Favorite Dancer? Auditions for the Season 7 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE begin in January.
The week before Season 6’s finale shows, Mollee Gray and Legacy Perez received the fewest votes and had to leave the competition. On a press call the morning after their elimination, Mollee and Legacy opened up about their experience on SYTYCD.
Soon after Noelle Marsh and Nathan Trasoras were eliminated from the So You Think You Can Dance Top 10, we caught up with them on a press call. They opened up about their experience on the show and what their future plans are.
Mollee Gray and Legacy Perez (shown above with Host Cat Deeley) were eliminated from the competition.
Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Russell Ferguson, Jakob Karr, Kathryn McCormick and Ellenore Scott were named SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 6 finalists after host Cat Deeley revealed that Mollee Gray, 18, a Jazz dancer from Upland, CA, and Legacy Perez, 28, a Hip Hop/B-Boy dancer from Los Angeles, CA, were eliminated from the competition. This week’s results show also featured performances by AMERICAN IDOL’s Kris Allen and pop group Wonder Girls.
It was also announced tonight that auditions for Season Seven of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will begin in January 2010 in Miami. Please return to fox.com/dance for details.
The final performance show, airing Tuesday, Dec. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, will feature the ultimate showdown between the Top 6 finalists as they compete to impress judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman and capture America’s vote. Immediately following the performance show, the phone lines will open and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite remaining finalists.
Then, tune in the following night, Wednesday, Dec. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), for one of the most-anticipated television events of the fall. The two-hour live finale will showcase performances by this season’s Top 20 dancers and feature some of the year’s hottest artists, including Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis with a special debut performance of “I See You” (Theme from “Avatar”) and The Groovaloos. At the end of the celebration, host Cat Deeley will reveal America’s vote, and America’s Favorite Dancer will be crowned live before millions of television viewers. The winner will dance off with a cash prize of $250,000 and will be featured on the cover of the March 2010 issue of Dance Spirit magazine.
The Top 6 finalists had this to say about what it means to make it to the finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE:
Ashleigh Di Lello
Dance Specialty: Latin Ballroom
Hometown: Orem, UT
Currently Resides: Orem, UT
“It is absolutely incredible! Words cannot describe what it means to make it to the finale. I feel like the luckiest and most blessed person in the world.”
Ryan Di Lello
Dance Specialty: Ballroom
Hometown: Springville, UT
Currently Resides: Orem, UT
“I have worked my guts off, and I am so grateful to have made it this far.”
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Currently Resides: Burbank, CA
“Making it to the finale is incredible. This whole experience has been a blessing and will stay with me forever.”
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop/Krump
Hometown: Boston, MA
Currently Resides: Boston, MA
“Making it this far in the competition is a dream come true.”
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Windermere, FL
Currently Resides: New York, NY
“This competition has helped me learn and grow as a dancer, and it has been the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Dance Specialty: Contemporary/Jazz
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY
“Making it this far in the competition is proof that dreams come true! Being in the finale is a truly amazing experience.”
AMERICAN IDOL’s Adam Lambert, pop sensation and three-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis And Dance Team The Groovaloos will perform during live Season Finale Wednesday, December 16.
What did you think of the results?
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.
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