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“So You Think You Can Dance” narrows field to 8
Down to the final top 10 dancers, it was gearing up to be a tough decision-making week for fans of TV talent show “So You Think You Can Dance,” but someone — or some two — had to go.
In the end, it was Kherington Payne and Gev Manoukian who were the first to say goodbye. Joining them in the bottom (but safe for another week) were Mark Kanemura and Comfort Fedoke, who rejoined the group after original top 10 contestant Jessica King had to bow out. (Doctors told her the pain in her side was due to broken and fractured ribs, but there were no explanations on how she got those injuries. A previous dance number?)
Based on Kherington’s past popularity with partner Twitch (aka Stephen Boss) and Comfort’s perpetual lineup at the bottom, it seemed Comfort was set to go home for a second time. Things didn’t quite work out that way, though. Given a second chance and nothing to lose, Comfort put in one of her strongest showings and was praised by judge Nigel Lythgoe as finally living up to her potential in a hip hop number with Twitch. It may have been good enough to make voters forgive their painful waltz earlier.
Meanwhile, Kherington’s country two-step with new partner Mark was riddled with so many glaring mistakes it made viewers forget some of her best performances with Twitch. Her attitude in backstage clips this week may have surprised some fans as well. They prompted judge and choreographer Lil C to tell her, ”Your ride has been turbulence free. You can’t get upset just because we turned the heat up in the kitchen just a tad.”
For Gev, he lost the great chemistry he shared with former partner Courtney Galiano. He put in a respectable contemporary dance with new partner Chelsie, but was outshone by her ballroom skills during their jive.
This was the first week dancers were switched up with new partners. The weekly change will offer some fun-to-watch new pairings (like Will Wingfield and Katee Shean this week) and may expose the weaknesses of others left without the superior skills of their partners. This coming week, fans will see who continues to dance, and who must leave the stage.